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Jason deFreitas   Jason deFreitas, Vice President of Recruiting Solutions, Greene Resources

Jason deFreitas is Vice President of Recruiting Solutions supporting the recruiting strategy and leadership for each of the recruiting divisions at Greene Resources. Jason entered the industry over seven years ago quickly setting contract and direct placement records. He was recognized after his first year by the North Carolina Association of Staffing Professionals as Recruiter of the Year. Jason has experience overseeing large recruiting deliveries at Greene Resources for multiple clients. Jason is a leader in implementing innovative recruiting strategies that include video technology and social media. Prior to entering the staffing industry Jason was a teacher in low income schools in Maryland and North Carolina. He earned a First Year Teacher of the Year nomination and Maryland Math Teacher of the Year recognition.

Jason is an active volunteer with Tammy Lynn Center and serves as a Board of Advisor for North Carolina Technology Association and Board of Advisor for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University and is a Certified Personal Consultant and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist.

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David Hayden   David Hayden, Attorney, Smith Anderson Law Firm

David Hayden provides government contracting, corporate and employment law advice on a broad range of federal contracting corporate issues for a variety of defense contractors. He regularly advises companies and directors and officers on corporate governance matters and other general corporate and business matters. He also uses unique corporate and white collar investigation skills as a former federal prosecutor, including federal procurement fraud investigations in government contracting.

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Joanna Rogerson   Joanna Rogerson, Founder and CEO, GEMA Touch

GEMA is working to become the established thought leader in remote oncology patient support and monitoring. Our proprietary hardware and software infrastructure enables the control of a cloud-based, HIPAA compliant program that is personalized to each patient and triages real-time results for providers. The platform completely eliminates flat “reminder-based” monitoring and reduces reactive patient support burden from phone calls/email. As founder, my job is to establish relationships with strategic partners, developers and designers, engage initial customers and solicit early investment. Gema Touch is backed by Healthbox and partner BCBS TN. Winner of the 2013 Healthbox Innovation Award.

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Nick DeMarco with Practichem

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Nick DeMarco   Nick DeMarco, Founder and President, Practichem

Nick DeMarco has started multiple companies since 1995 with two successful exits. Practichem, his latest, simplifies complex scientific instruments with web technology opening complex science to a wider group and increasing the pace of discovery. Nick lives in Raleigh with his wife and three children.

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Ian Henshaw with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina

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Ian Henshaw   Ian Henshaw, CEO of The Open Data Institute of North Carolina

The Open Data Institute is catalyzing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates data to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

Ian is an entrepreneur in Cary, NC involved with several companies and markets mostly related to technology. Ian serves on the Town of Cary Economic Development Committee, is active with the Cary Chamber of Commerce and several charitable organizations.

A customer-focused, inquisitive, fast-learner, Ian has a record of rapid advances in responsibility and leadership roles. Ian has experience in multiple corporate functions and industries and a passion for multicultural engagements allowing him to see the big picture and to develop products and processes to best fit that picture.

Ian’s goals are to develop high-quality, high-reliability products that exceed customer expectations. Technology is used as a tool to improve business processes and practices leading to a proven record of success.

Specialties: Technology, process change, leadership, team building, entrepreneurship, organizational growth, multi-cultural interaction.

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NC Tech Talk with North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)

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Brooks Raiford   Brooks Raiford, President and CEO, NCTA

Brooks Raiford has served as President & CEO of NCTA since 2008. NCTA is the statewide industry association for the tech sector, representing over 700 member companies and organizations that employ over 100,000 North Carolinians.

In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas. Subsequently, Brooks served as Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then President of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was Business Development Director with Balfour Beatty Construction.

Brooks’ current leadership activities include serving on the North Carolina eLearning Commission; the Board of Advisors of North Carolina New Schools; the Board of Directors of the Technology Councils of North America; the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition; and President of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former Student Body President and University Trustee.

Recently, the organization that represents the technology associations across North America named Brooks the 2014 “TechVoice Champion,” the first time an association CEO has received this award for advocacy on behalf of the tech sector.

Brooks’ wife Stephanie is a Principal in the Wake County Public School System, and they have two children, Lauren and Will.

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Michelle Calton   Michelle Calton, VP, Membership Development, NCTA

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Marc Montoro   Marc Montoro, Sr. Director, Programs & Communications, NCTA

Marc Montoro is the Sr. Director of Programs & Communications for the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA).  NCTA is the statewide trade association that represents the tech sector through public affairs and workforce development initiatives, along with events.  Marc is responsible for the development and execution of NCTA’s events portfolio, including content creation, speaker coordination and sponsorship sales.  He also leads NCTA’s communications strategy, including web and social media presence, digital marketing and media relations.

