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Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group

Tom Gaglardi

Owner and Governor

R. Thomas (Tom) Gaglardi is the owner and governor of the Dallas Stars Hockey Club and the president of Northland Properties Corporation, the largest family-owned hospitality company in Canada with its head offices located in Vancouver, B.C. He was officially introduced as the sixth owner in franchise history on November 21, 2011.

Since acquiring the club, Gaglardi has revitalized hockey in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, overhauling the team's front office by hiring veteran administrator Jim Lites to serve as president and installing one of the most respected hockey minds in Jim Nill as general manager. He also spearheaded the overhaul of the team's logo and uniform, forging a new identity for the club to fit his vision. Under his watch, industry insiders have consistently identified the Stars as a team "on the rise" for both the business and hockey operations side of the organization. During the 2014-15 season, Gaglardi purchased the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) and acquired the operating rights to H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. The move reinforced his commitment to sustaining and growing the sport of hockey in the state of Texas and creating a seamless organizational process to develop and train NHL-caliber players, coaches and front office staff.

A passionate and knowledgeable leader who is deeply involved in all aspects of the family's business, Gaglardi began his career in the hospitality industry at age 13 as a busboy and has worked in virtually every area of his business since that time. He spent considerable time in construction, hotel and restaurant operations, real estate development and finance. At age 23, he was promoted to president of the Sandman Hotel Group, and at 26 he became president of Northland Properties Corporation, the Gaglardi family's umbrella company. 

Under his direction, Northland has grown to be the largest family-owned hospitality company in Canada including a large portfolio of hotels with the Sandman Hotel Group and the Sutton Place Hotels & Resorts, several restaurant chains including Denny's Restaurants of Canada, Moxie's Classic Grill, Chop Steakhouse & Bar and Shark Club Bar & Grill. In 2009, Gaglardi began expanding his brand of hospitality to the United Kingdom and will soon be operating in North Texas with the planned opening of the first Sandman Hotel and Moxie's Classic Grill in the United States. The family also owns and operates a large real estate portfolio and the world renowned Revelstoke Mountain Resort. In addition to his role with the Stars, Gaglardi is a co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League and serves as its governor.

An active member of the community, Gaglardi founded the Sandman Harvest Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for disadvantaged and medically challenged children living in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. He also serves as trustee for the PA and JM Gaglardi Senior Citizens Society, a non-profit society providing housing for seniors in Kamloops, B. C. and serves on the board of St. George's School in Vancouver. He founded the Josh Dyck Foundation to assist Josh with his recovery from an auto accident in October 2006, which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Gaglardi and his wife Brittney have three sons, Charlie, Bennett and Wilson, all of whom play competitive hockey. In addition to his own participation on his hockey team, Gaglardi enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family at their cottage on the shores of Kamloops Lake near Savona, B.C.

Lewis L. Bird III

CEO & President, At Home

Lewis L. (Lee) Bird III is the CEO & President of At Home, a leading home décor retailer operating over 70 supercenters across the US. 

Previous to Garden Ridge, he was Managing Director of The Gores Group (where he was Chairman of Mexx, J. Mendel and Big Strike Inc.), was Group President at Nike (where he was Chairman of Nike Bauer Hockey, Converse, Hurley, Cole Haan, Umbro, Starter, and the Shaq brands), COO at Gap, and COO/CFO at Old Navy.

Prior to those roles, Lee was an executive at Gateway, AlliedSignal, and Ford Motor Company. He received a B.S. degree in Finance from Ithaca College, and an MBA from the Olin School of Management at Babson College.

Most importantly, he is married to his wife Linda and they are parents of eight children.

Jay Bray

President/CEO, Nationstar Mortgage

Jay Bray is President & Chief Executive Officer for Nationstar Mortgage, and also serves on the company's Board of Directors. 

Jay led Nationstar through a successful initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, and oversaw the company's doubling in size and value in the months to follow.

He tirelessly emphasizes quality customer experiences, process improvement and strategic execution. Before his CEO appointment in early 2011, Jay served as Chief Financial Officer for 12 years. Previously, he held key leadership positions with Arthur Andersen and Bank of America. Jay earned his Bachelor's in Accounting from Auburn University, and is a certified public accountant.

Mark Caffey

President/CEO, Caffey Group

Mark Caffey has enjoyed a 30-year professional career in the oil and gas industry in land and natural gas development. 

