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Start Up Waco Board of Directors


Ashley Allison

Ashley Allison is the Executive Director of Waco Foundation, where she manages all aspects of $95 million community foundation with the mission of improving the quality of life in McLennan County.

Fernando Arroyo

Fernando Arroyo

Fernando Arroyo is a founder of Arroyo Consulting and Education Strategies and currently a master of business administration candidate at Baylor University

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Sherman Ayres

Sherman Ayres is a retired Mars, Inc. corporate executive and currently the CEO of S.R. Ayres & Associates, a private business consultancy.


Andrea Barefield

Andrea Barefield is the Waco City Council member representing District 1. Andrea also serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Brazos Trail Region.


Kris Collins

Kris Collins is SVP of Economic Development at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and a certified Business Retention and Expansion Project Coordinator.


Rob Knorr

Robert Knorr is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Baylor University.

Rachel E. Pate

Rachel Pate

Rachel E. Pate is the Vice President of Membership Development at the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce.

Weldon Ratliff

Weldon Ratliff

Weldon Ratliff is a local businessman and philanthropist with an interest in business development and entrepreneurship.


Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds is the North Regional President of Extraco Banks and served as the 2017 Chairman of the Board for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts is the president of KSR Capital, which specializes in incentive negotiation and development consulting with corporate clients.


Alfred Solano

Alfred Solano is the Executive Director of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Leah Teague

Leah Teague

Leah Teague is the Associate Dean for Baylor Law School and teaches Taxation Principles and Leadership Development.


LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson is a retired Pro Football Hall of Famer, TCU Trustee and current executive with the LA Chargers, NFL Network Analyst and Chairman of Tomlinson Ventures, the Team America Foundation, and the Tomlinson Center for Leadership.

Jeremy Vickers

Jeremy Vickers

Jeremy Vickers is Baylor's Associate Vice President for External Affairs and previously served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas.