Neil Waterman, Managing Director
Neil is the Founder and Managing Director of Catapult Partners. Over his career, Neil has founded several entrepreneurial ventures, and has always had a passion for working with fellow entrepreneurs and their emerging businesses. Neil has extensive international experience, having spent five years of his career in Latin America. During his time abroad, Neil was involved in various ventures in the hospitality, media, and software fields, and also served on the Advisory Board of Endeavor Chile - a non-profit organization which encourages the growth of entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
Neil currently serves on the Board of Directors of BeautyKind, We-Commerce, Zodiac Spirits, and The Waterman Foundation. Neil is also very active in the community, serving on the Advisory Boards of the Entrepreneurs for North Texas, The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, and the Communities Foundation of Texas. He is a former Advisory Board member of the University of Texas at Dallas - Center for BrainHealth, the Alumni Board of the Episcopal School of Dallas, and was a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (2001-2011), where he served two terms on the Board.
Neil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, holds Master of Business Administration degrees from both Tulane University and the Universidad de Chile, and is fluent in Spanish. Neil resides in Dallas with his wife and three amazing children.
Bill Mattoon, Chief Operating Officer
Bill has a passion for growing businesses. Over his twenty plus year career, Bill has successfully taken several Consumer Packaged Goods companies (CPG’s) to market, and has also held senior level executive positions managing Distribution, Logistics, Contract Packaging, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Construction, Site Selection and Real Estate Development entities. His specialties include creating and executing growth and development strategies; recruiting and implementing effective management teams; identifying and implementing systems solutions across multiple functions; and raising capital to achieve next-level goals.
Most recently, Bill was COO for Harrison Walker & Harper, a family-owned enterprise comprised of several companies specializing in construction, manufacturing, logistics, contract packaging, real estate, site selection and New Market Tax Credits. Because of HWH’s significant reliance on the financial performance of its logistics and contract packaging business, Bill also served as the President of We Pack Logistics where he developed a strategy to monetize and scale We Pack nationally.
Prior to joining Harrison Walker & Harper in 2008, Bill helped build and grow several CPG companies and divisions, including start-ups and turn-around businesses. As one of its first employees, Bill helped launch Red Bull Energy Drink in North America, focusing on start-up and turn-around distribution companies where he grew share, revenue and profitability and held the position of General Manager. Red Bull has since grown to over $6 billion globally. Bill was a first hire for Talking Rain Beverage Company when it embarked on a significant expansion. As Director of Sales, Bill and his team helped transform the $25 million regional beverage marketer into a national company that now does over $350 million in sales due to the re-formulation, re-packaging and national distribution channels that Bill and his team created.
Bill also served as Director of Retail Sales at Pepsi Bottling Group where he oversaw retail sales and operations in the southwest for a $2 billion business unit and successfully grew market share and profit performance in a highly competitive market. As a consultant, Bill has provided advisory and planning services to various companies entering new consumer markets. Bill provided the CEO of one client with a strategic business plan that was implemented and the company has grown from $2 million to $175 million in annual revenue since 2007.
Prior to joining Catapult as COO, Bill served on the Catapult Advisory Board for the last 5 years. Bill grew up in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas, Texas. He attended St. Mark’s School of Texas, graduated from Episcopal School of Dallas and holds a B.A. Degree in Communications from Austin College.