Where Young Entrepreneurs Turn Their Dreams Into Business.
Meet The Brightest Entrepreneurs From Today and Tomorrow…
Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank Houston. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do’s and don’ts of starting and running a successful business. Then, the fun really starts when we bring in high school and college students to pitch their business ideas to the Shrimp Tank. We don’t fund any business, but we do teach kids how to turn their business ideas into a successful business.
Jamie Collins, PhD is Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor / Sam Houston State University
Jamie Collins, PhD is Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor at Sam Houston State University. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University; he teaches courses in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Family Business and Corporate Social Responsibility. He previously taught at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, University of Dallas, Southwestern University and Texas A&M University. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, Jamie spent several years in private industry. He has previously served as a member of the management team of a private equity group, where he led investment screening and due diligence for the firm. Other prior industry experience includes: aerospace/defense, energy, financial services, and software. He also has extensive investment experience in real estate and agri-business.
Jamie’s research has been published and highlighted in a wide range of outlets, both academic and practitioner-focused, including: Small Business Economics, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Engineering & Technology Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Decision Sciences, Business Horizons, Inc Magazine, and several others.
Robert (Chip) Matthews
Robert (Chip) Matthews is licensed in Texas as an attorney and a CPA. He received B.A. (Mathematics/Economics) and Master of Accounting degrees from Rice University, Houston, Texas, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas. He began his professional career with a major international public accounting and consulting firm, where he became a senior auditor. Subsequently, he has been senior analyst in utility and municipal finance with an engineering and construction management firm, manager of plans and budgets with a multi-national manufacturing company, consulting senior manager with a major international public accounting and consulting firm, sole practitioner with his own accounting and law firms, and vice-president and shareholder of a nationwide consulting firm in the areas of accounting, finance, and information technology. His primary client service areas have included merger and acquisition due diligence and transition assistance, regulatory and environmental law and accounting, utility and municipal finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, tax and business planning, commercial arbitration, and corporate governance. His clients have primarily been in energy, public utilities, healthcare, finance, real estate, construction, and government. He has taught accounting, law, finance, business administration, and entrepreneurship at the university level. He is a retired Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, and his leisure interests include sports, travel, and music. In his spare time he coaches women’s rugby.
DANIEL GOODWIN/ Provident Wealth Advisors
Daniel C. Goodwin has been serving families and small businesses in The Woodlands community with financial services since 1995.
He is a published author and a regular speaker in his hometown of The Woodlands, Texas. The workshops and seminars he organizes enlists the time and expertise of accredited CPA’s, Tax Attorneys, Asset Managers, Trust Officers, Private Bankers, Estate Planning Attorneys, Financial Planners, and a host of other financial professionals working together to make a difference in our communities across America.
Daniel is a FOX 26 News contributor, has been featured in US News and World Report, and is the published author of the personal finance book “Live Smart- Retire Rich”. He also writes a weekly column on personal finance for Montgomery County News, while serving as Editor in Chief of Wise Money Minute, a personal finance blog. Daniel holds a series 65 securities license along with a Texas insurance license, and his firm, Provident Wealth Advisors, provides comprehensive wealth management and financial planning services, looking out for its client’s best interest by acting in a fiduciary capacity.
Daniel is the creator of Family Fractional CFO™, which is designed to serve YOU, the CEO of your family finances. Over the past twenty years Daniel’s collaborative team has cost effectively solved every investment and retirement planning problem you can think of.
Daniel has been married for 24 years to his wife Kim, residing in The Woodlands, Texas and is the father of two wonderful adult children. He likes to consider himself a semi-pro chef, a dangerous fisherman, a rabid hockey fan, a fierce fiscal conservative, and also gives back to our community by being invited to speak at local universities and economics clubs.
Ted Jenkin/ oXYGen Financial
Ted has been an entrepreneur, leader, and social media pioneer in the financial services industry. He was a former Group Vice President for Ameriprise Financial and the youngest Vice President in American Express Financial Advisors history. In 2008 Ted founded Atlanta based oXYGen Financial, a financial services company focused on serving the X and Y Generation. oXYGen Financial now has more than 2,500 clients and manages over 450 million dollars. Ted has been quoted in more than 75 publication and newspapers including being a featured columnist for the Wall Street Journal The Experts and appearing frequently on CNN’s Headline News Weekend Express. He runs one of the top 15 personal finance blogs in the country www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com, and is one of the top 10 social media financial advisors in the country according to Brightscope. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for more than 19 years and has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®).
Ted lives in Milton, GA with his wife Genna and three kids.
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Lee R. Heisman/ Savant Comprehensive Technologies
Lee R. Heisman is the owner and CEO of Savant Comprehensive Technologies, My School Pool and Ask a Privacy Officer. Prior to this, Lee was the founder and CEO of H and W Printing and Brainstorm Design Works, a full advertising agency and commercial printing firm located in Atlanta, GA. He has a Master Degree from Rutgers University and is on the Advisory Board of the KSU Entrepreneurial Center. Lee has sold 2 of his previously owned businesses over the years through mergers and acquisition. Before launching his Entrepreneurial Career, Lee was a Licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey for over 3 years.