Beginning in his early 20s, Mark worked as a land man for Amoco in Houston learning the industry and forming relationships, and within a few short years he opened the doors to his own firm, Legend Exploration, in the heart of Michigan. He resided in East Lansing for a number of years as he built a foundation for the future acquiring minerals and land all over the United States.

In the early 90's, Mark returned home to Texas, where he later launched the Caffey Group, a Fort-Worth-based lease acquisition and mineral-buying company. In the years since, the company has enjoyed significant success through its partnerships in many of the natural gas shale plays including the Barnett, Eagle Ford and Woodbine, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus, Mississippi Lime, Utica and Permian Basin. Mark credits his company's success largely on his strong belief in bringing small-town ethics into play in large urban areas where his and his people strive to build mutually-beneficial relationships between the landowners and the developers.

Mark grew up in Arlington, Texas where he graduated from Lamar High School. He went on to attend Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he played soccer and completed a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Business. He is a boyhood attendee of the Boys Club of Arlington, as it was then known, and he has served the majority of the last decade as a volunteer for their cause. Mark currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington and holds seats on the Salvation Army's North Texas Youth Education Town's Regional Board of Advisors and the Vernon Well's Perfect 10 Foundation Advisory Board and remains a champion of children through the Caffey Group's varied support of local schools, charities and children's organizations.

Don Carty

Retired Chairman, American Airlines

Donald J. Carty, O.C. retired in 2003 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines, serving in that position since 1998.

Prior to that, he served as President of AMR Airline Group and American Airlines. He is currently Chairman of Porter Airlines, Virgin America Airlines and eRewards Inc. and is on the board of Barrick Gold, CN Rail, Dell Inc., and Talisman Energy. He is a member of the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Board. He is a former Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In 1999, Board Alert named him one of the year's Outstanding Directors.

Joe DePinto

President and CEO, 7-11, Inc. 

Joe DePinto is the President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. and leads the premier company in convenience retailing.

DePinto is a Board Director of 7-Eleven, OfficeMax (NYSE: OMX), Brinker International (NYSE: EAT), The Retail Industry Leaders Association, Business Executives for National Security, SMU's Cox School of Business, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, The Command and General Staff College Foundation and The National Italian American Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Councils for Outlook Leadership, The Pro Players Foundation, The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and is a Network of Executive Women Champion.

J. Patrick Faubion

Executive VP, The Business Bank, Comerica Bank

Pat Faubion is President of Comerica Bank - Texas Market. He is also a member of Comerica's Management Policy Committee.

A native of Austin, Faubion has a 38-year career in the financial services industry in Texas. Following graduation from The University of Texas in 1976, Faubion began his banking career as a bank examiner with the Texas Department of Banking. He joined Comerica in 1984 as a result of Comerica's acquisition of Grand Bancshares, and has held various management positions in commercial lending and credit management. 

Faubion is responsible for Comerica Bank's Texas Market, including recent market expansion in Houston, San Antonio and Kerrville due to the 2011 acquisition of a major Texas bank. In addition, he oversees Comerica's Arizona and Florida markets, as well as national leadership for Energy and Energy Services. He leads Comerica's Texas Management Council and is a Senior Leadership Team member of Comerica Incorporated.

A longtime United Way volunteer in various capacities, Faubion previously served as chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors and currently serves as a board member of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas, the Dallas Citizens Council, and Dallas Regional Chamber.

Pat and Rachael are parents of two grown sons, John and Mark.

Debbie Frazier

Owner and President, etc group

Debbie Frazier founded the full service travel management company, etc group in 1993.


The company supports additional division in meetings, events & incentives and branding solutions and has been recognized as one of the Top 500 Diversity Owned Business, Woman Owned, and Privately-Held Business. Debbie is also recognized for her philanthropic endeavors as well, including her involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, the SCORE Foundation, SPCA of Texas, the Rising Stars Foundation and her seat on the board of directors for the Dream Builders Foundation.

Tom Greco

CEO, Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts named Tom Greco as their new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 11, 2016. 

Prior to his role with Advance Auto Parts, Tom served five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Frito-Lay North America, where he led PepsiCo's $14 billion snack and convenient foods business.

Tom assumed this role in September 2011, after serving as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC), where he was responsible for leading PBC's commercial efforts across North America. Before that, he was executive vice president of sales for PepsiCo's North America Beverages organization and president of global sales for PepsiCo. He also previously served as president of Frito Lay Canada and senior vice president of sales for Frito-Lay North America. He joined PepsiCo in Canada in 1986. 

