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Leadership Council

Leadership Council Members are champions of innovation and entrepreneurship at Furman University. Council members serve as mentors to students and liaisons to the local, regional and national entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • AMANDA BORON Principal, Korn Ferry
  • REED BROWN Vice President, Brown Packing Co.
  • DAVID BURTON Founder, Serial Restaurateur
  • KEVIN BYRNE CEO, The University Financing Foundation**
  • DAVID CHORBA National Sales Manager, Delaware Funds
  • RICHARD CULLEN Senior Partner, McGuire Woods, LLP**
  • GARY DAVIES CEO, CAPE Asset Management
  • ERIK DE VRIES Managing Principal and Founder, Cobalt Medical
  • DAVE ELLISON Wealth Advisor, Northwestern Mutual**
  • GORDON FORD Founder/Chairman, CrossLink
  • EVA-MARIE FOX VP-Marketing, T&S Brass
  • NEAL FREEMAN CEO, Competitive Social Ventures, LLC
  • VIRGINIA GERDE Professor and Chair, Furman Business*
  • CHAD HARDAWAY Deputy Director, University of South Carolina
  • DAVID HAUSER Retired Chairman & CEO, FairPoint Comm., Inc.**
  • ROBERT HENRY CEO; Pierian Biosciences
  • ROBERT HILL Retired Vice Chair, Acosta**
  • JOE HURLEY President & CIO, Chi Rho Financial
  • KELLY-ANN JENKINS Managing Partner, Jenkins Law PL
  • JAMES JENKINS Managing Partner, Jenkins Law PL
  • ZACH JOHNSON President, Metropolitan Properties
  • LOU KENNEDY CEO/Co-Founder, Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • RAYMOND KING President & CEO, Zoo Atlanta
  • LES KNIGHT Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • ANDY KURTZ CEO/Founder, Kopis USA
  • JAIME LANIER Trustee, Ray C. Anderson Foundation**
  • TODD MALO Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Mavin Construction
  • RON MALONE PE Operating Partner, Corporate Director
  • METT MILLER Executive Managing Director, Savills Studley
  • TRACI MILLER Psychologist PhD, Assessment Services
  • JOHN PAZDAN CEO, Roy Metal Finishing
  • LIBBY PHILLIPS Managing Partner, Phillips Family Office
  • JEFF POWELL General Manager Americas, BioSerenity
  • NORM RICHARDSON President, Anchor Power Solutions
  • LEIGHAN RINKER Founder & Chair, Beginnings of Palm Beach County**
  • DAN SANDERS JR. Partner, Nelson Mullins
  • CHRISS SPIRES Partner, BKS Partners
  • GREG SPRINGSTEEN Associate Professor, Furman Chemistry*
  • TOM SWAIN Principal, Findley
  • ALEC TAYLOR Retired CEO/Chairman, FGX International**
  • ROB VICTOR Principal, Foster Victor Wealth Advisors
  • ERIK WEIR Principal and Founder, WCM Global Wealth
  • KEM WILSON III Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies
  • JOHN YATES Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin LLC**

**Furman Board of Trustee

*Faculty Representative


Association members champion the student experience in innovation and entrepreneurship at Furman University, providing Annual Pitch Competition Awards for student startup ventures and internship opportunities for students to develop and launch ventures.

  • JUSTIN ALBRIGHT Principal, OakPoint Real Estate
  • RACHEL ALBRIGHT Strategic Consultant, The Ingram Group
  • MATTHEW BROWN Vice President, Shore Capital Partners
  • SARAH BUDD VP Finance, The Budd Group
  • KENNETH FIELDS Partner/Co-Founder, BlueInc Strategies
  • GEORGE HADDAD VC of Operations, Children’s Hospital, Prisma
  • MARSHALL HILL VP Risk Management, Merrill Lynch
  • JAIRY HUNTERMedical Director, naviHealth
  • WILL LUCAS Principal, Azalea Capital
  • MATT MARRON President, StaffTrack, Inc.
  • IVAN MATHENA Director Business Dev., Paper Cutters, Inc.

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