CEOlink Event Spotlights TopGolf’s Recent Relocation and Expansion in Texas

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Last Wednesday, CEOlink, a member based organization that acts as a welcome committee for CEOs that have relocated to Texas, hosted one of their Relocation Spotlight Events at TopGolf, shedding light on the recent relocation of the company’s headquarters from Chicago to DFW as well as their plans for expansion in Texas, which will include a new North Texas venue in The Colony.

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CEOlink Founder, Ed Curtis

Past Relocation Events have put the spotlight on recent CEO transplants, including NYLO Hotel’s Michael Mueller with an event held in the lobby of South Side’s new urban, boutique hotel. The goal of each event is to help build an established network of Dallas CEOs, a space where CEOs can mingle comfortably with their peers, and a welcoming environment that goes above and beyond just ‘Here’s Dallas.’

Last week’s Relocation Event held in the Signature Room of TopGolf Dallas on Park Lane had a more laid back feel, offering attendees a catered dinner and the opportunity to play a few (competitive) rounds of TopGolf after the discussion. The evening was so laid back in fact, that after CDO Randy Starr and CEO Tom Leverton discussed TopGolf’s recent headquarters change and expansion in Texas, CEOlink founder Ed Curtis opened the floor for an open discussion.

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TopGolf CEO, Tom Leverton

“What is it that something like CEOlink can do for you,” Curtis asked.

For TopGolf CEO Levenson, the decision to host a CEOlink Spotlight event was an easy one.”

ceolink - spotlight event - topgolf“When somebody first moves as a CEO, you don’t have that typical network of friends and colleagues built up,” Levenson said, “Having that established network to physically make up for what you left behind is absolutely essential.

One CEO who had relocated to Dallas in the 1980s touched on the differences between moving to a new area in your early 20s and in later in your life, “When you’re in your 50s and 60s, you don’t go for clubs, you don’t meet people the way you do in your early 20s. CEOlink gives us the opportunity to have a venue where you can get together; you can get to know each other. It’s a phenomenal organization.”

“I think when it comes to business, the more people you know, the more contacts you have, the faster you can grow, the more help that you have… it just makes it so much easier,” said Milli Brown of Brown Books Publishing Group and a transplant from Atlanta Georgia, “I did it the old fashioned way, but I would have loved it if there had been a company like CEOlink around, twenty-three years ago, who knows where I would be today.”

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Chuck May discusses CEOlink and Texas hospitality

This was CEOlink’s third Spotlight event. Having witnessed the company’s first Spotlight event back in February, it is clear that the company has grown and been embraced by the Dallas community. Several Dallas CEOs have chosen to become more involved in the organization that is opening their Austin chapter in June 2013.



Head to YouPlusDallas’ Flickr for all photos from the CEOlink TopGolf Spotlight Event.

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