BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul O. Williams – Chairman of the Board
Paul Williams graduated from Austin College in Sherman with a double major in Economics and Business Administration with a minor in Political Science. He also graduated from the Institute of Organization Management in Washington, DC. Over the course of his 35-year career, Paul has established a reputation as a high-impact leader in corporate finance and business development; structuring deals primarily ranging from $1 million to $50 million transactions. His systematic, detail-oriented approach to executing business strategies is unparalleled by any in the industry and have helped countless corporations achieve their strategic benchmarks. Previously, Paul served five years on the Board of the Texas Economic Development Council in Austin. In 2007, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and currently still serves on their Board and Executive Committee. In 2009, Paul was awarded the CFO of the Year award for North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal.
Craig A. Loe – Chief Financial Officer, Board Member
While teaching at Southern Utah University, Craig Loe developed an aquatics program focusing upon Scuba from open water divers to instructors. His program saw most every K12 teacher as they went through the coaching factory through SUU. This template was used throughout the US in other higher education systems and used to justify and promote the diving industry. While working in the finance industry he had the opportunity to open his own mortgage companies lending both conventional and hard money. He was entrusted by many investors with their money to place in real estate deeds of trust, all of which were successfully completed. Because of the private money construction loans, he also started a construction management company to escrow the funds from construction loans and release draws in accordance to prior agreements with lender and borrower as work progressed. He also processed all payments for his investors along with appropriate title work. Currently he holds the federal NMLS license and has reentered the mortgage industry working through Bank of the Rockies out of White Sulphur Springs, Montana to develop a residential mortgage division in Texas.
Lynne Reynolds – President, Board Member
Lynne hails from Illinois, attending both Illinois Wesleyan and Texas State University where she performed and travelled with “The Strutters”, the first organized college dance team in Texas. Experienced in both the non-profit and private sector, she has recorded audio books for the blind, sculpted/molded special FX prosthetics for an advanced curriculum class with Leonard Engelman (Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences), written a multi-picture film fund prospectus and a full-scale studio and real estate development business plan, and has written, produced, directed, and edited many diverse projects of her own. Her resume includes short documentaries for Autism Speaks, a trailer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, music videos for Sony, a reality television pilot, commercials, live events and charity fundraisers. She co-founded Last Asylum in 2006 which distributed the award-winning feature, “Shut Up and Shoot Me” to Blockbuster and Netflix and secured funding for the feature film “The Playroom” with John Hawkes. She was invited to join the Board of Directors of Deep Ellum Film Music Art & Noise (from which the AFI Dallas Film Festival was born). She produced “A Decade of DEFMAN” a unique “green” event (recycling programs and posters into mixed media art she created) raising funds for cancer victims. Lynne spent nine years with the programming committee for Dallas Int’l Film Fest – screening submissions and writing critical reviews. For the Dallas Film Society she produced and directed “Ro Diaz – Cuban Artist in Residence”, and produced, directed, and edited the tribute to Liener Temerlin, advertising icon & AFI Dallas founder, interviewing President George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush, H. Ross Perot, Roger Staubach, and CEOs of Exxon Mobil, HEB, Target, and Zales, premiering at the Winspear Opera House. Lynne served on the Board of Directors of The Movie Institute for six years and was an instructor to teen filmmakers at Kamp Hollywood. With two terms on the Board of Directors of Women In Film: Dallas in Publicity and as Education Chair, she created scholarships and finishing funds for young women. Also a member of the Dallas Producers Association and now a Board Member of the Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals, Lynne’s creativity and diverse background in the arts brings innovation and energy to Showbusiness.
Shawn Russ – Vice President, Board Member
As the founder and owner of L’il Cheyenne, a Strategic Marketing and Researcher company for the past 15 years, Shawn Russ has played a key part in developing advertising campaigns for a range of products and services both nationally and internationally. Her professional experience includes: Account Planning Researcher at The Richards Group, Regional Marketing Coordinator for a fortune 500 Company, Vice President of a Video Game publishing company and an Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in broadcast news while working at NBC affiliate in Ohio. A graduate from Cleveland State University with a degree in Political Science and Communication Ms. Russ was proud to have earned scholarship money from the Miss Ohio America program. She also worked as a professional model landing work with national companies such as Arizona, PetMate products, Anne Cole and Jeep. After moving to Texas, Ms. Russ became a champion barrel racer, team roper and spent several years teaching equine equitation in her spare time. Now located in the small town of Cash, Texas, Ms. Russ lives with her daughter Reese and fiancé James Gordon. Ms. Russ is a published poet, journalist, rodeo champion and award-winning broadcast producer, but she is most proud of her home and family.
