SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 MEETING:
Dr. Simon Mak
Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship Associate Director, Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship
PhD, Applied Science (Systems Engineering focus), Southern Methodist University Lyle School of Engineering
MBA, Finance, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business
SB, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OCTOBER 13, 2018 MEETING:
Scott Magids is co-founder and CEO of Motista.
Motista’s predictive intelligence enables business leaders to accelerate profitable growth by activating Emotional Connections with customers. Scott has led Motista to develop and deliver pioneering predictive intelligence solutions, resulting in accelerated growth for F-1000 brands.
Scott has authored articles in leading publications, including Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive Magazine and CFO Magazine and spoken at leading conferences organized by Google and Corporate Executive Board.
Prior to co-founding Motista, Scott led the technology ventures unit of the University of Maryland, where he helped start, finance and grow technology companies, and taught entrepreneurship courses. Earlier in his career, Scott led a predictive analytics firm supporting strategic and financial investors.
Learn more about Mr. Magids at
NOVEMBER 11, 2018 MEETING:
Attorney Kandace D. Walter has more than a decade of relevant and valuable legal experience to satisfy the needs of her clients.
Prior to the creation of Walter Legal PLLC, Ms. Walter honed her unique skills and legal perspective at an intellectual property and business litigation boutique law firm, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas City Attorney’s Office.
Ms. Walter is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Collin County Community College. She is a wonderful addition to our YES speakers team!
Learn more about Ms. Walter at www.walterlegal.com
FEBRUARY 17, 2019 MEETING:
Mayor Jeff Cheney
Native Texan Jeff Cheney was elected Mayor of Frisco, Texas, in May 2017, and holds the distinction of being the youngest Mayor of Frisco.
Since Mayor Cheney has taken office, Frisco has been recognized as the fastest growing city in America and the #1 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine.
Mayor Cheney and his wife, Dana, are the co-founders of The Cheney Group, a Frisco-based residential realty firm.
Mayor Cheney attended the University of Texas-Austin where he was recognized with Highest Honors for his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting.
Jonathan Alpart (潘佳朗) is a born and raised Texan. He earned a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese with a minor in Mathematics at UT Austin in 2008. His studies included two summers in East China as a volunteer English teacher, and a semester abroad in Beijing at a language immersion
program. After graduating, he moved to Beijing, where he worked and lived for seven years.
There he worked as a writer for a city life & culturemagazine, managed a Western restaurant, and was an instructor for New Oriental, before beginning his five-year career as a journalist at China Radio International in the English Department.
In 2015, he returned to his hometown of Dallas and began his real estate business with Fathom Realty with a focus on Chinese immigrants and investors, as well as an export business selling American products in China, which he operates along with his wife. Learn more about Mr. Alpart at
Ann Anderson, Business owner for Anderson Agency and currently serves in Frisco Chamber of Board Director, and Frisco Art Association.
She is the recipient 2017 Frisco Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award and volunteer of the Year 2018!
Debbie Chang is a devoted alumni volunteer for her alma mater, Duke University, sitting on the regional board and offering her time for admissions interviews. She has also helped lead diversity alumni programs for her husband’s alma mater, Cornell University. Debbie Chang is the managing member of Summit Hilltop Group, LLC, a real estate investment and advisory firm. She has over a dozen years of expertise in residential real estate brokerage and asset management across multiple states, but her real passion has been in helping learners and their parents better navigate the increasingly varied and often confusing secondary education landscape. Prior to her time in real estate, Debbie was a marketing executive in a number of leading companies, including Amazon.com, Clorox and American Express.
Mr. Eric Evans
Mr. Eric Evans is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGRY), a leading healthcare company
headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Founded in 2004, Surgery Partners is one of the largest and fastest growing surgical services businesses in the country, with more than 180 locations in 32 states, including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, and urgent care
facilities. It has a differentiated outpatient delivery model focused on providing high quality, cost-effective solutions for surgical and related ancillary care in
support of both patients and physicians.
Mr. Evans received his MBA from Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor's of Science in industrial management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to his career in healthcare, Mr. Evans worked as an industrial engineer and material flow coordinator for the Saturn Corp., a former subsidiary of General Motors. While he enjoyed working in manufacturing, he felt his career was lacking the kind of purpose
he needed. After realizing that the healthcare industry offered him the chance to utilize his leadership skills and to help people in need, he jumped at the opportunity to join Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in 2004 when he finished his MBA degree from Harvard University.