About the Series

The Meadows Center for Entrepreneurial Studies promotes and encourages entrepreneurial thought, business and activities locally, regionally and nationally.


Paula Gold-Williams speaking at Forum Breakfast at the Pearll
Speaker at podium during Forum Series event

The purpose of the Forum on Entrepreneurship Series is to offer the larger San Antonio community and students of St. Mary’s University a forum to hear from some of the most talented individuals in industry and government. Funds generated from the series support student scholarships and encourage entrepreneurial activities in San Antonio and the region. The Forum on Entrepreneurship Series attracts two to three hundred attendees to its bi-monthly events.

Great leaders who have served as speakers include:

  • Brigadier General Laura L. Lenderman, United States Air Force
  • Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President and CEO, SAEDF
  • Jim Sinegal, co-founder, Costco Wholesale
  • Lanham Napier, co-founder and CEO, BuildGroup
  • Chad McNair, CEO, McNair Java Partners, LLC
  • Kellie Fischer, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club
  • Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Lynda Ellis, owner, president and CEO of Capital Concierge
  • James Garvin, Ph.D., CEO, president and director of CytoBioScience, Inc.
  • Dennis Noll, CEO of San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Bryant Ambelang, president and CEO of NatureSweet Brands LTD
  • Mike Howard, chairman and CEO of Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC
  • Shannon Schuyler, principal, chief purpose officer and corporate responsibility leader of PwC, and president of PwC Charitable Foundation
  • Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., president of Southwest Research Institute
  • Stuart Parker (M.B.A. ’95), CEO of USAA
  • Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU apparel, author, and marketing and branding judge for ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Paula Gold-Williams (B.B.A. ’84), CEO of CPS Energy
  • Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil and Shinola
  • Bill Greehey, chairman of NuStar Energy, L.P.
  • Kelly S. King, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Truist Financial Corporation
  • Randy Harig, CEO of Texas Research & Technology Foundation and VelocityTX
  • Brad Barron, President and CEO, NuStar Energy, L.P.
  • Angela Yochem, EVP and Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health
Past Speakers

2022 Forum on Entrepreneurship Series Speakers

Thursday, March 10
7-9 a.m.
Security Service Federal Credit Union Event Center

  • About the Speaker

    Andrew Endicott is a financial-technology entrepreneur and venture capital investor. 

    Andrew is currently co-founder and general partner of Gilgamesh Ventures, which is an early-stage fintech venture capital fund based in New York City that Andrew co-founded with Miguel Armaza in 2020.

    Gilgamesh invests in financial-technology companies across the Americas from pre-seed to Series A, and the firm currently has 17 investments, primarily in Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Prior to Gilgamesh, Andrew co-founded Petal, which is a financial technology company in the credit card space in the United States.

    Petal is dedicated to expanding access to credit among new-to-credit consumers by employing open-banking powered cash-flow underwriting, rather than relying on credit bureau data and traditional underwriting techniques. Since inception in 2016, Petal has raised over $250m in equity and $500m in debt capital.

    Prior to Petal, Andrew worked as an investment banker at Lazard and previously as a corporate lawyer at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Andrew has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BSBA from the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.


Sponsorship Opportunities

To renew your sponsorship, become a new Forum on Entrepreneurship Sponsor, or for additional information about attending, contact forum@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3124.

Forum Sponsors

  • Title Sponsorship


Board of Directors

  • President
    Paul Hensley, HOLT CAT

    Chairman
    Sergio Palacios, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University

    Vice President-Speakers
    Hector Hernandez, Hernandez Financial Strategies, LLC

    Vice President-Sponsors
    Beth Hair, Vaco

    Treasurer
    Julia Hamon, Wells Fargo

    Secretary
    Pamela A. Luna, St. Mary’s University

    Members

    • John Bruce, BKD, LLP
    • Rhonda Calvert, Comerica Bank
    • Jon D. Crumley, PwC
    • Tres Doran, KPMG LLP
    • Chris C. Edelen, Safe Showers, LLC
    • Paul Garro, Vascular Perfusion Solutions
    • Jeffrey Landers, Encore Bank
    • Violeta Diaz, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University
    • David G. Pope, Texas Capital Bank
    • Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University
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