Here’s a sample of the 2012 alumni attendees:
Name: Keith Calhoun
Education: Washington & Lee University, B.S., 1979; Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D., 1982
Professional Notes:Upon completion of law school, Keith moved to Atlanta, GA where he practiced law for almost 20 years. In 2000, Keith left the law practice to join a “dot com” as in-house counsel. After successfully raising the original capital for establishment of the company, Keith assumed the role of CEO. In that role, Keith began revising the business model of the company which he had joined, ultimately completely revising the business model and establishing a new and unique voluntary benefits company.
This company, Purchasing Power, allows a largely overlooked class of under-banked consumers to purchase consumer goods such as computers, televisions and appliancesfrom Purchasing Power and pay for these goods directly out of their paychecks via automatic payroll deductions over a 12-month installment period. This business is totally different than other traditional credit providers in that individual credit scores are not reviewed. Rather, credit extension is based upon a group underwriting that emphasizes length of employment to authorize an extension of credit. The programs offered by Purchasing Powers are sponsored by large corporate employers or government agencies and offered to their employees as a voluntary employee benefit. Purchasing Power has over 166 clients (employers) representing over 1.5 million employees as well as access to approximately 1 million federal government employees.
Under Keith’s leadership, Purchasing Power grew from less than $500,000 in revenues in 2001 to almost $200 million in revenues in 2011. In 2011, Keith led a sale of Purchasing Power to a partnership of Private Equity groups and retired from Purchasing Power. Keith is currently clearing a few items off of his bucket list while considering new career opportunities.
Keith holds a Law Degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and a BS in business administration from Washington & Lee University. He and his wife, Louise, have been married for 28 years and divide their time between homes in Atlanta and Sea Island, Georgia. They have two daughters: Katie Terrell (26) and Langley (24) and twin boys: Reid and Zach (17). Additionally, they recently welcomed their first grandchild, Calhoun Joseph Terrell into the family. In addition to his business pursuits, Keith serves on the Board of Trinity House, Global Health Action and supports his wife’s efforts as a board member of Covenant House. In his spare time, Keith is a dedicated fly fisherman and outdoor enthusiast.
Name: Lang Craighill
Education: BA, Economics, Washington & Lee University; MBA, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Professional Notes: Lang has 30 years of management experience leading operations, strategic planning, business development and sales organizations for established companies as well as three start-ups. Most of his career has been in the information technology industry with both product and services companies. He also has deep experience in growing business with the US Federal Government, particularly Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer and VP of Sales for SMSi, a startup software and engineering services company in the Washington DC area. SMSi developed and sold a suite of data integration software products branded as Twister Data Framework. SMSi was recognized numerous times for its growth, business practices, and employee satisfaction. Awards include:
2010, 2011 – INC Magazine 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies 2010, 2011 – Washington Business Journal “Best Places to Work” Award winner 2011 – Washington Business Journal “Fast 50” SMSi was sold to the Boeing Company in August 2011.
Lang has been involved in information technology since he co-founded his first company, ComSource 32 in 1985 as a reseller of Apple Computer products. After selling that company, he joined Apple for seven years, and then moved to Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) for eight years before joining a startup which was successfully sold to LexisNexis Inc. several years later. With these companies he held leadership positions in corporate marketing, sales, business development, government affairs, and strategic planning. Lang and his wife Sherry live in Northern Virginia and have a cottage in Rockbridge Baths which they visit regularly.
Name: Timothy E. Lavell
Education: BS, Business Administration, Washington and Lee University
Current Business: Managing Partner, Independent Capital Advisors, LLC
Professional Notes: Tim is the founder and Managing Partner of Independent Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment banking, consulting and private equity firm based in Raleigh, NC. He has more than 27 years of investment banking experience working with financial institutions throughout the United States. Prior to forming Independent Capital, he was a managing director and head of the FIG Equity Investment Banking practice at Morgan Keegan and Company. For 21 years prior to joining Morgan Keegan, he was President of Trident Securities ,Inc. where he helped build the firm into a nationally recognized leader in providing investment banking services to financial institutions. During his tenure at Trident he was involved in over 200 initial public offerings raising several billion dollars in new capital and advised on more than 50 merger transactions. In 1996, Trident was named” Small Business of the Year” by Business North Carolina magazine. Tim and his wife Maureen live in Raleigh with their three children, Ryan, Megan and Robbie.
