IDEA Fellows


"Innovation is about pushing the limits of knowledge. 
Who better than those with a track record of success and thought leadership to push those limits?"

As part of its mission to attract new ideas and successful people to the pursuit of commercially successful innovation, the Opus Faveo IDEA Institute established its Fellows program, through which a select number of Fellowships are awarded to highly successful individuals.

The Fellowships are structured to give Fellows exposure to the Opus Faveo venture development process, specific startup ventures, and leaders in public and private sector entities engaged in innovation policy. Pursuant to the mission of the IDEA Institute, Fellows are also encouraged to learn and think originally about innovation, how to create more commercially successful innovation, and the ways in which policy makers in multinational companies, research institutions and governments can better encourage such innovation.

Opus Faveo believes that the best interactions arise from real, tangible, project work and the development of original research. As such, Fellows generally contribute to specific projects that allow them to work as part of a team, leverage their expertise while learning new skills, and have concrete accomplishments in the field of innovation.

Bronson Stocker
Bronson Stocker Fellow

Bronson Stocker

Bronson Stocker has used his accounting and analytic training in providing financing solutions and risk management for a variety of global companies. He worked for Bank of America in their London office and with US based energy companies developing their offshore oil and gas reserves in the North Sea. When he returned to Dallas he worked with the bank’s expansion in Mexico and headed the Southwest Trade Banking Group helping importers and exporters manage their commercial and international risk exposures. At Bell Helicopter Textron, he arranged export financing for the sale of aircraft in Europe, Asia, and South America often in coordination with the Export Development Corporation (EDC) of Canada. Bronson was a financial and operating partner of chain of cinemas in Mexico. .Most recently Bronson worked with Standard & Poor’s providing large and midcap companies credit ratings and related products.
Bronson was born in Dallas and has been involved in a number of volunteer efforts in the DFW Metroplex.
Rick Jones
Rick Jones Fellow

Rick Jones

Rick Jones has extensive experience in retail, holding leadership positions in operations, merchandising, enterprise marketing, organizational planning, start-ups, strategy, on-line retailing and omni-channel development. It is his broad combination of skills that bring Rick to the Idea Institute.
Rick is founder and CEO of Soulful Creations, President and Chairman of Stronger than Espresso Inc., Board Member of Barnabas DFW, and Director of Restoration Ministries for Genesis Church in McKinney Texas.
Prior to coming to the Idea Institute, Rick was VP in multiple areas with JCPenney Company, Inc where he led the Digital Ventures, Omni-channel and held leadership positions in Merchandise, Marketing, Store Operations, .com, the PMO office and leadership positions in Stores, District and Regional Offices around the country.
Rick won multiple awards at JCPenney including the first ever Innovation Award, and Chairman’s awards for several years.
Rick studied at the Ohio State University graduating from Ohio Northern. He extended studies at the executive program at Booth School of Business , University of Chicago. He graduated from The Masters Program in Dallas in 2011.

Brenda Boehm
Brenda Boehm Fellow

Brenda Boehm

Brenda is a senior executive that can lead the business and technical strategy by leveraging her comprehensive experience across telecommunications and information technology bringing expertise that delivers cutting edge technology solutions that directly impact the corporate bottom line. She has the ability to provide a market vision that recognizes industry disruption, an ability to harness change for innovation, and create the most successful operational best practices. She knows how to build global alliances to create new incremental joint markets and highest growth.
Brenda has an undergraduate in Computer Information Systems, a Masters from SMU’s School of Engineering in Telecommunications. She has also attended Stanford’s prestigious Graduate School of Business Executive Program and recently completed their Advanced Computer Security Certification.


Gordon Walker, PhD
Gordon Walker, PhD Senior Fellow

Gordon Walker, PhD

Gordon Walker is David B. Miller Professor of Business and Chair of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group at the Cox School of Business at SMU. He received his BA from Yale University and an MBA and PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has previously taught at the Sloan School, MIT; the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University. Dr. Walker’s publications have appeared in numerous academic journals. The fourth edition of his book, Modern Competitive Strategy, co-authored with Tammy Madsen will be published in January 2015. He has been on a number of editorial boards, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and and Strategic Organization. He served in the Marine Corps as an infantry lieutenant from 1967 to 1970 and earned the Bronze Star with Combat V. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ) from 2005 to 2013, where he chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Dr. Walker has consulted and performed contract research for many organizations including Southwest Airlines, Chaparral Steel, Sprint, Xerox, General Motors, Johnson and Johnson, Carlson Restaurants, EDS, Texas Instruments, The Associates, Novartis and United HealthCare. His executive training programs include senior management seminars at SMU, the Wharton School, Yale University and INSEAD. He was named among the best Business Policy teachers in the U.S. in 1994 and 1998 by Business Week magazine and received the President’s University Teaching Award in 1999 at SMU.
Alan D. Gant Ph.D
Alan D. Gant Ph.D Fellow

