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Board of Directors
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Christine Spray

Christine Spray

President

Christine Spray
President

  • E-mail: cspray@strategiccatalystinc.com
  • Phone: 832-380-8224
  • Address: Strategic Catalyst, Inc., 6023 Maxie Street, Suite B, Houston, Texas 77007

Christine Spray

Christine Spray is a nationally recognized business development keynote speaker, consultant, trainer and coach. Spray serves as a CEO and business advisor with a passion for helping people and companies grow.

Best-Selling Author with Steve Forbes
SuccessOnomics-Doing Business in Today’s Economy
Best-Selling Lists and Rankings: #1 Direct Marketing, #4 Marketing, #5 Marketing & Sales, #11 Entrepreneurship, #12 Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and #91 Business & Money

Best-Selling Author with Brian Tracy
Transform-Your Life, Business & Health
Best-Selling Lists and Rankings: #6 Direct Marketing, #13 Marketing for Small Business

Founder & President
Strategic Catalyst, Inc.
Spray launched Strategic Catalyst, Inc. after working in public accounting and industry in senior leadership roles with start-up, restructuring and growth responsibilities. She recognized that by aligning business goals with marketing, human resource and business development strategies, organizations could leverage new business opportunities for far greater results. With more than 20 years of experience, Spray has created proven programs for management in the area of new business strategy by implementing Revenue Growth Assessments, Business Development Programs, Strategic Business Development Plans, and Accountability Models. Spray is a graduate of Coach University’s Two Year Program.

Founder & President
National Business Development Association
Spray launched the National Business Development Association (NBDA) to fill the need for a national trade association to provide best practices to individuals whose primary responsibility is generating business for their organization. NBDA provides a vibrant learning community where members can stay on top of industry trends and continually hone their skills through targeted professional development. Members of NBDA strongly believe in order to be a successful business development professional, you must focus on others and their needs before focusing on yourself. You will find this philosophy at the center of everything that is taught at the NBDA.

Chair & National Speaker
Vistage International
Spray serves as Chair and National Speaker for Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization; its affiliates have more than 16,000 members in 16 countries. In her leadership role, she leads C-level executive discussions to help companies implement more efficient processes and programs that reduce costs, increase profitability and foster enhanced growth.

Laurie-Leigh White

Laurie-Leigh White

Secretary

Laurie-Leigh White
Secretary

  • E-mail: lwhite@bvagroup.com
  • Phone: 713-457-3132
  • Address: BVA Group, 1000 Louisiana, Houston, Texas, 77002

Laurie-Leigh White

Laurie-Leigh White is a Senior Vice President of BVA Group.  As a Senior Vice President, Ms. White is responsible for overseeing the execution of a variety of valuation and litigation engagements.  Specifically, Ms. White specializes in the valuation of companies, partnerships, intangible assets, complex securities for financial reporting and tax purposes, and employee stock ownership plans.

Ms. White has been involved in hundreds of valuation projects for a wide variety of purposes, including financial reporting, employee stock ownership plans, valuations for tax purposes, transaction advisory, and fairness opinions.  Additionally, Ms. White has been involved in litigation consulting assignments related to economic damages, financial forensics, and valuation matters.  Although she has experience in a wide variety of industries, Ms. White has particularly extensive experience in the energy, technology, distribution, and alcoholic beverage industries.

Ms. White’s valuation experience is expansive, including valuations for the purposes of mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting (with a focus on “fair value” accounting for goodwill impairment and purchase price allocations), employee stock ownership plans (including annual update valuations and transaction driven fairness opinions), and gift and estate tax.  Ms. White has deep experience regarding the valuation of a variety of securities, including publicly-traded and closely-held common stock, preferred stock, stock options and warrants, and partnership interests.  She is a leader in BVA’s employee stock ownership plan practice.

