Chief Executive Officer
With an eye for identifying emerging opportunities, I’ve been building and leading successful business ventures since high school.
2003 Best practices and lessons learned at the companies I built and developed over 30 years were my cornerstones for founding Acclaim Energy to serve the newly deregulated electricity market. From the company’s early-stage development to the creation of its value proposition in an ever-changing electricity industry, I’ve always focused on advocating for valued clients while taking the company to new levels and tapping into new markets.
2002 I founded, developed and served as President of Resource Alliance Group, a non-profit that helped displaced energy executives launch their own business enterprises. Multiple new businesses were created as a result of the strategic planning and financing we provided for early-stage entrepreneurs. The company enjoyed rapid success and was rolled into the Houston Technology Center’s energy practice.
2001 During the dot com frenzy, I served as Senior Vice President at EquipmentAuction.com and was responsible for the delivery of an on-line auction platform in which live auctions were televised and real-time bidding was conducted via the Internet. This concept became — and remains — the auction industry standard.
1992 Roofing in Houston is big business, and I capitalized on the city’s rapid growth and development by forming Branson/Elder and building one of the premier commercial and residential roofing firms in the greater Houston area. Among our landmark projects making a lasting impression on Houston’s landscape are megachurch Second Baptist, with a membership of more than 63,000, and The Menil Collection, which houses Houston’s crown jewel of art, architecture and culture.
1984 Mine is a story about the American Dream. An entrepreneur at heart, my business career actually started when I was a kid in high school. I launched a roof repair business that provided income for me and work opportunities for my brothers and neighborhood friends. While I was in college at Creighton University earning a Bachelor of Arts in finance, the roofing company continued to grow and prosper. What started as a young man’s part-time job grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise that merged with a larger firm to achieve greater market share with a larger footprint.