Support Provided By

City of Arlington

City of Grand Prairie

Crow Holdings Industrial

E Smith Realty Partners

Sutton, Frost and Cary LLP

Worthington National Bank



Committee Chairman:

Terry Jones
Grand Prairie Economic Development
317 College Street
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

(972) 237-8020


The GSWIDA strives to provide dynamic power luncheon events featuring renowned keynote speakers. The luncheons are casual, informative meetings that offer valuable networking opportunities and create an educational forum of trends, which will directly impact your business and the GSW Industrial Park.

2016 Quarterly Educational Luncheons will be held at Cacharel Ballroom, 2221 East Lamar Boulevard, Arlington. Registration will begin at 11:30 and Keynote Speaker will begin at 12:00. 

All luncheon events are open to both members and non-members.

Reservations are taken on-line, and attendees must pre-pay to secure a seat. Because space is limited. Reservations will be declined after 72 registrations. 

March Power Luncheon

Thursday, March 31, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cacharel - Grand Ballroom, 2221 East Lamar Blvd., Arlington

NOTE: The March lucheon is full. No more reservations accepted.

Workplace Violence... From the Emergency Room to the Court Room
and Surviving in Workplace with Situational Training


Jeff McKissack, Defense by Design
Instances of workplace violence can not only put your people in the Emergency Room, it can also put your company in the Court Room due to perceived negligence. McKissack will address what points of training and documentation are key to a good defense, and how far out those responsibilities extend.

Sgt. Anthony Hogan, Grand Prairie Police Department SWAT Commander
When an active shooter makes news headlines, do you ask the question “Could this happen at my work place?” Sgt. Hogan will share situation awareness techniques to prepare employees for not only surviving but also preventing an active shooter event from occuring.



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Keynote speaker Jim Sundberg, former catcher for the Texas Rangers, presented "Home Team's Struggle & Triumph: Finding Momentum and Success in the Bottom of the 9th Inning." Jim talked about being in the heat of major league competition battling with fears, anxiety and depression while alongside his undiscovered ADHD.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Keynote speakers included representatives from Governor Greg Abbott's Office, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and Tarrant County College Corporate Services. The presentation highlighted changes that have been made impacting growth and incentives available to help with employee recruitment and training. State representatives shared about Texas' positive economic climate, and how to put economic incentive grants to work for recruitment and training in specialized work skills. Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and TCC Corporate Services provided information on grant-funded training programs, including how the grants are written, submitted, awarded, and implemented to help meet the employment needs of local businesses.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

TxDOT and Halff Associates presented information about the proposed IH-30 Project, including the IH-30/SH-360 interchange transportation improvements. The luncheon featured guest speaker Matthew Craig, P.E., Vice President HALFF Associates, Inc. and IH-30 Consultant Project Manager. A question and answer session featured Nazrul Chowdhury, P.E. (TxDOT District Engineer), and Andy Kissig, P.E. (TxDOT Design & Construction).

The Interstate Highway 30 proposed project includes improvements to I-30 from Cooper Street to SH-161, a distance of approximately 5 miles, and would extend along SH 360 from Avenue K/Brown Boulevard to Road to Six Flags Drive to allow for the construction of a fully directional, multi-level I-30/SH 360 Interchange providing direct connecting ramps for all freeway-to-freeway traffic movements.

The proposed improvements to I-30 would provide up to ten general purpose lanes and a two-lane reversible managed toll/ High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) facility from Cooper Street to SH 161. These I-30 managed toll/HOV lanes would tie directly to the existing Dallas County I-30 reversible managed toll/HOV lane system. The managed toll/HOV lanes will allow single occupant vehicles (SOV) access by paying a toll, or allow HOVs access at a discounted toll during peak periods.


Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

NICB's Focus in Combating Cargo Theft

Joe Wehrle, President and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), shared his perspective on the impact of cargo theft crime in the United States, as well as the issues we face in our country. He discussed his leadership role in the National Commercial Vehicle and Cargo Theft Prevention Initiative and what NICB is doing to address the issues, solutions in protecting consumers and steps you need to take to fight this challenging crime.

