Board of Directors
Josh Galatzan is First Vice President, Investments at Raymond James & Associates. Prior to joining Raymond James, Josh served as vice president and senior wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch & Co.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, Josh has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst certification from the Wharton School of Business' executive education program. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and is involved with several local organizations, including The Rise School of Austin, The Sportsman's Club, The Seton Forum, and is a member of the Advisory Board for R Bank of Texas.
Josh resides in Austin with his wife (Emily) and 4 children (Charlie, Anna, Libby and Molly).
Dennis is an Austin entrepreneur and community activist. He is a Partner in the financial services firm of Waxman Cavner Lawson, serving high net worth families for over 25 years. In addition to serving as Chair Elect of Greenlights, his current community engagement includes: Chairman of College Forward, board member and Past Chairman of LIVESTRONG and board member of Social Venture Partners International. Holding degrees from the University of Texas in law, finance and accounting, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at UT.
Manuel’s primary focus at Bridgepoint is growing business in the small and mid-sized company segment across Texas. Manuel has spent a significant portion of his career helping businesses in this segment and understands the unique challenges that business owners face. Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Manuel served as the President of Texas Corporate Advisors, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing financial leadership to small and mid-sized companies; as well as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Public Strategies, Inc.; and began his career working for KPMG, LLP, providing attestation and accounting services for a variety of entities, including hospitals, health care suppliers, city governments and school districts. Manuel has provided financial services for a broad spectrum of both public- and private-sector clients. He received his Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.
Manuel is a National Board Member for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and a former President of the Austin TX chapter. ALPFA currently has over 30 chapters nationwide and membership exceeds 8,500 members. He has also participated in the Junior Achievement Program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program throughout Central Texas.
Courtney is owner of CRH Capitol Communications, a Texas governmental relations firm that represents non-profit associations, corporations and individuals in the political, legislative and regulatory realms. Affiliated for many years with the PR firm, Read-Poland Associates, she moved into the legislative arena under Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff then opened her firm providing strategic counsel for navigating the world of state government.
Active in a number of preservation efforts, Courtney is a member of Preservation Texas, Friends of the Governor's Mansion, Texas Downtown Association, and is past president of The Heritage Society of Austin. A former public school teacher and dyslexia therapist, she has served the education community on bond and textbook committees for the Austin Independent School District. She is a past board member for University Christian Church and the Texas Bible Chair and is currently on the Texas Book Festival Auction Committee and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin.
Courtney graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and an Elementary Education Certification. She and her husband, Austin business consultant Clark Hoffman, have three children, Faye, Katherine and Read.
Steve serves as Managing Partner for the Aycock Financial Group, a family-owned financial planning organization with roots in Central Texas dating back to the 1950s. He is primarily responsible for managing the firm's private client and institutional relationships.
Steve also serves on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). In this role, Steve is responsible for key strategic planning initiatives, including the association's legislative advocacy efforts.
A native Austinite, Steve is married with two young children. Outside of work and spending time with family, Steve and his wife Malia remain involved with numerous charitable organizations; he also enjoys golf, the outdoors, and can often be spotted chasing his kids around the Town Lake Trail.
Crista joined TextureMedia, formerly known as NaturallyCurly.com, in 2007 as VP, Marketing and has been CEO since late 2009. Though her locks are straight and TextureMedia's mission speaks to the 60% of the global population with curly, wavy and coily hair, she is energized by the company's role as a community platform for sharing empowering messages of embracing one's true self.
Specializing in marketing and business development, Crista has worked with both startups and global brands, including CitySearch, Ticketmaster, IAC, Nestle, J. Walter Thompson, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and she grew up in a small Georgia town spending Saturdays listening to locals spin tales and embellish stories while sitting on a front porch of her grandparents' store. To this day, she is inspired by community stories.
Clayton has been a Realtor® at Moreland Properties for 9 years, and has been a top 10 producer in West Austin's #1 brokerage since 2009. Clayton enjoys working with buyers and sellers alike, and his intimate Native-Austinite knowledge of neighborhoods and the broader community creates a unique skillset.
Clayton has volunteered his time and energy to the YMBL Austin Sunshine Camps, and serves on their Capital Campaign committee. In addition to the Greenlights Board, he enjoys affiliations with Leadership Austin, City of West Lake Hills Wastewater Commission, HAAM, and his children's school.
When not selling homes or volunteering, Clayton loves to spend time with his wife Cora, daughter Georgia and son Graham. Clayton loves live music; running, biking and anything outdoors; and all the quirky characters that make Austin such a great place to live!