Marc has over 14 years of marketing and communications experience, mostly in technology.  The first five years were as a recruiter.  He started in IT staffing and solutions for TEKsystems, then working for Lucas Group, placing finance/accounting professionals.  He moved to North Carolina in 2004, where he started with NCTA, serving as the Programs Manager for two and a half years.  Then, he held marketing roles with WRAL Tech Wire and, before returning to NCTA, where he has been in his current role for over four years.

Marc has a BA in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he played football for the Tarheels.  He lives in Hillsborough with his wife (Natalie) and two daughters (Molly and Daphne).

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Craig Scates    Craig Scates, Partner, Resolvit

Craig Scates created, and leads, Resolvit’s Southern Region, which currently includes branch offices in Raleigh/Durham, NC, San Jose, Calif., and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Craig has Profit & Loss management experience in both small and large company environments, serving the information technology, telecommunications, homeland security, law enforcement, defense, and intelligence industries.

Craig’s background features 15 years with GTE Data Services and GTE Government Systems in an array of disciplines including sales, business development, systems development and integration, strategic planning, and financial management. Prior to joining Resolvit, Craig served for 4 years as President and General Manager with Digital Audio Corporation, a Triangle-based company that creates specialized technology for global forensic and intelligence communities.

Outside of Resolvit, Craig is an avid golfer and cook captain of a local competition BBQ team, The Kings of Q. He and his wife, Susan, have lived in the Triangle area since 2000 with their 15-year-old triplet boys.

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Steve Chase   Steve Chase, Senior VP of Global Sales, Alphanumeric Systems, Inc.

As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steve Chase ensures that Alphanumeric delivers solutions to its customers that enable better, faster, and more efficient business operations. By building future opportunities for Alphanumeric, Steve identifies new and leading technologies to satisfy the current and future needs of customers.

With 26 years experience in the technology industry, including 22 years at Alphanumeric, Steve offers his unique combination of broad technical expertise and wealth of business knowledge to ensure the company provides each client with a good customer experience at a good value. With a long-standing career in the technology arena beginning in the early ‘80s days of PCs, Steve has consistently lowered costs, increased revenue, and mitigated risk for Alphanumeric’s customers. His diverse background also includes business development success in Alphanumeric’s document imaging and staffing services. As a testament to his knowledge and expertise in the technology field, Steve is a sought-after speaker for information technology trends and how technology will impact the workplace.

Steve currently serves as an active member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors and the North Carolina Technology Association. He also serves as a founding member of the Rex Patriots, a key component of the Rex Healthcare Foundation.

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Mark Dirks with Beacon Technologies and Fred Hathaway with EntreDot

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Mark Dirks Post Show 062314   Mark Dirks – CEO, Beacon Technologies

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Mark Dirks, founding president of Beacon Technologies, has a resume full of action verbs, dating back to the early days of his career. His role as program manager at AT&T in the mid 90’s earned him accolades as a founder of AT&T’s global corporate intranet for employees, one that clearly set him apart for a larger role in technology services. Mark’s work at Beacon allows him plenty of tech time, following through on projects like initiating and building the digital marketing business area and digging into solid relationships with partners like Google (Google Analytics), Lockheed Martin (US Gov – EPA), Hannon Hill (Cascade Server CMS), Aspdotnetstorefront, Nextopia, 4Tell, Bronto (email marketing) and many other best-in-class software partners. However, he also balances the IT with the need to be a beacon in the community. Under his care, Beacon was identified as one of the best places to work in the Triad and is a past winner of the Entrepreneurial Success Award by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. The company even received kudos from Working Mother’s magazine, being named one of the top 25 small businesses for working moms. Having created the Beacon Entrepreneurship Challenge with Wake Forest University, Mark didn’t hand over the ball but served as a local entrepreneur advising student entrepreneurs and evaluating student applications for venture seed grants.


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Fred Hathaway Post Show 062314   Fred Hathaway – Managing Director, EntreDot

Fred Hathaway understands growth strategies and the tactical execution that creates successful outcomes. Whether advising on higher order decisions (e.g. succession plans, new product launches, diversification through new enterprise development, restructuring business development approaches, client persona identification, organizational and leadership development, or cultural due diligence in a transaction) or tactical issues like social media engagement, investor relations, personal marketing plans and similar, he knows how to take theory and create best practice. Deep experience in consulting and marketing across industries and cultures helps shape the innovation and creativity that his clients appreciate and that distinguish custom solutions from “shelf product” alternatives. Fred demonstrates identification with the client needs through making strategic introductions, negotiating alternative fee arrangements, and working with the existing team of executives and advisers to create “win-win” scenarios on a recurring basis. Some of the projects he has led are listed below:

At the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, he conducted the research that led to the establishment of the Turnaround Management Association, pulling together 8,000+ professionals in the field of business renewal. Fred was integral in the publishing of the research findings in 46 national business publications and the creation of a monograph of best practices.

