Meet the VelocityTX Team

The VelocityTX team represents knowledgeable, collaborative, and innovative-driven professionals committed to helping bioscience companies bring their products to market.

J. Randolph (Randy) Harig
Chief Executive Officer

Rene Dominguez
President/COO

Meet the Support Team at the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF)

As the parent company of VelocityTX, the TRTF team provides support in the areas of finance, human resources, organizational development, IT, marketing & communications, and facilities. Learn More about the TRTF team.

Executive Leadership

J. Randolph (Randy) Harig, Chief Executive Officer
Rene Dominguez, Chief Operations Officer
John Paul (JP) Negem, Chief Financial & Real Estate Officer
Jessica L. Harris, Chief Administrative Officer

Finance & Accounting

Rubie S. Garcia, CPA, Director of Accounting
Anita Moreno-Navarro, Controller
Melissa Vasquez, Accounting Specialist

Marketing & Communications

Eliana Rodriguez, Director of Marketing & Communications
Arizbeth Posada, Sr. Marketing & Communications Specialist

Development

Carissa L. Costello, Development Coordinator

Facilities

Eduardo (Eddie) De Luna, Facilities Manager
Abel Hernandez, Maintenance Technician
Javier Hernandez, Maintenance Technician

J. Randolph (Randy) Harig

Chief Executive Officer

J. Randoph “Randy” Harig serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF) and its subsdiaries, VelocityTX, Alamo Angels, and Community House. In 2016, Randy was appointed Chairman TRTF. Since then he has redirected the focus of the foundation by forming VelocityTX and developing an innovation hub in downtown San Antonio. In 2017 Randy was named CEO of TRTF to oversee the growth of this hub.

Randy has enjoyed 40 years’ experience in the medical industry. This includes direct sales to customers as well as all levels of management within healthcare. Randy has held executive level positions in various businesses relating to the healthcare delivery system: President of a medical equipment leasing firm, President and CEO of an investment firm directed at medical properties, Managing General Partner of the Nix Medical Center, a 160-bed medical center and office complex, President and CEO of a regional manufacturer’s representative company and Chairman of the board of a Contract Research Organization. Randy served in the US Air Force, Air National Guard and Army Reserve for a total of 12 years. Randy is very active in the community and has held numerous roles with the San Antonio Chamber, Fiest San Antonio, University Healthcare Foundation and Research Park Foundation, among many others.

Rene Dominguez

President and Chief Operations Officer

Rene Dominguez is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF). As a member of the executive leadership team, Rene oversees the daily operations and leads the strategic initiatives of TRTF and its subsidiaries, VelocityTX, Alamo Angels and Community House. Prior to his position with TRTF, Rene was the Director of the International and Economic Development Department for the City of San Antonio. For a decade, Rene was responsible for the implementation of the City of Antonio’s economic development strategy including the industry development, small business, workforce, and international development divisions. Rene came to the City from the Community Development Loan Fund (CDLF), a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), where he was President and CEO promoting economic development and small business growth. Before that, he worked at St. Mary’s University in various positions, ending his tenure as executive director of development.

David Fonseca

Executive Vice President

David Fonseca serves as Executive Vice President for VelocityTX. David is responsible for leading the strategic planning and operations of VelocityTX, including the oversight of its sister organization, Alamo Angels. He works closely with the Texas Research & Technology Foundation leadership team to help entrepreneurs transform their dreams into innovative businesses that make San Antonio’s prosperity a reality. Before joining VelocityTX, David held positions at the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Committed to fostering entrepreneurship worldwide, David serves on the board of directors of InBIA, HealthCell, Geekdom, and Alamo Angels. David is a professor in the magister of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, serves as an advisor for Growth Wheel International, and has spoken and trained professionals across 12 countries. David holds a bachelor’s in finance and a master’s in business administration from TAMUCC. David is a recipient of the Young Alumni Award from TAMUCC and the Doctorado Honoris Causa of Pontificia Universidad de Huatusco, Mexico.

Juan "Sebastian" Garzon

Programs Manager

Juan “Sebastian” Garzon serves as programs manager for VelocityTX. Sebastian oversees the implementation of programs that support the growth of bioscience companies. Before joining VelocityTX, Sebastian worked in multiple roles at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), including Director of the Garcia Center and Program Manager for the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. In addition to his role with VelocityTX, Sebastian serves as executive director of Alamo Angels, San Antonio’s premier network of accredited investors.

Sebastian graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in finance and earned a master’s in business administration from TAMUCC. Sebastian has received multiple recognitions, including the 2016 achievement honoree from the TAMUCC College of Business, Corpus Christi 40 under 40 and is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 46. Sebastian is also the co-founder of Passport2Fluency, a company that creates opportunities to increase language fluency through virtual and overseas immersion experiences. 

Kaitlyn Bloch

Programs Coordinator

Kaitlyn Bloch serves as programs coordinator for VelocityTX. In this role, Kaitlyn is responsible for the day-to-day management of VelocityTX mentoring and coaching programs and the CEO Roundtable series. Before joining VelocityTX, she worked for The Learning Company and the Meadow’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, where she developed and implemented entrepreneurial support programs, workshops, and events. Kaitlyn holds a bachelor’s in management from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. 

McKenna Gallagher

Programs Coordinator

McKenna Gallagher serves as programs coordinator for VelocityTX. In this role, McKenna is responsible for VelocityTX BioGlobal Accelerator Program, Incubator Program, and the CoLabs facility. McKenna’s experience in technical settings, ranging from concept to commercialization, position her to bring a unique perspective in providing support to VelocityTX clients. Before VelocityTX, McKenna worked as a manufacturing engineer for medical devices, performed research and development for class III medical devices, and executed clinical research. McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Lili Chavez Pena

Community Champion

Lili Chavez Pena serves as Community Champion for VelocityTX. In this role, Lili brings a friendly and professional experience to guests of the VelocityTX Innovation Center. Lili began her career with VelocityTX as programs coordinator, where she led and managed the accelerator program, which comprised a cohort of five international companies. Before joining VelocityTX, Lili spent over 10 years in the banking, wealth management, and insurance industries in Mexico and the U.S. Lili holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in finance from Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Lili is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

BioGlobal Accelerator Program

The BioGlobal Accelerator Program is a highly competitive, 16-week collaborative accelerator program specialized for bioscience companies focusing on medical device, biotech and healthcare IT.

Incubator Program

The Incubator Program is designed to scale early-stage bioscience companies by providing long-term support and includes office and meeting space, access to industry experts, mentors, and more.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable is an exclusive membership program that brings together executives from non-competing bioscience and healthcare companies to foster innovation, collaboration, and connections.