Grand Prairie Police Department Auto Theft Unit Task Force also presented. The GPPD is partnering with the NICB toward combating auto and cargo thefts through an innovative partnership. An NICB Investigator is housed in the Grand Prairie Police Department and imbedded into GPPD’s Auto Theft Unit. Proactive efforts, such as tracking initiatives, have led to a 37% decrease in auto thefts and 31% decrease in overall property crimes in Grand Prairie from 2010 to 2013.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Living the American Dream, A Story of Success and Service

At Great Southwest Industrial Park's June 2014 luncheon hosted at Hong Kong Market Place, Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen shared how the American Dream is alive and well, and attainable by all. The program included the overview of goals of the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court and Commissioner Nguyen’s vision for southeast Tarrant County.

Andy was born in 1966 in Vietnam, a country ravaged by war for decades. As a child, after Saigon fell, Andy witnessed firsthand the evils of communism as the country evolved into one large prison camp. Those who sought freedom and democracy were forced into hard labor and hundreds of thousands died. The communists nationalized industries, the press and even churches, while abolishing all private property rights. Those who could, escaped by any means possible and many, like Andy's family, fled by sea aboard small boats, where they suffered from the elements and the dangers of pirates.

Arriving in the United States in 1981, and in spite of the challenge of learning a new language and culture, Andy thrived with the gift of American freedom. After finishing high school, he worked his way through college washing dishes. He also joined the Army National Guard, completed training in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Andy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Management, completed Army officer training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and moved to Texas in 1992.

Andy's first private sector job after college was as a manager in a Fort Worth, Texas-based telecommunications company. Always looking for the next challenge, he started his own telecom and information technology company, AIT Technologies, just six years later. Andy's strong entrepreneurial and technology backgrounds have been tremendous assets in identifying new job opportunities for Tarrant County residents. Andy’s story of success and service, made possible by the American Dream, didn't end there.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

DFW International Airport Growth and Economic Impact to the GSW Industrial Park

Great Southwest Industrial Park's March 2014 luncheon discussed DFW International Airport’s role as a catalyst for economic development, and their position in maintaining strong partnerships with our community and business leaders. Because we share demographic boundaries, it’s important for all corporate industrial business leaders to understand and share DFW’s strategic vision for business growth. DFW Airport’s central location, superior air service, and diverse economy are the major reasons that businesses relocate to the area, propelling the North Texas Region into one of the fastest-growing and most stable economies in the country. To effectively allocate Airport properties to meet the Airport’s and surrounding cities’ commercial development needs, DFW has developed a Commercial Development Land Use plan which identifies strategies for developing aviation related, industrial/warehouse and cargo/distribution in North Texas.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Refined by Fire:  A Family’s Triumph of Love and Faith

When a hijacked jetliner slammed into the Pentagon on 9-11, Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell was standing directly in its path.  Instantly, the Bronze Star Gulf War veteran sustained life-threatening burns to more than 60 percent of his body.  His book, Refined by Fire:  A Family’s Triumph of Love and Faith, is the story of a courageous solder, of a wife who refused to let go of her husband, no matter the odds, and of a young son who waited for his father to come home.

Birdwell is a native of Fort Worth and resident of Granbury.  He graduated from Lamar University, Command and General Staff College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master’s in Public Administration.

He served in operation Desert Shield/Storm, and in Central America as the Joint Operations Officer for Joint Task Force Aquila.  In 2001, he was serving on the Department of Army staff as the military aide to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installation Manager.

Birdwell has been a Texas Senator since 2010 and serves on the Higher Education and Veteran Affairs committees and is a member of the Economic Development and Government Organization committees.

