Anh Mai is the Co-Founder and CEO of Company OF Nomads. Anh is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in business and is a serial entrepreneur challenging the status quo. Providing cross-functional leadership across business areas from ideation to operations, he specializes in developing and launching unique concepts and creating the space and infrastructure for continued growth.
Lian Pham is the Co-Founder and CHO ( Chief Heart Officer) of Company of Nomads, a talent and entrepreneurial incubator. She is a change agent, disruptive entrepreneur, and is the heart and hustle of the company. She is an active champion of diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses in Houston, facilitating growth for makers, chefs, retailers, and more. Her leadership and vision are expanding the city’s skyline while supporting community resiliency and diversity. Lian has a strong foundation of finance, operations, and personnel management with ventures in hospitality, entertainment, design, and event management, among other formative spaces. She believes mentorship in a workplace is essential and is the company’s responsibility as leaders to teach, train, and inspire.
Shepard Ross started working in restaurants at a young age, supporting his writing/acting ambitions in New York And Los Angeles. An unexpected partnership in a New York supper club, and a 5-year stint working for Chef Michel Richard at his flagship Citrus Restaurant in Los Angeles, where he helmed events with Chefs Roger Vergé, Paul Bocuse and Julia Child, cemented his interest in wine, food and hospitality.
Educated at Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Wine School and The Court of Master Sommeliers along with extensive travel and work in multiple wine regions over twenty years, he specializes in designing unique wine and beverage programs.
Shepard also continues to make wine, since his first vintage in 2009, from Napa under his Label MadCat Cellars, named for his two daughters Madeline and Catherine. Shepard participates in events benefitting local charities, including IronSomm for The Periwinkle Foundation, Rodeo Houston, March of Dimes and more.
Shepard also worked for Paramount Studios, Disney, CBS and Sony on various sitcoms, dramas and feature films, including stints on Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.