Leadership


"A company is created by its people.  Its culture and ethics are created by its leaders."

The backgrounds of our leaders directly inform our mission as a firm. Start-up culture is great. But how do large organizations and experienced managers do innovation? A t-shirt and a pair of jeans?

We believe that creating scalable, world-class ventures is serious business.  Serious business requires serious leaders.

Christian Blackwell
Christian Blackwell Managing Partner

Christian T. Blackwell

Christian is Managing Partner of Opus Faveo Innovation Development, a venture development firm based in Dallas. At Opus Faveo, he concentrates on the challenges of innovation for middle-market and large companies, universities and governments. Christian is a creative leader with extensive experience in large multinationals and entrepreneurial ventures. He has conducted business in over 40 countries, and he speaks 4 languages.

He was a senior international executive with GTE/Verizon, an investment banker with Deutsche Bank, and a founder, investor, CEO and CFO of several start-ups. Christian’s industry experience includes energy, telecommunications, technology, financial services, natural resources, education and infrastructure. Christian has led transactions of well over US$ 1 billion in size. His transactional experience as a sponsor, banker and investor includes M&A, privatizations, project financings, public/private partnerships and both public and private debt and equity financings. Most of these transactions have been cross-border, involving both emerging and developed countries.

Christian has a BA in political science and international affairs from Rice University and an MBA in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was accepted to Rice at age 15, and he earned both degrees by age 21. In addition to innovation and start-ups, he is interested in international political economy and the performing arts. Christian enjoys lecturing at the undergraduate and graduate level. He serves on the boards of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and the Dallas Goethe Center, and he is a member of the George W. Bush Institute North America Competitiveness Working Group, the American Council on Germany (New York), the Atlantik-Brücke (Berlin), the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth, the John Tower Center for Political Studies, and the SMU Cox School Associate Board.
David Overton
David Overton Partner

David Overton

David Overton has extensive experience in strategic planning, competitor analysis and customer research for a wide range of organizations. After completing his studies, David joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, where he focused on strategy, growth and profit improvement projects. He then worked in executive roles for several leading retailers, including May Department Stores, Sears, and JCPenney, most recently as Vice President for Customer and Strategic Insights.

David has served on several boards, and he currently serves on the board of Mercy Ships, a leading international NGO focused on health and human development. David holds a degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Management degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Jim Stewart
Jim Stewart Partner

Jim Stewart

With a strong emphasis on business development, operations, general management, and corporate strategy, Jim has a unique combination of skills that he brings to Opus Faveo and the innovation community.

Prior to his involvement with Opus Faveo, Jim was the Founder and CEO of Executive Smarts, a leader in providing interim executives to large and middle market companies in the U.S. and worldwide. Jim previously served as CEO of several private-equity-owned companies, where he focused on turnarounds, including a custom plastic injection molding and fabrication company serving automotive and appliance OEMs and a manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced polyethylene and thermoformed acrylic plastic products for the building products and recreational vehicle industries. Prior to these assignments Jim served for 20 years in general management roles in the construction products industry with Acme Brick Company, Southern Brick Company, and Monier Roof Tile.

A fifth generation Texan, Jim received a Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University and he completed the Executive Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
John C. Dupree
John C. Dupree Partner

John C. Dupree

John has held a variety of technology sales and marketing positions during his career. Most recently John was Senior Vice President of Business Sales for Sprint where he led a team of over 3,000 global sales professionals and generated annual revenues in excess of $13 billion. John held a number of other officer positions at Sprint including Vice President of Marketing for Sprint Business. Before joining Sprint in 1998 John served as Vice President, Sales for Muratec, the US subsidiary of Murata Machinery Limited in Japan, and he was Executive Director of the Society of International Business Fellows, a professional association of senior executives interested and active in global business affairs.
John is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He speaks and writes frequently on business topics and is the author of The Stubborn Glebe blog.
Steve Ingram
Steve Ingram Vice President - Research & Valuation

Steve Ingram

Steve has held a variety of finance and marketing positions. Steve’s roles for Time Warner Cable’s residential business included competitive intelligence, database marketing, marketing research, revenue modeling, expense management, capital budgeting, and internal reporting

At Sand Cherry Associates, a boutique management consulting firm serving the cable and telecommunications industries, Steve managed strategy and operations engagements for Fortune 500 clients.

With AT&T Broadband and MediaOne Group, Steve held positions in strategic planning, product development, business analysis and finance. He chaired the task force that built the financial model and business case presentation for AT&T Broadband's rollout of residential internet phone service

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Steve received bachelors’ degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Rice University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Level II Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.

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