As the CEO of Estacar Companies, I lead and develop entrepreneurs. I've had the privilege of coaching and facilitating accelerated growth for over 85 organizations over the last 17 years. As an entrepreneur and coach, I am honored to lead a team of experienced professionals to provide executive coaching and professional services for highly motivated, growth-oriented organizations and individuals. I am originally from the DFW area and was raised in the family business and entrepreneurship. Having chosen Amarillo as my home for the last 20 years, I now own two businesses and am very passionate about our community and our future. I am married to Daniel Burns and have two amazing daughters Taea and Tylar.
SERVICE & COMMUNITY: Amarillo Symphony, Board Member 2015-2019; The Parc, Board Member 2016-2018; Pinnacle Group, 2015-Present; Go Texan Member 2014-Present; Texas Department of Agriculture, GoTepp Advisory Board 2014-2016; St. Mary’s Cathedral School Board Member 2013-2016; Youth Entrepreneurship: AISD, Canyon ISD, and River Road High School 2008-2011; Habitat for Humanity Fundraising Committee Member 2011-2013; Amarillo Montessori Academy, Board Member 2008-2011; Business Women Member 2008-2011, Amarillo Humane Society Volunteer 2004; USAVB Volleyball Coach 2006, Executive Board 2006-2008; Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, Executive Board 2003-2006, Member, Gala Chairperson 2003-2006; NCAA Volleyball & NCAA Basketball 1995-1997
AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
Coach U CEG, AAF Gold Addy 2019 Book Design, AAF Gold Addy 2019 Card, Invitation, Announcement Campaign, AAF 2019 Special Judges Award, Top Emerging Business Amarillo Chamber of Commerce 2015, Department of Agriculture 2014, Leadership Amarillo & Canyon 2012, AAF Silver Addy 2012, AAF Gold Addy 2013, AAF Silver Addy & Gold Addy 2015, AAF Silver Addy 2016, AAF Special Addy Award 2016, AAF Silver Addy 2017, Top 20 Under 40 Award 2011, Texas Business Women Young Career Women 2010
Halee Desimone is a visionary that uses her skills in program & curriculum development, design and building team structure, in areas of education, non-profit organizations, businesses, and interiors & event design. Her local and international work with team management, project design, and vision execution has seen countless projects grow and thrive. She is gifted at working with clients on executing their needs and desires in ways they would have never thought they would love. With her background in interior design, she has managed multiple building and remodeling projects for various types of clientele. Furthermore, her expertise and creativity in the event and floral industry bring her skills in management and unique design full circle. Leading teams to execute a flawless vision is what she has done for the past 13 years. With Estacar Companies, she works to support client needs, create and launch new ideas, and manage on-going projects.
SERVICE, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & COMMUNITY: Board of Directors of Streams of Water Ministry, 15 years of service with non-profit organization, 15 years of missions ministry experience, 8 years volunteer non-profit fundraising coordinator, 9 years as program coordinator AISD.
CHRISTINE PRICHARD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
SENIOR ADVISORY EXECUTIVE, HR GENERALIST
HR Generalist with over 17 years of progressive HR knowledge and experience including benefits, compensation and payroll, staff and policy development, employee relations, technology and records management, and legal compliance. Strives to create and maintain an employee-focused culture that emphasizes quality products and service, continuous improvement, and high performance throughout the organization. She brings this wealth of experience and focused motivation to her work with Estacar Companies.
She received her bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University in Business Administration and Management. She has received her certification for SPHR in 2010, and SHRM-SCP in 2015.
SERVICE, COMMUNITY & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Professional member - SHRM 2008 - Present, Board member Panhandle Human Resources Association, 2018-Present. Proud owner of 2 rescue dogs. Served as a billet parent for Amarillo Bulls Hockey, 2010-2012.
Ellen Graham is a Fractional Executive and Office Administrator for Estacar Companies. She has over 36 years of experience working in accounting and bookkeeping. She has worked in a variety of industries including oil & gas, travel agency accounting, real estate and personal finance. She uses her attention to detail and analytical reasoning to help each client run an efficient accounting department.
Ellen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She and her husband, Greg have lived in Amarillo for 36 years. Her skills include a working knowledge of transactional accounting including accounts payable, revenue/accounts receivable, payroll including government reports, property tax analysis and preparation/analysis of financial and management reports.