2013 GSWIDA Holiday Luncheon



Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Smart Workforce Strategies

The Great Southwest Industrial Park’s September educational luncheon focused on conquering employee recruitment and retention for the human resource executive, while analyzing and maximizing the company’s bottom line for the business owner and management executives. Keynote speaker Colleen Affeldt, President of Orbitas - Evolving Corporate Relationships, presented a discussion on "Maximizing Profit... Maximizing People: The Financial Impact of Balancing Valuable HR Practices and Company Bottom Line. With 15 years of experience in the employee development industry, Colleen’s expertise includes leadership and management development, strategy and employee effectiveness. With a focus on balancing employee retention with company’s bottom line, she uses an outcome driven approach combined with an eye on transforming culture. This gives companies the best opportunity for success through your most important asset – People. The luncheon also featured a Human Resource Panel consisting of top leaders from American Eurocopter, Averitt Express, Printpack Incorporated, Sellmark Corporation, UTA Center for Innovation, and Workforce Solutions For Tarrant County.


Thursday, June 20, 2013
Active Shooter Preparedness

Lt. Michael Fleming, Law Enforcement Trainer Special Operations Division Commander for the Grand Prairie Police Department, discussed developing an Active Shooter Preparedness Program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of an active shooter and how to respond to an active shooter situation.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
City Report Card... Accomplishments and Goals

The March 21st luncheon featured speakers Grand Prairie City Manager Tom Hart and Arlington Deputy City Manager Don Jakeway discussing the cities' accomplishments of 2012 and goals for 2013 - from the cities' economies to quality of life, public safety to transportation.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
Best Practices for the Prevention of Cargo and Warehouse Thefts in GSW Industrial Park

The transportation industry handles billions of dollars in freight every year, and goods in transit are an attractive and easy target for thieves. That’s why cargo theft is among the largest categories of property theft in the United States, although exact numbers are elusive. Cargo theft also creates potential threats to public health and safety.

The Sept. 20th luncheon featured Supervisory Special Agent Jerry Allen of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) who outlined the exploding problem of cargo theft and organized burglary of warehouse and distribution facilities, the size of the problem and its effects on the business community, the consumer and the American people in general. He also explored a layered approach for better protecting your facilities from attack explained who pays for the losses, where the proceeds go and the types of crime that are supported with the illegal gains.

SSA Allen has been with NICB since 2007 and supervises the NICB Agents in North Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He has over 5 years of experience with a major insurance SIU and over 30 years of local and State law enforcement experience. He is currently commissioned by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Special Texas Ranger, and is a recognized expert in cargo and cargo theft investigations. Currently assigned to the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force in Dallas, SSA Allen offices at the Grand Prairie Police Department with the Auto Theft Unit.


Thursday, June 21, 2012
Upcoming Tax Changes for GSW Businesses
Understanding the Effects on Investments & Businesses Upon Expiration of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act

The Great Southwest Industrial District is home to many outstanding businesses, employees and business leaders. When 2012 comes to a close, so will tax cuts we have been taking advantage of for the past decade – unless, of course, Congress decides to do something about it.  Because of the effect these tax cuts have on a wide range of investments and businesses, it’s important to plan now for what’s happening and take advantage of the tax cuts before they are gone.  They will have an effect on all of us.

Many significant provisions of the landmark Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) are scheduled to “sunset” (expire) at the end of 2012, which would result in significant tax law changes. You may want to consider taking steps between now and year-end that could dramatically improve your financial picture – regardless of what Congress does or does not do.


Thursday, March 22, 2012
Mobility or Bust!
Understanding the North Texas Transportation Plan

Senior key transportation planners from the North Central Texas Council of Governments shared highlights from the recently adopted Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Mobility 2035 – which includes major project plans and financial constraints, as well as additional detail regarding the freight and intermodal planning efforts currently underway and planned.

NCTCOGThe North Central Texas region is a national leader and innovator in transportation policy, projects and programs. The staff of the NCTCOG oversees the development of the metropolitan transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, including freight system planning. The 12-county region covers approximately 10,000 square miles and over 200 cities and other agencies. Transporting freight is a key component of the North Central Texas regional economy. The region is located at the crossroads of four major Interstate Highways (H): 20, 30, 35 (which includes both IH 35E and IH 35W), and 45. Additionally, the region is a national railroad crossroads, as well as a national and international air cargo hub, making the region a natural logistics hub. North Central Texas ins centrally located within the continental U.S. which allows the region to serve as a primary distribution center, or inland port, for the southwestern U.S. and the nation. The Great Southwest Industrial Park is located in a prime location within the region for both goods and people movement, with the intersection of SH 360 and IH 30, as well as the Union Pacific Railroad mainline and close proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Over the next 10-15 years, several infrastructure projects are slated to improve access to these facilities.


Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Annual Holiday Luncheon
Downsize the Anxiety Factor in Our Lives

The Dec. 8th luncheon featured Dwight Edwards, a gifted speaker, writer, minister and coach. His presentations have inspired thousands of people all over the country. He is most passionate in making a difference in anyone’s life that crosses his path with an uncanny ability for flushing out the passion that some don’t even know they have. Dwight entertained and enlightened with a discussion titled, “Downsizing the Anxiety Factor in our Lives.”

Our lives are filled with countless things we cannot control, which is why Dwight talked about how we should focus on that which we can. To put it in Dwight’s words, “Anxiety can be downsized by favorable change of circumstances on the outside or intentional change of thinking on the inside.” As a holiday gift to all, each guest received a copy of Dwight’s motivational CD, The Five Pillars of Peak Performance.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Reducing Crime in the GSW Industrial Park
The Future of Natural Gas

The exploration of the many shale formations throughout the country, like the Barnett Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, has brought tremendous revenues to our local and state governments, many different industries, and is changing America’s energy demands. With increased exploration of natural gas has come much uncertainty and questions such as: What is the importance of natural gas to our economy? Is gas exploration good for the environment? Can natural gas really reduce our dependency on foreign oil, or oil in general? Do drilling rigs and pipelines pose a danger to neighborhoods and businesses? 

And, simply, what is the future of natural gas in America?

To help understand the impact of natural gas, its exploration in shales like the Barnett Shale, as well as the positive and negative consequences of gas drilling in the U.S., the GSWIDA is pleased to present our keynote speaker, Ed Ireland. Ed is the Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Council, a consortium of 12 of the leading energy companies operating in the Barnett Shale. With an operational expertise and a deep knowledge of economic analyses in the oil and gas industry, Ed will lead an insightful presentation on the past, present and future of natural gas exploration in the U.S. as well as its effect on our communities and overall economy.


Thursday, March 24, 2011
Healthcare Reform Affecting You and Your Business

The March 24th luncheon featured an up-to-date presentation on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC) signed by President Obama: General overview and timeline, the immediate impact on businesses, and a look into the future. GSWIDA welcomed Michelle Dortch, Vice President of resolution Benefits Design, at the March Educational Luncheon and discussed how healthcare reform will affect businesses in a variety of different ways. While many of the requirements do not become law until 2014 (the year after the next election), it pays to be aware of what lies ahead and understand the ever-changing, ever-defining legislative process impacting our businesses now and in the future. Michelle has over 27 years experience in group benefits and is Vice President of Resolution Benefits Design, LLC of Overland Park, Kansas, which offers health and welfare consulting services to corporate organizations nationwide. Michelle has extensive underwriting experience enabling her to offer creative solutions in today’s challenging health and welfare environment.

Monday, December 6, 2010
Gift for Life

Everson WallsThe Great Southwest Industrial Association welcomed former Dallas Cowboy cornerback Everson Walls on December 6, who shared his experiences both on and off the field while playing for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. We are all so focused on the future we sometimes forget to reflect and cherish our past. What a wonderful afternoon it was to listen to a Cowboy legend and hear what it’s like to be coached by Tom Landry and to play alongside the other greats like Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson and Randy White!

In his rookie year, Everson broke the single season record with 11 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl team in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985. In 1981, 1982 and 1985 he led the NFL in interceptions. Everson was known as one of the most feared cover cornerbacks in the NFL and, eventually, quarterbacks were forced to stop throwing the ball to his side. In 1987, Everson was given a three-year contract worth $5.05 million, which made him the second-highest paid cornerback in the league.

