get to know the CED board

CED was built by Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs more than 35 years ago and is still led by them today.  

We are proud to be represented by some of the area’s most talented and successful leaders committed to ensuring the success of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in this area. The formation of the board is intentional to ensure a balanced representation from each component of the ecosystem.  We are a quarter Entrepreneur, a quarter Professional Service, a quarter Community Resource and a quarter Investor. Learn more about our dynamic board below.

CED’s Chairman of the Board

Ravila Gupta
CEO, Bagchi Group
Former President & CEO of CED

Attorney | Wyrick Robbins

Tom Allen

Carlos Arias

James Avery
Founder & CEO | Adzerk

James Avery

Managing Partner | Bagchi Law

Neil Bagchi

CEO & President | Parion Sciences

Paul Boucher

Co-founder & CEO | Arrivo BioVentures

Steve Butts

General Partner | Harbert Growth Partners

Brian Carney

Chief Marketing Officer | IronNet Cybersecurity

Russ Cobb

Partner | Davis Moore

Matthew Cooke

Vice President, Human Genetics BD | GSK

Neal Curran

Partner | Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP

Heather Dean

Principal | River Cities Capital Funds

Patrick Dunnigan

Co-Founder | Catalyst Research Alliance

Doug Eisner

Venture Partner | Noro-Moseley Partners

Michael Elliott

Chief Strategy Officer

Anne English

Partner | Cherry Bekaert LLP

Ronnie Eubanks

Managing Director | Deloitte

Tim Fleischman

Partner | EY

Meredith Friga

Alston Gardner
Partner | Fulcrum Equity Partners

Alston Gardner

CEO | Bagchi Group

Ravila Gupta

Director, Human Resources | Participate

Ranya Hahn

Specialist Leader | Deloitte Digital

Kimberly Hames

President | Surrey View Consulting

Diane Ignar

Vice President, Investments & Alliances | Foundation Fighting Blindness

Rusty Kelley

Vice President, Product Management | Citrix

David Le Strat

Executive Director, Life Sciences | J.P. Morgan

Joe Lee

CEO | UVision360

Allison London Brown

Partner | Balentine

John Maddison

Partner | Grant Thornton

Matt McCleary

Partner | Cofounders Capital

Tim McLoughlin

George Moser

Principal | SJF Ventures

Stephanie Nieman

Partner | BDO

Will Owens

Global VP/GM | IBM

Sanjay Pal

Vice President, Innovation & Strategy | Fidelity Investments

Tony Parham

Daniel Pomp

Daniel Pomp

President & CEO | Advanced Animal Diagnostics

Joy Parr Drach

Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager | Bank of America

Ben Pattison

President | NuPulseCV

Sonna Patel-Raman

General Partner | Grotech Ventures

Don Rainey

Managing Partner | Pappas Capital

Kyle Rasbach

Co-founding Partner | Vaco

David Rhode

Partner | Smith Anderson

Michael Saber

Co-Founder & CEO | Validic

Drew Schiller

Managing Director | Duke Angel Network

Kurt Schmidt

CFO | Spoonflower

Brad Schomber

CEO | Entigral Systems

Mark Self

General Partner | Hatteras Venture Partners

Christy Shaffer

CEO | Basking Biosciences

Rich Shea

Director of Commercialization | RTI International

Vinay Tannan

Founder, CEO | The Produce Box

Courtney Tellefsen

Partner | Hutchison PLLC

Anna Tharrington

VP & General Manager | Dover Fueling Solutions

Matt Tormollen

Partner | PwC

Garret Tripp

Executive Vice President | Wells Fargo

John Ward

Director | Rex Health Ventures

Anita Watkins

Senior Vice President | PNC

Lesley Wilson

Director | SAS

Tim Wilson

Shareholder | Manning Fulton & Skinner

Bradley Wooldridge

Attorney | Wyrick Robbins

Tom Allen

Carlos Arias

Founder & CEO | Adzerk

James Avery

Managing Partner | Bagchi Law

Neil Bagchi

CEO & President | Parion Sciences

Paul Boucher

Co-founder & CEO | Arrivo BioVentures

Steve Butts

“CED plays a vital role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem helping to support, build and promote young companies that are critical to our economy, our well being and our health. I am a proud champion of this great organization. ” -Steve Butts, 2020

General Partner | Harbert Growth Partners

Brian Carney

Chief Marketing Officer | IronNet Cybersecurity

Russ Cobb

Partner | Davis Moore

Matthew Cooke

Vice President, Human Genetics BD | GSK

Neal Curran

Partner | Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP

Heather Dean

Principal | River Cities Capital Funds

Patrick Dunnigan

Co-Founder | Catalyst Research Alliance

Doug Eisner

Venture Partner | Noro-Moseley Partners

Michael Elliott

Chief Strategy Officer

Anne English

Partner | Cherry Bekaert LLP

Ronnie Eubanks

Managing Director | Deloitte

Tim Fleischman

Partner | EY

Meredith Friga

Partner | Fulcrum Equity Partners

Alston Gardner

CEO | Bagchi Group

Ravila Gupta

Director, Human Resources | Participate

Ranya Hahn

Specialist Leader | Deloitte Digital

Kimberly Hames

President | Surrey View Consulting

Diane Ignar

Vice President, Investments & Alliances | Foundation Fighting Blindness

Rusty Kelley

Vice President, Product Management | Citrix

David Le Strat

Executive Director, Life Sciences | J.P. Morgan

Joe Lee

CEO | UVision360

Allison London Brown

Partner | Balentine

John Maddison

Partner | Grant Thornton

Matt McCleary

Partner | Cofounders Capital

Tim McLoughlin

George Moser

Principal | SJF Ventures

Stephanie Nieman

Partner | BDO

Will Owens

Global VP/GM | IBM

Sanjay Pal

Vice President, Innovation & Strategy | Fidelity Investments

Tony Parham

Daniel Pomp

dpomp@unc.edu

President & CEO | Advanced Animal Diagnostics

Joy Parr Drach

Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager | Bank of America

Ben Pattison

President | NuPulseCV

Sonna Patel-Raman

General Partner | Grotech Ventures

Don Rainey

Managing Partner | Pappas Capital

Kyle Rasbach

Co-founding Partner | Vaco

David Rhode

Partner | Smith Anderson

Michael Saber

Co-Founder & CEO | Validic

Drew Schiller

Managing Director | Duke Angel Network

Kurt Schmidt

CFO | Spoonflower

Brad Schomber

CEO | Entigral Systems

Mark Self

General Partner | Hatteras Venture Partners

Christy Shaffer

CEO | Basking Biosciences

Rich Shea

Director of Commercialization | RTI International

Vinay Tannan

Founder, CEO | The Produce Box

Courtney Tellefsen

Partner | Hutchison PLLC

Anna Tharrington

VP & General Manager | Dover Fueling Solutions

Matt Tormollen

Partner | PwC

Garret Tripp

Executive Vice President | Wells Fargo

John Ward

Director | Rex Health Ventures

Anita Watkins

Senior Vice President | PNC

Lesley Wilson

Director | SAS

Tim Wilson

Shareholder | Manning Fulton & Skinner

Bradley Wooldridge

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