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Mod I Lunches 2016

Mod I Lunch With an entrepreneur 2016

Thursday, August 25, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Alan Young—Alan holds both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt.  While a student at Vanderbilt he played football during his undergraduate years and into his MBA years.  Upon graduation, Alan moved to New York where he played for the New York Jets for several years.  Then he moved to Wall Street where he worked as a banker and honed his financial skills.

 

After he mastered the art of Investment Banking, he moved to Atlanta where he and his brother formed a company to buy apartment buildings, renovate them, and then sell them to investors.  They encountered a problem that was costly:  Thieves were kicking in the doors of apartments and stealing anything of value in the apartment; things like sinks, toilets and anything else they could sell.  Naturally, the thieves did not turn off the water in the apartment before they ripped out the sink or toilet, so the water damage they caused was much greater than the value of the stolen appliances.

 

So, Alan asked his brother who was an engineer to find a way to stop people from kicking in the doors of the apartments.  And thus was born Armor Concepts, a company focused on helping homeowners and apartment complex owners prevent door kickins.  I will let Alan describe how the system works, but you can get a preview by going to their web page:

 

http://maintenance.armorconcepts.com/home

 

Armor Concepts products are sold at Lowe’s throughout the US, online, and through other hardware stores.  The company headquarters is located in Nashville

 

Tuesday, August 30, 1:00 to 2:00, Room 220

Joe Maxwell (Owen 1994)—Joe was very entrepreneurial even while a student at Owen.  His father had a company that made components for automobiles by cutting shapes from foam rubber; this process created lots of scrap.  Joe took this scrap and made animal cutouts and other knickknacks which he sold as being made from recycled rubber.  Sales were brisk, and his cost of goods sold was zero.

 

The first company Joe founded, Investment Scorecard, was focused on providing individual investors with information that revealed the actual return on their portfolios.  Prior to Investment Scorecard, only institutions like endowments and wealthy individuals could get this information.  He sold this company for $50 million.

 

His next company, Equity Service Solution, enabled investors to maintain reliable records of their equity investments.  Startup companies can have multiple issues of stock with each issue differing from the previous ones, and there may be stock splits or conversions of preferred stock, etc.  Keeping up with all these changes is no easy task, and ESS made it manageable.  The company changed its name to Cap Controls after acquiring several related companies.

 

Ipreo absorbed Cap Controls and several other companies.  He sold most of his interest in this company and went on to his next venture, Cultivation Capital.

 

Cultivation capital is an investment firm that Joe describes this way:

 

Cultivation Capital is a venture capital firm managed by a team of seasoned operators. We know what it takes to start, grow, and exit a successful company, and are harnessing that knowledge to develop the next generation of great entrepreneurs. Cultivation runs a family of venture funds focused on technology, FinTech, and life sciences.

 

 

 

As you may have noticed, Joe is a high energy individual who likes to get things done.  Most of his companies have been devoted to making the financial services industry more efficient. 

You need to hold on to your seats at this session.

 

Friday, September 16, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Terriance Moody—Terriance has a company that builds telepresence systems for companies like HCA, companies that need reliable video conferencing on a global scale.  His sales pitch is very simple:  “When you press the ON switch, my system works.”  No other vendor can deliver that kind of service for less than a million dollars. 

 

Terriance was trained as an engineer and was studying for his Master’s degree when he became part of a team doing research for NASA; this led him to the field of Artificial Intelligence, his real love.  He has dreams of integrating Artificial Intelligence and telepresence systems to make communication systems even more valuable to his customers.  With companies like HCA in his portfolio of customers, his company is starting to really take off. 

 

Dream does not consider themselves to be a teleconferencing company, they call themselves a telepresence company.  Here is how they define the difference:

 

Telepresence helps facilitate open communication and collaboration by creating the illusion that everyone participating in the videoconference is in the same room. Unlike traditional videoconferencing, there isn’t any audio or video time delays. The added theatrical effects create a total sight and sound, in-room experience, which cannot be achieved through basic videoconferencing.

 

Check out their web page for some cool information, especially their telehealth international solutions.   

 

http://www.dreamcs.com/

 

Monday, September 19, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Saundra Curry (Owen 1992)  Saundra Curry graduated from the Owen School Executive MBA program in 1992.  She was working for a local bank as she went through the program.  After graduating she continued with the bank, but she really wanted to start her own company.  Saundra said she always enjoyed helping customers with their personal financial management, so she and her husband, Sidney curry, founded BC Holdings in 2001.  It now uses the name Buckingham Curry Wealth Builders.

 

The company sells personal finance training to companies by showing the companies how their profits will increase as their employees learn to effectively manage their financial affairs.  Employee financial literacy reduces absenteeism, worker turnover, short-term disability, wage garnishments, and accidents.  Improving employee financial literacy reduces these problems by lowering the stress levels of employees, and by making them more satisfied with their personal well being.

 

If you go to this web site and look at the products and services they offer, you will see that they deal with all the issues involved in planning your personal financial matters.

