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

- Ronald Reagan

Neil S. Waterman III
Chairman and CEO
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.

Preston Zapffe
VP of Finance

Preston Zapffe is the Vice President of Finance at Catapult Partners.


Prior to joining Catapult, Preston was the Founder and Principal of Family CFO which provides outsourced CFO solutions to family owned businesses and also assists their families with strategic planning, financial planning, real estate, and portfolio management, among other services.


Preston is a Certified Financial Planner professional and a Level 2 candidate for Chartered Financial Analyst designation.  In addition to being a financial planner, he is licensed in insurance agency and real estate agency. 

Preston graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Mathematics and Engineering and worked in corporate finance and finance effectiveness consulting for over 10 years with Big 4 accounting/consulting firms and non-profit organizations. Preston currently is a Director at the Financial Literacy Foundation, a non-profit organization helping people have a better relationship with money through education and support.

Preston resides in Dallas with his wife and has two children. He is a lifelong student of finance and behavioral economics, and applies that knowledge and passion toward helping improve the lives of others.

Patrick Dieker
VP of Operations

Patrick is Vice President, Operations at Catapult Partners.


Prior to joining Catapult, Patrick’s executive experience includes leading business operations, customer service, and aftermarket organizations in the aerospace industry at Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft, Textron Aviation and Wesco Aircraft. 


He has a well-documented history of leading enterprise reorganizations, innovations business operations, maximizing team impact, deploying industry-leading sales tactics and establishing new markets. 


He is highly valued for his executive presence, global experience, strategic vision and talent management.


He resides in Wichita, Kansas with his wife and five children.

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