Why John Cole is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

John Cole

John Cole

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

John Cole, Managing Partner of Farr Systems, had this to say:

Initially, I was drawn by the idea that we could leverage a program in the DFW Metroplex which had enjoyed so much growth and success in Atlanta.

Then, I was encouraged by wonderful Christian leaders that God brought together to launch our first Prayer Breakfast in 2014.

Now that I’ve seen how this event has touched lives, I’m even more convinced that we need to keep this outreach growing.

We are very thankful for John, who is one of our great volunteers serving as C0-Chair of the Merv Tarde Award Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast, and who has helped establish the Merv Tarde Values in Leadership Circle.

There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!

Speaker Announcement: Gary Peek, VP of IT Business Solutions of Rent-A-Center at 2015 Prayer Breakfast

We are very excited to announce that Gary Peek, Vice President of IT Business Solutions for Rent-A-Center, Inc., will be one of our speakers for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast on November 13, 2015! Come and join us as Gary shares his powerful testimony of God’s grace in his own personal and professional life.

Gary PeekGary Peek’s Biography

Gary Peek is the Vice President of IT Business Solutions for Rent-A-Center, Inc., in Plano, Texas.

Gary joined RAC in 2013 in a newly created role to consolidate over 200 technology professionals on different development teams under a single group. Gary worked with his team to create a “world class development” culture as well as transformed the classic “waterfall” approach to an agile development organization based on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

Prior to joining RAC, Gary served as the Director of Restaurant Technology for Yum! Restaurants International (division of Yum! Brands) driving restaurant technology strategy across 110+ countries outside the US with a focus on consumer-facing technologies (e-commerce, mobile, touch screen kiosk, digital signage, etc…) as well as all in-store technologies used by Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell. Prior to his experience with Yum, Gary had built several software companies from the ground up that developed a wide variety of technologies for the restaurant industry that included customers in over 40 countries.

Gary and his wife, Cindy, have five children and are members of First Baptist Church in Frisco, Texas, where they currently teach 3rd graders and Gary serves on the Missions Committee. Gary has been passionate about working with children over the past 20 years and has served on the Board of Directors for Trinity Kids, Inc. (serving abused children in North Texas) for 17 years. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Mission Arlington (bringing church to the people through community services) for 8 years as well as the Advisory Board for The Gentlemen’s Society (working to train underserved youth to become gentlemen) in Fort Worth for several years. In addition, Gary founded the Links Fore Kids charity golf tournament in 2008 to raise money for Trinity Kids, Inc.

Join us on Friday, November 13, 2015

Our 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast will be back at the Irving Convention Center on Friday, November 13, from 7 am – 9 am. We are looking for Table Hosts who will commit to reaching out to their coworkers, technology partners and friends here in DFW and inviting them to join you. The price to Host a table with 10 seats is $250 so go to our Table Host Page and sign up  today.

Become a Sponsor

We hope you will be a part of this great event. There are sponsorship packages available for you to support this event and connect your company to our attendees and supporters. If you want to learn more about being a sponsor, go to our Sponsorship Package Page for information. If you have questions contact us at [email protected]

Speaker Announcement: Todd Stewart, President of Gulf Winds International, Inc., will speak at the 2015 Prayer Breakfast

We are very excited to announce that Todd Stewart, President of Gulf Winds International, Inc., will be one of our speakers for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast on November 13, 2015!

“Turtle on a Fence Post!”

When people discover a turtle on a fence post, they immediately recognize that he did not get up there by himself. Someone had a hand in it! The question is who and for what purpose?

In the case of Todd Stewart, President of Gulf Winds International, Inc. (a 100 plus million dollar logistics firm based in Houston), this truth is painfully obvious! Admittedly, Todd is daily amazed at how the Lord continues to place a missional call on his life to utilize the business “to Glorify God by providing world-class logistics services through continual investment in our people, our clients, our community and the world we live in”. Todd is passionate about reaching people personally, professionally and spiritually. It has not always been that way and the road has been littered with adversity.

Come and join us as Todd shares powerful testimony of God’s grace in his own life and that of a thriving and purposed second generation business.

Todd StewartTodd Stewart’s Biography

Todd graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.S. in Marketing and immediately joined Gulf Winds International in 1996. Beginning as a fork-lift operator, he has served within or led every department within the company, leading to his current position of President. Todd is primarily responsible for working with key stakeholders to establish and maintain the mission, values and overall strategic “world-class” vision for the organization. Todd believes the business is here to serve a greater purpose and holds strongly to the biblical servant leadership model that empowers team members to grow personally, professionally and spiritually. Todd also has the privilege of being a C12 member. He is passionate about global missions and serves on the board of directors for International Cooperating Ministries. Todd also serves on the board for Secor.cc, a local company that fights human trafficking by donating 100% of all profits through the sale of ink and toner. Todd and his family are members of Humble Areas’ First Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and adult life group teacher.

Join us on Friday, November 13, 2015

Our 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast will be back at the Irving Convention Center on Friday, November 13, from 7 am – 9 am. We are looking for Table Hosts who will commit to reaching out to their coworkers, technology partners and friends here in DFW and inviting them to join you. The price to Host a table with 10 seats is $250 so go to our Table Host Page and sign up  today.

Become a Sponsor

We hope you will be a part of this great event. There are sponsorship packages available for you to support this event and connect your company to our attendees and supporters. If you want to learn more about being a sponsor, go to our Sponsorship Package Page for information.

If you have questions contact us at [email protected]