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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, best-selling author three times, consultant, trainer, coach and Certified EOS Implementer. 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

Best-Selling Author with Jack Canfield
Road to Success
Best-Selling Lists and Rankings: #19 Direct Marketing

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. With more than 20 years of experience, Spray has created proven programs for management in the area of new business strategy by helping companies increase revenue through proven business development strategies and processes. Spray is a graduate of Coach University's Two Year Program.

Certified EOS Implementer
Entrepreneur Operating System
Spray helps business leaders and entrepreneurs get what they want from their business by providing a complete system with simple tools to:
1) Master their Vision with everyone heading in the same direction
2) Gain Traction with execution and accountability
3) Create Healthy leadership teams that are functional and cohesive

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.

Chair & National Speaker
Vistage International 
Spray serves as Master Chair and National Speaker for Vistage International, the world 's leading chief executive organization. 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.

David Martin

David Martin

Director of Signature Events

David Martin
Director of Signature Events

  • E-mail: dmartin@choiceexploration.com
  • Phone: 832-368-9229
  • Address:

David Martin

David Martin leads Corporate Development for Costa Energy, LLC (formerly Choice Exploration, Inc.), a leading private onshore exploration and production company, focused in Texas and Louisiana, among the top 200 privately held oil and gas producers in the United States.  Mr. Martin works with industry partners (oil & gas companies and investment firms) in Costa Energy’s ongoing drilling programs for working interest positions upwards of $20 million annually.  He also focuses on buying 3rd party drilling prospects (operated and non-operated) and on acquiring producing assets with drilling upside valued to $200 million.  Mr. Martin has been with Costa Energy 12 years, and has more than 30 years of experience in business development and sales and marketing in oil and gas, industrial services, technology, and finance.  He is a native of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and a M.A. in Communications.  

Mark Sweet

Mark Sweet

Director of Member Retention

Mark Sweet
Director of Member Retention

  • E-mail: mark.sweet@proforma.com
  • Phone: 281.507.3227
  • Address:

Mark Sweet

Mark Sweet is the President of The Branding Suite powered by Proforma, a role he's held since May of 2015. The company is a marketing agency specializing in promotional products, print, distributorship focused on helping companies grow their promotional, print, and digital media programs to help with employee acquisition, retention, and development.

Mark has spent 20+ years in the field of promotional marketing, branding, uniforming, HR incentive and recognition programs, custom online merchandising, SEO and marketing programs. Some companies for which he has run successful marketing programs include BP, DuPont, Kraft, Waste Management, International Paper, HP, Tennessee Valley Authority and American Heart Association. 

Mark is a also an active member of Kiwanis Club of Downtown Houston, the American Cancer Society and the Greater Houston Partnership. 

He holds a BBA in marketing from The University of Texas at Austin.

Caroline Rosen

Caroline Rosen

Director of Membership Development

Caroline Rosen
Director of Membership Development

  • E-mail: crosen@malone-bailey.com
  • Phone: 713.343.4286
  • Address:

    9801 Westheimer Road
    Suite 1100
    Houston, TX 77042

Caroline Rosen

Caroline manages marketing and communications for MaloneBailey, LLP, a full-service public accounting firm that specializes in audit services for publicly-traded companies.

Her skill sets are defined by her ability to define strategy to effectively brand and market an organization, cultivate relationships, provide message-driven writing, execute media relations, and analyze results.

Prior to joining MaloneBailey in 2009, Caroline worked for FleishmanHillard, one of the world’s largest public relations and integrated marketing agencies. Caroline received a Master of Arts degree in International Communication from the School of International Service at American University as well as her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. 

Danielle Knight

Danielle Knight

Director of Marketing

Danielle Knight
Director of Marketing

  • E-mail: danielle.knight@cbre.com
  • Phone: 832-465-1853
  • Address: 2800 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 2300 Houston, TX 77056

Danielle Knight

Danielle Knight leads the business development process for CBRE, a global commercial real estate firm, in the local Houston market. CBRE has been a Fortune 500 company since 2008 and ranked as Global Real Estate Advisor of the Year for six years in a row.

Danielle collaborates daily with commercial real estate professionals from across Texas to strategize and execute winning pursuits for new business opportunities. She is a crucial resource in the planning, strategizing and execution of business development efforts aimed at increasing CBRE’s overall market share in Houston and beyond.

Danielle’s earlier career consisted of working in sales & marketing for in the Environmental Engineering industry and serving as a Science educator to disadvantaged inner city students. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Renee Hansen

Renee Hansen

Director of Sponsorships

Renee Hansen
Director of Sponsorships

  • E-mail: rhansen@vaco.com
  • Phone: 713.385.7252
  • Address:

    3200 Southwest Freeeway, Suite 1450

    Renee Hansen is a Business Development Director for Vaco Houston. She’s responsible for generating new business for their senior level finance and accounting consultants in the Greater Houston area. Vaco partners with clients on critical projects and has been named one of the fastest growing companies in America for the last eleven (11) consesutive years by Inc. Magazine.

    Renee currently serves as Co-Director of Membership for the Women's Energy Network (WEN) and Director of Sponsorships for the National Business Development Association (NBDA).

    She previously was a Senior Manager in PwC’s West Region Tax Marketing team focused on impacting the tax sales process by linking client issues and needs to specific new business opportunities. She also held a role in PwC’s Marketing and Sales team responsible for account management of the Firm's priority non-audit Energy accounts.

    Prior to PwC, Renee served as Retention Manager of the Member Services Division at the Greater Houston Partnership. The division retains and recruits Member companies reflective of Houston’s diverse business community. Renee was responsible for 70% of the Partnership’s annual operating budget by retaining nearly 2,100 Members. She facilitated impactful interactions between Partnership Members and the local, state, national and international communities to promote resources, initiatives and events available to Members.

    Previously, Renee excelled as an Information Technology (IT) Recruiter for Triangle Technology.  Renee developed business with companies that had technology job openings as well as placed candidates with a technical skill set. While in sales, Renee utilized the Partnership’s networking opportunities to gain new clients through her volunteer role as an Investor Ambassador. She also expanded her sales knowledge by participating in Sandler Sales Training.

    Prior to working as a recruiter, Renee traveled globally as a professional meeting planner.

    Renee began her career in advertising with DDB Needham Tracy Locke and earned her B. A. degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University.

Robin Tooms

Robin Tooms

Director of Communications

Robin Tooms
Director of Communications

  • 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 20 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

Tracey Kearny

Tracey Kearny

Director of Lead Generation Events

Tracey Kearny
Director of Lead Generation 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.

Amber Welchel

Amber Welchel

Director of Social Media

Amber Welchel
Director of Social Media

  • 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 12 year Houston banking veteran, Mrs. Welchel has experience with middle market commercial businesses in various industries. Amber has grown her career in the area of commercial lending and has been 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, Co-Treasurer for an elementary school PTO Board, 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.

Alex Howard

Alex Howard

Director of CEO Forums

Alex Howard
Director of CEO Forums

  • 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

Kelly Kelsheimer

Kelly Kelsheimer

Director of Specialty Events

Kelly Kelsheimer
Director of Specialty 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.