Board of Directors
Entrepreneurship Professor, UNC - Chapel Hill
Randy Myer has been teaching in the MBA and undergraduate business schools at UNC – Chapel Hill since 2000. Between 1997 and 1999 he was President of Lindblad Travel, a high-end travel company. In 1991, Randy founded Best Friends Pet Care, a national chain of luxury hotels for dogs and cats that was sold to a private equity company in 1997 and is still in existence today. Before starting Best Friends, Randy was a partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton for 13 years.
Randy graduated with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and received his MBA from Harvard University.
Managing Director, Fennebresque & Co.
Jeff Barber is a Managing Director with Fennebresque & Co., a Charlotte, NC-based investment banking firm where he focuses on healthcare and technology. Jeff joined Fennebresque & Co. in 2009 after retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") where he served as the managing partner of the Raleigh office. Jeff was the leader of PwC’s technology practice in the Carolinas and he has extensive experience working with technology, healthcare, life science, and large, multi-national companies.
Jeff currently serves on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committees of PRA Health Sciences, a contract research organization (CRO), Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., a leader in the building products industry and SciQuest, Inc., a procurement software company. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Jeff previously served on the board of directors and as audit committee chair of LipoScience, Inc., a diagnostic testing company.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
Lee Buck is an active participant in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Triangle in North Carolina. Lee serves on the Board of NC IDEA and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. He is also an Angel Investor in software technology companies through Blue Bright Ventures.
Prior to his investment activities, Lee built a succession of software companies that anticipated and benefited from successive waves of technology disruption. Lee was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Near-Time, enabling organizations to leverage web 2.0 technologies to build more dynamic interactive relationships with customers, partners and other stakeholders. Previously, Lee was co-founder and CTO of Extensibility, Inc., a leading provider of XML solutions, acquired by TIBCO Software, Inc. Following the acquisition, Lee served as TIBCO's VP & Chief Scientist, XML Technologies. Lee is a recognized authority on XML and schema and has helped shape a number of Internet standards by serving on committees such as the W3C's XML Schema Working Group. Prior to Extensibility, Lee founded Software Designs Unlimited helping clients such as National Geographic Society, Simon & Schuster and McGraw Hill to bring educational and informational resources to computers via CD-ROMs. Lee was also an award winning author of an AppleScript Rapid Application Development tool bundled by Apple Computer.
CEO, Southeast TechInventures
Karen LeVert is co-founder and CEO of Southeast TechInventures (STI) and also co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ag TechInventures, Inc. (AgTI). Both are technology accelerators focused on migrating promising technologies from university research labs to the commercial marketplace. Ms. LeVert's business experience encompasses both corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with leadership experience in entrepreneurial ventures, executive management, finance, and information technology. She began her career with a Fortune-500 company assuming roles from computer programmer, to systems manager, to controller, to general manager of a 500-person business unit. Her first entrepreneurial venture was the launch of a franchise bioremediation company in 1998 that focused on the eradication of grease, sugars, and starches. She sold the business in 2001. Before co-founding STI, Karen co-launched a Silicon Valley venture-funded software company where she served as Executive Vice-President of Business Development. Karen holds an MBA from the University of Dayton and an Information Technology undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Along with her professional duties she serves as a Board member for Southeast TechInventures, Ag TechInventures, Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), and the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Karen is a former recipient of CED North Carolina's Entrepreneur of the Year.
Managing General Partner, Intersouth Partners
Mitch Mumma has primary responsibility for Intersouth's technology portfolio. He joined Intersouth in 1989, shortly after its founding. Mitch has extensive full-cycle venture investment experience and has personally led more than 20 investments for Intersouth. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of five private Intersouth portfolio companies. Prior to joining Intersouth, Mitch served as CFO for a high-growth computer hardware and software company. Previously, he worked as a manager in the high growth business practice at Deloitte.
Mitch is a former Director and Chairman of the Board of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and the entrepreneurially-focused NC IDEA Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. In 2015, Mitch was appointed by Governor McCrory to the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation. In addition, he has served as a mentor to the Kauffman Foundation’s Kauffman Venture Fellows Program.
Mitch is a frequent speaker on the topic of venture capital and an adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC where he teaches two courses on venture capital. He received an A.B. in management science from Duke University.
Prior to joining NC IDEA as Interim Executive Director, Sean was CEO and president of RTP-based StrikeIron, which sold to Informatica in June 2014. Sean has over twenty years of technology sales and operations related experience with a proven track record in building and leading global organizations for both Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed enterprises.