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
President 

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 President 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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Reggie Carter
COO
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Jennifer Stoddard
General Counsel

Reggie is the Chief Operating Officer of Catapult Partners.

 

Reggie is an experienced executive with a passion for growing and scaling organizations, building winning teams and creating an inclusive culture where every employee contributes in meaningful ways.

 

Reggie has over 23 years of extensive operating experience in several Fortune 100 companies. During his tenure at GE, he held executive leadership, commercial execution & strategy, operations, and finance roles within GE Healthcare and GE Capital. He also led the commercial strategy and execution for Biogen's Alzheimer's Account Liaisons for the Western US. Reggie is the Founder and Managing Director of JENGA Capital Funds, an acquisition company focused on partnering with founders and CEOs in the lower middle market.  He is also the Co-Founder of The Promise Venture a search fund of funds platform partnering with underrepresented entrepreneurs to ensure access to capital and the investment resources required to conduct highly effective acquisition and value creation processes. 

 

Reggie currently serves as a board member for Rainbow Days, Inc., Advisory Board for Healthcare Wildcatters, Advisory Board for University of Arizona Tech Launch, member of Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and Alliance of Mergers & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA). 

 

Reggie graduated from Langston University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Management. He lives in Dallas with his wife and 4 children.

Jennifer Stoddard is the General Counsel for Catapult Partners and all affiliated Catapult entities.

 

Jennifer’s focus is primarily on business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, complex entity formations, and finance and real estate transactions. Jennifer is a solutions-oriented attorney, always striving to obtain results rather than present roadblocks.

Over the course of her career, Jennifer’s clients have included complex business entities, entrepreneurs, finance entities, banks and credit unions, private equity, commercial real estate development, automobile dealerships, restaurant groups, commercial construction, intellectual property and asset strategy and protection.

 

Jennifer also has extensive experience in complex real estate development and holdings, representation of landlords and tenants, 1031 tax exchanges, and Opportunity Zone Acquisition and Fund transactions and compliance.

Jennifer is a graduate of University of Kansas, obtained her law degree from SMU, and resides in Dallas with her family.

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

Russell T. (Russ) Keene is a Managing Director of Catapult Strategic Practice, a division of Catapult Partners.

 

Russ 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. 

Steve Saxton is Managing Director of Catapult Strategic Practice, 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.

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