Name: Matt Bevin
Education: Washington & Lee University
Professional Notes: With more than 20 years of experience in management, investment consulting, and marketing, Matt most recently served as Chief Executive and Principal of Integrity Asset Management, an investment firm with over $3.7 billion under management that he founded in 2003. The firm was sold in December of 2010.
Matt is the founder of, or lead investor in, numerous other start-ups including Correct Building Products,Legacyit.com, Neuronetrix, Golden Rule Signs, Veracity Funds, Academic Merit, Heart and Soul Candies, etc. Additionally, he is the owner and sixth generation president of Bevin Bros Mfg Company, a Connecticut based bell maker founded in 1832. He is a 2008 graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program (formerly known as Birthing of Giants) and has been a Regional Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Companies he has founded have three times been named to the Inc 500 (most recently #47). Matt currently serves on a number of non-profit and corporate boards. Matt is a former United States Army officer and a graduate of Washington & Lee University (where he finished his first term on academic probabation), and has pursued a number of off-the-beaten-path ventures, including skydiving, bungee jumping, teaching English in Japan, riding his bicycle across the United States and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Matt and his wife are currently home schooling their five children as they travel around the United States.
Name: Elizabeth P. Warland
Education: Bachelor of Arts Economics & German, Washington and Lee University
Current Business: Vice President Sales Development, Purgenix, Inc.
Professional Notes: Elizabeth P. Warland is Vice President Sales Development and badge number 4 at Purgenix, Inc. Elizabeth is responsible for driving the go-to-market sales strategy for Purgenix™, a high-growth startup company. Purgenix™ is positively impacting clinical outcomes and the bottom line for healthcare providers with a solution for the most under addressed source of Hospital Acquired Infections – the air. Prior to Purgenix™, Elizabeth worked in marketing for S1 Corporation, the world’s first internet bank and online banking technology firm. After S1, she spent over eight years with Intec Telecom Systems (now CSG International) a world leading OSS and Billing Software Company. Elizabeth was the company’s youngest Territory Director and held positions in the Atlanta, London, Brussels and Paris offices, where during her tenure she was responsible for the Benelux region and high revenue accounts such as Tele2, Mobilkom Austria, Telenet, Belgacom and Wind International. Elizabeth currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Christophe and sons Victor (4) and Alistair (2).
Name: Dax Cummings
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Washington & Lee University
Current Business: Revolution Money, Chief Operating Officer
Professional Notes: Dax Cummings Chief Operating Officer Dax spent 12 years at MBNA America, most recently as Division President while serving on the corporate Management Committee. He led MBNA’s US Endorsed Card business, where he was responsible for endorsed and co-branded portfolio strategies, new sales, marketing, and relationship management. Dax was the youngest person at MBNA to be promoted to Senior Executive Vice President and to the Management Committee. Before joining Revolution Money, Dax served as the Managing Director of Strategic Marketing for The Kessler Group, working for Howard Kessler, a founder of affinity-based marketing in the financial services industry.
Name: Gregory J. (Greg) Brill
Education: BS, Economics, Washington and Lee University
Current Business: Senior Associate, Solebury Search, & Founder, Brill Mobile Inc.
Professional Notes: Greg is a Senior Associate at Solebury Search, where he places C-Suite and VP level executives in some of New York’s hottest technology brands. He is also in the process of founding a local mobile technology company aimed at disrupting the $23 billion domestic nightlife industry. The company is at the prototype stage and Greg is currently working to bring together the right founding team and seed investors. Prior to Solebury, Greg was at Deutsche Bank in London. Greg graduated from W&L in the class of 2009 and lives in Stamford, CT.
