Managing Partner, Dry Powder Capital
Chris Cook is an accomplished entrepreneur with experience in the retail and technology segments. As the founder and CEO of Sleep Experts, a Texas chain of mattress retail stores, Chris successfully competed with two of the largest chains in the country, both headquartered in Texas, and produced average store sales double the industry average. Sleep Experts distinguished itself on exceptional customer service and earned a reputation as a best-in-class retailer. Mattress Firm acquired Sleep Experts in April of 2014. Prior to Sleep Experts, Chris was on the founding team of SiteStuff, a venture backed, e-commerce company with a focus on procurement solutions for commercial property managers. As the EVP of Business Development, he was involved in three rounds of funding, and the acquisition and deployment of customers. SiteStuff was acquired by Yardi Systems, the leader in real estate software solutions. Chris currently serves on the board of the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of North Texas, and is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), where he served on the board from 2008 through 2013. Graduating from SMU with a BBA in Finance in 1991, Chris returns on an annual basis to guest lecture at the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship.