The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

Mentoring

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Current Mentors

Currently, we have a wide range of experience and tenure in our mentoring program. We have a number of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winners, new business owners, WCE alumni, women business owners, Silver Fox Advisors, and Operations Managers from leading corporations.

It is this selfless contribution on the part of these mentors that makes our program distinctive and unique and creates lasting value for our students and our program.

Class of 2015 Mentors

 

 


Warren Barhorst

Warren Barhorst is the founder and CEO of Iscential a Texas based risk management, insurance and financial services firm, and the largest underwriter of Nationwide property and casualty insurance in the country. Iscential has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Texas Monthly magazine and the Houston Business Journal. Warren is the author of “Game Plan”, and was honored as the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year in 2008 for the Houston Gulf Coast area in Business services. Additionally, he was featured on the cover of the June 2012 issue of Smart Business magazine with an article titled “E is for Enthusiasm” on how the firm’s core beliefs and values have driven its success. From the perspective of WCE, Warren has been a loyal and generous friend. Warren has received the highest honor that WCE can bestow as a recipient of our Excellence in Mentoring Award.

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Wayne Blease

Wayne Blease is the President/CEO of Blease Restaurant Concepts. He is a developer of the Bullritos Restaurant Concept, with development rights for the The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball and Katy markets. He is also the president/CEO of Realty Investment Holdings. Wayne has more than 30 years of restaurant industry experience as an owner, manager, supervisor and business coach. Wayne has extensive business experience in single and multi-family real-estate. Wayne is a graduate of Bauer and the Wolff Center, and currently he is the President of the Wolff Alumni Association.

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Laurette Cañizares

Laurette Cañizares brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing advertising and public relations. She serves as the executive director for the Houston Museum District Association where she proudly promotes one of the largest museum districts in the nation. Formerly, she served as the Advertising and Marketing Director at the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau for six years. Laurette graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. She is an active member in numerous organizations and sits on the board of The Houston Museum District Association, The Houston Arts Alliance, Texans for the Arts, South Main Alliance, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Museum Park Super Neighborhood Council.

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Alejandro Capetillo

Alejandro Capetillo has served as an Associate with Main Street Capital since 2012, and previously as an Analyst since 2008. He originates new investments in privately held companies with revenues between $10 and 150 million. Mr. Capetillo received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Houston in May 2008. Throughout his university career, Mr. Capetillo served on various university planning committees and was heavily involved in research with professors in the economics department. Currently, Alejandro sits on various boards of private company investments on behalf of Main Street Capital, and is a guest speaker and friend of WCE.

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Cheryl Carpenter

In 2008 Cheryl established Poggenpohl, the world’s leading luxury brand of kitchens in the Houston market. She opened their first Texas studio and she quickly rose to the top, earning the award of Best New Studio for 2009, Top Sales in 2010 & Outstanding Installation Services in 2011. Cheryl designs and sells, in addition to her managerial duties; she oversees each project with client satisfaction always being her top priority as she coordinates the design, delivery and installation of Poggenpohl kitchens. Previous to joining Poggenpohl she was a recognized leader in the decorative plumbing and hardware industry, coveted by industry peers as a consultant on new product design, showroom design, and sales staff training. Cheryl has been very involved in the business and building community in Houston, serving as a member and board member of the Houston Executive Roundtable, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, National Association of Home Builders, Greater Houston Builders Association, American Society of Interior Design- Industry Partner, Rice Design Alliance, the Galleria Chamber of Commerce, and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

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Ron Chlebo

Rob Chlebo is an entrepreneurial executive level general management professional with experience in leading $5 to $60 MM size companies. His background is that of a proven leader in creating profitable companies across light manufacturing, capital goods and service industries. A background in developing teams, coaching and mentoring sales and marketing teams as well as working in turnaround roles with operations. Ron has extensive experience in negotiating, critical problem solving, operations, budgeting, accounting, finance, manufacturing and processing. Ron is a board member for the NW Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Renaissance 1960 Improvement Corporation, and a member of the Greater Tomball Chamber of Commerce.

