About Us

What We Do

REVTECH, Retail Technology Ventures, is a leading venture accelerator seed fund dedicated to identifying and developing the best early-stage, high-growth ventures focused on tech and product innovation for restaurant, retail, and hospitality.  The program aims to facilitate the technological evolution of the restaurant and retail industry by attracting, mentoring, and connecting experienced entrepreneurs with viable products to talent, customers, and investors. Established in 2012, REVTECH and its mentor-driven, 14-week accelerator program has fostered success through engagement at inception and continued growth for the ever-present retail industry in Dallas. Our group of over 100 distinguished mentors are selected for their entrepreneurial experience, retail & restaurant industry backgrounds, and involvement with venture capital.  All of our mentors are committed to helping provide strategic connections, resouces, and advisorship to our participating companies.

Meet The Team

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David Matthews

David Matthews Managing Director

David Matthews

Managing Director

David Matthews
David Matthews is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with 25 years of experience in building companies from startup to fruition and investing in software startups. His venture capital funds have deployed over $150M into more than 50 investments during the past 16 years. Successful exits include Green Mountain Energy (sold to NRG), Fiber Systems Int’l (sold to Amphenol), PeopleAnswers (sold to Infor), Spawn Labs (sold to GameStop), and Zaadz (sold to Gaiam). His investments have become increasingly focused on innovative technologies for the retail industry and new retail models. As an entrepreneur founding and building a high-growth, corporate event production company in the 1990’s, Matthews’ primary customers were tech companies and retailers. The company’s first $1 million client was JCPenney, which had recently relocated from New York to Dallas. Other major clients included Dell, AMD, Microsoft, Sterling Software, Sterling Commerce, Nortel, and Neiman Marcus. In late 1998, he sold his stake in that company and migrated to a career in venture capital investments. Matthews first worked as a Director at Red River Ventures, a Dallas-based venture capital fund launched in early 2000. He then founded Trailblazer Capital, a micro-VC fund with a regional focus on Texas and Oklahoma, in 2006. Trailblazer was initially funded with proceeds from the sale of Michaels Stores, a Dallas-based specialty retailer. Matthews and other Michaels’ investors committed 75% of the capital for Trailblazer’s first fund. The investment that returned a multiple of that fund’s capital was Spawn Labs, a platform that enabled remote participation in console video games. Spawn Labs was acquired by GameStop, a Dallas-based specialty retailer, in 2010. Trailblazer raised a second fund in 2011 that has now deployed nearly $30 million in 10 investments and 5 accelerator funds. In 2011, Matthews founded REVTECH, a seed capital fund and accelerator program focused on tech innovation for the retail industry. REVTECH has funded 30 companies to date, half of which were able to attract seed funding of $250k or more, and 5 of which have scaled revenue above $1 million annually. Total capital formation into these startups has been over $15 million and over 220 jobs have been created. REVTECH has created an impressive mentor network with over 100 entrepreneurs, investors, and retail industry executives. Matthews was raised in Oklahoma City and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio State University in 1986.
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Jonathan Fine

Jonathan Fine VP, Business Development

Jonathan Fine

VP, Business Development

Jonathan Fine
As Vice President of Business Development at REVTECH, Jonathan focuses on key sponsorships, raising capital, increasing exposure, and engaging Mentors, Entrepreneurs, and Retail & Restaurant Executives to further the Accelerator’s growth. Having been an entrepreneur from a young age, Jonathan has always sought out business endeavors. Attending Indiana University, he received his Bachelors in Human Biology with a concentration on Human Health and Disease, and a Certificate in Business Foundations from the Kelley School of Business. After graduating, he took a business development position with a Dallas-based textile recycling company. One of his most notable accomplishments there was securing the largest real estate contracts in the company’s history. Jonathan is an active member of Young Texans Against Cancer’s Dallas Chapter. He is also a regular participant in No-Shave November and during his time at Indiana University he helped create a fundraiser that raised over $117,000 for cancer affiliated charities. When he is not working, Jonathan can be found traveling, seeking out the latest restaurants, playing 18, cheering for Dallas sports teams, or trying to find somewhere to fish.
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Mike Whitaker

