Bill Boyar is a founding Shareholder of BoyarMiller, a Houston, Texas‐based law firm. Bill’s practice focuses on representing the various parties involved in the acquisition, disposition, capitalization and financing of assets and businesses on a national and international level.
He has served as lead counsel on numerous complex, multi‐party acquisitions and project financings, with significant experience in corporate finance, healthcare, energy, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and hospitality. Bill assists clients in their strategic planning and capital formation processes, maintaining a network of private and institutional clients and contacts worldwide. Additionally, Bill is a former columnist for the Houston Business Journal having authored more than 20 articles in the “Building Business” series.
Bill is proud to have served as Chairman of BoyarMiller from 1990‐2010. Today, he continues with his legal practice, mentoring business leaders and lawyers, and actively serving the Houston community. Bill serves or has served several organizations, including SEARCH Homeless Services (former Board Chair) and KIPP Houston Public Schools, where he currently serves as Board Chair, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation Board, the Houston Food Bank, Lochinvar Golf Club, and the University of Houston Bauer College of Business Graduate Real Estate Program (former Board Chair).
Gene is a Fortune 500 technology veteran, with more than two decades of experience leading growth of young companies, as well as major business units at global corporations. Gene is formerly the CEO of BazaarVoice and previously worked at Blackbaud, Inc. Prior to joining Blackbaud in May 2012, Gene was the driving force behind Convio’s strong growth since July 2003. Previously, Gene served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Careerbuilder.com, where he contributed significantly to growth leading to a 1999 public offering. After CareerBuilder.com, Gene worked at Dell as Vice President and General Manager of Internet Servers, and, just prior to Convio, as BMC Software’s Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Data Management.
Gene has been an active member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Gene is also active on the Board of the Austin Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and the Texas Institute for Education Reform Board of Directors. Gene has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Jessica D’Arcy is the Executive Leadership Officer for the Webber Family Foundation, which has supported a variety of educational programs since 1999. Jessica also serves on the Steering Committee for Central Texas Education Funders and the National Conference Committee for Grantmakers for Education. Previously, Jessica was the founder and Executive Director of Breakthrough Austin, a nonprofit that provides a path from middle school to college for students who will be first‐generation college graduates. She also has worked in public and private schools as a teacher and administrator.
Jessica graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in American Studies and completed the M.Ed. program in Education Administration at the University of Texas.
As Chief Operating Officer of Clean Line Energy, Jayshree Desai oversees all company operations including strategy, planning, budgeting, finance, legal and human resources. Jayshree also leads negotiations for all commercial arrangements, including transmission service agreements, acquisitions and partnerships, equipment supplier agreements, and construction contracts. In addition she interfaces with Clean Line’s Board of Directors on company progress and milestones, capital needs, and investment opportunities.
Jayshree draws from an accomplished background in the wind energy industry to provide leadership at Clean Line. Before joining Clean Line, Jayshree was CFO of Horizon Wind Energy where she was responsible for corporate and project finance, accounting, tax, and information technology. As CFO, she led Horizon Wind Energy through its sale to Goldman Sachs in 2005, the subsequent sale to Energias de Portugal in mid‐2007, and the IPO of the renewables subsidiary in 2008. Prior to working at Horizon Wind Energy, Jayshree was a Director at Enron responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions and previously was a consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Jayshree received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the Executive Board of KIPP Houston and on the board of the Wind Energy Foundation.
Munira Fareed is a seasoned technology startup executive who has lived and worked in Austin, Texas for 20+ years. She is committed to giving back to the Austin community and works regularly with KIPP Austin, Miracle Foundation, Keep Austin Fed, and refugee programs in Central Texas.
Munira Fareed was most recently the chief marketing officer at Hive9, the marketing performance management company. Before joining Hive9, Munira founded and ran Appleseed Partners, a B2B marketing company providing fractional CMO services to technology companies (including Planview, Teradici, Discovia, Cache IQ (NetApp), BreakingPoint (Ixia), and Boundless Network. Prior to Appleseed Partners, Munira was the vice president of marketing at LifeSize (acquired by Logitech), where she built the marketing organization and was responsible for all aspects of worldwide marketing (demand gen, product management and marketing, channel marketing, market development, and corporate marketing). She joined LifeSize when it was less than a dozen people, and was part of the LifeSize management team that successfully raised three rounds of funding, contributing to a total of $81M. Munira has also served as vice president of marketing for Ineto [now Oracle], a virtual contact center SaaS company.
