Mr. Grace is an accomplished, self-directed, and motivated technology executive with progressive operating management experience with the largest fixed wireless network in the United States. He delivers consistently strong leadership results through success in productivity, process, quality, and operating improvements. Producing exceptional results in business, telecommunications, product and software development. With experience ranging from the inception to scale of a business.
Kevin has built and sold two ISPs in Texas. He led Nextlink from its initial capital raise, business plan, and online strategy to rapid network expansion and customer growth, despite the passing of his partner. As a hands-on leader and manager, he planned and constructed the wireless network, designed and implemented the CRM system, and generated rapid growth through the analytical guidance of all sales and marketing efforts. He is a master of data-driven management and strategic decision making. After founding, hiring and training the team, Nextlink became the fastest growing WISP in Texas. The business systems and underlying processes have become best practices within the industry.
Kevin directed software systems and marketing at the startup Unite Wireless. He led the online marketing program, developed CRM and network management systems, and many other systems and processes to enable the company's rapid growth and ultimate acquisition by JAB Broadband.
His in-depth technical expertise first manifest itself when he bootstrapped a software company in his garage, and successfully developed and marketed a specialized CRM system for the home security industry.
Executive MBA from Texas Christian University Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Coach for Values & Ventures
Mike Field, Managing Partner
Mr. Field is a proven professional with over 15 years of career experience in the technology and telecom industries. A seasoned entrepreneur with a track record of excelling in strategy, marketing, project management, and business development; Mike excels in working with others to achieve calculated goals and milestones on time and on budget. Mike’s career has focused on the wireless industry with specific expertise in IOT (Internet of Things) and data analytics.
Mike has started, scaled and successfully exited two tech/telecom companies over the course of his career. He cofounded Dashfly, a wireless development company that focused on wireless smartphone applications. He led the design, development and release of Dashfly’s primary software application, Dashfly Minutes and led the marketing efforts that resulted in tens of thousands of application downloads to smartphones on the Symbian and Palm Operating Systems.
Mike then founded Geomoto a GPS Vehicle Fleet Management company. Over the course of five years, he was able to scale the company to thousands of vehicles in industries including law enforcement, fire departments, pesticide, landscaping and more. Soon after joining the TCU Executive MBA program in 2013, Mike successfully exited Geomoto.
MBA, Texas Christian University Board Member, Samaritan House Board Member, Cowtown Warriors Mentor, TCU Values and Ventures Entrepreneurship Program
James Fair, Managing Partner
James brings 20 years of financial management, day-to-day operations and process implementation experience to the team. Most recently, James was General Manager at Williams Scotsman, Inc. where he managed budget and P&L responsibilities across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, and Southern Illinois totaling $24M in annual revenue and $11M in EBITDA. James earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington with Summa Cum Laude honor.
MBA, Texas Christian University
Dustin Dvorak, Managing Partner
Dustin brings experience in leadership, telecommunications and cyber security developed through service in the USMC from 2007-2015. During this time Captain Dvorak served on Active Duty and the Reserve Component in various capacities ranging from communications battalion Assistant Operations Officer and Infantry Advisor to the Afghan National Army to Communications Planner for Marine Forces, Southern Command. Recently, as an IT Manager, he led development efforts, systems migrations and policy development for a team in the energy sector.
MBA, Texas Christian University
Nathan Ryall, Business Development Director
Nathan Ryall is an experienced and multifaceted Sales and Marketing Director with a demonstrated history of working in Computer Software, Retail Electricity, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, and Entrepreneurship. Currently, Nathan Ryall serves as both the Executive Director of Rising Tide Initiative, as well as the Director of Professional Services for Agile Management Enterprises.
Graduating from Vanderbilt University's Peabody School in 2005, with a degree in Human and Organizational Development, Mr. Ryall returned home to his fourth-generation family Citrus business in Vero Beach, Florida. After the sale of Ryall Groves, Mr. Ryall then took his handshake business knowledge to Fort Worth, Texas in 2007. Mr. Ryall opened Three Points Resources, a full-service Oil & Gas and Right of Way brokerage, in 2011 while earning his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused on Leadership and Entrepreneurship from Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business and exited Three Points Resources in 2015.
Since 2005, Mr. Ryall has been involved in numerous startups, won startup & business competitions, and finally pivoted into Software Development full time in 2015, working as the Director of Business Development at Code Authority Custom Software. At Code Authority, Mr. Ryall opened, staffed, and solely developed a Fort Worth office location for Code Authority. Mr. Ryall also managed and developed Code Authority's annual "CodeLaunch" App competition, which incubates software technology start-up ideas. Mr. Ryall grew CodeLaunch attendance and applications, by approximately 270% year over year, and developed strategic company partnerships such as Tech Wildcatters, and Earth Day Texas.
Mr. Ryall is a certified Texas Real Estate Commission Salesperson and holds a Class I Aggregator license from the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Nathan is skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Sales, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.
Jason Hays, Executive Associate
Organizational Communications Graduate with leadership, marketing, and social media experience. Formal under graduate collegiate education from the University of Texas at Arlington, where I was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
Currently the Executive Associate for Agile Management Enterprises, Catalyst Partners, and the Rising Tide Initiative. Regularly using developmental software, market research, and business coordination. Skilled in critical-thinking and problem solving, empowered by a highly self-motivated, will-do work ethic.
Kim Speairs, Mentor
Kim earned an Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America in 1999, served as president of the local PRSA chapter in 2000, was featured in the Fort Worth Business Press’ Who’s Who in Tarrant County from 2000-2002, and won a prestigious National PRSA Bronze Anvil Award in 2003. She grew up in St. Louis, Mo., but moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to earn her B.S. in journalism from TCU. She worked several years for Stuart Bacon and Witherspoon before coming to Balcom in 2005, where she oversees client services with a sharp focus on research, strategy and results. She personally handles clients including ConvaTec, Inc., PCCA, the Neeley School of Business at TCU and LifeGift.
MBA, Texas Christian University
Michele Soriano, CPA, Mentor
Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby, P.C. has been focused on providing quality accounting services in the Southwest for over 35 years. HM&M was established in 1978 as a full-service accounting firm. We were recently ranked as the 16th largest accounting firm in the DFW Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. Our Dallas based firm has over 70 personnel with 7 owners.
Brent Dinsdale, Mentor
Brent P. Dinsdale is the Director of Corporate Export Administration for AECOM of Los Angeles, CA. In this capacity Mr. Dinsdale manages all import/export compliance operations and international trade related functions for AECOM (a Fortune 500 Company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries). In addition to import/export work, Mr. Dinsdale is actively involved with supply chain management, coordination with procurement and freight forwarders at home and abroad and the internal audit/investigation of operation sites around the world.
Originally from Austin, TX Mr. Dinsdale holds a MBA from the University of Houston (Houston, TX) and a BBA from Baylor University (Waco, TX).