Alan D. Gant Ph.D

Dr. Gant is an experienced product engineering executive with demonstrated success in leading software and hardware development teams. Exceptionally skilled in team development and motivation, connecting technology to customers and markets, and delivering business goals on schedule and budget. Experience in Fortune 100, midsize, and entrepreneurial startup companies; industries include embedded electronics systems, computing systems, wireless devices, consumer products, HD video, enterprise software and medical electronics. Previous employers include Hewlett Packard and Convex Computers

Dr. Gant sees the “big picture” and uses that perspective to collaborate with others in the engineering team to solve the most complex problems. He is a student of project management and best practices, and is constantly infusing the organization with new ideas to improve its effectiveness.

Dr. Gant’s Ph.D is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in computer Architecture, EE. Dr. Gant’s M.S. is in EE from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His B.S. is in EE from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tammy Cancela
Tammy Cancela Senior Fellow

Tammy Cancela

Tammy is a senior marketing leader with proven ability to achieve results within both F100 and mid-sized companies.

Strong sales orientation. Excels in both B:B and consumer marketing. Dynamic speaker and recognized technology industry representative. Named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s list of Top 50 Hispanic Women in Business 2001. Strong interest in using Marketing to do good in the world while achieving profit objectives and growing companies.

Board Member at Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Tammy is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with an
AB, Political Science, Business,
Ron Montgomery
Ron Montgomery Fellow

Ron Montgomery

Ron is an experienced leader in the publishing, printing, software and telecom industries. Ron has worked for Amdocs, GTE and Verizon.

He is a strategic, problem-solving, general management executive with acute sales and operations expertise. He has a track record of leading companies in both start-up and turn-around situations on a path to profitable growth. His management style is characterized as “results-oriented, team player, responsive, energetic, adaptable and engaging with strong work ethics”.

Ron’s BA is from the University of San Francisco in Organizational Behavior.
Benedict Voit
Benedict Voit University Fellow

Benedict Voit

Benedict is a full time student in the Ross MBA program at the University of Michigan.

Benedict’s undergraduate degree in political science and economics (with a strong math background) is from The University of Texas at Dallas. His experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas involving financial modelling has turned him towards the financial industry. Previously, He worked as an ALM Advisor with ALM First Financial Advisors in Dallas, Texas. He managed the firm's Standard Partnerships, as well as the Validations, Process Reviews, and Merger Valuations.

After a successful summer with Opus Faveo Innovation Development conducting research and authoring papers, He was selected to join the firm as a University Fellow.

Bart Kohnhorst
Bart Kohnhorst Fellow

Benedict Voit

Bart Kohnhorst has held leadership roles with Fortune 500 and venture backed companies globally with Enterprise Information Technology providers. He leverages his global mindset, strategic thinking and broad IT and telecom experience to recognize and help lead business development and technology driven transformations globally.
Over the course of a career spanning Japan, Europe and North America, Bart has accumulated a broad range of strategic sales and marketing experience launching new products and developing revenue in new markets or with new products, with emphasis on real time communications as well as Enterprise software applications. Bart was responsible for launching a new sales region for Vidyo, Inc. to address healthcare and the higher education online learning sector, where he worked with institutions such as University of Texas Austin, MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann, University of Colorado Health and Texas Health Resources. In a prior role, Bart was Interim General Manager and VP Sales & Marketing North America for the Enterprise division at Samsung. He has held leadership positions at Citrix Systems managing a sales region and top OEM partnerships. While at Nortel he led market entry into Japan and Northern Europe for flagship infrastructure products and subsequently led sales in North America for customer contact software and analytics applications.
Bart has undergraduate dual honors in Law and in Psychology from Keele University in the UK as well as an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and 2 boys. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys cooking and travel.


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