Vince Cali was a management consultant for over 35 years serving clients in both the public and private sectors. He has performed, managed, and directed over 300 engagements domestically and abroad in a variety of industries assisting clients with business strategies, operational excellence, organizational design, dispute resolution and recovery from business interruptions. Vince has also sponsored expert testimony in state, federal, and administrative jurisdictions and was formerly a member of the panel of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.
For 32 years, up until his recent retirement, Vince has been a professional and partner in the global professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte Vince had a number of duties and responsibilities including Deloitte Consulting Managing Director, National Managing Director of Management Solutions Consulting, member of the Deloitte & Touche USA Board of Directors, member of the firm's management and executive committees. In addition, Vince has chaired and served on a number of nominating committees for the Firm assisting to establish governance policies, protocols, and leadership structures for boards of directors of Deloitte & Touche as well as for Deloitte firms in Central Europe and India. His last responsibility with the Firm was Deputy to the Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Since his retirement Vince has offered his time, expertise and business perspectives to organizations he has supported and has a close relationship; he is the chair of the Concord University Business Advisory Council and is a member of the finance committee of Faith Academy Marble Falls Texas.
Scott was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, Scott was hired by one of the premier commercial real estate firms in the country, then known as Cushman Realty Corporation, which later merged with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc; focusing primarily on tenant representation in Texas and throughout the country. While in Houston, Scott represented many prominent companies and successfully negotiated leases on their behalf for nearly one million square feet of space.
Scott frequently worked for and with his father, Kenneth D. Carr, while at The University of Texas and decided to move his family back to Austin and work with Carr Development Inc. as a broker and developer.
Actively involved in the community, Scott is a past or current member of: the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA); RECA’s Leadership Development Council (LDC); Young Men’s Business League (YMBL); Seton Forum; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Austin Breakfast Group; International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). As an avid outdoorsman, Scott is also a member of Austin Woods and Waters Club, Coastal Conservation Association, and Ducks Unlimited. Scott and his wife Kim have two young children, Jack and Caroline.
Clayton Christopher is the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea Company that he started in 1998 with $10,000 in savings, an old delivery van and a recipe from his grandmother. Sweet Leaf Tea is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the US, with over $60M in sales and 100+ employees. Nestle purchased Sweet Leaf in June of 2011. Clayton is passionate about entrepreneurship and loves helping small food and beverage brands grow. Clayton is currently co-founder and Chairman of Deep Eddy Vodka, and co-founder and Chairman of Rhythm Superfoods. He also sits on the boards of several other food and beverage companies and is a co-founder of Incubation Station, an accelerator for young brands. Clayton won the 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Central Texas, the 2010 AU40 Austinite of the Year Award, AU40 Business and Entrepreneurship Award, as well as the Austin Business Journal's Best CEO Award for 2011. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the advisory board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas where he has been a "Big" to his "Little" Andrew San Miguel for 7 years.
Bill has held leadership positions in the computer services sector for over 30 years. Most of his career was spent working for Ross Perot at EDS and Perot Systems. Bill led design, implementation and ongoing business operations for major projects and large accounts. In the nonprofit world, he was a technical advisor for Perot Family Foundation and also a Partner in Dallas Social Venture Partners. For the last several years, Bill has been a strategy and planning consultant for nonprofits who were planning to aggressively scale their existing products/services. Bill is a board member for College Forward and Greenlights.
Dan Graham oversees the growth strategy of BuildASign.com and plays a key role in the company's philanthropic efforts and talent acquisition. Dan co-founded BuildASign.com in March 2005 and has since bootstrapped the company to great success. Dan is a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Central Texas award. He is also a recipient of the Austin Business Journal's 2012 Best CEO Award, and was named 2012 Austinite of the Year and the Business and Entrepreneurship category winner by Austin Under 40, recognizing his success as a business owner as well as his commitment to philanthropic work. As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community through participation on the Board of Directors for numerous philanthropic organizations in Austin including United Way for Greater Austin, Caritas of Austin, Citizen Generation and the Austin Chamber of Commerce among several others. He also acts as a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs, working with Capital Factory, Incubation Station and The University of Texas at Austin's 1 Semester Startup. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
John became Vice President of ARC in 2003 and was promoted to President in early 2007. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from McMurry University, John has guided companies ranging from new start ups to corporations with annual revenues over $750M. ARC is the largest reseller of Dell computers to state and local government agencies in Texas. From 2003 to 2006 ARC experienced a 261% jump in revenue and was recognized as the fifth fastest-growing company in Central Texas (Austin Business Journal, September 2005) and the largest woman-owned business in Central Texas (Austin Business Journal, August 2006 & 2007).
