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Demby, Claude Z.

October 23, 2014

Claude Z. Demby

The pursuit of an ever-higher mark and drive for excellence are traits that Mr. Demby has brought with him to every employer and to every professional challenge in his career. Known for being a transformational leader linking the power of talent, culture and innovation with the spirit of entrepreneurialism, his history of success in turning around and growing companies on a global is extensive.

 

At L&L Products, a manufacturer with operations and technical and sales offices in 14 countries spanning four continents, in his role as president and COO, Mr. Demby was a visionary and a driving force for the fastest revenue and growth period in the company’s 50-year history, helping grow revenue more than 100% while concurrently raising profit margins to 300% that of the industry benchmark.

 

More recently, as the president and CEO of Noël Group, an international group of manufacturing businesses employing people in locations across the U.S., China, and Europe, his change leadership and contributions continued. Mr. Demby took the company through a 180-degree turnaround. Faced with a failing business that was in complete disarray, saddled with untenable debt and increasing financial losses, he pulled the company back from the edge of bankruptcy and transformed it into a growing, vibrant, healthy company well poised for continued profitable growth in the future.

 

Mr. Demby began his career as a process engineer with Proctor & Gamble and as a production manager with GE Plastics where he quickly distinguished himself as a leader when he gained buy-in from GE Company’s CEO for some major capital investment projects—projects that once implemented saved the company $1.5 million per year. Mr. Demby holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.B. A. degree in Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

 

Deeply respected in both the business and local community, Mr. Demby currently serves as the Chair-Elect for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond—Charlotte Branch. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Duke-Raleigh Hospital.

 

Striving consciously to make a positive difference in the lives of the people he touches, and with a passion for learning and education, Mr. Demby and his wife are co-founders of Valour Academy, a private school that seeks to enfranchise a population of young men who otherwise have a less than 50% graduation rate from local public schools. Mr. Demby also embraces opportunities to apply his talents for speaking, teaching, leading, and motivating and has presented to audiences of young people as well as business people on the topics of “The 5 Secrets to Living an Extraordinary Life” and “The Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People.”

 

Parents of five children, the youngest now in college, Claude Demby and his wife of more than 25 years currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Demby encourages connections through LinkedIn (www.linkedin/in/claudedemby) and can be reached at 248-495-3330 or by email claude@claudedemby.com.

Dorrance, Anson

April 18, 2013

Head Coach UNC Women’s Soccer Team

When Anson Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008, it marked one more milestone moment in the career of a man whose coaching prowess became legendary at a young age. Because Dorrance has not yet retired from his coaching career, he was only eligible for election on the “Builders of the Game” ballot and he won election to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on that ballot.

 

Like fine wine – with age – the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better. Dorrance proved that again in 2009 as he led his team successfully through one of the most competitive College Cup fields in history as the University of North Carolina won its 21st overall national title and its 20th NCAA crown. Dorrance thus became the first coach in NCAA history to win 20 championships coaching a single sport.

 

Head coach of the North Carolina women’s soccer program since its inception in 1979, Dorrance has built and guided a well-oiled winning machine. Under his direction, the Tar Heels have collected national and conference championships at a stupendous rate, compiled an overall record staggering in its numerical verity, established records likely never to be approached and procured the esteem befitting a dynasty.

 

At an institution familiar with such incomparable achievement, especially with regard to its storied basketball program, it might be possible to think that Dorrance’s accomplishments could somehow fade to the background. But what he has done in Chapel Hill is simply impossible to disregard.

 

Thus, when an expert panel employed by ESPN announced its list of the Best Coaches of the Past Quarter Century on July 28, 2004 – coincidentally headed at the No. 1 spot by legendary Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith – it came as no big surprise that another deserving Tar Heel mentor made the list.

 

That Dorrance, who was ranked No. 24 on the list, was one of only two coaches in the prestigious collection to coach an Olympic sport on the collegiate level only speaks louder about his recognized greatness. More accolades were bestowed on Dorrance with his induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on May 19, 2005 and to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008. He earned those honors while still in the prime of his coaching career, further testament to his ongoing legacy.

Ellis, Lee

Lee Ellis2May 13, 2013

President – Leadership Freedom
Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. After the war he served as an instructor pilot, chief of flight standardization/evaluation, and flying squadron commander. Additionally he commanded two leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel. Lee’s combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal.

 

Lee Ellis is President and Founder of Leadership Freedom® and FreedomStar Media™. For more than fifteen years he has served as an executive coach and a corporate consultant in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, leadership development, and succession planning. His clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in a variety of industries. Since 1990, Lee has managed the development, validation, and internet deployment of several personality and leadership assessments that have been used by more than 200,000 individuals.

