MEET THE TEAM
THE MAP COLLECTIVE:
OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS
Cesar Garfias enjoys over 20 years of involvement in the sales field. He is the founder of Garfico Insurance Agency where he serves as the CEO. Previously he served roles as IT Project Manager, IT Enterprise Sales, Business Consultant, Auto, Home, Flood & Commercial Insurance Sales as well as a K-12 Educator. LinkedIn page.
MELANIE FORD WEIR
A strategic business development, customer experience and marketing executive with a unique, hybrid background in technology / consulting, agency and corporate environments. She works with companies to quickly define opportunities, identify gaps and map clear paths to success. Vision, alignment, integration and inspiration underpin her approach to leadership and program design. LinkedIn page.
Stacy Callighan is the Co-Founder & Design Lead of PinPoint Collective where she leverages human-centered research to innovate spaces, services, products, and experiences.
Faith Hurley is the Co-Founder & Strategy Lead of PinPoint Collective where she utilizes human-centered methodologies to identify the needs of end users.
CEO & Founder
Ambrose McDowell Communications
Communication is Amber’s jam (and bread and butter) and also the main focus at Ambrose McDowell Communications; a writing- and communications-focused agency with a mission to craft messages that matter. Amber brings over a decade of experience in creative writing, copywriting, editing and content strategy. LinkedIn page.
Travis Gamble holds a BFA from top Texas design school, the University of Houston School of Art Block program. He runs Underground Design with partner Matthew Jannik.
BRITTANY BARRETO, Ph.D.
An experienced entrepreneur in the Houston Technology and Innovation Ecosystem, Brittany offers years of experience in evaluating startups, mentoring founders, and helping create top notch pitch decks that consistently get funding. LinkedIn page.
Matthew Jannik runs Underground Design, a studio fiercely dedicated to serving the community through design and creating strong connections between the client and their audience.
CEO & Founder
Lucas James is the CEO & Co-Founder of Twiz, a full service marketing agency. Twiz offers affordable Search Engine Optimization and Content Marketing services for businesses looking to grow online, and has helped dozens of companies generate businesses through conversion. LinkedIn page.
Elizabeth Braun, founder of Hum Collaborative, embraces a human-centered approach to design strategy. She empowers her clients by empathizing with their target users in order to create personal, memorable experiences that stir emotion and fuel brand loyalty. LinkedIn page.
President / Founder
Steven Leeper, founder and owner of Matchstick spent the last 12 years in the marketing, creative and recruiting fields. From evaluating creative work and developing strategies at TM Advertising Agency to serving as VP of client services in the recruiting world, Steven has a unique understanding of the intricacies that come with finding and attracting the best marketing talent. LinkedIn page.
Skybound Coaching and Training
Glenn Taylor serves rising leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs working in technology, marketing, design, arts/entertainment, and the nonprofit sector. His clients want to build influence and foster innovation by leading with greater courage, authenticity, and connection while amplifying the innate creativity and playfulness in themselves and others. LinkedIn page.
Content x Design
Jennifer excels at developing innovative content-led campaigns that generate customer demand and media buzz. Her unique blend of creativity and analytics has created value for a wide variety of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. LinkedIn page.
One Foot Over
Hami-Vo along with her partner Stephen Brent May, manage One Foot Over, an agile marketing agency that specializes in bringing together B2B digital marketing experts that specialize in SEO, PPC, Paid Social, and Inbound Marketing. LinkedIn page.
MassChallenge / Enventure
Rambod Dargahi is a passionate marketing expert with 4 plus years of mentoring early-stage startups in Texas and Louisiana states and leading multidisciplinary student teams in several business schools. He is a dedicated market researcher and quantitative strategist and commended lecturer with a record of peer-reviewed publications in academic journals. LinkedIn page.