Ms. White received a Master of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University, where she graduated with highest honors.  Ms. White is a Certified Public Accountant who holds the designation of Accredited in Business Valuation, and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers with an Intangible Asset Appraisal Specialty.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.  In 2007, Ms. White was awarded the Accounting Excellence Award by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.  In 2014, she was a nominee for the Houston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” business and community leaders and was also a nominee for the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts “40 Under 40.”  Ms. White was recently selected as a recipient of the 2016 AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services (“FVS”) Standing Ovation Recognition program.  This program is designed to recognize professionals in the FVS practice area who are 40 or under, hold either the CFF and/or ABV credential, and have exhibited exemplary professional achievement. 

Ms. White is serving as current chair of the American Society of Appraisers’ Energy Valuation Conference.  Ms. White is active in the Women’s Finance Exchange of Houston, serving as President of the organization.  She also serves as the Chair of an investor relations subcommittee of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a Board Member of the Houston chapter of the National Business Development Association.  Ms. White is current President of the Houston Southern Methodist University alumni organization and member of the Houston Campaign Steering Committee.  Furthermore, she is a member of the Houston chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and Houston Estate and Financial Forum.  Ms. White has also spoken at a Southwest Chapter ESOP conference.

Corey Prator

Corey Prator

Director of Sponsorships

Corey Prator
Director of Sponsorships

  • E-mail: cprator@custom-business-software.com
  • Phone: 713.702.0391
  • Address:

Corey Prator

Corey Prator is the CEO of Custom Business Software that he founded in 2006. His company develops custom software for small to medium-sized business. Prator is responsible for business development, strategy and leadership. Since 1992 Prator has brought to market, built and sold several technology based businesses.  Earlier in his career, he held various business positions in Accounting, Supply Chain, HR, and IT Project Management for 19 years in upstream, downstream both domestic and international areas at Shell Oil.

Prator has a BSBA in Finance in 1977 from Northern Arizona University.

Brent Yaschuk

Brent Yaschuk

Director of Partnerships

Brent Yaschuk
Director of Partnerships

  • E-mail: brent.yaschuk@uniphos-envirotronic.com
  • Phone: 832-956-0800
  • Address: Uniphos Envirotronic Inc., 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300 Sugar Land, TX 77479

Brent Yaschuk

Brent Yaschuk, is an entrepreneur and businessman with proven leadership and strategic foresight, Brent is CEO at Uniphos Envirotronic Inc. and has been in the gas detection industry more than 15 years.  He is responsible for founding and streamlining several companies in the North American continent.  His ability to establish key relationships, grow top line sales, successfully bring brands to market, develop strategic partnerships and the ability to gel everything together, has led to brighter futures!

Brent’s core strength, in building sales and marketing machines, provides clear definition and direction for the company’s growth and strong profitability, along with innovation and integration into the market place.  It allows for the creation of enhanced products and service developments for the future.

The key to such success is strong end-user focus driven from the top!

Tracey Kearny

Tracey Kearny

Director of Signature Events

Tracey Kearny
Director of Signature Events

  • E-mail: traceykearny@challengergray.com
  • Phone: 713-253-6098
  • Address: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., 1200 Smith St, Suite 1600, Houston TX 77002

Tracey Kearny

Tracey Kearny is an outplacement professional, helping former employees of firms that have restructured make better job changes than they could on their own, leading them to more successful careers, and creating happier alumni for their former employers.  

As Vice President with Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., she partners with companies in the Houston and Louisiana markets to evaluate and implement responsible human capital solutions during mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, and restructuring. She provides customized planning and support to organization and their affected employees, helps them make optimal outplacement decisions, and serves as a transition counselor for individuals receiving Challenger services.  In her role as executive/business advisor, she successfully assisting executives impacted by change.

Before, Tracey worked for more than 15 years in the mental health field. Parlaying her resource management and communication skills as a therapist, she transitioned to the corporate world when she joined Challenger in 2002.

Tracey's networking has allowed her to establish strong relationships and become a trusted advisor within the community. She believes the path to success is achieved through consistency to purpose, determination, and commitment to excellence. She is an active member of Leadership Houston’s Alumni & the Women’s Energy Network, where she serves as the National Corporate Membership Chair. Tracey also serves on the Advisory Board for WorkforceNEXT (Talent Management for Oil & Gas) & SHRM’s Global Chief HR Executive Network in Houston. She also serves on the local board and co-chairs the Membership Committee & Energy Forum for the National Business Development Association of Houston.