 

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. His latest book is entitled Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton. He and his wife Mary reside in Atlanta, GA and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Foehl, Ph.D., Jamie

jamiefoehlJamie Foehl is a Senior Applied Researcher at the Center For Advanced Hindsight (CAH) – Dan Ariely’s Research lab at Duke University. Jamie joined the lab in 201l. Her first day of work was spent at a criminal justice center running dishonesty experiments with parolees. Her work focuses on applying Behavioral Economics to the real world. Jamie does field research and studies decisions people make about their money and their health. Today she will focus on decisions people make about whether or not to tell the truth.

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Hare, Ph.D, Brian

brianhareDr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University.

Dr. Hare has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society, Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence.

His research consistently received national and international media coverage over the last decade and has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired, Science magazine, CNN and ABC (Australia). He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio. He has also been featured in multiple documentaries from production companies such as National Geographic (U.S.), BBC (U.K.), Nova (U.S.), RTL (Germany), SBS (Korea) and Globo (Brazil). Dr. Hare is frequently invited to give lectures on his research on dog intelligence. For example, in 2009 he gave the keynote addresses at the annual conferences for both Assistance Dog Training Society and Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which are both among the largest dog training societies in the U.S.

In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.



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Levitt, Sarah

sarahlevittSarah Levitt is a nationally renowned leadership expert, regularly invited to work with some of the world’s finest leaders, propelling them to even greater success and driving exceptional business outcomes. The leading authority on Magnificent Leadership™, Sarah’s clients optimize their talents and strengths within the chaotic, high stakes environments in which they lead. Described as a trusted and sounding board and guide, Sarah melds practical business acumen with keen listening and insightful questioning, creating unprecedented results. Her clients are corporate executives of Fortune 500 companies and their leadership teams and include multinational organizations, spanning the industries of chemical manufacturing, technology, commercial real estate, banking, healthcare, professional services, and more.

Sarah is sought as a speaker for international conferences and leadership summits. A sampling of her engagements include: American Bankers Association, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Hewlett- Packard, BASF, Oracle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and the New York Bankers Association.

Sarah conceived, created, and launched The Making Magnificence Project® and is author of the forthcoming book on this topic due out in 2017. She is a columnist for The Financial Manager and a lifelong learner with more than 20 years of business experience in strategy, operations, and organizational growth. An exemplar in leadership and business, Sarah grew her first company from start-up to capturing 40% of the NC market and was recruited to coach in the elite e-MBA program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 


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Malik, Steve

stevemalikSteve Malik is a visionary entrepreneur with three decades of health information technology experience and a pioneer in patient portals, electronic health records, and full risk managed care systems. He is also the chairman and owner of the North Carolina Football Club (formerly Carolina RailHawks) based in Cary, NC, and playing its home games at WakeMed Soccer Park. Malik bought North Carolina FC in October 2015, fulfilling a longstanding wish of the fans to bring the team under local ownership.

 

Malik’s arrival at the club marked a new era as it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. Not only does Malik have deep ties to the Triangle area business community, he is also a passionate soccer fan having played in high school and coached at the youth level. His ambition is to bring the highest level of professional soccer to the Triangle.

 

In December of 2016, Malik took the first steps to fulfill his vision by announcing a series of initiatives that would bring the highest level of professional soccer to the Triangle. Malik announced a brand repositioning with the name change to North Carolina Football Club, his desire to secure a Major League Soccer franchise for the Triangle, the intention to build a 22,000-seat purpose-built stadium and his plan to bring a NWSL First Division women’s professional soccer team to the area.

 

On January 9, 2017 Malik announced the acquisition of the Western NY Flash of the NWSL bringing the team to the Triangle and renaming it North Carolina Courage. The NC Courage will begin play in April of 2017 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

 

Currently, Malik is Executive Chairman of Medfusion, a Cary, NC company he founded in 1996 and re-acquired in August 2013. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President of Intuit, and President and General Manager of the Intuit Health Group, the company’s fastest-growing business unit. He led the business unit’s initiatives to strengthen the relationship between physician practices and their patients by making communication and the ability to accomplish key tasks better, easier, and more efficient. Malik joined Intuit in May 2010 following their acquisition of Medfusion. In 2010, he was a finalist for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Under Malik’s leadership, Medfusion has grown from a medical website development company to the leading provider of enhanced healthcare communication solutions. His vision created a portfolio of solutions that let healthcare providers offer superior service to their patients while improving office efficiency and generating revenue. The US government now requires Malik’s vision in legislation to digitize the industry and reduce costs.