Mike Whitaker Co-Founder of REVTECH

Mike Whitaker

Co-Founder of REVTECH

Mike Whitaker
With more than 20 years of experience moving businesses from start-ups to marketable positions, Mike is the founder of Idea Gateway, an entrepreneurial development platform that creates innovative business models for entrepreneurs and investors. Idea Gateway is currently launching a photo technology software company, Memory Pix Technologies – currently operating at Seattle’s Space Needle. Mike also owns a growing Oklahoma City manufacturing company, Lucas Color Card, which he started in his garage in 1995. With only $480 in start up cash, Mike went on to develop Lucas into a $12 million enterprise. By 2008, Mike and partners had grown the multi-factory company beyond $100 million in annual sales. In 2010, Mike found an opportunity to repurchase the Lucas division, which he continues to grow. Mike is also an investor and advisor to Invision Capital Group of Chicago, a private equity fund with holdings in many diversified industries within the lower-middle market. He actively pursues additional business acquisitions. Mike attended the University of Kansas where he received his B.S. in Cognitive Psychology. He earned his MBA from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma.
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Christy Torres

Christy Torres Marketing Coordinator

Christy Torres

Marketing Coordinator

Christy Torres
After spending a little over a year working as a Marketing Coordinator at a small business in the Dallas area, Christy realized she wanted to try something new. She decided to embark on a summer of immersion in the Dallas startup community. Upon discovering the rich eco-system growing within our city limits and joining The DEC ambassador program, she soon realized that this community was where she wanted to be full-time. Christy has since then developed skills working freelance with various startups assisting them with content creation, social media management, community management, and project coordination. She is passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit and hopes to help startups continue building the companies that will change the world as we know it!
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Board of Advisors

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Charles Turner Charles Turner

Charles Turner

Charles Turner
CHARLES H. (CARY) TURNER is currently the Chairman of Hawthorne Turner Investments, a private investment firm. Previously, Cary was Appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., in August 1999. There he oversaw all aspects of Finance, Strategic Planning, The Pier (England), Cargo, Information Systems, Treasury, Controller, Tax and Investor Relations. Mr. Turner was also appointed Senior Vice President, Stores, in July 1994 and oversaw all aspects of operation for Pier 1’s United States and Canada retail store locations. In addition, he managed Visual Merchandising, Real Estate, Communications, Customer Service, Sales Training, Planning and Analysis, and Asset Protection. He joined Pier 1 Imports in 1992 as Vice President, Controller. Prior to joining Pier 1, Mr. Turner served as Group Controller for JC Penney from 1988 to 1992. As Group Controller, he worked with various J.C. Penney subsidiaries to formulate a business plan and to provide the controllership function and management information to operate the enterprise. Prior to J.C. Penney, Mr. Turner worked at KPMG Peat Marwick as Senior Manager from 1979 to 1988. His responsibilities included auditing and consulting with many retail and distribution companies, including J.C. Penney, Melville Corp. and Tiffany. Mr. Turner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1979. His civic and board involvements include: Board of Directors for The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp.; Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.; University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce Advisory Board; Jefferson Scholars National Advisory Board and the Fort Worth Rotary Club.
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Neal Yanofsky Neal Yanofsky