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Rachel Claret

Rachel Claret is a serial entrepreneur since early childhood and started her company ORGANIZEN(™) at age 23, to help people “create harmony out of chaos by getting organized.” As the industry of Professional Organizing was relatively new, Rachel jumped into service & committee work at the national level to identify criteria for certification and education for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Along the way she started two Jazzercise franchises (one of them while living in France), and coached other Organizers. At an early age she was introduced to the concept of “changing the world through business” using experience-based education. Rachel holds a Master’s Degree in Management and has served on numerous social, religious and business boards.

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Nicole Conda

Nicole is an entrepreneur and strategic management consultant who specializes in developing business processes, creating marketing plans, and generating commercial and technical proposals primarily for companies in the oil and gas industry. Prior to starting her freelance consulting business in July 2013, Nicole was the Global Proposal Manager for ABS Group where she led global proposal operations and managed the proposal generation process for third party inspection, asset integrity management, and risk and safety management projects. As Global Proposal Manager, Nicole secured over $40 million in new business in less than six months. Nicole has also held influential positions in the North America marketing and business development divisions at WorleyParsons.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. She holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) where she now teaches Principles of Management to undergraduate students.

Nicole serves and has served on several nonprofit boards including the UHV MBA Association and Mu Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Nicole loves to travel and volunteer in communities around the world. Most recently, she volunteered in the township of Vryground in Cape Town, South Africa. There she created a business plan and financing strategy for an education center for underprivileged children that was in desperate need of funding. In her spare time, Nicole uses her education and experiences to help eager entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into business ventures.

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Chris Cornell

Chris was born in Evanston, IL, grew up in North Barrington, IL, lived in Cleveland, OH for four years then finally made his way to Houston. After graduating from Cy-Fair High School, Chris attended the University of Houston on a music scholarship. After three years of music and a realization that teaching was not his future, a move to the Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management came about. Graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management happened in December 1977. Chris worked in restaurant management for General Leisure Corporation until the spring of 1980 when a family friend urged him into the printing business where he has remained for the last 33 years. He has enjoyed sales, sales management, production, executive management, and back to sales where he is now employed at ImageSet, a marketing services company that provides growth solutions based in digital print genre. He is an avid golfer, a three-time marathoner, the President of the Houston Striders, a local running club that boasts over 260 members, and the race director of the Koala-Luke’s Houston Half Marathon. He also counts Dave Cook to be among his closest and dearest friends.

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Lamar Curtis

Lamar Curtis is founder, President and CEO of IAG which is dedicated to the field of technology service and the business process that makes their clients more profitable. Lamar has used a formula at IAG that brings together people, process and technology to add value. The Houston Better Business Bureau has recognized IAG for the past six years in their “Awards for Excellence” competition. IAG has also made the Houston Business Journal’s list of the Top 25 Largest Technology Consulting Firms. Lamar has 27 years of experience with financial services, tech services and healthcare management in addition to 17 years of executive leadership in technology. He is active in the community and has served with The Alternative Board (a forum for business owners to meet to discuss business challenges and opportunities), on the BOD of Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association, and on the BOD for the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation.

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Michael Hagan

Mike Hagan has over 35 years of experience in sales, market planning, advertising, promotion and market research with such Fortune 500 companies as Coca-Cola, Riviana Foods and the Houston YMCA. In the early 90s Mike managed a $300 million strategic business for Coke and implemented the annual marketing and business plan. From 1995 to 2011 Mike was the VP of marketing for the YMCA of Greater Houston. During this time membership revenue doubled and membership enrollment increased over 75%. He now operates as a business coach and consultant as well as an adjunct marketing professor. He has multiple degrees from the University of Houston and has extensive experience in helping use various tools, including the Birkman Method, in helping develop and shape business leaders.

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Bill Heath

Bill Heath is CEO of Barrington Financial Advisors, and has a varied and impressive career in the arena of financial planning. Bill has long and deep ties with the University of Houston and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the School of Pharmacy. Coupled with financial and planning skills, Bill has an interesting and notable athletic career. Bill spent 11 years in professional baseball behind the plate for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs. When he began his baseball career, he would spend the off- season as an auditor and after baseball, joined the firm of Price Waterhouse and Company, eventually becoming a member of the professional audit staff.

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James Henderson

James Henderson is a native Texan and the Founder/ Owner of Texas Integrated Services. TIS helps small businesses with their integration of technology. His passion is the application of technology to anything that can be automated, sped up, or a problem solved. His background is in accounting and programming with a more exciting list of leisure activities including skiing and sky diving. James is a veteran of the US Army and a programmer for the US Coast Guard.