Name: Lev Raslin
Education: BA, Politics and Anthropology, Washington and Lee University, Class of 2012
Current Business: Account Manager, Sonic Notify, Inc
Professional Notes: I am currently an account manager at Sonic Notify Inc. I handle accounts for the LA Kings, Linkin Park, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, amongst others. Sonic Notify’s core technology is a piece of software that enables data to be sent to smartphones and tablets using ultrasonic sound as a trigger. Our mission is to transform the way users interact with content, and to provide an outlet to learn from these interactions. My career in the tech startup world began with a junior year summer internship at Densebrain Inc, a mobile app development agency. Densebrain was spun down and Sonic was built upwards after a late-summer eureka moment. I graduated W&L the following Fall, a semester early in December. I was able to rejoin the team under the Sonic Notify banner in early May, thanks to some diligent fundraising the team had undertaken in months prior. We closed a successful Round A in July of $4.25 mm. I’ve done everything from overseeing the acquisition and build-out of the new office in Flatiron (that includes ferrying lighting and toilets across different boroughs) to building out our entire tech support and pre-sales management system. We’re growing very quickly, as are our technology and offerings. I’m very eager to pursue a career of entrepreneurship that ideally culminates with a role as a VC.
Name: McGowin I. Patrick, Jr.
Education: Washington and Lee University, B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration, 1986
Professional Notes: McGowin I. Patrick, Jr.is a principal and Managing Director of IPC Capital Partners (IPC), www.ipc-capital.com . Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, IPC is a diversified private equity investment company primarily focusing on investments in private companies, real estate development and timberland/farm investments.
Mr. Patrick received a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington & Lee University in 1986, after graduating from UMS-Wright Preparatory School. His previous work experience was with SunTrust Capital Markets in Atlanta, GA, where he was an investment banker, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity placements.
Mr. Patrick is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations including: Infirmary Health Systems (Regional multi-hospital holding company), Board of Directors (Chairman: Finance Committee, Executive Compensation Committee and Real Estate Committee) and serves on the Executive Committee; UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Board of Trustees (Chairman: Enrollment Committee) and serves on the Executive Committee; Young President’s Organization; and numerous social organizations.
Mr. Patrick is a native of Mobile, Alabama and resides there with his wife, Michele. They have three daughters, Shelley, age 14, Lillian, age 12 and Freeman, age 8.
Name: Sean C. O’Rourke
Education: BA, Journalism & American History, Washington and Lee University
Current Business: President, Syzygy 3, Inc.
Professional Notes: Sean never gave much thought to entrepreneurship until he actually secured his first job after graduating from W&L. It was then he realized working for someone else was not nearly as invigorating as working for himself. It took a few unsuccessful ventures, but Sean (and his business partners) finally hit the right notes with Syzygy 3, a technology consulting and services firm for small- and mid-sized businesses. Almost a decade later, Syzygy 3 is still providing their clients with ready access to the IT expertise necessary to run a business today. Sean serves as That Guy – if it doesn’t fall under operations or technology, then “that guy” handles it, including business development, sales, marketing, and social media for the firm. An admitted obsessive sports fan (Flyers, Phillies, 76’ers, 49’ers, and Notre Dame football), Sean lives in New York City with his wife, Susan Combs (also an entrepreneur), where they captain football, basketball, softball, and hockey teams (among other competitions).
Name: Leslie Croland
Leslie J. Croland is a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, a law firm with more than 600 lawyers in 15 offices located throughout the Northeast, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Florida, California, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Les is the co-chair of his firm’s life sciences practice group. For 30 years, Les has concentrated his practice in the areas of securities, private equity financing, emerging companies, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. He represents clients in a broad variety of industries, including life sciences, media, software, technology, real estate and finance. Les regularly counsels domestic and foreign corporations in a variety of securities transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt, tender offers, proxy contests, going private transactions and recapitalizations. Les also advises start-up companies and entrepreneurs, venture capital companies, underwriters and sellers and purchasers of businesses.
Les received his undergraduate degree from Williams College and his law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Les also received a Master Degree in Securities Regulations from Georgetown University Law Center.
Les is a member of the Board of Directors of BioFlorida and chaired BioFlorida’s annual conference held in Miami, Florida in October 2012. He is also on the Board of Southeast BIO and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Florida Research Consortium.
Les has been married for 30 years to Sandra Croland, who is also an attorney. Les and Sandy have two daughters. Harlyn is a Junior at Washington and Lee University and Kirby is a Freshman at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Name: J. Gregory Barrow
Education: 1987, BS, Business Administration, Washington and Lee University
Current Business: Founder & Managing Director, General Capital Partners, LLC
Professional Notes: Greg Barrow is the Founder and Managing Director of General Capital Partners, established in 2002. He has focused on the distressed marketplace since 1999 and has participated in well over 100 transactions with companies experiencing financial difficulties. He leads the firm’s new engagements to identify, prioritize and outline all available options for clients in a variety of industries. Greg and GCP have appeared in over 40 bankruptcy courts around the country. Professionals nationwide serving middle market companies either facing default, in need of restructuring or already in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, value his advice. His expertise has been featured in media outlets such as Bloomberg, Dow Jones, MSN Money, The Deal, Denver Business Journal and others. Greg is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and he spoke at the 4th Annual TMA Western Regional Conference on the “(R)evolution of the Restructuring Market” in July 2012.
