PeopleTalk Speaker Series


At PeopleFund,  we want to see your small business succeed. The PeopleTalk Entrepreneur Education Series offers a unique opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Hear about their business journey, from lessons learned to professional advice from experienced CEOs. Lunch is included and questions are welcome. Now’s your chance to think big picture about the future of your small business and pick the brains of our community’s best and brightest.

past speakers

 Past Dallas/Fort Worth Speakers

  • Gail Warrior – Founder and CEO, Warrior Group & Warrior Elements
  • Betsy Price – City Mayor, City of Fort Worth
  • Veronica Torres – Founder, V12 Yoga and Director of  Business Development for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Irvin Ashford – Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs, Director of Community Development and External Affairs Comerica Bank
  • Andre Angel – Founder and CEO, Tango Tab

 Past Austin Speakers

  • Patrick Terry – Founder & CEO, P.Terry’s Burger Stand
  • Dan Graham – Founder and CEO,
  • Tim League – Founder, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
  • Roy Spence – Co-Founder, GSD&M
  • Judy Trabulsi – Co-Founder, GSD&M
  • John Paul DeJoria – Founder, Paul Mitchell Systems and the Grow Appalachia Project
  • Evan Smith – Former Editor, Texas Monthly Magazine and Editor of Texas Tribune
  • Dr. Mohammad Yumus – Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize winner

 For more information, email us or call us at 512.472.8087. Know someone you think we should invite to speak?  Email us.

Join us in Austin on June 23rd for PeopleTalk with Gordon Logan of SportClips

Gordon Logan Hero2015In the early 1990s, Gordon Logan recognized the huge potential, and relative lack of competition, in the men’s and boys’ haircut market. To take advantage of this, Logan assembled a top management team and developed the unique Sport Clips Haircuts concept, which included groundbreaking new haircutting systems, operating procedures and marketing programs designed to fully capitalize on this large, underserved market. With many years of franchising experience, Logan was able to design the concept and get it up-and-running within a remarkably short time, and Sport Clips’ rapid, yet controlled growth, has become a textbook example of how to do things right.

Prior to opening the prototype Sport Clips in 1993, Gordon Logan owned and operated salons throughout Texas. He served as President of the International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN, the trade association for chains and franchises representing over 20,000 salons) from 2008 to 2012 and remains on the Board of Directors. Since 2011, he has served on the VFW Foundation Board, which directs the charitable efforts of the VFW for active duty service men and women and veterans. He was elected to the Board of the International Franchise Association (IFA) in 2013, is Chairman of the IFA VetFran Committee, and is Chairman of the VetFran Mentor Program for veterans. He also served on the Board of Visitors for Southwestern University from 2010 to 2013.

Prior to becoming a salon owner, Logan served as an Aircraft Commander in the U.S. Air Force (1969 – 1976), after which he worked as a financial planning and control consultant with Price Waterhouse & Co. in Houston, Texas (1976 – 1980). He is a graduate of MIT (BS, ’68), and The Wharton School of Business, at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA with Honors, ’76). He is also a retired CPA in the State of Texas.

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Village | 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Register HERE for PeopleTalk Austin with Gordon Logan on June 23rd.


Join us in Fort Worth on August 12th for PeopleTalk with Doug Renfro of Renfro Foods

00_Renfro_Foods_USC1009015_026_659px_0Doug oversees new product development, risk management, legal, human resources and information systems.  Reared in the family business, Doug has spent a majority of his career working in a number of different capacities at Renfro Foods. Involved in a number of professional and community organizations, Doug is a past president of the Tarrant Area Food Bank, the Texas Food Processors Association and the North Texas Food Sales Association. Doug currently serves on the executive committees of Casa Mañana, a not-for-profit theater organization and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, a non-profit conservation and preservation institute. Doug is also on the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors, the Chile Pepper Institute’s Advisory Council and TCU’s Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He has also served as a board member of Fort Worth South, a non-profit organization that works to renovate Fort Worth’s southern inner city.

Fun Fact: Doug played saxophone, piano and marching xylophone (seriously) in junior and senior high school, advancing to state competition on multiple instruments. Currently, he can only play the kazoo.

Location: Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth

Register HERE for PeopleTalk Fort Worth with Doug Renfro on August 12th, 2016.