“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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Richard W. Emery II
President and COO

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.

Richard is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Catapult Partners.


Over his career, he has led sales organizations and management teams in the aviation and manufacturing industries including Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Hawker Beechcraft.

Richard has served on the Board of multiple organizations throughout his career, most recently serving as an outside director for Skandia Inc., a portfolio company of Greycliff Partners. He is an executive level business leader specializing in organizational improvement and growth strategies.


Richard is a positive collaborator who seeks out tough business challenges and transforms under-performing organizations into industry leaders.

Richard received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He has his Series 7 and 66 Securities Licenses.  Richard is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas which supports its non-profit organization, The Momentous Institute.  


He resides in Dallas with his wife and two children.

David McPherson

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.

Joey Leak
General Counsel

Joey Leak is the General Counsel at Catapult Partners.


He has a diverse business, real estate, and litigation background, and has provided effective and comprehensive legal counsel to clients ranging from individuals and startup companies to regional and national firms.

Joey’s experience includes providing outside general counsel to entrepreneurs and established companies in all aspects of their business, including entity selection and formation, corporate governance, investor relations, debt and equity financing, commercial contracts and transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Over his career, Joey has assisted private equity and venture capital firms in establishing funds and raising and deploying investment capital, and has represented clients in the private placement of over $500 million in securities.

In addition to his business practice, Joey also has extensive real estate experience, having counseled buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, and contractors and professionals in relation to most aspects of the construction, sale, or lease of commercial and residential properties.

He is a graduate of University of Texas, and University of Texas School of Law. 



Tesh Durvasula

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Senior Advisor, Blackstone 

Former President & CEO, 


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Russ Keene

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Partner, Crossnore Group


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