The Name

Being based in Houston, we’ve often been asked if there’s an alumni connection with the University of Houston, whose mascot is the cougar.

Not quite.

CME founder Kevin Sorrell is a proud 1996 graduate of La Marque High School, 35 miles southeast of the nation’s fourth-largest city. The cougar is the school’s mascot, so the idea is that anything accomplished though his endeavors would be “this cougar’s marque” on the industry. It’s a bit cheesy, we admit, but it comes from the heart.

The two schools do have the same fight song, however (La Marque borrowing from UH), so, um, yeah, there’s that.

We also have a lot of people who pronounce the name as “Cougar’s Marquee.” But, seeing as how “marquee” has two Es and “marque” has one…