MATTHEW T.

Matthew T. is global commercial leader and corporate M&A veteran turned venture investor.  He has owned global P&Ls, built game changing strategies, redefined corporate cultures, and changed the trajectories of unprofitable businesses. Successful tracks in global sales management, corporate development, M&A, and finance leadership define his twelve years of corporate experience. Matthew ran global sales/marketing and corporate development/M&A teams as apart of Freudenberg Group, a $10B, 48,000 person vertically integrated global manufacturer.  Prior to that, he supervised commercial finance teams at Freudenberg and Shionogi, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company. In total, he has led sales/marketing and corporate development teams of 90 people, owned P&Ls of $162M, reported directly to corporate boards, and managed all financial operations of a $750M, 800-person organization. He understands what it takes to build teams and products and bring them to market successfully.  

Matthew holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He also received two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, one in Economics and one in Business Administration. He is passionate for non-profit causes. Matthew was President of the Georgia Tech Chicago Alumni Network from 2014 to 2016, and Vice President and Treasurer from 2012 to 2014. Under his leadership, the organization established their first ever endowment, and founded four annual scholarships for Chicago-land students to attend Georgia Tech.

MANUEL MAGALLANES

 

With over 20 years of experience in a variety of operational and business development roles in the energy sector, Manuel M. has led international teams in several countries. He has revamped business models, created data-driven strategies for future revenue streams, also structured partnerships with aligned objectives. Manuel successfully designed and implemented merger and divestiture strategies. His international career drove him to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and America, where he was able to craft and maintain a vast network of collaborators.  He has worked with the largest companies in the sector such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Shell on mega projects, responsible for international P&Ls as a technical authority or subject matter expert. More recently, Manuel has advised a few startups in the role of mentor. He is part of the mentor networks of MassChallege International, Texas A&M Aggieland, Houston Exponential (Former Houston Technology Center), and Taproot Foundation.

 

Manuel holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He also received a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania; his Bachelor is in Petroleum Engineering and the Master in Drilling and Production. He was born in Venezuela and proudly naturalized a U.S. citizen.  He is a resident of Houston, where he lives with his wife Luz and two daughters Bianca and Ana.