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The Team2019-10-10T22:26:22+00:00

The Cannon and Cannon Ventures

LAWSON GOW

FOUNDER AND CEO
The Cannon, Cannon Ventures

After graduating from Rice University in 2013, Lawson joined the global VC group, KPMG Capital. However, he soon realized Houston was lacking the infrastructure and resources startups needed to thrive and decided he was going to change that. On November 5th, 2017 his idea came to fruition when we officially opened the doors of The Cannon and on May 24th 2018, Cannon Ventures. In Lawson’s free time he dabbles in poetry, serves as a little league coach, and enjoys a smooth old fashioned. If you’re looking for Lawson, it’s a safe bet he’s either in a Lyft, visiting his favorite tea shop, hanging out in The Cannon main space, or spending time with his wife Lauren and adorable dog Truman.

BRAD TRUE

MANAGING DIRECTOR
The Cannon

Following a winding career in the sports world that featured stops at the Houston Texans, the University of Louisville, The 2016 Final Four and Professional Sports Partners, Brad joined The Cannon in December 2017 and now oversees marketing, branding, creative, external outreach and community partnerships as well as the overall day to day operations of all current and future Cannon locations. A graduate of Texas A&M in 2008 and Oklahoma in 2010, Brad enjoys pretty much anything outside, including attempting to visit every major National Park in the US, and also aims to go on (and win) Survivor one day.

MAIGEN BERG

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Cannon Ventures

A native West Texan, Maigen made her way to Houston ten years ago to begin a career in Operations and Marketing. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to work with some of the major sports teams in Houston, including the Rockets and Astros. She also managed business relationships to build the C-Suite Network in New York and California while continuing to live in Houston. As her love for the city grew, she made a commitment to work with companies within the city and now oversees the day to day operations and management of Cannon Ventures.

REMINGTON TONAR

MANAGING DIRECTOR
The Cannon – The Cannon

Remington is an innovation and change management expert who has spent the last decade advising companies from Fortune 500s and middle market companies to global NGOs and universities on innovation management, growth strategy, organizational change, and (briefly) IT operations. He is a Forbes.com innovation blogger and a frequent speaker on innovation and technology. He holds graduate degrees from New York University and Loyola University Chicago, as well as an undergraduate degree from Marquette University. When not overseeing all strategic partnerships and new location development for The Cannon, Remington is an aspiring restaurant critic, and is known for his affinity for Michelin-starred restaurants and fast food, but nothing in between.

BRET MCDONALD

CFO
Cannon Ventures, The Cannon

Bret’s career has focused on strategic initiatives & business development, financial reporting & operations, and enterprise risk management. As a native Houstonian with an entrepreneurial spirit, Bret is thrilled to be deploying his skills at The Cannon and Cannon Ventures. Bret is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets; he is a devoted fan of the Aggies, the Astros, the Rockets, and his two daughters.

CAROLINE STEWART

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
The Cannon

Several months after graduating from The University of Texas in 2017, Caroline joined The Cannon team. As our Director of Community Management, Caroline’s main role is to foster an amazing environment for the members of The Cannon. Outside of work, she loves hunting, fishing, and cheering on the Longhorns.

BEN GRIFFIN

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The Cannon

Ben joined The Cannon in the summer of 2017 after graduating from The University of the South earlier that spring. He enjoys giving the tours of The Cannon along with getting to know every member individually. Ben spends his free time playing pretty much any sport and is an avid Houston sports fan.

KRISTEN PHILLIPS

DIRECTOR OF VENTURE STUDIO OPERATIONS
Cannon Ventures

Starting off her college career at LSU and ending it at Texas A&M, Kristen graduated in 2018 with a business degree in Management. Kristen found her passion for entrepreneurship while working at the Texas A&M on-campus incubator and serving as a McFerrin Fellow. Shortly after graduation and a few much needed beach trips, she joined the Cannon Ventures team and works to help startups within The Cannon and Venture Studio program. Kristen’s other passions include painting, cooking, live music, and being outdoors.

HILARY ZANONI

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS
The Cannon

Hilary graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy in 2015, and from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with three Bachelor’s Degrees with summa cum laude honors. She has always had a passion for local and sustainable economic development and is committed to working with local government, community and private sector leaders to foster and maintain economically sustainable communities for businesses and people. Hilary moved to Houston from Chicago after grad school and pursued work within a startup as well as a marketing and advertising agency in the past 4 years. Outside of work, Hilary enjoys spending time with her family, painting, gardening, and participating in competitive runs.

TAYLOR ANNE ADAMS

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
The Cannon

Taylor Anne originally graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a degree in Communication and Sociology before heading off to work in digital media and entertainment in both Los Angeles and New York City. After returning to her hometown of Houston and joining The Cannon, Taylor Anne will use her extensive brand and strategy background to bring new and innovative strategic partnerships to The Cannon. A self-proclaimed mix of Leslie Knope and Elle Woods, when away from The Cannon Taylor Anne can be found at SoulCycle or diving into the latest true crime novel.

DARON BOURNE

COMMUNITY LEAD
The Cannon

Daron Bourne is a proud graduate of Howard University and a Community Lead for The Cannon. Daron assists in making The Cannon community an efficient, effective, and enjoyable space for all members to work. He also works to represent The Cannon through different creative initiatives, leading all creative development and branding. If you see him around feel free to ask if he’s related to Jason Bourne.

MATTHEW BUKOVICKY

COMMUNITY LEAD
The Cannon – Post Oak

Matt’s passion for technology and startups helped him launch his first startup, Lockbox, an iOS app focused on data security. During his MBA at Lamar University, Matt also co-founded AtmoSpark, an atmospheric water extraction startup and now runs all aspects of our community development and management at The Cannon – Post Oak. Matt spends his free time lifting weights, reading business books and spinning records as a techno DJ.

RACHEL FAUST

PROJECT MANAGER
The Cannon

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Rachel joined The Cannon in August 2019. As a Project Manager at The Cannon, Rachel is responsible for many strategic projects as well a key member of our Community Management team. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her dogs, and is an even bigger Longhorn fan than Caroline.

LUKE PENA

COMMUNITY FELLOW
The Cannon

A current student at Oral Roberts University working on a Bachelor Degree in International Business and Ministry. Luke uses his wide array of abilities and interests to assist The Cannon where needed. Luke enjoys learning about the latest investment opportunities in the venture and startup world. In his free time, he likes making music, outdoor activities and reading business books. Luke plans to earn an MBA after his undergraduate degree and look into worldwide business opportunities.

WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

We’re always on the hunt for entrepreneurial-minded individuals that want to join our team and help impact the Houston startup and small business ecosystem, including upcoming needs in the following areas:

Community Development | Community Management | Events and Programming

Interested in joining us? Submit your resume below!

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