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Jerry Jones

Stephen Jones


Jerry Jones, Jr.

Rob Wechsler

Chad Estis

Tom Walker

Jason Cohen

Stuart Lodge

Molly Slusher

Matt Steffe

Eric Frazier

Randy McGraw

Randy McGraw

Corey Wood

Corey Wood

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Dan Wechsler

Ben Kauder

Andrew Shofner

Brett Thier

Kevin Hughes

Tom Strachan

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Dallas Cowboys Owner / President / General Manager

In one of the most dramatic eras of ownership in professional sports, Jerry Jones’ stewardship of the Dallas Cowboys has brought unprecedented results and success to the world’s most popular sports entity. In 1989, he bought the Dallas Cowboys for $150 million–Forbes reports the team is now worth $4.8 billion. Jones originally made a name for himself as an oil and gas investor, and continues today with current ventures in lucrative retail and residential real estate development.


Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President / Director of Player Personnel

With 28 years of NFL experience, Stephen Jones has established himself as one of the brightest and most versatile executives in professional sports. He oversees the management operations for all aspects of the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, while also supervising the team’s scouting and player personnel department. His work involves managing the organization’s 400-plus employees, while also handling all of the club’s salary cap and all major player contract concerns. He is also active in the recruitment - and management - of all major events that come to AT&T Stadium and The Star in Frisco. Jones’ experience as a major college football player, and his years as one of the NFL’s top executives, were instrumental in his appointment to the League’s prestigious Competition Committee. His active involvement in stadium management, design and development has also landed him a spot on the NFL’s New Stadium Committee.


Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President / Chief Brand Officer

Charlotte Jones Anderson oversees all business operations, strategies and applications surrounding the team’s brand as it is presented to fans worldwide. Anderson’s vision and direction leads the Cowboys in brand marketing, fan engagement, stadium design, entertainment, licensed apparel, cause marketing and community relations. Recently, Anderson played an instrumental role in the design and development of The Star in Frisco. In 2012, Anderson was named Chairman of the NFL Foundation where she is responsible for spearheading the NFL efforts in youth football participation, health and safety, and community outreach. She is the first woman to serve in this position, and is the first female executive in history to lead a major professional sports league charitable foundation. In 2014, she was appointed to the first NFL Conduct Committee, which endorses and enhances the new personal conduct policy for all NFL players and employees. Furthermore, Anderson is the President of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and is responsible for supervising what is considered to be the most prominent organization of its kind in the world.


Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President / Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Jerry Jones, Jr. is a key member of the Dallas Cowboys front office, overseeing the club’s entire sales and marketing efforts. Furthermore, Jones also leads a team that is responsible for the club’s vast merchandising business as well as all digital and broadcast media. He played an integral role in the development of the Dallas Cowboys headquarters at The Star in Frisco and has spearheaded the health and wellness projects located at the Cowboys new home, including the Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research Facility at The Star. In addition, he was instrumental in developing Cowboys Club, a first-of-its-kind private members club, and Cowboys Fit, the three-story premier health and fitness center that allows members to exercise to a Cowboys centric workout routine. Jones has also overseen sponsorships and naming rights deals for various portions of The Star.


Blue Star Innovation Partners Managing Director

Rob Wechsler, Founder and CEO of Blue Star Innovation Partners, is a serial entrepreneur with a track record that includes 4 exits totaling more than $1.5B in proceeds of his own companies, a successful IPO and running the largest payments business in the world, Chase Merchant Services. Most recently Rob was the founder and CEO of Blue Star Sports, the largest and preeminent provider of sports technology globally. In less than a year, Rob completed 20 acquisitions and returned over 3x to all shareholders in a transaction valued in excess of $300M. Prior to Blue Star Sports, Rob founded, built and exited 2 payments businesses - Century Payment Advisors and Century Payments to Bain Capital and Worldpay. In order to develop his skills, Rob began his career practicing law for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius before starting his first company, Link2Gov. After exiting Link2Gov, Rob was EVP, Global Sales for Convergent Group through its IPO and subsequent sale to Schlumberger and then he was recruited to run the payments business for JP Morgan Chase. Rob is an avid investor and works with several Private Equity funds as an advisor.


Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President of Business Operations / Legends Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Dallas Cowboys, Estis works as part of the business leadership team with his areas of expertise being corporate partnerships, stadium suites and ticket sales, media and branding, and third party events. His contributions have been numerous and industry defying as they include the most successful stadium suite and seat license sales campaign and a newly developed tour and catered event business. He has also helped local organizing committees bring the NBA All-Star game, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, Academy of Country Music, NCAA National Championship Football Playoff Games and WrestleMania to North Texas. With deep-rooted industry relationships, Estis focuses on the development of large-scale projects, while remaining involved on a day-to-day basis with existing partnerships for Legends. Most notably his contributions as Executive Vice President for Legends include spearheading the creation and growth of Global Sales and leading the division to become one of the most influential in its industry.


Blue Star Innovation Partner

After graduating from Oklahoma State with a Bachelors in Finance and a Masters in Accounting (Tax Emphasis), Tom joined KPMG's high net worth individual tax practice in Dallas and Amsterdam. During this time, his focus was on building a global network of practitioners to service KPMG’s ultra high net worth clients and on assisting the global risk group in conducting due diligence reviews on KPMG’s offices worldwide.

Shortly after returning to the United States in late 2003, Tom joined the Jones family organization as the Tax Director for the Jones family and their business interests. He now serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Dallas Cowboys and all of the other Jones family businesses. This role includes strategic acquisitions or dispositions, investment analysis and general oversight for all day to day financial matters.


Blue Star Innovation Partner

Jason Cohen is the General Counsel of the Dallas Cowboys. He also serves as General Counsel for the Jones Family and its businesses including Real Estate, Oil & Gas, and other Investments.

Jason manages litigation and Intellectual Property and also serves as a primary liaison to the NFL on governance and other Club matters.

He helps oversee the risk management and insurance departments as well as security.

Jason has previously served as in-house counsel to NASCAR, Women’s Pro Soccer, the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders.

Jason graduated from Brandeis University and Rutgers Law School. While in law school Jason clerked for Justice Virginia Long of the NJ Supreme Court.

Following law school Jason spent a year living in Zambia, Africa volunteering with Right To Play working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Jason is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York and New Jersey.


Blue Star Innovation Partner & CFO

Stuart Lodge, Partner & CFO of Blue Star Innovation Partners, has over 20 years’ experience building and selling private equity and venture backed technology companies. Prior to joining BSIP, Stuart spent a year as the CFO of Blue Star Sports, the leading youth sports ecosystem, where he led the sale of the company to Genstar Capital in April 2017 and played a key leadership role as the company integrated 25 acquisitions and quadrupled in size in just under two years.

Prior to joining Blue Star Sports, Stuart spent three years as the CFO of Optimal Blue where he played a key role in the company's growth as revenues and profits nearly tripled. He led the highly successful sale of Optimal Blue to GTCR in July 2016. Prior to joining Optimal Blue, Stuart spent nearly four years as the CFO of Optimal Solutions where he played a key role in increasing revenues and cash flow by 120% and 170%, respectively, and in selling the company to NTT DATA in December 2013. Stuart has been the CFO of a number of other private equity and venture backed technology companies over the last two decades.

Stuart holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed CPA in Texas. Stuart was named a Dallas Business Journal CFO of the Year in 2016.