Before joining PepsiCo, Tom worked at Procter & Gamble. He graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Tom is very active in the Dallas Community. He is the 2014 Campaign Chair for United Way of Metro Dallas, serves on the Board of SMU's Lyle School of Engineering and is very involved in the Dallas Heart Walk and advancing the agenda of the American Heart Association. . 

Tom is happily married to his wife Corrine, and has 3 sons.

Dave Johnson

President & CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality

Dave Johnson oversees the management of Aimbridge's entire portfolio consisting of over 400 hotels approximately 2 billion in annual revenue and over 13,000 employees. 

Through his dedication and leadership, Aimbridge is recognized as one of the Premier Hotel Management companies in the United States. Aimbridge Hospitality's portfolio includes assets under ownership and management from Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt Hotels, IHG, Choice and Wyndham. Additionally, Aimbridge oversees an impressive resort and luxury division of hotels including its own proprietary all-inclusive Jewel Resorts.

Prior to joining Aimbridge, he spent 17 years at Wyndham International helping them grow from 10 hotels to over 500 at the time of his departure. While at Wyndham, Johnson served as President of Wyndham Hotels, overseeing approximately 15,000 employees and responsible for approximately 3 billion dollars in annual revenue. Prior to that he served in various senior level operational, sales and marketing positions

Mr. Johnson received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Business Economics, graduating with highest honors. Mr. Johnson has served on several Boards including Strategic Hotels (NYSE: BEE) where he was also a member of the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee from 2012 to 2016. Johnson served from 2009-2012 as a Director of Gaylord Entertainment (GET-NYSE). He also serves on several nonprofit Boards including The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Plano YMCA. Mr. Johnson's "Brand" affiliations include advisory Board positions on Hyatt, Starwood, Marriott and Hilton. Most recently he was recognized as a finalist for the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of The Year.

Tom Kalahar

President, Camelot Communications

Tom is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Camelot Communications, LTD. He has had a distinguished career serving in various roles for some of America's most respected companies. 

Tom began his career with Procter & Gamble and held a variety of sales and marketing management positions in the consumer packaged goods business before assuming responsibilities for the U.S. and Canadian Foodservice Sales Division. Tom then joined the Dr Pepper/7‐Up Company as Executive Vice‐ President ‐ U.S. prior to founding Camelot Communications. 

Camelot is a strategic marketing and media services company specializing in (1) developing comprehensive go to market business plans; (2) digital marketing plans, including planning and buying search, display and social media on desktop/mobile/tablet platforms; (3) sports marketing plans, including sponsorships with television networks and teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA and NCAA; (4) multi‐cultural diversity and inclusion plans; (5) media services, including planning and buying all forms of media locally and nationally (TV/Radio/Print/Digital). Camelot bills approximately $500 million annually on behalf of its clients, which over the years has included relationships with Southwest Airlines, ACE Cash Express, Wendy's, TGI's Friday's, 7‐Eleven, TXU, Intuit/Turbo Tax, Experian, Neiman Marcus, AT&T, Gold's Gym, AMC Theatres and many other Fortune 1000 companies. 

Outside the business world, Tom has been active in supporting civic and charitable organizations on a national, as well as a local basis, including The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The American Diabetes Association, Boy Scouts of America, and is currently a National Board member of the Tom Joyner Foundation, an organization focused on supporting historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's) and the continuing education of students attending those institutions. 

Tom is a member of the NAACP and currently serves on the National Board of Directors; on the National Executive Committee; as National Treasurer of the NAACP Foundation (SCF); and as Vice‐Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards.

James R. Lites

President/CEO, Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi appointed Jim Lites President and CEO of the Stars on Nov. 18, 2011. Lites is very familiar with the position having held it twice previously under prior owners Norm Green and Tom Hicks.

Lites comes into the 2016-17 season with a reputation as one the finest administrators in professional sports. He is responsible for all aspects of the Dallas Stars hockey and business operations and reports directly to Mr. Gaglardi. Lites also serves as an Alternate Governor on the NHL's Board of Governors, a role he held from 1982-2007. Over the years Lites has served on the Board's marketing, broadcasting, expansion and game committees.