Neal Yanofsky

Neal Yanofsky
Neal Yanofsky’s career has spanned several industries, with the common thread of developing strategies and building teams that drive the expansion of high growth enterprises. Neal is currently Chairman of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and a director and senior advisor to Snap Kitchen; both are portfolio companies of Catterton Partners. He also serves on the boards of three venture-backed companies and on the advisory board of activist hedge fund Voce Capital. Previously in the restaurant industry Neal served as President, International of Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN), where he was responsible for all of the firm’s operations outside the U.S., comprising 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations in more than 50 countries. Neal was President of Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), the definitive leader in the “quick casual” segment of the restaurant industry. During Neal’s tenure Panera’s system-wide sales tripled to over $2.5 billion and the company’s stock generated the highest compounded annual growth in the restaurant industry. In addition to his operating experience, Neal spent ten years at Fidelity Investments. As Vice President of Fidelity Ventures he was responsible for re-starting Fidelity’s venture capital program, forming and managing a group investing predominantly in early-stage health care technology companies and producing returns almost double the industry average. In the retail industry, Neal was CEO of Generation Mobile, a venture-backed firm that was the largest independent multi-brand retailer of wireless products and services. Earlier in his career he was vice president, market development for Charrette Corporation, and chief marketing officer for Au Bon Pain. Neal is a former adjunct faculty member at Simmons School of Management and former faculty member at Radcliffe Seminars. He is a regular guest lecturer at universities including MIT’s Sloan School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Boston University’s MBA program, Rhode Island School of Design and University of New Hampshire. Neal received his A.B. from Harvard College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and completed a post-graduate fellowship at London School of Economics. He serves on the board of the West End House and is a member of the Harvard Art Museum Collections Committee.
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Jeff Donaldson

Jeff Donaldson

Jeff Donaldson

Jeff Donaldson
Jeff Donaldson recently served as GameStop’s Senior Vice President of GameStop Technology Institute. Donaldson, who previously served as GameStop’s CIO, had been an integral member of GameStop’s leadership team for more than 14 years. Jeff played a key role in the creation of GTI, and GameStop’s new IT structure introduced in 2013. The new structure includes four strategic areas – IT Strategy, Architecture Design, IT Delivery and the GameStop Technology Institute. Each area is designed to accelerate the identification and adoption of new capabilities and solutions to address the ever-changing IT challenges impacting business today. Following GameStop’s acquisition of Electronics Boutique in 2005, Donaldson led the effort to integrate the EB and GameStop technology systems into a single platform. Before coming to GameStop, Donaldson was vice president of information resource management at The Associates. Prior to that, he held progressive management positions with AMR Corporation/The SABRE Group, Texas Instruments, and the Illinois State Government’s technology team.
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Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes
Michael W. Barnes, also known as Mike, served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from December 4, 2014 to May 17, 2016. Mr. Barnes served as the Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers Limited from January 30, 2011 until October 31, 2014. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fossil Inc. from January 1, 2007 to November 23, 2010. He served as the President of International and Special Markets Division of Fossil Inc. from October 2000 to 2006 and Executive Vice President from 1995 to October 2000. He served various other executive capacities at Fossil since 1985. Mr. Barnes was part of the management team that took Fossil public in 1993 and contributed to the continuing financial success of the business. During his varied executive roles, Mr. Barnes developed diverse functional expertise. He has had substantial leadership experience, with responsibilities including overseeing state-of-the-art international sourcing and supply chain operations, leading strategic business development, human resource expertise, company acquisitions, organizational structuring and managing diverse business relationships. He served as Director of Signet Jewelers Limited from January 30, 2011 until October 31, 2014. He served as a Director of Darden Restaurants, Inc from June 19, 2012 until October 10, 2014. Mr. Barnes served as Director of Fossil, Inc. from February 1993 to November 23, 2010.
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Greg Fasullo

Greg Fasullo

Greg Fasullo

Greg Fasullo
Greg is the CEO of EnTouch Controls, an energy management company. Greg is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with a history of building and leading high performance teams, his passion is aligning emerging technologies with underserved market needs. Greg was a co-founder, officer, and director at Valere Power (now Eltek-Valere), General Manager of the Energy Systems business unit at Lineage Power (now GE Energy), and began his career with AT&T’s Bell Laboratories. Greg has 12 US patents and degrees from Lehigh (BSEE), UC Berkeley (MSEE), and SMU (EMBA).
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Jim Skinner

