Board of Directors
Russell Young - Chairperson
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 University of Texas.
Dale Quisenberry - Vice Chairperson
Paul Gautier - Past 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 - Treasurer
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.
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.
Valerie Savage, CPA, MA, LPC - Director
Valerie Savage is the Principal at Savage Consulting Group. She has held executive positions in private and publicly-traded companies, in financial and operational roles, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Sky-Trax, Inc., a provider of optical real-time location systems and Chief Executive Officer of Gamete, Inc., a life-sciences company focused on artificial insemination products. Prior to Gamete, Valerie was Chief Financial Officer of Crossroads Systems and Patton Surgical. She has also provided strategic consulting services to both large and small companies, including Motive and Image Microsystems. She has a B.S. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition, Valerie holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward's University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She currently serves as an Executive Coach in UT McCombs MBA+ Leadership Program and for Concordia University's MBA Capstone class.
Stacy Dukes-Rhone - Director