Tracey earned a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from the University of North Texas, Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Her free time is dedicated towards time with her three children, Jay, Natalie and Geoffrey, and extended family.

Traci Twardowski

Traci Twardowski

Director of Membership

Traci Twardowski
Director of Membership

  • E-mail: tracitwardowski@hotmail.com
  • Phone:
  • Address:

Traci Twardowski

Traci is formerly the Finance & Accounting Director of Experis Finance’s Houston Practice. With more than 15 years of experience, Traci has broad-based global expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategic planning and forecasting, investor relations, pricing and process optimization, as well as operational and functional integration activities. In her role as Practice Director, Traci oversaw daily operational activity with an ongoing focus on driving market growth, managing and recruiting new talent, leading business development and supporting high-level client engagements.

Most recently, Traci was the Office Managing Partner of Houston’s Tatum practice.  In this role, she oversaw and supported efforts to broaden the solutions offerings through new client pursuits and  expanded scoping on existing projects and new engagements.  She represented and promoted the local and national practice across the Houston market place and surrounding communities.

Previously, Traci served as director of transaction advisory services at Grant Thornton LLP, a provider of audit, tax and advisory services. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Traci held various management roles at Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company.  Most recently she was the global product strategy manager for the ultra-high density PE business, a role which included managing a diversified end-use product offering, ranging from medical implants to water filtration applications; optimizing the global product portfolio and manufacturing assets for growth opportunities and overseeing the global supply/demand dynamics to ensure effective production capacity utilization and regional balance. Additionally, during her career tenure with Celanese, she served as the Senior Business Analysis and Strategy Development Manager for the Ticona Engineering Polymers business unit. In this role, she had responsibility for the development and execution of the comprehensive five-year strategic plan for the global business across product lines and cross-functional interfaces, including manufacturing, R&D, Human Resources, and Finance.  Key achievements in this role, included but were not limited to, the successful integration of the DuPont LCP acquisition, including production cut-over, commercial transition, and portfolio optimization as well as the successful management of the cross- functional team in the Asia rebranding project of Ticona's largest and most profitable product line

Traci began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the audit practice where she served on the audits of several large public and private companies across a variety of industries. The majority of her tenure with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was as a manager in the Transaction Services Group, where she planned, coordinated, and directed multidiscipline teams in the execution of financial, operational, information technology, and tax due diligence investigations for both financial and strategic buyers.

Education
Bachelors of Business Administration, Accounting – Texas Christian University

Certification
Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Brian Fenske

Brian Fenske

Director of CEO Forums

Brian Fenske
Director of CEO Forums

  • E-mail: brian.fenske@nortonrosefulbright.com
  • Phone: 713-651-5151
  • Address: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Fulbright Tower, 1301 McKinney, Suite 5100, Houston, TX 77010-3095

Brian Fenske

Brian Fenske, Corporate/Transactional Attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright, is a seasoned corporate attorney with more than 20 years’ experience representing a wide range of clients, from some of the largest energy companies in the world to small, early stage technology start-ups.  He focuses on providing real-world, business-oriented solutions to complex legal problems.  He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other securities offerings, as well as venture capital and private equity financings.  He has been involved in the creation of more than 100 companies, more than 100 equity and debt offerings, and more than 300 M&A transactions.  His firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, is the second largest office in Houston and fourth largest law firm in the world, with more than 3,800 lawyers and 54 offices in 29 countries. Norton Rose Fulbright achieved a top three ranking in the Acritas Sharplegal 2014 Global Elite Brand Index and is ranked among the top ten most elite international law firms.

