OUR WHY


Our people and technology will connect and develop 100,000 mentee and mentor business leaders for an even bigger and better Texas.

OUR TEAM

DAVE JOBE, FOUNDER


The idea for MentorTex comes from my own life experience. I’ve had over twenty mentors who have invested in me and taught me lessons that I love to pass on to my mentees. It began when I was a teenager in Austin. In Austin, it was normal back then to be curious – to be open to and to talk to everyone. The saying “Keep Austin Weird” refers to this openness that has been a key part of our very special city. So as I talked with people, I began to realize a couple things: 1) I could learn something from everyone and 2) older people have wisdom. So over time, mentors just came to me naturally.

My ancestors motivated me to have the grit that I would need to survive in business. I come from a long line of bold and tough people from Fredericksburg, Texas. Professionally, I got into CRM software that gathers data on people when it was a new thing in the early 1990s. Then in 2001, my CRM skills were utilized as a co-founder at Yakabod, a knowledge management software company that supports the U.S. intelligence agency community. Most recently, I worked for Invodo, where I learned the power of Internet video and the data around video content. I’ve always been intrigued by the combination of people and data and the ability it presents to make valuable connections and introductions. My brain has always worked like LinkedIn. MentorTex in many ways is a company built around the way I think and the way I have lived, connecting cool people who can work together to change the world.

When I am not thinking about how MentorTex can change the world we call Texas, I love being with my wife Lynn and our two grown children, Austin and Liv. We love exploring all that Austin has to offer with our friends and hanging out at the ranch in Fredericksburg where we grow peaches and many other delicious types of produce.

BRAD HARWICK, CHIEF STRATEGIST


My career has taken me through 4 different industries in 25 years having led marketing, leadership & learning and M&A during this time. In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters has been a favorite book of mine for years.  I never knew that my career would have me behaving as a McKinsey-like consultant in a variety of industries.

I figured out my purpose in life 15 years ago which translates to “helping others achieve their goals.”  This personal mission has led me to mentor and coach others in the areas of career transition, personal branding and performance development.  A consummate connector, I have built a lifetime of relationships with others across most industries and use this extensive network as a resource for helping others.  The Go Giver by Bob Burg is a favorite business parable for which I identify closely with the character “Pindar”.  MentorTex is a natural extension for me to ensure the masses have the same opportunity I have had to integrate mentorship into their personal and professional development.

With Harry Chapin’s Cats in the Cradle lyrics as my guide, I spend lots of time with my wife and two kids from our base in Round Rock, Texas.

KALYN BLACKLOCK, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT


I have 18 years of diverse experience ranging from enterprise sales and management to sales/executive recruitment to change management expertise.  I have worked in the disciplines of Social Media, eCommerce, Information Technology (SW), SaaS, Healthcare and Legal verticals. I am result driven with a proven track record of meeting and exceeding both management and customer goals in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment. I’m a self-motivated, results-oriented manager that is highly skilled in motivating and developing people to reach their potential to maximize the company’s return on investment. I have gathered extensive experience in inside and outside sales, process creation for a scalable and sustainable organizations, corporate training, and full life-cycle recruiting/sales that value collaboration and accountability. I am skilled in building strong relationships with clients, developing, executing strategies and processes focused on business objectives.

JANENE NIBLOCK, DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


I have a passion for working with people and helping them develop their personal and professional development. I currently work for a software company in Austin, Texas, in Sales & Marketing Operations. I challenge myself to be a highly effective leader who motivates team members and leverages their unique strengths to ensure optimal execution. When I’m not at work I love barre3, hanging out with my hubby and 3 cats, reading, working in the yard or enjoying a nice glass of wine. I also dedicate time to local non-profits and giving back to the community.

ALAN CHAPA, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PROGRAMS


I am a passionate, driven and ambitious undergraduate student at St. Edward’s University double-majoring in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. I have aspirations to become a serial entrepreneur with a mission to improve the world and society in which we live in. Through my young career, I’ve had several mentors who have shaped me into who I am today, and continue to work with me to aspire to become a world leader.

