September 25, 2018

DEA Meeting: Infused Oils and Vinegars

Maude Cejudo introduced Michelle Spangler.  They are both from southern Louisiana and their grandparents even lived in the same area!  Michelle has a wonderful cookbook of authentic Cajun recipes that everyone needs in their house!  Infused Oils and Vinegars has the perfect gifts for business associates, friends, or even to help make some great food at home!

Michelle is a Louisiana Cajun girl from Lafayette and got a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from USL.  Her first job was with TI.  Michelle's husband, Leigh is an entrepreneur and successfully built and sold Latitude Technologies.  Their daughter, Shannon, is 26, lives in New York City and is an actress.  Their son, Blake, is 21 and is a senior at Georgetown.  Moxie, their Labradoodle, completes their family.

Michelle's first career was with TI from 1984 to 2005.  She programmed Tomahawk missiles from 1984 - 1993, managed the test floor in a Semi-conductor factory from 1993 - 1998, worked in the Wireless Broadband Business unit from 1998 - 2002 and then in External Manufacturing with 3rd-party suppliers.  For her second career, Michelle became a Certified Culinarian in 2011.  Michelle is the author of Cook 'til Done cookbook featuring authentic Cajun recipes.  She was the Chef for Family Gateway and then a caterer.

For fun, they have a house on Lake Texoma.  Michelle loves music:  she is a classical pianist, church handbell choir director, and sings in church choir.  She is an avid reader (mostly historical fiction) and the leader of her book club.  Michelle is dragged to concerts by her husband and they have been to a lot of them!

How did Michelle get to Infused?  She was hired as a demo chef for an event and then hired to regularly work as a demo chef.  Michelle purchased the business last summer and rebranded it as Infused Oils and Vinegars in November, 2017.  She has a 2-year strategy to make the business profitable!

Olive Oils

Michelle sells Ultra-premium Olive Oils.  (Our eggs this morning were cooked in her Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil!)  They carry 8 to 10 non-infused high-quality olive oils, from a mild to a robust flavor.  They have oils infused with all kinds of flavors:  fruits, herbs, and spices!  These products make cooking easier!  Michelle says, "it turns ordinary to extraordinary!"....

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Infused Oils and Vinegars Open House/Booksigning

Open House/Booksigning

Join us at Infused Oils and Vinegars for an informative and delicious Open House/ Booksigning Thursday from 6:30-9pm.  The presentation will start at 7, so don't be late!  They are located at 5225 Belt Line Rd, #208, Dallas!

Map Available....

DEA Meeting: Guest Speaker George Hendley

Next Week: Guest Speaker George Hendley

Next week our guest speaker, George Hendley, will be giving the presentation entitled:  “Speak with Confidence: How to Inspire and Influence Your Audience to Action”!


President Jennifer Blakeney welcomed everyone to meeting #4,633 of the DEA, celebrating 83 years!

Results reported to date for 2018 are $712,168 and Money Spent is $555,636!

Thanks to Cynthia Oliver with Preferred Business Solutions for a great presentation and open house last week!


Good News Stories!

Ben Dalton, Keller Williams Commercial:  our 1 1/2 year-old daughter started walking this weekend!

 Darren Gardner, TeksInc., we are having an open house at the hangar this Sunday from 4-6, for those who might be interested in seeing the planes.


30-Second Commercials!

Mike Moore, Moore Insurance Agency, we now sell home warranties through American Home Shield!  Even if we don't have your howeowner's policy, we can still get you set up!

Darren Gardner, TeksInc., Spearfishing emails are rampant!  If you get an email from someone you don't know, or something unusual from someone you know, be skeptical and don't click on anything!  Send it to Darren and he will check it out!


Ben Dalton, Keller Williams Commercial, introduced our guests today:

• Tom Seath with Visual Dynamics,, guest of Mariann Montgomery

• Leigh Spangler with Latitude Tech,, guest of Michelle Spangler


B2B Group

The B2B Group's next meeting will be October 9th, from noon - 1pm at CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions at 2805 E. Plano Pkwy, #100, Plano, 75074.


