A. Joe Mitchell, Jr. is an serial entrepreneur, businessman, and investor, and was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Ernst & Young in 1998.
With a degree from Oklahoma State University in Architectural Engineering, Mr. Mitchell has been inducted into the prestigious OSU College of Engineering Hall of Fame and has also received the OSU “Distinguished Alumni Award.” Mr. Mitchell was also awarded an “Honorary Business Degree” from the OSU Spears School of Business. Both Joe and his wife Connie have been on OSU’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Joe and Connie have helped more than 100 students obtain higher education degrees through their philanthropic support. Their generosity to OSU resulted in the naming of the “Joe and Connie Mitchell Academic Enhancement Center” in their honor.
Born in Perryton, Texas and starting out as a newspaper delivery boy, Mr. Mitchell has started and/or help developed and finance many businesses throughout his career across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, oil & gas services, software, insurance, construction, manufacturing, land development, and trucking logistics. He also
is an avid rancher and devoted family man.
In 1982, Mr. Mitchell founded his first company, ClayDesta Communications, which grew to over $100 million in revenue. In 1987, he founded the wholesale division of Telecom USA, which grew to $400 million in revenue before going public. In 1989, Mr. Mitchell (and wife Connie) founded VarTec Telecom on their kitchen table. With innovative marketing the company grew to over $2 billion in revenue with 8,500 employees in fourteen countries.
Other companies which Mr. Mitchell has founded (or an early stage investor) include Bosque Systems ($100 million+, O&G services), Expert TA (AI grading software), 3 Star Daylighting (O&G transport), CompSci (software development), Red Stag Logistics (milk transport), Ramteq (industrial manufacturing), MitMar Land (development), Texas Republic Insurance (life insurance), RevitalU ($100 million+ network marketing), and 10xXx Ranch (wildlife & cattle).
In 2014, Mr. Mitchell and Michael Slosar founded Branded Web Services LLC, the parent company of Develapp LLC.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / FOUNDER
Michael Slosar is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience to his credit. He co-founded his first company in 1998, a web design and hosting firm that helped businesses create and maintain their very first websites in the pre-WordPress era. In the years after he helped launch a number of other ventures, including a computer peripherals company focused on bringing one of the first backlit keyboards to market, as well as a custom automotive restoration and fabrication company.
In 2006, Michael and his wife relocated from Seattle to Dallas to start a family. With hardly any contacts in the area, he pursued his real estate license with hopes it would expose him to connected and accomplished people. As fate would have it, one these individuals wound up being Joe Mitchell, with whom he co-founded Develapp in 2014.
Happily married to his high school sweetheart, Michael and his wife have two boys and two dogs. He enjoys all things automotive, golfing, hunting and grilling. With his family descending from Croatia and his wife Native American, the Slosar family enjoys mapping out its genealogy and finding ways to get involved in its respective communities.
GLOBAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR / FOUNDER
As Global Operations Director, Ernie Mitchell leverages his 20 years of experience working for corporate giants such as AT&T and USAA to help manage Develapp’s workforce and global expansion. His skills include setting up operations, human resources and recruiting specialized employees. Mr. Mitchell’s
experiences have led him all over the world. Over his career he’s built out and operated contact Centers
with 1,000+ employees in India, Philippines and Mexico. For his assignment in India, he was tasked with
directing the build and hiring process for a multi-billion-dollar US company. Given only three months to go live, he accomplished his goal on time.
When Ernie is not traversing the globe, he enjoys spending time with family, especially fishing with his grandkids. He loves to travel by car to different locations to see the US up close and personal. He also loves going to college football games in the fall.
John R. Eltringham
John R. Eltringham is Develapp’s general counsel. A Washington native, his legal background includes two decades of transactional business, litigation and trial experience. Additionally, he
has served as corporate/general counsel for a range of established and start-up companies with
a focus on exotic car businesses and rallies.
Mr. Eltringham boasts experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, contracts,
commercial leases, commercial litigation and intellectual property, as well as civil and criminal
misdemeanor and felony traffic and non-traffic matters. In 2002, John oversaw the acquisition
of Dicom Imaging Systems by Reality Networks, Inc., as Interim Sole Officer and Director, reviewing all documents filed with the Securities Exchange Commission, drafting and reviewing the PPM, and maximizing shareholder return on investment.
When John is not in the courtroom or boardroom he can often be found behind the wheel of an exotic sports car. A certified gearhead, he appeared in Season 1 of the popular SPIKE/SpeedTV BULLRUN rally TV series and can also be found in several DVD movies based on car rallies released by Mischief (mischief.tv).
John earned his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 1997
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Scott Brandt boasts 30+ years of experience in architecting and implementing solutions. He has worked with distributed systems throughout his career, primarily with real-time embedded systems and near-real-time data collection and delivery.
