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Qualia Networks, Triangle Business Journal, Thingovation, and Bright Wolf

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Michael Wayne   Michael Wayne, Co-Founder, Qualia Networks

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Lauren Ohnesorge   Lauren Ohnesorge, Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal

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Scott Clagett   Scott Clagett, Program Director, Thingovation

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David Houghton   David Houghton, Director, Bright Wolf

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Expedia CruiseShipCenters Raleigh, Skoyz Wellness, and Simple Steps Weight Loss

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Paul Stone   Paul Stone, Owner, Expedia CruiseShipCenters – Raleigh

Paul is the Franchise owner of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in North Raleigh. Expedia CruiseShipCenters specializes in providing individuals, couples, families and groups with an excellent vacation experience. We give concierge level service with Expedia pricing. We are currently recruiting for Independent Cruise and Vacation Consultants. This can be home based or at our retail center in Brennan Station in North Raleigh or both. A great opportunity to partner with the # 1 brand name in travel-Expedia!

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Paul Miller   Paul Miller, CEO and Co-Founder, Skoyz Wellness

An entrepreneur and nationally touring performing artist, Paul brings creativity and enthusiasm to every project he tackles. His early career experiences in the hospitality industry and street performing where unhappy customers could just walk away taught him that connecting with your audience is at the core of customer service. He went on to create Flow Circus, a successful education company promoting active learning and play through the juggling arts. In 2013, Paul co-founded Skoyz Wellness to provide companies with a tool to increase productivity and improve whole person wellness by making individuals, teams, and organizations stronger.

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Dawn Daria   Dawn Daria, Chief Education Officer and Co-Founder, Skoyz Wellness

An award winning educator and author, Dawn loves to inspire individuals to step out of their comfort zone in order to discover something new about themselves, each other, and the world. Her natural ability to assess group dynamics and facilitate collaboration has been critical to her success as a teacher, educational consultant, and curriculum developer. She regularly consults with organizations including Chamber of Commerce Leadership Programs, Museum Education Programs, and Health and Wellness Industry. In 2013, Dawn co-founded Skoyz Wellness to utilize her knowledge of learning, motivation, leadership, and teamwork to engage individuals, strengthen teams, and enhance organizational culture.

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Louis Vitiello, Jr.    Louis  Vitiello  Jr., Creator and Founder, Simple Steps Weight Loss

Louis Vitiello, Jr. is a Board Certified Health Coach and Motivational Speaker. After losing over 200 pounds, Louis decided he wanted to inspire others to live healthy, fulfilling lives. His weight loss journey has been an inspiration to many. Louis has trained with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, such as: Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Mark Hyman at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In 2013, Louis started a health and wellness company in Cary, NC called Simple Steps Weight Loss where he gets to follow his passion of inspiring others to live healthier lives.

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Social and Scientific Systems, Inc.

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Kevin Beverly, Executive Vice President, Social and Scientific Systems, Inc. 

Kevin Beverly is the executive vice president of Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. Before joining Social & Scientific Systems, he worked in various technical and policy organizations, including Abt Associates, BAE Systems, Tracor Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, PSI International, the World Health Organization, and the National Library of Medicine. His strength and experience in leadership, operations, project management, and sales and marketing has helped the company’s recent growth. In addition to founding the Mildred Beverly Memorial Family Fund, which provides college scholarships for underprivileged youth in Dorchester County, Maryland, Mr. Beverly serves on the boards of the Professional Services Council (PSC), the Universities at Shady Grove, the Montgomery County Community Foundation, Passion for Learning, Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery County, the Career Transition Center, Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra, and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA.  Mr. Beverly holds an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in library science and information services, both from the University of Maryland.

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Rich Cohn, Group Vice President of Health Sciences Research, Social and Scientific Systems, Inc. 

Dr. Rich Cohn is a statistician and he serves as Group Vice President of Health Sciences Research at Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. Rich has more than 30 years of experience in statistical consulting applied to public health research, 25 of which have been in a government contracting environment. He oversees an 80-person organizational unit that includes health scientists and statisticians who conduct research studies and analyses in such fields as environmental health, respiratory health, and children’s health.

