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A natural leader and savvy entrepreneur, Ideal Impact is the fourth organization Wes has created “from the ground up.” He began his career in the energy efficiency business in 1979 and is considered one of the best at building great organizations in the energy solutions business. During his career, Wes has held senior management positions at international companies and led the development of one of the largest energy solution organizations in the world, comprising 35 offices in the U.S. and offices in five European countries. This organization was widely recognized within the industry as highly ethical and the most focused on client needs. His leadership abilities and industry expertise have garnered him media coverage and speaking opportunities in multiple countries on energy conservation in buildings and how to grow a great organization. In addition, he has helped with the development of industry-related laws in both the U.S. and Europe.
Wes graduated from the University of Texas Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and holds the Certified Energy Manager and Certified Demand Side Manager certifications.
Wes resides in Grapevine, Texas, with his wife of 28 years, Jan. They have two grown children, Tyler and Bonnie. He is a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a member of Church at the Cross. He has served on multiple boards. He has been actively involved in Bill Glass Prison Ministries since 1995 and leads a team to work at Beautiful Feet Ministries in Ft. Worth twice a month. He has served on six international mission trips.
David E. Hunt serves as CEO/President of the Denkmann family of companies (“Denkmann Interests”), with investments in oil & gas, CO2, minerals and commercial real estate. Leading these companies brings together David’s natural resources, financial, banking and management experiences.
Previously, David was a Principal and an Owner of Fossil Creek Resources, LLC, an EnCap Investments company, focused on geo-science and technology driven exploration and development activities. He played a primary role in the financial and business development activities of the company.
Prior to 2009, David worked with Citigroup to successfully expand its presence in the domestic energy market. From 2000-2004 has was Managing Director, Head of Energy and Utilities Banking Segment with Banc One Capital Markets, Inc. Earlier in his career, David managed a Loan Syndication business for Bank of America and its predecessors, which raised billions of dollars for the energy and financial services industries.
Currently on the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church Dallas (Chair 2011-2013), David has previously served as Chair of the Administrative Board and Staff Parish Relations Committee of the church, as well as serving a number of years as Treasurer on the Finance Committee. He is actively involved in TCU alumni activities and serves on the National Alumni Board after chairing the Board of the Clark Society, the association of TCU major contributors.
David holds degrees from TCU (BBA) and The University of Texas (MBA) and maintains a CPA certification. Originally from Fort Worth, he and his wife Lynn currently live in University Park, Texas. David and Lynn have two adult married daughters, Michelle and Leslie.
After graduating from Texas Tech University with a business degree in Marketing, Bethany worked her way through the sales and training ranks at Verizon including leadership roles in Global Sales Management Development and Director of Channel Management.
Bethany was the President of Leadership Growth Partners and consulted with companies like Schneider Electric, TXU Energy, Verizon, EDS, Perot Systems and Keyspan Energy. She is a trained executive coach, author, and has been adjunct faculty both at UT Dallas and SMU. She served on the SMU Sales Leadership Forum as a board member and was the Executive Director for the DFW Training Director’s Roundtable. Bethany was the VP of Learning at Concentra-Humana and Global Sales Director for BizNet Software.
Bethany has built a career furthering the cause of professional sales. She is a member of White’s Chapel UMC and is a mentor for 4Word Women and the Professional Leadership Program at UNT. She recently was awarded the Dale Howe award for Servant Leadership from the UNT Professional Leadership Program. Bethany lives in Trophy Club with her husband of 28 years, Bob. They have two grown children, Jeff and Abby.
Corban Bates leads the Venture Capital and Private Equity investments for Vantage Partners TX
LLC, which includes deal sourcing, investment analysis, due diligence, strategy, and on-going
support and oversight. Vantage Partners TX LCC is a private investment company located in
Houston that focuses on direct investments into commercial real estate and private operating
companies. Corban feels incredibly blessed to be in a position in which he’s able follow his
natural interests, use his God-given abilities, and be a part of something bigger than himself. As
Warren Buffett once said, he tap dances to work every day.
Corban grew up in the North Houston area and played almost every sport possible in his youth.
Despite being a slow, average shooter with limited jumping ability, he was able to have some
success in basketball and was recruited by a number of colleges. Corban ultimately chose to go
to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played basketball there all four
years. Following his graduation, Corban served as a Logistics Officer in the United States Army
for five years. He deployed to Iraq with the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment in 2010-2011 in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following Corban’s time in the Army, he and his wife returned to Houston where he enrolled in
Rice University’s Full-Time MBA program. Always having an interest in investing and
entrepreneurship, Corban focused on Finance and Entrepreneurship. He was also the President of
Rice’s Veterans In Business Association (VIBA) during his second year of business school.
