Our Mentors

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Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett

Program Director

Joel Bennett encourages and use design thinking as a method of exploration. Joel enjoys being a group facilitator and have worked with scientists, engineers and business/financial folk to define and develop new and innovative platforms that result in commercialization. Cross-functional teams often function as self-directed teams assigned to a specific task. Assigning a task to a team composed of multi-disciplinary individuals increases the level of creativity and out of the box thinking.


Deborah Hooper

Deborah Hooper

President | Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Deborah Hooper joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in 2011 as the first woman President of Greensboro’s premier business association. In her role, Hooper drives the Chamber’s strategic intent to help businesses grow and prosper through networking events and forums, business and leadership education, and advocacy initiatives focused on K-12 education and workforce development. In addition, she is the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Greensboro Partnership’s Entrepreneur Connection business unit which serves as a catalyst to develop a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem and specific programs that supports the growth of higher performing businesses to generate outsized job growth.

 


Ron Culler

Ron Culler

CTO | Secure Designs, Inc.

Ron Culler is the Chief Technology Officer at Secure Designs Inc., a company specializing in Internet Security Solutions for the SME market. Ron is the founder and creator of the Firelan Managed Internet Security Service. Over 23 years in the Technology and Security Industry. Ron is a regular speaker on Internet Security and a guest lecturer at the School of Business at Wake Forest, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Bryan school of Business, as well as North Carolina A&T University. Ron has served on advisory councils for Novell, Compaq, and Sonicwall. Ron specializes in InfraGard, SonicWall Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) Council, MSP Alliance, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), ISACA, Computer Security Institute (CSI), CompTIA/MSP Partners, Gerson Lehrman Group Council, Channel Vanguard Council.

 


Adam Duggins

Adam Duggins

Partner | New Page Capital

Adam Duggins is a managing partner at New Page Capital, which is designed to acquire, operate and grow privately held companies in the Triad. Adam has a Bachelor’s in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a MBA from the University of Virginia.


Troy Knauss

Troy Knauss

Executive Director | ARI

As an excited entrepreneur, investor, and experienced executive, Tory enjoys meeting and speaking with the investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders who take risks to build personal wealth and jobs within their communities. Troy is currently an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest, and a partner/consultant at Velum Partners.


Jay Brennan

Jay Brennan

President | The Alternative Board of Greensboro & Highpoiont

Jay Brennan have owned, operated and invested in a variety of distribution, manufacturing and service businesses. In those businesses Jay has been involved in new plant start-ups, new product development, high performance team development and geographical sales expansion in addition to standard finance, sales, marketing and operations functions. As a TAB certified Board facilitator and coach, Jay has used his knowledge and experience to help company owners and business leaders maximize the results of their companies. Jay specializes in Board facilitation, CEO coaching and development, strategy development and formulation using Strategic Business Leadership, developing and executing sales and marketing plans.

 


April Harris

April Harris

President | New City Ventures

April Harris is the Chief Executive of New City Ventures, with strong partnerships in the following areas: marketing, fundraising, event management, urban planning, public policy, and neighborhood outreach.

 


Steve Brock

Steve Brock

Owner | ActionCoach

Steve Brock helps build teams, while helping small to medium sized business owners grow their businesses. Steve specializes in Sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, team building, exit strategy.

 


Michael Hentschel

Michael Hentschel

CEO | Intuitor, Inc.

Michael Hentschel is a “technology growth manager” with 30 years of hands-on corporate management, marketing/sales, and finance expertise. As CEO of TechVest Ventures, a venture accelerator group he founded in 1987, he has held full-time management and advisory positions in many client companies, including assignments as President, CEO, COO, CFO, VP of Development, and VP of Sales. He is currently part of the early-growth management teams of Intuitor (CEO), Family Health Network (CFO), Lacrosse Entertainment (CEO), RHT SpectraSafe (CFO) and assisting several others. Major funding successes include $17 million raised as CFO for Desktone (MA 2007), $12 million raised as CFO for Resilience (CA 2006), and raising $12 million for ePAC (CA 2002). Michael has helped 50+ companies raise $120+ million in equity. He co-managed VC Funds such as the $58-million Schroder Ventures in Silicon Valley (1984-87) with 27% compound IRR in his deals.


Gary Fly

Gary Fly

Speaker | Vistage International

Gary Fly is an strategic, visionary leader with ability to take complex situations, create solutions, build consensus and achieve desired results. CXO leadership talents reflected through successfully leading organizational paradigm shifts, nurturing relationships, developing talent, communicating strategic vision, and transforming strategy and culture.

 


Perter Raines

Perter Raines

Senior Consultant | Get You Found Online Marketting

Peter Raines is a Professional Internet Marketer and High Level Web Developer with substantial experience within the online marketing and development industries. Specializing in the development of road maps to achievable goals for clients’ online marketing campaigns. Peter specializes in SEO, AdWords, Marketing Automation, Branding and Identity, Internet Marketing, Link Building, Organic Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Advertising, Banner Negotiations, PHP Development, XML Development, JavaScript Development, Conceptual Web Design.

 


Dennis Stearns

Dennis Stearns

President | Stearns Financial

Dennis Stearns has built his career in financial planning, emphasis on personal financial planning. Dennis has led and participated in national Think Tanks on China, retirement planning and the Super Trend convergence. Dennis specializes in Investment planning, retirement planning, and international investing.

 


Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin

Owner & Designer | Roost Designs

Rachel Martin has been involved in the design field for over 26 years.  She started her career as a graphic designer with Carson-Dellosa Publishing, then an  art director with Trone, volunteered her design serves to the Greensboro Urban Ministry, was a designer with The Design Group and a design director with Mitre/Graphica.  Currently she is the owner of Roost Designs: “A place to come together & create, where brand design is artfully crafted. Where experience, instinct, hard work and good old southern hospitality speaks volumes. Our goal is to help grow great brands with like-minded folks who believe that through thoughtful design we can better the communities around us.”