Who are we?
The Think Ahead Group (TAG) is a group of young professionals who are passionate about brain health.

What do we do?
TAG is teaching people how to think about the current and future health of their brains. We raise money to support research at the Center for BrainHealth that discovers and implements new ways to understand, protect, and heal the human brain.

Accomplishments:

  • Securing former First Lady Laura W. Bush as a special guest speaker
  • Growing to over 400 past and present members
  • Raising over $300,000 in financial and in-kind gifts
  • Hosting multiple lectures and social events

Media Recognition:

  • Dallas Morning News
  • PaperCity
  • D Magazine Blog
  • Dallas Modern Luxury
  • Park Cities People
  • RSVP Calendar Blog
  • My Sweet Charity Blog
  • Luella & June
  • CultureMap Dallas


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Richard Meister

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I’m a new member to TAG and have recently begun to get more involved. I was initially interested when I heard about TAG’s Kentucky Derby party, which not only supported a great cause, but was also closely tied to following race horses, something I’ve done with my Dad since I was a little kid. After attending the Fall TAG Kick-Off, meeting more of the members, and helping to decide TAG’s primary philanthropic initiative, I knew it was a great organization for me to be part of.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I’m a journeyman to say the least. I’ve lived in 9 states and 3 countries, but my home is in Texas. I went to undergrad at Brown in Rhode Island and then got my MBA at Emory in Atlanta. After business school, I moved to South Korea to work for Samsung Electronics at the corporate headquarters. It was quite an experience and in a short time, thanks to my education and English language skills, I got to manage all of Samsung’s worldwide marketing for my business unit. While it was a great experience, when my contract ended, I decided to move home rather than stay in Korea for several more years. After moving back, I explored the job market a bit before moving back to Texas, where I’ve been since 2013. I currently work as a Marketing Manager for a Consumer Electronics company and am very active on the board for a young professionals non-profit organization, the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce, for which I currently serve as the Director of Fundraising.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
As I mentioned, what first drew me to TAG was the Kentucky Derby event, which I attended (and really enjoyed) this last May, but what really sealed the deal was the purpose behind the organization. When I was a sophomore in college, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and learned firsthand the importance of brain health. This experience changed my world in a million ways as I learned how to read, write, walk, and swallow all over again, but it also gave me a newfound appreciation for the time we have and our friends and family and a new appreciation for the complexity and strength of the human brain. Ever since, I have actively sought ways to learn more about the brain, strengthen my own, and to give back in the name of brain health and recovery from brain injuries.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I lived in Dallas as a little kid, but I never appreciated how great the city was until I moved back as an adult. Dallas is such a vibrant and exciting city, with so much going on and so much growth, it’s hard not to love where I am. Above all, I’m a big sports guy, so going to sporting events, playing sports, or just watching sports with friends is a favorite of mine. I also really like all the opportunities Dallas offers to give back whether it’s through volunteering, mentoring, or even leadership opportunities for local and national non-profit groups.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
To start, TAG is a great group of people who do so many great things in Dallas. More than that, the Think Ahead Group is united behind the common purpose of education about brain health, support for those that suffer brain injuries and other conditions, and future understanding and betterment of the brain. This group is doing so much good not only for individuals in the community to help them learn about their own brains, but also to support those that have suffered brain trauma whether it be physical or biological.