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Oscar Hernandez

Oscar Hernandez has a BA in Economics from Rice University and serves on the Admissions Committee. He has extensive experience in research and consulting in the oil and gas sector as well as having operations experience with Berryhill Baja Grill in which he took the concept from a 2-location restaurant chain to a 12 store franchise over a two year period. He has 8 years of experience as an Equity Research Analyst, 12 years as a licensed realtor, and is a certified luxury home marketing specialist and negotiation expert. Currently Oscar is the owner of his own residential real estate practice, Oscar Fine Properties.

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Ling Huang

Ling Huang brings to our mentoring program a varied set of skills, knowledge and experience. With over 13 years of banking experience and corporate strategy for Commercial Banking, Ling is currently Senior Vice President at Patriot Bank. Ling has a passion for helping business owners to achieve their financial goals by providing customized banking solutions. She has won numerous awards and been recognized for her leadership and achievements. Prior to her banking career, Ling spent 11 years in R&D with various organizations including Texas A&M University, Naval Research Laboratory and Texas Instruments, Inc. She has over 20 publications of her original research in scientific journals in the United States. Ling was a graduate from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Peking University, Beijing, China.

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Conrad Johnson

Conrad has more than 30 years of international accounting experience serving upstream, midstream and oilfield service clients primarily in the Americas. His experience with two of the “Big 4” firms included assignments in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Madrid. Conrad oversees the participation of the Texas Practice in the Energy SIG (Special Interest Group) of UHY International, sharing expertise and resources to serve growing multi-national clients. He is also the liaison partner for member firms in Latin America, typically serving clients in their first business expansion outside of the US. He has substantial experience advising clients on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and related due diligence activities, capital market initiatives and SEC reporting and compliance issues. He was born in Venezuela, educated in the U.S. and is fluent in Spanish.

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Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a General Practice Business Attorney and Patent Attorney. Kevin is also an Inventor with over 50 patents in 6 countries; He has prosecuted over 2,500 patents in 16 different countries. He worked as legal counsel at HP for 3 years, was a Research and Development Engineer for 12 years, a Robotics Technician for 3 years and a Software Developer for 5 years. He is licensed in Texas, Louisiana and before the US Patent Office in Washington, DC; He is a past Patent Bar Instructor, a part-time college professor, and Treasurer of the Houston Northwest Bar Association. Kevin has represented all size business, from sole proprietorships, to fortune 100 companies.

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Craig Klein

Craig Klein is CEO and Founder of SalesNexus.com a leading web based customer relationship management and email marketing solution for sales teams. Craig’s passion is helping small businesses and start-ups grow. He believes that when businesses grow, employees, customers and family’s lives improve and communities thrive. Craig is the author of Grow Sales with Emails and other popular e-books. He is a contributor to Small Business Today Magazine and a featured speaker at conferences and exhibitions.

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Marc Levine

Marc Levine friended a family owned plastic resin, packaging, trucking and warehouse business. Marc is from Massachusetts and moved to Houston in 1981 where he founded United DC which has since grown into various United Companies and Plantgistix companies, all handling plastic resin in Texas. He holds a US Patent for the bulk solids resin transfer closed-loop system and won the Small Business Person of the Year National Award, by Small Business Council of America. Marc graduated from Ohio State University, and enjoys photography, golf and the guitar.

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James McCoy

Jim McCoy is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of relevant experience in the areas of turnaround, restructuring, corporate finance and M&A having served as SVP of a $4 billion publicly held company. He brings to WCE extensive experience in consulting, finance, organizational development and strategic thinking. From early days working with Arthur Andersen to work in the food industry, Jim has held Exec. VP roles with Tyson Foods, Corporate Brand Foods of America, served as advisor to Swift & Company for a $1 billion dollar transaction as well as various corporate restructurings. Currently, Jim is the Managing Director of Apex Partners which is a boutique investment bank and financial advisory firm focused on the lower middle market. He works closely with executive teams and entrepreneurs to bring creative ideas and solutions to business problems. Jim received his BBA from Texas A&M University and is a licensed CPA, a member of TSCPA and a member of AICPA.