Margaret Cerchione – Board Member
Margaret has a strong passion for personal development having worked in private education for 30 years. She brings logic and leadership to all situations, having extensive experience in event planning, business and job development, recruitment, marketing, teambuilding and organizational training. She finds joy aiding individuals in identifying their unique talents and gifts and then encouraging them to use those talents to the fullest extent possible. Margaret attended Glendale Community College for Criminal Justice and used that knowledge to co-produce “Restore America by Restoring Love” and “The Second Amendment in Action” events in Dallas Texas. Currently, Margaret has transferred her passions for personal development to the field of Real Estate and works as a residential realtor in Dallas Texas. Fulfillment comes in helping her clients achieve one of the great American Dreams; Home Ownership. She and her husband reside in Los Colinas Texas and find joy in servicing people in need in the community.
Brian R. Arnold – Advisory Board
Brian R. Arnold has been practicing law in the area of civil litigation for over 33 years. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, United States Court for the Northern District of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and United States Court of Federal Claims (Washington D.C.). Mr. Arnold also has his certification in Mediation. Mr. Arnold received a B.A. Degree in Economics/Minor in Management Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a J.D. Degree from South Texas College of Law Houston. Prior to law school Mr. Arnold managed a sales territory for National Steel Corporation in Houston, Texas. Subsequent to law school, Mr. Arnold was the managing attorney for the Dallas branch of the Law Offices of Daniel Lowe. Thereafter he became partner in the law firm of Ward, O’Brien, Staev, Fisk, Arnold & Garcia. Mr. Arnold established the law firm of Brian R. Arnold & Associates and has been managing this firm for over 20 years. He is currently the Director and President Elect for the North Dallas Bar Association and has been Past President for the past 12 years, Past Director, Continuing Legal Education, N. Dallas Bar Assoc., Past Secretary/Treasurer, N. Dallas Bar Assoc., Past President, Local Homeowners Assoc., member of the Texas Bar Assoc., American Bar Assoc., Plano Bar Assoc., and Delta Theta Phi Fraternity. Mr. Arnold is married to Kelly Arnold and has 4 children. Besides participating in various school and family related activities, he also keeps busy as the Coach of a U-16 Competitive Soccer Team in Plano in the Plano Premiere Invitational League. He is also a certified Soccer Referee.
DB Thomas – Advisory Board
DB Thomas grew up in Honey Grove, Texas. He earned his degree in Agriculture from Texas A&M University, MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland as well as Spanish Proficiency from Cuauhnahuac Institute of Language in Mexico. He spent the last twenty years exporting seed and ag chemicals to India, Japan, Korea, Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East to name a few. He has also worked for international banks as an auditor and consultant on their US loans. He successfully organized large urban leasing programs including the negotiations with neighborhood associations and leasing thousands of acres for projects across Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana including identification, location, leasing of heirs, and runsheet preparation. He has spent over twenty-seven years in most aspects of the oil business, especially research and contract negotiation.
Rick Kolluri – Advisory Board
Rick Kolluri serves as a non-executive board member of directors since August 2017. Mr. Kolluri is an entrepreneur and involved in several startup companies. He is a Principal at Atria – a staffing and software development company, CEO at SAPNexus – ERP software and staff augmentation company, Founder & CEO at iHalo, CEO at VoIP – a business phone solutions company, Founder & CEO at iXpress – an application for Attorney’s and IT organization, and also Founder & CEO at Vivo Media – a Television & Radio company. Mr. Kolluri has also worked for 6 years in the publication industry as CEO & Publisher for Diya Magazine, which was sold in 2008. Mr. Kolluri’s participation as a member of the Showbusiness Advisory Board is due to his extensive experience in media, technology and broadcasting experience.
Eric Jewell – Advisory Board
Eric began making short films at the age of thirteen, beginning with his mock horror film “Killer Jello” (achieving recognition on the TV show LiveWire and Nickelodeon Network). In college he started his own company, Jewell Productions where his very first paid production was a 30 second spot for a local Flight Charter Service. This led to AMS Pictures and Cine-Cermin Productions, where he became a Director of Photographer, Producer, Director and Editor. His credits include a wide variety of projects; from the sports reality TV show “Race Car Driver” to celebrity interviews for the Telluride Film Festival and Planet Hollywood. His corporate clients include many Fortune 500 companies and he has done educational work with Junior Achievement, Kamp Hollywood, The Movie Institute and the Texas Education Agency. He has field produced numerous football related TV shows for Fox Sports and CBS College Sports and produced/directed TV commercials for the legendary sports radio station ‘The Ticket’. His work has won 11 Telly Awards, 5 Communicator Awards, a Katy Award, DV Award, and the Radio Award of Excellence. In 2006, he co-directed the feature film, “Schtickmen” which won in 5 international film festivals and was theatrically released in Chicago & Dallas. It was available in Blockbuster Stores and currently on Netflix. Eric writes curricula, teaches digital video production and is the Department Chair at MediaTech Institute in Dallas. He continues to operate Jewell Productions with corporate clients such as TI, Microsoft, JC Penney, KISS Radio Networks, The Ticket Sports Radio Station, Tech Titans, and the City of Richardson.
