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The Team 2018-10-02T13:51:56+00:00

The Cannon and Cannon Ventures

LAWSON GOW

FOUNDER & 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, Cannon Ventures

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 the space. 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
The Cannon, 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 as well as strategic partnerships for both The Cannon and Cannon Ventures.

BRET MCDONALD

CONTROLLER
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.

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.

CAROLINE STEWART

COMMUNITY MANAGER
The Cannon

Several months after graduating from The University of Texas in 2017, Caroline joined The Cannon team. As Community Manager, 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.

ANDREW SMITH

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Cannon Ventures

Andrew comes from a Finance and Accounting background, working in industries ranging from aviation to real estate development and for both well established companies and startups. But he was eager to leave the spreadsheet life behind, and as the leader of our Venture Studio team he’ll work hand in hand with our startups to equip them with the tools, education, and relationships they need to take the next step in the life of their company.

KRISTEN PHILLIPS

INVESTMENT ANALYST
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.

JAKE ASKEW

MEMBER RELATIONS
Cannon Ventures

A native Houstonian, Jake graduated from the University of Texas in 2017 with a degree in Economics. Jake’s interest in entrepreneurship started at an early age as he comes from a line of serial entrepreneurs. His enthusiasm for Houston and Longhorn sports is unmatched. In his free time Jake can often be found either searching for a new favorite movie or enjoying reruns of Seinfeld.

WE’RE HIRING!

Community Lead – The Cannon Off Campus

The Cannon is in the process of partnering with local real estate companies to build out The Cannon – Off Campus, branching out to other locations across Houston from our main building close to the intersection of I10 West and Beltway 8.

The Community Lead – Off Campus will serve two purposes: 1. To grow the occupancy of The Cannon Off Campus – Bering location, and. 2. Manage the day to day operations and community interactions of The Cannon Off-Campus – Bering.

CONTACT US TO APPLY