 

Kelly Kelsheimer

Kelly Kelsheimer

Director of Special Events

Kelly Kelsheimer
Director of Special Events

  • E-mail: kkelsheimer@twcousa.com
  • Phone: 281-566-1235
  • Address: TWC The Valve Company, 13641 Dublin Court Stafford, Texas 77477

Kelly Kelsheimer

Kelly Kelsheimer is the Vice President of Business Development at TWC The Valve Company in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining TWC, Kelly oversaw business development for Neway Value International, where his team was responsible for all new product development, QA/QC resolution and coordination with the manufacturing/foundry located in Suzhou, China. His work experience also includes a stint at Fluor, where he worked as a product director and was responsible for managing the valve line of business in a global sourcing group called Supply Chain Solutions. Kelly is an active member of and serves on the Standards Committee for the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of PVF Roundtable, where he perviously served as a golf tournament chairman and currently sits on the Scholarship Committee.

Kelly is a Houston native and a graduate of The University of Houston with a Bachelors in Science Technology. Kelly is married to his wife of 40 years, Nancy, and has two children, Lindsay and Derek. In his free time, you can find Kelly golfing, working on his photography skills, and reading up on financials investments.

Todd Moser

Todd Moser

Director of Happy Hours

Todd Moser
Director of Happy Hours

  • E-mail: todd.moser@me.com
  • Phone: 713-471-3906
  • Address:

Todd Moser

Todd Moser is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa earning a BBA in Accounting and a Minor in Economics. Mr. Moser has over thirty years of experience in finance and accounting highlighted by assisting three company’s initial public offering of common stock to both the NYSE and NASDAQ. For the past twelve years, Mr. Moser has served in C level roles for specialty construction, specialty chemicals, and oil field services companies. Mr. Moser started his career in the audit practice of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells and participated in audits of insurance, banking, communications and distribution concerns. Mr. Moser enjoys playing golf and tennis, listening to live music, and spending time with his eight year old son Zack. 

Dona Carmony

Dona Carmony

Director of Lead Generation Groups

Dona Carmony
Director of Lead Generation Groups

  • E-mail: dcarmony@donwat.com
  • Phone: 713-595-4814 
  • Address: Donovan & Watkins, 1700 West Loop South, Ste. 375, Houston, TX 77027

Dona Carmony

Dona Carmony is a sales executive with over 25 years of experience driving sales growth and business performance. She joined Donovan & Watkins in 2016 as a Business Development Manager.   

She is a respected sales leader, trainer and team builder with demonstrated ability in various markets where she led respective teams in recruitment and selection. She is a collaborative team player who is effective at building strong relationships with internal and external markets with a successful track record of growing sales in a client focused organization. She is a professional who has instilled a sense of teamwork and connection for overall company objectives through leadership, management and sales skills.  She is the President of the National Exchange Club in downtown Houston and serves as a board member of the National Business Development Association.

Cindi Boudreaux

Cindi Boudreaux

Director of New Chapters

Cindi Boudreaux
Director of New Chapters

  • E-mail: cboudreaux@clearpointco.com
  • Phone: 713-779-4626 Ext. 12
  • Address: Clearpoint, 5204 Jackson Street, Houston, TX 77004

Cindi Boudreaux

For the last six years, Cindi Boudreaux, has worked in both executive recruiting and staffing, placing marketing, communications and digital positions within the energy and oil & gas industries. At Clearpoint as an Senior Account Manager, she is responsible for full life-cycle account management / recruiting including strategy, business development, requirements gathering, sourcing, interviewing, testing, candidate selection, and managing the interview, offer, and on-boarding process.

Prior to recruiting, Cindi's spent fifteen years in diverse marketing roles on both the client and agency sides. Her expertise lies in strategic planning, integrated marketing, business development, marketing research, e-business consulting and Web/information technologies. Cindi also worked across a broad range of industries with a concentration in Energy / Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Consumer/Retail, in which she lead a variety of projects and campaigns nationally and internationally.

Cindi holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside, as well as an MBA in Marketing from the University of Houston Bauer College Of Business. She serves as Director of New Chapters for the National Business Development Association and is an Ambassador for the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber. She also is a member of, and volunteers for AMA Houston. 

