of the Endorsements received over the years:
If anyone ever asks you 'Who has the program
worked for?' have them call me."
built one of the top entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country, if not the world."
Russel Treat, President, EnerSys Corporation
Houston 100 2002 - The Aggie
100 2007, 2008 & 2011
Fast 100 2007, 2008 & 2009 -
FastTech 50 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2011
HBJ "Best Place to Work" 2012
Inc. 5000 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014
Mark Long, Long Performance Advisors
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Management
Indiana University Kelly School of Business
2010/2012 IU Trustees Teaching Award
"Dean Kring was a
great help to me."
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Owner, Gallery Furniture
Emerging Business Owner of
the Year 1988
"C. Dean is above extraordinary in so many ways. Excellent talent with
unlimited potential leading 100's."
Jack James, Jtg21 Technology Enterprise Solutions
"Services Cooperative Association is more than a networking group. It is
a business incubator that helps to grow your business.
I highly recommend that you attend a couple of the Wednesday morning breakfasts to learn
more about the group."
Martin Meyer, B. Meyer Bookkeeping
"My association with Dean goes back several years, and I
found him to be forthright and honest,
and highly experienced in helping startup companies like mine make better
business decision, improve marketing approaches, and see improved performance."
Jerry Cooper, Managing Partner, CDC Integrated Services
" . . . you are one of the long standing leaders
in this business
and we always find your your thoughts both interesting and useful."
Frank Lombard, Vice President, Katy Area Economic Development Council
"I am proud to be one of Dean's many
success stories. If you're serious about starting and growing your business,
Dean is the one you should talk to. He has helped me and I'm sure he can help
Ramon Santillan, Best Selling Author, Owner, Persuasive Interview
"Builder of Dreams!"
Terence Townsend, T.E. Financial Services
" . . . C. Dean for being a man that is very prompt and
timely, a much sought have attribute these days . . . "
Larry D. Mannings, Sr., Director VeteransTraining/ Job Placement Services
" . . . advice you gave me helped me build a
and for that I will always be grateful."
Rhonda Gage, Liberty National
". . . a wonderful inspiration to me in assisting me achieve
my business goals
for several years - always followed his advice and it is working for me as a
Suzanne Buckland, Curator, Galerie Spectra & President, Spectra Artists Inc.
"I was able to clarify my goals with your help. It was the moment I ceased
an employee and began my life as the owner of my own business."
Emily Laurel, Owner, Connecting Spirit
" . . . speak with Dean....his skill,
attention to detail and focus just may be the piece you've been looking for."
Sharon Lee, Rays 4 Pain
" . . . highly recommend him to any organization
who would like to increase their knowledge . . . "
Janneth Witworth, Virtual Assistant
"Working with you was
Al Spinks, Owner, Raynor Services, Inc.
Inc. 500 Company 1995
" . . . great contact for Emerging businesses."
Linda Reichhardt, Owner, The Office Furniture Source
"I learned a
lot from you."
"Your insights were extremely helpful and most beneficial
in the development of our project."
Chris Rogers, Novelist
President N.A.W.B.O. 1989-1990
Federation of Houston Professional Women "Woman of Excellence" 2000
Sarah Gallagher, Economic Development Director, City
Now President of The Katy Bridge Coalition - Missouri
"If you would like to know how business is really done in this city, I recommend you
C. Dean at one of his Services Cooperative Association breakfast meetings.
SCA is Houston's longest serving incubator/accelerator."
Jennie Larry Johnson, Owner, Creative Funding Solutions
"Thanks so much
for all you do for Houston!"
Ronald C. Green, Controller, City of Houston
for money and content."
Alan Wilkinson, ALPAW ~ New Zealand
"Working with you and SCA has been a real blessing
and I thank you for all you do for entrepreneurs in Houston."
Dr. Martin Bressler,
Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship,
Fulbright Scholar & Sam Walton Fellow, Houston Baptist University
only begin to tell you how pleased I am with the intensive training I received in
preparation for launching our incubator project in Harlem."
Yvonne Stafford, Secretary, Harlem Business Alliance - New
"All that I expected and more."
Gilbert Del Castillo, M.D.
"SCA serves as a shining example of what can be accomplished
by committed well organized individuals."
Moheiddine Djabri, Director General
Societe Algerienne de Commerce International ~ Algeria
"Thank you for
all that you do!"
Linda Lindsay, Lindsey's Office Furniture
" . . . a truly dedicated servant leader whom I am blessed to have as a resource . .
Hiett Ives, Trade Show Consultant
". . . gave me the confidence to take my platform global and for that
I am forever grateful!! Thank you Dean."
Toni Harris, Speaker - Trainer - Coach - Author
is an excellent Mentor to me and my company."
Karen Zhan, Owner, 7 Colors, LTD ~ China
"Dean is one of the pioneers in the entrepreneur/startup community
has virtually 'seen it all' when it comes to advising entrepreneurs in
getting their business started and profitable."
Doug Strahm, Director at Quorum
. . . I admire what you do on a regular basis for entrepreneurs!!!"
Art Fuller, Owner, Artful Enterprises International
"Thank you for all the support you have given me.
HESS and myself are very fortunate to have a friend like you."
Martha Cmelka, Office Manager,
The HESS Club (est. 1918)
" I have followed Dean's steadfast efforts over the past decade to provide an
encompassing incubator service to the budding entrepreneurs of Greater Houston.
He and his organization provide excellence guidance to people willing to take
the first step into business."
Bruce Badeau, Venture Architect
up the good work of helping people succeed!"
"I am grateful and thankful that our paths have crossed."
