Dr. Richard Prets has more than 20 years in executive management for companies specializing in the manufacture, sale and distribution of building materials, in real estate development, and in construction project management.  Currently, he is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College.  Prets is a licensed real estate broker, a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and is a member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.  He received his BBA from Sam Houston State University and earned an MBA from the Jesse Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.  Richard holds a doctorate in higher education administration, also from Sam Houston State.



Herb Hildebrand is a graduate of Baylor University with degrees in accounting (BBA) and law (JD). Current admissions: State Bar of Texas; U.S. Tax Court. He has moe than 50 years of extensive and varied experience in business matters involving finance, banking, domestic and international taxation, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, employment, regulatory and environmental issues.


Gary Bucek is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a BS in Engineering Technology/Metallurgy.  He has previous business experience as a project manager in the Petro-Chemical and cryogenic tank construction industry.  Additional business experience includes starting a business from scratch and turning it into a 300 employee, 32 million manufacturing concern producing HVAC products in California, Georgia, and Pearland, Texas.