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The founders of Biz Owners Ed have a long history of starting, running and selling multi-million dollar companies. Their mission is to pass along the knowledge they have accumulated in their own business ventures as well as to provide an effective platform for entrepreneurial growth.

Bettye Rodgers
Bettye Rodgers

Founder

As an entrepreneur, Bettye has co-founded 3 businesses with her husband Jay. The first of those 3 businesses was Healthcare Staff Resources (HSR). Bettye co-founded HSR to provide physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, registered nurses and x-ray technicians to healthcare facilities nationally. HSR began with $3000 in capital and recruited medical professionals worldwide. HSR was sold in 1990 to a New York Stock Exchange-listed buyer. Bettye also co-founded Smart Start Inc., which offers DWI offenders breath alcohol devices under court-mandated programs to prevent the offenders from starting their vehicles after alcohol consumption. The courts require offenders to install and pay for these devices, which allow offenders to avoid incarceration and remain at home, on the job and otherwise to contribute to society while being closely monitored. Smart Start presently operates internationally with over 1200 service locations. Bettye and Jay sold their ownership interests in 2006. Currently, Bettye serves as President of Track What Matters, a GPS monitoring and tracking company which tracks and monitors vehicles, trailers and other assets. Track What Matters has clients in 47 states and 6 countries. For the past 19 years, Bettye has also organized and managed an annual luxury vacation for successful entrepreneurs.

Jay D. Rodgers
Jay D. Rodgers

Founder

Jay D. Rodgers has been and continues to be active in the formation of entrepreneurial enterprises. His involvement includes vision, funding, strategic planning and exit dealings. Jay has personally founded, grown and sold over a dozen businesses such as: Smart Start Inc., now the nation’s largest breath alcohol ignition interlock company which has over 1200 service locations in the U.S. and operates in 6 foreign countries; Physician Staffing Resources, Inc.(PSR), a national emergency medicine physician management company serving over 2000 ER doctors; Healthcare Staff Resources, Inc. (HSR), providing healthcare facilities nationally with healthcare professionals; and Ranchland, Inc., a corporate outing and convention ranch destination. Tri-C Business Forms and Family Staffing Solutions are also among the companies he founded. His most recent start-up is Track What Matters, a GPS monitoring and tracking company. Jay spent eight years with Eastman Kodak before venturing out on his own in 1968. In 1993, he completed the three-year Owners & Presidents Management (OPM) Program at Harvard. He has served as a guest lecturer at SMU’s Caruth Institute of Entrepreneurship. In addition to founding Biz Owners Ed, Jay continues to devote a great deal of his personal time to mentoring committed entrepreneurs.

David Hammer
David Hammer

Founder

Throughout his career, David’s professional life and, more recently, his entrepreneurial life have focused on mergers and acquisitions. His credentials include being both a CPA and an attorney. He has played the lead advisory role in closing over 150 transactions worth over one billion dollars. In 2001, David opened his own investment banking firm, D.W. Hammer & Company, Inc. The firm specializes in middle market mergers and acquisitions and represents sellers and buyers in transactions up to 100 million dollars. In addition to Biz Owners Ed, David is a founder of Professional Partners International, a non-profit corporation teaching principles of entrepreneurship to business owners in China. He was also named by Dallas Business Journal in 2009 as a "Dealmaker of the Year." David's Bachelor of Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees are from Texas Tech University.

JIm Attrell
James Attrell

Founder

Mr. Attrell has 40 years of experience in the relocatable building business dating back to 1970 in Calgary, Canada where Jim was employed by Atco Structures. Atco Structures is the world’s largest factory-direct supplier of temporary and permanent modular buildings. Jim’s business, Nortex Modular Leasing and Construction, was established in 1998 and grew to almost 100 employees with annual revenues exceeding $30 million. In 2010, Nortex merged with Black Diamond, a Canadian public company, and Jim retired in 2011. Jim currently is the Director of Operations at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church and President of Marluc, LLC, a commercial real estate development company.

Rick Garrett
Rick Garrett

Founder

Rick Garrett is currently President and Owner of Summit Metals Corporation in Boyd, Texas. He started his business in 1996 with knowledge and connections in sales. He has learned finance and operations from trial-and-error experience. Rick gives credit to a host of business owners who have advised and coached him along the way. Summit Metals is a major supplier of steel parts and weldments (sub-assemblies) to manufacturing companies throughout Texas and Oklahoma. With 25 years’ experience in the metal fabrication industry, Rick has enjoyed “paying it forward” by assisting and advising others as they get started in the manufacturing process.

dave-casey
David Casey

Founder

Dave Casey currently is the principal of Calvus Consulting, a business process and technology advisory firm headquartered in Frisco, TX. Calvus specializes in advice to small and medium firms that have reached a plateau in development, or desire to change from a lifestyle company to a growth engine. Previously, Dave co-founded and grew Westron Communications, an advanced technology and network solution provider for more than 20 years. Prior to that Casey held management roles in sales and business development for Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys), and Infinet, a Memotec company. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management from State University of NY at Buffalo.

He subsequently completed a successful exit, selling Westron to Peak Uptime, a large regional IT Managed Services firm. Casey remained with Peak for 48 months, growing the Texas division to represent more than 50 % of Operating Profit for the firm, before forming Calvus. Dave’s professional associations include an eight-year membership in Vistage, the world’s largest CEO peer group organization, founding partner of the DFW IT Roundtable, a regional IT think tank, and various board positions. His expertise is in technology assessment and design, as well as matching applications to business requirements. A specialty is helping clients migrate and protect their data while adopting Cloud Computing as a platform.