October 11, 2001: Back
to Basics: Building Blocks for Success
Entrepreneurs Exchange ("Texchange") cordially invites
you to its Dinner and Round-Table Discussion.
6:30 p.m. Cocktails (open, cash
7:15 p.m. Dinner and Round-Table Discussion
8:30 pm. Panel, Open Discussion
Houstonian—The Juniper Room
111 N. Post Oak Lane, 713.680.2626
to Members, their guests, and Non-Members
Special Guest Panelists
(biographies below) include:
Steve Shaper, Former CEO of TeleCheck
International, Inc. and currently Principal with Convergent Investors
Billy Ladin, Founder of PDQ.Net
and currently President of Houston Entrepreneur’s Foundation
Bill Nash, President of Holland
& Davis, Inc.
Dinner is fixed menu, dessert included.
Cash Bar available. Advance reservations only. First come-First
served. Please make your reservation early as space is limited.
Reservations are non-cancelable, non-refundable.
joined Convergent Investors after
serving as Chief Executive Officer of TeleCheck Services, Inc.,
a $420 million check guarantee and verification company based in
Steve was on the original
Board of Directors of Payment Services Company, the Houston TeleCheck
franchise which grew to be the largest franchise and eventually
took over management of the entire TeleCheck system. Steve joined
Payment Services full-time in 1987 as Senior Vice President of Marketing
and has seen it grow from $14 million to its present size in thirteen
years. Prior to TeleCheck, Steve owned or was a partner in more
than 30 manufacturing, distribution, and importing companies during
his business career.
He currently is a board member of
Associated Building Services, CDP Corporation, General Investment
and Trust, Middlemarch Capital Corporation, SureFire Commerce and
Teravicta Technologies. He is very active in church and community
work and recently completed a term on the Rice University Board
President of Houston Entrepreneurs Foundation after merging PDQ.net,
which Billy Ladin founded and built into the largest Houston-based
Internet Service Provider, into Internet America in November of
1999. Mr. Ladin
is an investor, mentor and advisor for high tech startups in Houston
and a principal force in Houston-based high tech community growth
activities. He is a
founding board member of the Houston Area Technology Advisory Council
and serves as a member of the advisory board of the Houston Technology
Ladin has been a successful serial entrepreneur during the past
40 years. Beginning in the 1960’s, he co-founded Lifemark, and in
1972, he founded MobilCom, which was sold to Bell South in 1988.
In addition, Mr. Ladin was instrumental in the development of Houston
Cellular and SkyTel Paging.
In 1975, he started Westside Tennis Club, and built it into
a 54-court world-class tennis facility.
In 1977, he founded ComputerCraft, a chain of 65 microcomputer
retail stores, which merged with BusinessLand in 1988.
Is President of Holland & Davis, Inc. (HDI), based in Houston,
Texas. Bill has been an executive advisor and management consultant
for over 20 years working with both public and private sector organizations
in the areas of strategy development and implementation, operational
improvement, organizational development and change management.
His clients represent a variety of industries and have ranged from
small, technology start ups to large international companies, such
as Bell Helicopter, Compaq Computer Corporation, HCA/Columbia Healthcare,
Johnson Space Center (NASA), Marathon Oil, Rockwell International,
Rohm & Haas Texas, Texaco, Union Carbide Corporation, and Valero
Open to Members, their
guests, and Non-Members
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