AMANDA VILLARREAL


Amanda (Mandi) Villarreal graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication and her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric & Writing and Cultural Anthropology. She holds certifications in Advanced Alternative Conflict Resolution & Mediation as well as Graphic Design. She previously worked in the Texas House of Representatives for the Chairman of the Calendar Committee, at The University of Texas School of Law – Career Services Office, and on the marketing team for The University of Texas MBA Admissions.
Amanda founded a marketing firm in February of 2016 that focuses on supporting Austin small businesses, nonprofits, and start ups with high-level marketing strategy. She is President of the Austin Chapter of the Young Catholic Professionals and a member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2016. Mandi has two dogs (O.B. Juan Kenobi and Lily) a cat named Artoo, is a classically trained vocalist, an oenophile, and a video game enthusiast!

OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS

LISA MINK - PRINCIPAL, MINK ENTERPRISE GROUP


Lisa Mink is an internationally recognized human resources leader, HR consultant and executive coach with over 20 years of experience helping people and organizations do their best and be their best.

Her background includes working with CEOs, senior leadership, and public boards of directors. Her corporate experience includes being a global human resources executive and the Chief Diversity Officer at one of the world’s leading technology companies.

Known for her insightfulness, Lisa can quickly and accurately assess what a situation is, what needs to be done, and the best way forward for tangible results that move a leader or an organization forward.

She understands the responsibility of leadership in creating and driving business, talent and culture strategies to support high-revenue, high-growth global businesses with millions of customers and thousands of team members.

She specializes in executive effectiveness, talent management, and strategic diversity and inclusion leadership.  Lisa co-leads executive women’s development immersions around the world.  She is a Certified Executive Coach and is certified in multiple assessment modalities.

Lisa’s international experience includes multiple short and long-term expatriate assignments.  She currently works across industries including technology, energy, healthcare, and professional services.

Prior to working at global multi-nationals, Lisa worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in legislative affairs. She has a degree in Journalism with an emphasis on Public Affairs.

CARLA PIÑEYRO SUBLETT - CMO, RACKSPACE INC.


Carla Piñeyro Sublett is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company where she is responsible for Global Marketing.  Formerly, Carla served as Executive Director of Marketing for Latin America with Dell, where she was responsible for driving all facets of marketing in the region, from demand generation to overall brand health. Her professional career there traversed all aspects of sales, marketing and operational delivery roles. She was also a Founding Co-Chair of Adelante, a Hispanic employee resource group within the company, focused on driving impact to the business, community, and members. In addition, Carla is the Founder of Thrive, a North American fitness group which focuses on helping promote networking through exercise among team members.

As the daughter of Uruguayan immigrants, Carla started working at the age of 14, and by 16 had launched her first business, Supah-Fish Swimming Lessons, a venture that paid for her first year of college. Carla continued to fund her college education (in Architecture & Latin American Studies at University of Texas) through the restaurant and bar business, leading a turn-around effort for Copper Tank Brewing Company through streamlining their operations and kickstarting a profitable, 2M events business.

Outside of her work, Carla is passionate about her community. She served as President of the Board of the Austin Children’s Museum during its transition to becoming The Thinkery, leading the effort that culminated in the grand opening of a new Children’s Museum in East Austin. She is also a board member for the Texas Conference for Women and the Austin Community Foundation. She was named one of the “Top 50 Hispanic Influentials” in 2014 and was a recipient of the 2011 Young Hispanic Achiever Award.

Carla is the proud wife and mother of 2 children and an avid runner and hiker. She is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

MELISSA TERRELL - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & TRAINING, CIVITAS LEARNING, INC.