Prior to joining Ineto, Munira was responsible for product marketing and corporate communications at Netpliance, makers of the award‐winning i‐opener Internet appliance and service. Netpliance resulted in a $140M IPO (used to begin TippingPoint, now part of Oracle). Before joining Netpliance, she served as director of marketing at Trilogy, a leading provider of front‐office software, where she helped drive rapid growth to create a $100M+ revenue business. She has also held marketing strategy positions at Motorola. Munira holds an undergraduate degree in computer science and economics from Lafayette College, and an MBA from Cornell University.
Jose (Pepe) GuevaraDallas-Fort Worth
Pepe Guevara founded and leads Millstone Assets, an investment management firm with a focus on multigenerational wealth preservation. His investment interests span a wide range of topics: agriculture, life sciences, communications, and finance.
Prior to Millstone Assets, Mr. Guevara was a partner for the Boston Consulting Group. Over his 20 year career at BCG, he contributed to 5 offices in 4 continents. During the latter years, he held leadership positions in both health care and private equity practices for Latin America.
Mr. Guevara is actively involved on child development and entrepreneurial non‐profit organizations. He has served at the Regional North Mexico Board for Save the Children. He is an active mentor at Endeavor.org and an established angel investor for young entrepreneurs.
Born in Mexico, Mr. Guevara graduated Monterrey Tech with honors with a BSc in chemical engineering. He got his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is fluent in 4 languages.
Mr. Guevara has now settled in Dallas where he lives with his wife and three kids.
Michael HumphreysSan Antonio
Michael is a retired general partner of Matrix Partners, a private venture capital partnership with offices in Boston, MA and Menlo Park, CA. During his 25 year career at Matrix Partners, Michael with his partners, helped found early‐stage technology‐based businesses and he served on the Board of Directors of these private and publicly‐held portfolio companies.
Michael is currently a Trustee of the Southwest School of Art and a past member of the Painting and Sculpture Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Michael is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the Harvard Business School.
Willis JohnsonDallas-Fort Worth
Willis Johnson is the CEO of JBJ Marketing. Currently, he prepares all promotional items and events for JBJ Marketing. Additionally, he directs all marketing, sales and business development efforts for WAI‐WIZE. He has shared his unique perspective with Dallas listeners for almost 30 years as the Morning Show host for Service Broadcasting Corp, where he also works as the Program/Promotions Director and supervises on‐air talent and sales/promotions activities.
His tireless drive propels him to continually seek out new opportunities for his clients and for his own improvement. With 28 years in broadcasting, advertising, marketing and sales, Johnson benefits his clients by bringing extensive customer and business acumen. Previously at Brown & Johnson Production Company, Johnson acted as Executive Producer where he produced a nationally syndicated show called IMPACT. This show served in 65 markets and aired 1994‐1999.
He has appeared on such nationally‐known shows and news broadcasts as the Phil Donahue Show, Good Morning America and CBS Evening News. The USA Today, New York Times and other publications have featured articles on him.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business/Communication from the East Texas State University. Paul Quinn College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate after he created and coordinated a $1 million college fundraising campaign.
In 1990, Johnson received the Willow Award Winner from the Dallas Black Chamber for service to the business community. He also received the NAACP’s Craft Award given to Dallas’ Outstanding Community Service Citizen.
He sits on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Black Academy of Arts, Boy Scouts of America, Trinity Trust Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Urban League.
Duncan F. Klussmann is the founder of DFK Advising. DFK Advising is an advising firm committed to assisting school districts in developing district/charter partnerships, reshaping the superintendent selection process, and building strong leaders. Duncan served as the Superintendent of Schools in Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) from December of 2004 until his retirement in December of 2015. Prior to this appointment as superintendent, Duncan had served as an interim superintendent and area superintendent for SBISD. His vast experience includes periods as a school principal and assistant principal, as well as a classroom teacher. Following his time in public education, Duncan served at the Director of Education for the Kinder Foundation in Houston, Texas.
In 2012, Dr. Klussmann helped create the SKY Partnership, which joins together SBISD with KIPP Houston (KIPP) and YES Prep Public Schools (YES Prep) at two district middle schools where new campus program charters now operate. In the Houston region, such an innovative partnership between a school district and charter schools is one of a kind.
Dr. Klussmann now serves as a board member with United Way, and he remains active with numerous groups, including Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Inc. A native of Brenham, Texas, Dr. Klussmann received a BBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2004, New Jersey‐based Seton Hall University awarded him the doctorate in education.
Duncan Klussmann lives in Houston with his wife, Marissa. They have three grown children who live in the Houston area.
Gretchen has over 20 years of experience in technology marketing. She has worked in essentially every marketing discipline other than sales. Today, she manages Coheredge marketing and IT consulting with her husband, Dave. Coheredge was founded in 2015, and its client roster includes startups, agencies and mid‐ size to large multinational companies.
