Stuart Scandridge - Founder, President and CEO
Stu Scandridge is the President and Founder of CollegiateZone, Enterprises, LP. With a resume of over 30 years as an entrepreneur, Stuart has successfully developed, managed and owned several leading organizations.
Stuart is a man of many interests but he is most passionate to motivate and enable young people. Inspired to help high school athletes achieve intercollegiate athletic success, Stuart created TopJock.net in the year 2000. Using unique web-based, self-marketing tools, TopJock.net allows aspirational high school athletes to showcase their talents to college coaches and recruiters and maximize their chances for athletic scholarship opportunities.
Stuart later expanded the company's vision to offer a similar tool for performing arts and science students. With considerable research and further development, Stuart raised capital to expand and create an all-in-one, web-based educational guidance and enablement system, CollegiateZone.net.
A native Iowan, Stuart originally studied Horticulture Business at Kirkwood College. Stuart now lives in Houston, Texas and is the proud father of six children - three boys and three girls. Stuart’s firsthand experience with high school academics and extracurricular activities, coupled with his in-depth understanding of college requirements, scholarships and funding, has helped him and the CollegiateZone team to develop and deliver a suite of unmatched services.
Rob McKee - Limited Partner
Larry Dubose - Limited Partner
Larry G. Dubose graduated from Lamar University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and was employed by Price Waterhouse for a period of three years. Although not active at present, Mr. Dubose is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. In 1977 Mr. Dubose joined LaGuarta, Gavrel and Kirk, a full-service, commercial real estate brokerage company. Mr. Dubose served as Chief Financial officer and Vice-President for six years.
In May 1985, Mr. Dubose founded the Dubose Model Home Company for the purposes of structuring model home purchases in sale/lease-back transactions with builders on a national basis. Since the company’s formation it has grown significantly and currently manages properties in numerous market areas nationwide. Through Mr. Dubose’s efforts participating entities have purchased approximately $300 Million in model homes. Mr. Dubose has established numerous credit lines with various institutions including major syndicated lines that involve several banks.
Since 1985 the Dubose Model Home Company has raised its own capital to buy model homes. The source of that capital has primarily been growth-oriented, individual investors. In 1998 the company began forming partnerships where capital is raised by Broker/Dealer companies, with a primary focus on cash-flow. In two decades of operation the company has earned an excellent reputation for performance and integrity among builders, lenders and investors. During the real estate downturn of the late 1980s, Dubose Model Home Company was one of the largest residential management companies managing properties for institutions such as the Federal National Home Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage (Freddie Mac).
In 2004 Mr. Dubose sold Dubose Model Home Company to local Houston Investors. Through an employment and consulting agreement, Mr. Dubose was named President of the General Partners and President of the new operating company, Dubose Model Homes USA. Mr. Dubose serves on the Board of Directors for NetREIT and HomeVestors of America, Inc.
John Ogren - Limited Partner
Mr. Ogren has four decades of experience at CEO and senior management positions of various operating levels. His experience ranges from major NYSE-listed companies, mid-cap Nasdaq-listed firms, to start-up, high-tech companies. He has a wide range experience with international projects in the Europe and South America and has lived and worked in the US, UK and Canada. His current business activities include directing and consulting, mentoring and investing. Mr. Ogren also has a high level of interest in and involvement with innovations in public education.
Mr. Ogren is a director of Core Laboratories and the John Wood Group, PLC. He is an Advisory Director of Intrepid Energy, a London based energy company and a non-executive Chairman of WellDynamics, a joint venture of Halliburton and Shell.
Gary Edwards - Limited Partner
Gary W. Edwards is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and received a BSCE from Kansas State University in 1963. He is a current member and former chairman of the KSU Engineering Advisory Council. In 1989, Mr. Edwards was inducted into the KSU Engineering Hall of Fame. He also attended the Harvard Professional Management Development Program, Southern Methodist University McGuire Institute of Executives in the Oil and Gas Industry, and The Aspen Institute.
