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Owner
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 919-624-9673

Keith Weaver

Keith is the current CEO of Smart State, LLC and has been a resident of the Research Triangle Park area since 1998. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983 and began his career as a Supervisor for the textile giant Burlington Industries (which later became Highland Industries), working his way up to Plant Manager. In 1994 he became the President/CEO of the Brenlin Group, a manufacturing conglomerate with over 2,500 employees. Companies included White Hat Ventures (education management), Hayes Brake and Hayes Disc Brakes (motorcycle, construction, off road vehicle & bicycle brake systems), LXD (liquid crystal display manufacturing), SMT (sheet metal fabrication), SSP (screen printing), Brennan Leathers (leather manufacturing), Hamlin Steel (automotive stamping), Paumier (tool & die manufacturing), Prior Remanufacturing (remanufactured brakes). From 2001 until 2006, Keith served as the Vice Chairman/CEO of White Hat Ventures, which served over 25,000 students and operated in six different states. In 2006, Keith moved to Business & Management Consulting where he acted as the CEO, offering expertise in turnaround and financial/cost management, efficiency improvement, strategic planning and growth strategies, and hands on CEO and management team coaching.

Keith’s 20 years as a CEO have afforded him experience in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, property management, and service organizations, in organizations with revenues that have ranged from $3 million to $3 billion in annual sales. In his consulting work he has worked with organizations in the architecture, software development, engineering, manufacturing, and high tech industries. Keith specializes in turnarounds, growth management, start-ups, mergers and consolidations, divestitures, experienced and skilled negotiator.

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Contract Facilitator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 919-909-5443

Jack Ford

Jack brings a wealth of strategic and hands-on business experience to Smart State. He focuses on executive coaching, facilitating peer advisory boards and engaging in personal coaching and consulting. Jack offers expertise in strategic planning and growth strategies, business development, financial/cost management, staffing and team coaching.

Prior to joining Smart State, Jack was Managing Director of the US operation of a Belgian manufacturing company. Jack has held key executive management positions with Fortune 100 companies as well as mid-sized privately and family owned companies in the automotive/transportation, construction, electrical, electronic and coating industries.

In addition to Smart State, Jack founded a chemical sales company in 2002 specializing in providing a select group of plastic compounding customers with flame retardant additives. He currently works with both domestic and off-shore suppliers.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Jack moved to the Triangle from Baltimore, MD in 2005 with his wife, Marianne, and lives North Raleigh. He has two sons, both married with one living in Florida and one in Pennsylvania. Jack is a member of Christ Church Raleigh and is active in StepUp Ministry in Raleigh as a co-partner in their life skills program.

Jack has a BS degree in Accounting and Systems from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He enjoys golf, hiking and biking.

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Contract Facilitator
E-mail: [email protected]

Tom Proctor

Tom Proctor graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1982 with a degree in Geology. For the next ten years he worked with several large earth science consulting firms in the Raleigh area with various technical and project management roles. He eventually moved his family to Charlotte and managed an eight person branch for a North Carolina-based environmental consulting operation. In 1993, Tom and two partners started their own environmental consulting firm in Raleigh. Borrowing money from family and friends and living month-to-month off of credit cards, the three started their business, Mid-Atlantic Associates, Inc. The original business was originally located in space over a partner’s garage in Knightdale. After a slow start, the company began steadily growing through implementation of a strategic marketing approach, the hiring of key personnel and the acquisition of several small competitors around the state. Over the next 20 years, Mid-Atlantic grew to an operation consisting of four branch locations with annual revenues of about $7 million and almost 40 administrative and professional staff.

Tom has many years of experience in starting, managing and growing a small business, multiple complex projects and working with numerous professional and administrative people. He was both the CEO and the operations manager of Mid-Atlantic for over a decade and increased profitability year over year by carefully managing costs and expenses while retaining both professional and administrative personnel through The Great Recession. He believes that a company’s staff is its most important asset and has always treated employees as he would like to be treated, with courtesy and respect. He also expects an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay from his staff.

On a personal note, Tom has been married to his wife, Jo Ann, for 28 years. They have two children, Sarah and Aaron. He is active in his church, Grace Community Church, where he has served on the board of elders and on the finance committee. He is also active in the community and currently is chairman of the Board of Directors of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency headquartered in Raleigh. His personal interests include golf, reading, and saltwater fishing.

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Contract Facilitator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 919-480-6759

Maureen Rooney

Maureen is an accomplished business leader with 30+ years of experience in Strategy, Marketing, Product Development, Sales and Operations supported by deep P&L management discipline. She graduated from Miami University in southern Ohio with a degree in Business Administration later also acquiring an MBA in Finance at Loyola University.

Maureen started as a sales rep for AT&T in the Chicago area transitioning to a sales training instructor, Plant Operations manager and district manager of Illinois and Indiana Customer and Outside Plan Operations. Those roles afforded Maureen the experience of managing small and large teams (500+), developing customer relationships and direct financial accountability for revenues/expenses. In the 2nd phase of her AT&T experience Maureen moved to AT&T headquarters in New Jersey and held accountabilities in HR staffing, Marketing, Product Development achieving VP level accountable for full P&L running $2-16B businesses for AT&T.

In 2002 Maureen joined a consulting firm in Chicago acting in chief strategy, operating, marketing and sales roles supporting client teams in business strategy, product launch, market segmentation and program management areas that positioned them for accelerated revenue growth and profitability achievement. Maureen moved her home base to the Triangle area in 2006 and has been an active member of the Raleigh community. She has continued consulting and has supported small businesses locally in the medical publishing, furniture, greenscape and hosted healthcare applications fields.

Additionally, Maureen is an Executive Director in the Center for Innovation Management at North Carolina State Poole College of Management. She also contributes her time locally in the RTP area mentoring entrepreneurial start-ups via the Council for Entrepreneurial Development organization.

Maureen’s experience as an executive business leader, combined with a “walked in your shoes” coaching approach provides her the ability to collaboratively engage business leaders accurately defining business challenges and driving to measurable, exponential business performance improvement.

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Contract Facilitator
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Alan Winchester

Alan is a native of North Carolina and has spent the last 30 years building and growing healthcare IT companies in the Research Triangle. He was the co-founder and president of Medic Computer Systems, a company that provided practice management and EMR systems to the physician marketplace. The company went public in 1992 and was sold to Misys LLC in 1997. At the time of the sale Medic served over 70,000 physicians and had revenues in excess of $225 million. In 2001 Alan became the CEO and President of Canopy Systems, Inc based in Chapel Hill. Canopy provided a case and care management system via the web to health systems across the US. The company rapidly became the leader in automated care management and the product was popular with many of the largest health systems in the country. In 2005 the company was purchased by A4 Systems out of Cary, NC. In 2007 Winchester became the CEO and President of RxMedic Systems, Inc. a startup robotics company in the pharmaceutical industry. The company was successful developing and building a robotic pill dispensing system for the retail pharmacy market. After building a strong base of pharmacy clients in the Southeast the company was sold in 2010 to a large national pharmacy IT company. Today Alan works with The Alternative Board providing business coaching services to small and medium size businesses.

Alan received a BS in Business from UNC Chapel Hill and earned a Master in Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary. He is a member of Hillyer Memorial Christian Church where he has served as a youth advisor, Sunday school teacher, Deacon and Elder. He has been married for 34 years to his wonderful wife Nora and has 3 children. Alan is an avid outdoorsman and is a lifelong fly fisherman.

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