Over the course of Lites' two prior stints with the Stars (1993-02; 2003-07), the team won seven division championships, two Western Conference championships, two Presidents' Trophies, and the 1999 Stanley Cup. He played an active role in the conception, design, construction and on-going business operations of American Airlines Center and Dr Pepper StarCenter ice facilities. Most recently, Lites played a significant role in hiring General Manager Jim Nill, purchasing the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the operating lease of the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas.

From 1999-02, Lites also served as president of MLB's Texas Rangers, becoming one of only four executives at the time to simultaneously manage the affairs of two major league franchises. He served three years on MLB's Executive Council and was President when the Rangers captured the 1999 American League West championship.

Prior to joining the Stars in 1993, Lites served 11 years as chief operating officer of the Detroit Red Wings, who during his stint, won three Norris Division championships and two Norris Division Playoff championships after having missed the playoffs in 10 of the 11 seasons before his hiring. During his tenure, the Red Wings were named by Financial World magazine as the most valuable franchise in the NHL in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. Lites was also instrumental in the defection of former Soviet stars Sergei Fedorov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Vladimir Konstantinov, each of whom played important parts of the Red Wings' record-setting and Stanley Cup champion hockey clubs.

While with Detroit, Lites also served as chief operating officer of Olympia Arenas, Inc., one of the Midwest's largest facility management companies. He was also responsible for the redevelopment of Detroit's historic Fox Theatre, now the most successful entertainment venue of its type in the United States and the cornerstone of Detroit's growing northside sports, entertainment and gaming complexes.

From 2007 until being rehired by the Stars in 2011, Lites managed the New York Football Giants' Personal Seat License program at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That program was one of the most successful of its type in history.

Born and raised in Pentwater, Mich., Lites received a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan in 1975 and graduated cum laude from Wayne State (MI) University Law School in 1978. He specialized in litigation and labor contract negotiations when he practiced law. Jim and his wife Kim reside in Frisco. They have four children, sons Chase, Sam, Chandler, and daughter, Brooke.

Mark L. Masinter

President, Open Reality Advisors

Mark L. Masinter is the Founding Partner and Managing Member of Open Realty Advisors. Mr. Masinter leads the Company's business development & principal lead investment endeavors. 

He is also involved in the execution of many of the Company's client growth strategies. Since 1986, Mr. Masinter has successfully executed billions of dollars in real estate transactions throughout North America.

He is also active in private equity and real estate investing and has been a board member of numerous consumer companies, philanthropies and religious organizations. Mr. Masinter received a B.A. degree in Political Science from SMU.

Most importantly, he and his wife Rebecca are the proud parents of Nick, Joe and Margot.

Brittany McMullen

Director of Ownership Advisory Group Services

Billy Quinn

Managing Partner, Pearl Energy Investments

Ty Richardson

CEO, The Quest Group

Ty Richardson founded Specialty Hospitals of America in the mid 90's. 

The company owned and operated 12 acute care hospitals throughout the United States. The first established hospital was in LaMirada, California. The company was purchased in 2002 by Kindred Healthcare, the largest provider of long term acute care hospitals in the United States.

Ty Richardson currently owns and is CEO of The Quest Qroup, a nationwide nurse staffing company, Vulnaro Management, LLC which is a newly formed medical device distribution company and Plane Transformations, Inc. provides graphics for private aircraft.

Mr. Richardson has spent his time serving on various Christian ministries. These ministries serve the Amazon in Brazil, medical and dental services in Romania. Ty and his wife Sharon have a heart for Orphans. Over the past 3 years The Richardson's have adopted 2 of their 7 children from the Ukraine.

Ralph Searfoss

Owner and Principal, Iatonna Management

For more than 30 years, Ralph Searfoss has worked to develop and implement Customer Relationship Management and Loyalty Systems for national brands such as Visa, Hilton Hotels, American Express, Citi and Walgreens.

The programs that he helped to design and manage continue to drive customer satisfaction, revenue and profits for these multi-national brands.

In 1991, Ralph and his business partners, Robert R. Mohr and John C. Searfoss, formed a private equity firm to acquire and operate service providers in the CRM space. The foundation of the firm was built through the acquisition of DMDA, Inc. and later expanded when Epsilon Data Management, Inc was added to the portfolio. In 2001, Ralph and the team sold Epsilon to Relizon Corporation, a Dayton, Ohio based company. For the past 20 years, Ralph has been a member of the executive team of Epsilon. Today, Epsilon has revenues that exceed a billion dollars and the firm is recognized for its clear leadership position in its industry.

