Candace Marie Haynes, also known as “C-Marie”, grew up in a home filled with music, imagination, and love. On any given day, she would spend hours in the family room dancing to music, singing songs and directing skits, where she would cast her three siblings as the main characters. Throughout grade school, Candace and her siblings, Garrett, Carmin, and Justin, formed a quartet and played their string instruments at various events throughout Atlanta, Georgia.
Candace also is inspired and influenced by her aunt, Chilli from the girl group TLC. Candace grew up learning the ins and outs of the music industry and would often say that she would make timeless, feel-good music like her aunt. Chilli, affectionately referred to as Tzonda, continues to share wisdom and opportunities that help guide Candace through her entertainment career.
Her fascination and desire to becoming an all-around creative grew as she watched her mom, Linda Bratton, write, direct and choreograph church plays. During this time, Candace learned about production coordination, from both the creative and business sides. At the young age of 7, Candace assisted her mom with choreographing a piece for the angels in the Christmas play.
Candace has been a featured speaker at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.
Alan O’Neill came to the United States in 1996 on a green card from Ireland.
Following a meteoric rise from plumber to president at another Houston company, Alan went out on his own and founded Abacus Plumbing in 2003. Under his leadership, Abacus won the Better Business Bureau Award for Excellence ten times, three of which were the prestigious Pinnacle Award. Abacus also garnered national attention for its record growth and was named one of the INC 5000 fastest growing companies in 2010 and 2011.
Over the last 15 years, Alan has grown Abacus from a three-plumber operation to Houston’s premier home services company, now boasting over $50 million in annual sales and over 220 employees. Also, Alan’s leadership now extends far beyond Abacus alone, as he currently serves as CEO of The Wrench Group South Central Region. Under his leadership, the three companies which make up this region have climbed to over $100 million in annual sales and over 600 employees spanning the Houston and Dallas areas.