What I've done
I excel at recognizing trends, connecting dots, and envisioning new opportunities. I've had successes in many industries and across companies, educational institutions, not-for-profit, and government agencies. I’ve whiffed a few times too which has provided the most enduring lessons. All that experience helps me see and understand how to empower creativity while being accountable for results.
Over my career, I built a consulting practice serving entrepreneurial clients at KPMG… that led to starting Capital Insights, which grew to be one of the largest angel investment groups in the country... which led to helping to grow an electronic components company, a wireless phone company, and a professional employer organization, as well as our biggest success, Earth Fare, which became the largest regional organic grocery store chain in the country… which led to being VP of Strategy for KEMET, a New York Stock Exchange company which is a global leader in electronic capacitors... which led to InnoVenture connecting corporations like Michelin, Milliken, GE and BlueCross/BlueShield with universities, like Clemson and the University of South Carolina, and with entrepreneurs… which led to co-founding Hoowaki, which licensed university IP to become a leader in engineered, microstructured surfaces… which led to helping Clemson identify how to create more entrepreneurial companies from students and faculty… which led to partnering with a Clemson professor to start Accessible Diagnostics, now Furba Care, to commercialize an at-home, smartphone pet health monitor.
See more about my background on my LinkedIn profile.