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Craig Ceccanti

Craig Ceccanti

Lecturer in Management and Entrepreneurship

McNair Hall, Room 221-1

Craig Ceccanti is a founding member and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. As a pioneer in the newly developed and rapidly expanding Paint and Sip industry, Craig has directed an innovative start-up business with one location to a concept which is now over a hundred and fifty locations in the U.S. and international markets.

His contributions at Pinot’s Palette have involved strategy, financing, architecting proprietary technology, developing and standardizing operations, fundraising, building a team-based culture and a purpose-driven brand. These efforts have helped Pinot’s Palette attract both local and national media attention from CNBC, Fox Business, WSJ, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, TBS, CBS Films, among others.

Outside of Pinot’s Palette, Craig stays true to his background in technology and strategy consulting. He actively devotes his time to supporting young entrepreneurs, charities and alumni chapters in the Houston community. Some of his favorite projects include working with the Jones Graduate School Entrepreneurial Organization (JGSEO), LSU Houston Alumni Chapter, Painting It Forward Foundation and serving on advisory boards.

Over the last several years Craig has discovered a new passion of teaching and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. As an adjunct professor at the Rice Jones School, Craig teaches “Marketing for Small Business” and often guest lectures in “The New Enterprise” amongst other courses and universities.

Craig received his MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in 2008 to complement his 2003 dual-undergraduate degrees in MIS (BBA) and Computer Science (BS) from Louisiana State University. Originally from Slidell, Louisiana, Craig now calls Houston home. On his free days, you can find Craig perfecting his golf game, competing at CrossFit competitions or attending one of Houston’s many festivals.