Our Strategic Partners

Gray Strickland

Strickland Financial Group

A second-generation advisor, he followed in his mom’s footsteps and entered the family business in 2002.  Taking over the successful practice his mom and stepfather built together for over 20 years, Gray expanded the practice to include a specialty focus on small businesses while continuing the tradition of comprehensive, individualized financial and retirement planning.

Gray graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations with a minor in Business Finance.  He holds the Series 7, Series 66 and Group 1 Life and Health licenses.

Gray’s passion, and how he truly gives back to his community is through his volunteer work with Scouting.  Gray joined a troop at 11 and earned the Rank of Eagle Scout, placing him among the top 2% of young people in the program: a fraternity that includes the likes of Neil Armstrong – astronaut/first man on the moon; William Devries – M.D., who transplanted the first artificial heart; Gerald Ford – 38th President; and H. Ross Perot – self-made millionaire.

Ken Barge

E GRAB Services – Simplify Human Resources

Ken is the Founder and President of EGRAB Services. He has more than 20 years of business experience including management, HR consulting, business development, performance management, organizational change, employee coaching, and training.

He is a licensed life and health agent who holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Ken serves on various nonprofit boards and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Jodi Thiedeau


We have chosen to partner with Jodi and Asure to provide Human Capital Management solutions for our clients.  Asure is a strong Texas based company providing payroll, timekeeping, compliance and HR solutions for small and mid-sized companies nationwide.  Their superior technology and approach is focused on lifting the administrative burden from you so that you can focus on allocating that time, effort and financial capital on the stability and growth of your business.  Jodi is passionate about supporting small businesses in a world of big box stores.  She has family and friends that are small business owners and appreciates the challenges, the concerns and the dedication.  Her experience, consultative approach and commitment to her clients are similar to those of Benefits Dallas, making her a perfect partner and we are happy to entrust our clients with her.

Kali Davis