GALLANT teams up with professionals, mentors and friends from various backgrounds. In addition to the guidance they provide, we pull them into corporate projects if it is of interest to them.
BIEN TRAN – Attorney, Public Speaker & Entrepreneur
Bien Tran obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Duke School of Law in 1999. He started his career at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in its litigation section and operated his own law office prior to joining Bush & Ramirez, PLLC.
He has represented a large array of clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to global conglomerates in state and federal courts. He has served as lead counsel in a broad range of cases including commercial, contracts, landlord-tenant, and construction. His experience includes representing companies and individuals in cases involving energy litigation, personal injury, international arbitration, occupational and environmental chemical exposure, asbestos, products liability, pharmaceuticals, and contract matters.
Bien has been active in the political landscape for over 15 years. He served as President of the Asian-American Democrats of Texas for three years and sat on advisory boards to numerous national, statewide, and local candidates and elected officials. He was appointed to a position in Mayor Bill White’s administration. He served as the Harris County Democratic Party’s liaison for Asian media. He has appeared on Little Saigon Radio multiple times to discuss politics.
Bien is active in the business community as well. He previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce in Houston and the Board of Directors of the Bayou City Arts Festival. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the charity organization Houston Halloween Festival.
BRIAN HORN – Author& Public Speaker
Bestselling author, investor and entrepreneur Brian Ainsley Horn helps professionals leverage their knowledge to gain authority status in their industry by creating and publishing a book, then uses authority marketing to get them national media exposure.
His unique method has been talked about and covered on The Howard Stern Show, Wall Street Journal, ABC, Perez Hilton, CBS, Forbes, Advertising Age and dozens of other media outlets. Inc Magazine even named Brian an "emerging business leader to watch."
Brian is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, AllBusiness.com and Addicted2Success.
He is also an in demand speaker that has traveled the world entertaining and educating audiences.
Brian Ainsley Horn is a devoted Christian, proud father to two amazing kids and an advocate for children with Down syndrome.
LIZZIE POST – Co-President, Author and Spokesperson of the Emily Post Institute
Lizzie Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th edition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. Lizzie does speaking engagements across the country sharing advice about entertaining, weddings, dating, dining etiquette, tech-etiquette, finance and lifestyle.
She has worked as a spokesperson for companies including Bank of America, American Express, AirBnB, and Genentech. She is a columnist with Women’s Running magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, and Houzz.com. She is the co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast on American Public Media’s podcast network Infinite Guest. She is a regular guest on American Public Media’s The Dinner Party. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective with an engaging and modern voice. She delights in tackling etiquette’s taboo topics with the media, making her a popular source. Her interviews include NBC’s The Today Show, Katie, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Gayle King Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Redbook, The Huffington Post and more.
MARC NATHAN – Consultant & Public Speaker
As a deeply experienced and connected consultant in the Texas technology startup community, Marc assists early-stage companies with fundraising strategy, including targeting and connecting with angel and VC investors within and outside of local markets, structuring financing rounds, and general strategic advisory with respect to seed and early-stage fundraising. Marc also enjoys facilitating connections between founders and other advisors, executives, and service providers throughout the various ecosystems in which he works.
Prior to joining Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson LLP, where he serves as VP of Client Strategy in MEMN’s Emerging Technology and Venture Capital practice group, Marc founded T-Squared Agency, a boutique consulting firm supporting selected clients with comprehensive funding strategies. Through T-Squared, Marc launched the Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter that covers startup news, opinions and events that affect the startup and tech community in the Lone Star State, and publishes the Texas Startup Resource guide.
Marc is a frequent public speaker and thought leader on the topics of startups, early-stage financing and angel investment. He is an active board member or mentor at numerous accelerators, co-working spaces and startup technology community organizations including Capital Factory, TechStars, Station Houston, WeWork Labs, Houston Technology Center, , BunkerLabs, Houston Angel Network, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and South by Southwest SXSW.
DR. AVRIM FISHKIND – CEO & Founder of JSA Health Telepsychiatry
Dr. Fishkind is an innovative and awarded medical professional who has directed, designed and expanded multiple comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs around the world. He is the designer of the Burke Center Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC)– the world’s first free standing psychiatric emergency service with psychiatric services provided entirely by telepsychiatry. He is a contributing author to multiple textbooks and journals, and has been publishing articles on verbal de-escalation of agitated patients and other non-coercive methods for over 15 years, starting the decade long discussion of improving verbal de-escalation in his year 2000 article in Current Psychiatry entitled “Calming Agitation with Words, Not Drugs.”
Q (QUIRINO) MALANDRINO – Brand Strategist
Spanning a 35+ years’ international career, Q has developed and led brand and identity programs in virtually every industry category and has been a thought leader in many aspects of the branding discipline - from its philosophical and social value to discreet segments such as Brand Architecture and Internal Brand Alignment. He has served clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Time Inc., Clicquot, Mayﬂower, HWL, Compaq, Ernst & Young, AT&T, MCI, IBM, Glaxo, Red Cross, Canon, Control Data, Duracell, Motorola DigitalDNA, France Telecom, Georgia-Paciﬁc, Intel, Hoffmann-La Roche, EMC, Hertz, DSM, Randstad, the Hotel division of Cendant and Wyndham Hotels, The Greater Washington Partnership, PGA of America, The Ryder Cup, Merck, DePuy Synthes, Covance, Philips, and Xerox - among many others.
Originally from Rome, Italy, Q moved to New York in 1981 to join Sandgren & Murtha, the ﬁrst spinoff of industry leader Lippincott & Margulies. In 1985 he opened his own ﬁrm, MARQ, which was then acquired by Interbrand in late 1989 to start a Corporate Identity practice; Q led and greatly expanded the practice, culminating in the acquisition by Omnicom in 1994. He left the company, spent a year consulting for FutureBrand and Enterprise IG on Air Canada, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Frontier, and then formed his own ﬁrm again - BrandLink.
In January 2005 Q was invited back to Interbrand, joining the NY office as Executive Director, Brand Strategy for North America. In October 2007 he was transferred to Interbrand Paris to lead the coordination of the ﬁrm’s eleven European offices from a business development and knowledge management standpoint - in addition to serving large pan-European clients such as Randstad, DSM, and Telefonica.
He came back to the US in 2010, continued to consult with Interbrand and InterbrandHealth and started serving other corporate clients independently. In particular, from 2014 to 2016 Q served as the resident senior brand advisor to Philips management in Amsterdam, sheperding the transition of the company to a healthtech global player.
Q attended the Rome University's School of Economics, I.E.D. Copywriting School in Rome, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.