Melissa Terrell brings energy, excitement, and order to growing businesses, helping them develop results-oriented processes and people.  As an early employee of two Austin-based startups, Melissa has helped shape and run marketing and Client Services teams in emerging markets including eCommerce digital content solutions and Higher Education predictive analytics solutions.   She prides herself in her work and the work of the people she is privileged to manage.  With a motto of “Teamwork makes the dream work”, Melissa is dedicated to her peers and laser focused on results.   

DR. PAUL WOODRUFF - PROFESSOR, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY


Paul Woodruff is a philosopher and classicist with broad interests in our legacy from the ancient Greeks, especially the climate of ideas that made possible the first steps in the evolution of democracy.

He has degrees from Princeton and Oxford University and has taught at the University of Texas since 1973, where he is currently Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society.   He has been chair of the Department of Philosophy (1988-91), director of the Plan II Honors Program (1991-2006), and inaugural dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, 2006-12.

He has published a number of translations from the Greek of such authors as Plato, Sophocles, and Thucydides. His original publications include Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue (2001) and First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea (2005).  The Necessity of Theater came out in spring 2008 and The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards was published in 2011.  His current project is a book on the value of higher education for future leaders, under the title Garden of Leaders.

SCOTT RYSER - FOUNDER & CEO, YAKABOD INC.


Scott is a passionate leader with a head for business, an entrepreneurial spirit, and some basic tech savvy. He’s not allowed to write code anymore – but over the past 25+ years he has designed, built and/or managed IT initiatives ranging from small pilot projects to enterprise overhauls using Internet technologies. A “startup guy” at heart, Scott’s been working with a great team over the last decade and a half to bootstrap Yakabod from infancy to a profitable, growing, debt-free, sustainable niche solutions provider in multiple markets. Scott earned an MSEE from The Johns Hopkins University and a BSEE from University of Akron.  In his spare time, he loves adventure sports like rock climbing, bike touring, and backpacking.

PATRICIA BAUMHART - MARKET STRATEGIST + ENTREPRENEUR, EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES


Patricia is a Market Strategist + Entrepreneur, focused on Emergent Technologies.  Her experience spans business development, marketing, corporate training, IT and finance.  She developed her passion for innovation and the application of technology while working at Silicon Graphics, Accenture, and PwC. Most recently advising D:Wave, a leading quantum computing company, she has been eagerly following the emergence of AI and it’s potential impacts on both enterprise computing and society.
At the Applied Innovation Institute, founded at UC Berkeley, she worked with professors globally who teach entrepreneurship and did fund raising to support the University Mobile Challenge. As a volunteer, she serves on several boards and mentors many.  Patricia also initiated and led a growth strategy consulting project for an MIT Media Lab professor to expand an after school program for youth in low-income communities.
Patricia is a graduate of Harvard University, earning her MBA.  She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University in Chicago, with a Bachelor in Business Administration, and obtained her CPA. Patricia’s recognized for distinguished scholarship as an Alpha Sigma Nu, the highest honor on a Jesuit campus.  She’s an avid outdoor enthusiast, a 70.3 triathlete, and has summited Mt. Baker glacier in Washington.

SHAWN SMITH - PRESIDENT, MD1 INC.


Senior-level Sales and Operations Executive with 30 years of experience in executive management, sales/marketing, and business development, primarily in the healthcare, emergency response, humanitarian aid, and information technology industries. Proven ability to understand market requirements, design/build strategic solutions, lead technology and service teams, manage large-scale operations, and deliver to the satisfaction of clients.

Strong record of accomplishments with startup and high-growth companies. Instrumental in the sales, marketing, product development, and growth of several organizations. Founder of a faith-based charitable foundation focused on re-purposing technology solutions to provide a financial benefit to ministries around the globe.

An Entrepreneur who consistently met or exceeded revenue goals while maintaining a commitment to customer service. A visionary leader with strong interpersonal skills, the ability to coach and train at all levels, and the insight to translate recognized needs into strategic solutions.

Passionate for helping and serving others with a desire to provide technology solutions and resources in support of disaster relief and humanitarian aid efforts. Proven experience in Impact Investing and combining philanthropy with technology.