Our team

Catalyst Financial Company was founded in 1994 by bankers who recognized the need for working capital financing among small to medium-sized businesses, through the discounted purchase of accounts receivable (factoring). The Catalyst team is based in Houston and serves all of Texas including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Corpus Christi, and brings over 50 years of experience to the company. It is this unique combination of managerial talent and practical business experience that distinguishes us from others in the industry and allows us to focus on the individual needs of our customers.



Glen Shepard is president of Catalyst Financial Company. He has worked in the financial service industry for more than 30 years and brings experience in finance, accounting, consulting, forecasting, and above all, service. Glen worked at Texas Commerce Bank from 1988 until 1994 in various roles including asset and liability management, commercial banking, and training. He served in the Commercial Banking Group for Compass Bank from 1994 through 1997. During 1997, he became partner in Catalyst Financial Company. Glen has a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University, a MBA from the University of Houston and has received his CPA certification.


Keary Barnes

Keary Barnes joined the Catalyst team in December of 2006 and brings over 18 years of factoring, accounts receivable financing and banking experience. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and heads up the marketing and business development efforts. Prior to joining Catalyst, Keary worked for Texas National Bank. While at the bank his responsibilities included small business lending and development, as well as starting and managing the factoring division for the bank. Keary earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M University and completed Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU


Richard Mann

Richard Mann serves as Senior Vice President, Controller and Portfolio Manager for Catalyst. Richard began his career as Controller with a locally based records management firm in 1994 after attending Texas Tech University. Richard joined Catalyst in 1999 as Credit Manager and was responsible for credit underwriting, reviewing and maintenance of client relationships. Today, Richard is responsible for overseeing financial reporting, credit underwriting, internal controls, risk management and plays a key role in planning and strategy development for Catalyst.


Sherri Gideon

Sherri Gideon joined Catalyst Financial Company in 2003 and serves as Senior Vice President Operations. She attended Texas A&M University and has over 30 years of experience in financial and management positions. She currently oversees Catalyst day-to-day operation and funding. Prior to joining Catalyst, Sherri worked in the oil & gas and energy industry. She managed contract negotiations, multi-million dollar force majeure events, and asset management for IPP and Cogen projects. She also prepared bank offering memorandums and lead off-balance sheet financings in US and Canada.

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