Nathan Singh: Chairman
Nathan is a serial technology entrepreneur with 10 years of experience acquiring and growing software companies. He spent 14 years leading the development of mission critical systems for the Department of Defense and NASA. He served as CEO of Inkless Ideas (acquired in 2014) creator of the first movie screenwriting app Scripts Pro for the iPhone and iPad. Scripts Pro was recognized by Apple as “Best New App” in the App Store and has been used by writers from DreamWorks, NBC and MGM studios. He was CEO of OrdersIn (acquired in 2017), which licenses custom e-commerce platforms to businesses around the globe. He is currently CEO of Envira Gallery, which develops software for the WordPress ecosystem that is used by over 200,000 websites.
Richard Hunter is currently a Principal at Aster Asset Management, LLC: providing advisory services and mentoring to start-up businesses, developing business plans, business modeling and valuation services. Aster also provides oil and gas industry strategy consulting, asset acquisition and divestiture valuations, and opinions. Richard also generates oil and gas drilling prospects along the Gulf Coast and in North and Central Texas and provides prospect evaluation services and opinions for third parties as Aster Exploration and Production, LLC. Prior to this, Richard served as a VP of Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations at Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. Richard was Director of Research and Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Capital Management ($500 million AUM) for 15 years, specializing in Energy, Technology, and Biotech securities analysis. He earned bachelor degrees in Biology and Geology from FSU, a Masters in Geology from FSU, and his MBA from Rice University. He has held Series 7, 64, and 63 licenses. Richard served on the BOD of Blacksands Petroleum, Inc. (BSPE) for two years. Prior to Lighthouse, Richard was an exploration geoscientist at Shell Oil Co. for 8 years early in his career.
Andrew currently serves as Finance Director – Performance Improvement with Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) in Houston, Texas. He joined Oxy in Doha, Qatar in 1995 and progressed through a number of financial leadership roles in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Bahrain and Houston. Prior to joining Oxy, Andrew was a senior consultant and auditor with Arthur Andersen in Kuwait and Oman.
Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Bombay (now Mumbai) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Imperial College, London. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He serves on the Academic Relations Committee of Financial Executives International (FEI) Houston and the Research Committee of the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF). He has been an investor in public capital markets for over 20 years, and an angel investor since 2013. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Grace and three children.
Leslie Goldman is a Managing Director in the Houston office of Major, Lindsey & Africa (“MLA”), the nation’s leading executive legal search firm. Previously serving as VP and General Counsel of Fisher HealthCare, Fisher Global Chemicals and Athena Diagnostics, Leslie joined MLA’s In-House Practice recruiting team and specializes in executive and senior level in-house searches. In addition, Leslie works with the Board & Corporate Governance practice of MLA’s sister company, Allegis Partners, to assist with identifying and placing top talent for boards, the C-suite, CHROs and other senior executive and human resource leadership roles across multiple industries. Allegis Partners is a global executive search firm that delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. With a focus on identifying diverse, top talent, Allegis Partners is committed to understanding our client and, in turn, customizes each search to meet the needs of the client and specific position. Allegis Partners is backed by the extensive resources and knowledge of the Allegis Group, a $10+ billion privately held global human capital organization.
Leslie is also an Angel Investor in over 30 start-ups, is a member of the Angel syndicate created by Jason Calacanis, Houston Angel Network, Golden Seeds and others. She also serves on start up boards and in an advisory capacity to several start-ups as well as to the Texas Medical Center incubator program (TMCx). She has a passion for advising entrepreneurs, and, especially, female entrepreneurs.
Harvin has served in numerous executive and advisory roles in technology companies, ranging from marketing, regulatory, and financial, to operating and management. He has also served as a Director to numerous for profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations, ranging in size from startups to large organizations with 30,000+ employees and multi-billion dollar annual budgets. As a Principal of Frontera Technology Ventures (“FTV”), Harvin advises growth-stage technology companies in the areas of finance, operations, management, strategic planning, negotiations, structure, fundraising, government relations and marketing. FTV holds equity stakes in some of its portfolio clients.
Harvin has lectured widely in schools, businesses and universities, including as adjunct faculty member of International Space University, where he recently taught a course on Disruptive Innovation. Throughout his career, Harvin has been deeply involved with K12 education, and worked with several prominent education reform organizations from their early days, including Teach for America as a director, and the charter school KIPP as a founding director. In 2003 Harvin was elected to the Board of Education of Houston Independent School District, and was re-elected three subsequent times before retiring as the longest serving member of that board in January 2017.
Harvin currently serves on several boards including KIPP Houston, TXRX Labs, the Houston Angel Network, NASA’s Space Center Houston, the Powell Foundation, and the NationSwell Council. He holds an MBA from New York University, and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Eric Schneider, CFA has been the Treasurer of Texon since March of 2017. After earning a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Eric was commissioned in the US Navy where he studied nuclear power and served on the ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island out of Kings Bay, Ga. After seven years of active service as an officer, Eric went back to UT Austin where he earned his MBA specializing in Energy Finance. Since then, he has worked in various marketing, credit, and energy risk roles at Reliant Energy, Merrill Lynch Commodities and Wachovia. Previous to Texon, Eric spent over eight years with the global oil and gas producer Noble Energy. There he served as the global Credit Manager, Investor Relations Manager, and, finally, Director of Operations Finance.
Eric and his wife, Denise, live in Houston, Texas with their three boys. Their middle son, Hunter, was born with profound special needs resulting from a chromosome deletion. Born deaf and legally blind, Hunter received a cochlear implant and, after years of physical therapy, he is able to walk. Older son, Caleb, excels at karate and younger son, Austin, wants to be a sheriff when he grows up.