Tom Ferguson is CEO of Rise Biscuits Donuts with ten locations in North Carolina. He was a pioneer in the NC Triangle’s food truck scene with Only Burger and one of the area’s premier caterers as chef-owner of Durham Catering Co for 16 years. Tom is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
Today Vince is helping growth companies accelerate revenue growth and reduce churn as the founder and principal of Sales@Scale. He has been a startup executive and operator for the last 18 years focusing on the areas of the business that are critical for growth. Sales@Scale is a result of his key learnings over of the years which include his approach to go-to-market execution.
Throughout his career Vince has utilized agile & proven go-to-market strategies to drive results. Prior to starting his company, Vince was the CRO at True Fit where he helped tripled their revenue, built the organization from ground up and secure a $25M B round. While at CheetahMail he helped elevate them into the leading enterprise ESP worldwide with a successful exit while growing revenues from $3M to $150M. Early in his career he joined LivePerson and helped take them public within hisfirst 14 months at the company.
The Global Data Consortium enables cross border digital transactions by providing instant identity verification of individuals and businesses though its Worldview platform. Customers include Amazon, Mercado Libre, DHL Global and Tipalti.
Bill has had broad experience with the challenges facing high growth technology companies. He is currently a board member of the North Carolina based Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), one of the oldest and largest organizations focused on high growth business. Bill has mentored over 50 companies through early and mid-stage growth challenges, and has advised a number of data management companies through strategic growth & acquisition.
Bill is also an active angel investor in North Carolina. He is a member of Triangle Angel Partners, a $2.6 million early stage angel fund. Current and past companies invested in include: Magnus HealthIT, Union Metrics, Loqate, WaterPlayUSA, Windsor Circle and Offline Media.
Personally Bill enjoys traveling, reading, politics and is a HUGE Marvel Comics fan.
Seasoned, results-focused, high-energy, visionary leader, vice president, change manager and Channel Chief with a diverse background spanning 25 years in the technology sector specialized in Country Management, National Sales Development, Industry Change Leadership, Global Strategic Alliances and Partner Management driving corporate growth.
Engaging Leader recognized for outstanding open communication and negotiation expertise. Builder and motivator of high performance teams (direct & channels) producing exceptional net new revenue growth. Company executive armed with in-depth management expertise encompassing; P&L, Pipeline Maintenance, Operations, Staff Management and Mentoring. Top-notch presenter and corporate spokesperson with considerable experience working with press and industry media increasing corporate visibility and market share.
Josh has been with Capitol Broadcasting Company for almost 18 years. He's passionate about the things in life he loves...being a husband, father of 3, the great outdoors, and his work. He's a student of marketing, and what makes him unique is that he knows how to motivate the market.
He treats his customers with respect, and brings them expert advice and REAL value. There are plenty of “yes” people in town and that is not Josh. If you’re looking for someone that understands marketing and advertising, will truly tell you how your business is perceived in the minds of consumers, will be up-front and honest about what it will take to make your message work...then Josh is your man!
Courtney Tellefsen set out 10 years ago on a mission to support local farmers and help change our food system one table at a time. She started The Produce Box out of her garage working with 1 farmer and delivering boxes of fresh fruits & veggies to 25 of her neighbors. Today, her company has 11,000 members across the state purchasing more than 2 million pounds of local produce each year from ore than 50 North Carolina farmers!
Polly Harman studied sleep medicine at Stanford School of Sleep Medicine in the 90’s and has been on a path Promoting Better Sleep for Better Health. During time spent working with those who suffered from sleep disorders and sleep deprivation she became aware of how devastating these issues can be for individuals, families and their vocations. The long term effects on health and chronic diseases caused by inadequate sleep are numerous and life threatening. Finding solutions for these treatable conditions became a passion leading to the development of simple, elegant and affordable products that will change the way we sleep. As Company founder & CEO she will bring these solutions to market and along the way save lives and marriages. With over 25 years of experience in the medical industry, with credentials from: Lamar University; Stanford School of Sleep Medicine; Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Internship for critical care; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts Internship for infant apnea diagnostics she has the perspective needed for this success.
Eric is the CEO at RevBoss, a venture-backed sales prospecting software company based in Durham, NC.
Prior to RevBoss, he was the Founder & CEO at social media management platform provider Argyle Social and employee #1 at email marketing service provider Bronto. He completed his undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill in 2002 and earned an MBA at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business school in 2009, where he was a Dean’s Fellow.
Eric and his wife Kelly live in Durham with their young children Thomas, Catherine, and Barbara. In his infrequent spare time, Eric enjoys home renovation projects, playing the guitar, and Carolina basketball.
Vickie Gibbs has over 20 years of experience in growth businesses & entrepreneurial ventures. She is currently the Principal & Co-Founder of Marlow Consulting Group, which helps businesses define priorities and execute those successfully. She focuses on the practice areas of Marketing/ Business Strategy and Leadership/ Team Development and Coaching.
Vickie’s experience includes industries such as Media, eCommerce, and Mobile, with companies like Viacom, Motricity, and Art.com. In addition to her business experience, she also serves as a Co-founder and Advisor for SoarTriangle, a non-profit organization focused on closing the funding gap for female entrepreneurs.
Vickie received her BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, and her MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.