Founders & Mentors

Jay D. Rodgers



Chairman Emeritus

Bettye Rodgers


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.

David Hammer


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.

Dave Casey


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.

Rick Garrett


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.

Jeff York


Jeff put it “all on the line” to start Paycom DFW in 2002. Cashing in all of his assets and taking on debt, he states “those early start-up days with my business partner were some of the most memorable and exhilarating times of my life.” Within five years, he accomplished a successful merger with Paycom and a highly lucrative Private Equity event.  In April of 2014 Paycom Software, Inc went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (PAYC). Today it has a Market Cap of over $17 Billion. Paycom has over 4000 employees, and continues to be one of the highest growth enterprises in the nation with a 5 year compound annual growth rate of 44%. Jeff holds the position of Chief Sales Officer and Leads a sales force of over 500 remarkable Executives.

Before Founding Paycom DFW in 2002, Jeff had a long and successful career at a legacy HCM and Payroll provider. Holding many management positions including Vice President of Sales for the Major Accounts Division, he was a top performer and hired and developed many highly successful and decorated executives. 

Bill Brown

Vice President

Business has always been a passion to Bill Brown. At age 13, he started attending CEO Club meetings with his father where he was exposed to executives from companies of all sizes and types. It was here that he saw the positive impact a business can have on its community. That early exposure to the business world planted seeds that have helped him reap financial growth and build dynamic corporate cultures in the employee benefits and HR solutions market.

Today he is a President of Ardent Solutions, LLC, an Alera Group company, and has helped the business grow into one of the region’s largest independent employee benefits consulting firms. He is involved in all aspects of marketing, negotiation, compliance, design, and financial analysis of benefit programs.

In 2016, Bill was on the steering committee that helped join 23 other insurance and financial services companies across the U.S. to form Alera Group, now the seventh-largest independent employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm in the U.S. Following the launch of the company in January of 2017 Bill was elected to serve on the Alera’s Board of Directors by the other founding partners.

Joe Kesterson


Joe Kesterson, an entrepreneur at heart, has been in the Manufactured & Modular Housing Industry for over 30 years.

Joe started his 1st Manufactured Housing Retail company with three partners in March of 1987, and by developing an incredible sales training program, was able to grow the company to 21 sales centers doing business in Texas, New Mexico, & Oklahoma. Joe and his partners sold the company in August of 1996 for cash & stock totaling over $76 million….

Over the past 20 years Joe has established an outstanding track record as a successful entrepreneur in banking, multi-family, assisted living, and commercial real estate investments.

Joe started his most recent venture, Titan Homes, in December of 2010, and just consummated a deal that has earned him well in excess of a 10X multiple on earnings.

Joe has been involved in startup Business ventures that have been sold and returned over $200 million dollars to Investors…

Joe laser focuses on Habit 2 of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people written by Dr. Stephen Covey, “Begin with the end in mind.”

Joe begins each business venture with the goal of selling it, and runs the business accordingly.

Rick Sapio


Rick Sapio is a life-long entrepreneur who started his first company, a bicycle repair business, after the death of his father. He was just 13 years old. Since then he has founded more than 20 companies. After college, Rick worked in the investment industry, and traded distressed securities. Shortly thereafter, he became the youngest partner at his firm, after making more than $1 million in commissions and $100 million in transactions in one year. He was still in his mid-twenties.  At the age of 30, he started an investment holding company, called Mutual Capital Alliance, Inc. (MCA), which has made more than 50 investments in the past 17 years. His firm invests in private companies, public companies, start-ups, and real estate. M.C.A. has more than 35 holdings which include publicly-traded mutual funds, private funds, 11 start-ups, real estate, and distressed loans. His firm is also an active investor in 10 healthcare and medical device companies. 


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