BOARD CHAIR: Karen LeVert – Co-Founder & CEO, Southeast TechInventures
Karen LeVert is President and Co-Founder of Southeast TechInventures and Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Ag TechInventures, Inc. Karen’s business experience encompasses both corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with over twenty-five years of successful leadership experience in start-ups, technology commercialization and executive management. She started her career at a Fortune-500 insurance company in positions of increasing responsibility from computer programmer, to controller, to general manager of a 500-person Property & Casualty service center. Her first entrepreneurial venture was launching a franchise bioremediation company in 1998 that she later sold in 2001. Before co-founding STI, Karen co-launched a Silicon Valley venture-funded software company where she served as Executive Vice-President of Business Development. Along with her professional duties, she serves as a Board member for Ag TechInventures, Southeast TechInventures, North Carolina School of Science and Math, NC IDEA Foundation and LCBA Life Insurance company.
Peyton Anderson – CEO, Affinergy
Peyton Anderson is CEO of Affinergy, a Duke spinout commercializing peptide linkers as coatings for medical devices. Previously, Peyton was founding CEO of SciQuest, Inc. and raised over $175 million in capital prior to the company’s IPO in 1999. Peyton currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the NC Biosciences Organization. Previously, he served on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network where he mentors early stage entrepreneurs; and is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial conferences and MBA classes.
Greg Brown – President and Owner, Cardinal Finance
Greg Brown is President and Owner of Cardinal Finance which provides fractional CFO and other financial advisory services to small and mid-sized businesses. He is also the Administrator of Charlotte Angel Fund, one of the most active angel investor funds in North Carolina. Greg has served as the Chief Financial Officer of multiple venture capital backed private and early stage public companies, as well as having ten years of experience in the venture capital industry. His career has been devoted to serving entrepreneurs and the companies that they create as a trusted business partner and investor.
Lee Buck – Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
Lee Buck is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. He is also an angel investor in software technology companies through Blue Bright Ventures. Prior to his investment activities, Lee built a succession of software companies that anticipated and benefited from successive waves of technology disruption. Lee was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Near-Time, enabling organizations to leverage web 2.0 technologies to build more dynamic interactive relationships with customers, partners and other stakeholders. Previously, Lee was co-founder and CTO of Extensibility, Inc., a leading provider of XML solutions, acquired by TIBCO Software, Inc. Following the acquisition, Lee served as TIBCO’s VP and Chief Scientist, XML Technologies. In his first venture, Lee founded Software Designs Unlimited helping clients such as National Geographic Society, Simon & Schuster and McGraw Hill bring educational and informational resources to computers via CD-ROMs. Lee is a recognized authority on XML and schema and has helped shape a number of Internet standards by serving on committees such as the W3C’s XML Schema Working Group. Lee was also an award-winning author of an AppleScript Rapid Application Development tool bundled by Apple Computer.
Patti Gillenwater – President and CEO, Elinvar
Patti Gillenwater is President, CEO and owner of Elinvar, a highly innovative executive search firm. She is an experienced business leader who has extensive nonprofit and professional association board experience. Patti’s experience as an entrepreneur is highlighted by her successful navigation of major changes in the industry and her creative approach to reinventing the business model of her firm with the result of sustaining business success while evolving and growing the firm’s capabilities and focus. As a trusted advisor to executives of entrepreneurial and middle market companies in the Triangle, many organizations have benefited from her business savvy. Her firm is frequently selected to conduct key leadership searches for organizations that have significant impact on NC and its residents. As a result, Patti has an extensive network of relationships with leaders in our state.
Randy Myer – Managing Director, Carolina Angel Network
Randy Myer is the Managing Director of Carolina Angel Network (CAN), designed to connect alumni, donors, parents and other members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s entrepreneurial community with promising UNC-affiliated, early stage, private companies for the purpose of providing advice and funding. He also currently serves as an Entrepreneurship Professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for both the undergraduate and MBA programs. Randy began his career as a partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and was with the firm for 13 years. In 1991, Randy founded Best Friends Pet Care, a national chain of luxury hotels for dogs and cats that was sold to a private equity company in 1997 and is still in existence today. After selling Best Friends Pet Care, Randy was President of Lindblad Travel, a high-end travel company. Randy is an active local investor and board member, serving as a Board member of a medical device startup, Carolina Research Venture Fund and NC IDEA Foundation. He is a former Board member and Executive Committee member of the North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Sean O’Leary – CEO and President of KnowledgeTree
Sean O’Leary is the CEO and President of KnowledgeTree, a company that develops a single platform for professionals to create, discover and recommend content for sales teams. Previously, Sean was CEO and President of RTP-based StrikeIron, acquired by Informatica in June 2014. Sean has over twenty years of technology sales and operations related experience with a proven track record in building and leading global organizations for both Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed enterprises. Sean currently serves as a Board member for KnowledgeTree, inMotionNow and NC IDEA Foundation.