Raj is an experienced business consultant and for over 20 years has been involved in business ventures across several verticals as a consultant, owner, investor and advisor.
He has a personal passion for strategy and vision building that has allowed him to lead successful strategic initiatives for both profit and non-profit organizations. And he is an evangelist for the Dallas startup ecosystem and community builder.
Raj is a firm believer in contributing back to society and has given back by conducting personal growth seminars for teens, mentoring MBA students and entrepreneur camps. He has also served on the board of for profit and non-profit organizations.
Education, BA in Liberal Arts from UNT with a concentration in Business and International Studies and an MBA in Global Leadership
Outside of Bottle Rocket, Calvin serves on numerous corporate advisory boards and was president of the Dallas Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization, an international membership organization of more than 5,500 business owners worldwide. He later served on the President’s Council of EO and as its North American Regional Director. Calvin holds a BA in Accounting and BA in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy degrees from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of both the Stagen Integral Leadership Program and Transformational Leadership Program.
Jasmin Brand is President of DARBY JAMES, an experiential marketing agency and digital publisher dedicated to American cities and the people and brands that make them great. DARBY JAMES specializes in building continuous online and offline engagement using strategy, creative content, influencer management and strategic events.
Jasmin’s diverse clients have included: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Dallas, YMCA, Mockingbird Station, Watters Creek , Elfa, Greek Food Festival of Dallas, US Conference of Mayors, Paul Quinn College, UNT Dallas, and Austin College to name a few.
A former marketing executive with an extensive background in large scale campaigns, sales, strategy and consumer engagement, Jasmin is also passionate about creating and growing online communities. She also serves as a digital media consultant, collaborating with for profit and not profit companies around the country.
Jasmin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Southern Methodist University. She completed her Master’s Degree in Education in 2011. She is a 2011 graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber's program, Leadership Dallas. In November 2011, Jasmin became the first ever recipient of the Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award presented by the Dallas Regional Chamber and KPMG.
Her reputation as a city-wide influencer was further solidified when she created Beats By Her, an innovative branding and performance initiative for female independent artists in the summer of 2016. Since its inception, Beats By Her has provided extensive access and opportunities for Dallas’ talented female artists and has plans to expand to other cities in 2018.
With a goal to further expand and diversify DFW’s entrepreneurial landscape, Jasmin accepted an invitation in 2017 to serve as CEO for Launch DFW, an interactive digital media company on a mission to create, inspire, and support the future of startups, technology and business in North Texas.
Her duties include leading the digital media company’s marketing, editorial and outreach efforts.
Tony Fleo is the CEO of Social Venture Parters Dallas. He has more than 30 years of experience in assisting enterprises grow in organizational strength, funding, and staff and board development. His extensive background in psychology and systems theory, coupled with his hands-on experience leading organizations to fulfill their missions, enables him to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Tony serves as the CEO of Social Venture Partners Dallas, an organization of over 160 engaged professionals dedicated to helping social enterprises and philanthropists thrive. Tony holds the CFRE credential for fund development and a certificate for non-profit management. Tony has presented at national and international conferences on topics ranging from human development to systems development. He is a native of Pittsburgh, P.A. and attended Duquesne University where he received a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Tony is married to an event planner and knows more about weddings than any man ever should, has three adult children, and makes his home in Dallas, Texas.