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Steve Heussner Mogul Wealth

Steve Heussner, Chairman of Mogul Wealth, in prison during PEP’s Pitch Day event

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is very pleased to announce that Steve Heussner has joined our Dallas Advisory Board!

Steven J. Heussner, CLU®, ChFC® is the co-founder and Chairman of Mogul Wealth Strategies, LLC in Dallas, Texas. He is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive 401K, wealth strategies and employee benefits practice.

Steve earned his BSE in Geological Engineering from Princeton University.

Steve has worked as an insurance agent and investment professional for over 24 years. He started his career in 1988 as an agent with New York Life, where he won numerous company and industry awards. He is the author of many published articles. He is an accomplished public speaker having given multiple presentations to industry and professional groups including New York Life’s Career Conference, the International Risk management Institute, the Construction Financial management Association, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is also a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Steve and his wife, Risa, live in McKinney, Texas with their 2 children.

Mabrie Jackson in prison

Mabrie Jackson, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission, goes to prison for PEP’s Class 17 Business Plan Competition!

As we announced earlier this week, we are very pleased that Mabrie Jackson has also joined our Dallas Advisory Board along with Keith Bird.

Mabrie Jackson serves as the president and CEO of the North Texas Commission, a regional public-private organization with the mission to “collaborate with regional stakeholders to strengthen public-private alliances, advancing an economically vibrant region” in North Texas. She is based in Dallas, Texas.

Mabrie’s varied background is a strong asset for PEP’s Dallas Advisory Board. Prior to joining the NTC, her career included public service through a seat on the Plano City Council, roles with Fortune 500 companies and service as the interim President and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce. Jackson is the first female President and CEO of the nearly 40-year-old North Texas Commission.

Accompanying her civic and political background, Jackson brings an extensive history of corporate experience. She worked at Microsoft Corporation for 13 years incubating award-winning, revenue-producing relationships with international, national and local technology companies. Prior to Microsoft, Jackson spent 10 years in financial services marketing for EDS. She worked in virtually every aspect of public relations, including media relations, marketing collateral, advertisements, promotions and special events.

In addition to her service on the Prison Entrepreneur Program Dallas Advisory Board, Jackson currently serves as a Governor’s Appointee to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, on the Texas Association of Business Board, H. Wayne Hendrick Scholarship Board, University of North Texas President Search Committee, Vision North Texas Management Committee, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Clean Air Steering Committee, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, The UNT Dallas Business Department Advisory Board, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center Communications Committee.  She is an active member and Paul Harris Fellow in the Plano Sunrise Rotary Club. Jackson previously served as President of the Collin County Child Protective Services Board, on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, the Assistance Center of Collin County Board, and as a member on several National League of Cities and Texas Municipal League committees.

Jackson is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and The University of Texas at Austin. While attending the university, she served as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. Mabrie is married to Marshall Jackson, and they have two teenage sons.

The self-described “biggest PEP fan in the world,” Mabrie has described PEP as “the most impressive non-profit I have ever observed.” She has been a tremendous advocate for us, opening doors for our staff to give presentations to leadership groups all over Texas. She has been to prison multiple times, has helped us to recruit others to come to prison and has even spoken to several media sources about her involvement in PEP.

Welcome to the DAB, Mabrie!

mabrie jackson pep

Mabrie congratulating one of the finalists in PEP’s Class 17 Business Plan Competition.

keith Bird, Vice President Global Engineering & Manufacturing Strategy for Alcon

Keith Bird, Vice President Global Engineering & Manufacturing Strategy for Alcon

As announced earlier this week, we are very pleased that Keith Bird has joined our Dallas Advisory Board.

Keith is Vice President of Global Engineering and Manufacturing Strategy at Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth Texas where he heads up the long range strategic manufacturing strategies and is responsible for Alcon’s multi-million dollar global capital investment program. Keith has been with Alcon for 20 year in various rolls with increasing leadership responsibility. Throughout his career, Keith held various engineering and leadership positions, working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years.

He has broad leadership and managerial experience and has dealt with Mergers & Integration, Business Continuity, International Business Operations, and Facilities Operations.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Keith was introduced to PEP through our partners at The North Texas Commission. He attended his first prison event in 2012, and he instantly became hooked on PEP. He has returned to prison several times, and has also helped the Dallas re-entry team by joining them to pick up a graduate on the day that he was released from prison. He has quickly became a strong advocate for PEP, and has begun recruiting others to join him in prison.

Welcome to the DAB, Keith!

keith Bird, Vice President Global Engineering & Manufacturing Strategy for Alcon

Keith coaching one of our participants during the Class 18 “Selling with Purpose” event in the Cleveland Correctional Center.

We are pleased to welcome the following new volunteers to our Advisory Boards:

  • Keith Bird, Vice President Global Engineering & Manufacturing Strategy for Alcon (Dallas Advisory Board)
  • John Harrell, Retired Partner-Deloitte LLP (Houston Advisory Board)
  • Mabrie Jackson, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission (Dallas Advisory Board)
  • Nancy White, Retired – Timex Corporation (Houston Advisory Board)

To see the full list of our Dallas, Houston, Austin and National Advisory Boards, click here.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is able to operate with a lean staff thanks to the tremendous efforts of more than 650 annual volunteers. This includes hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, bankers, MBA students and business leaders who join us throughout the year for our monthly in-prison events or who serve as remote Business Plan Advisors (editing business plans and conducting market research for our participants). Many others serve in roles such as mentors, teachers at our Tuesday evening “eSchool” program offered in both Dallas and Houston as well as hosts for our monthly family dinners at each of our three transition homes.

We are deeply grateful for all of their contributions.

However, the contributions of our advisory board members exceed those of all others. Almost all of them serve in multiple volunteer roles within our organization. But more critically, they provide tremendous support to our staff and our 7-member governing board. Through their contributions of time, talent and treasure, these advisors are tremendous resources for PEP.