 

Malik earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the principle in a venture capital firm investing in software and environmentally friendly technology opportunities primarily in the Southeast US. Malik has 4 children and enjoys soccer, fishing, and sailing in his free time.

 

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Morano, Sheri

sherimoranopicSheri Morano, MW, found her interest in wine initially sparked during a trip to Italy when she was 17. She began her formal wine education at the International Wine Center in New York City in 1997 following graduation from Duke University, where she majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Classical Studies with a minor in Art History.

At the IWC, where she later became an instructor, Sheri completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate Certificate in 1998 and the WSET Advanced Certificate in 1999. In October of 2000 she completed the WSET Diploma and the following year passed the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam designed by the Society of Wine Educators to promote higher standards among wine educators in the United States. In November 2003, Sheri earned the esteemed title Master of Wine.

With a background anchored in interdisciplinary studies, Sheri enjoys working in a variety of fields within the wine industry. She is a partner at Wine Ring, the market leader in consumer preference technology, and also consults for a number of companies including Strategic Insights, Inc., a full-service marketing research firm, and Nomacorc. In 2012, she founded the Triangle Wine School which offers the WSET certifications to wine lovers and trade professionals in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Sheri also serves as a Senior Account Advisor for Chai Consulting, which under the direction of Maureen Downey specializes in wine cellar planning and inventory management strategies as well as fine & rare wine authentication. An experienced wine judge, Sheri has judged at competitions around the world.

Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, son, and an assortment of cats, dogs, birds and fish. In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, traveling, cooking and cheering for her beloved Duke Blue Devils.

The Triangle Wine School

The Triangle Wine School offers the wine certifications of the UK-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Whether you are a member of the wine trade or simply a wine lover, the WSET classes offered by the Triangle Wine School will add to your understanding and appreciation of wine. The Triangle Wine School’s WSET classes are a unique opportunity to learn about wine in a structured classroom setting with an experienced, certified instructor. www.trianglewineschool.com

 

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Schanzer, David

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Sept 12, 2016

David Schanzer, J.D.. – Associate Professor 

Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

 

David Schanzer is an associate professor of the practice at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy University and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International. In these capacities, he teaches courses, conducts research and engages in public dialogue on counter-terrorism strategy, counter-terrorism law and homeland security.

 

Schanzer is the lead author of a widely cited National Institute of Justice study on domestic radicalization – “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim Americans” (2010) – and a report on “Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security,” published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  He is a member of the Countering Violent Extremism Leadership Forum and has been a Research Fellow for the National Intelligence Council.

 

Prior to his academic appointments, Schanzer was the Democratic staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. He previously served as the legislative director for Sen. Jean Carnahan (2001-2002), counsel to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (1996-1998), and counsel to Sen. William S. Cohen (1994-1996).

 

His positions in the executive branch include special counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Defense (1998-2001) and trial attorney, United States Department of Justice (1992-94). Schanzer was a clerk for U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro and in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States.

 

Schanzer is a graduate of Harvard College where he received an A.B. cum laude in government in 1985 and of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1987-1989. Schanzer has appeared on international, national and local radio and television discussing terrorism and homeland security and is the author of more than 40 op-ed articles on these subjects that have appeared in newspapers around the country and on-line.

 

David Schanzer hosts a weekly podcast about Security Issues called On Security.

 

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Hack, Dr. Bradley

Bradley HackNov. 11, 2013

Dr. Bradley Hack received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He started his career as a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center at UNC, Chapel Hill and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UNC School of Medicine before going into private practice. He has been treating adolescents, adults and athletes in his practice for more than 14 years.

 

Dr. Hack is also one of the nation’s leading Sport Psychologists. Since 2001 he has been the Director of Sport Psychology for the Athletic Department at the University of North Carolina. In addition to his work with Division I athletes, he has also worked with professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, WNBA as well as members of the 2000, 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic teams and hopefuls for the 2012 Games in London. He also serves as a treating clinician for the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.

 

Dr. Hack has taken a leadership role in promoting the field of psychology at both state and national levels. He has been elected twice to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Psychological Association and was appointed as its Federal Advocacy Coordinator. On a national level, Dr. Hack was appointed to the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Sport Psychology. He was instrumental in establishing sport psychology as a proficiency within APA and was one of four sport psychologists selected to co-author the national guidelines for the practice of sport psychology. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology and his work has been published in The Sport Psych Handbook (2005).

 

Outside the office, he loves being a dad, competing in any sport, and playing guitar.