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Kevin McGinnis

We are delighted to have a second generation Mentor join the WCE Family. Kevin McGinnis grew up here in Houston, went to Robert E. Lee High School and later graduated from Southern Methodist University. He spent 38 years developing and helping to build the McGinnis Cadillac Dealership. Kevin has led every department and function within their business model. He became the dealer in 1996 and from 2010 to 2012 Kevin divested the business. Kevin has long relationships in board positions with the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Houston YMCA and HADA. He is married with 3 children.

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Rollie McGinnis

Rollie McGinnis grew up in Michigan and Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin before serving his country in the Korean War as an Officer in the US Marine Corps. Upon his return home from service, Rollie began a career with General Motors as a District Manager in Lansing, Michigan. Rollie moved to Houston to become Manager of a Cadillac dealership, and in 1973, Rollie bought out the owner and established McGinnis Cadillac. Rollie learned about WCE during a presentation at a Whitehall Club Breakfast meeting and agreed to become a mentor. Since then Rollie has brought WCE numerous quality mentors, and has contributed to WCE students with financial scholarships as well as finding employment opportunities for the students he mentors. Rollie is on the board of the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA and is a past Chairman of Channel 8.

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Sajeev Mehta

Sajeev Mehta is responsible for all social media for Group One Automotive. The company owns and operates over 140 automotive dealerships, 178 franchises and 35 collision centers in the United States, UK and Brazil. Along with his passion for cars, Sajeev believes that social media has the potential to change the world. In his career he is responsible for developing a social media strategic plan, reputation management and developing content for the conversations and relationships. Sajeev is the author of two automotive self-help columns at a website called the truthaboutcars.com which has over 3 million views per month.

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Bill Molfetto

Bill Molfetto is the Downtown Houston Branch Manager of Wells Fargo Advisors. He has been in the financial service industry for over 24 years. Born and raised in Marlboro NY he went into the United States Air Force and while on active duty received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration graduating Magna Cum Laude. Prior to a career in the Financial Service Industry Bill worked at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. Bill has lived in Houston for the past 7 years and has been a loyal and ardent supporter of the Wolff Center and our students.

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Wesley Okeke

Wesley Okeke is the Founder and Senior Director of Fruition Technology Labs. He was raised in West Africa until the age of 14 when he moved to the US to attend Culver Military Academy in Indiana which he credits with instilling values of discipline, organization, responsibility and independence. Wesley has a solid amount of engineering in his background, graduating with an electrical engineering major and a computer science minor. He also has over 15 years of experience in business development and sales. He attributes his success to a drive to avoid mediocrity and to persist no matter what.

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Monte Pendleton

Monte Pendleton has been Awarded WCE’s Top Honor, The Lifetime of Excellence in Mentoring Award as a mentor of 13 past WCE students. Monte has started various franchise dealerships around the world including Lusterock (100 franchises), Brickstone (100 franchises), and SunX International (500 franchises). Monte’s honors and contributions reach back a long way. He received President Kennedy’s “E” award for Export Achievement, was selected to President Johnson’s Small Business Development Commission, was a delegate to President Clinton’s White House conference on small business, and at one time received Houston’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award. He is responsible for bringing the Personal Purpose Program experience to the Wolff Center. Monte is engaged with Silver Fox Advisors, Dover Club and Wednesday Breakfast Association.

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Gary Randazzo

Gary Randazzo brings to WCE a wealth of experience, relationships and insights. Currently Gary is president of GWR Research, a marketing and management consulting firm engaged in developing strategies and management development programs. Gary has been President and Chairman of the Board of GW LEDS a company that produces and distributes LED signs through distributorships in the US. Gary was co-founder of the International Trade Center in Houston and served as its first Chairman of the Board. In the early part of the two thousands, Gary was with the San Francisco Chronicle serving in roles such as Vice Chair, Associate Publisher and eventually becoming the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the paper. Prior to this experience, Gary held various leadership positions with the Houston Chronicle. Gary is on numerous boards including the Board of Directors of the Alley Theater and Big Brothers and Sisters of Southeast Texas. He has received numerous honors, and has a long list of publications.