Today Gretchen is passionate about helping growing companies figure out what kind of marketing they need, and when. She loves to create customer messages for technology solutions ‐ from the easy to the highly complex.
Gretchen has been building and executing successful marketing strategies since graduating from UNC Kenan‐ Flagler business school in 1995. She spent 10 years at Dell in product marketing and product management roles on B2B and B2C mobile and desktop product lines. After several years of leading product lines and overseeing their respective P&L’s, she changed roles and moved into Dell’s Corporate Communications team. During this time, Gretchen played a lead role in managing the 2006 Dell battery recall for which Dell was awarded a Silver Anvil in Crisis Communications. Following this experience, she spent three years with WPP Group leading Dell’s public relations agency, AxiCom (now PPR Worldwide), a global client service organization built specifically to augment the Dell Corporate Communications organization. Gretchen later returned to Dell and was in‐house for five years, leading marketing teams responsible for sales enablement and global creative strategy and delivery.
Gretchen has a passion for education. After graduating from Haverford College, she was an administrator at Maret School in Washington, D.C.. She was a member of the Board of Directors for KIPP Austin Public Schools from 2007‐2014, including one year as Board Chair.
Bill MollSan Antonio
William G. Moll is the former CEO of KLRN public television in San Antonio.
Bill’s wide‐ranging experience includes positions as President of WNBC‐TV in New York; President/CEO of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) in New York; President/CEO of Clear Channel Television in San Antonio; President/CEO of WKRC‐TV, in Cincinnati, Ohio; President/CEO of Harte‐Hanks Broadcasting in San Antonio.
Currently, he is Immediate Past Chairman of the USO World Board of Governors, Trustee of the University of Incarnate Word, Trustee of The Broadcasters’ Foundation of America, Trustee of the Masters Leadership Program in San Antonio, Member of the Civilian/Military Council of San Antonio, Trustee of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Trustee of the KIPP Aspire Academy, and is a member of the Texas Tech University School of Mass Communications National Advisory Board.
Mr. Moll is the former Chairman of The Television Bureau of Advertising, Chairman and President of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, former Chairman of the San Antonio Art Institute and has served on the national boards of the Advertising Council, Media Partnership for a Drug Free America, the National Association of Broadcasters, IRTF (International Radio‐TV Foundation), Boy Scouts of America‐ Greater New York Council, CBS Television Network Affiliates Board and numerous other positions, board member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cincinnati.
He holds a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree in English and Education from Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Married to Marilyn L. Moll, he has 2 adult sons, 2 daughters‐in‐law and 3 grandchildren.
Ethan Phillips is a partner with Bain & Company in the Houston office. He is a member of the Global Oil & Gas Practice and has deep expertise in upstream operations and organizational transformations.
He joined the company as a consultant in the Boston office in 2004 and served in the Dallas office from 2005‐2009 before moving to Houston to open the Bain Houston office.
While at Bain, Ethan has advised clients in a wide range of capabilities including growth strategy, organizational effectiveness, performance improvement and change management. In addition to Oil & Gas, he has also worked with the private equity, education, health care, telecommunications, and airline industries.
Prior to joining Bain, Ethan had several years experience as an entrepreneur, founding and growing two companies in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Ethan holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and an AB in Economics from Harvard University. He lives in Houston with his wife and four children.
Shawn Raymond is a trial lawyer whose practice concentrates on heavyweight commercial litigation of all types. His clients describe him as “a passionate advocate,” “a skilled tactician,” and “meticulous in his preparation.”
- Named The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Litigation ‐ Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” in Houston.
- Ranked as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Houston Region on the 2014 and 2015 Texas Super Lawyers List (presented by Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Texas Monthly).
- Included in the 2012‐2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.).
- Featured in either in Benchmark Plaintiffs: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms and Attorneys or in Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star (2014‐2016).
- Past President of the Federal Bar Association’s Southern District of Texas Chapter, which serves the federal judiciary and federal practitioners in all seven divisions of the District.
- Named to the Houston Business Journal’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list for being among Houston’s next 40 leaders who excel in their industry, are respected business leaders, and show dynamic leadership in their community.
- Recipient of the 2009 Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Named in honor of a well
known federal judge, this award is given annually to one Houston attorney under the age of 38 who best represents professional excellence and service to clients, the community and the Bar.
Shawn attended George Washington University where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
Bob ScottSan Antonio
A retired attorney, Bob has been Chair of the Board of six non‐profits and is in his seventh year as Chair of KIPP San Antonio Public Schools.