In 1990, Walls continued his career with the New York Giants, where he was the leading pass defender with six interceptions on the Giants’ Super Bowl Team. Everson also shared with GSWIDA his experiences with his decision to donate a kidney to his former Dallas Cowboys teammate Ron Springs. After Ron Springs’ successful kidney transplant from Everson, the two partnered to form The Gift for Life Foundation with the mission to promote awareness, early detection and prevention of Kidney Disease, diabetes and other illnesses and complications directly related to these life-threatening conditions, and to provide access to donor-oriented services and education across the U.S. In 2009, Everson wrote the book “A Gift For Ron” detailing his experiences on and off the field including the decision to make the donation to Ron Springs.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010
Countdown to Super Bowl XLV

Through countless regional cooperation, North Texas was awarded the bid for Super Bowl XLV in 2007, and as a result, the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee was born. It is the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee’s mission to plan and prepare for the first ever Super Bowl in Cowboys Stadium.

Not only will the upcoming event bring an estimated 200,000 people to the region, there will be numerous NFL and Host Committee events happening simultaneously throughout the area. Other regional opportunities include the Emerging Business program, community outreach efforts such as SLANT 45, and many ways for fans and locals to get involved through volunteering.

With all the excitement of Super Bowl XLV building, the GSW Association is privileged to present our featured keynote speaker, Mr. Glenn Menard, Director of Operations of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. With an extensive background in event and facility management, Glenn has directed operations and managed facilities for nearly every major sporting event, including Super Bowl XXVI and NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, Olympic tennis in Atlanta and World Cup Soccer in Dallas.

As General Manager of the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena from 1998 to 2007, Menard led the rebuilding and reopening of the two facilities following Hurricane Katrina, most notably the renovation of the Superdome for the historic return of the New Orleans Saints a year following the devastating storm, as well as the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets the same year. In addition to directing all aspects of NFL (Saints) and NBA (Hornets) games at the Superdome sports and entertainment complex, Menard brought to the city such musical acts as Paul McCartney, Green Day/U-2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Kenny Chesney, among others, who performed at the New Orleans Arena.

Prior to returning to his native New Orleans, Menard managed the 30,000-seat Olympic tennis facility, overseeing the planning, construction, opening and operation of the stadium from groundbreaking through the Olympic Games in 1996. In Dallas, Glenn directed the World Cup soccer tournament at the Cotton Bowl, the site of six World Cup matches in 1994. Most recently Menard managed the Texas Motorplex, the first stadium-style NHRA facility in the country, and home to the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Texas Workforce Commission providing business solutions

On June 10 the Association welcomed Amber Gosser, Business Services Director for the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, who discussed the innovative programs that the Texas Workforce Commission offers to assist businesses in lowering workforce costs without compromising workload and training needs. Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is responsible for overseeing $55 million in employment and training dollars to benefit the business community and Texas citizens, and consists of eight Workforce Centers, two of which have been recognized by national organizations as “Model One-Stop Centers.” In addition to the assistance provided to job seekers, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County offers many different services to the business community such as hiring and recruiting assistance through the Work-In-Texas job bank.

Are you familiar with programs offered by the Texas Workforce Commission … like the Skills Development Fund Grant, the Texas Back to Work Grant Program, or the Incumbent Worker Training Grants designed to assist local companies defray the cost of providing training to their employees? Or … did you know that the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is currently offering eight-week paid internships at no cost to employers? Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County strives for continuous improvement in the workforce system and actively fosters economic development efforts throughout the region.

With its strong commitment to a philosophy of innovative, strategic and functional integration to meet the needs of the business community – now and in the future – join us and learn more about what TWC and their training partners have to offer your company. Amber Gosser has been in the workforce development arena for over 10 years as workforce development professional.

