Janet White, President
Janet White did her first booking at 16 with New York City’s top deejay, “Cousin” Bruce Morrow and her second booking at 20 with world-renown Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. In one way or another, Janet’s been representing people to other people ever since.
After stints as a reporter at Newsday and Operations Assistant at WABC-AM when it was the #1 radio station in America, Janet got a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University, and spent 12 years as a commercial real estate writer and publicist – nine of those years with her own PR agency in New York and Dallas, where she moved in 1990.
While representing some of the largest companies in the industry in both cities, Janet was a freelance writer for many of the industry’s leading magazines – both under her own byline and as a ghostwriter for clients.
In 1996, Janet began a 14-year career as an outside sales rep of patient room, bariatrics and patient handling durable medical equipment in Texas and Oklahoma.
In 2010, Janet came back to her B2B public relations roots and created The JW Speakers Agency to bring together local business owners who use free speaking as a way to build their business but don’t want the hassles of getting booked, and local business, civic and consumer groups who use free speakers but don’t want the headaches of having to find them.
Jason Kendall, Booking Agent
When Jason Kendall took on the reins of Incoming President 2015-2016 of the East Dallas Rotary Club, he knew that one of his responsibilities would be finding speakers for the club’s weekly meetings. Instead of feeling it as a burden, Jason relished the opportunity and discovered he had a real knack for booking speakers.
Which is interesting, because as a working actor in Texas since 2004, Jason is typically the one being booked. He has appeared in more than 100 commercials, stage productions, voice overs and films, including work for GMC, Care Now, Whataburger, Schlotzkys, Oppenheimer Funds, Choice Hotels, Radio Shack, Samsung and Dave and Busters, live productions at the Hip Pocket Theatre at Bass Hall and UT Arlington, and a handful of made-for-television films.
Before going into acting, Jason was Marketing Manager for George M. Hittle Realtors, LLC, managing and selling single-family homes in Tarrant County. Previously, he was an agent for Properties One Apartment Locators and, like the proverbial fledgling actor, worked as a waiter at The Lubbock Country Club.
A native of Fort Worth, Jason graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from the University of Texas Arlington. In addition to performing in most of the shows, Jason was involved in all aspects of production, including set construction, costume design, and house management/box office.
Robert Cross, Booking Agent
It’s been said that the best form of selling is actually teaching, and so it’s no wonder that Robert Cross’ success in sales began while he was a corporate trainer.
Starting as a production line worker at the Bollman Hat Company in Adamstown, PA, Robert became the youngest supervisor the company ever had and by the mid-80s, he was the company’s Director of Training and Orientation. In that position, he developed and oversaw training courses for Bollman Hat’s front line supervisors, middle managers and executive managers, and developed unique train-the-trainers programs which were implemented throughout the company’s nationwide offices.
As a result of his success. Robert was promoted to running one of the Bollman Hat Company’s recent acquisitions, the Bailey Hat Company in Fort Worth. In addition to running Bailey’s domestic operations, Robert coordinated operations with the firm’s network of sales reps in Europe, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
In that position, he developed and oversaw training courses for Bollman Hat’s front line supervisors, middle managers and executive managers, and developed unique train-the-trainers programs which were implemented throughout the company’s nationwide offices.
After leaving the Bollman Hat Company, Robert joined the Lon Smith Roofing Company, still one of the largest roofing companies in Dallas/Fort Worth, as the firm’s Logistics Manager. There he was responsible for the purchasing, maintenance and delivery of materials to job sites in North Central Texas.
Robert went on to become a trainer for the building maintenance departments of sev-eral area corporations, and an independent sales consultant for Southwestern Petro-leum capping his career by being named the firm’s # 1 sales person in North America.