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Meridian Young Professionals Happy Hour with WACDFW Board Members

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Ahhhh, Spring is in the air! And, for Dallasites, that means spending lots of time outside before the summer heat makes us run for our air-conditioners. Meridian wants to help you find any excuse to “patio” this April, so join us for a delightfully international networking happy hour at Nora on Greenville. Four members of the Council’s Board of Directors will be there to join you for drinks, Afghan appetizers and remarkable conversation (“What Council event have YOU been to lately?”). Don’t miss this fun opportunity to meet interesting new young professionals, like yourself, and chat with influential leaders from the Dallas community on Greenville’s coolest rooftop bar.

Council Board members include:

David Jacobs, former Chief Financial Officer, E2M Partners, LLC

David Jacobs was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer and a founding partner of E2M Partners, LLC, a registered investment advisor and manager of a series of real estate private equity funds, and a member of E2M’s investment committee. He is also a principal of two private equity fund affiliates of E2M Partners and a founder of Elger Fund, L.P. Prior to E2M Partners and its affiliates, Mr. Jacobs was CFO of Rosewood Property Company; the Director of Finance for Property Company of America; the Executive Vice President of International Investment Advisors; and a founder of Dalcor Financial, Inc.

Mike Decker, Partner, Wingate Partners

Mike Decker, Principal, joined Wingate in 1996. He serves as a board member for S&N Communications and Denbury Resources. Mr. Decker held the post of Chief Operating Officer of the Trammell Crow Company, where he led the restructuring of the largest real estate firm in the United States. He previously was President of Huffco Group, Inc. Mr. Decker was also a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, an international management consulting firm, and worked as an Investment Officer for the World Bank.

Jorge Baldor, President, ResidentCheck

Jorge was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Dallas, TX in 1962. He graduated cum laude from SMU with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Jorge is a founder and President of ResidentCheck, a national tenant screening company serving the multifamily (apartment) industry and providing Pre-employment screening for all industries. He is a consultant to privately held property management companies and national Real Estate Investment Trusts. Jorge is an active member of the National Apartment Association and National Multihousing Council. His articles published in UNITS, Multifamily Professional, APTS and other industry publications, regarding Leasing to Non-US Citizens and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, have set the industry standard for compliance.

Esther Ferre , General Manager, Computer Services Industry, IBM

Esther is the General Manager for the Computer Services Industry for IBM and is responsible for both clients and business partners within the industry worldwide. Her position encompasses setting the strategy for the industry as well as revenue, profit and customer/partner satisfaction. She has responsibility for over $6.5 Billion in revenue. Esther has over 25 years of executive management experience at IBM and has held numerous management and executive positions including Managing Director, Client Director, Branch Manager, and Business Unit Executive. She has also held positions in sales and systems engineering in several sectors and industries. Esther has completed IBM’s Client Executive Certification program conducted by Harvard University School of Business and Wharton School of Business and serves on the IBM Client Executive Certification Review Board. Esther has served on the Innovations and Value team for 12 years - top executives selected by the CEO to drive the IBM strategy and thought leadership.


Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Place: Nora Wine Bar
1928 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Tickets: Free


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