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Committee

Chairman

Fred Koury

Fred Koury

President & CEO

Smart Business Network


Fred co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years since, he has built the company into a leading multimedia and content marketing business providing print and digital marketing services to a national client base.


Host Committee

Matt Bauer

Matt Bauer

Partner

12 South Capital Partners


Matt is co-founder and Managing Partner of 12 South Capital Partners. He brings international experience in finance, consulting, and operations.

Prior to founding 12 South Capital Partners, Matt worked at MVision Private Equity Advisers, Ltd based in London. At MVision, Matt managed multiple private equity fundraisings, ranging from 250 million - 4.0 billion Euros. In addition, he covered investor relationships across continental Europe and the Middle East.

Matt has consulting experience in multiple industries. He worked for Schlumberger Business Consulting on oil & gas projects across the Middle East and for Netflix, serving as Chief Military Advisor to Brad Pitt for the satirical film War Machine (2017).

Previously, Matt spent over six years as a U.S. Army Officer, serving multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In his last role, he was the deputy operations officer for a 450-person air cavalry squadron that provided reconnaissance and security for coalition troops spread across Southern Afghanistan.

Matt earned his M.B.A from London Business School and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Mark DeMarcus

Mark DeMarcus

Regional Manager Business Banking

First National Bank


Mark DeMarcus is a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Business Banking for First National Bank’s Charlotte Region. In this role, Mark leads the business unit in providing companies across a variety of industries with industry-leading suite of business products and services, such as tailored cash flow solutions, capital financing options, to support growth of mid-sized companies throughout the Greater Charlotte area.

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

Executive Vice President of Carolinas Commercial Banking

First National Bank


Brad Jones is Executive Vice President of Carolina Commercial Banking, overseeing FNB’s multiple markets in North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition to his home market in Charlotte, Jones manages the execution of FNB’s Commercial Banking sales model throughout its Eastern North Carolina, Piedmont, Raleigh-Durham and South Carolina Regions. The Regional Presidents serving these markets report to Jones, who also maintains his previous position as Regional Market Executive and President of the Charlotte Region. He joined FNB in 2019 with more than 30 years of extensive financial services experience, including leadership roles with BBVA, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Jones received his Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Business Administration from the University of North Florida. Heavily involved in the local community, Jones has served as a board member for the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, UNC Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, Charlotte Sports Foundation, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, NC Motorsports Association and Charlotte International Advisory Council.

Sean Kelley

Sean Kelley

Managing Director, Business Development

Gridiron Capital


At Gridiron Capital, Sean focuses on developing new business partnerships, marketing, communicating with business owners, and managing investment sourcing and exit planning. Prior to joining Gridiron Capital, Sean served as vice president at BB&T Capital Markets in Richmond, Virginia. His responsibilities at BB&T included executing mergers and acquisitions advisory for middle-market businesses, as well as establishing and strengthening business development relationships with middle-market investors. Earlier in his career, Sean worked at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Lee M. Koury

Lee M. Koury

Managing Partner

Smart Business Network Inc.


Lee is managing partner of Smart Business Network Inc., a national events, media and marketing company founded in 1989, primarily responsible for expanding the company’s Aspire deal-making conference throughout the U.S. He plays a key role in establishing corporate policies and developing long-term strategy and growth plans. Previously, he founded and chaired the Growth Group at national law firm Arter & Hadden LLP (now Tucker, Ellis & West), which focused on working with middle-market and high-growth technology companies. 

Derek Pittak

Derek Pittak

CEO

Lingo Staffing


 

 

Tom Singh

Tom Singh

Managing Director | Senior Resident Director

Merrill Lynch


Tom has spent the last 22 years at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch where he considers himself an “Intra-Preneur”. He is the founder of a 9 person boutique within the company called Singh & Associates.

He and his team specialize in pre-exit planning for business owners looking to sell their company in 12-36 months. By using their Proprietary financial Modeling Process, they run various simulations and prescribe strategies to help owners maximize their desired outcome.

He also oversees the Avalon location of Merrill Lynch managing 9 Billion of client assets and has been named the top 13 “Best in State Wealth Advisors” list by Forbes Magazine – 4 years in a row.

 

 

Daniel Steyn

Daniel Steyn

Chief Development Officer

Sales Xceleration


 

 

Dan	Woodley

Dan Woodley

Managing Director

Cushman Wakefield


Dan Woodley is a Managing Director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Charlotte office and focuses on providing real estate consulting, brokerage services, and lease negotiation strategies for corporate office space users.

Dan works with a variety of office space users, including legal, technology and professional service firms, to navigate the real estate landscape in Charlotte and across the United States.

A former college baseball player, Dan’s clients appreciate the competitive edge he brings to each transaction and cite his honesty, process-driven negotiation skills and solution-oriented approach.

Conference Location

4735 Carmel Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
Tel: (704) 945-9630