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Hermine Benard is passionate about entertainment, arts, education and business development which led her to explore different paths. She has been actively involved in short film productions with local Houston “in-the-making” filmmakers, as an actress, adviser, and producer. Hermine was also the Marketing Associate of the Houston Cinema Arts Society, currently sits on the board of Aurora Pictures Show, and is a 12-year veteran of the Houston-based French theatre Company, Et Voila Theatre – as director, actress and former president. She is currently Director of Corporate Development (M&A) at National Oilwell Varco, an Oil & Gas equipment manufacturer. While at NOV she held positions in accounting, financial reporting, purchasing, and sourcing. Hermine holds an Executive MBA from Rice University Jones School and a Bachelor degree in Management from INSEEC- Paris, France. She has cultivated her experience in theatre and film by attending theatre and voice workshops, studying Film History, Film Production and Photography classes at HCC, SWAMP and Houston Photography Center, and the MFAH Glassell School of Arts.