Blue Star Innovation Partner & General Counsel

Molly Slusher, Partner and General Counsel at BSIP, is responsible for all governance, regulatory and legal affairs for the firm, including acting as a legal and operational adviser to many of the firm’s portfolio companies. Molly also assists in the firm’s corporate development and administrative functions. Molly’s mandate as General Counsel is to close deals. Her track record speaks for itself. During her first 3 years at BSIP, Molly has coordinated, performed, and overseen the consummation of 27 transactions. Those transactions include venture deals, loan transactions, roll-up strategies and growth acquisitions across a broad spectrum of industries.

Prior to joining BSIP, Molly was an attorney at the Dallas-based law firm, Jackson Walker, where she specialized in mergers & acquisitions and corporate law. During her years in private practice, Molly advised clients in a variety of business transactions involving both public and private entities, including but not limited to investment in early stage companies, franchising, entity formation, and corporate governance.

Molly earned her Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.


Blue Star Innovation Partner

Matt Steffe, Partner at BSIP, is responsible for all M&A and business development for the firm’s portfolio companies. Since the firm started, Matt has been responsible for 20+ M&A deals.

Prior to joining BSIP, Matt ran M&A and business development for Blue Star Sports, now Stack Sports. Matt was employee #2 at Blue Star Sports and sourced all of the 15+ deals before the sale to Genstar Private Equity. Post sale, he finished off nine more M&A acquisitions.

Prior to Blue Star Sports, Matt worked with ReachLocal in a National business development role, as well as with multiple start ups. He was the youngest ever named Managing Director at Kaye Bassman International, the top retained search firm in the country. Prior to Kaye Bassman, he was the youngest Division-I basketball coach in America at Portland State University.

Matt earned his Communications Degree from the Quincy University, while also becoming an All-American in basketball and Hall of Fame member of the school.


President and Commercial/Business Development Thought Leader

Eric is an entrepreneurial technology leader with vast commercial experience designing and running large, global sales engines for global banks, start-ups and a variety of payments companies. He is a creative problem-solver and is a valuable asset in creating winning, high-performance sales cultures.

Most recently Eric served as President of Enterprise Collaboration at Intrado, a global leader in cloud base communication services. He was responsible for 500 employees, $1B in annual revenue and $200M in annual sales. Prior to his role as President, Eric partnered with Robert Wechsler on a variety of entrepreneurial start-ups with successful exits. Eric has worked in Financial Services as well as Consulting/Systems Integration for 25 years.

Randy McGraw

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Randy is a product, technology, and strategy leader with over 20 years’ experience leading organizations ranging from start-up to global service provider. He has previously served as executive team member growing a SaaS organization from $1M to nearly $50M annually just prior to a successful exit, subsequently leading that business into becoming a $200M+ global market leader.  Most recently Randy was the President of Global Product, Engineering, and Enablement at Intrado, a $1B unified communications as a service organization.

Corey Wood

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Corey is an operational and business leader with over 15 years’ experience focusing on client experience and account growth spanning multiple facets of the client lifecycle from sale through implementation to retention. Most recently Corey served as Senior Vice President of Client Engagement at Intrado, having served through an IPO and the $5.2B privatization event led by Apollo.

Jessica Jones

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Jessica started off her career working in PR & Marketing for a major fashion corporation. After four years she transitioned to a more business centric role with BSIP and has since focused on customer success and marketing with multiple BSIP portfolio companies. She is currently focusing her time on Customer Success for TSG North America.

Dan Wechsler

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Dan Wechsler, a seasoned Healthcare executive with 28 years of experience, has joined BSIP as a partner leading Healthcare investments.

In addition to BSIP, Dan serves as the Executive Chairman of Navaderm, a BelHealth Partners investment focused on Dermatology. Dan also serves on the Board of Southern Orthodontic Partners, sponsored by Shore Capital. In addition, Dan is also an Operating Partner at Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe.