New Headshots!

Ashley Kinney, Your Web Guys, will take new headshots on October 16th and 23rd!  These will all be sized to use on websites (like ours!) and social media.  If you love the photo and would like a larger copy for print materials, they can be purchased for $150.  You can sign up with Dianna for a time-slot between 8:15 and 9:00 am both days.  Sign up now to get the slot you want!


Dance Social!

We are going to have a Dance Social, learning East Coast Swing!  If you can't remember which foot is your left or right, you will still have a great time!  We are bringing in professional dance instructors!  If you partner can't come or has a busted knee, it is still okay, because we will all be learning together!  This is going to be fun!

We will be at Belmont Village, 3535 N. Hall St., at Turtle Creek, Thursday, November 8th from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Belmont will provide finger foods and we will bring in wine and beer.

The cost for the evening is only $25 per person!  We need to know how many are coming, so be sure to sign up with Dianna.

Map Available....

Turning Leads into Customers

Turning Leads into Customers 

(Training Opportunity)

Leads can only turn into sustainable business when you create a relationship from those leads!  All relationships are based on being able to connect.  The art of the conversation and how you present yourself always creates the connection and builds the bridge that engenders trust, and psychological safety.  This training is developed to help you learn how to influence at a deeper level, master your verbal and non-verbal communication, establish trust and build unconscious rapport and credibility.  Through these little known techniques, you will learn how to build unconscious rapport and influence that engenders trust, builds credibility that earns the sale.

Here is a small portion of what we will learn:

• How to establish unconscious rapport.

• Identifying and selling to values.

• How to use voice tonality, tempo and key words effectively.

• Eye patterns and what they reveal.

• How to displace resistance.

• Learn the five archetypes of influence in body language.

• Learn how to identify key words and phrases that reveal a person’s values and so much more.

Enroll now as spaces are limited.  You will walk out of this training with more knowledge about the art of influence than you have ever been exposed to before.   It will be a powerful experience to learn little known information about the one subject that drives all our success: our communication and our ability to influence.

It is November 14th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Preferred Business Solutions training room at 1701 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, 75038.  The cost is $125.00 and lunch will be provided.  For Registration call or email: Dianna at 214-528-1082 or

If you require additional information call Gary De Rodriguez at 972-998-0928.

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You know you want to...

We are having a great time reading and discussing a wide variety of books!  Our December 10th book will be The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Paul Vigna.  

We will meet at 6:30 pm at Dr. Paul's home.  We are having a great time!  Even if you don't get to finish the book, come and join the discussion!


Board Report

Ashley Kinney, Your Web Guys, presented the Board report.  Attendance at our last meeting was 34 present with 2 guests.  4 one-on-one's were reported.  Members reported giving a total of 28 A leads, 24 B leads, 27 C leads and receiving 18 leads.

Members reported receiving $12,467 from DEA leads, and the Big Results-getter was Take Time To Travel.  Members reported spending $7,849 with fellow DEA members, and the Big Spender was Biggers Law Firm.

The Big "A" Lead Giver:  Dr. Paul Chafetz.

The Big "C" Lead Giver: Moore Insurance Agency, Keller Williams Residential



Cynthia Oliver, Preferred Business Solutions, held a raffle for gift certificate to Infused Oils and Vinegars from those who attended her Open House and it was won by Julie Grant, Julie Grant Interiors.

The $20.00 raffle drawing was won by Keith Horniman, Pilot's Building Maintenance!


• September 27, Infused Oils and Vinegars Open House/ Booksigning

• October 2, Guest speaker, George Hendley

• October 3, Board meeting, 5:30pm

• October 9, Your Web Guys

• October 9, B2B group at CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions

• October 11, Your Web Guys Open House/ Booksigning

• October 16, Moore Insurance


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

Celebrating Our 83rd Anniversary 1935 - 2018