In addition to his role as Develapp CTO, Mr. Brandt is CEO of CompSci, LLC, a Technology Services and Product Development company that provides insights and strategies to its clients
by simplifying industry jargon and pulling back the curtain on the “magic” of applied solutions. Prior to founding CompSci, LLC., he served as President of MentorTek, Inc, which provided product development services with service in FinTech, IoT and Distributed Applications. He’s also served as VP of Engineering at Positive Software Systems and held a number of different roles in the telecommunications industry.
In addition to furthering his knowledge about technologies, Scott enjoys reading and playing
golf. He holds a B.S in Computer Science from the University of North Texas.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Craig Clemons is C-suite executive with extensive sales, marketing, business development and leadership experience in diverse companies including three Fortune 500 companies to include Anheuser-Busch, Frito Lay, Walmart, Williams Co. and recently served as Vice President for Express Employment Pros – a $3.46 billion organization with 65,000 clients. His brand/marketing accomplishments have received Wall Street Journal front-page coverage.
Mr. Clemons has worked with many CEOs and international business leaders (including T. Boone Pickens, Robert A. Funk, Harold Hamm) as well as key artists (including Garth Brooks, Deryl Dodd, Ty England, Michael Martin Murphey) to grow audiences, improve cash flow and advance audience impact.
Mr. Clemons is a passionate keynote speaker, owns a publishing company, is a published singer/songwriter and a member of ASCAP.
Director of Operations APAC
From her post in the Philippines, Jane Walton uses her insights, experiences and contacts to
foster key partnerships for Develapp in the Asia Pacific region. A veteran of the tech industry,
Ms. Walton has worked for a bevy of major companies, including Dell, IBM and Accenture. She
also works in commercial real estate and has taught hardware maintenance and management
courses at vocational institutions. Outside the office, Jane is an animal lover and an animal rights
M. Alejandro Solis
VP OF TECHNOLOGY
As senior technology engineer, M. Alejandro Solis maintains and updates Develapp’s site and handles the back-end code of its many workflows. He has decades of experience in information technology and is proficient in Java, C, C++, Python, PHP, C# and some SQL database languages.
Mr. Solis entered the workforce at 18 as an operator at a local call center. He quickly climbed
the ladder to become the company’s IT manager. As IT manager, he was responsible for the physical maintenance of the server room, installing and updating Linux and Windows servers and updating the network’s infrastructure.
In addition to his work with Develapp, Mr. Solis is a professor at his alma mater, where he’s dedicated to helping students pursue their passions in a professional capacity. His other interests include spending time with his young son and playing video games — particularly single-player games where he can immerse himself in the stunning visuals.
Teryn Grater is a partner at the public accounting firm of ATKG LLP and specializes in tax and consulting work for closely-held businesses and family groups. She has over 27 years of experience in areas such as finance, real estate, manufacturing, oil & gas, family offices, retail and professional services.
She earned her CPA license while beginning her career with Ernst & Young in San Antonio. Teryn later
turned her attention from public accounting to work for investment firm Silver Ventures, as its Tax
Director and Controller. Teryn’s love to travel got paired with work as she rejoined the offices of EY, this time in the Johannesburg, South Africa office. She completed her MBA while there from the University of Wales/Manchester Business School.
Teryn is active in many organizations outside of ATKG. She is a past board member and Finance Chair of
the San Antonio Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). She is a board member and past Development Chair for Women’s Global Connection, an organization whose mission is to promote the learning and leadership capacity of women locally and globally. She was a recipient of the 2017 San
Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership Award.
She loves the combination of working on growing her own business, while at the same time helping her clients with their business issues and growth.
Michelle Keefer, MA. MBA
HEAD OF CUSTOMER STRATEGY
Better known as MK, Michelle brings 15 years of consumer behavior and strategic design experience to the team at Develapp. As a market researcher and marketing expert she has built and led teams, scaled sustainable revenue growth strategies and operated across multiple industries. From startup SMBs to enterprise technology innovators, MK has continuously integrated unique data driven perspectives with authentic empathy and a desire to understand each audience along the way.
With a husband that also works remote, MK has transformed her life by becoming a full time Digital Nomad and loves exploring the country with her daughters and pups. Live music, art, sports, and entertainment have been beacons for MK to live her best life. Now Develapp and FCA offers the opportunity to unite her love of connecting with artists and musicians with her talents in customer strategy and product marketing.
Always driven by a servant’s heart, MK has served as marketing chair for several non-profit organizational board of directors as well as launching her own music and arts 501(c)3 in 2017. Her desire to create a positive impact in the world is only matched by her love of camping under the stars or dancing to amazing live music.
SENIOR 3D ARTIST
Jaide Masicat is our lead web and mobile designer. A graduate of the First Asia Institute of
Technology and Humanities in the Philippines, she’s proficient at graphic design as well as
converting PSDs to HMTL and CSS. Her skills were sharpened during her stint as a graphic
designer trainee for Maverick Heroes. In her free time, Jaide enjoys playing online games,
competing in chess and reading materials related to her field.