May 15, 2018


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Keith Brown introduced Chris Boots.  There is an advantage to having your promotional products "out in the wild!"  It gives a chance for your brand to speak for you when you are not there.  Audio Video Innovations has used Chris for 4 or 5 products and he is always responsive, fast, and easy to work with! 

Chris was born and raised in Dallas!  His wife is Aimee and their daughter is Savannah Noel.  Chris loves spending time with family and friends, golf, fishing, snowboarding and anything outdoors!  Chris attended Collin County Community College and then San Diego Golf Academy, studying course management, course architecture and to become a teaching pro.  Chris also graduated from UNT with a marketing degree.

Halo Branded Solutions delivers promotional product solutions.  They are headquartered in Sterling, IL, and are one of the top 3 in the industry in sales revenue.  They have 300 employees behind the scenes in departments like R&D and customer service, 500 account executives across the US, 45,000+ customers, and 300,000+ orders processed a year!  Their expertise includes decades of dynamic growth in the industry, with a 98.3% on-time delivery!

Each client is unique.  Each need is different.  Every result is exceptional.

Halo is the industry leader with customer satisfaction of 98% and 95% of customers repeating their buying experience.  Halo offers online and traditional marketing support, employee incentive programs (showing appreciation helps with employee retention), time-sensitive promotions, global product sourcing and distribution, as well as…

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DEA Meeting: Guaranteed Express Courier Service

Next Meeting:

Guaranteed Express Courier Service

Jennifer Blakeney with Guaranteed Express Couriers will be giving the presentation!


Great B2B First Meeting!

The first B2B sub-group had a great meeting!  If you would like to be part of this group but did not receive an email last week, please let Brian, Brad or Dianna know.  The next meeting will be June 12th from 12-1 at CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions!


President Mariann Montgomery welcomed everyone to meeting #4,618 of the DEA, celebrating 83 years!

Results reported to date for 2018 are $473,527 and Money Spent is $263,509!

Thanks to Gary De Rodriguez with Peopleistic for a great program last week!


Good News Stories!

Andy Montgomery, Murphy Business Solutions: yesterday, closed one of the largest transactions they have ever done; it was a multi-million dollar transaction with lots of moving parts!  To speak to the power of referrals, one of their networking partners will receive a check for $30,000 for the referral!

Dr. Paul Chafetz, an effort 2 years in the making:  tonight, Dr Paul is speaking to the Dallas Junior League!

Dr. Paul Chafetz:  his niece is graduating Friday!  That also meant Dr. Paul had tickets to the Arboretum for a Motown concert he could not attend; he gave the tickets to Cynthia Oliver, Preferred Business Solutions!


30-Second Commercials!

Dr. Paul Chafetz:  2018 is the Year of the Vlog!  Dr. Paul has published 10 Vlogs so far; check them out and forward them to friends!

Brad Swann, CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions:  Kyocera has apps to scan directly to Dropbox and OneDrive for about $125!


Second Week Publication

Membership Proposal

The following firm has been approved for publication by the Board of Directors.  If you have an objection to this firm it must be submitted in writing to the DEA office no later than noon on May 21, 2018.

Infused Oils and Vinegars

Michelle Spangler

5225 Belt Line Road #208, Dallas 75254
Classification:  Gourmet Gifts
Sponsor:  Maude Cejudo


We will NOT have a meeting on Tuesday, May 29th.  Have a great Memorial Day Holiday and we will see you back June 5th!


Please remember Rich Parker's family!

Rich Parker's Mother-in-law passed away on Sunday.  The family is heading out-of-state for the funeral.


The category of Catering is now open, vacated by Remarkable Affairs Catering.

If you know someone you think might be a good fit for the DEA, bring them!


Cynthia Oliver, Preferred Business Solutions, introduced our guest today:

• Michelle Spangler, Infused OIls&Vinegars,, guest of Dr. Maude Cejudo.


Book Club #2: Originals by Adam Grant!

The Book Club had so much fun with our first book, we are moving on!  Our second book will be Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant.  This #1 New York Times bestseller examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B.

We will meet to discuss the book June 18th at 6:30pm.  Join us!

DEA Golf Outing

Golf Outing

Join us at Cowboy's Golf Club on June 26th for a 1:30 shot-gun start!  For golfers, the fees include lunch, dinner and a great afternoon of golfing in between!  Prizes and raffle drawings at dinner!  [At least join us for dinner; it will be fun!]  Register today, just reply to this email!  

Golfers:  $135.00 (if registered by today
              $145.00 (registered after 5/15) 
Hole Sponsor – $150.00
Lunch only – $37.50
Dinner only – $37.50
Lunch & Dinner – $62.50


Ballots will be sent next week!

The nominees for the Board election will be announced May 22nd and ballots will be emailed to one person from each member company.

Please watch for your ballot and return them promptly!  If you have any questions or problems, please ask Dianna!


Get on the Calendar!

We are scheduling presentations for the summer, starting July 10th!  Don't let your best date get away!


2018 IEA Conference

The 2018 IEA Conference is in Charlotte, NC, September 26-28, 2018.  If you are interested, more information is available in their video!


Board Report

Edgar Esparza, A-Star Heating and Air, presented the Board report for May 8th, indicating there was a total of 36 present with 1 guest recording:

• 20 “A” leads

• 26 “B” leads

• 41 “C” leads

• 3 One-on-One’s 

• 22 Leads Received

• $10,685 results

• $13,375 spent with members

The Big Results-getter was Dr. Janell Kenny.  The Big Spender was Take Time to Travel.  Big "A" Lead Giver:  CNC Home Care.  Big "B" Lead Givers:  Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Pilot's Building Maintenance.



The $35.00 raffle drawing was won by Steve Wilson, A-Star Plumbing!


• May 22, Guaranteed Express Courier

• May 22, Board Nominees Announced

• May 29, No DEA Meeting:  Memorial Day Holiday

• June 5, Anti-Social Media

• June 6, Board Meeting

• June 11, Ballots Due

• June 12, Sewell Cadillac

• June 12, New Board of Directors Announced

• June 12, noon, B2B Sub-group meeting at CopyNet


18208 Preston Road, Suite D-9317
Dallas, Texas 75252
Telephone: 214-528-1082

Celebrating Our 83rd Anniversary 1935 - 2018