Forty Acres Founders

SUPPORTERS

Donors to the Forty Acres Founders
Endowed Excellence Fund

Donors to the Forty Acres Founders Endowed Excellence Fund

The Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center would like to thank the donors of the Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program for their generous support of Texas Entrepreneurs. Our donors fund seats in the accelerator in perpetuity, enabling undergraduate founders to launch startups from a position of strength and confidence. The contributions of these donors will support many generations of Texas Entrepreneurs and will have a significant impact on each founder’s success.

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Gwen & Frank Gordon
Forty Acres Founders
Endowed Excellence Fund

Established May 2021

Created to support excellence in undergraduate student entrepreneurship at
The University of Texas at Austin


Endowed by Gwen & Frank Gordon

Frank E Gordon

Managing Partner of Crofton Capital

Frank E Gordon serves as the Managing Partner of Crofton Capital, a Nashville, Tennessee based evergreen venture capital fund. Mr. Gordon also serves as a Director of Nashville Capital Network (NCN) and as a member of the Investment Committee for several NCN affiliated venture funds. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

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Stephen Maeker
Forty Acres Founders
Endowed Excellence Fund

Established August 2021

Created to support excellence in undergraduate student entrepreneurship at
The University of Texas at Austin


Endowed by Stephen Maeker

Stephen Maeker

FranChoice Consultant

Mr. Maeker has extensive director/senior director level experience in franchising with franchising industry leaders Mobil Oil, TGIFriday’s, Jack in the Box and Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza. He is a nationally published & award winning franchise consultant with industry leader FranChoice. He is a co-author of international best seller Franchising Freedom. He and his wife Christy are also top performing multi-unit franchisees in Sola Salon Studios, one of the 160+ franchisors that he represents. Mr. Maeker has two grown children, Sydney and Barnes, and a French Bulldog named Harold. He and Christy are both elders at Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy, Texas.

FrankEGordon_Headshot-V3

Gwen & Frank Gordon
Forty Acres Founders
Endowed Excellence Fund

Established May 2021

Created to support excellence in undergraduate
student entrepreneurship at
The University of Texas at Austin

Endowed by Gwen & Frank Gordon

Frank E Gordon

Managing Partner of Crofton Capital

Frank E Gordon serves as the Managing Partner of Crofton Capital, a Nashville, Tennessee based evergreen venture capital fund. Mr. Gordon also serves as a Director of Nashville Capital Network (NCN) and as a member of the Investment Committee for several NCN affiliated venture funds. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Stephen Maeker, Headshot

Stephen Maeker
Forty Acres Founders
Endowed Excellence Fund

Established May 2021

Created to support excellence in undergraduate
student entrepreneurship at
The University of Texas at Austin

Endowed by Stephen Maeker

Stephen Maeker

FranChoice Consultant

Mr. Maeker has extensive director/senior director level experience in franchising with franchising industry leaders Mobil Oil, TGIFriday’s, Jack in the Box and Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza. He is a nationally published & award winning franchise consultant with industry leader FranChoice. He is a co-author of international best seller Franchising Freedom. He and his wife Christy are also top performing multi-unit franchisees in Sola Salon Studios, one of the 160+ franchisors that he represents. Mr. Maeker has two grown children, Sydney and Barnes, and a French Bulldog named Harold. He and Christy are both elders at Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy, Texas.