Mr. Scott received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas and an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School. Mr. Scott joined the San Antonio law firm which became Tinsman, Scott & Sciano, where he practiced civil litigation for 32 years. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, and San Antonio Best Attorneys. For 17 years, Mr. Scott was an Adjunct Professor for St. Mary’s School of Law. He is currently active in oil & gas investing.
Mr. Scott has served in volunteer leadership roles with the following educational institutions: Southwestern University, Duke University Divinity School, University of Texas School of Law, and the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Texas.
Alex SharmaDallas-Fort Worth
Alex Nila K. Sharma is a native of Massachusetts but has been a Dallas area resident of and on for more than 30 years. He earned his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned an LLM in International Law from Southern Methodist University. His early work experience was with the State Attorney General’s office in Austin.
After several years Alex left the legal profession and began a career in real estate development. Primarily working in the Pacific Northwest for the past two decades Alex and one partner have built projects opportunistically, including offices, condominiums, and currently a second home resort development in Central Washington state.
Alex and his family are deeply committed to child welfare and children’s issues locally and all over the globe. The Family has given their time and energy to UNICEF for more than a decade. Alex is currently the Board Vice‐Chair for Family Gateway, an organization that assists homeless children and families in the Dallas area. He is also the current Board Chair of KIPP DFW Public Charter schools, which currently serve more than 2,400 disadvantaged children in Southern Dallas.
Alex and his wife Gowri have one high school aged daughter.
Steve Shook is a practicing CPA and is responsible for coordinating tax matters and family home office services, and plays a significant role in the due diligence and structuring of financing and M&A transactions. He has extensive experience in working with high net worth individuals, closely held businesses and private equity groups. His services on behalf of high net worth individuals and their families include summarizing and presenting investment results, participating in multi‐generational family matters, and facilitating the flow of appropriate information to other third party advisors in the areas of accounting, tax, estate planning and investment management.
He also has served as a business and tax advisor to growth‐oriented companies in the information technology, electronics, financial, real estate and retail industries, including numerous publicly‐held companies. Steve has served in an interim finance position with Applied Materials, Inc.’s manufacturing division where he was responsible for financial review of budgets, pricing models, and internal resource allocations. He also held a senior finance position with a multi‐facility manufacturing services company supporting the semiconductor industry, where he was responsible for all financial operations, including treasury, capital budgeting and forecasting. Prior to starting his own CPA practice, he was employed by Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, including a three year assignment as Director of Tax of PWC’s Honolulu office.
Steve received a BBA and MPA in Taxation from the University of Texas at Austin.
Originally joining the team in 2001, Kent Wallace is a Partner with The Sterling Group where he is responsible for sourcing, executing acquisitions, and the oversight of portfolio companies. Kent currently serves as Chairman of the board of Time Manufacturing, and on the boards of Evergreen North America Industrial Services, and Saxco International. He was formerly the Chairman of the board of B&G Crane, Chairman of the board of Stackpole International and served on the boards of Universal Fiber Systems, Hudson Products, and Panolam Industries. He was also involved in investments in Propex and North American Energy Partners.
Prior to Sterling, Kent was a Summer Associate with Rocky Mountain Capital Partners, focusing on mezzanine investments in basic manufacturing and services businesses, and an Assistant Vice President at Long‐Term Credit Bank, where he managed an energy loan portfolio. He began his career at Coopers & Lybrand. Kent received a B.B.A. and an M.P.A. in accounting from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Kent serves on the Executive Board for KIPP Houston and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst Center for Private Equity Finance at the University of Texas in Austin. Kent has also served as Treasurer on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Zina Garrison Academy since 2005 and has served as a volunteer to Yellowstone Academy since 2006. Kent and his wife, Mollie, have 3 children aged 14 (son), 12 (daughter) and 9 (son). Kent and his family have been active parishioners of St. Anne’s Catholic Church since 2001 and Kent serves in St. Vincent de Paul Society at the church.
Darla WhitakerDallas-Fort Worth
Darla Whitaker is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for human resources.
Prior to this role, she served as vice president and manager of TI’s compensation and human resources systems and services. Throughout her career at TI, she has held various leadership positions in human resources, including director of human resources for the Application‐Specific Products organization, human resources manager for the Application‐Specific Integrated Circuit organization and compensation manager for the Asia region. Prior to her experience in human resources, she served in a variety of manufacturing and engineering roles.
Whitaker joined TI in 1984 in the wafer fabrication facility in Sherman, Texas. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.
In addition to her role at TI, she serves on the board of directors for the TI Foundation, TI’s Political Action Committee and Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) DFW. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Texas.