Dr. Douglas M. Carnes
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member
Dr. Carnes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine at The Citadel, Charleston, SC; Masters in Science Education, University of Georgia and his Doctorate in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Carnes began his medical education career working in the pharmaceutical industry for SmithKline and French (SK&F), Laboratories in 1973. Doug began his tenure with SK&F as Regional Medical Liaison for the Southwest region of the country. During that time, he worked directly with 20 major medical teaching centers, public and private hospitals, and Federal, State and Local hospitals systems helping to improve patient care and infection control.
Doug became a District Sales Manager in 1976 for the Southeast Sale Region and was based in Raleigh, NC. In January of 1976, Dr. Carnes was brought into the home office to develop, coordinate and oversee the introduction of the world’s first H2 antagonist blocker – Tagamet. Doug headed the company’s training departments where he was responsible for all sales representative and manager training. While at SK&F, Doug ran the quality control, printing and distribution operations for the corporation.
Doug left the large corporate environment in the mid 1980’s to become an entrepreneur in the field of medical education, marketing and communications forming Carnes Communications, Inc. Doug’s company grew from a modest seven person, one-half million corporation to a large one hundred and twenty-five person, twenty million dollar company when it was sold in January of 1998. The corporation serviced the pharmaceutical industry developing and delivering educational programs to sales representatives, and health care professionals. The company worked in video, film, print, live and Internet media. Doug has been recognized by several medical professional societies for the quality and timeliness of his company’s medical educational programming.
When the company was sold to HealthAnswers, Inc. in 1998, Doug became Corporate Executive Vice President of marketing and strategic business development. Prior to his retirement Doug developed and implemented the company’s strategic entry into the Internet health care market arena. Since his retirement, Doug has continued to serve as a consultant to the medical communications industry.
From 2002 – 2014, Doug served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Business Administration, teaching Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. In 2012 Doug became CEO of ImmunoLogix, Inc. a Charleston based biopharmaceutical company. ImmunoLogix, Inc. held exclusive patent and proprietary rights to the only technology making 100% human antibodies from human tonsils. In 2013 Doug negotiated the sale of ImmunoLogix, Inc. to Intrexon corporation located in Reston, Va. Doug now serves as CEO of Kerdea Technologies a technology development company servicing the automobile engine management market.
In 2014 after the sale of ImmunoLogix, Inc. Doug became CEO of Kerdea Technologies, Inc. headquartered in Greenville, NC. Kerdea Technologies developed a new and revolutionary technology for the control of the oxygen/fuel mixture in fuel injected engine configurations. Under Doug’s leadership Kerdea has obtained multiple national and international patents. Kerdea Technologies now has a License Agreement with a major India based company, Pricol Limited. Pricol is Kerdea’s commercialization partner. They manufacture, sale and distribute Kerdea’s O2 sensor technology on a global market.
Dr. Ryan Fiorini
Chief Operations Officer & Board Member
Dr. Fiorini received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston in 2005. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on improving the donor pool for solid organ transplants, specifically liver and kidney.
He later received his M.B.A. from the Citadel in 2007 and a Masters of Hospital Administration (M.H.A.) from the Medical University in 2008.
After receiving his PhD, Dr. Fiorini managed the tech transfer office (patent office) for the Medical University of South Carolina (~$250MM research expenditures per year), consisting of approximately 100+ Invention Disclosures and 30+ domestic and international patent filings per year. At MUSC, Fiorini analyzed all technologies, filed patent applications, assisted faculty start-up companies off the ground and out-licensed technologies to a number of corporate partners.
In 2010, Dr. Fiorini founded Immunologix, Inc., a company built on a specialized platform that transformed naïve B-cells to produce 100% human monoclonal antibodies against multiple target antigens. From the company’s commencement in September 2009 through its acquisition by Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON) in October 2011, he served as the Founder and Chief Operating Officer. After the acquisition by Intrexon, he served as the Vice President of Antibody Development until transitioning into the role of Vice President of Therapeutics Business Development working directly for Intrexon CEO and biotech billionaire, Randal J. (R.J.) Kirk during the 18 months leading up to IPO. Having met his goals with Immunologix and Intrexon, Dr. Fiorini left Intrexon in April 2013 to spend more time looking for “the next” start-up opportunity, building his biotech consulting company and spending time with his growing family (wife Jennifer, 5.5yo Nick and 3yo Zach).
In 2014, Dr. Fiorini found “the next” technology he had been looking for and started Perle Bioscience, Inc as the President & CEO. Along with the inventor of the technology, Perle licensed a novel combination therapy into the company with the expectation it could reverse type 1 diabetes. Just as in the last companies he started, Fiorini raised money from investors ($3M Series A and $3M Series B), hired employees and consultants and was able to get regulatory approval in 3 countries to conduct a Phase 2b/3 human clinical trial in only 9 months. In February 2016, Dr. Fiorini stepped down from the role as CEO and appointed the former Director of the Human Genome Project to take his place; as the goals he wanted to achieve with Perle had been met and again wanted to continue with his passion of starting companies and taking them to the point of sale and/or IPO and liquidity.
