Features Region: Southwest

Ryan J. Kretschmer – Walton Global Holdings

Georgia’s population is growing over 14 percent annually while its housing supply lags, so there’s ample opportunity for a company to thrive while making up the difference. First things first, that means acquiring the land on which to build, which Walton Global Holdings does. Then, it sells that real estate to homebuilders with which it […]

Tasha Stringer Grinnell – Neiman Marcus

It was a prophetic moment when, on January 15, 1986, an 11-year-old Tasha Stringer Grinnell stood on the steps of the Hawaiian State Capitol in Honolulu and delivered a heartfelt speech during the first celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She remembers practicing it for hours, lining up her stuffed animals on the bed […]

LeAllen Frost – Mr. Cooper

As the vice president and associate general counsel in charge of litigation for Mr. Cooper, LeAllen Frost has the dual role of managing the outside counsel that argues cases for the company and addressing important internal company matters. “In my role, I get to manage significant litigation, which has always been enticing, but I also […]

Lance E. Purcell – FirstBank Southwest

There’s something about that Texas Panhandle lifestyle, Lance E. Purcell says. When not attired for his role at FirstBank Southwest in Amarillo, you might find him in boots and jeans, roping calves at a rodeo or mentoring at-risk youngsters at Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch, a residential community that helps boys and girls overcome troubled situations. […]

Ashley Fischer – Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery

In 1999, when University of Texas sophomore Tiffany Taylor accidentally missed her date with Leon Chen, she baked and delivered a batch of cookies to him as an apology. Inspired, the sophomores took a $20 budget, a cell phone, a recipe they created, and Leon’s college apartment oven and started Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. At […]

David Erich – Exeter Finance

The message was clear from the get-go. You’re as much businessperson as in-house lawyer, David Erich has told himself since joining Exeter Finance as senior vice president and deputy general counsel in May 2012. For almost 10 years, the affable Erich has juggled the business and legal roles, helping his tech-enabled employer that underwrites and […]

Scott C. Weatherholt – Weatherford International

He seems prone to understatements mixed with dry humor, “an eventful year” being how Scott C. Weatherholt describes his first anniversary with Weatherford International. It’s also been a productive year, the Irish-domiciled and Houston-headquartered oilfield servicer having regained stability since emerging from bankruptcy court in December 2019 with $2.7 billion in debt. That preceded Weatherholt […]

Diane Hornquist – Hunt Realty Investments, Inc.

The age-old adage advises us—businesses or individuals—to consider three important aspects of real estate before investing: location, location and location. However, as Diane Hornquist can attest, location is one piece of the complex real estate investment puzzle. Aspects such as cost and contracts, as well as wildcards—like, say, a global pandemic—all need to be considered. […]

Giles Kibbe – Houston Astros

For anyone involved in professional baseball, winning the World Series is the goal. Do that, and you’ve reached the pinnacle, the apex and the top of the mountain. But for Giles Kibbe, the general counsel for the Houston Astros, it was the rebuild of the organization before the team’s first world championship that was most […]

Anthony Sharett – Meta Financial Group Inc.

Anthony Sharett says he always wanted to make a difference for those who needed it most, and that factored into him joining Meta Financial Group Inc. in the fall of 2019. For this is the Sioux Falls-headquartered holding company of MetaBank, a financial services support company with locations throughout the United States, as well as financial agent to the […]

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