January 22, 2019


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DEA Meeting: Schooley Mitchell

Michael Bosco introduced Ken Ward with Schooley Mitchell.  Ken is from New Hampshire, did his undergraduate work at Rutgers and got his MBA at Penn State.  He came to Texas in the mid-80's.  Ken has worked in financial services with powerhouses like Opennheimer and Deutsche Bank.  Ken and his wife, Claire, spend a lot of time supporting their boys' endeavors at Jesuit.

Ken explained how Schooley Mitchell works for their clients to reduce their telecom and merchant services expenses painlessly!

Companies typically spend 35% more than they need to on telecommunications and credit card services.  In a recent survey, 81% of participating companies had errors on their telecommunications bills.  Most companies lack the time, resources and knowledge to optimize their telecom spending.

Schooley Mitchell is the largest independent cost reduction consulting firm in North America.  They were established in 1980.  Dennis Schooley was an accountant and found that telecom was costing businesses too much and started this business.  They have over 300 professional consultants across North America and over 20,000 clients.  They have $390 million in documented savings delivered to clients, with an average savings of 28%.  They have specialized software, benchmarking tools, and best-in-class pricing databases.  Schooley Mitchell is independent and objective; akin to no vendor.  Their services cost nothing to the client; fees are earned by saving money for clients.

Schooley Mitchell can help with cost reduction in many areas like:  local phone service, VoIP, wireless, long distance, WAN, remote access, internet, calling cards, conferencing, paging, web hosting, network security, credit card services, and others!

Schooley Mitchell is objective:  their solutions are in the best interests of their clients.  Their clients incur no expenses, use no internal resources, incur no risk, and are always in charge of a go/no-go decision.  Their fee comes from "found" money.  If there are no savings, there is no fee.  90% of companies reduce expenses by more than 18%.  The average savings is 28% and 80% never have to change vendors....

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DEA Meeting: CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions

Next Week:

CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions

Join us as  Brad Swann with CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions will be giving the presentation!  Brad will be talking about solutions and how to save $$ with what you have!

CopyNet Open House/ Booksigning

Join us from 11am-1pm on Thursday, January 31st for the Open House/ Booksigning at CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions at 2805 E. Plano Pkwy, #100, Plano, 75074.

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President Michael Bosco welcomed everyone to meeting #4,646 of the DEA, celebrating 84 years!

Results reported to date for 2019 are $18,827 and Money Spent is $66,238!

Thanks to Jeremy Bermender, Atomic Design and Consulting, for a great presentation last week!  Good energy! 


Good News Stories!

Dr. Paul Chafetz my support group has grown to 25!  Special thanks to Chris Claussen for his help and support!  Also, My wife's shoulder surgery went very well and she is recovering at home.


30-Second Commercials!

Keith Horniman, Pilot's Building Maintenance:  We are looking for a facility to add to our portfolio.  Let me know if you know of anyone who needs quality janitorial service.


Erika Herman, Cornerstone Chem-Dry, introduced our guest today:

• Josue Macias with Teks Inc - Simpatico systems, jm@simpat.co, guest of Darren Gardner


Happy (belated) birthday to:


Christian White, Bottom Dogs - January 18th!


Second Week 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 January 28, 2019.

VIG Moving and Logistics

Bab Adetiba

8307 Brigalow Street, Arlington, TX  76002
Classification:  Residential Moving
Sponsor: Ron Schulz


Past President's Lunch!

If you are a Past President, please join us for lunch on January 30th from 11am - 12:30.  Please make sure Dianna knows if you will be able to be there!


Book Club is Starting a New Book!

We had a lively, fun discussion yesterday!  You are just in time to join in for our next book!  As Dr. Paul says, join us as we "march forth" into greater awareness of China!  We will meet at 6:30 pm at Dr. Paul's home (12508 Renoir Ln, Dallas) on March 4th!  We are having a great time!  Don't miss out!

Our book is The Third Revolution:  Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State by Elizabeth C. Economy.


The B2B Group's next meeting will be

February 14th, noon to 1pm at

Atomic Design and Consulting!


Congratulations and

Thank You!

Mariann Montgomery presented the President's plaque to Jennifer Blakeney, thanking her for a great job as President of the DEA for the past term!

Jennifer is now the Chairman of the Board for this new term!


Thank you for all the years!

Barbara Scribner presented the Chairman's plaque to Mariann Montgomery, thanking her for all the years on the Board and, most recently, a great job as Chairman of the Board for this past term!


Chairman Jennifer Blakeney presented the Six Month Report: 

•  Total membership now stands at 41 member firms.  

• Leads generated for the last six months: 523 “A” leads, 535 “B” leads and 678 “C” leads.  

• Money spent was $400,788 and Results were $514,844.  

• During the past term we acquired 1 new member and lost 6.

• Past President’s lunch was held with 10 current and Past Presidents in attendance.

• A Wine Tasting was held at Times 10 Cellars.

• A Dance Social was held at Belmont Village.

• Influencing Training given by Peopleistic was held at Preferred Business Solutions.

• We had 1 Guest Speaker and a 3-part presentation on Influencing and Communicating.

• Darren Gardner was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Board. 


Chairman Jennifer Blakeney discussed the Board's goals for the next term:

•  Continue to emphasize book signings.

• Increase membership:  think about synergy partners and invite those people.

• Encourage our members to utilize our website.

• Regular, quarterly feedback from our members

• Add a "Done Deals/Case Study" section to our website, showing the backstory on deals completed

• Internal Facebook page

• Create a couple of extra events on the books people can schedule in advance.


Board Report

Edgar Esparza, A-Star Heating and Air, presented the Board report.  Attendance at our last meeting was 35 present with 3 guests.  10 one-on-one's were reported.  Our website had 77 users, 68 new uwers, and 85 sessions.  Members reported giving a total of 20 A leads, 26 B leads, 36 C leads and receiving 23 leads.

Members reported receiving $16,220 from DEA leads, and the Big Results-getter was CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions.  Members reported spending $18,580 with fellow DEA members, and the Big Spender was Cornerstone Chem-Dry.

The Big "B" Lead givers were Keller Williams Residential, CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions, and CNC Home Care.  The Big "C" Lead giver was CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions.



The $45.00 raffle drawing was won by Barbara Scribner, Keller Williams Residential!


• January 29, CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions

• January 30, Past President's lunch, 11-12:30

• January 31, CopyNet Digital Imaging Solutions Open House/Booksigning, 11-1

• February 5, Something Special

• February 6, Board meeting, 5:30pm

• February 12, Remarkable Painting

• February 14, B2B Group, Atomic Design & Consulting, noon - 1

• February 19, Teks Inc

• February 21, Teks Inc. Open House/Booksigning

• February 26, Guest speaker, Matt Shaffer


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Dallas, Texas 75252
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Celebrating Our 84th Anniversary 1935 - 2019