Houston Equity Fund

Raquel Olivier

a native Houstonian, is the Founder and President/CEO of Olivier, Inc. (MWSDBE), a professional consulting firm supporting the construction and operational sectors in the public transit, aviation, and educational industries. Ms. Olivier received her dual undergraduate degree from the University of Houston with a BBA in Accounting and Management (Cum Laude) and obtained her CPA […]

L’Sheryl D. Hudson

L’Sheryl D. Hudson is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Houston-based Equus Total Return, Inc. (“Equus”), a publicly traded private equity fund investing in small-to-medium sized privately-owned businesses. Her responsibilities include SEC reporting, financial reporting, treasury, and financial analysis for the firm. Prior to joining Equus, L’Sheryl was Director at Houston-based WestLB Asset […]

Elliott W.H. Johnson

Elliott W.H. Johnson is senior vice president of environmental, health, safety, and security (EHSS) for Chevron Phillips Chemical. He previously served as vice president for the department and holds significant experience across the company’s manufacturing, engineering, and logistics operations. Before assuming executive-level responsibility for EHSS, Johnson served as operations manager at the Cedar Bayou plant […]


Valerie Williams is a former Southwest Assurance Managing Partner for EY. She has over 35 years of audit and public accounting experience, serving numerous global and multi-location companies, primarily in the energy and technology sectors. Ms. Williams held several other senior leadership positions at EY and served on multiple strategic committees, including the firm’s Partner […]


Kimberly Slaughter is SYSTRA USA’s chief executive officer. She is focused on promoting the company’s vision of being the signature team for transportation solutions. SYSTRA’s focuses on delivering planning, design, architecture, engineering, and program and construction management solutions to rail and transit agencies throughout the United States. The company’s mission is to contribute to the […]


In 1994 when Judge Vanessa Diane Gilmore was sworn in, she was then the youngest sitting federal judge in the nation. The native of Silver Spring, Maryland was also the youngest member of her freshman class at her alma mater, Hampton University in Virginia. Gilmore decided to undertake a career in law after she represented […]


Shauna Johnson Clark is Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global and US Chair as well as its Head of Employment and Labor, United States. Joining the firm in 1994, she served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Houston office from 2011 until 2013. A nationally recognized expert in labor and employment law, Shauna was certified by the Texas […]


Mr. Cannings has served as Global Head of Investment Strategy for over a decade, heavily vested in the intersection of technology, economic development, healthcare and real estate internationally. As the Managing Partner of Paul Alexander Company, he is responsible for managing the firm’s investment funds, capital markets and oversight of real estate development and advisory […]


Gaurdie E. Banister Jr. is a seasoned executive CEO who continues to make a lasting impact across the globe. Currently based in Houston, Texas, Gaurdie has held several global leadership positions. Gaurdie formerly led one of the most successful oil and gas ventures in the US: Aera Energy LLC. One of the largest oil producers […]


Mr. Alley founded Con-Real in 1979 and was immediately joined by his brother and partner, Troy Alley. The company now has offices in Arlington, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, Atlanta, and San Francisco and performs a wide array of construction and real estate services for many Fortune 500 corporations and public entities nationwide. Con-Real was established […]