Gary Hayes, COO & Managing Director, Scale Finance LLC
Gary is a seasoned financial executive with over 35 years of experience across multiple industries. He is currently Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Scale Finance LLC which is a leading provider of part time CFO and Controller support along with transaction advisory services to small and medium system companies primarily in the Southeast. Gary has also held senior financial management roles with Ateb, KOZ .com, Saga Software and Lockheed Martin where he provided leadership in raising growth capital, managed multiple acquisitions and implemented systems to improve efficiencies and reduce cost.
He is on the Board of Directors for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and Nourish International where he is also Treasurer.
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Clayton D’Souza, Sr. Business Development Manager, DataChambers
Clayton D’Souza is a Business Development Manager at DataChambers, an IT Infrastructure services provider headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C. In that role, he is responsible for penetrating the Raleigh, market selling IT Management solutions including Managed Data Center services, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Monitoring and Management solutions and Disaster Recovery options.
Mr. D’Souza has spent over 15 years in the Infrastructure services industry. Before joining DataChambers, he was a Sr. Account Executive for Peak10 Inc., a Managed Hosting Provider in the Raleigh area. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia Clayton spent 12 years there where he attended Georgia State University and has a Bachelors in Business Administration as well an MBA with a major in International Business.
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Loren Gold, Executive Vice President, Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
Loren Gold joined the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau team in July of 2005 as director of sales. In 2007 Gold was promoted to executive vice president, where he is responsible for leading the development of strategic sales and marketing programs, including brand management, market research, market communications, IT, advertising and public affairs.
Boasting over fifteen years of senior sales management experience, Gold previously held positions in the Washington, DC area as director of national sales in Wyndham International’s National Sales Office, as well as national sales manager for Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
Gold founded City Reps Inc., the country’s first company dedicated exclusively to multiple CVB representation. He generated meeting and tradeshow business leads for Bureau’s in Cincinnati, Houston, Long Beach, Memphis, Minneapolis, Providence and San Jose.
Gold currently serves as Chair of the Destination Marketing Association International’s Sales & Marketing Committee an instructor for DMAI’s Sales Academy I and II, Chairman of the Board for the Triangle Regional Film Commission, a bi-annual guest lecturer at East Carolina University’s School of Hospitality Management and an advisory board member to Wake Technical Community Colleges START Hospitality Certification Program.
Gold resides in Apex, NC with his wife and three kids and is a graduate of Arizona State University.
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