Chairman of the Board
Sanjiv Yajnik is the President of the Plano-based Financial Services Division of Capital One. He joined the Company in July 1998. As a young boy growing up in Calcutta, India, he volunteered at Mother Teresa’s orphanages, and this experience led to a lifelong passion of helping others. As an active member of the community, he participates in organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County. He also encourages a high level of volunteerism among his associates at Capital One.
David McCall is an attorney for Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association and is a past director of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Texas. Mr. McCall holds many leadership positions in several civic, cultural and community organizations in Collin County such as the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority, the Collin County Community College Committee, Plano General Hospital, and many more. He was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Plano in 1984.
Barbara Baffer is Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications and a member of Ericsson’s North American Executive Leadership Team. In addition to her role at Ericsson, Ms. Baffer is heavily involved in the community. She serves as the Chairperson for the Board of Directors to the CTIA Foundation, co-chairs the Federal Communications Bar Association Texas Chapter, is a member of: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of Directors in Dallas, the Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR). Ms. Baffer will also serve as the Metroplex Technology Business Council Gala Chair for 2014.
As President of Hall Financial Group, Donald Braun oversees management of all of the core business activities. He has been with the company since 1980 and also has extensive experience working with and structuring debt and equity financing on Wall Street and with other capital market sources. Mr. Braun received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Albion College and was a CPA.
Michael W. Dardick
Michael W. Dardick is a founding partner and President and CEO of Granite Properties, Inc. Mr. Dardick serves on the Children’s Health System of Texas Nominating and Governance Committee, The Dallas Citizens Council and the Collin County Business Alliance. He previously served extensively in other roles at Children’s Medical Center on the Board of Directors and as Past Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Collin County Walk. Mr. Dardick is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a degree in Finance.
Scott Flannery is the Chief Executive Officer of United Healthcare North Texas. He has served in this position since October 2009 and is responsible for health plan operations. Prior to his current position, Mr. Flannery was Vice President of Sales and Account Management, responsible for new business sales and client management for North Texas and Oklahoma. He is Vice President on the board for Earning by Learning of Dallas and is a board member of the Health Industry Council of North Texas.
Daniel L. Jones is the Chairman, President, CEO and Board Member of Encore Wire Corp in McKinney, Texas. Mr. Jones has held the office of President and CEO since February 2006 after serving as CEO in an interim capacity from May 2005 to February 2006. Since joining the company in November 1989, he has also served Encore Wire as Executive Vice President, Vice President-Sales and Marketing and Director of Sales. He received his BBA from East Texas State University.
Fehmi Karahan has been active in Dallas-Fort Worth real estate since 1984 and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Karahan Companies and its affiliated entities since its organization in 1992. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and has been active in the community activities of Children’s Medical Center in Plano. Mr. Karahan has been a member of the Legacy Association Board of Directors since 2004 and currently serves as Board Chairman and a member of the Legacy Design Review Board.
Dr. H. Neil Matkin has been serving as District President for Collin College since 2015. He previously served in senior positions with other community college systems in Texas, Louisiana and Virginia and the Illinois Century Network Interagency Governance Board. Dr. Matkin also serves on the Congressional Veteran’s Commendation Selection Board. He holds a Doctorate of Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
James McCarley has served on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group since 2006. Since January 1996, Mr. McCarley has served as President of James McCarley Consultants, which is a governmental affairs consulting company. He also spent 23 years in law enforcement, including serving nearly 11 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Plano.
Barry McPherson is the Executive Vice President, Worldwide Delivery and Support Services of McAfee. Under McPherson’s tenure, the McAfee support organization has won multiple awards. McPherson has more than 20 years of experience in technology and related industries. Prior to joining McAfee in 2006, he spent six years at Juniper Networks, and held various management positions at Bay Networks, Siemens, GTE, and GE Capital. McPherson has served on the Technical Advisory Boards for SSPA and Jive Software. He graduated from Middlebury College, where he was a guest lecturer in 2008. He now lives in the Dallas area and is a member of several local charity boards.
Donnie Nelson is the General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks and is an owner of the Frisco-based Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental League. In addition to serving on a number of non-profit boards, he founded the Assist Youth Foundation, now known as Little Heroes, and Texas Legends Care which supports underprivileged youth and military. Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Wheaton College.
Housing industry veteran Bobby Ray began his career in 1983 at Goodman Homes, eventually serving as a partner and president. He helped the company grow to a Top 10 homebuilder in Dallas. Mr. Ray served as President of the Collin County Homebuilders Association and as a board member for both the Dallas and Texas Homebuilders Associations. He currently serves on the board of Presbyterian Hospital and Northern Trust Bank.
The Honorable Florence Shapiro
Senator Florence Shapiro was a Republican member of the Texas Senate, from 1993 to 2013 representing most of Collin County. She attended UT Austin and graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education. Her noteworthy legislative work earned her the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault’s “Champion for Social Change Award” and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas’s “Legislator of the Year Award” in 2008.
Scott Sonju is the President and General Manager of the Frisco RoughRiders, which is one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball. Mr. Sonju received a Bachelor’s in History from Texas A&M University. He earned his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. One of his best achievements has been establishing the LIFT Program, which is a year-round leadership development, mentoring, and service program designed for 19-24 year olds.
Mark E. Speese is the Chairman of Rent-A-Center. He began his career in the rent-to-own industry in 1978. After nearly eight years in the business, he and a colleague left the company to start a competing business known as Vista Rent-To-Own, which evolved into the company known today. Mr. Speese is an active participant in the Collin County community and is part of the Board of Directors of the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano.
Cade Thompson is the Co-Founder, Chairman, Director and CEO of Halo Companies, Inc. He graduated from Abilene Christian University studying Finance, Accounting and History. His education includes studying abroad as a Presidential Scholar at Oxford University. In May 2010, Mr. Thompson was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 Award in the Southwest Area – North.
Larry Young is president and Chief Executive Officer for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. He was named president and Chief Executive Officer in October 2007 after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for the company’s Bottling Group division. Mr. Young joined the company in April 2006 through its full acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, where he had been President and CEO since 2005. In 2008, He was appointed chairman of the board of the American Beverage Association and inducted into the Beverage World Soft Drink Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Colette, live in Dallas and are both natives of Springfield, Mo.