I was raised in Union County, North Carolina where I was the classic computer geek. Math and science came easy, and my interest in computers led to a clear-cut decision on what I wanted to study in college. So in 1985, I packed my bags and headed for NC State University in Raleigh.
After college and eager to make my mark, I went to work for IBM, but I discovered that a big company environment wasn’t right for me. Thankfully, I made some great friends who were much smarter, and we left IBM in 1995 to start our own company, Ganymede Software. Over the course of the next five years, we raised money from venture capitalists, grew to over 100 people, and sold the company to NetIQ in early 2000. You can read more about that part of my life here.
From 2002 until now, I have been involved in an a wide range of activities:
- I managed a small-scale farm from 2003 until 2009
- I started My Athletic Life (a fitness website) in 2011 and recently merged it into Simple Fitness Hub.
- Served as a board member of the Track and Field Athletes Association.
- Served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Startup Factory and the Blackstone Entrepreneur Network.
- Investor and advisor with several Research Triangle based startups.
I am currently the CEO of Centervention, a developer of online social emotional learning curriculum. I am also an investor and a Board Member at Kevel, a developer of Ad Serving APIs.
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