Ms. Gosser is currently the Business Services Director for Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (the Tarrant County Workforce Development Board) where she works with more than 30,000 businesses throughout the county to assist with their recruiting and training needs by providing technical and financial assistance. Ms. Gosser also manages the Life Sciences Industry Sector for the workforce board. Ms. Gosser previously served as a Center Manager for the Arlington Workforce Center from 2005 to 2007. Prior to entering workforce development, she worked for the Health and Human Services Commission for over 15 years. Ms. Gosser served as a board member for more than five years for the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board and is currently on the board for the Center for Competitive Workforce for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Electronic Waste: The Fastest Growing Solid Waste Stream
Across the Globe

According to the EPA, 85% of domestic e-waste (electronic waste) is not being recycled. In fact, the majority of this toxic trash is either closing our landfills or is being shipped overseas to pollute groundwater and sicken individuals from China to Nigeria. The only solution to this problem is environmentally responsible domestic recycling.

Our March 11th luncheon featured what is happening in our industry, why it is important for businesses to divert e-waste from the landfill and the potential impact that it has on our community. We were privileged to present keynote speaker, Mr. Alfred Hambsch, owner of Barrie Metals Group of Companies, which includes the Global Electric Electronic Processing family of businesses across North America.    

Recognizing the increasing need to properly dispose of obsolete electronics, GEEP Texas, along with Techway Services, unearthed the solution with a method that is safe for both workers and the ozone, and the company’s motto says it all:  E-waste in, commodities out, with a zero-land-fill initiative.

GEEP and Techway completed its new facility in Grand Prairie to include a major development in the industry – a $3.5 million 50-ton proprietary machinery that can separate plastics from metals and circuit boards.  The facility uses zero chemicals and releases nothing into the atmosphere, employing a completely mechanical system that poses no danger to human beings or the environment.

The facility offers a one-stop solution with a secure chain of custody, reverse logistics, data destruction, remarketing and closed-loop recycling.  Because of the facility’s capabilities and national foot print, it can meet the needs of all original equipment manufacturers.  The state-of-the-art recycling facility can process nearly 150,000 pounds of e-waste per day, and customers receive revenue sharing on remarketed equipment and a certificate of destruction for recycled goods.

December 3, 2009
Going for the Gold, featuring Lonnie Hannah

Lonnie HannahAs he trains for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Lonnie Hannah is aiming to make his third U.S. Paralympic Team.

After winning gold eight years ago in Salt Lake City, Hannah is prepared to help his sled hockey team reclaim the top spot on the podium. But, first, Lonnie will make a stopover at the Great Southwest Industrial Park’s Holiday Luncheon.

Always an outstanding athlete, in 1972 at just eight years old, Lonnie became a U.S. roller speed skating national champion. At age 20, Lonnie suffered a warehouse accident that left him permanently paralyzed. But the accident did not slow down this determined young lad. Lonnie has used extreme dedication to overcome the adversity he’s faced in his life, and continues to help others along the way.

Lonnie Hannah, hockeyLonnie took up wheelchair tennis and won the U.S. Open wheelchair B-division singles championship in 1985, along with two U.S. Open wheelchair A-division doubles championships, capturing the titles in 1987 and 1995. In 1996, he was named Player of the Year by the National Foundation of Wheelchair Tennis.

After taking up sled hockey, Hannah helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, which he says is his greatest hockey achievement to date. Winning another goal medal in Vancouver in 2010 at the age of 46 would also be considered a marquee achievement.

But the essence of the Olympics and Paralympics is really about helping others. In addition to training for the sled hockey competition in Vancouver, Lonnie also coaches and helps guide a program called Operation Comfort, a sled hockey team in San Antonio made up of wounded soldiers recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 11, 2009
10 Basics of Lean Manufacturing and Distribution to Improve Your Bottom Line

The current financial crises has arrived in full force, and many businesses are recognizing the importance of implementing the lean way of manufacturing and distribution to their current business in order to improve employee morale and increase productivity.

By attending this luncheon, you will understand the basis of lean manufacturing and lean administration. Join us and learn how these improvement methods can help your company reduce waste and variations to increase productivity and consistency to improve profitability.

We will review the basic techniques, teminology and practical applications for adopting lean manufacturing and related techniques in your organization.

Take away 10 easy steps to improve your bottom line with lean and complimentary improvement methods.