Under contract with the National Association of Homebuilders, Fred and a co-author wrote Building Up When Business is Down, a definitive discussion of how a builder can identify and respond to warning signals in their business performance. In similar manner, he advised the American Banking Association on how to view loan workouts as turnaround opportunities through quarterly contributions to the Workouts column of The Commercial Lending Review.

While working within a non-profit, Fred and his team grew the volunteer base from 40 to 1000+ in five years, resulting in a 100X increase in number of prospects reached with the programs of the organization. Additionally, the model that was developed for the operation on North Carolina was prototyped for use in similar locations around the world.

As an internal advisor to the executive committee of a CPA firm, Fred rebranded the organization, implemented an e-marketing and CRM platform, and developed and delivered training that resulted in all billable professionals taking responsibility for personally marketing the firm. Subsequent to these accomplishments, he contributed to the institution of a performance and compensation management system that rewarded business development activities.

Within another professional services organization, Fred led the strategic marketing planning associated with a series of transactions that resulted in a regional firm becoming one of the top 50 national firms in their field. Niche practice business development and marketing messaging were coordinated with identification of thought leaders and assignments were given and managed by Hathaway.

In an interim executive role with a consulting firm serving family businesses, Fred launched national accounts strategy that resulted in securing the first billion dollar client as well as faculty appointments at several corporate universities of organizations with extensive dealer/operator networks. A national business talk radio show was conceived, designed, and hosted by Hathaway on the topic of succession planning.

A local non-profit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs commercialize their business ideas was looking for a way to create sustainable competitive advantage. In a volunteer role, Fred advised the group on curriculum-based programs, marketing campaigns, and management team and board development.

Now serving as the managing director of EntreDot, Hathaway has been instrumental in guiding the organization to a national platform whereby virtual learning and application of best practices can occur, thereby giving more businesses the tools to succeed. In addition to the key projects above, Fred Hathaway has served as startup COO, outsourced CMO, Director of Programs, advisory board member, board of directors’ chair, and in an adjunct capacity with numerous enterprises. Whether working on the clock, by the project, or on retainer, he brings a wealth of experience, insight, and energy to each situation.


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Barbara Beard with Carlyle Conlan and Marlene Spritzer with Cresa Carolinas

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Barbara Beard, IT Practice Leader of Carlyle Conlan

I began my career in business development and recruiting in IT over 20 years ago in Atlanta – relocated back to the area 2 1⁄2 years ago.  I’ve covered multiple industries, including recruiting for both contract and direct hire resources.  The professional services aspect of the business fits my personality best, as I enjoy the contact with career-minded individuals that strive to advance to the next level of their career paths.  The contacts that I’ve made and relationships I’ve developed throughout the years has kept me interested in assisting people to continue in moving forward with their goals.


Marlene Spritzer, Senior Vice President of Cresa Carolinas

Marlene is a Senior Vice President of the Cresa Carolinas’ Triangle office. With over 17 years of commercial real estate experience, Marlene brings value to her clients through lease, purchase, disposition, and lease vs. purchase options, strategic planning and implementation for national and regional companies. Marlene’s expertise is focused in the areas of corporate, life science, tech and medical office occupiers.

Marlene entered the commercial real estate field in 1997 and formed Spritzer Commercial Properties in 2005. She was a Director with GVA Advantis from 2001-2005 specializing in brokerage and leasing for office, retail, flex, land and investment properties. Marlene was a broker with Morris Commercial in Chapel Hill from 1997-2001. Prior to 1997, Marlene was member of the legal staff of Duke University where she was Assistant University Counsel for Health Affairs. She was a litigation attorney with Leboeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae in the firm’s Raleigh office. She also practiced law in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before relocating to North Carolina in 1986.


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Jeffrey Slater with Nomacorc and Miles C. Wright with Xanofi

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Jeffrey Slater, Director of Global Marketing of  Nomacorc

Author of the new best-selling book UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF MARKETING, Mr. Slater is an experienced marketing professional whose successful bakery business was on Inc Magazine’s fastest growing 500 in 1985. With his wife, he built a nationally recognized wholesale bakery business called Rachel’s Brownies. National publicity included articles in The NewYork Times, USA Today and Philadelphia Magazine. He also appeared on CNN, The Phil Donahue Show, Charlie Rose and many others national and syndicated talk shows. The Philadelphia based company was successfully sold in 1989 to GoodMark Foods in Raleigh, North Carolina. Over time, Slater rose to the position of Executive Vice President of Marketing for their $400 million snack food company with $100 million brands that included Slim Jims and David’s Sunflower Seeds. He was responsiblefor GoodMark’s $20 million marketing, advertising, and promotion budgets including the highly successful, “Snap into a SlimJim” campaign with Macho Man Randy Savage from the late 1990’s and Slim Jim Guy in 2001. The company was acquired by ConAgra Foods where he remained EVP of Marketing for their snack food division. Today Slater is employed as the Global Director of Marketing for Nomacorc, the leading brand of still wine closures with 2.3 billion corks sold in 2013 and the recently launched sugar cane based Select Bio. He write a popular marketing blog called MOMENTSLATER  reaching over 25,000 marketers per year and was recently a guest on the #1 business podcast on iTunes called Entrepreneur on Fire with host John Lee Dumas. Slater resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Miles C. Wright, CEO of Xanofi

Miles Wright, CEO of the nanotechnology company Xanofi, is a native North Carolinian who grew up in Texas and attended St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin. After earning a Bachelors degree with a double major in psychology and English from Austin College, he served as a lead reporter for the Sherman Democrat in Sherman, Texas, contributing to local and AP coverage of city/county government.

In 1986 he returned to North Carolina and worked as the Program Manager for Junior Achievement. Over the next 20 years Miles was a successful business and entrepreneur leader, forming several North Carolina startups including Accugraphics in 1988, Eyebeam in 1993, MCW Properties in 1998 and Signature Publishing in 1998. He has also developed technology and served as the CEO of CoastMaster and Graphic Detail. In 2008, the Board of Director for Triangle Family Services asked him to help save the struggling agency as its Interim CEO.

Miles has served on a number of area boards and provided consultation to a wide array of corporate and non-profit ventures, including a five year stint commercializing advance technology as Executive-in-Residence at North Carolina State University. He has co-founded two non-profit groups and continues to be actively involved in the community.

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Justin Thomas with CrossComm and David Menzies with Innovative Public Relations


Justin Thomas – CrossComm

Justin is CEO of CrossComm.  He previously served as CrossComm’s Chief Business Development Officer and prior to joining the Company, worked for Thomson Reuters in the Research Triangle Park as a Sr. Project Manager in its mobile app healthcare software implementation division.  He recently completed his MBA with honors from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin, Ireland and is a proud new Father.  Justin also founded the non-profit Playing Grownup, which quips college students for life after college through seminars on financial literacy and building new relationships in a post-dorm world.

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David Menzies – Innovative Public Relations

David Menzies (MEN-zeez) is a 22-year publicity and branding professional and president of Innovative Public Relations, Inc., a North Carolina PR and media relations consultancy specializing in technology and life sciences.

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Dr. Gerry Hayes with Wireless Research Center of North Carolina and Chris Hare with Thingovation and nTeTe


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Dr. Gerard Hayes – Wireless Research Center of North Carolina

Dr. Gerard Hayes is the President and founder of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina. Dr. Hayes has more than two decades of experience in government and commercial electromagnetic research and design.  Prior to working with the Town of Wake Forest to establish the WRCNC in 2010, Dr. Hayes was the Director of Engineering at GreenWave Scientific where he led the development of antenna and RF circuit designs for a diverse range of DoD applications.  At Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Dr. Hayes provided global technical leadership in the Technology and Research organization with contributions to handset antenna design, technology, and radiated performance optimization.  At Lockheed Martin (formerly Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.), Dr. Hayes supported research and development efforts for space-based, phased array applications.  The scope of his experience encompasses electromagnetic theory, bioelectromagnetics, antenna design, RF circuit analysis, and material engineering. He has participated in the development of international standards for OTA, HAC, and SAR evaluation (including IEEE, IEC, CTIA, and C63 standards).  With over 75 US patents, Dr. Hayes has maintained a prominent technical role in the wireless industry.

Chris Hare – Thingovation and nTeTe

Chris Hare is one of the founding partners of Thingovation a Wake Forest based product development company recently started. He is also CEO of The nTeTe (pronounced entity) Group which is a strategy consulting firm with a range of company clients worldwide including the British Government. Previously he ran a range of large and small companies including venture backed start ups and the global innovation and sourcing groups at Sony Ericsson’s largest business unit. He is a British native, but has lived and worked in the US for nearly 20 years.

NCTA State of Technology Spotlighted on Trade Show Radio

The Business RadioX Team was in Durham, NC on May 15 – 16, 2014, broadcasting live from the Sheraton Imperial Hotel for the NCTA State of Technology, interviewing speakers, participants and vendors during this two-day event.

The NCTA State of Technology explored how companies are integrating mobile technologies to improve operations and stay ahead of the competition. Leaders from across sectors and functional roles convened for engaging keynotes, interactive panels and an exhibit showcase.  In addition, breakout sessions included panel discussions on all facets of mobile strategy, including:  utilizing analytics for mobile business intelligence, mobile workforce, consumerization of IT, mobile infrastructure, digital marketing and mobile security.

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