DI People: Polsinelli Names VC Practice Co-Chairs; 25 Women in Tech Honorees

From new law practice leaders at Polsinelli and Women in Tech Honorees, our roundup of personnel activity also includes a new tech firm VP and a recognized Latino business leader.

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A roundup of who’s on the move or being recognized among Dallas Innovators.

Adam Hull and Rick Jordan have been added as the new co-chairs of the nationwide Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice group at the national law firm Polsinelli and will be based in the firm’s Dallas office.


Adam Hull


Rick Jordan

Hull and Jordan are well regarded in the legal profession for their experience working with venture-backed companies from inception through exit, Polsinelli said in a release.

Both have represented companies across a variety of industries, including technology, life sciences, energy, the firm said. Hull and Jordan also represent venture capital funds and angel investors and have advised on the formation, acquisition, and day-to-day operations of accelerators and start-up studios.

“Adam and Rick are both very accomplished attorneys who bring great experience to Polsinelli’s venture capital practice,” Frank Ross, chair of Polsinelli’s Business Department, said in the release. “They understand the unique challenges venture-backed companies face and are committed to finding new and innovative ways to solve complex issues.”

Hull and Jordan have become recognized thought leaders in the industry and have appeared four times at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.

“Polsinelli’s strategic goal is to elevate our Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice to be the predominant startup firm in our current markets and expand throughout middle America,” Edward “Trip” Frizell, chair of Polsinelli’s Technology Division, said in the release. 

In his practice, Hull focuses on representing high-growth businesses, primarily in software, hardware, Internet of Things, MedTech, CleanTech, life sciences, FinTech and other areas in technology, Polsinelli said.

Jordan also represents high-growth businesses primarily in the technology sector, the firm said. 


The Dallas Business Journal announced the recipients of its Women in Technology Awards, which for the fourth year features leaders in the North Texas business community who lead technological innovation across a variety of industries.

The DBJ said that three qualifications were used to select the honorees: They head an established or startup technology company based in DFW; they hold a leading technological or scientific role with a company whose primary product is technology; or they maintain a leadership position in DFW in the IT or technology research department of a non-technology organization. Here are the honorees:

  • Barbara Adams, chief information officer, Cornerstone Healthcare Group
  • Shradha Aiyer, director of mobile technologies, Axxess
  • Melissa Arnoldi, senior executive vice president, AT&T Technology and Operations
  • Anju Bhagat, managing communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
  • Tammy Carter, CEO, File & ServeXpress
  • Lisa Danzer, board member, president emeritus, DFW*ATW
  • Irene Deng, product line manager, Texas Instruments
  • Tresia Eaves, director, consulting services, CGI
  • Amy Evins, CIO, Texas Capital Bank
  • Mavis Girlinghouse, vice president, Information management, CHRISTUS Health
  • Julia Hall-Barrow, vice president, virtual health, Children’s Health
  • Carol Jenkins, chief analytics officer, OutMatch
  • Vicki Jones, senior vice president- operations, AT&T
  • Giovanna Moretti, chief marketing officer, Jabil
  • Susan Paul, Dallas office managing VP, Pariveda Solutions Inc.
  • Kimberley Reid, vice president, U.S. SAP Solutions
  • Jennifer Sanders, executive director, Dallas Innovation Alliance
  • Jennifer Seifert, director, research and development, TissueGen Inc.
  • Peggy Shadduck, director, Dallas County Community College District STEM Institute
  • Jennifer Sherman, SVP product & strategy, Kibo
  • Srii Srinivasan, CEO, Chargeback Gurus
  • Manisha Sule, director of big data analytics, Linux Academy
  • Bhavani Thurasingham, distinguished professor of computer science and executive director of the Cyber Security Research Institute, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Melissa Townsey, CEO, GIACT Systems
  • Amber Venz-Box, president and co-founder, Reward Style



Ben Hogan


Ben Hogan has joined @RISK Technologies Inc. as Vice President of Sales. @RISK is a Cyber Network Consensus SaaS company.

Hogan has 20 years of experience in early-stage technology companies, most recently as vice president of sales at Catelas Inc., a Boston-based big data analytics firm that focuses on electronic communications compliance for financial services firms.


Marcos Jimenez


Marcos Jimenez, CEO for the USA of Softtek, has been named to Latino Leaders Magazine’s Top “101 Most Influential Latinos in 2017.” Softer is a global IT service provider.

Jimenez’s career encompasses more than 20 years at the company where he has worked to expand Softtek’s client portfolio in the United States, along with playing a major role in the company’s global expansion across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.


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