Jennifer Wozny, Owner, Power Learning
"I am always learning something by knowing Dean
. . . "
Russ Johns, Co-Founder, Future Media Association
Ben Huynh, Agent, Champions Real Estate Group
" . . . a pleasure to work with. His genuine
concern for the advancement of others is admirable."
Misha McClure, Community Investment Advisor, Comcast Cable
"I appreciate you and what you do for so many."
Natalie J. Evans, Owner, Evans Mundle Communications ~ Washington
"Gave me all the resources and support to make my vision a reality,
especially the hands-on entrepreneurial education along
with the diversity of the contacts and expertise that the incubators provided."
Norm Voss, Owner, New Dimensions Multimedia Computing
"With much thanks for a 'Great'
Alicia Hudson, President, N.A.N.N.I., Inc.
Houston 100 Company 1996
"Dean possesses the patience, genius and creativity to assist independent
entrepreneurs such as myself in accomplishing magnificent results."
Yvonne A. Ybarra, Yvonne A. Ybarra Photography
"Dean is the one individual who every entrepreneur in Houston
should contact for business development advice. "
Russell Neal, RTC Business Solutions
Wendolyn Smith, Owner, The Transcription Connection
"You are a man that helps capitalism grow in this Country."
Anne Sturgill, Import/Export Buyer/Seller
"The Center was obviously a good deal for me and
Charlie Montgomery, Fidelity Bonded Warehouse Company, Inc.
"Completely invaluable knowledge, and support."
Kristina Fleagle, Owner, Creative Practice Solutions ~ Delaware
enlightenment and inspiration for my personal vision."
Sol Bobst, Ph.D., Ceratox
". . . thanks for
Gabriela Arboleda, Capital CDC
investment I ever made in my business."
James Domengeaux, Comspace.com
". . . keep up the great work."
Richard Metts, CPC, DUROTECH
"Thank you for a valuable and comprehensive program for my company's
Barbara Gammer, Owner, Marketing Research On Call ~ Connecticut
"This has been truly what I was looking for."
Margarita Hernandez, Speaking Espanol
"Your efforts have assisted me in gaining the basic skills needed to
get my business off the ground and on its way to continued success.
I doubt such an achievement would have been possible without said assistance."
John Valenzano, Owner, HardLight Media
"I learned a lot about where to focus my energy and how to proceed."
Shannon Palmer, Your Personable Chef
"I'm moving forward
with the knowledge gained."
Johnathan Sage, Johnathan Andrew Sage, Inc.
when I doubted I could measure up, there you were still cheering me on."
Joan Garbo, Owner, Joan Garbo & Associates
"Working with Dean was the best thing I
ever did for my business."
Keith Robinson, Independent Internet Professional
"I want to express my appreciation for the
expertise, models, education
"We consider ourselves fortunate indeed to have
worked with you."
and support. I found your experience to be invaluable."
Connie Walker, President, Constance Walker Associates, Inc.
and confidence inspiring."
Brian J. Nichelson, Ph.D., TechMatters Institute
Peter Haskell, Partner, Rodas Haskell Associates, Inc
"The success levels I've achieved could not have been reached without
Cyndi Gutierrez, Artist Owner, Art & Frame
being a part of my growth."
Lorraine Mettlach-Larzabal ~ California
"Thank you for all you
have done to help Freedom Builders."
Cal Allen, President, Freedom Builders
"Altogether a very satisfying and richly rewarding experience.
Thank you very much for your dedication to my vision!"
Rev. Rosemary Behrens, Executive Director,
Women Achieving Independence And Financial Success
(The first not-for profit to be incubated in the nation)
Federation of Houston Professional Women "Woman of Excellence
"I appreciate your comments and
suggestions. It's what you do best. Again, thanks."
Andrea Robinson, Executive Director, Houston Proud
"I learned much . . ."
Sharon Jensen, Owner, RM Trading/Investments ~ Oklahoma
". . . how
much I am impressed with your work in the here-and-now
and how much I quote your many comments.
You got it right during the time when many of us only sort-of got it right."
Barbara L. Harley, Harley Consulting Group ~ California
VP - Science Park and Innovation Center Expert Group, Fellow - IC2 Institute
UKBI Award International Business Incubation Champion 2007
my time and money."
Cynthia Shaiu - Commercial Attaché
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
(Now Deputy Director for U.S., Canada and Europe)
"Thanks again for all your help."
Patrick Ryan, President & CEO, The Texas Chamber of Electronic Commerce
"You made my dreams come true."
Sarah Gallagher ~ Missouri
"Thank you for the years . . ."
Catherine James, Partner, Dixie Cullen Interests, Inc.
Houston 100 Company 2014
Fast 100 Company 2015 & 2016
"I am grateful beyond words."
Ann Stevenson, RN
"I have enjoyed the things that I have learned . . . "
Vickie Manies ~ Banco Popular
"Thank you for the extraordinary attention."
Paul Cummings - International Visitor Program,
Institute Of International Education
"Thank you for believing in me."
Denise Patrick, Owner, Patrick Marketing Group
(Now a partner in the largest advertising group in Houston.)
"Once again, thank you so sincerely."
Yeboa Amoa, Managing Director, Ghana Stock
Exchange - Ghana
"As I approach 20 years of having been
in the incubator,
I continue to realize what a beneficial program you provided and how much
I learned with the Services Cooperative Association and the Entrepreneurial
Development Center. Best regards to you and all the Advisors who made it
Paula Belleggie, partner in the first client company
in the Entrepreneurial Development Center
"Dean, you are a powerful example for all of us who are
Sandy Lawrence, Owner, Perceptive Marketing
"It worked for me."
Kathleen O'Brien, Owner, Business Support Center
Services Cooperative Association