Jim Skinner

Jim Skinner

Jim Skinner
Jim Skinner is the retired Vice Chairman of Neiman Marcus Group (NMG), a $5 billion luxury fashion retailer. Jim had also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for NMG. During his 15 years with NMG, Jim has had responsibilities for numerous areas including: finance, accounting, strategy, business development, distribution and logistics, real estate and construction, investor relations, legal, and information technology. Jim led the process for both the 2005 $4.8 billion public to private sale and the 2013 dual tract process that led to the private-to-private $6.3 billion sale of NMG. Jim has also led numerous acquisition teams, including most recently the 2014 NMG acquisition of Munich-based fashion ecommerce retailer, myTheresa. Prior to joining NMG, Jim was the CFO for two publicly held companies: CompUSA ($6 billion pioneer in computer retailing) and CapRock Communication (an integrated telecommunications company). Jim started his career with Ernst & Young, where he served for 16 years, including the last four years as a partner. Jim is on the Board of Directors of Fossil Group (NASDAQ) and Ares Commercial Real Estate (NYSE). For Fossil Group, Jim serves as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Jim serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee for Ares Commercial Real Estate.
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Gabriel Goncalves

Gabriel Goncalves

Gabriel Goncalves

Gabriel Goncalves
Gab has a successful track record of starting and exiting technology ventures. PeopleAnswers, his most recent startup, was acquired by Infor after 40 consecutive quarters of revenue growth. Gab created this predictive talent analytics software company in the cloud (Saas), helping enterprise customers across the globe reduce employee turnover and increase employee performance. As its CEO for 13 years, Gab rapidly expanded PeopleAnswers, posting impressive revenue growth year after year. The company’s 96% customer retention rate also reflected both its software’s capabilities for delivering results, as well as its customer-centric service model embraced by its Fortune 5000 clients.
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Deborah Weinswig

Deborah Weinswig

Deborah Weinswig

Deborah Weinswig
With 20 years of expertise, Deborah Weinswig is a premier global retail analyst and an authority on the disruptive technologies, trends and innovations that are shaping the global retail landscape. Leveraging her background as the top Wall Street retail analyst for nearly a decade, Deborah serves as the Managing Director and Head of Fung Global Retail & Technology, the research arm and Think Tank of Hong Kong-based The Fung Group.  In this role, she is responsible for building Fung Global Retail & Technology’s research capabilities and providing thought leadership on cutting-edge retail innovations, technologies, and solutions. Focusing on game-changing technologies such as wearables, The Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, cyber security, and predictive analytics, among others, Deborah examines the intersection of technology, fashion and retail to help companies drive growth in a rapidly changing environment. Deborah’s deep knowledge and understanding of global retail and emerging technology trends were fostered through her extensive banking career, which included 12 years as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research, as well as senior research positions at Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley. Throughout that time, Deborah was consistently ranked among the top analysts in her field by such prominent publications as Institutional Investor, where she was ranked #1 for nine years, StarMine and Business Insider, which named her as one of Wall Street’s top 36 analysts in 2012. Also in 2012, Deborah received the Researcher Award for Outstanding Service by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). With a passion for innovation and for cultivating the next generation of retail, Deborah has been instrumental in helping several U.S. technology startup companies develop and implement retail technology systems and strategies that have been adopted by top-tier, national retailers.  She serves as a mentor to Silicon Valley-based Alchemist Accelerator, Plug & Play, and ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), is an advisor to Shoptalk, and also serves on the advisory boards of several early-stage companies in both the U.S. and Hong Kong. As a recognized industry expert and thought leader, Deborah’s global perspective and insight are often featured in national business publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s, as well as on CNBC. Deborah sits on the Boards of many philanthropic and industry organizations, such as Dignity U Wear, and was recently appointed to the advisory board of the World Retail Congress. She was one of the founding members of the Oracle Retail Strategy Council, is an executive board member of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona, and is an active member of the ICSC Research Task Force. New Zealand-based point-of-sale software company, Vend, has named her one of Retail’s Top 50 Influencers for 2016. Deborah is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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