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Our competition judges are invited volunteers drawn from a variety of community, regional, and national business backgrounds. Judges will be present for the initial pitch, site visits, and final pitch, and provide feedback to competitors throughout the process during these scheduled stages of the RISE Challenge. They do not provide consulting or advice outside of the competition schedule so as to maintain impartiality in their evaluations.  

Matt Brown

East Regional President of

Legend Bank

Dr. Al Hambrick

Owner of Triple H Investment Group

Michelle Castle

Branch Manager of

Guild Mortgage

Stacy Rake

Former Owner of

Diamond Insurance Group

Hillary Luckett Clark

Attorney at Bill Kennedy Law

Katiebeth Worrell

Assoc. Vice President - Investments at

Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. 

Brad Douglass

CEO of Douglass Distributing

RISE Challenge

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Sherman TX 75090 


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SEDCO and Austin College 


Each round of the competition is evaluated by a panel of judges representing a variety of business and professional expertise. Thank you to the members of the 2023 RISE Challenge panel!

Matt Brown | Brad Douglass | Djuna Forrester |

Dr. Al Hambrick | Jeff King | Stacy Diamond Rake | 

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