Samantha has successfully started two ventures. The first company, the New Mexico Green Chile Co., generates over $3 million in annual revenue and boasts of customers like Torchy’s Tacos, HEB, and Trader Joe’s. Her second company, which she sold in 2017, was a boutique day spa franchise concept modeled after the huge success of the Blo Dry Bar.
Deciding she was ready to apply her entrepreneurial experience to high growth technology ventures and venture capital, Samantha entered the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University to earn a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). During her time at Rice Business, she helped launch two tech startups, worked with a startup private equity firm, and interned at Station Houston. Samantha pitched at five business plan competitions including the Rice Business Plan Competition and the Rice Launch Competition where her startup, Trace Matters, won the $10,000 first place prize for their lab-grade, portable chemical analyzer.
Samantha joined the GOOSE Society in 2018 and her responsibilities include portfolio management, due diligence, deal sourcing, and operations.
Samantha is a recipient of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship, the National Association of Women MBA’s Scholarship, and the Jones Citizen Award. Her Rice peers elected her as Alumni Class Ambassador for the full-time Class of 2017. Her favorite position at Rice, though, was as President of the Rice Business Wine Club where she launched the inaugural Rice Business Wine Tasting Competition.
Samantha received a BA in political science and history with a concentration in European Union Politics from Texas A&M University in 2009. She earned an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing from Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in 2017.