James Y. Lancaster
Founder/Managing Director of Innovate CXO Services and a professional speaker, dedicated to provide high value executive services in the Brazos Valley and surrounding areas. Other positions include CEO of Ecolyse, Inc., an industrial biocontrol company and CEO and CFO of Shape Memory Medical, a medical device R&D company. Previously he was the CEO of the AM Innovation Center and founding General Manager of the Research Valley Innovation Center, a science and technology incubator teamed with The Texas A&M University System.
With an extensive background advising entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, Lancaster has co-founded multiple technology companies in addition to the Research Valley Funds. Lancaster is an ongoing volunteer and contributor of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship related guest lectures at Texas A&M University. Lancaster currently serves on the boards of Ecolyse and the non-profit BrightMinds Foundation. Prior experience includes bootstrapped, angel investor and venture capital-backed businesses, as well as nine years at Deloitte Consulting with Fortune 500 clients across North America. Clients for both consulting and his startup ventures have included Alcatel, Allied Signal, Bridgestone/Firestone, Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Foxmeyer, GE, Haliburton, Herman Miller, Honeywell, Landmark, Shell, Sonoco, Trilogy and Trinity Industries. Lancaster holds a BBA from Texas A&M University and a MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Founder/Principal of Innovate CXO and with a passion for innovation and creativity, Lenae Scroggins brings more than 30 years of leadership and program development experience. In fact, hatching ideas and bringing them to fruition is nothing new for Lenae. For nearly 10 years, Lenae served as assistant director at Texas A&M University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and New Ventures. In this role, she launched and managed numerous programs, including the highly successful Aggie 100 Program to honor Aggie entrepreneurs, the MBA Tech Transfer Challenge, and the Ideas Challenge. In addition, Lenae brings extensive insight in the areas of finance and operations management (including budgeting, staffing, and logistics), event planning, and fundraising. Her recent client service roles have been as the business manager for a Bryan/College Station biotechnology start-up, Ecolyse and medical device start-up Shape Memory Medical.
Beyond her day-to-day professional experience, Lenae also brings deep insight into working with boards of directors. For seven years, she served on the board of the Research Valley Technology Alliance, including one year as president. She has also volunteered countless hours to serving on the boards of Bryan/College Station Lemonade Day as a founding member and Coach Gary Blair Charities.