LEADERSHIP

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“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.”

- Ronald Reagan

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Neil S. Waterman III
Chairman and CEO
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David McPherson
CMO 

Neil is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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 served on the Board of multiple organizations throughout his career, and recently co-founded The Legacy Alliance, a private equity firm in Dallas. He is active in the community, having served 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 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 children.

David McPherson is the Chief Marketing Officer at Catapult Partners.

 

David has counseled CEOs and CMOs with a unique ability to get to the heart of their business challenges, uncover opportunities and position their companies to win.

 

Prior to joining Catapult, David was a Founder and Partner at McBRANDWORKS. He has over 30 years of brand stewardship skills forged at acclaimed advertising agencies like Hill Holliday, Y&R and Mullen, discovering critical insights that drive bold strategies and big compelling ideas that create results.

David's experience is diverse and includes major brands in financial services, soft drinks, beer, footwear, sporting goods, tourism and technology, and he has developed platforms and brands in the digital world with successful technology startups. 

David graduated from Colorado State University with a BS Business Administration in Marketing, and resides in Evanston IL and Lake Geneva WI.

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Paul Griffith
Managing Director /
Strategic Advisors

Paul Griffith is Managing Director of Catapult Strategic Advisors, a division of Catapult Partners.

 

Paul has served as Acquisition, Implementation and Operating lead from within and across some of the largest consumer internet companies in the world, along with operating nimble technology startups in the B2B space.  He has taken his deal, partnership, and operating experience to help companies transform sales and marketing, build out scalable service-oriented technology capabilities while guiding companies in investing in mission-oriented transformation initiatives.

 

Paul has been a transformation consultant for 5 years through his consulting practice Blackland Company where he has lead Mr. Cooper’s Servicing Operations digital transformation, G4 Logistics’ sales automation and Empathy’s go-to-market and distribution strategies.  After having spent the previous 15 years at the forefront of the Ad Tech consolidation as a Corporate Business Director, leading transactions with Google, IAC, AOL, Ad.com and Microsoft, he served as COO of Endeavor.com, leading them up to and through their strategic acquisition by Vendavo. 

Paul serves on the board of the St. Joseph’s Charitable Trust.  He also serves as Committee Chair for BSA troop 838.  He is involved in supporting community improvement and sustainability focused organizations in City Square and Rainbow Days. 

 

Paul graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science. He lives in Dallas with his wife and 3 children.

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Russ Keene
Managing Director /
Strategic Advisors
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Steve Saxton
Managing Director /
Strategic Advisors

Steve Saxton is Managing Director of Catapult Strategic Advisors, a division of Catapult Partners.

 

Steve has been a growth strategy consultant for over 14 years, after a 23-year career in Management Consulting, Aircraft Sales, Business Aviation, Strategic Sourcing and Technology Start-ups. He helps business owners develop, prioritize and implement growth strategies and has been involved in over 12 start-up businesses throughout his career. Clients include Wheels Up, Global Jet Capital, Hawker Beechcraft, JETNET, NEXUS, Wyvern, Industrial Scientific (A Fortive Company), Alcoa and many others.

 

Prior to Catapult, Steve founded and managed Seneca Rocks Consulting, a revenue growth strategy advisory, and held commercial positions of increasing seniority at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, BAE Systems, Vee Neal Aviation, FreeMarkets and Ariba.

 

Steve served for 8 years on the Board of the Mt. Lebanon Foundation, a start-up community foundation in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. He has also been active in the leadership of the Pittsburgh YMCA Adventure programs, a fundraiser for Camp AIM (summer camp for children with physical, cognitive, emotional, social and communication challenges) and an indoor soccer coach.

 

Steve graduated from Oberlin College with Honors in Economics and has completed a post-graduate course in Computer Aided Manufacturing at Oklahoma State University and the Oxford Air Transport Course in Oxford, England.

 

He and his wife split their time between Pittsburgh and Northern Minnesota and have two grown children.

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Andrew Harpole
Managing Director /
Strategic Advisors

Russell T. (Russ) Keene is a seasoned Texas-based public affairs/communications professional  with a 40-year career in public policy processes, communication strategy and business development. He is adept in corporate communications and advocacy/public affairs issues management. Russ is a partner in Crossnore Group, the boutique public affairs firm he has operated since 2008.

Russ’ sectorial expertise is in energy, technology, transportation/infrastructure, and healthcare, including regulated, de-regulated and disruptive industries. His clients have ranged from start-ups to municipalities to private equity firm portfolio companies to state and federal government public information campaigns. 

 

Russ advises C-Suites on crisis and reputation management, media relations and message development as well stakeholder/grassroots work, coalition building and strategy for advocacy campaigns. 

 

Corporate clients have included Accenture, American Heart Association, Fluor, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Lyft, PwC, Tenet, Toyota, UKA Group, United Healthcare, Walmart and the governments of Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico.   

 

Russ’ early career experience includes work in government relations management positions in Fortune 500 companies Enserch Corp. (now Atmos Energy) and Aetna, Inc. Immediately prior to co-founding Crossnore Group, Russ established the Austin office and later co-managed the Houston office of global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller (now BCW) from 2002-08. Russ’ career also includes two Washington tours (totaling seven years) holding positions in the 1988 and 1992 Republican presidential campaigns, five years in policy and regulatory work with the American Gas Association and international business advisory work for two years with Kissinger McLarty Associates (now McLarty Associates). 

 

A Dallas native and sixth-generation Texan, Russ studied business and history at The University of Texas at Austin.  Russ serves on three advisory boards at his alma mater, The University of Texas Athletic Department’s Longhorn Foundation and the Moody College of Communication’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, and he is serving his second elected, three-year term on the Executive Committee of the University of Texas System’s Chancellors Council. 

Andrew brings over 20 years of senior level operating experience in the financial services and insurance industries.

Andrew served as the Director of Finance for the Malcolm Baldrige Award winning Park Place Lexus, where he managed a team of fifty and directed the lending of $300 million per year. 

In 2015, his entrepreneurial drive led him to open his own Allstate agency. Andrew grew his agency to over $10 million in premium in only 4 years, and earned him a ranking of Top 100 Agents nationally -- out of over 10,000 agencies.

 

Andrew is responsible for new business development for the Strategic Advisors practice group, and brings his sense of urgency and attention to detail to this important role.

 

Andrew lives in McKinney, TX with his wife, Marcella, where they raised two daughters they are very proud of. Grace is serving in the Marine Corps, and Sara, a graduate of the University of Texas, is the youngest licensed architect in the state.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Tesh Durvasula

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CEO, Cassava Technologies (ADC)

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Darr Aley

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Co-Founder & CRO at Aidentified

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Francis Lobo

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Former CEO United Online,

Former President AOL Services 

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Marshall Hess

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Principal and Founder at MHCI

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Bryan Levenson

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Founder & CEO at CYTK

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Jay Lamb

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Founder & CEO

CorePLUS World