Young Entrepreneurs Academy ~ CEO Panel Discussion



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Buinger Academy
1849 E Central Dr
Bedford, Texas 76022

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year long class that transforms junior and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.

The YEA! CEO Panel Discussion is an exciting event that features local CEOs who will be discussing their roles, companies, and backgrounds, and offering helpful business and networking advice to the students. This event is one of few that is open to the public, and can offer an inside look for junior and high school students who are considering applying to the program in the fall! 


Meet our YEA! CEO Panel's Featured CEOs!

Deborah Paganelli, FACHE

Debbie joined Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford as president in 2007. Previously, Paganelli served as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville.  She currently serves as the chair-elect of the HEB Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the board of directors for CareFlite and the HEBISD Education Foundation, and the boards of the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake.

James Griffin, Mayor, City of Bedford

Jim received his BA in Planning from the University of South Florida in 1978 and a Master's Degree in Business / Finance in 1985.  Currently he is a Senior Engineer at Verizon Communications and has been with the company for over 33 years.  Jim and his wife Wynette have been married for 33 years.  They are the proud parents of their daughter Liz who is a graduate of Baylor University and a Bedford resident.

Jim has been an active leader within the community for over 20 years.

Brandon Parraway, CEO, S.W.E.A.T.

Brandon is an entrepreneur, a teacher, a keynote speaker, and a coach. He has be seen on shows like The Steve Harvey Show, The Business Spotlight, Dare to Dream, and more. He helps people find success in all areas of life. He also sings in a gospel quartet that is featured on over 300 radio stations worldwide. Brandon's philosophy is that knowledge is wasted power until you use it or share it with someone who will.

Bill Lynch, President of Comsel Communication

Bill writes, consults and speaks on customer acquisition and revenue growth for small to mid-sized businesses. Lynch shares his recipe for success in helping small business owners develop business plans, deal with the financial realities of small business, and clarify the roles of cold calling and networking. He assists small business owners in understanding the value of a new customer and how much to invest to acquire one. Lynch teaches people the need to trust yourself to produce high value results and offers solutions on how to do so. 

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