John currently sits on several boards including those of major IT manufactures, the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications, and was a founding member of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) HUB Advisory Board.
Cole Harmonson is co- founder, president and CEO of Far West Capital (FWC), an independent asset based lending and factoring company based in Central Texas, since 2007, FWC provides working capital to growing companies by purchasing or lending on Accounts Receivable and Inventory. FWC serves companies based in Texas with needs of less than $5mm.
Prior to FWC, Cole served as founder and senior vice president of State Bank’s Working Capital Finance Group (WCFG), the asset based lending and factoring division of State Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Texas United Bancshares, Inc., a publicly held Texas commercial banking company headquartered in La Grange, Texas. Cole joined State Bank in 1996 to start the WCFG, his primary responsibilities included full P&L oversight, managing new business development, credit and operations oversight, and ensuring execution of all strategic objectives.
Prior to joining State Bank in 1996, Cole was vice president at The National Bank of Texas in Fort Worth, Texas and has been employed in community banking and commercial finance his entire career. Cole holds a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University where he graduated in 1993.
Cole resides in Central Texas and is active in the community. He is a current board member of the Commercial Finance Association, current board member of the American Factoring Association, past chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Access to Capital committee, board member of Entrepreneur’s Organization, member of the Independent Banker’s Association of Texas, member of the Texas Banker’s Association, member of International Factoring Association, and member of the Association for Corporate Growth.
David Kenyon is Vice President of Worldwide Channel Marketing at AMD. In this role, he is responsible for working with sales, product marketing and the product groups to deliver integrated and global Consumer, Commercial and Graphics demand generation campaigns. Previously, David served as Vice President of WW Storage Marketing and Business Operations at Sun Microsystems where he was responsible for growing revenue and profitability across all of Sun’s storage products and services. He joined Sun through the integration of StorageTek and prior to that he held a number of leadership positions in storage, telecommunications and strategy consultancy.
Monica Medina is a Vice President in Business Banking for Wells Fargo Bank. As a Business Banking Relationship Manager she serves as the primary contact and proactive advocate for commercial clients with annual sales from $2-30 million. Monica has been a Relationship Manager in this market for nearly a decade and is considered a trusted advisor for many local business owners and executives.
Monica is active in the community and has served on various boards and committees. Most recently, Monica was the Board Chair for a local nonprofit that provides home care for over 300 elderly and disabled members of our community. She is passionate about serving the underserved and during her tenure on the board helped adapt a new vision and mission for H.A.N.D’s future.
Monica and her husband, Jose, have two beautiful children and spend their free time discovering new parks and trails throughout Central Texas.
Thomas Miranda is founder and President of Sparkovation IT, LLC, a global technology consulting firm focused on managed services and business consulting to small and medium sized companies. The firm’s part time CTO & business consulting offering enables entrepreneurs, Sr Managers and business executives with innovative part time expertise in the early, introduction or growth phases of a business venture.
Thomas has been responsible for leading teams, programs and strategies to effectively deliver advanced, highly complex, often billion dollar flagship networking and computing products from concept to market while serving in a wide range of technical & business leadership roles from design engineering, operations, strategy and quality assurance under billion dollar business units at HP, Dell and Cisco. He also served as CTO for Cisco’s worldwide Latino organization for the Americas and Europe.
Thomas began his career dabbling in electronics & building computers in high school that led to youthful entrepreneurship which served as an alternative to highly available juvenile delinquency in south San Antonio. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UT San Antonio and holds project/program management certifications from Stanford University’s executive education program.
Thomas was a 2011 AARO McBee Fellow and has served on the Leadership Austin, Greater Austin Chamber and Envision Central Texas boards. He most recently served as Chair of the EGBI board for the past 4 years and currently is the Chair-elect of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Term begins 2014).
As the managing partner of the DLA Piper Austin office, Jim works with high growth technology companies (Internet, software, microchip and life science) in their formation, funding, growth and exit. Jim has extensive experience in venture fund structures and formations (including Murphree Ventures Partners Fund V, Southeast Interactive Technology Fund IV, and Virgo Capital Fund I, L.P.) and has represented venture funds (including Austin Ventures, Centerpoint Ventures, Trellis Partners, Triton Ventures, Murphree Ventures and Southeast Interactive, among others) in fund investments, completing well over 200 venture financings as either fund counsel or company counsel.
Neal is President of GOVantage, LLC, an organization that helps its clients develop customer care solutions for state and local government markets. His focus is in the area of Health and Human Services, IT products and services, and business process outsourcing.