Rich has been recognized for statistical and methodological contributions and has published more than 35 journal articles on topics such as environmental allergen exposures and asthma, air quality modeling methods, and laboratory performance assessment techniques. Rich has directed a number of large-scale multidisciplinary research activities, and for the past 19 years has served in organizational leadership roles including strategic and business planning.

Rich was also instrumental in establishing the Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative, a nonprofit established to leverage the combined capabilities of the region’s government, commercial, and academic environmental health institutions, and to apply that expertise toward high-impact, cross-cutting issues in environmental health. Rich also serves on the board of Research Triangle High School, a public charter school providing innovative instructional methods for a diverse student population.

Previously, Rich served a five-year term at the University of North Carolina’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center within the School of Public Health. He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia, a master’s in statistics from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate in statistics from North Carolina State University.

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Susan Victoria Baker, Laboratory Director, Social and Scientific Systems, Inc. 

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Rally Software and Red Hat

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Gary Mendelson   Gary Mendelson, Major Account Manager, Rally Software

Gary D. Mendelson is a 30+ year veteran in the technology sector. He started his career working for Digital Equipment Corporation and quickly recognized that while customers bought his hardware willingly, they did so to solve business problems and that is where his passion began for software and providing outstanding customer service.

Gary has a wide and deep level of experience within core industries such as financial services, banking, insurance, telecommunications, and regulated utilities which he has provided solutions to for many years. He describes himself as unique balance of finding new customers via creative means (sales hunter) with analytical business case development skills plus outstanding customer references.

For the last 12 years, Gary has been helping his customers bring new products to market faster with higher quality and at a reduced cost.

His business passions include: building better software, faster, and more predictably, providing un-paralleled levels of customer service, helping quantify and qualify the business and financial value they will get from an investment in his company.

His personal passions include his wife of 34 years and his two children, Sara Rose and Steven, bicycling, home renovation and being a savvy consumer.

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Hope Lynch   Hope Lynch, Manager in the Program Management Center of Excellence, Red Hat

Having held multiple management and leadership roles over the course of her career (Technology, Nonprofit, Military), Hope understands the common themes that build strong and high-performing teams. Hope’s wide ranging experience in several technical and management roles provides a sold foundation to usher change through organizations. Additionally, she has outstanding interpersonal, negotiation, and mediation skills. She is adept at cost control, having reduced current labor +15% through strategic staffing and budget development while increasing available resources.

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Smith Anderson and Vistage

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Alicia Gilleskie   Alicia Gilleskie, Partner, Smith Anderson

Alicia Gilleskie is a partner with Smith Anderson, the largest law firm based in Raleigh. She chairs the firm’s Data Use, Privacy and Security practice group, and focuses her practice on regulatory and transactional matters involving technology and data privacy law, and licensing and outsourcing transactions.

Alicia advises companies on all aspects of data and information technology, including policies and procedures, audits, data breach response and investigations.  She also frequently handles strategic collaborations that involve information technology, software-as-a-service, cloud computing and other technology platforms that are used to manage, host and share sensitive information. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in the software, information technology, software-as-a-service, life sciences, healthcare, Internet, retail, and data hosting industries.

Alicia is a member of the Board of Advisors for the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA). She also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Communities for Sustainable Abodes (CASA).

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Terry Conlon   Terry Conlon, Chair of Private Peer Advisory Boards, Vistage

Terry has over 30 years of leadership experience with the United States Air Force, manufacturing, technology, and professional services companies, including my own consulting and executive coaching firm. He has excelled throughout his career as a leader, strategy planner and implementer, financial and operations executive, mentor and coach, and a highly effective people change leader at The Northern Trust Bank, Nortel Networks, Siemens, and Vishay InterTechnology to name only a few.

Terry has extended his practice recently to become a Chair of Vistage International, the largest organizer of private peer advisory boards for CEOs, Executives and Business Owners in the world. CEOs using Vistage Chairs’ professional services grow their businesses at over twice the rate of non-Vistage CEOs, Executives and Business Owners.

Terry’s enthusiasm for increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs, Executives, and Business Owners enables him to engage his clients in achieving extraordinary results.

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Wireless Connections by WRCNC: Entigral and Bright Wolf

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Booth Kalmbach   Booth Kalmbach, CEO, Entigral Systems, Inc.

