Kelsey August is the owner of Lone Star Direct, a marketing firm she founded at 24 years old. She has been a serial entrepreneur for the last two decades. She loves to create and grow business ventures.
Kelsey has been a Board Member and President of EO, The Entrepreneurs Organization; has served on the Board of Athletics for Ohio University; and was also the President of the American Marketing Association. She has won distinguished awards along the way: Austin Under Forty Winner, was finalist for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was the youngest female entrepreneur to make the Inc 500 fastest growing company list.
Kelsey has been an active angel investor since 1998. She enjoys mentoring her portfolio companies. She has participated as a mentor in SKU (formerly Incubation Station) and is currently at mentor at ATI. Kelsey joined the CTAN Board in January 2017.
Craig Harris is a Partner at Wild Basin Investments, an Austin based private investment firm that invests primarily in early and growth stage entrepreneurial companies across a variety of industries. He has worked with WBI and its predecessor entities since 2001. Craig currently serves, or has served, as a board member or board observer for several of the WBI investments. He is also the CFO for Key Light Capital, a multi-generational single-family investment office.
Craig earned his BBA and MPA from the University of Texas in Austin in 1993. He is an active supporter, current board member, and past-president of the Board for the nonprofit Ride on Center for Kids (ROCK), www.rockride.org. He is a native of the Austin area and currently resides in his hometown of Round Rock with his wife and children. In addition to spending time with his family, Craig enjoys ranching, hunting, fishing, trail and distance running, and most any outdoor activity. Craig joined the CTAN Board in January 2018.
Michael Misikoff is the former CFO, Secretary, Treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors for MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. His prior experience includes Acting CFO and Director of InterCall Corporation, a teleconferencing business service; CFO for Async Corporation, a voice mail B2B service business; and a member of the Board of Directors of HeadHunter.Net, an online recruiting website. He also has four years of experience working as a CPA with Arthur Young and Company in Atlanta.
Michael holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Georgia State University. Michael joined the CTAN Board in January 2016 and serves as Treasurer.
John Paulos has been an active angel investor since 2008. He has invested in more than 40 companies and has held numerous Board roles.
From 2004 to 2008, John was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Products Division of Cirrus Logic. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Engineering for Cicada Semiconductor, an Austin startup acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 2004.
John started his career as a faculty member of North Carolina State University, leaving as a tenured Associate Professor in 1993. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2012 to 2015, John was a CTAN Board member. In 2018, he rejoined the CTAN Board as Chair.
Tom Rogers is originally from Houston and spent 17 years in Chicago before moving to Austin in 2005. He is the principal of Star Vista Capital, LLC, a real estate and angel / early stage investment firm. Previously, he was a Partner with GK Development, Inc. in the Chicago area and was responsible for property acquisitions. While associated with GK, Tom was responsible for expanding its portfolio to include shopping centers and office properties valued in excess of $200 million.
Prior to joining GK, Tom served as Senior Vice President at Heitman Capital Management, a pension plan advisor, directing the sale of more than $1.5B in commercial properties. He originally moved to Chicago in 1988 and joined Homart Development Company as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group. He began his career in Houston as a commercial broker with CB Richard Ellis.
Tom earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. He serves on the Board of the Austlen Baby Co., the Eanes Education Foundation, and is an Emeritus Board member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Tom joined the CTAN Board in January 2016 and serves as Secretary.
Rebekah Ryan joined the CTAN Board in January 2018.
Kristin Spindler is the Director of IncubatorCTX and faculty member at Concordia University Texas. In her role, she helps entrepreneurs, especially those along the Hwy 620 corridor in Northwest Austin, grow and scale their businesses. She teaches business and has been an active CTAN member since 2014
Ms. Spindler blends a background in international banking and entrepreneurship with
financial expertise and project management skills for emerging businesses. Shebuilt her own real estate development company from a startup into a multi-million-dollar business. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Kristin was a Vice President and Credit Officer at Citigroup, New York. Kristin also has a keen interest in educational and humanitarian causes, particularly helping female and minority
entrepreneurs. She is a mom of three sons as well as an avid traveler and sailor.
Kristin holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Kristin joined the CTAN Board in January 2019.
David Veal is the Chief Investment Officer of a $2.5 billion public pension plan in Austin serving more than 16,000 beneficiaries. Prior to his current role he served as the Chief Investment Officer of a large single-family office based in Houston as well as in senior roles with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
David also spent a decade working in New York City for Morgan Stanley as an equity research analyst, most recently with lead coverage of 30 US healthcare services stocks. David also served for six years as a United States Navy officer, where he was twice decorated with the Navy Commendation Medal.
David has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and Financial Risk Manager designations. He holds an MBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering with honors from Auburn University. David joined the CTAN Board in January 2019.
Liang Xia leads a processor design team in Austin. He has more than ten years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including working with a semiconductor startup until its acquisition in 2010. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Architecture with a focus on Embedded Processors and VLSI from The University of Texas at Austin. He is also fluent in Mandarin.