Mr. Nolan is a former Executive from IBM where he heldleadership positions as a Partner in IBM Global Services’ consulting and outsourcing practices. Mr. Nolan has lead global customer care initiatives for IBM’s clients and has implemented enterprise customer relationship management systems while consistently growing IBM’s professional services business. With his leadership, IBM developed it’s $3 billion customer care outsourcing service. Prior to IBM, he worked as a senior manager and software developer for Andersen Consulting, currently named Accenture.
He is a committed to community service and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Mobile Loaves and Fishes, an outreach ministry to the homeless operating in 5 US cities with over 11,000 volunteers. Mr. Nolan resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two teenage daughters. He and his family are parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Jenna has managed and executed programs for sole proprietorships up to major international corporations and her agency experience ranges from a small firm in St. Louis to working at the Chicago headquarters of the largest independently owned PR firm in the world. And, before the age of 30, she launched Snackbox with her husband and business partner, Eric Oltersdorf.
Recognized for excellence in public relations, Jenna has received a number of industry awards including Communicators, Summits, Anvils, Platinum PR Awards, Tellys, U.S. International Film Festival Award and a nomination for an Emmy... but it's not all about a fancy piece of stone and glass, is it?
Now based in Austin, Texas, Jenna's client experience in public relations and social media includes Chinet, Bernina, Batter Blaster, NASCAR, Kraft, Hardee's, North Carolina Division of Tourism, and Heatcraft Refrigeration Products. She sits on the board for HeartGift and is a volunteer for Leadership Austin's Emerge program, Better Bites of Austin, as well as the vice president of the Austin chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Jenna is a member of the Texas Travel Industry Association, a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Austin Emerge class, a 2011 Austin Under 40 nominee and guest lectures on public relations and social media.
When she's not making PR magic for her clients, Jenna drag races Corvettes, experiments in the kitchen, collects Mid Century Modern furniture and plays video games. You can find her on Twitter under @JennaSnacks and @NomNomist.
Ketan joined Google in 2010 to build the Enterprise Market Development team in Austin. Prior to joining Google, he served as Senior Sales Director at Oracle Corporation, in both Canada and the US and as Director of Enterprise Sales for Adobe Systems Inc.
Ketan is a strong advocate of educating children in underdeveloped nations. He is involved with several charitable foundations abroad in this regard. He sponsors several children at Mook Dwani Trust, a foundation in India dedicated to educating deaf children. He is also an avid supporter of Delhi Council for Child Welfare.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Huron University in London, England. Born in Kenya, he has lived in Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada prior to Austin where he resides with his wife and daughter.
Max Scoular is an entrepreneur based in Austin. Max started off his career with the U.S. government working on international trade issues in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. He then joined McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant and later became a key executive with FreeMarkets, the B2B e-commerce company. Max founded XG2, an executive roundtable provider, and currently owns PierceGray, the retained executive search firm with offices in Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. Max is past Chairman of Westcave Preserve and a former board member of Bamberger Ranch. Max is an alumnus of Stanford University.
Jennifer has been working with community enterprises in Austin for the past 20 years. Under the umbrella of Community Investment Corp., a fund she started with husband, Lee Walker, Jennifer has worked on projects that range from environmental initiatives, to microcredit and entrepreneurial support, to livable urban space design. She serves on the boards of the Project for Public Spaces, Ampersand, and is on the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Food Center. She is a graduate of Brown University and UT McCombs School of Business.
Kristen received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Professional Accounting from the Professional Program in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. After graduation, Kristen worked as an auditor for the Houston office of Ernst & Young. After participating in the audit of a nonprofit organization for the first time, she had found her calling. She found the concept of being motivated by something different than profit compelling and wanted to help these organizations perform at the highest level possible.
Before joining Maxwell, Locke & Ritter, Kristen worked for Hood & Strong, a California public accounting firm, and Montemayor & Associates, an Austin public accounting firm, serving nonprofit clients. Kristen joined Maxwell Locke & Ritter in 2005 and became a Partner of the firm in January 2009. She has continued achieving her professional goal of serving nonprofits by leading Maxwell Locke & Ritter's nonprofit niche. The vision of the nonprofit niche is to be the principal resource for nonprofit professional services in Central Texas. Maxwell Locke & Ritter's nonprofit niche team achieves this through providing high quality services, actively participating in the community, and serving as trusted business advisors to their clients. Kristen has also served as a volunteer advisor on the boards and committees of nonprofits including Preservation Austin, GirlStart and Mothers' Milk Bank
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