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 Tesseact Structural Solutions Inc., CEO of Ecolyse, Inc., an industrial biocontrol company and Acting CEO of VetriMax. Previously he was the CEO Shape Memory Medical and 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 Innovate Angel Funds and Innovate BCS Development. Lancaster currently serves on the boards of Ecolyse and Tesseract Structural Innovations. 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.
Principal of Innovate CXO Services, Andrew has significant experience providing corporate leadership, financial management, and consulting to companies of all sizes in a variety of industries, including food and beverages, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and distribution, oilfield services, and healthcare.
His primary disciplines include: Interim & fractional CFO services, Business planning and analysis, Budgeting and forecasting, Financial modeling, Cash flow forecasting and management, Turnaround and restructuring, Acquisition due diligence, Post-merger integration and Process improvement.
Andrew’s management responsibilities have included roles as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, Director of Planning and Analysis, and Manager of Financial Reporting. In addition, he has provided consulting services associated with all aspects of financial operations. He began his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA from New York University.