Meet the Team 2019-03-06T20:57:34+00:00

Meet the Team

The leadership team behind TECx Academy Austin brings together a diverse set of skills including deep love of learning, global experience and outlook, expertise in innovation and technology and a passion for reinventing the School system for the needs of the 21st Century. Meet TECx’s leaders:

Alex Greystoke
Alex GreystokePresident of TECx
Alex Greystoke is a successful serial entrepreneur with a breadth of skills in education, technology and business. On the education front, Alex has over two decades of experience and has been deeply involved in the family’s Schools business which runs best in class for profit elementary and middle schools in Europe and America. Alex served as President of the Group, has been on the Board of the London School since the age of 16, taught at the London School, raised all the money for the US schools and founded the Austin school which was the fastest growing school in the city. On the technology front, Alex is the founder of three technology companies TripChamp, an award winning company that created an intelligent marketplace for travel agents, VacationChamp, the first intelligent marketplace for consumers, which recently came out of stealth mode and which he is CEO of and LF Technology which was granted a patent for its intelligent purchasing agent and which created a black box for intelligent marketplaces that can be used in multiple verticals. Alex is co-inventor of eleven patents. Prior to this, Alex was a successful financier raising money for and helping emerging companies commercialize globally. Alex has been a director of numerous companies ranging from the education space, to technology to renewable energy and others and is a member of the prestigious YPO organization and founder of the YPO Startups Group which is one of the fastest growing groups in YPO. Alex has two Masters in law, one from Cambridge University in England where he also has a merit scholarship and the other from University of Texas in Austin.
Mr. Geoffrey Fretwell
Mr. Geoffrey FretwellHead Teacher
Extensive experience in International Education, education consultancy and educational technology. Previous roles: Head of Schools in Middle East, Asia, UK, and USA. Education consultant to the Supreme Education Council in Qatar, governing board member at Doha Collage, Regional Vice
President/Director of quality assurance at Mosaica Education.
Mark Skousen
Mark Skousen Partner
Mr. Skousen joined Highmark School Development in April of 2008 bringing 15+ years of experience in finance, sales, and marketing from an array of different industries. As President of Highmark School Development, Mr. Skousen is responsible for the execution of the company’s strategic plan; including all sales and marketing efforts.

Mr. Skousen has been influential in helping Highmark become recognized as a leading national provider of education school facilities with projects in 16 states. Highmark has developed over 80 educational facilities totaling 3.3 million square feet. These school facilities educate over 62,000 students.

Prior to joining Highmark, Mr. Skousen co-founded and was the President of a financial service Mortgage Company for six years. Mr. Skousen began his professional career as a consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he prepared tax compliance and managed financial portfolios for high net worth clients. Mr. Skousen holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from Brigham Young University.

Meet the Advisors

Michael Casey
Michael Casey Advisor
Michael’ ideas have generated over $3 billion in worldwide sales, leading the direct to consumer fitness and health care industries. He has ranked #1 in Amazon marketplace thanks to his Facebook targeting skills and is currently utilizing his consumer acquisition skills and developing an AI recommendation engine for singles and married couples. Michael has spoken globally to several universities and corporations about product development and is bringing his 30+ years of experience to the TED stage in 2019, followed by a book on how to take your idea from concept to consumer.
Art Markman
Art Markman
Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations, blogger at Psychology Today, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review; author of Smart Thinking, Smart Change, and Habits of Leadership.
Rich Odell
Rich Odell
CEO & Senior Consultant of Heads Up Educational Consulting, Former Vice President of Student Affairs Headmaster of IMG Academy; founded the PK-PG school on IMG’s Bradenton, Florida campus; Has served independent schools in a variety of administrative capacities including: chief financial officer, development, alumni and marketing director, Assistant Headmaster, Headmaster and President.
Mike Cress
Mike Cress
Michael currently serves as Chairman & Managing Partner at MD Cress Ventures, a national healthcare firm that is engaged together with its subsidiaries and other affiliates in a broad range of health care related activities, including principal investment, operational management, financial advisory and consulting services.

Prior to MD Cress Ventures, he served as the President and CEO of the Cornerstone Healthcare Group which owns and manages hospitals throughout the country.

Mr. Cress also served as Vice President of Business Development for Kindred Healthcare, an $5B publicly traded healthcare company that owns and operates hospitalsand other segments of the healthcare continuum. He served as the CEO of Vencor Hospital of San Diego and was also an Adjunct Professor for the Masters of Healthcare Administration program at the University of Kansas.

Mr. Cress is on the boards and advisory boards of several companies to include Zynex Medical, Rainier Healthcare, Linley Capital, Austin Healthcare Council, TECx Academy,Sleep Research and Rainier Hospice. He also serves on several philanthropic boards to include Rachel’s Challenge and The Sandgaard Foundation. He is published and has been a national speaker on numerous healthcare business and clinical topics.

Charles Thornburgh
Charles Thornburgh
Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Civitas Learning, was named as “16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever” by Find Education Online
Monica Peraza
Monica Peraza
Monica Peraza was born and raised in Mexico City. After studying Education at Universidad Panamericana, she decided to pursue a career in business and founded and managed two successful companies in Mexico City.
Kyle Ballarta