Ellen’s community service involvement includes Amarillo Komen Race for the Cure- Underwriting Co-Chair for 3 years and 2018 Honorary Chairman, Amarillo Symphony Ball Committee-Special Events Co-Chair, High Plains Food Bank and Amarillo Little Theatre volunteer, Junior League of Amarillo member 1984-2000. She currently serves on the finance board for Haven Health Services.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, FRACTIONAL EXECUTIVE
Kara Word has over 6 years of experience in the business of banking, with knowledge and experience ranging from banking operations to loan administration. Kara has also worked in the non-profit sector as a Director of Development gaining knowledge and insight on creating development plans, developing social media and website plans, grant writing, event planning, and fundraising. Accompanying her analytical abilities, she uses her unique creative talents as well and is able to easily transition between accounting and communications. In addition, Kara is focused, dedicated and highly skilled at task management and project development, all the while keeping the client's larger goals in focus. Kara enjoys working alongside a team and encouraging an environment of collaboration and positivity.
Kara earned her Bachelor of General Studies from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.
Kara is an environmentalist who strives to provide environmental education and tools to the local community for bettering the planet for current and future generations. Kara has created content on environmental wellness in Amarillo, TX and strives to share her knowledge with compassion and patience. Kara is vegan and loves introducing new food and products that are vegan and environmentally friendly.
Cherri Kerr is an Accounting Executive for Estacar Companies. She has 20+ years of experience working in the accounting field. She uses her keen ability to problem solve, effectively research and analyze various client projects, to help assist in the running of efficient accounting departments.
Cherri earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. She also earned her Associate in Applied Sciences in Computer Programming from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX. Her skills include a working knowledge of transactional accounting, including accounts payable, revenue/accounts receivable, general ledger, Gaap, financial analysis, process improvement, strategic planning, and budget and financial reporting.
SHAWN ROBINSON, MBA
EXECUTIVE CFO, CONSULTANT
Shawn has over 24 years’ experience as an operations and finance executive having served in various roles such as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Trust Operations, Certified Financial Manager, and Senior Marketing and Business Analyst. His diverse experiences expand across multiple industries including safety services, manufacturing, fuel services, wholesale, transportation, construction, insurance, banking, and financial services. Shawn flexes his professional skills through all aspects of financial analysis and strategic initiatives, and champions customer-centric operational management that enhances business growth increases revenues and drives profitability.
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He anticipates the completion of his Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) designation sometime in 2018. Shawn, his wife, and their two children live in Amarillo, Texas.
Karla is bilingual with 3+ years of experience in business, with an accounting focus. She received her bachelor's in accounting. She just graduated from West Texas A&M Univerity obtaining her MBA in Marketing. She has worked for the past 3 years as an accounting analyst in the insurance industry. She has participated in an external audit of large companies and has served as an intern for Ernst & Young. She serves the clients of Estacar with her tenacity, creativity, and dedication.
She has served as a volunteer as a Catechism Kid teacher in 2018.
Accounting Student WTAMU, Accounting Intern
Ryley is currently an Accounting student at West Texas A&M University. He has worked in customer service in the coffee industry for the past 10 years. He has traveled across Texas and New Mexico competing in coffee competitions. His job included training 30+ employees, while also developing several Training programs for the company. He has developed a deep passion for local businesses and strives to always be apart of the community of Amarillo. He serves the clients of Estacar with his adamant attention to detail, passion for business and excitement for growth.
He has competed and qualified for several regional competitions for the USTA men’s tennis league. He has also spent time volunteering on several mission trips in Detroit, Dallas, New Mexico and many places here in the Panhandle.
Accounting Student WTAMU, Accounting Intern
Parker is a student at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He is studying Accounting & Finance and is currently a junior in classification. He has made the Dean’s list most of his semesters at WT. Parker has a great deal of experience in managing finances and customer service, as he has owned a landscaping company for over 6 years. Parker serves the clients of Estacar with his hard work, dedication, and creative problem-solving.
Parker enjoys volunteering at his church every week leading the Junior High boys in Bible study. This past year he spent his summer in Holland, MI working as a camp counselor for Middle School boys. He hopes to return to serve in the future. Parker has also enjoyed the time he has spent serving on mission trips in both Denver and Dubai. In his free time, Parker loves to cheer on the Braves and spend time with his roommates anyway that he can.
Kimberly owns and leads Ignite Consulting. Having led sales teams for over 10 years, Kimberly is an expert in communication. Ignite Consulting and Estacar have partnered to present MasterMind Groups, Strategic Development and Marketing Initiatives, Executive Coaching and Training.
Our facilitated groups offer a combination of masterminding, peer brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Our objective in the group is to acquire knowledge, ideas and resources that will help move someone forward in accomplishing their goals.
Business Development, Advisory, Investment Business Acquisition