Mr. Kalmbach co-founded Entigral in 2003, and has directed the architecture, development, and product marketing of TraxWare®, Entigral’s groundbreaking sensor automation platform. Mr. Kalmbach is a successful serial software entrepreneur who has founded, managed, funded, and exited several software ventures including Virtus Corporation (CEO & Co-founder; 3D modeling and gaming; acquired in 1996 by Ubisoft Entertainment S.A.), Q+E Software Inc. (VP Marketing; database access; acquired in 1994 by Intersolv Inc.), ProMedex Inc. (CTO & Co-founder; web-based disease management; acquired in 2000 by InLight Inc.), and Coactive Systems Corporation (CEO & Founder; cloud-based contact center software; acquired in 2003 by First Consulting Group Inc.). Mr. Kalmbach holds a U.S. patent in distributed computing from his career as an IBM Scientist. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Cum Laude, and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business, where he was a Fuqua Honors Scholar.

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Mark Gemberling   Mark Gemberling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Entigral Systems, Inc.

Mr. Gemberling is an experienced sales and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in the technology industries. He has provided transformational leadership in the areas of strategic and tactical planning, sales process improvement, and organizational development. He comes to us from Belden where he was the Vice President of Sales, Americas. While there, he developed and implemented strategic plans to generate demand for Belden’s products to end users through direct sales, contractors, consultants, and distributors. Prior to Belden, he held several key leadership roles at GE Healthcare including being the National Sales Manager for Systems &Wireless where he leveraged technology and accessibility of data to improve patient and clinical workflow. He holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University.

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David Houghton   David A. Houghton, Director, Bright Wolf

David has over 25 years experience working at the intersection of technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and performance improvement in a variety of strategic planning, management, operations, business development and marketing posts. Mr. Houghton currently leads the sales and business development activities as Director for Bright Wolf, a software company developing and deploying IoT solutions. Before joining Bright Wolf, Mr. Houghton was the CEO of Veedims, leading the commercialization of a novel technology targeting the real time M2M automation space. The prior two years were spent consulting to Verizon, shaping and executing their healthcare vertical and identity solution strategies. Before Verizon, Mr. Houghton managed and led the sale of Systems Pathology Company, an innovative software start up to Charles River Laboratories. As a Vice President for SAIC, David initiated and led the Commercial Life Sciences Practice for 9 years. Mr. Houghton was Vice President, Business Development for Axios Data Analysis Systems Corp – a high performance software analytics firm targeting the Healthcare marketplace. Mr. Houghton held senior positions at Pfizer Inc, in the Global Development Organization where he was responsible for strategic planning and operations. His field sales and systems experience spans 13 years and includes assignments with Sun Microsystems and Unisys Corporation. Mr. Houghton holds a BA in Economics from Villanova University.

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SAS, Silicon Valley Bank, nCino, and Workplace Options

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Paula Henderson   Paula Henderson, Vice President of State and Local Government Practice, SAS

As Vice President of the State & Local Government practice at SAS, Paula Henderson is responsible for leading an $80 million business that brings the power of SAS analytics to all 50 states as well as many counties and municipalities across the U.S. Under her leadership the business unit has sustained double digit growth each year for five years.

Henderson is known for her hands-on selling and management approach, her ability to affect state legislature and government policy, and her 20 years of success as a sales leader. In her role as vice president, she oversees SAS’ commitment to helping state and local government organizations provide high-quality services to their constituents, while maximizing resources and budgets.

Henderson is a founding member of North Carolina Women in Science and Technology, co-chair of the North Carolina Information Technology Roundtable and chair of the North Carolina Beautiful Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University.

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Chris Stoecker   Chris Stoecker, Managing Director – Carolina Region, Silicon Valley Bank

Chris Stoecker is responsible for business development and portfolio management at an industry leading technology bank for the North & South Carolina region. He specializes in lending and comprehensive banking services to early stage (typically venture or angel backed), growth stage and publicly traded technology and life science companies. Chris’s activities include account acquisition, credit evaluation, term sheet negotiations, loan closings, and active networking with venture capitalists, CPAs, & attorneys.

