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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Houston Investor Roundtable, sponsored by, EnergyFunders, Trout Business Capital, Paychex, Tyler and Maderer. This event was in The Work Lodge on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

    Photo of Steve Tinkle, Chief Doer of Sumo Business Steven Tinkle
    Chief Doer of Sumo Business
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    Steve has worked on projects with NASCAR, several Major League Baseball teams, companies on every continent (except Antartica), international athletes, startups, and even collaborated on a NY Times bestselling book. He has been “Finding a better way” in technology, business, strategic planning, marketing, and professional development for over 20 years and is also a Lean Startup enthusiast.

    Photo of Robert Rhodes, Rhodes Holdings Robert Rhodes
    Managing Member
    American Equity Fund LLC
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    American Equity Fund LLC
    Robert C. Rhodes serves as Managing Member of Rhodes Holdings LLC (“RHL”), and has since December 2005, providing management consulting services to small- capitalization companies (below $75 million) embarking on growth strategies. Mr. Rhodes serves as Chairman of Avant Diagnostics, Inc., formerly known as American Liberty Petroleum Corp., since December 2013, and served as CEO & President from December 2013 through January 2015. Mr. Rhodes serves as Chairman of Cornwall Resources Corp., formerly Columbia Energy Corp., since October 2010.

    Mr. Rhodes’ operational experience includes founding and serving as Chairman / CEO of Systems Evolution Inc., a software engineering and business analysis consultancy, from November 1993 through December 2006. During his tenure, Mr. Rhodes acquired five companies (AXP Technologies Inc., eLead Solutions Inc., CMS Technology Services LLC, Next Hire Consultants Inc., and Duration Software Inc.), achieved $10M+ revenue, was honored as the #1 fastest growing technology company in Houston Texas by The 2005 Fast Tech 50, and took it public in September 2003.

    Mr. Rhodes also was Managing Member of American Equity Fund LLC which provided financing for micro-capitalization companies (June 2012 – January 2015), founder of KnJ Management LLC which provided IT staffing (January 2004 – January 2006), founder of ART Services, Inc. which provided property management services (December 2003 – February 2007), partner at Software Integration Consulting Group (July 1993 – November 1993), and held positions at BSG Alliance/IT Group (May 1991 – June 1993).

    Photo of Cody Cupp, Principle, Founder - UNEE GROUP- HAN Member Cody Cupp
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    Cody has more than two decades of IT engineering and business development experience specializing in helping clients find the right solutions to meet their business goals. Early on, he worked in the banking and finance industry helping a large community banking group grow their footprint. From there, he moved in to sales and engineering roles for companies such as ATT, and, for almost a decade, Cisco Systems. Working in a wide range of verticals and with an even wider range of customers such as large government entities and Fortune 100 companies, Cody has enjoyed leveraging old and new skills to build sustainable companies that return real value to their employees, to their investors, and to their customers through technology incubation, angel investing, and entrepreneurship.

    Photo of Jason Kaminsky, Venture Partner, Jason  Kaminsky
    Venture Partner
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    Jason is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor and is a Venture Partner at Propeller Venture Capital Management (“Propeller”). Prior to joining Propeller, Jason was the Founder and CEO of which was recongnized as one of the “Most Promising Companies” at the Rice IT and Venture Forum as well as featured on The Today Show. He has also held executive positions at other innovative companies including PartnersInWealth and BeautyNow. He is recognized as a thought leader in entrepreneurship and is frequently asked to speak about entrepreneurship and venture capital by national organizations such as StartupGrind and Rice University. In 2014 Jason was named a recipient of the prestigious ‘40 under 40’ award given by the Houston Business Journal. Jason received his B.S. in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and is an active alumni member. His past and current philanthropic endeavors include but are not limited to the Alzheimer's Association, Trees for Houston (Redbuds), Young Texans Against Cancer, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, and the American Cancer Society. Jason is a native Houstonian who is the lucky father to three young children (two girls and a boy) as well as devoted husband to his wife Kristin.

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