Greg has an extensive background in business leadership, entrepreneurship and investment banking. From 1991 to 1999, Greg was the founder and CEO of Peak Resources, Inc., an IBM Business Partner providing information systems and solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. Under Greg’s leadership, Peak grew from a startup to nearly $20 MM and is currently one of the top 100 privately held companies in Colorado. Previously, he was a top performer and sales manager with Capital Associates International, Inc., a publicly traded computer leasing company. Greg was recognized as an “Up and Comer” by the Denver Business Journal in 1996 and has been active in the community since arriving in Colorado over twenty years ago. Greg received a B.S. in Business Administration with emphasis in Computer Science and Accounting from Washington & Lee University and served on its Alumni Board of Directors from 2000-2004.
Name: Matt Langan
Education: BS, Business Administration, Washington and Lee University (2010)
Current Business: Co-Founder & CEO, CadenceMed
Professional Notes: Matt is an Internet entrepreneur. He is also a recent W&L graduate. To date, Matt considers his greatest entrepreneurial accomplishment to be pivoting from the Science Center to the C-School, where he was a student in Dr. Shay’s first entrepreneurial capstone class and majored in Business Administration. After graduating in 2010, Matt was an Analyst at Trover Solutions, a leading insurance claims recovery company, where he redeveloped the Call Center’s reporting process, which saved its managers more than a hundred hours per month. He hated it. He also had an idea, which is why Matt resigned to Co-Found CadenceMed, a healthcare IT company that has developed technology that allows it to schedule, monitor and market to patients on behalf of their doctors. You can think of CadenceMed as the Infusionsoft or Salesforce for healthcare. While Matt was developing CadenceMed, he pivoted another Internet start-up, Refynr, a provider of sponsored social media dashboards for events and conferences, which he deployed at four events across the country in less than six months. Matt is now solely focused on CadenceMed. He has a passion for bootstrapping web-based start-ups, user interface design and health. He lives and works out of his home in Louisville, Kentucky and spends too much time playing ping pong and not enough time playing golf.
Name: Thomas M. Dunlap
Education: B.A., Lafayette College, J.D., Washington and Lee University, M.S., University of Maryland, M.B.A., (expected December 2012) University of Maryland
Professional Notes: Tom is an attorney with DunlapWeaver working in the entertainment, aviation and intellectual property fields. He has been named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Lawyers by the Hollywood Reporter, served as a special prosecutor, is an Airport Commissioner, pilot, former Army Officer and a past bar president. Tom co-founded and has served as the interim CEO of Ceres Nanosciences, a biotechnology company offering a focused nanotechnology product (the Nanotrap) offering, amongst many products, biomarker discovery and Lyme diagnostics. Tom is a member of The American Legion, MENSA, AOPA, NBAA and the American Bar Association where he serves as co-chair of the Copyright CLE Committee. Tom has lectured throughout the United States and Europe on intellectual property, entertainment law, digital evidence and e-discovery in Federal Courts. Among many other speaking engagements and CLE, most recently Tom has taught Virginia CLE’s How to IP and IP Litigation for the Everyday Lawyer, as well as speaking for the Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium, MARPA and the Washington Area Musician’s Association. Tom is the co-author of Virginia CLEs Chapter 8 on Intellectual Property.
Name: Andrew M. Ruppar
Education: BA, Public Policy, Washington and Lee University MSC, Analysis, Design & Management of Information Systems, The London School of Economics & Political Science
Current Business: COO, Inventory Source
Professional Notes: Andrew was employee number 3 at Inventory Source, a product data supply chain management company for ecommerce sellers based in Jacksonville, FL. He helped launch its staffing and development arm, SourceFuse Technologies, while living in New Delhi, India for 2 years, overseeing the growth of both companies from 4 to 40 employees and has been back in the US trying to expand the US office and international reach of Inventory Source. Prior to joining Inventory Source, he worked as a Middle Market Corporate Banker for Wells Fargo and a Technology Consultant for Accenture. He earned his Masters from the London School of Economics, and returned to the US as an Information Risk Management Consultant for KPMG. While at Inventory Source, he has also launched several currently revenue generating failures and learning opportunity successes. Andrew and his MacBook currently live in Jacksonville with their 3 guitars and 4 surfboards.