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Joe Rigano

Joseph (Joe) Rigano is the President of Berger Iron Works, Inc. (Berger). Joe was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and has been a proud Houstonian for 42 years. He began his career with Berger in 1977 and has served as its President since 2004. Berger is a 120 year old, custom metal manufacturing business which serves the commercial construction industry in Texas and across the USA. Proud of Berger’s standing in the construction community and focused on always improving it, Joe sees his primary role as ensuring the perpetuity of Berger. To that end, Joe focuses on mentoring and challenging his associates to grow and ultimately enhance their own lives and the success of Berger Iron Works. Joe is the Past President of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Houston Chapter, and served for 18 years on the Board of Directors of the ASA Houston Chapter. He majored in History and Business Administration at the University of Houston. Joe’s hobbies are traveling, golf, family activities, and reading.

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Bob Rule

Bob Rule co-founded B+R Partners in 1999 after 30+ years in human resource management, in both the corporate and recruiting services sectors. During his truly extraordinary career, he has founded two major firms in the executive search and staffing industry. In 1990, he founded Baker Street Group, which was recognized twice by the Houston 100 as one of the city's fastest growing companies. After tremendous internal growth and an acquisition program that integrated five competing staffing firms, it merged with a nationally based, publicly traded firm in 1997, at which time Bob took the reins of a $125 Million region.

Mr. Rule also founded W. Robert Michaels & Company in 1980, a retained executive search firm specializing in the oil and gas, financial services, and engineering/construction contracting sectors, which was subsequently sold in 1987. Bob subsequently accepted the challenge as Sr. Vice President for the SW region of a national staffing firm where he drove revenues to exceed $30 million.

Bob earned his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and began his professional career with Tenneco and Transco Energy Company. He is a past President of the Texas Association of Staffing, a former Trustee at Houston Baptist University, and is the published author of "The Hunt for Green Octobers, a Practical Guide for the Job Seeker and Committed Careerist”.

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Kim Sawyer

Kim Sawyer has over twenty years of diverse experience with expertise in the areas of leadership, professional and business effectiveness and entrepreneurship. He coaches and facilitates key business people and teams to create greater wealth for their organizations and themselves. Kim accomplishes this primarily by means of one-on-one coaching and his Success-Group™ team coaching program. In addition, he facilitates meetings, business retreats and special events and provides specialty training in coaching and leadership skills.

Kim’s professional mission is to integrate personal development with business development to enhance bottom line performance. He is known for challenging and guiding people to consider new paradigms, alternate ways of thinking and innovative actions. To achieve his mission, Kim has created a diverse toolkit of proprietary effectiveness technologies for responding to often daunting challenges and changes.

In the first phase of his career, Kim founded, served for ten years as the CEO of and profitably sold his company, Muscles for Hire, L.L.C., a commercial and residential specialty service provider. Features in the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Business Journal are a testament to his leadership and the company’s successes.

Kim holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and an MS in Organizational Development and Change Management from the University of Texas. He has been published and interviewed in the Houston Chronicle and other news publications, appeared on CNN Business Radio and speaks frequently to professional and industry organizations across the country. Kim has a keen interest in spirituality, poetry and science and technology. He has traveled broadly and served his country in the US Army.

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Bob Sternenberg

Bob Sternenberg has held a variety of CEO and CFO positions in diverse companies across a number of industries, but currently a Partner at the Newport Board Group. Part of his career has been in an industry that might currently be poised for significant growth: real estate and construction. In the last decade Bob has been CFO of a builder of affordable housing and of another company that builds single family homes. He has also been President and CEO of a stone and masonry services company in the commercial, educational and public construction markets.

Bob also has considerable senior operating experience in the industrial and energy sectors, among other industries. As CFO and President/CEO of Wedge Group, a Houston investment company, Bob evaluated approximately 200 acquisition targets including oilfield services companies, food companies, commercial real estate and hotels. He also spent a decade in senior management positions with Hughes Tool Co., a leader in oil field services. Bob has a BBA, MBA and PhD all from the University of Houston.

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Bobby Talbott

After 14 years of working with Fortune 500 companies in the insurance and financial services sector, Bobby left the corporate world in 2007, to pursue his dream of being an entrepreneur and owning his own business. With the help and encouragement of many mentors and friends Bobby began his own agency as an independent contractor for the Houston Risk Management firm, Iscential. He is the Managing Agent and Agency Owner of Iscential’s Tomball location and the Bobby Talbott Agency. He is a licensed Risk Manager, and he holds six additional licenses in various fields of insurance and financial services.

