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Gabriella Rowe Named New CEO of Station Houston


Rowe brings her leadership and talents to advance Station
Houston's vision in supporting the city's growing innovation and startup

, a growing hub for startup technology companies, corporate
innovation and entrepreneurship, announced today the appointment of
Gabriella Rowe as its new CEO. Rowe, an experienced business leader and
innovation strategist, will accelerate the transformation of Station
Houston into a world-leading innovation hub, establish powerful
partnerships amongst academic institutions, corporations, investors and
entrepreneurs, and help drive the development of Houston's Innovation
District alongside numerous startup development organizations,
educational institutions, corporate partners and the City of Houston.

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Gabriella Rowe Named New CEO of Station Houston (Photo: Business Wire)

Gabriella Rowe Named New CEO of Station Houston (Photo: Business Wire)

Rowe assumes the leadership of Station Houston from John Reale, who will
remain on the Board of Directors and an active mentor of Station's
startup companies. Reale co-founded Station Houston alongside Blair
Garrou, Emily Keeton and Grace Rodriguez in 2016. Through Reale's
leadership, Station quickly established itself as the hub of software
entrepreneurship in Houston, helping to support the region's innovation
and entrepreneur community. Reale was instrumental in forging Station
Houston's partnership with Rice University and developing key
initiatives to help launch and support Houston's Innovation District.

"What JR has done in such a short amount of time is incredible. I'll
work closely with him during this transition period and leverage his
expertise as we continue to grow and support even more startups and
attract more venture capitalists to Houston," said Rowe. "I am so
excited to get started because I think we are only scratching the
surface relative to the resources, education, and collaborations we can
bring to make Houston a groundbreaking city for long-term innovation and
entrepreneurship. I am looking forward to leading the team and working
with our community of 180 startups and 350 corporate and individual
members as we begin this next phase of growth."

Co-founder Garrou, Managing Director at Mercury Fund and a board member
at Station Houston, said, "We took a huge step forward when the city
announced the development of the Innovation District earlier this year,
but it's just the start. Gabriella brings a diverse background of
executive and civic experiences and embodies everything we were looking
for in our next leader. We are thrilled she agreed to help us take
Station Houston to the next level, with the goal of further accelerating
innovation and entrepreneurship within Houston."

"The first time I met Gaby, I was immediately impressed. I believe in
her and her leadership, and I'm so glad she will be leading Station
forward. This is an important day for Station and more importantly,
Houston," said Reale. "I'm extremely proud of what we've accomplished
over the past two-and-a-half years as we now look to this next phase of
growth. Our ecosystem is thriving because Houston continues to be a
great ecosystem for entrepreneurs. I'm grateful for our team and all the
community's support."

Prior to Station Houston, Rowe was the Director of Project Management
and Corporate Development at Nord Anglia Education. Just prior, she was
the Head of School at The Village School in Houston, a position she was
actively recruited for and, after one year, grew student enrollment by
20 percent. There, she spearheaded major school expansions and
innovative curriculum updates, such as required coding classes for
middle-school students, an entrepreneurship diploma with The Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a partnership with MIT to
enhance Village's STEAM program. Before Village, Rowe was an education
executive, investment banker and management consultant in New York City
for more than 25 years.

"Gabriella's enthusiasm for the innovation district that Rice and its
partners are establishing is phenomenal," said Alan Arnold, Investment
Director for Real Estate, Rice University. "She has a deep management
skill set developed during a distinguished career building and advising
businesses, including laser focus on the infrastructure and
organizational tools required for accelerating growth and success. Rice
is grateful for the work that Station Houston has done thus far, and we
are excited about the continuation of our partnership under Gaby's

Beyond education, Rowe is a champion of the growth and success of
Houston. Currently, she is the chair of the Learning Committee for
Houston Exponential, a member of both the Greater Houston Partnership's
Economic Development and Trade Committee and the Greater Houston
Partnership's Executive Women's Committee, while also serving as a board
member of TXRX Labs and First Tee of Greater Houston. Rowe has also been
a mentor at Station Houston for the last 18 months and in 2017, she was
named to the Houston Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" list.

"I believe in Houston and our ambitious community. I have great faith in
the people of this city and the leadership and competitive spirit of our
civic leaders," said Rowe. "When we all come together and support the
hopes, dreams and expectations of our entrepreneurs, I have little doubt
that Houston's startup founders will achieve success synonymous with
other technology hubs across the country."

About Station Houston

Station Houston's vision is to transform Houston into a world-leading
hub for technology innovation and entrepreneurship. This vision unfolds
as a vibrant community where people live, work and play, with Station
serving as the connective tissue fostering our culture of innovation.
Station launched in March 2016 and now serves over 200 startups, 400
members, 130 mentors, and dozens of high-impact strategic partnerships
with corporations and service providers that represent the key
industries serving the Houston economy.

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