Craig Ceccanti

Lecturer in Management - Marketing
(Rice MBA '08)

Craig Ceccanti is a founding member and CEO of Pinot’s Palette (formerly Pinot & Picasso), Houston’s first and premier, upscale BYOB Painting Studio. As a pioneer in the newly developed and rapidly expanding Sip and Paint industry, Craig has directed an innovative start-up business with one location to a concept which is now being sold nationwide. 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 TLC Network, The Business Journal, 002 Houston, Envy, Houston Press, ABC 13, Great Day Houston, among others. Outside of Pinot’s Palette, Craig stays true to his background in Consulting and Project Management. 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 LSU Houston Alumni Chapter, Jones Graduate School Entrepreneurial Organization, The Houston Art Tasting Fundraiser for Texas Children’s and serving on advisory boards. 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 or attending one of Houston’s many festivals.

Teaching Interests: 

-Marketing for small business