 

http://bcholdingsllc.com/

 

Mod I Lunch With an entrepreneur 2016

Thursday, August 25, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Alan Young—Alan holds both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt.  While a student at Vanderbilt he played football during his undergraduate years and into his MBA years.  Upon graduation, Alan moved to New York where he played for the New York Jets for several years.  Then he moved to Wall Street where he worked as a banker and honed his financial skills.

 After he mastered the art of Investment Banking, he moved to Atlanta where he and his brother formed a company to buy apartment buildings, renovate them, and then sell them to investors.  They encountered a problem that was costly:  Thieves were kicking in the doors of apartments and stealing anything of value in the apartment; things like sinks, toilets and anything else they could sell.  Naturally, the thieves did not turn off the water in the apartment before they ripped out the sink or toilet, so the water damage they caused was much greater than the value of the stolen appliances.

 So, Alan asked his brother who was an engineer to find a way to stop people from kicking in the doors of the apartments.  And thus was born Armor Concepts, a company focused on helping homeowners and apartment complex owners prevent door kickins.  I will let Alan describe how the system works, but you can get a preview by going to their web page:

 http://maintenance.armorconcepts.com/home

 Armor Concepts products are sold at Lowe’s throughout the US, online, and through other hardware stores.  The company headquarters is located in Nashville

 

Tuesday, August 30, 1:00 to 2:00, Room 220

Joe Maxwell (Owen 1994)—Joe was very entrepreneurial even while a student at Owen.  His father had a company that made components for automobiles by cutting shapes from foam rubber; this process created lots of scrap.  Joe took this scrap and made animal cutouts and other knickknacks which he sold as being made from recycled rubber.  Sales were brisk, and his cost of goods sold was zero.

 The first company Joe founded, Investment Scorecard, was focused on providing individual investors with information that revealed the actual return on their portfolios.  Prior to Investment Scorecard, only institutions like endowments and wealthy individuals could get this information.  He sold this company for $50 million.

 His next company, Equity Service Solution, enabled investors to maintain reliable records of their equity investments.  Startup companies can have multiple issues of stock with each issue differing from the previous ones, and there may be stock splits or conversions of preferred stock, etc.  Keeping up with all these changes is no easy task, and ESS made it manageable.  The company changed its name to Cap Controls after acquiring several related companies.

 Ipreo absorbed Cap Controls and several other companies.  He sold most of his interest in this company and went on to his next venture, Cultivation Capital.

 Cultivation capital is an investment firm that Joe describes this way:

 Cultivation Capital is a venture capital firm managed by a team of seasoned operators. We know what it takes to start, grow, and exit a successful company, and are harnessing that knowledge to develop the next generation of great entrepreneurs. Cultivation runs a family of venture funds focused on technology, FinTech, and life sciences.

  As you may have noticed, Joe is a high energy individual who likes to get things done.  Most of his companies have been devoted to making the financial services industry more efficient. 

You need to hold on to your seats at this session.

 

Friday, September 16, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Terriance Moody—Terriance has a company that builds telepresence systems for companies like HCA, companies that need reliable video conferencing on a global scale.  His sales pitch is very simple:  “When you press the ON switch, my system works.”  No other vendor can deliver that kind of service for less than a million dollars. 

 Terriance was trained as an engineer and was studying for his Master’s degree when he became part of a team doing research for NASA; this led him to the field of Artificial Intelligence, his real love.  He has dreams of integrating Artificial Intelligence and telepresence systems to make communication systems even more valuable to his customers.  With companies like HCA in his portfolio of customers, his company is starting to really take off. 

 Dream does not consider themselves to be a teleconferencing company, they call themselves a telepresence company.  Here is how they define the difference:

 Telepresence helps facilitate open communication and collaboration by creating the illusion that everyone participating in the videoconference is in the same room. Unlike traditional videoconferencing, there isn’t any audio or video time delays. The added theatrical effects create a total sight and sound, in-room experience, which cannot be achieved through basic videoconferencing.

 Check out their web page for some cool information, especially their telehealth international solutions.   

 http://www.dreamcs.com/

 

Monday, September 19, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Saundra Curry (Owen 1992)  Saundra Curry graduated from the Owen School Executive MBA program in 1992.  She was working for a local bank as she went through the program.  After graduating she continued with the bank, but she really wanted to start her own company.  Saundra said she always enjoyed helping customers with their personal financial management, so she and her husband, Sidney curry, founded BC Holdings in 2001.  It now uses the name Buckingham Curry Wealth Builders.

 The company sells personal finance training to companies by showing the companies how their profits will increase as their employees learn to effectively manage their financial affairs.  Employee financial literacy reduces absenteeism, worker turnover, short-term disability, wage garnishments, and accidents.  Improving employee financial literacy reduces these problems by lowering the stress levels of employees, and by making them more satisfied with their personal well being.

 If you go to this web site and look at the products and services they offer, you will see that they deal with all the issues involved in planning your personal financial matters.

 http://bcholdingsllc.com/