Mr. Edwards joined Conoco in 1963 as an Engineering Trainee with a pipeline subsidiary in Casper, Wyoming. He held various management positions in the company before being elected Vice President of North American Marketing in 1983. In 1985, Mr. Edwards became V.P. of North American Refining, Marketing and Transportation. He moved to London in 1987 after being named Conoco V.P. of Refining and Marketing, Europe, and Chairman of Conoco Ltd. Mr. Edwards returned to Houston in 1991, as Executive V.P. of Refining, Marketing, Supply and Transportation, overseeing Conoco’s global $25 billion downstream business. He retired from Conoco, Inc., as Senior Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development in December, 2001, after 38 years with the company. In his various capacities, Mr. Edwards helped bring together Conoco and Phillips in the largest merger of equals in history, to form ConocoPhillips. In 2001, he led the effort for Conoco to acquire Gulf Canada, a $6.5 billion transaction, the largest in Canadian oil and gas history. He also served as a member of the Conoco Management Committee.
Mr. Edwards has been on the board of directors of the American Petroleum Institute, a Director and Vice President of the European Petroleum Industry Association in Brussels, Belgium, and a member of the National Association of Manufacturers Board. He currently serves on the boards of Sunoco, Inc., Entergy Corporation, The Methodist Hospital, The Yellowstone Park Foundation (Emeriti’s), The Club at Cordillera, and the advisory boards of Compass Partners International, L.L.C., Game Creek Club, and Theatre Under the Stars. Mr. Edwards has served on the board of Sunoco Logistics, Brand Services, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, and The National Board of Junior Achievement, Inc.
Gary and his wife Peggy reside in Houston, where he is a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church and a former president of the Administrative Board. They are the parents of two daughters and grandparents of five grandsons. Edwards enjoys golf, skiing, fly-fishing, hiking, travel, and rooting for his five grandsons at their sporting events.
Chuck Watson - Chairman, Limited Partner
Chuck Watson is chairman and co-founder of Twin Eagle Resource Management, an energy-marketing company founded in 2010. He is also chairman and CEO of Wincrest Ventures, a venture-capital company he founded in 1994, and Thousand Hill Partners, a private equity firm he formed in 2010 to invest in First Sage Energy, an integrated energy company. Mr. Watson was co-founder and chairman of Eagle Energy Partners, a Houston-based energy marketer established in 2003 and sold in 2008 to Electricite de France (EDF). He was also the chairman and chief executive officer of Houston-based Dynegy Inc., an asset based, integrated energy provider. He established NGC Corp., Dynegy's predecessor, in 1985 and served as chairman and CEO until his departure in May of 2002. Mr. Watson worked at Conoco following his graduation from Oklahoma State University in 1972 until his departure in 1985.
Watson is currently on the board of Baker Hughes, Baylor College of Medicine, Shona Energy Company and Mainstream Renewable Power. Watson co-founded Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group in 1996 and brought the Houston Aeros, an AHL professional hockey franchise, to Houston in 1998. He is a minority owner of the Houston Texans NFL franchise and was Chairman of the 2004 Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee. He is chairman of the board of CollegiateZone and the Sigma Chi Foundation and is a member of the board of Theater Under the Stars, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Watson studied business and economics at Oklahoma State University. He served as chairman of the OSU Foundation and was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2001, Watson was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and was named "Master Entrepreneur" by Ernst & Young.
Rick Martinez - Director of Quality Control
Rick Martinez manages CollegiateZone’s quality-control and testing efforts. Under Rick’s supervision, all of our tools are tested and re-tested until they meet his satisfaction for function and performance.
Rick served in the United States Marine Corps, doing tours of duty in Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and, as part of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, in Iraq. He studied computer engineering at ITT Tech prior to joining the CollegiateZone team. Rick resides in Tomball, Texas with his wife and three children.
Cecelia (Cece) Misener - Director of Web Development
A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the Art Institute of Houston, Cece is responsible for the look, feel, and interactive aspects of CollegiateZone’s online presence. With an appeal to function, Cece leads our efforts to keep the user interface not just appealing and modern, but also functional and inviting to experienced and new web-users alike.
Prior to joining CollegiateZone, Cece worked for seven years with the Cy-Fair Independent School District as an Instructional Aide, with a focus on special needs children. Cece also worked two years creating FAA-required, online, computer-based-training (CBT) for CPaT.
Cece is an active mother of three children. She served on PTO boards including acting as president and was active with her children’s participation in both the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.