Name: Kevin J. Coppersmith
Education: B.S., Business Administration, Washington and Lee University, Class of 2004
Current Business: CEO, Boston Neuroscience, Inc.
Professional Notes: Kevin is CEO of Boston Neuroscience, a privately-held neuroscience technology company that is developing innovative diagnostic platforms and analytical tools to meet a long-standing clinical need for objective measurement of cognitive function. The Company works with clients across several industries, including medical technology, pharmaceutical, professional athletics and national security. The Company’s principal technology is an eye-tracking device used by the U.S. Military to identify concussion, fatigue and other neurological conditions.
Kevin is the managing partner at Lambda Prime Group, a family office that invests in and advises seed and early stage high-tech startups. Kevin is also a director at the Brain Trauma Foundation, a non-profit research organization in New York City, where he has secured more than $25 million in research grants from the U.S. Department of Defense for the study of traumatic brain injury and concussion.
Kevin previously spent 6 years as an investment banker in New York City at Merrill Lynch and then at Deutsche Bank, where he advised global depository institutions, investment managers, financial sponsors, and financial technology companies.
Kevin lives in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.
Name: Peter Dodge
Education: Washington and Lee University
Professional Notes: Peter is the Founder and CEO of The Hanover Companies, the parent of Hanover Research (HR), Hanover Grants (HG), and Hanover Capital (HC). HR provides marketing and strategy research primarily to the Education, SMB, and Enterprise sectors. HG provides grantsmanship services to the Education, Health Care, and NGO sectors. HC invests in seed- and early-stage technology-enabled B2B & B2C content businesses, with an eye toward future acquisitions for the larger firm.
Prior to founding Hanover, Peter served in sales and consulting capacities at The Advisory Board Company. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.
Name: David W. Goodrich
Education: University of Michigan, BBA, 1970 and University of Virginia, MBA, 1973
Professional Notes: From July 1999 – December 2005, David was the founding president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., a regional coalition of Indiana corporate, university and charitable foundation chairman and presidents promoting economic growth and opportunity through non-partisan, public policy research and development.
From 1998-July 1999, David was president of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker’s Indianapolis office, and executive vice president of the Corporation. From 1986–May 1998, he was president of F.C. Tucker Company, Inc. Commercial Real Estate Services Division and executive vice president and treasurer of the corporation. From 1984-1986 he served as the commercial division’s office brokerage sales manager, and was a sales associate in Tucker’s commercial division specializing in industrial and office brokerage from 1979-1984. From 1974-1979 he was an officer in the Corporate Banking Department of the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago. Other positions held include director of financial planning for the former Puerto Rican subsidiary of the Sea Pines Corporation of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and financial analyst for the Irwin Management Company of Columbus, Indiana.
Sagamore of the Wabash (awarded by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for distinguished public service – 2005); international president, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (1997); Indiana Commercial Realtor of the Year (1995).
Chairman, University of Michigan Library Leadership Council (2000-present); chairman, Dean’s Advisory Committee, Indiana University School of Medicine (2003-2011); governor, Indianapolis Museum of Art (2000-2009); director and past chairman, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Foundation (1994-2006); founding member and director, Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative (BioCrossroads); moderator, Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series (2004) ; president, Economic Club of Indianapolis (2004/2005); past member, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Advisory Council on Small Business; past president, Penrod Society; past president, Humane Society of Indianapolis; past vice chairman, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc./American United Life Insurance Company/State Life Insurance Company (1986-present), current chairman of investment committee; Indiana University Health/Clarian Health Partners/Methodist Hospital of Indiana (1986-present), board chairman (1995-1997) and current chairman of investment and governance committees; Irwin Financial Corporation (1986-2009); National Wine & Spirits Corporation (2003-2010); Citizens Gas and Coke Utility (1994-2005), board chairman (2002-2004).