Our Leadership Team

Bridgepoint’s leadership team consists of many Big Four alums and industry experts, with deep expertise and a passion for client success. While each of these professionals bring unique experience and energy to the table, they work especially well as a team. Our firm’s number one goal is to add value to clients, and our leaders drive this core value in every area of our business.


Bob Smith Principal
Michael Johnson Principal
Vince Trevino Principal
Manuel Azuara Principal
Monica Gill Principal
Jeff Hiddemen Principal

Management Team

Pete Pearson  |  Director, Startup Services

Pete Pearson headshot

As Director in Bridgepoint’s Startup Services practice, Pete Pearson helps support and optimize early-stage and fast-growing companies across central Texas. Pearson is a seasoned financial and business leader, who brings over 20 years of experience with Big 4 and public and privately-held high growth companies in a variety of industries. He has a strong background in strategic financial leadership, building and supporting teams in high growth companies, mergers and acquisitions and financial process improvement. A licensed CPA, Pearson received his Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Business Management & Accounting from Oregon State University.


Eric Downs  |  Director, NetSuite Consulting

Eric Downs is Director of Bridgepoint’s NetSuite Consulting practice in Seattle. Downs brings 20 years of experience to Bridgepoint with a specific emphasis on the Professional Services, Wholesale Distribution, Retail, and Manufacturing industries. With deep expertise in practice development, solution architecture, management consulting and accounting, he combines technical capability with strong leadership and business acumen to drive innovative technology solutions for clients. Downs earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) from San Jose State University. He also holds several industry certifications, including NetSuite Certified ERP Consultant, Certified Intacct Implementation Consultant and Certified Dell Boomi Developer 1. Learn more about Down’s expertise and NetSuite experience in this press release.


Lucas Walters  |  Director, Financial Operations

Lucas Walters

Lucas Walters is Director of Bridgepoint’s Financial Consulting practice in Houston. He provides financial and operational leadership expertise (CFO services) to Bridgepoint clients, and has extensive experience across multiple executive-level functions, including accounting, finance, HR, IT and facility management. Prior to Bridgepoint, he served as a VP of Finance for a fast-growing Austin startup. Walters earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Concordia University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas–Austin. He is a Certified CPA in the state of Texas.


Trent Turner  |  Director, Financial Operations

Trent Turner is Director of Bridgepoint’s Financial Consulting practice in Dallas. In this role, he provides financial and operational leadership expertise (CFO services) to Bridgepoint clients. Trent has twelve years of C-Level executive experience with over twenty five years of financial analysis and process improvement experience, including eight years in Finance at Dell Inc. and twenty years managing direct reports. He has a proven ability to leverage internal and external resources for proper decision making. He has expertise in process Improvement, system implementation, cash management, forecasting and budgeting, complex financial reporting and analysis, strategic financial planning and risk management. Recognized as a strong leader, Trent is great at building a highly motivated, results oriented, loyal team while maintaining a positive and productive work environment.


Stephanie McNelis  |  Director, Financial Operations

Stephanie McNelis is Director of Bridgepoint’s Financial Consulting practice in Dallas. In this role, she provides financial and operational leadership expertise (CFO services) to Bridgepoint clients. Stephanie has 17 years of management experience in operations, human resources, accounting, and finance. She has accounting and finance experience in software, financial services, and broker-dealers, and specializes in acquisition integration  and due diligence.


Vijay George  |  Director, Technology Consulting

Vijay George

As Director of Technology Consulting for Bridgepoint, Vijay George leads strategic efforts to support public sector organizations with a broad range of digital transformation initiatives, including IT strategy and planning, assessments, technology optimization, systems integration and cloud migration. George is a strategic and digital transformation leader with more than two decades of executive and technology leadership experience. He has led transformational initiatives designed to increase growth and efficiency for organizations in a wide variety of sectors including utilities, state and local government, IT services and manufacturing. Learn more about Vijay’s expertise and public sector experience in this press release.


Kristi Kershaw  |  Director, Professional Search

As Director of Professional Search at Bridgepoint, Kristi leads the overall strategy and operation for the Professional Search practice. Kristi has 15 years of progressive experience in professional accounting and finance roles, including Big 4 public accounting as well as private and publicly-traded companies. In 2007, Kristi transitioned into an Executive Recruiter role for a leading executive search firm. Most recently, she led the talent acquisition efforts for a publicly traded global medical device manufacturer. Kristi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University, and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Ross Goolsby  |  Director, Financial Operations

Ross Goolsby

Ross Goolsby is Director of Bridgepoint’s Financial Consulting practice in Houston. He has extensive experience in capital markets, including the venture capital and IPO process, international expansion, and merger and acquisitions with high growth companies.  He has broad experience in planning and forecasting, treasury and cash management, investor relations, internal controls, information systems, and SEC compliance and reporting. He is the former CFO of several technology companies, including Calxeda, HealthTronics and SigmaTel.


David Roe  |  Managing Director, Risk Services

David has over 25 years of experience in internal audit, accounting management, and corporate governance/compliance. Prior to joining Bridgepoint Consulting, David was an Executive Director in Ernst & Young’s advisory practice serving clients across various industries and ranging from public multinational Fortune 100 to private emerging companies. He led projects covering Internal Audit implementation through outsourcing; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; risk management; and business process/control improvement. David also served as Controller for a manufacturer/distribution company and internal auditor for a large defense contractor.

David leverages his expertise in understanding business issues, people management and technical skills to help companies achieve sustainable risk management and compliance solutions. He received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian University, is a Certified Public Accountant* in the state of Texas and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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Gina Budd  |  SVP, Marketing

Gina brings more than 20 years of in-depth experience in marketing and public relations to Bridgepoint Consulting. She has provided numerous companies with marketing and communications strategies, including small businesses, large healthcare organizations and publicly traded companies. Her past experience includes  managing the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program,  leading accounts at SicolaMartin and directing marketing  and branding  efforts for several start-up companies in Austin. Gina graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University.

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