Carrie Malloch - Director of Research and Certification
Carrie Malloch works closely with the CollegiateZone sales team to research and develop our business plans for new markets. Carrie plays an essential role in the identification of new opportunities for CollegiateZone to expand our services to new users. Carrie was the mastermind behind CollegiateZone’s groundbreaking VetQuest program. She is also crucial in CollegiateZone’s efforts to ensure customers are 100% satisfied and receive the proper assistance needed with utility and implementation of CollegiateZone’s various tools.
Prior to joining CollegiateZone, Carrie was a successful retail banking manager and trainer with Community Plus Federal Credit Union and the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, both in Illinois. She is the proud mother of her teenage son, Jaylen, a successful high school athlete, and enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities in addition to supporting Jaylen.
Stephanie Thompson - Regional Sales Director
Stephanie Thompson has fifteen-plus years of experience in finance, communication and marketing with various Fortune 500 companies. At CollegiateZone, Stephanie is responsible for achieving sales operational objectives, developing company strategic plans and forecasts, and implementing marketing tactics to achieve company goals. Since joining the team, she has established successful training initiatives and customer service standards for clients and opened new sales territories in the states of Florida, Missouri, and New York. Stephanie plays a key role in establishing communication with state and local governments, organizations and foundations in support of community relations/outreach efforts.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Business Administration in Management and International Business from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as a board member with the Orlando Museum of Art and Toastmasters International Club #8503. Stephanie is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with nationally recognized Yoga Alliance.
Rashena Lindsay - Chief Marketing Director
Rashena Lindsay has more than a decade of experience developing communications and marketing strategies for Cingular Wireless, Sprint PCS and Hallmark Cards, Inc. Rashena specialized in corporate and employee communications, external communications, and crisis communications.
In her most recent position as Manager of Corporate Communication for Houston Cellular and Cingular Wireless, Rashena was created and managed implementation of the company’s strategic communications plan. Communication tactics included twice-weekly employee emails, a monthly newsletter, interactive video at employees’ desktops, employee meetings, community relations events and establishing a crisis communications plan.
Rashena was a pivotal character in the announcement and subsequent communication of the market launch of Cingular Wireless. She developed design strategies, wrote executive speeches, and produced videos to help employees transition from Houston Cellular to Cingular Wireless.
Currently, Rashena serves as a marketing and communications consultant for healthcare, real estate, security, and sports organizations including Memorial Herman Healthcare System, Access2Athletes and Axiom Productions. Rashena holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Media from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and Corporate Communications from the University of Kansas.
Adam Stacy - Director of Sales
Adam Stacy joined CollegiateZone in 2012 with a decade of experience in sales and operational management with various small to medium-sized privately held, entrepreneurial companies. In his most recent position, Adam served on the Operations Management team for BMF Solutions, LLP, a Houston-based fire-protection firm.
In his current position with CollegiateZone, Adam works closely with CollegiateZone investors, management and current customers to develop and grow CollegiateZone’s presence in both retail and institutional markets. He also manages CollegiateZone’s social-media networks, using them to expand awareness of CollegiateZone and share new products and company news.
Adam has a BA in Economics and a BA in French from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Adam is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys many hobbies including motorcycling and his kit-car. He currently lives in Houston with his wife.
Greg Malloch - Partner, COO and CFO
Greg Malloch has been involved as a first-tier investor since 2000 and joined CollegiateZone in 2012 as Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining CollegiateZone full-time, Greg helped build businesses from start up to full maturity in executive and partner positions as well as consultative roles since the 1980’s.
As a founding shareholder and partner with Parrot Ice Drink Products, Greg helped to lead and manage the Houston based company from a “garage start-up” to $40 million+ in revenues in a mere ten year span. As a leader within a vertically-integrated company, Greg dealt with all aspects of marketing, designing, producing, selling and distributing Parrot-Ice’s premium frozen beverage solutions all across the U.S. and overseas. Greg functioned as EVP and CFO, as well as National Sales Manager after Parrot-Ice was acquired by the ICEE Company.
In his current role with CollegiateZone, Greg leads the team in our challenging, emerging growth mode while expanding his knowledge of the education and technology industries. His business development expertise and administrative management experience are leveraged daily for the benefit of growing CollegiateZone.
Greg has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he was Co-Captain and goalkeeper for their nationally ranked soccer program. He now resides in Cypress, Texas with his wife Terri and two sons and enjoys his faith, family, working out and golf.