ShearShare Cofounder Named SMU Cox School of Business 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni
Southern Methodist University Honors Cox Alumni Business Success
By: ShearShare, Inc.
In alphabetical order, this year's SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni Award winners are: Steven J. Lindley and Bruce Robson, both BBA '74. The Cox School's 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni honorees, also alphabetically, are: Courtney Caldwell, BBA '00, and Ryan Dalton, BBA '01.
SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni 2019
Steven J. Lindley, BBA'74 is the managing member and president of Johnson and Lindley, LLC and the managing partner of PinHigh Capital Partners, LLC. Born in Odessa and raised in Midland, Texas, Lindley pursued his BBA at SMU in Dallas, where he was active in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He began his business career in 1975 with First City National Bank of Houston. In 1980, Lindley joined Johnson and Lindley, a private, family-owned investment firm with interests in oil and gas, oilfield services, and other private investments.
Lindley is active with SMU in various roles, and is also active in the broader community, currently serving as a trustee on three Houston-based nonprofit boards.
Bruce Robson, BBA '74 is managing partner and CEO of Robvest, a private investment partnership. Robson was active on the SMU swim team and in the SAE fraternity, through which Bruce Robson met his lifelong friend Steve Lindley. Both men completed their BBA degrees at SMU Cox in 1974. He led the path to SMU for his brother John Joseph, '76 (Joe) and their sister Sybil Ann. His brother also earned his BBA at SMU Cox and his sister earned her BFA at SMU Meadows.
Bruce Robson's business career began with First City Bank, and he later joined InterFirst bank Dallas. Robson has been active on boards in Oklahoma, Florida and Texas, and he is an active SMU alumnus. He and his brother partnered with Lindley in a generous gift that made possible SMU's Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center, dedicated in 2017.
SMU Cox Outstanding Young Alumni 2019
Courtney Caldwell, BBA '00, is the cofounder, with her husband Dr. Tye Caldwell, and COO of a beauty tech start-up and groundbreaker called ShearShare—the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app. ShearShare is an alumnus of the prestigious YC Fellowship and 500 Startups accelerator programs, and is the first Texas startup to be named winner of Google Demo Day 2018 and Tech.Co's Start-Up of the Year.
Caldwell was a Hunt Leadership Scholar while at SMU. She graduated early cum laude with her BBA in marketing in 2000 and later earned an MBA at UT-Dallas. During her time at SMU, she was the student representative on the SMU Board of Trustees, and she held leadership positions with the Association of Black Students—which named her Homecoming Queen; the Honor Council, and the Leadership Consultant Council. She was also a cadet in SMU's ROTC program and competed in the long jump on the SMU track and field team, earning an Academic All-WAC honor. She served as a resident assistant in the honors hall and sang in the SMU gospel choir. Caldwell remains active with her alma maters, volunteering to interview final round applicants of the SMU Hunt Leadership Scholars program, serving on advisory boards at UTD and SMU, on the SMU Alumni Board, the Crain Leadership Endowment Fund Board of Directors, and the 21st Century Council at SMU.
Ryan Dalton, BBA '01 is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Parsley Energy, Inc. He completed his BBA, with a concentration in finance, at SMU in 2001. Later, he earned his MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He met his wife Alison at SMU, and became friends with two Sigma Chi fraternity brothers: Bryan Sheffield and Colin Roberts. All three graduated with their BBAs in 2001. In 2012, a few years after founding Parsley Energy, Sheffield asked Dalton, and later Roberts, to join the team—creating a reunion of sorts of the three Cox alumni. Dalton's professional experience in restructuring and management consulting helped him navigate a successful IPO in 2014. Some of the proceeds funded the Parley Energy purchase of more land in the Permian basin, where horizontal drilling has since helped turn the U.S. into the world's leading oil and natural gas producer.
SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni candidates must hold: an undergraduate or graduate degree from SMU; a position of distinction in the business community; demonstrate outstanding career success; be active civic leaders and community partners; and be active and involved with SMU and the Cox School. Those recognized as SMU Cox Outstanding Young Alumni must meet the same criteria, but can be no more than 40 years of age at the time of the awards luncheon.
ShearShare is the first global marketplace that allows salon and barbershop owners to rent their suites and stations to licensed cosmetologists and barbers by the day. Launched in September 2016, ShearShare currently serves industry professionals in more than 460 cities and 11 countries. For more information, visit ShearShare.com. To join the ShearShare community, follow @ShearShare.
About SMU Cox
The SMU Cox School of Business, is committed to influencing the way the world conducts business via research that provokes innovation and global thought leadership. The Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education degree programs including BBA, multiple MBA programs, and other Master of Science degree programs, as well as non-degree Executive Education programs. Consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools, SMU Cox maintains an active alumni network and is accredited by AACSB.
Jasmin Green, ShearShare