Today, Bobby works primarily in the areas of risk management and insurance based planning. He holds a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Professional Aeronautics. He is a former sponsor of the Houston Angel Network and is a supporter of young entrepreneurs. His hobbies include spending time with his wife and six children, and he is an off-road motorcycle enthusiast.

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Frank Vazquez

Frank Vazquez is a C-level executive with experience in computer technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies. He has served as an officer and director of two public companies. He has held the positions of CEO, COO, VP Marketing and VP Operations. In 1989, he founded Lark Sequencing Technologies, Inc., a tech transfer company from Baylor College of Medicine. Lark became the world's first commercial large scale DNA sequencing company. In 2001, he founded Medical Metrics, Inc. a medical imaging company and in 2012 he started Star Biologics, Inc., a DNA vaccine company. Prior to his career in health sciences, he held technical and management positions with IBM, ITT, Levi Strauss, CooperVision and Booze-Allen. For 15 years he lived and worked in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico. He is a 1964 graduate of Columbia University with a BS degree with a major in Economics.

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Stephen White

Stephen R. White, Founder & CEO of Qukku, has over 15 years of financial, business development and operational experience, including a previous technology start-up focused on digital textbooks (KnowScroll, Inc.) and a social venture dedicated to promoting indigenous products made in Latin America (Fair Haven Trading Company). He has a professional background in software, technology and advertising (print & web) industries. Additionally, Stephen is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Houston Technology Center.

With Qukku, Stephen has set out a bold vision in building the world’s best crowdsourcing platform to allow key stakeholders to voice, rate and elevate their ideas so that the best ones bubble to the top. Qukku’s web-based platform enables enterprises to optimally crowdsource customer engagement, employee development and product innovation from key stakeholders through enterprise-wide idea networks. This platform maps and measures the convergence and divergence of ideas to accelerate idea formation, documentation, collaboration and execution. Qukku has successfully worked with major brands, such as Microsoft and NPR/PBS, to facilitate deeper engagement and powerful innovation for these enterprises in a fun, engaging way.

Qukku has been previously recognized with the Rising Venture award by the Rice Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Technology and was a finalist for the HATCH Pitch Competition at SXSW. Further, Qukku is an IT acceleration client of the Houston Technology Center and has been recognized as a Top Tech Startup to Watch.

While Stephen has taught basketball to Mayan girls in the highlands of Guatemala and trekked through the backwoods of Peru to Machu Picchu, his passions are discovering the creativity in others, drinking an awesome cup of fair-trade coffee and being convinced that cloud-based food-on-demand is an absolute inevitability. Fortunately his first obsession is addressed by Qukku allowing him to revel in the creative madness of the crowd by witnessing the magic of crowdsourced ingenuity and productivity.

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Aimee Woodall

As founder and president of Black Sheep, Aimee Woodall is a passionate collaborator who shifts perspectives and drives change for her clients. Imbuing a non-traditional approach to marketing and public relations, Aimee develops innovative solutions that engage and empower businesses and their audiences, and is committed to social responsibility for her clients and her agency. She graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and has been working in the field for nearly fifteen years. In Houston, she serves on the board of directors for the Houston Interactive Marketing Association, the advisory board for Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) and the planning committee for TEDx Houston. A loud and proud advocate for local community and League of Women Voters “Rising Star,” Aimee is dedicated to elevating and celebrating Houston.

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Kathi Woolsey

Kathi grew up in the NASA area and graduated from Clear Lake High School. She studied Radio and TV Broadcasting at Stephen F. Austin State University and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega social sorority.

Kathi has spent the last 30 years in marketing services industry with a primary focus on advertising production services, integrated marketing solutions and learning technologies. Her wide range of customers has led to key partnerships with Fortune 1000 Manufacturers, Retailers and Corporate Advertisers. Her goal is to help customers utilize enabling technologies to develop, execute and manage improved communications across a variety of channels.

Kathi was the 2009 recipient of the MD Anderson Children’s Art Project “Business Partnership Hall of Fame Award”. She is regularly featured in a variety of industry publications, webinars and symposiums. She is a National Member of the American Marketing Association and previously served on the board of the Houston Direct Marketing Association.

Committed to a fitter planet, Kathi is a certified cycle instructor at the Katy Family YMCA. She married, and lives in Katy, Texas. Kathi’s daughter, Ashley Reynal, was a 2013 WCE graduate. This is Kathi’s second mentor experience at WCE.

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