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Martin Barbee   Martin Barbee, SVP of Strategic Accounts, nCino

Martin is responsible for sales and business development within the community and regional bank spaces throughout the United States. Martin started his career in the technology space and then spent 11 years in mortgage lending prior to joining nCino.

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Alan King   Alan King, President and Chief Operating Officer, Workplace Options

As President and COO, Alan brings more than 20 years of employee assistance and work-life experience to Workplace Options. He was VP at the Ceridian LifeWorks EAP, where he oversaw international resource and referral, provider relations, external training, quality control, and customer service. Prior to that, he managed resource and referral and central database operations at work-life consulting firm Work Family Directions.

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eMerging Entrepreneurs, New Century Planning, and Dillon Consulting Services

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T.J. Breeden   T.J. Breeden, Founder and Executive Director, eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. 

T.J. is the Founder & Executive Director of eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc.; a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that provides Career Transition Assistance, Small Business Training, and Entrepreneurial Developmental services to veterans, military spouses, and under-served minority communities.  The organization employs a grassroots approach to assisting those who seek to advance their small business interests; partnering with state & federal agencies, universities, local chambers of commerce, and military installations in an effort to extend high-tech training & resource solutions to under-served communities.

T.J. is a 2012 recipient of the White House’s “Champions of Change” award, as well as the US Small Business Administration’s 2013 “Veterans Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year” award for his efforts in advancing small business growth within the military community.  He also serves on the City of Durham, NC’s  “Small Business Advisory Committee,” is a former board member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce, and was recently invited to serve on the NC Advisory Committee for the US Global Leadership Coalition; a broad-based network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.   Lastly, T.J. is also the Program Director of the Urban Leadership Lab, a social-incubator that provides urban youth with access to mentorship and career development training.

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April Ellerbe   April Ellerbe, Founder and Senior Events Analyst, New Century Planning

April Ellerbe is the Founder and Senior Events Analyst of New Century Planning, LLC, an event consulting firm with over 20 years of experience in offering consulting, design, events coordination, and travel services. Founded in 2006, New Century Planning has grown into nationally recognized event management firm. With service hubs in Durham, North Carolina and Washington, DC, New Century Planning’s name commands instant recognition in the events and hospitality industry! Because of April’s talents and accomplishments, she was recently highlighted as one of the event industry’s top young professionals to know and has been awarded various awards, including the industries “40 under 40″ recognition, 1st place in AFR’s 2013 National “Design and Inspire” competition, as well as being awarded 1-of-12 contracts to host an official delegate event for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been published in national media outlets such as Today, CNN, Politico, Biz Bash, Smart Meetings, Collaborate, and PBS; and her portfolio includes the likes of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Duke University Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology, The Sundance Film Festival, and most recently she facilitated a gathering in the Nation’s Capital for “The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color,” also know as the My Brothers Keeper Initiative. April not only oversees the firm’s growth and development, but also plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations and client activities. Her efficiency, creativity, and spirit of excellence will prove extremely valuable to the development and expansion of our Champions program, and we’re excited to have her full commitment as we press forward in “creating environments where collaboration can thrive!

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Paul Dillon   Paul Dillon, President and CEO, Dillon Consulting Services LLC

Paul A. Dillon is the president and CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, a U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, based in Durham, NC and Chicago, IL. He created and co-taught the highly successful course “Law and Veterans’ Issues: Policy Challenges and Best Practices” at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Paul’s client engagements include a research assignment for Crain’s Chicago Business, for the highly acclaimed “Veterans in the Workplace” Focus section that was published in November, 2011.  Paul is also the creator of the concept for a successful and widely adapted veteran’s startup incubator in Chicago, called The Bunker.   He has been quoted in numerous publications about veterans issues, such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses newsletter (,, and USAA Magazine, and has been the subject of profiles, such as “A Veteran Fights Back”.  Paul holds an A.B. Degree from John Carroll University, an M.S. Degree from Northern Illinois University, and has done advanced graduate study in Systems Management at the University of Southern California, Ft. Rucker, AL branch.  He is a former trustee of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a former Public Member and Commissioner of the national Commission for Case Manager Certification.  Read Paul’s recent Op-Ed in Forbes Magazine, entitled: “Memo to Employers: Veterans Aren’t PTSD Basketcases, They’re Disciplined and Committed!”  Mr. Dillon is a U.S. Army Reserve veteran, he served in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant, and was awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals.


