DI People: Stream Data Centers, Advantix Solutions, and Topgolf Announce Leadership Moves

In this weekly roundup of leadership and executive moves by companies and organizations in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Weitzman, Women’s Foodservice Forum, Centennial, Eyecare Services Partners, Freese and Nichols, and Canterbury Group.

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Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

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Rodriguez joins Stream Data Centers as vice president

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Chad Rodriguez

Chad Rodriguez has joined Stream Data Centers as vice president of network and cloud, according to a statement.

Stream Data Centers provides data center solutions as a subsidiary of Stream Realty Partners, which is headquartered in downtown Dallas. Rodriguez’s hiring is due to Stream trying to further differentiate itself as a network connectivity champion in an increasingly competitive marketplace, according to a statement.

Rodriguez has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and is expected to directly shape the future of Stream and how it works to diversify its connectivity options to meet the growing bandwidth and local access needs of its customers.  

Stream Realty Partners also announced Dan Harris has been hired as managing director to lead its new office tenant representation real estate services division. He will be responsible for growing the company’s office tenant representation portfolio throughout DFW.

Advantix names Kappmeyer chief visionary officer

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Dona Kappmeyer

Dona Kappmeyer has been named chief visionary officer at Richardson-based Advantix Solutions, a leader in telecom expense management (TEM), Internet of Things (IoT), wireless connectivity, and mobility management solutions.

Kappmeyer is an accomplished business leader and CPA with experience in business case development, process improvement, change management, project management, and operational excellence, according to a statement. Previously, Kappmeyer held senior management positions at Rush Enterprises, Clear Channel (iHeartMedia), and HOLT CAT where she oversaw numerous corporate initiatives.

In her new role, Kappmeyer is expected to address key high-growth initiatives. Longer term, she is charged with ensuring the company’s core operational structure and processes encourage employee engagement and align with the executive team’s focus on customer and partner experiences.

Topgolf names Foster as chief marketing officer of U.S. venues

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Stuart Foster

Stuart Foster has been hired as the U.S. Venues chief marketing officer for Dallas-based Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment community..

Foster is expected to report to Topgolf Entertainment Group global chief marketing officer Brian Radics, and lead the overall vision and strategy to drive awareness of the U.S. venue business, while generating engagement, venue visits, and brand loyalty.

Before joining Topgolf, Foster was vice president of global brand marketing at Hilton Worldwide.

Weitzman hires Toliver as new chief financial officer

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Stephanie Toliver

Stephanie Toliver has joined Dallas-based Weitzman, a commercial real estate services firm, as its chief financial officer. 

In her new position, Toliver, a certified public accountant, will manage Weitzman’s finances, assess financial risks and opportunities, and set and track financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Most recently, Toliver was CFO for HealthCap Partners LLC, where she was responsible for financial reporting, investor relations, debt procurement, and coordination of acquisition and disposition of assets, among other duties, according to a statement.

Women’s Foodservice Forum taps Gearhart to take the reins

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Therese Gearhart

Therese Gearhart has been selected as the new president and CEO of Dallas-based Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), a food industry thought leader on gender equity.

WFF selected Gearhart after an extensive search, according to a statement. She takes over the role from Denny Marie Post who assumed it while a formal search was conducted following Hattie Hill’s retirement in June.

Gearhart is an international operations leader with more than 30 years of experience across several industries, according to a statement. Gearhart’s expertise includes global consumer marketing and she has a record of growth and reinvention in complex global markets.

Centennial names Tash as chief investment officer

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Carl Tash

Centennial, a Dallas-based real estate investment firm, has appointed Carl Tash as chief investment officer.

In his new role, Tash is expected to oversee all of Centennial’s investment activities and growth strategies, including capital markets, investor relations, and fund management, according to a statement.

Tash will also be instrumental in contributing to Centennial’s expansion plan, which includes the near-term goal of adding several new assets to the company’s retail real estate portfolio.

Prior to joining Centennial, Tash spent most of the past decade working for investment firm Starwood Capital Group.

Eyecare Services Partners appoints Montgomery as chief operating officer

Dakon Montgomery

Dakon Montgomery has been named chief operating officer at Dallas-based Eyecare Services Partners (ESP), a national provider in integrated eye care services.

Montgomery brings with him 12 years of leadership experience in outpatient healthcare services to his new role at ESP. 

Most recently, Montgomery was a senior vice president in the Ambulatory Surgery Division of HCA Healthcare in Dallas, where he was responsible for four divisions spanning seven markets and 37 ambulatory surgery centers, according to a statement.

Freese and Nichols hires Post as senior construction manager

Roger Post

Freese and Nichols Inc. has added Roger Post, PE, as a senior construction manager for Freese and Nichols, a Fort Worth-based professional consulting firm.

Post brings more than 30 years of experience providing construction engineering and inspection services to Freese and Nichols, and has managed more than $1 billion worth of projects for state transportation clients, according to a statement. Post has also led a regional construction group working on projects spanning the western U.S. from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Northwest.

He has handled all elements of CEI team management, including strategic planning, business development planning and execution, staffing, contract negotiations, and team logistics. Post’s experience also includes client relations and business development. 

Mills joins Canterbury Group as CFO

DFW-based Scott Mills has been hired by Cayman Islands-based Canterbury Group, a global investment firm with $6 billion of assets under management and custody, as chief financial officer.

Mills joins Canterbury from Dallas-based Dean Foods, where he was vice president of commercial finance for the past four years.

Mills has extensive experience leading finance, accounting, and supply chain operations in private-equity owned companies, according to a statement. He previously worked as CFO for nutritional company Genesis Today and as vice president of finance and operations at Advanced Beauty. 

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