Featuring Jane Marshall
Jane Marshall, MBA, MBB, CPIM, Jonah, BPS International Principal Consultant, has more than 25 years of experience assisting companies with process improvements using Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Balanced Scorecard methods to streamline operations, reduce inventory and increase turns, target quality and productivity problems to save clients millions of dollars and improve cash flow and profitability.

She has successfully implemented Lean Six Sigma in a variety of industries including aerospace, communications, electronics, medical device, military MRO services, pharmaceuticals, wholesale food, textile, furniture and industrial commodities. Jane also provides real world applications to students as an industry laison and lead professor for UCSD Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Program, UCSD Lean Enterprise program, UCSD Global Supply Chain Management program and SDSU Oerations Resource Management program. She has also conducted workshops and lectures for professional and manufacturing organizations across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Her education includes a Master Black Belt from UCSD, MBA with CSUSM, BSBM from UOP, CPIM certification with APICS, Jonah certification with the Goldratt Institute, Lean training from Lean Institute, and Six Sigma training from ASQ along with other training and certifications in process improvements.

green buildingMarch 24, 2009
Think and Live Green
Creating a Greener Company Culture

Keynote Speaker: Heather Woodward & The North Texas Corporate Recycling Association, Environmental Resources for North Texas

Green Initiatives Create Jobs, Saves Energy
and Saves Money

Many businesses are recognizing green building and green initiatives as a unique opportunity to thrive during economic hard times. In times like this, businesses rarely deviate from the norm, but sometimes deviation is exactly what is needed.

Not only is a down economy not likely to hurt green buildings, but chances are that it will actually help the growth of the movement. In this time of economic uncertainty, the increased efficiencies and lower operating costs yielded by green building and green initiatives help to save money in the long run as well as provide a product capable of attracting and retaining business productivity.

The GSW Association agrees that GREEN is being hailed as the bright spot in an otherwise gloomy economy. By following a common theme, businesses are actively pursing sustainable initiatives. The more efficiently a building is run, the higher return on investment is likely to capture while lowering the environmental impact. This positive message provides a strong testimony that we are in the right place at the right time.

Arlington Grand Prairie

December 4, 2008
State of the Cities
Jim Holgersson, Arlington City Manager & Tom Cox, Grand Prairie Deputy City Manager

Our December 2008 luncheon was packed with good food, networking fun and door

prizes. The Association asked every person in attendance to bring a Classic Book to be presented to the 6th Grade Students at Roark Elementary School. Loyal to our charity, guests reached deep within their pocketbooks and contributed more than 50 books such as Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, White Fang, Call of the Wild, Treasure Island and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Association will continue charitable contributions at our 2009 Power Luncheons… so be ready to join us and contribute for the benefit of our local elementary school projects.

We were honored to have Mr. Jim Holgersson, Arlington City Manager, and Mr. Tom Cox, Grand Prairie Deputy City Manager, attend our meeting and give their “2008 Year in Review” of each city. The GSW Board is grateful that both city managers readily support the Association and pledge their respective city’s continued dedication to the Great Southwest Industrial Park.

The city reports were followed-up with the humor and entertainment by our keynote speaker, Mr. Bryan Dodge.  In response to the never-ending news stories of the troubled mortgage industry and financial woes, Bryan stressed to each of us the importance of keeping professional life and personal life in balance.It was obvious to each of us that Bryan practices what he teaches when he goes home to his most important job: being an involved and dedicated father and husband.

Keynote Speaker Bryan Dodge

Bryan Dodge

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bryan Dodge began his career in agricultural sales after graduating from the University of Nebraska. His desire to excel led him to become an avid student of success habits and leadership principles. After an award-winning career in sales, this same avid study, now a lifelong passion, changed his life and eventually launched his speaking career.

Early on, he started a company Results that promoted sales seminars throughout the United States and Canada. His company grew to more than 60 employees. Relocating to Dallas, he expanded his business, filling stadiums in major cities with events featuring the most sought-after national motivational personalities, with whom Bryan shared the speaking platform.

After 12 years, he sold this successful business to focus on sharing his own knowledge and experiences with audiences directly. He is now one of America's most sought-after speakers, making over 250 appearances in the U.S. and Canada last year.

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