November 27, 2018

DEA Meeting: Julie Grant Interiors

Ron Schulz introduced Julie Grant with Julie Grant Interiors and said she is like the Wizard in Oz!  When people come into Ron's home and exclaim about his amazing taste, he doesn't mention Julie and the work she did to renovate his house!  She is truly the one standing behind the curtain making you look good!  She is always there and finishes the job with the utmost integrity!

When Julie was 19, she went to Europe to study abroad and it changed her life and how she saw things!  She thought she would be teaching the arts and humanities of Europe for the rest of her life, but sometimes careers take a turn.  She has now been doing design and remodeling for several decades and has loved it!  This summer, Julie spent 18 days directing a group on a tour in Italy and France.  She showed us pictures from that trip, emphasizing some of the beauty she saw there that carries over into what she does every single day!  Julie loves architecture; it is satisfying for her and she wants a space that she has done to be satisfying in the same way.  Julie loves color and what it can do to transform a space.  She also loves it when a craftsman can take an inanimate object, whether stone, wood, or fabric, and make something beautiful, whether that is a sculpture or a transformed room!

Julie shared more about her design business, which centers around design and remodeling, furniture and accessories, and consultation.

We don't see our own spaces accurately and it always helps to have a someone else come in and look objectively at your space!

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DEA Meeting: Julie Grant Interiors

Open House/Booksigning

Join us for an informal time of networking, great food, and fun at Julie Grant Interiors' Open House/ Booksigning from 4:30-6:30pm, November 29th!  It will be at Signature Floors at 4555 Excel Parkway, Addison, just off the Dallas North Tollway, north of the Addison airport and south of Trinity Mills; come see their remodeled showroom!



NO morning meeting December 4th!

Join us at the Holiday Party at OHB on Friday, December 7th!  Please RSVP!

See the full invitation information below!

DEA Meeting: Sewell Cadillac

Sewell Cadillac Booksigning

Come by and visit with Rich, see some fabulous cars and sign the Book all through the week, December 11-17, any day but Sunday!


President Jennifer Blakeney welcomed everyone to meeting #4,641 of the DEA, celebrating 83 years!

Results reported to date for 2018 are $857,255 and Money Spent is $660,742!

Thanks to Mariann Montgomery with Murphy Business Sales for a great presentation at our last meeting!

Thanks to Gary De Rodriguez, Peopleistic, for a very informative and fun training class!


Good News Stories!

Ron Schulz, Supreme Lending, Felix has now been with our family for 30 days and is really coming along!  He is a sweet dog that Ron rescued and he is learning that his new world is a safe place!

Erika Herman, Cornerstone Chem-Dry, is collecting items for Christmas shoebox gifts for the homeless in Dallas.  This is a great way to give during the holiday season to those that probably won’t receive much. You can donate at Erika’s office (1821 Belt Line Road Garland, 75044) or bring to the holiday party next week!  Suggested items:  empty shoeboxes (to wrap), McDonald’s gift cards, Walmart gift cards, Hats, gloves, scarves, tube socks, hand warmers, ponchos, personal hygiene products (small hand sanitizers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, soap, travel shampoo/conditioner/lotions, Chapstick, feminine products), snacks (individual size: granola, gum, hard candy, beef jerky/sticks), small gift items (books, flashlights/batteries, small notebooks, pens/pads).  If you don’t have time but want to help – you can donate by sending money to  Thanks for your help and your giving spirit!


30-Second Commercials!

Dr. Janell Kenny, dental benefits do not carry over into next year!  Use it, don't lose it!

Brad Swann, CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions, I over-ordered and we have 2 Black & White regular copiers that are 60% off!  We need to get rid of them by the end of the year!


Darren Gardner, Teks Inc., introduced our guests today:

• Melanie Seath with Visual Dynamics Sign & Image Solutions,, guest of Mariann Montgomery

• Bab Adeliba with VIG Moving,, guest of MeetUp

• Ken Ward with Schooley Mitchell,, guest of Mariann Montgomery

• Leon Nesbitt,, referred to us by Chic Leehan


Denise Koval is our new Honorary Life Member:

Denise has been an outstanding member and leader of the DEA for 17 years, and President from July - December 2006! 

Congratulations, Denise, on your retirement!


Nominees for the Election for Board of Directors Announced!

Your Nominating Committee composed of Mariann Montgomery, Jennifer Blakeney, Michael Bosco, Dr. Janell Kenny and Barbara Scribner has submitted the following names as nominees for the period of January 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019.

We will elect two (2) Past President Directors and five (5) At Large Directors.  The new Directors will be announced at our meeting on December 11th.  Please make a special effort to submit your ballot as soon as possible, but no later than noon on Monday, December 10, 2018 to be counted as an eligible vote.  Ballots have been emailed to one person from each member company.  If your company did not receive one this morning, contact Dianna.  

Past President Director Nominees:

• Michael Moore (Moore Insurance Agency)

• Keith Horniman (Pilot's Building Maintenance)

• Ron Schulz (Supreme Lending)

At Large Director Nominees:

• Edgar Esparza (A-Star Heating & Air)

• Tessa Bache-Wiig (Alamo Title)

• Jeremy Bermender (Atomic Design & Cons.)

• Chris Clausen (CNC Home Care)

• Erika Herman (Cornerstone Chem-Dry)

• Darryl Galen (d. galen graphics)

• Michelle Spangler (Infused Oils & Vinegars)

• Ken Teagle (Innovative Roofing)

• Gary De Rodriguez (Peopleistic)

• Darren Gardner (TEKS, Inc.)


It's Hunting Season!

We are scheduling programs starting January 8th!  It is time to get your program booked!  

If it seems like you just gave us a presentation telling about you and your business, perhaps you could give an informational or educational talk about important things other businesses or members would benefit hearing about.


You can RSVP to the party by simply replying to this newsletter!


Join us at the Book Club!

We are getting ready to discuss our 6th book!  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!


The B2B Group is moving to the 2nd Thursday of each month!  The next meeting will be December 13th at Preferred Business Solutions!


Board Report

Michelle Spangler, Infused Oils & Vinegars, presented the Board report.  Attendance at our last meeting was 32 present with 4 guests.  2 one-on-one's were reported.  Members reported giving a total of 20 A leads, 23 B leads, 28 C leads and receiving 16 leads.

Members reported receiving $8,901 from DEA leads, and the Big Results-getter was Dr. Janell Kenny.  Members reported spending $6,945 with fellow DEA members, and the Big Spender was Biggers Law Firm.

• The Big "A" Lead Giver was Dr. Paul Chafetz.

• The Big "B" Lead Giver was Dr. Janell Kenny.

• The Big "C" Lead Givers were Dr. Janell Kenny, Moore Insurance Agency.



The $21.00 raffle drawing was won by Brad Swann, CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions!


• November 29, Julie Grant Interiors Open House/Booksigning

• December 4, NO DEA meeting, come to the Holiday Party on Friday!

• December 5, Board Meeting

• December 7, DEA Holiday Party at OHB!

• December 10, Ballots Due at noon

• December 10, Book Club at 6:30 pm

• December 11, Sewell Cadillac

• December 11 - 17, Sewell Cadillac Booksigning

• December 11, New Board Announced

• December 11, B2B group at Teks Inc, at noon

• December 18, Keller Williams Commercial

• December 25, No DEA Meeting

• January 1, No DEA Meeting


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