Our Speaker for Thursday, March 15, 2018 is Eva Perez

Topic: Addiction in the workplace and the benefits of hiring someone in recovery. 

Bio: Eva Perez graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (92) with a BA in Political Science. She began working on political campaigns while in school and continued after graduation. Her political interests took her to San Antonio City Hall as the Chief of Staff for the District 1 Councilman where she stayed for four years. Upon leaving, she took her love of helping others and began to do communications, marketing and public relations for a variety of non-profits serving the arts, health, and economic development programs and services. She landed at Santé in January 2017 and continues on her path to be of-service to others in her career. Eva is married with two step-sons, loves to cook, and is a Boston marathoner. 

Our Speaker for Thursday, March 22, 2018 is Mister R.W. McKinney 

Bio: Join Houston Historian R.W. McKinney as he talks about his series, Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston, which travels to HISD and La Porte ISD elementary, middle and high schools, educating and informing Houston’s future about its past.

Mister McKinney is an active member in the historical community, he lectures, gives weekly tours on board Houston’s only mobile history classroom, the Houston History Bus, and serves on the boards and commissions of numerous non-profit museums, libraries, educational organizations, including the Harris County Historical Commission, the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, the LaPorte Bay Area Historical Society, president of the Bellaire Historical Society and vice president of the Harris County Historical Society, the oldest area historical non-profit started in 1923.

Since 2008 Mister McKinney has served as the resident historian for the Emmy Award-winning KHOU Channel 11’s Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan, appearing every two weeks with a segment on Houston History, and last August, Mister McKinney, chaired the City of Houston’s 180th Birthday Party at Sam Houston Park with Mayor Sylvester Turner and honorary chair Council Member Robert Gallegos.

McKinney will present his take on important historical facts every Houstonian should know, including his favorite “Top 10 Things about Historic Houston Every Houstonian Should Know” and his “Gone From Houston” series that features landmark buildings, places and experiences gone from the Houston landscape. LEARN about Houston history and important FREE local history events when you “LIKE” @ MisterMcKinneysHistoricHouston on Facebook and social media. Class is now in session as we take a trip into Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston!

Our Speaker for Thursday, April 19, 2018 is Rania Mankarious

Topic: The mission of Crime Stoppers

Bio: Boston native Rania Mankarious was chosen to head Houston’s leading public safety non-profit organization, Crime Stoppers, in March of 2013. Rania received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence completed at the University of  Houston Law Center. She boasts an extensive resume with experience consulting for national companies, non-profit organizations and private public relations clients alike. Citing a personal mission to serve families and engage the public to better society, Rania began consulting with Crime Stoppers in 2006. 

In her four years at the helm and through working with her incredible team, Rania’s legacy has been well established. Described by some as “Crime Stoppers on steroids,” her footprint has elevated the organization to new heights. In addition to expanding the reach of the Safe School Program, the topics covered by the Safe Community Program, the launch of Parents Against Crime and the critically important Fallen Hero Program, Rania is most proud to have built the first-ever Crime Stoppers headquarters, anywhere in the world, right here in Midtown. The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston was officially opened January 2017 and is the first public safety, crime prevention facility of its kind – bringing together civilians and law enforcement as well as students and community members from every corner of our great city. Additionally on this city block rests the first Harris County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Garden, a beautiful tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In a short time, the ambitious mother of three has lifted a Houston institution to new heights.


2018 Past Speakers

Our Speaker for Thursday, Febuary 22, 2018 is Geetinder Goyal, M.D.

Topic: Direct Primary Care – Liberating Doctors, Empowering Patients.

Bio: Dr. Geetinder Goyal is the Founder of First Primary Care. At First PrimaryCare their mission is to champion a care model that liberates health providers toensure that you and your loved ones receive care that is Convenient & Accessible,Affordable and Transparent, Respectful and Engaged.

Dr. Goyal is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He has practiced medicine in India, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, Uganda, and for last 12 years in the U.S. Additionally, Dr. Goyal serves as Chief Medical Officer for Aliere Advisors. Aliere partners directly with employers in designing HR and Benefit Strategies aimed at reducing healthcare spend by average of 30%, improving retention, and decreasing absenteeism.

Dr. Goyal is also the Co-Director of the Houston Chapter of the Free Market Medical Association, an organization with 22 nationwide chapters. The goal of the FMMA is topromote transparency in healthcare through uniting and strengthening the benefits of free market healthcare.

He is married to Dr. Le Vo, who is a practicing Internist at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center. Geetinder and Le have two adorable daughters, Avni, six and Saya, two.  When he isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Goyal enjoys working out, watching sports, traveling, and having great conversations with friends.

Contact Info:
Geetinder Goyal, M.D, Founder
First Primary Care
Phone: 713.280.7991
8582 Katy Fwy; Ste 110
Houston, TX 77024

Our Speaker for Thursday, March 1, 2018 is Patrick Nguyen

Topic: Impact of Strengths-based Development

Bio: Patrick Nguyen serves as a Regional Business Consultant at Gallup, working with local Houston businesses to solve their most pressing workplace challenges by leveraging Gallup’s 80+ years of experience to provide analytics and advice on Hiring, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, and Workplace Culture.

In his spare time, Patrick serves as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and also enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Patrick holds a BS in Finance & Marketing from Trinity University.



Regional Business Consultant
Houston, TX


Restorative | Competition | Learner | Futuristic | Individualization

2017 Speakers:

  • May 11 – Meeting at LeTourneau Interests for a vendor presentation- Anthony Martinez arranged with his vendors
  • May 18 – Dennis Long, CPA
  • May 25 – Sandy Newton – The College Resource Center, College Coach – referral from Sandy Botticelli
  • June 1 – HBN Business Meeting
  • June 8 – Nick Nicholson – Movie Critic, Malaka Motion Pictures – referral from Michael Harris
  • June 15 – Richard Gomelsky – President , The Flying Locksmith, door security and access control experts
  • June 22 – Austin Tenette – Business Coach with Focal Point Coaching
  • June 29 – Rodney S. Jones – Topic: How To Present With Charisma
  • July 6, Lydia Navo, (2 part) Topic: Promoting your Business wth LinkedIn
  • July 13, Lydia Navo, Marketing Manager with Action Coach
  • July 20, Donna Fruge’ – Executive Director of Summerhouse
  • July 27, Jamal Randle – BitCoins
  • August 3, Chris Ochoa – The Future of Transaction & Travel
  • August 10, Micah Granger – Technology Solutions Our Customers Love
  • August 17, Joshua Evans – The Coat Hanger
  • August 24, Callie Teegardin – Send Out Cards
  • September 14, Charles Alverez – Business Development Expert
  • September 21, HBN Leads Exercise
  • September 28, Shalena Martinez – Chase Bank Business Relationship Manager
  • October 5, HBN Quarterly Business Meeting
  • October 12, Aaron Javener-Director of Development, SER Ninos Charter School
  • October 19, Rick Vowell
  • October 26, Ashley Johnson
  • November 2, Ann Arthur
  • November 9, George Elam
  • November 16, Sandy Botticelli
  • November 23, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
  • November 30, Christine Marie Pizzuto
  • December 7, Kathryn van der Pol or Bill Gilmer
  • December 14, Nick W. Nicholson
  • Decamber 21, James Morrison


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