Amber Welchel

Amber Welchel

Chief of Staff

Amber Welchel
Chief of Staff

  • E-mail: amber.welchel@allegiancebank.com
  • Phone: 281-894-3246
  • Address: Allegiance Bank, 8727 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. Suite 100, Houston, TX 77040

Amber Welchel

Amber Welchel is a Vice President for Allegiance Bank with a focus on serving small to medium-sized businesses and owners in the greater Houston area. A 10 year Houston banking veteran, Mrs. Welchel has experience with middle market commercial businesses in various industries. Prior to joining Allegiance Bank, she grew her career with Amegy Bank in their commercial lending group and was responsible for driving new client acquisition, client retention and non-interest revenue growth.

Active in the community, Mrs. Welchel is on the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer for the Leadership North Houston Alumni Association, Board of Director for the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, Board of Director for the National Business Development Association and past Treasurer for Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of the Risk Management Association and Greater Houston Partnership.

Mrs. Welchel completed the Leadership North Houston program in 2013 and was also named Volunteer of the Year by the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce in 2013. She received her BBA in Finance and Banking and her MBA with a concentration in finance from Sam Houston State University.

Robin Tooms

Robin Tooms

Director of Marketing

Robin Tooms
Director of Marketing

  • E-mail: rtooms@savagebrands.com
  • Phone: 713-522-1555
  • Address: Savage Brands, 4203 Yoakum Blvd., Fourth Floor, Houston TX 77006

Robin Tooms

Robin Tooms is a partner and VP Strategy at Savage Brands, an agency that builds purposeful brands by helping companies discover and deliver their corporate purpose. Robin oversees brand, marketing and digital strategy efforts for the firm. She works closely with clients to develop brand positioning, online marketing strategies, content strategies and optimal user experiences. With an emphasis on digital communications, Robin is dedicated to staying on the forefront of innovative technologies that build loyalty and drive business. 

A member of the Savage team for more than 19 years, Robin applies her background of design, development and strategy to help clients look for value where business, customers and technology intersect. Robin received her MBA from the Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and an honors degree in Graphic Communications from the University of Houston. She has also taught at the University of Houston in the Graphic Design Program. Robin was a recipient of Houston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award for 2010 and GDUSA’s “People to Watch” for 2011. Her weekly web series, Brandonomics, is published by The BusinessMakers on the HighDrive network and featured in the Houston Business Journal.

Robin firmly believes that everyone has a responsibility to support the community that helped their personal and professional success. Her mission has been twofold: create awareness and value for our design and marketing communities, and support the organizations and students that will shape the next generation of professionals. A long-time board member, she has also held the office of President for both the local boards of AMA Houston (2012-2013) and AIGA Houston (2005-2010), as well as serving as a national AIGA Board Member from 2010-2013

Alex Howard

Alex Howard

Director of Events

Alex Howard
Director of Events

  • E-mail: ahoward@stoutadvisory.com
  • Phone: 713-221-5107
  • Address: Stout, 1000 Main Street, Suite 3200, Houston, TX 77002

Alex Howard

Alex W. Howard is a Managing Director in the Stout Valuation Advisory group. Mr. Howard has extensive experience in providing valuation opinions, transaction services and financial advice for middle market private and small capitalization public companies. Mr. Howard has provided opinions for corporate and estate planning, estate-, gift-, and income-tax requirements, fairness opinions, mergers and acquisitions, and employee stock ownership trusts, among others. He has advised boards of directors and trustees regarding mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and recapitalizations.

Prior to joining Stout, Mr. Howard was a founding partner and president of Howard Frazier Barker Elliott (“HFBE”) where he managed the firm, as well as supervised and participated in valuation and financial advisory opinions, mergers and acquisitions and real estate finance. Prior to founding HFBE, Mr. Howard served in various positions within the securities industry for Rotan Mosle, Inc., First Interstate Capital Company of Texas and Kemper Securities Group, Inc. where he participated in corporate finance transactions including, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and financial advisory services