Features Region: Southwest

Jeremy Osborne – Pegasus Optimization Managers LLC

Got to hang on to that startup mentality, though the company seems to be anything but a newcomer in the very specialized business of contract compression. So muses Jeremy Osborne about Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC, which he and former President/CEO Randy Dean co-founded just over four years ago in College Station, Texas. Success mustn’t go […]

Josh Condon – Lone Star Paving

Helping to modernize an industry that in the not-too-distant past sealed the vast majority of its deals with a handshake is something Josh Condon feels good about at Lone Star Paving. Sure, there is still a value to keeping a laid back friendly feel to the construction business, Condon, the general counsel for the five- […]

Jonathan Hawkins – KidKraft

There’s a scene in “Big,” the 1988 film about a boy whose wish to be a grownup magically comes true, where the lead character, played by Tom Hanks, invites his best friend to see his new office at the headquarters of MacMillan Toy Company. Surrounded by the latest games and gadgets, many of which have […]

Jason Nield – CECO Environmental Corporation

With his new employer bolstered by world-class engineers, there seemed no shortage of innovation potential when Jason “Jay” Nield came aboard in early 2018. But all that intellectual property at CECO Environmental Corp. sure needed to be duly tended, the British-born Nield recalls during a lively chat with Vanguard in February. He’d be just the […]

John Vardaman – Hypur

From the black swivel chairs to the gaggle of suits across the long wooden table, the conference room looks a lot like those John Vardaman frequented during his days as an assistant deputy chief at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Only this time, his audience isn’t fellow lawyers, but bank executives eager to learn […]

James Cargas – City of Houston

There can be advantages to being the office rookie, and for James Cargas, among them was once being tucked in a corner of a Congressional office—away from the action and hubbub, but right next to the busy fax machine. That’s how he learned that Speaker Jim Wright was preparing to resign in 1989, days before […]

Jay Cain—The Sewell Family of Companies Inc.

Accounting was Jay Cain’s first interest, but as a young professional he realized he could double his value with a juris doctorate. So, rather than continue with a choice position as an energy industry certified public accountant, in 2011 he opted to enroll at Texas Tech University School of Law. Just a couple of months […]

Josh Nicosia – Jamba Juice

If you ever find yourself in a Jamba Juice—and with over 900 worldwide locations and counting, that’s hardly a far-fetched scenario—take a second to ponder how it all got there, from the employees and blenders behind the vibrantly colored counters to the crates of fresh fruit. Now picture the paperwork needed for all those elements. […]

Jason Maxwell – Hines Advisors

Jason Maxwell wasn’t necessarily an expert at global real estate when he became general counsel at Hines Advisors in 2006, but he’s nothing if not adaptable. Especially when there’s an opportunity to advance his employer as well as himself. “The world is an unpredictable place and you have to be proactive in managing that change,” […]

Jim Muska – Satterfield & Pontikes Construction

Jim Muska remembers waiting in the predawn hours, the tick of the clock getting louder as time went by. The concrete finishers were supposed to have arrived an hour ago. The concrete trucks, lining the street. The challenges of construction, of working at all hours and in all conditions. The toll on the body. The […]

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