We are a collective of entrepreneurs, software developers, and new idea enthusiasts.

Edit photoMARIE MARCHAND

As the Innovation Underground Manager, Marie supports local and international members of the Innovation Underground business and technology incubator by assisting startups with research, strategy development, business development, fundraising efforts, and project management.

JOSE QUINTANA

Jose is the President of Advent GX and the visionary behind the Innovation Underground.  A serial entrepreneur and consultant to clients from Disney to Novartis and including the States of California and Texas, Jose brings broad expertise, insight and genuine enthusiasm to every new project or idea.

John Romero JOHN ROMERO

Cybersecurity instructor, maker of IoT, techie, software developer, private pilot, Air Force veteran, and electronic warfare technician. Mentor, coach, and facilitator for young adults entering the workforce. Passionate instructor and influencer for positive ethical leadership.

 MATT LEONARD

Matt  has over 23 years of experience in the space industry. Mr. Leonard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1987. He has held successively more responsible positions at NASA. Mr. Leonard served as a lecturer for the ESET Program at Texas A&M, teaching a Product Development class and as the NASA Liaison to Texas A&M Look College of Engineering (LCOE).

RUTHIE STROUT

As Innovation Evangelist, Ruthie serves both Innovation Underground members and the community. She supports Innovation Underground members through research, marketing and project management. Additionally, Ruthie acts as a community liaison; promoting programs, giving tours and listening to great ideas. Ruthie is enthusiastic about outside-of-the-box ideas and the people that think them.

JOSH MASTERSON

Over the past decade, Josh has been a youth group director, a graduate student, and a software developer. As a second career coder, he has a passion for teaching others to code. He thoroughly enjoys the process of accomplishing concrete goals, and loves seeing code go into production and be used by actual people.

HANNAH CHILDS

The Innovation Underground’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Hannah, is passionate about finding creative ways to support local business and connect the growing local community through interactive artistic and educational endeavors. She specializes in program development, financial analytics, and market research.