MBA Council of Houston Panel: The Entrepreneurial Landscape in Houston
Fee: $15 per person (breakfast included)
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Elliot Bouillion currently serves as the President of The Houston Private Equity Association (HPEA). Elliot joined Murphree Venture Partners as a Venture Partner in May 2000 and works out of the Boulder, Colorado office. He founded Phoenix Computer Graphics, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced interactive high-resolution raster display controllers. In 1983, Elliott was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Technology for the State of Louisiana. In 1984, Elliott joined Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading supplier of interactive computer-aided exploration systems, as a founding member of the Landmark management team. During his twelve-year tenure as corporate Vice President and General Manager he managed various technology and service divisions in Houston and London. Landmark completed an IPO in 1988, experienced revenue growth to over $190 million, and was later acquired in 1996 by Halliburton. In 1997, Elliott relocated to Boulder and has been serving as a technology and business advisor providing consultation to early-stage growth companies and venture capitalists. He has been on the board of directors of several small to mid-size growth companies.
The Houston Private Equity Association (HPEA) is an association that represents the private equity community in the Greater Houston area. It is a member-based organization, whose membership consists of managers of pools of risk equity capital and equity-linked capital invested, or designated for investment, in venture capital, mezzanine, buy-outs, and other private equity transactions. HPEA’s primary mission is to provide a forum for discussion of private equity transactions and industry matters.
Walter Ulrich (Houston Technology Center)
Walter Ulrich is currently the CEO and President of Houston Technology Center (HTC). Prior to HTC, Walter was most recently involved with the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, where he is one of the 17 original members of Governor Perry’s Emerging Technology Fund Committee. Ulrich previously held the title of President and CEO of Mincron, Inc., a 25-year-old software and solutions provider based in Houston. Additional titles held in the past include Managing Director with Houston-based Viant, where he was responsible for regional and practice strategies, tactics and operations. Ulrich was also a Vice President and Senior Director at Arthur D. Little and a Partner with Coopers & Lybrand, both are international management consulting companies.
Houston Technology Center (HTC), a non-profit corporation, is Greater Houston’s business accelerator and the largest technology business incubator in Texas. Accelerating the commercialization of emerging technology companies providing in-depth business guidance, access to capital and service products, and entrepreneurial education, HTC also promotes Houston as a leading technology city and serves as a hub for the local technology business community.
Leo Womack (Houston Angel Network)
Leo Womack has been the President and a director of Gulf Equities Realty Advisors, Inc., a diversified real estate portfolio management company, since 1986. He has been the Chairman and Chief Financial officer of Fairway Medical Technologies, Inc., a medical device commercialization company and a portfolio company of the Baylor College of Medicine Venture Fund since 1996. From 1969 to 1978, Mr. Womack was the managing partner of a local and later national CPA firm. He serves on the Board of Directors of Schumate Industries Inc. (OTCBB: SHMT) and O.I. Corporation (NASDAQ: OICO) He is an active member of the Houston Angel Network and a member of its Board of Directors. He is also an active member of NACD the National Association of Corporate Directors. He received a BBA from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1965.
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