The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Board is an independent organization, providing support and assistance to the Spiro Institute. Its mission is to advise the institute about its progress and interactions with external individuals, corporations and agencies. It also develops, plans and facilitates specific targeted activities that advance the institute’s goals through outreach.
The members of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Board include:
Jones “Woody” Bryan, Ph.D. serves as Vice President of Business Development, Licensing and Project Management of Supernus Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). Dr. Bryan joined Shire in January 2000 where he served as Vice President Business Development for Shire Laboratories, the Advanced Drug Delivery Division of Shire Pharmaceuticals Group, based in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Bryan's responsibilities at Shire included business development, licensing, and Project Management for Shire's bioavailability enhancement and oral controlled release drug delivery technologies as well as Management Team member. Dr. Bryan became Vice President following the Management Team led acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Shire Laboratories to form a specialty pharmaceutical company. Dr. Bryan received his B.S. degree in Zoology from Clemson University, Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991, and an Executive Management Certificate from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1999.
Stan Clifford is the President of DecoArt Inc, manufacturer of acrylic paints and specialty finishes for artists and hobbyists.During Clifford's early career, he was supervisor of cost accounting at Tonka Toys. He later served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Ceramichrome, another Tonka subsidiary that he eventually purchased in an LBO in 1983. Ceramichrome is a manufacturer of hobby ceramic glazes and paints. In 1985, he started DecoArt, which is now one of the leading manufacturers of acrylic paint for artists, teachers, and hobbyists. DecoArt products are sold in over 70 countries and the company labels products in nine languages and are sold in major craft and retail chains in the United States. Clifford has been a board member of the Craft and Hobby Association for six years and its treasurer and chairman of education. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University and an M.B.A. in Business from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Randy Dobbs is a “Transformational Leader” with a proven track record of turning around businesses and improving morale at various companies he has been associated with. Through his exceptional leadership skills and process improvement expertise, Randy has been able to increase revenue and earnings as an executive leader. He has been motivational speaking for over 30 years helping to impart his proven leadership skills to employees at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe portfolio companies, USIS, Philips Medical and GE. He is currently a Senior Operating Executive at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in New York City.
Steve Edwards is co-owner of The Edwards Group, a diverse company with real estate holdings and media outlets in multiple locations across the nation. Steve is a businessman, motivational speaker, author, pilot and inventor. The Edwards Group has produced over 57 individual publications in four states. Along with newspapers and printed publications, The Edwards Group also owns 10 radio stations in Michigan and Wyoming, and the company operates five web sites which garner over 2.9 million visitors annually. The real estate division of Edwards Group has expanded to include a commercial office park and a shopping center, both located in South Carolina. Mr. Edwards attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, and graduated with degrees in Business, Finance and Corporate Communications before moving to the upstate of South Carolina in 1989 to manage several newly-acquired newspapers located in the northwest corner of the state
Rick Heller has over 40 years as an experienced executive. He specialized in technology start ups and business turnarounds in the computing and communications industry. Previous positions include CEO of Aironet, a wireless networking company sold to Cisco, and CEO of Proxim, a wireless networking company that completed its IPO in 1993. Heller has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Citadel and a M.A. in Business from the University of Georgia. He has served as a mentor and adviser to three of NextStart graduate companies. He continues to serve as CEO of NextStart graduate Umatch, a company that offers software solutions for colleges and universities looking to improve their retention rates. While continuing his work with Umatch, Mr. Heller is the Director of the Spiro Institute’s new business concept competition, LaunchPadSC.
Matt Klein Senior Account Executive TARGUSinfo. TARGUSinfo is a rapidly growing, 17 year-old company, which is uniquely positioned as the largest real-time customer intelligence solutions provider, delivering unrivaled consumer and business data to improve interactions with customers and unknown prospects. He has held this position since January 2008 (3 years 8 months) in the Greenville, South Carolina Area. His past education includes Babson College and the College of Charleston.
Melinda Davis Lux is the Adjunct Professor at Clemson University College of Business and Behavioral Science and an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate College of Business and Economics. Melinda also regularly represents growing companies in capital raising transactions, such as private placements of securities. In addition, she advises public companies on 34 Act reporting and securities law matters. She teaches courses on entrepreneurship and business negotiations. Melinda focuses her practice on complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and debt financings. She has extensive experience in acquisition and sale transactions and regularly advises buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating, and documenting business acquisitions and divestitures. She graduated with a M.B.A. in 2006 from Clemson University, in1998 J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. in 1995 from Wellesley College.
Andy Monin is Chairman and CEO of Vendormate, a market leader in providing vendor credentialing and compliance monitoring services to over 800 hospitals and banks across the US. He has been involved in a number of successful entrepreneurial ventures during his career. Most notably, he co-founded BroadSource, a telecommunications expense management software and solutions company. BroadSource was selected as one of Georgia’s Top 40 Most Innovative Companies in 2005. Monin played a critical role in raising over $12M of venture capital and private placement for BroadSource and Vendormate. Vendormate was ranked one of the fastest growing companies by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2008. Monin is a 1994 Clemson graduate in political science.
David Setzer is the founder and CEO of VirtualConnect Technologies which provides email security, continuity and availability services to over 3,000 organizations around the world through their Mailprotector® service. Since 1994, he has additionally provided business education and training to over 15,000 entrepreneurs in the former Communist countries of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine through ongoing professional speaking, leadership coaching, training, and mentoring. Mr. Setzer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship and served for two years as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Greg Smith, Chair of the Spiro Advisory Board, is vice president and general manager of Xerox Mortgage Services, Inc. Prior to Xerox, Smith co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Advectisâ Inc., the exclusive provider of BlitzDocsâ Collaboration Suite, one of the mortgage industry’s most widely-used solutions for electronic document collaboration. Mr. Smith has an extensive background in vertical market development, application software and Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment, and is responsible for the conceptualization and creation of the BlitzDocs mortgage document solution. Smith currently serves on the board of advisors for Mortgage Technology Magazine, CEO Ventures, Social Growth Technologies, Inc., and is a past President of The Technology Executive Roundtable of Atlanta. In 2009 Greg was awarded the Steve Fraser Visionary Award for his years of technology leadership within the mortgage industry. Smith holds a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University.
A.J. “Buddy” Thompson, Jr. MD, A locally renowned and distinguished medical doctor and founder of Easley Eye Associates in 1981. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering with high honors in 1969 from Clemson University. Dr. Thompson attended medical school at the University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and became a Doctor of Medicine in January of 1978, receiving the Lange Award as the 2nd Honor Graduate. In 2008, Dr. Thompson and Easley Eye Associates joined Clemson Eye to extend their scope of medical and surgical eye care across the Upstate. In 2005, Dr. Thompson was selected by peers to “Best Doctors in America.” Among Dr. Thompson’s many community involvements, he is the current Organizing and Founding Director and Vice Chairman of Peoples National Bank. He has been the President of the Keowee Toxaway, Co., LLC since 1999 and co-founder of The Reserve at Lake Keowee, a 3,900 acre lakefront community.
Paul Trinder is a British born business leader with global experience. He previously held Executive management positions in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. Most recently he is CEO and Executive Chairman of Capital Safety Group Ltd., the global leader in Fall Protection. Mr. Trinder led MBO of division from BTP plc ($154m) and subsequent sale to Candover (London based Private Equity Company) in 2007 ($565m).
Mr. Trinder is currently a full time resident of South Carolina and owner of Capital Properties Inc, a residential property developer. He is also a Board member of Standfast Holdings USA (Chicago) (safety devices for transport industry) and local investor.