WGB Founders

Christy Prescott

CEO, Corporate Travel Planners

Founder & CEO Christy Prescott started CTP in 1991 as a one-location San Antonio venture. More than two decades later and still under Mrs. Prescott’s leadership, CTP has become one of the largest women-owned full service travel management companies in Texas and among the top 50 in the nation. CTP’s position in the marketplace is exclusively based on a commitment to excellence, the diversity of services offered and unparalleled customer service which allows us to be a comprehensive travel planning solution.

In early 2012, CTP came under the umbrella of Travel Leaders Group. Through this relationship with Travel Leaders, CTP has become a unique mix of local and global. Travel Leaders’ North America sales in 2011 exceeded $7 billion, from a network of 462 locations throughout the United States.

Travel Leaders successfully partners globally in over 80 countries in 1,300 locations and has a global purchasing power of $17 billion. This robust purchasing power translates into strong negotiating leverage directly benefiting our clients. However, our CTP office has been independently owned and operated for 25 years and is staffed by 70 dedicated business travel professionals. CTP has deep and rich ties to the San Antonio, TX community while also maintaining a healthy $17 billion in global purchasing power – essentially giving our clients the “best of both worlds”.

Trudy Madan

Chief Executive Officer, Synergyst Research, Discovery Clinical Trials

Trudy Madan launched Synergyst Research in 2006, Discovery Clinical Trials in 2009 and she has led it to five consecutive appearances on the Inc. magazine list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. She also has been recognized on the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of young business executives.

Prior to starting her business, she was a senior executive at insurance companies and physicians’ organizations, where she negotiated multi-million-dollar contracts with national hospitals, multi-specialty physician groups and ancillary organizations.

Her expertise includes physician and hospital contracting, strategic business development, marketing, and sales. She also has assisted organizations in obtaining NCQA accreditation.

Trudy holds a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University.

Deborah Bauer

Founder, Drake Commercial Group

Deborah Bauer is the founder of Drake Commercial Group, a commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Deborah has been in real estate since 1977, when she opened her first office in Austin. In 1982 she moved into the competitive specialty of commercial real estate and in 1992 she formed Drake Commercial Group in San Antonio.

For the past 15 years she has represented investors and developers in large land tract purchases. In addition to marketing in San Antonio, she also has offices in Austin, Texas; and Park City, Utah. Drake Commercial Group’s reputation, as well as Deborah Bauer’s commitment to excellence, has earned her the respect of the commercial real estate community as a top professional.

Cathy Amato

Entrepreneur

Along with her partners, Cathy Amato owns and operates 75 Subway restaurants,  and 1 Mooyah Burgers restaurant in San Antonio as well as Austin.  She most recently opened her new concept, Embers Wood Fire Grill and Bar in San Antonio.  These restaurants provide employment opportunities for well over 700 people.  She also manages the development of the Subway brand in South Central Texas by selling franchises as well as site selection and leasing.  This area consists of 500 restaurants over 63 counties including the cities of  San Antonio, Austin, Laredo and Waco.  She has received many awards for her contributions to the community as well as restaurant industry.

Outside of business, she is devoted to family, friendships, and any animal that crosses her path.  Her passions include reading, exercising, and socializing over great food and drinks. She is married to Charlie Amato and is blessed to have Marcus and Allison as her stepchildren.