“Our Board for 2019 and 2020 is energized and fully committed to serving our members to provide value, community, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We invite other talented entrepreneurs to apply for membership to EO to learn and grow with us,” says Ecklund. “It’s a privilege for me to serve as president this year and give back to an organization that has given so much to me.” EO Houston is a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs grow personally and professionally. The chapter represents 151 business owners with 4,356 employees and median Sales of $2.58M in the Houston area. EO Houston is part of the global organization with 13,000+ members, 4.1 million employees in 193 chapters worldwide across 60 countries and median Sales in the US of $5.0 million per year.
The nonprofit offers entirely confidential monthly forum group meetings allowing members to freely experience share about their businesses and personal lives. An accelerator program provides coaching, learning events, and startups’ with various resources for early-stage entrepreneurs that have revenue between $250,000 and $1 million that want to scale their business to the $1 million revenue mark and beyond; a mentorship and an awards program entitled Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) to support undergraduate student entrepreneurs who need mentorship and recognition to further scale their business. The global competition allows undergraduate students who own a business to compete with their peers in a series of local and/or national competitions that could lead to qualifying for the finals. GSEA globally receives over 1,500 nominations and awards over $250,000 in prizes in both regional and global competition.
To qualify for membership, EO requires potential applicants to be the owner, founder or majority stakeholder of a business earning at least $1 million in revenue each fiscal year.
The 2019/2020 board consists of Mike Ecklund as president, Mark Davis, founder of Davis Commercial Real Estate as Learning Chair, Rebecca Loeb, founder of Coterie Spark as Social Chair, Despo Papafote-Caldwell, of Denver Integrated Imaging, as Integration Chair, Darlene Gagnon founder of Kinnect Global Compass Management as Forum and Chair / President Elect, Burdette Huffman, co-founder Edge Realty Capital Markets, as Strategic Alliance Chair, Jody Lee co-founder Bellaire Diagnostic Imaging, as Finance Chair, Chris Mastrangelo, founder Habitation Realty, as My EO Chair, Robert De Los Santos, founder of Sky High Party Rentals, as Community Outreach, Gary Cooper, found of Cooper CPA Group, as Mentorship Chair, Suzy Ginsburg, CEO Global Communication Works, as Communications Chair, and Adam Goldman, Franchise Consultant and Franchise Coach as Membership Chair.
“EO provides an environment for entrepreneurs to share and grow from other entrepreneurs experience,” adds Ecklund.