Entrepreneurship Advisory Council

Phil Ankeny

Minnetronix


Phil Ankeny

CFO of Minnetronix, a medical device company in St. Paul, MN. Former CFO and interim CEO of SurModics, Inc. Former CFO of Cognicity.
Venture capital, investment banking, finance, IT, marketing, and management.


Daryl Brockman

Signature Financial Partners, LLC


Daryl Brockman

President and CEO of Signature Financial Partners, LLC since 1995. 401k management, estate planning, executive benefits, and asset management.


Alice Brown

GoodSteps


Alice Brown

Founder and owner of GoodSteps, self-sustaining business with the primary focus of giving back. Former Senior Financial Services and Products Associate at
Alston & Bird LLP.


Dennis Calvert

BioLargo, Inc.


Dennis Calvert

President and CEO of BioLargo, Inc. and BioLargo Life Technologies, Inc.

Ballard Castleman

CIS Group of Companies


Ballard Castleman

CEO at CIS Group of Companies. Former CDO at Palm Beach Tan, Inc., President at EFO Holdings, L.P., and VP of the Corporate Finance Group at Heller Financial.


Brian Deblitz

Ettain Group, inc


Brian Deblitz

Co-Founder, CFO/CAO of ettain group Inc. Led the company from a start-up Charlotte-based IT Staffing firm to a nationally recognized IT Staffing and Solutions company.


Laura Deisley

Reimagine:Ed


Laura Deisley

Co-Founder of Reimagine:Ed. Director of Strategic Innovation at The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA. Co-Founder of the Atlanta K12 Design Challenge. Founding Director of Lab Atlanta.


Phil DeSimone

JLL’s Boston Brokerage Group


Phil DeSimone

Managing Director in JLL’s Boston Brokerage Group. Formerly in asset/property management for Whittier Partners and Nordblom Company.

Dave Felman

Hill Ward Henderson, Law Firm


Dave Felman

Shareholder with Hill Ward Henderson, law firm in Tampa, Florida.


Michael Friezo

Lydian Advisory Group


Michael Friezo

Co-founder and Partner at the Lydian Advisory Group. 30 years experience as an investment banker at various Wall Street firms in both Houston and New York.


Melissa Hawks

The Well Appointed House, LLC


Melissa Hawks

Founder of The Well Appointed House, LLC. Publishing, advertising, global branding, new business and finance.


Gary Herman

Galloway Capital Management, LLC


Gary Herman

Managing member of Galloway Capital Management, LLC. Former managing member of Abacoa Capital Management, LLC and investment banker with Burnham Securities, Inc.

Gordon Hester

Roberti Enterprises


Gordon Hester

CEO for Roberti Enterprises for the last 25 years, managing Jeff Roberti’s Juice Plus business and the management of Jeff Roberti’s financial affairs.


Eric Hill

BioRx


Eric Hill

Co-founder of BioRx, a national specialty pharmacy company that distributes intravenous biotech drugs. Founder of several companies beginning in 1998.


Sydney Kitson

Kitson & Partners


Sydney Kitson

Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of master-planned communities, commercial properties and golf courses.


Paul Kotos

Capital Investing LLC and Capital Strategy LLC.


Paul Kotos

Managing Member/Owner of Capital Investing LLC and Capital Strategy LLC.

John Marbach

Codecademy


John Marbach

Email Marketing Manager at Codecademy.


Megan McCamey

Social Ventures and GreenPoint Corporation


Megan McCamey

Founder of Social Ventures and SVP at the GreenPrint Corporation. Former Executive Director at the McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation and Senior Advisor to the CEO for Points of Light.


Michael Monaco

CDG Group, LLC


Michael Monaco

Senior Managing Director of CDG Group, LLC., an independent financial advisory firm.


Scott Monette

100 Percent Wine


Scott Monette

Founder and CEO of 100 Percent Wine. 100 Percent is a premium winery that donates all profits to charity.

Alan Naumann

Contrast Security


Alan Naumann

Chairman and CEO of Contrast Security. Former CEO at 41st Parameter, leading the cloud software company to its $325M acquisition by Experian.


Steve Nedvidek

Chic-fil-A


Steve Nedvidek

Innovation & Design Specialist at Chic-fil-A who teaches, coaches and facilitates sessions that help staff members apply design thinking to their work.


Deb Perkins

Cat Perkins LLC


Deb Perkins

CEO and Co-Founder of Cat Perkins LLC, a company that designs and manufactures contemporary ladies fashion footwear with interchangeable tops.

Ed Powell

IPX


Ed Powell

CEO of IPX which manages Intellectual Property portfolios for leading universities and corporations.


Dhruva Rajendra

Fast Rope Labs


Dhruva Rajendra

Founder of Fast Rope Labs. Former Co-founder of Latch and Innovation and Strategy Officer at CTIS, a health informatics company.


Woody Rich

Floyd Capital Partners


Woody Rich

Managing Principal at Floyd Capital Partners

Don Seitz

Inkubate


Don Seitz

CEO of Inkubate, a writing analytics technology company. Director of Alumni Engagement at Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Senior Vice President at Author Solutions, Inc., the world’s leading self-publishing company.



Fred Saint

Apartments.com


Fred Saint

President of Apartments.com, a CoStar Group, Inc. company in Atlanta, Georgia. Former President of LoopNet.com and CEO of Cityfeet.com

Rod Sides

Deloitte Consulting LLP


Rod Sides

Vice Chairman, US Retail and Distribution Leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP

S. Sebring Sierra Jr.

Lighthouse Healthcare Group, LLC


S. Sebring Sierra, Jr

President and Co-Founder of Lighthouse Healthcare Group, LLC based in Tampa, Florida. President and Co-Founder of Fine S Properties, LLC.


Gary Smith

Ciena
(Chair)


Gary Smith

(full biography) President and CEO of Ciena, a global leader in next-generation telecommunications infrastructure that enables high-capacity, intelligent networks. Lead Outside Director for CommVault Systems, Inc.


Maureen Stockton

Formé


Maureen Stockton

Owner and Inventor at Formé, a new consumer products company focused on addressing women’s desire for enhanced shoe comfort and improved shoe wardrobe maintenance.


Past Advisory Council Members

Troy Knauss

Angel Investor


Troy Knauss

Partner in a number of Angel funds and networks that invest in high-growth and turnaround companies. Troy has over 20 years of experience in family, growth, and start-up businesses.