Mr. Searfoss spent several years giving back to the community through his involvement in Dallas youth hockey. This opportunity enabled Ralph to satisfy his desire to help children pursue their dreams while feeding his passion for a sport that he loves. During his tenure, Ralph and his team were able to provide leadership and guidance while developing high-level skills in 300+ young hockey players per season. In the end, hundreds of young hockey fanatics were created, while the organization won several national championships, sent players on to D1 colleges, the OHL and the WHL to further hone their skills and helped to produced the 21st draft choice in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Yes, there is life beyond Texas football.

When he isn't working, Ralph spends his free time playing golf, cooking Italian meals and enjoying great cabernets! He resides with his wife Patty in Colleyville, Texas and are proud parents of 4 children.

Michael J. Sheehan

CEO, IntelliCentrics

Mike Sheehan is the Chief Executive Officer of VTC Electronics Corporation, a publicly traded, multinational company headquartered in Taipei Taiwan comprised of approximately $60 million in revenue, 225 employees, 2 strategic business units, and 7 operating businesses.

A resident of Taiwan since 2012, Sheehan's leadership has transformed VTC from an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) into a market leading branded enterprise whose mission is to "Make the World a Safer Place". As a technology company operating in the security software and services industry, Sheehan constantly challenges all assumptions with unlimited curiosity and passion. Under Sheehan's leadership, each of the strategic business units have become recognized leaders in their respective fields.

Selected Business accomplishments include:

  • 2002 Named Global Vice President of Six Sigma for $2.2 Billion Security Division of Honeywell where he reduced expenses by over $100 million annually.
  • 2003 Named Global Vice President of Marketing for Honeywell Video Systems where in his first year he grew divisional revenue by 20% and EBITA 100%.
  • 2004 Joined VTC Electronics as CEO of deView electronics, a Dallas based subsidiary. Organically grew the business to cash flow positive in 14 months and debt free within 23 months.
  • 2007 acquired a company with virtually no revenue to create IntelliCentrics, and grew the business with a six year CAGR of 300% exclusively on self-funding activities
  • 2010 Named to VTC Electronics Corporation's Board of Directors.
  • 2010 Assumed responsibility for VTC's business operations in EMEA in addition to existing responsibilities turning the business into a profitable concern in the first six months.
  • 2010 Geographically expanded the IntelliCentrics business into the United Kingdom
  • 2012 Named Group CEO of VTC Electronics Corporation and established residence in Taipei Taiwan.
  • Selected in 2012 by UNT Business School as a Case Study for graduating seniors and was as to return as part of the "Distinguished Speaker" program for the UNT Business School.
  • 2014 continued to expand IntelliCentrics into Canada resulting in IntelliCentrics being the recognized market leader in USA, Canada, and the UK.

Mike is equally proud of his family's commitment to the community and learning of culture. The Sheehan family has been a long time supporter of the North Texas Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as prostate cancer research. Their family takes every opportunity to travel internationally when sports schedules and the Dallas Stars schedule allow, with all remaining free time spent collecting and enjoying wines from around the world. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Sheehan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Merchandising/Marketing. He and his wife Linda moved to Flower Mound in 1997 and with their two children Jack and Emma where the family is active fostering dogs as well as the breeding of llamas.

Kristian Teleki

Senior Vice President, Matthews Southwest

Kristian Teleki is the Senior Vice President of Matthews Southwest, a real estate investment and land development company based in Lewisville, Texas. 

With offices in Lewisville, Dallas, Toronto, Squamish, BC and Calgary, Alberta, Matthews Southwest has led the development of many unique and prominent projects including: Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel; South Side on Lamar and NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel; the Tribute master planned development, including the Tribute Golf Links and Guest House and the Old American Golf Club, and: The Bow, a 2,000,000 sf, 58 story office building that now dominates the skyline of Calgary, Alberta Canada. Matthews is currently underway with the redevelopment of the historic Old Dallas High School in downtown Dallas.

Kristian received his engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario and his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, in London, Ontario. He is active in the local hockey community, with his youngest son playing on the Dallas Stars Elite U14 hockey team, and on behalf of Matthews Southwest, he sits on several local organization boards.

Kristian and his wife Suzanne have lived in Dallas for 17 years and have four children ages 21 to 14, with the two oldest boys attending Baylor University and University of North Texas, respectively.