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Mentor Program

Meet the CIE Mentors

Troy Alphin
founder, aquaculture, research
UNCW CIE Scientist-in-Residence

Tracey Altman
brands and consumers; l
Altman Consulting LLC

Paul Amazeen
biotech startups

Scott Armstrong
strategic planning, operations management

Jason Ashby


Kyle Asman

Backswing Ventures

Mona Badie
yechnology, strategic planning, business planning

Susan Bales

CEO, Bales Innovation Group

Jon Barker

Founder and CEO, PTW Solutions, Inc.

Bob Barnes
executive consultant

Paul Baron
branding, product launch, market development, sales, strategic alliances
Founder and CEO, The Wall Printer
Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year 2023

Mysty Blagg

Shipman and Wright, LLP

Mary Beth Bobeck

Lisa Brandkamp
Strategy, Project Management, Financial Modeling
Consultant; Formerly Corning and DAK Americas

Tracie Brisson

Barry Buzogany
Professional Board Director, Consultant and Mentor
T3D Therapeutics, Inc.

Jerry Coleman
Director, Small Business Center
Cape Fear Community College

Tim Conway
Start-up Coach

John Crumrine, CFP®
Financial Planner
Brunswick Financial, LLC
Business/Financial Advisor to small businesses and individuals

Charles Daniels
CEO and President

Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane
Booz-Allen Hamilton

Michael Donlon

Kevin Doyle
Organizational Compliance, Financial Forensics, Ethics

Diane Durance
Former CIE Director

Ryan Evans
Sales & Business Development Executive
Sales, Business Development, Partnerships for Technology and Software Startups

Keith Forkin
Sempersozo, Inc.

Jay Fuller
Self Employed

David Garrigus
David Garrigus Productions

Roger Gins

Carol Gravel
Founder and Principal Consultant
Binnacle Organization Learning Development

Jerry Hurwitz
Leadership Team Effectiveness, Business Planning, Human Resources, Purpose Driven Organizations

Randall Johnson
Southeastern office, Executive Director
NC Biotechnology Center
Strategic and Operational Planning, Partner / Client Development, Life Sciences

Gene Kemp
Manager Director
Peregrine Consulting LLC

Joan Keston
Attorney (Retired)
Elder Law Attorney
International Business and Law, Corporate Law, Estate Planning, Elder Law

Bill Knowles
Design-based innovation, Strategy Formulation, Customer identification

Robert Lorenz
Phamaceutical Technology and Fisheries Operations Management

Mattias MacDowell
Digital Marketing Insights & Analytics Lead, Cisco
Marketing Analytics, Marketing Operations, Digital Marketing

Michael MacNair
GO MacNair- Growth Coaching, Travel Leadership Consulting - Travel Consulting

Bruce Mancinelli
Digital Marketing Insights & Analytics Lead, Cisco
LIADAN Associates

Cole Mancini
M.Cole Consulting & Design LLC
Product Development, Sourcing, Branding / Marketing

Keith Markfield
8 Leaf Clover, Inc.
Startup founder, software development, MVP, technology

Heather McWhorter
Director, CIE
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Business Planning

Glen Michalske
Product development and implementation strategy, Management consulting for business growth, International business development, Manufacturing technology

Deb Mosca
DAM Consulting
Life Sciences, Strategic Planning, Project Managment

Eric Nelson
CEO & Managing Partner
Engage Asia Management Solutions
CEO / COO, Global Market Entry, Industrial & Manufacturing Operations

Luke Novelli
Leadership Development Associates

Paige O'Neill
Co-Owner / VP Marketing & Finance
Atlantic Garage Doors
Business Strategy, Technology Strategy, Venture Capital

Zachary Piech
Value Pet Supplies

Lauri Ann Plante
Vice President & Regional Leader
CCI Consulting

Vince Re
Founder and CEO
TechTiles, LLC
Technology and software innovation

Karl Ricanek
Professor, Co-Director, Director
UNCW, I3S Institute, CASIS, Face Aging Lab

Rendell Richards
CFO and Partner
Scale Finance LLC
Fractional Accounting and Finance Support, Capital Raise, M&A Transactions, Business Valuations

Jay Schach
Mentor, Adjunct
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Startups, Software Development, Marketing, Software As A Service

Derek Schmidt
Founder & CEO, Design Loud
Strategic Planning, Marketing, Public Speaking

Jim Seidel
CEO, Tri-Tech Forensics, Rescue Essentials
Strategic Planning, Manufacturing

Adam Shay
Managing Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
Finance, Processes, Scaling

Phil Sindel
Senior Managing Director
Olmstead Associates

Dan Stiff
President, LPD, INC.
Sales and Marketing, Leadership/Coaching, and Brand Expertise

Virginia Sourlis
Esq., MBA, Realtor
Sourlis Law Firm, Intracoastal Realty Corporation

Alan Stout
ACS Consulting and Sales, LLC

Keith White
Colonial Leadership Development
Business Planning, Start-up Support, Leadership Coaching

Adrian Wilson
Founder, ACS Consulting and Sales, LLC

Bill Wilson
Owner, Executive Consultant
Envision Strategies LLC
IT Strategy, Program and Project Management, Enterprise Architecture, Software Development Methodology