Doug Lebda – Chairman, CEO and Founder of

[quote style=”boxed”]I like batting ideas around in small groups with people of different backgrounds, expertise and opinions. Once something is half-baked, we’ll test it – either in-market or through modeling. [/quote] Frustrated by getting his first mortgage, Doug Lebda saw a need to empower consumers in what is, for most, the largest financial transaction in their […]

Lawrence Behr – Founder of Lawrence Behr Associates

[quote style=”boxed”]One of the dangers of starting out in a technical type of business is that that kind of consumes your focus. Today, a very big part of my focus is on marketing and business development and not the technology side of our activities.[/quote] Lawrence Behr is the founder of Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc., and […]

Tobi Walter – COO and Co-Founder of

[quote style=”boxed”]Analyze (data is your friend ) and over-communicate (I’m a big believer in the hypothesis that startups work so well because everybody constantly knows what’s going on, why things work and why they don’t).[/quote] Tobi Walter is the COO and Co-Founder of, the preferred small business expense tracking solution for over 500,000 users […]

Aly Khalifa – Founder of Gamil Design

[quote style=”boxed”]To do something big you have to start at the ground level yourself so you can appreciate what really needs to be done as things scale up.[/quote] Aly Khalifa is addicted to inventive culture. His firm, Gamil Design, has specialized in invention development and launched products for some of the most exciting sports brands […]

Brad Lindsay – Co-founder of Benefacting

[quote style=”boxed”]Don’t try and do everything on your own. Get advice from people who are knowledgeable on areas you are not. Hire people to take care of things that are not your core competency.[/quote] Brad Lindsay moved to Durham in 2004 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in computer science and theology from Wheaton College. He […]

Bob Deerin – President and CEO of Prime Life Fibers

[quote style=”boxed”]Enjoy life, it is short.[/quote] Bob Deerin is the president and CEO of Prime Life Fibers, which he founded in 2002. Bob started his career at Fisher Scientific in various marketing positions after graduating from Fairfield University. Other positions were with Gretag AG, a Swiss company running sales and marketing for the US. Kodak […]

Jessica Ekstrom – Creator of Headbands of Hope

[quote style=”boxed”]Always remain true to yourself. If someone has doubts or doesn’t like it, then they’re not worth your time![/quote] Entrepreneur, fashion designer, philanthropist and college senior Jessica Ekstrom, 21, has created a line of vibrantly colored headbands to help young girls with cancer. After an inspirational internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she met […]