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9Gauge Internal Team

Vanessa Aldred, PHR®

Talent Acquisition Manager

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.”

Vanessa serves in talent acquisition for 9Gauge Partners and is passionate about finding and developing top talent. She has more than 10 years of experience working on talent management teams that focused on building and scaling talent acquisition programs to internal and external clients. Vanessa is graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in human resources development and has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification.

Richelle Criswell

Business Development Coordinator

“Business is a sprint until you find an opportunity, then it’s the patience of a marathon runner.”
– Robert Herjavec

Richelle serves as the business development coordinator for 9Gauge Partners.  With nearly 15 years experience of working with teams to provide analysis, process improvement, and coordination of projects, she is tasked with helping 9Gauge maintain and grow relationships with our clients and partners.  Richelle is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Information Systems from the College of Business.

Alex Marcos

Marketing & Sales Operations Manager

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
– Zig Ziglar

Alex currently serves as the Marketing & Sales Operations Manager for 9Gauge, specializing in partner relationship management, Go-to-Market strategy, market research, and marketing strategy ROI/analysis. Having over five years working in client-facing service roles and three years of experience working in marketing and sales, his main focus centers on successful client relations and overall growth. Alex is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Marketing from the McCombs College of Business.

Shauna Mattis, CPA

Internal Finance Manager

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill

Shauna brings over a decade of experience in financial operations and reporting from within a variety of industries. She has worked with a range of companies from a pre-revenue start up company to a multi-billion dollar revenue corporation. In her role she focuses on providing clients accurate and efficient financial reporting as well as process improvements and internal controls. She draws from her experience of creating new financial procedures and implementing systems transitions to assist companies as they grow. Shauna earned her accounting degree from Portland State University and is a CPA licensed in both Oregon and Texas. She also holds a B.A. in Communication and English from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Grant McClendon

Business Development Manager

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Grant represents Business Development for 9Gauge Partners. With close to 10 years of finance, technology, sales and partnership experience, he is tasked with creating and cultivating business opportunities for 9Gauge and our partners. Additionally, Grant serves as a resource for internal planning and client advocacy. Grant enjoys working with a varied group of professionals to establish mutually rewarding relationships and provides them exciting ways to improve their business or practice. He brings working experience from large companies and small companies alike, so he can appreciate the myriad challenges that growing business will aim to accomplish. Grant received his B.A. in Finance from Texas State University and lives in East Austin.

Meredith Widlaski, CPA

Client Service Manager

“It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”
– Harvey Samuel Firestone

Meredith Widlaski currently serves as a controller consultant in Financial Advisory Services for 9Gauge Partners in Austin, Texas. As a controller consultant, she draws on her exposure to a variety of financial reporting issues from her big four public accounting background and industry experience to efficiently manage external audits and provide interpretation and implementation of accounting guidance. In addition to her client service work, she is responsible for some aspects of internal resource planning and training. Meredith is a CPA licensed in the state of Texas and holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas.

Andrew Young

Office Administrator

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.” 
– Margaret Mead

After completing an internship with Citigroup Inc. as a Summer Analyst, I began my career at an investment firm in Chicago, IL. Thereafter, I joined the corporate banking group at BBVA Compass as a Junior Credit Products Officer, advising on upper-middle market transactions for the Bank’s public finance portfolio. I have experience building advanced financial models, sourcing qualified investment opportunities, and performing financial due diligence. Most recently, I spent time on the buy-side with an Austin-based Private Equity firm. I have a BBA in finance from The University of Texas – Austin and plan to return in pursuit of an MBA in the near future.