Board of Directors
Paul Gautier - Chairperson
Paul is currently the Managing Director for Cary Street Partners Investment Banking. Paul joined Cary Street Partners in 2013 as part of the RiverStone Wealth Management acquisition. Paul has been engaged full-time in deal-making since the early 1980's. As a principal, Paul has founded, grown, merged and sold companies and has consulted with hundreds of lower middle-market businesses in the role of advisor. Paul managed the Investment Banking team with RiverStone Wealth Management whose services included matching business sellers with the right buyers, capital raising and targeting opportunities for accredited and institutional investors. Paul is on the board of the Central Texas Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, is a Lamar University graduate and is active in numerous charities, non-profit and civic organizations. Paul and his high school sweetheart, Carol, have been married for 28 years and have 4 children, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter.
Jason Lippman – Vice Chairperson
Jason Lippman is the Executive Vice President at Far West Capital. Jason is responsible for new business development and establishing referral partner relationships. Prior to joining Far West Capital, Jason founded HomeTex Enterprises, LLC, a real estate investment, brokerage and property management company, and continues to manage a diversified portfolio of residential real estate investments in Texas. Jason also co-founded and was CEO of Mirabella Estates, an exclusive alternative to second home ownership for high net worth individuals. He has also served as the Chief Financial Officer for internet start-up Mall.com and was principally responsible for raising over $7.5M in equity capital. Prior to his entrepreneur experiences, Jason worked as a Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen in their business consulting division, focusing on strategic cost saving initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Jason has a B.A. in Business Administration and a MPA from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to Spirit Reins, he serves on the board of Central Texas RMA.
Kathy Friar – Treasurer
Kathy is currently the Office Budget Liaison for the Office of Legal Services for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she has worked for 13 years. Kathy grew up in Irving and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a B.S. in Animal Science. She began her affiliation with Spirit Reins as a volunteer feeder in May of 2006. Kathy has one daughter and recently became the proud grandmother of her new granddaughter, Presley Ann. She also enjoys spending time with and training her horse, Vegas.
Mathew Thompson - Secretary
Mathew is the Senior Regional Counsel- Texas at KB Home. In addition to serving on Spirit Reins' Board of Directors, he is involved with Volunteer Legal Services, Metropolitan Breakfast Club, Pflugerville Education Foundation and Meals on Wheels. Mathew has a B.S. from Florida State University and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Stacy Dukes-Rhone - Director
Susan McDowell - Director
Susan McDowell is Executive Director of LifeWorks, a youth and family service organization in Austin, Texas that provides a continuum of support for youth and families facing issues such as homelessness, abuse, poverty, emancipation from foster care, and mental health challenges. Susan is active in numerous civic organizations and regional health and human service planning initiatives. Susan has been awarded "Austinite (Under 40) of the Year" by the Young Men's Business League and Young Women's Alliance and "Central Texas Social Entrepreneur of the Year," by Ernst and Young. Susan holds a B.A. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas-Austin, respectively.
Dale Quisenberry - Director
Russell Young - Director
Russell Young is Senior Vice President at CBRE's Austin Office Occupier Practice Group. He has 15 years of tenant advisory experience with a focus on technology and law firm office users. Prior to CBRE, Russell was a top producer at JLL and Commercial Texas, LLC. Russell has consistently been recognized as a “Heavy Hitter”, Tenant Representation, by the Austin Business Journal, having completed more than 300 transactions totaling more than four million square feet of space in Austin. He has served as board president for the Thinkery and acted as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Russell holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Univeristy of Texas.