Previously, Dan was CEO and President of SmileBrands, a Dental service organization with over 500 million in revenue, and 4500 employees across the US. Dan led the successful sale of SmileBrands to Gryphon Partners in 2016. In 2010, Dan joined Bausch and Lomb, owned by Warburg Pincus and WCAS, as EVP and Global President. He led the growth of Bausch and Lomb through the sale to Valeant Pharmaceutical in 2015. Previously, he was GVP of Merck & Co, leading Strategy and Customer Innovation. Prior to Merck, Dan was EVP of Schering Plough, responsible for Global Operations across over 100 countries. Dan started his career at the Upjohn Company, which was purchased in 2003 by Pfizer, where Dan led Oncology, Ophthalmology, HIV, Women’s Health and Cardiovascular for the US.

Ben Kauder

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Ben Kauder is an interfacing expert and thought leader in the Fintech and Integrated software areas inside the electronic payment processing space. His educational background is in economics and banking and has held leadership roles at Genoa Bank, 5/3 Bank, Fifth Third Processing Solutions, Vantiv (now FIS), Singular Payments, and Usio (FKA Payment Data Systems). He has been featured on industry podcasts, as event speaker/presenter and “Future of Payments” panelist, and author of over 50 blogs on a wide range of industry related topics. Ben takes pride in leading his team by example, providing a safe environment for people to feel heard, but never losing sight of the importance of clear communication of vision and top priorities. Through his companies, cultures, and experiences he has come to embrace the truth-“everything rises and falls on Leadership”. He has worked directly with over 400 different software companies through his career and has consulted on various projects in the software and payments space for Firms that include Bain Capital, MSD Capital, Alpha Insights, Mosiac, Highland Capital, GLG Council, Atheneum Partners, and Guidepoint.

Andrew Shofner

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Andrew is responsible for new deal origination, execution, and portfolio company support at BSIP. Prior to joining BSIP, Andrew was on the investment team at JMI Equity, a B2B software focused growth equity firm with over $4bn AUM. While at JMI, Andrew executed multiple platform and M&A transactions in B2B SaaS and payment processing businesses.

Andrew earned a BA from Princeton University where he studied Economics and Finance and was a 4 year starter on the Princeton Men's Rugby team.

Brett Thier

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Brett began his career in the payments industry with Fifth Third Processing Solutions, later becoming Vantiv. With experience ranging from direct merchant sales, Mid-Market/B2B, enterprise-level, and Payment Facilitation, he has experienced all facets of the payments ecosystem. Most recently with USIO, Inc, Brett was tasked with executing a business strategy for SaaS platforms as they launched payment-related products, including integration, go-to market strategy, release, boarding, and ongoing KPI's regarding benchmarks and revenue targets. Brett has participated in numerous integrations from inception to rollout, including leading cross-functional teams in Product, Project Management and Marketing in successfully onboarding clients and enhancing enterprise value. Prior to USIO, Brett was the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Singular Payments, where he successfully accomplished the task of rapidly building and growing a non-existent Partnership Channel within Singular Payments, resulting in its acquisition by Payment Data Systems (now USIO) in 2017.

Kevin Hughes

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Kevin is responsible for new deal origination and execution at BSIP. Prior to joining BSIP, Kevin was a Director on the investment team at Serent Capital, a $2B private equity fund focused on B2B software businesses. While at Serent, Kevin was responsible for sourcing platform opportunities as well as acquisitions for portfolio companies across several industries. Before Serent, Kevin worked in the financial services group at PwC and at an early-stage venture capital firm, MicroVentures.

Kevin earned a BA and MSA from the University of Notre Dame

Tom Strachan

Blue Star Innovation Partner

Tom is responsible for new deal origination and execution at BSIP. Prior to joining BSIP, Tom was the Origination lead at Cove Hill Partners, a $2.5B Private Equity firm focused on B2B software. Before Cove Hill, Tom worked at Greater Sum Ventures helping source and launch new platform opportunities as well as add-on acquisitions. Prior to GSV, Tom spent four years at Turbonomic helping grow and scale the commercial business unit. Tom graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Management and concentration in Entrepreneurship.