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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Raleigh, NC Early-Stage Venture Breakfast, sponsored by Convergence Homes. This event was in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

    Jason Caplain, General Partner, Southern Capitol Ventures Jason Caplain, General Partner, Southern Capitol Ventures

    Jason is a general partner and co-founded Southern Capitol Ventures after spending two years at Red Hat, the world's premier open source and Linux provider. There, he directed the company's global budgeting process, provided financial analysis for the successful IPO in August 1999 and performed due diligence on many of the company's acquisitions. Prior to Red Hat, Jason was a partner at Harrison Hurley and Company, an investment banking and business-consulting firm headquartered in Providence, RI. Jason was on the board of directors of Synthematix which was acquired by Symyx Technologies (NASDAQ:SMMX) and a board observer for Batanga which merged with Planeta Networks. He is currently on the boards of eMinor and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development which is the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation. While at Southern Capitol Ventures, he has also served as interim CFO for one of its portfolio companies. Jason writes a monthly column for TechJournal South, has a blog SoutheastVC and he has received the Triangle Business Journal's "40 under 40" leadership award. Jason received his BS in Finance from Bentley College.

    Art Pappas
    Managing Partner
    Pappas Ventures
    Read the full profile for Art here!
    Pappas Ventures
    Art has over 30 years of operating experience as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry executive and venture capital investor in life science companies. He has assembled a team of investment, biotechnology and medical experts who manage over $350 million and oversee investments in more than 40 portfolio companies. Prior to founding Pappas Ventures in 1994, Art held senior level leadership positions at several multinational pharmaceutical companies. He was an executive member of the board of directors of Glaxo Holdings plc, for which he was the chief executive responsible for international operations including research, development and manufacturing. Art previously was Vice President of Commercial Operations for Abbott International Ltd., and he held various executive and general management positions with Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and the Dow Chemical Company, in the United States and internationally. Among the companies for which he currently serves as a director are: CeNeRx BioPharma, Genstruct, LEAD Therapeutics and TyRx Pharma. He was the founding CEO and is currently the chairman of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals.

    Some of the firm's representative investments include Cerexa Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Forest Laboratories); Syntonix Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Biogen Idec); Peninsula Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Johnson & Johnson); Panacos Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PANC); NuVasive (Nasdaq: NUVA); Gene Logic (Nasdaq: GLGC); Nuvelo (Nasdaq: NUVO; previously Variagenics); and Arena Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARNA).

    Art is chairman of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Board of Directors and is a member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Medical Industry Group Advisory Board. He previously served on the boards of AtheroGenics (Nasdaq: AGIX), Embrex (Nasdaq: EMBX), Quintiles Transnational (Nasdaq: QTRN) and Valentis (Nasdaq: VLTS). Art is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer in the US Army 101st Airborne Division and the Special Forces.

    Steve Nelson, Managing Director & Partner, Wakefield Group Steve Nelson, Managing Director & Partner, Wakefield Group

    Steve Nelson joined Wakefield Group in October 1999 as Managing Director and Partner. He established the venture capital firm�s Research Triangle Park, NC office. Steve joined Wakefield after 19 years of executive and general management experience in technology, software and Internet-based businesses. During the last three years of his career before starting a venture capital career, Steve was at Quokka Sports, a digital media company, in several executive capacities. Quokka raised over $140m in capital and successfully completed an IPO in July, 1999. Steve served as chief executive of a joint venture company between NBC Sports and Quokka Sports, NBC/Quokka Ventures, LLC. Prior to Quokka, Steve served as a Vice President with Informix Software, based in Menlo Park, CA. His first business experience was 14-plus years at IBM, ultimately as Vice President and General Manager in San Francisco. Steve is a former member of the board of directors at Constella Group, recently sold to SRA International (SRX) for $185M. He is a current board member at Motricity, APEX Analytix, Integrian, Near-Time, rPath, FrontStream, Liquidia (where he also serves as CEO), and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. He was a past Chairman of North Carolina�s Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), is co-founder of North Carolina�s Innovation Association, and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the State Treasurer�s office of North Carolina and their $75B investment portfolio. Steve received his B.S. degree in Business from Wake Forest University.

    Michael Carr, Angel Investor, Inception Micro Angel Fund Michael Carr, Angel Investor, Inception Micro Angel Fund

    Mr. Carr is a member of the equity group and has responsibility for working with the firm�s high net worth clients. Prior to joining Tanglewood he served as an officer in the U.S. Army, worked in commercial lending and as an equity portfolio manager for a major bank, and as a securities analyst for a large pension fund. He joined Wachovia Bank in 1983 as a portfolio/relationship manager in the high net worth client division. For over 18 years at Wachovia Mr. Carr managed a variety of assets including equities, bonds, real estate and oil & gas, as well as developing and implementing comprehensive wealth management plans for his clients. He has also worked for Atlantic Trust, a high net worth management boutique. Mr. Carr has a B.S. degree from the Ohio State University, an M.B.A. degree from the University of Dayton, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He serves as a director on the boards of both the YMCA and the Children's Center for the Physically Disabled. He is also involved with the Technology Council at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

    Reg Greiner, Partner, Avondale Ventures Reg Greiner, Partner, Avondale Ventures

    Reg Greiner serves as a Venture Partner of Avondale Ventures, LLC. He is responsible for investment selection and analysis, transaction structuring, investor relations and portfolio management and monitoring. Mr. Greiner has over 10 years of private equity, advisory and banking experience with a keen focus on small and middle market media and communications. Reg has specialized in the Media and Communications sectors since 2000 with a focus on mid size and large cap companies. He has utilized and developed his extensive contacts with private equity sponsor groups, industry executives and entrepreneurs in order to generate strong deal flow. Prior to Avondale, Mr. Greiner has held key positions at UBS Capital and Rare Medium Ventures. At UBS Capital, Reg leveraged his longstanding contacts to assist UBS� top-line management teams in investing straight off the balance sheet with not only direct private equity investments, but fund investments as well. At Rare Medium Ventures, Reg was asked to establish and lead the opportunity of building a specialized industry vertical for Rare Medium�s Wireless and Communications Group. Reg�s extensive contacts with the wireless and telecom service providers and equity sponsor groups provided Rare Medium with access to proprietary deal flow across most of the sectors in wireless and communications. Reg ended up establishing a joint venture with Motient Corporation, Rare Medium Ventures, and XM Satellite Radio that has today evolved into Skyterra Corporation (SKYT.OB) and Mobile Satellite Ventures (�MSV�).

    Lee Heinrich, CEO and President, Ashoken Assets, Inc. Lee Heinrich, CEO and President, Ashoken Assets, Inc.

    Lee Heinrich has spent more than three decades building service companies. In 1974 Heinrich was a founding principle of NCPS, a company specializing in workplace hiring and inventory control solutions. In 1989 Heinrich spun off a new division of NCPS to create Corporate Support Systems, Inc. She served as President and CEO until negotiating its successful sale in 2005. Corporate Support delivered services to employers in 35 states to help them meet specific federal regulatory safety requirements. Heinrich also was tapped to serve as CEO of Laboratory Resources, Inc. with offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Memphis, TN, and Las Vegas, NV from 1998 � 2005 when she gained full ownership and merged the company with Corporate Support Systems, Inc. prior to its sale. She currently holds the position of CEO and President of Ashoken Assets, Inc., a private assets management company which seeks to invest in businesses whose services demonstrate a positive influence in their industry and in their community.

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