Focus Design Builders, Kustom Machines and Connections, Rachael Williams Design, and Kneaded Relief Massage and All Natural Aesthetics

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David Williams   David Williams, CFO, Focus Design Builders

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Kevin Satterwhite   Kevin Satterwhite, Owner, Kustom Machines and Connections

Kevin was born and raised in North Carolina, and has had a lifelong interest in computers and electronics in general. He’s currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for nearly 3 years. His interests outside of work include wood working, rebuilding vintage tools and hiking with their dog, Bella.

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Rachael Williams   Rachael Williams, Owner/Principle Designer, Rachael Williams Design

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Sarah Satterwhite   Sarah Satterwhite, Owner, Kneaded Relief Massage and All Natural Aesthetics

Sarah was born in Brazil and has lived in the triangle area since she was 2 ½ years old. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in Physiological sciences from the University of Arizona. She has been married to her husband, Kevin, for nearly 3 years. Outside of work she enjoys watching movies, hiking with their dog Bella and trying to cultivate a green thumb.

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Wireless Connections: Field2Base, Inc., ClearConnex, and Wyless

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Ed White   Ed White, Chairman & CEO, Field2Base, Inc.

Ed White is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Field2Base, Inc., a Morrisville, NC based technology company that uses tablet computers, wireless communications and Field2Base software to support mobile forms automation for a variety of vertical markets. He is also the founder of White Ventures LLC, a private equity and commercial real estate development company.

In 1980, after working for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for several years, Ed founded Utility Translation Systems, Inc. (UTS), a very successful remote-meter reading software company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. In 1996 he sold UTS to Itron, Inc., a leading supplier of energy information and communications solutions to the utility industry. He served as Itron’s Chairman of the Board until retiring in 2003 and has been a frequent speaker on metering and deregulation of the power supply industry conferences throughout the world.

Ed is a graduate of the North Carolina State University School of Engineering, and is past president and a current member of the university’s Engineering Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of Morrisville’s Chamber of Commerce and is their former chairman. He is also the former Chairman of the Board for GRIDiant, Inc., and is on the board of directors for Stewart Engineering, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and a former director of eMeter. He is Chairman and a founding board member of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster. He has also served as president of North Ridge Country Club.


Bob Thomas   Bob Thomas, VP of Sales, ClearConnex

Bob is an excellent communicator with a proven track record of motivating teams and achieving objectives in sales, marketing, product, and program management. He has experience in managing all phases of sales development cycles with a recent focus on new products and solutions in emerging market spaces.

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Ryan Keefe   Ryan Keefe, VP of Sales, Wyless

With more than a decade of wireless and telecommunications experience, Ryan Keefe has proven himself a great asset to the companies he is involved with. Over the course of his career, he has honed superior technical skills, as well as the talent necessary to lead diverse teams to success. Keefe enjoys the challenges that come with helping to grow young companies and thrives on setting and achieving new goals. In an industry that’s ever-changing, Keefe understands the wireless market and what it takes to stay competitive. Understanding management’s goals, identifying solutions and building new business are just some of his professional passions.

In 2009, Ryan Keefe was named as an M2M Pioneer by M2M International Magazine. He has a proven success record and wealth of knowledge within the M2M (Machine to Machine) space. Keefe also has a proven success record with international business, enterprise software, SaaS, wireless wholesale, roaming, carrier relationships, mobile technology, and strategic partnerships.

Ryan Keefe has worked in the wireless industry for more than thirteen years. Ten of those years were specifically focused on M2M (Machine to Machine). Beginning in 2001 as Sales Representative at T-Mobile USA, he worked his way up to Business Development Manager East. Highlights of his career at T-Mobile USA included managing and developing the M2M channel in the East. He was instrumental in establishing the M2M division at T-Mobile, as well as strategic partnerships in all verticals. Keefe lead T-Mobile USA’s Smart Grid and AMI efforts nationwide, as well.

In 2011, he joined Wyless as Vice President of Business Development and was quickly promoted to Vice President of Global Business Development.

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