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Owner of TAB Houston South and Central
E-mail: rsmith@tab-houstonsc.com
Phone: 713-874-1648

Rusty Smith

Rusty Smith is a local TAB-certified facilitator and Strategic Business Leadership coach. He grew up in a family-run business in Alabama and moved to Houston in 1981. He has over 25 years of executive business experience leading, managing, building, and growing businesses. At Compaq and Hewlett-Packard he was a division manager responsible for revenues of over $1B and over 300 employees. His major areas of expertise include business development, marketing and general management for businesses ranging from startups to very mature operations. Rusty speaks German and has extensive international experience including foreign assignments, managing multinational teams, and managing global businesses. He also has significant merger and acquisition experience.

Rusty is an adjunct professor in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, is the current president of the Houston Chapter of The Institute of Management Consulting, and is a regular contributor to The Houston Business Journal’s Small Business series. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Alabama and a master’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Houston.

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Tydeman Dolen
E-mail: pat@tydemandolen.com

Pat Dolen

Pat Dolen helps companies and its leaders discover their core values, beliefs and strategies to position themselves for growth and achievement.

Pat’s background blends experience as a corporate trainer and manager for a Fortune 500 company, multi-branch area manager for a national staffing firm, HR consulting company president for over 10 years and a sought-after public speaker for association and groups on a local and national level.

Pat received her B.S. from Texas Tech University and has addressed associations and groups at the local and national level, such as the American Council of Engineers, Intergraph-Power, Process & Marine, Independent Insurance Agents, Drake Beam Morin, American Business Women, Building Owners and Managers, American Institute of Architects, the University of Houston-Center for Entrepreneurship, Duke Energy and the American Women CPA’s.

Pat has overseen the placement of thousands of employees and worked with a wide variety of industries, from start-ups to major corporations, for over twenty years. As president of Tydeman Dolen, she consults with her clients on such employment issues as selecting, hiring and retaining the right people, addressing performance concerns, team building, succession planning, performance appraisals and leadership & management development.

TAB members will find Pat’s experience valuable as she understands what it takes to develop and rebuild struggling branches and open new offices. Tasked with rebuilding a national staffing corporation’s Austin operation running at a net loss of $59,000, the office revenues increased to a respectable $3.98 million within 4 years under Pat’s direction. Her area’s new Houston-North branch office set a corporate record by doubling expected profit projections and earning Pat top corporate recognition.

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President of The Balzer Companies
E-mail: albalzer@comcast.net

Al Balzer

Al Balzer is the president of The Balzer Companies, a business development firm dedicated to contributing to the success and development of growth oriented companies for over 20 years. In addition to focusing on basic strategic planning and implementation issues, the mantra of the company is “helping others achieve direction.” This extends the effort to mentoring and coaching executives in leadership initiatives.

Al has a Mechanical Engineering degree. His background and experience include a career start in technical heat transfer sales with The Trane Company. Success resulted being awarded three independent franchise operations in; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Houston, Texas. Commercial, Industrial and Residential responsibilities included full sales, distribution and service as well as business development and strategic planning for dealers. He took the Houston franchise from $3 million to $20 million in less than 8 years. Al sold the company and embarked on a professional consulting, speaking and training career traveling the continental United States.

Past affiliations, in addition to professional associations, include 9 years with an international CEO peer advisory board company. For 5 of those years Al was a Group Chair and led CEO peer advisory groups as well as mentoring, coaching and consulting with the members. In addition to being a certified TAB (The Alternative Board) facilitator, he is also a certified Birkman behavioral assessment consultant and a coach/consultant for Gazelles International. He is a past president of the local chapter of the National Speakers Association and was honored as a John Wolfe Speaker of the Year.

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