Upon graduation from Rice, Corban began his investing career at Goldman Sachs within their
Investment Management Division. For the next three years, Corban provided holistic wealth
management services for a small number of wealthy families and foundations. His role at
Goldman Sachs, along with his previous experiences, led him to his current position at Vantage
Partners TX LLC.
Corban currently resides in Spring, Texas with his wife Erica Bates. They have two young boys,
Dawson and Everett. When he’s not chasing them around, he’s typically watching, playing, or
talking about sports.
Brett is partner and president of B4 Holdings, LP and BFC Partners, LLC (its GP), where, since 2006, he is responsible for all aspects of a family limited partnership founded to invest in private equity, real estate, and publicly traded securities. Since 1998, Brett has been a partner of Meeting Protocol Worldwide, a family-owned business headquartered in Dallas that services biotech, clinical research organizations, and pharmaceutical companies in the clinical research industry. Since 2007, he has served on the Board of Directors for AccessBank Texas, a community bank headquartered in DFW.
Additionally, Brett serves on the U.S. board of directors for African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), a non-profit ministry focused on developing leaders, peace building, and reconciliation in central and eastern Africa.
Brett also serves on the Board of Trustees for Legacy Christian Academy, a K-12 Christ-centered academy in Frisco, Texas whose mission is “to develop strong leaders with biblical convictions who are equipped to succeed in college and beyond”.
Brett resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife, Brenda and daughter, Mattie. They also have two grown sons, Brandon and David. They are members of Citizens Church in Plano, Texas.
I have been very blessed to have had the call of God in my life for almost as long as I can remember. I acknowledged Christ as my savior at the age of 10 and have been attending church since then and have been in some sort of service since a young adult. After moving to Dallas in 1983, I began attending Prestonwood Baptist church and soon thereafter was elected a Deacon. In 1988 I served as Chairman of the Stewardship campaign. After moving to Legacy Baptist Church in the early 90’s, I served on their Finance and Leadership Teams from 2002 to 2016. Further, in 2017 I was elected to the Board of Governors of BH Carroll Theological Seminary, for which I now serve as Board Chairman.
My Christian walk has been consistent but not without struggles. Due to personal and career challenges, in early 2002 I found myself at a crossroad, struggling with the boundaries of my control contrasting with my submission. This could also be described as a conflict of strong will versus humility. Fortunately, God’s grace and faithful love guided me through an 18 month period of reflection, searching and breaking my will. I emerged with a renewed and strengthened commitment to servant leadership, which has resulted in a greater abundance of peace and joy.
I have always been very faithful in my belief in stewardship of my resources, built upon a belief that all I have has been provided by God (I Cor 4:7). My desire to serve on the board of Ideal Impact is based upon an extension of my commitment to stewardship, wanting to be of obedient when I am called to service.
In terms of my business career, I graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University in 1977 with a BBA in Accounting. I attained my CPA the year following graduation. I worked in public accounting for 4 years and have been in private industry since 1981. My focus has been in manufacturing, although I have experience in both distribution and software as well. During my career, I have served as CFO of two public companies and have been involved in over 20 acquisitions and divestitures. I have also served under a board structure for the past 25 years, both in public and private companies. As such, I am very familiar with what makes a strong, engaged and valued board member, and what responsibilities I would be held to in my position on the board and Ideal Impact. I currently own 50% of a local company, and combining that responsibility with being in senior leadership for over 30 years, I am very experienced in setting strategic goals and making difficult decisions.
I currently serve as SVP & CFO of Presco Polymer, Inc. which is owned by the private equity firm River Associates located in Chattanooga, TN. During my career I have served on the follow professional boards:
- Heart of Texas Lions Club Governing Board
- UTA’s Accounting Advisory Board,
- American Electronic Association’s National Small Business Advisory Board,
- South Florida chapter of the Financial Executive International (FEI) Board; and
- Steering Committee of the FEI Dallas Chapter Manufacturing CFO’s Special Interest Group.
I am married to Tracy Chisum and am blessed with three children and six grandchildren. My personal interests include fitness training and golf, as well as traveling with my wife and spending time with my family.