Don Stokes – Advisory Board
Don began his career processing prints in the family dark room at the age of four. By 7, his first paying job was rolling filmstrips at Jamieson Film Company and he has been involved in the industry ever since. A graduate of SMU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film, Don has worked as a grip, animation cell painter, animation camera operator, still photographer, projectionist, editor, sound recordist, still photographer, production manager, post supervisor, director, writer, and producer. He has produced films and videos in the commercial, corporate, documentary, and entertainment sectors for more than forty years. His involvement has been inclusive of script and project development, supervision and selection of production teams, in addition to budgeting and cost control. His work as producer, writer, and director has taken him to numerous international locations and earned awards for him and his clients. In 2002 Don founded his own postproduction facility, Post Asylum, Inc. His goal was to assist advertising agencies and independent film and video producers in their transition to the post-production process while providing them with an environment of unparalleled production support. In 2016, after celebrating his 50th year of employment in the industry, Don sold Post Asylum in order to return to his roots as a producer and also pursue his passions of writing and still photography. He is a founding member/past President of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Chairman of the Dallas Film Society, and President of the Dallas Producers Association. He currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Producers Association and The Movie Institute. He is also an associate member of Women in Film Dallas.
Alec Franco – Advisory Board
Alec Franco is the owner and creator of A Weighted Bliss weighted comfort items which launched in 2015. She is also a travel agent with A Touch of Magic Travel; an authorized Disney Travel Company Agency. Alec is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she received her BA in Sociology. Alec spent much of her adolescence doing pageants which led to opportunities in modeling and acting locally, in New York and in Los Angeles. She continued to nurture her love of acting and production during college while pursuing her degree in Radio/Television and Film at Texas Christian University. She also worked with various local production companies in many different facets throughout that time. Since receiving her degree, she worked many years at a major oil and gas company in Human Resources creating, launching and managing the Health and Wellness programs for almost 1,200 employees and in Social Work as a Case Manager at a local foster and adoption agency. Once being given the opportunity to work as a travel agent for Disney, she is now focusing full-time on making families’ dream vacations come true as well as still designing items that bring comfort and relief to those struggling with anxiety, autism and pain through her “A Weighted Bliss” products. Alec is also a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Tommy Benizio – Advisory Board
Team owner Tommy Benizio spearheads the Texas Revolution Indoor Football League organization as the team’s CEO following a four-year stint as the Indoor Football League’s first Commissioner. Over the course of his time as Commissioner the league grew in both strength and stability. Prior to being named Commissioner, Benizio was the owner and operator of both the Intense Football League and the Odessa Roughnecks for five seasons, winning Franchise of the Year and Executive of the Year awards for his work with the team. Benizio brings over two decades of experience in the operation of professional minor league sports franchises, getting his start in the early 1990’s as a player for the ECHL’s Roanoke Valley Rampage. Following his brief professional hockey career, he took a position in the front office of the ECHL’s Roanoke team. From that point on he worked hard at every position he held, while earning promotions through professional hockey teams in Dayton, OH, Baton Rouge, LA, Tucson, AZ, El Paso, TX, and Knoxville, TN. During his second stint with the team in Roanoke, Benizio served as a founding member of the af2 while operating both the hockey and football franchises. The dedicated professional continues to contribute to the success of the Revolution with great leadership and passion. He resides in Frisco with his wife Jessica and daughter Giuliana.
Dr. Michael Smith – Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Smith is currently practicing industrial medicine, urgent care and primary care for Advantage Medical Clinic. In the past, he was an assistant professor for Texas Tech School of Medicine in the Emergency Medicine Department. He was also the CEO and medical director of his own emergency medicine group and in private practice with a wellness and anti-aging group in El Paso, TX. Dr. Smith lives in Keller, Texas with his wife of 25 years, Connie. They have three children: Killian 23, Ryland 18, and Kyrie 11. The Smith family is active in church, community and focused on health and fitness.
Cope Bradley – Advisory Board
Cope Bradley received his BA at Northeast Louisiana University. He has also completed numerous Graduate level and Self Development “State of the Art” courses – NLP, Neuro-semantics, Human Resources, Power of Influence, Demographics, Polling and many other diverse topics to stay abreast of an ever-changing world. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (service connected disabilities) and is licensed 2-15 Insurance in Florida (not active). Cope is a member of Toastmasters International. Mr. Bradley has more than 40 years of successfully interpreting customer behavior and tendencies (face-to-face, telephonically, and Internet) with large corporations such as Sears, J.C. Penny, Wal-Mart, Carnival, and others) and private consulting (facilitation of sale of businesses, demographics, management training, marketing of ideas from conception to finished product). Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” Habit number 5 is, “Seek first to understand, THEN be understood”.