Dr. Fiorini has held adjunct faculty positions at both Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston Department of Biology. He previously served as the Vice President of the Palmetto Biotechnology Alliance Board of Directors from 2007-2009 and was designated by the Charleston Business Journal as one of the “Forty Under Forty” in 2010 in recognition of professional success and community involvement. In August 2014, Dr. Fiorini was accepted into the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). He served on the Board of Directors for SIBF and the Executive Leadership Board of Directors for the American Heart Association in South Carolina. Currently, Dr. Fiorini serves on the Executive Committee for “One Region” with the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA). Since 2014, Fiorini has mentored 20+ companies with the Harbor Entrepreneur Center in Charleston, SC. The entities range from service based to retail product based items in food, high-tech, medical devices and software. In the summer of 2016, he was chosen to present at Pecha Kucha Charleston, which is a group of presenters on a specific topic, similar to TED talks.
For fun, Fiorini has a private pilot and instrument license and fly’s an airplane for the love of just going up and enjoying the quiet air. Additionally, Dr. Fiorini has played ice hockey all his life and is now getting ready for his children to begin playing. With 2 boys under 6 years old, the rest of the “free-time” is spent chasing them around.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob is a senior finance executive and entrepreneur with substantial experience in both public and private companies. He possesses a unique background that includes entrepreneurism, private equity/venture capital, business development, M&A, finance, operations, and corporate experience.
Rob is Managing Partner of MatchPoint Associates LLC, a consultancy firm he established in 2011 to provide executive management services to early stage and emerging companies. Previously, Rob held director and/or executive management positions in both public and private companies including: Board Director of Immunologix, Inc., which was acquired by Intrexon Corporation in 2011; CFO of Galena Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ CM: GALE), an oncology-focused biotech company; CFO and Board Director of Apthera, Inc., a biotech company he co-founded in 2005 and sold to Galena in 2011; CFO and Board Director of Blue Dot Services, Inc., a $450 million subsidiary of a NYSE company; Managing Director/CFO of Koch Ventures, Inc. (KVI), the venture capital arm of Koch Industries, Inc. (the second largest privately-held company in the USA); VP-Business Development and Strategic Planning of Sterling House Corporation (AMEX: SHI) (acquired by Alterra Healthcare, Inc. in 1997), and VP-Finance of Rent-a-Center, Inc. (NYSE:RCII).
Mr. Kennedy currently serves on the Boards of iDonate LLC, Arizona FCA, and Partners In Action. He earned his BBA degree at Wichita State University, and began his career as a CPA.
VP Business Operations
Mr. Keck is a senior sales and marketing director with 25 plus years leading CPG manufacturers to break-through results. He holds deep experience with start-up, and corporate re-organizational structures from contract pack manufacturing into national brand marketing.
Duracell Battery Company, Bethel, CT. Atlanta, GA. – Dallas, TX. Atlanta, GA.
My first introduction to sales & fortunately was trained by former Proctor and Gamble unit and district managers. Learned the P&G 5 step methodology. Began as territory manager, promoted to Regional sales trainer, promoted to District sales manager, Promoted to Regional sales manager. Loved to take market share from Energizer.
Terrell Associates, Clearwater, FL.
Manufacturers Representative selling RX topicals and OTC health care and beauty products to major national drug and mass market retailers. Landed new item distributions and managed sales operations from over 20 manufacturers into Walmart. Delivered a total portfolio of sales increases from $125K to over $41.5 M during a 20 year period. Was the corporate voice and face of the various brands under management. Actively challenged respective brand management teams and ownership to grow their market share & solidify position by finding gaps to fill.
Pharma Pac, LLC DeKalb, MS.
FDA approved dermatological product manufacturer. Core business was highly competitive with low margins. Led this contract packagers’ transition by suggesting an aggressive move into Nutraceuticals face and body care products. Delivered sales leadership from startup in 2008 to exceed sales of $18.5 Million in 2013.
Guy & O’Neill, Inc. Fredonia WI.
Contract Packager to National brand marketer: EPA & FDA approved Wet towel converter with liquid-fill capabilities. Originally worked as a sales channel partner focusing on Walmart and Sam’s Club. Was asked to develop the strategy to launch their own brands. Joined management team as a key account manager delivering national sales and marketing leadership. Re-tooled sales operations with new reps, and introduced the right advertising agency to revamp corporate identity & website enhancement.
- Launched 4 control brands with value added positioning through product re-formulations to capitalize on NBB sustainable features, & consumer trends.
- Supported new product launches with cross team group collaboration including Quality Assurance, Supply Chain Logistics, and Packaging Engineers.
Director of Corporate Development
Inventive, enthusiastic learner, master troubleshooter and an indisputable extrovert with a "Get It Done" mentality, Jackie serves as a Jack of all Trades for startup companies, helping bring concepts to fruition and products to the market.
Jackie graduated from the College of Charleston and obtained a BA in Communications in 2014. During her senior year capstone course, she and 30+ students were paired with the local and new-to-the-market nonprofit, The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, to study the organization’s critical needs and help raise awareness through campaign efforts. Jackie later secured a full-time job with this nonprofit at the culmination of the capstone. The HarborEC is a 501c3 with one mission: to create collision among entrepreneurs. The organization has a number of initiatives dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston region, including an Accelerator Program for innovative startups, programs for further-staged entrepreneurs and viable companies, Forum Groups (focus groups comprised of company Founders with a minimum revenue of 250k and three employees), and many more. Through their programs and events, every Founder of a business is connected with mentors that have done it, experts with the skills, investors with smart capital, and a peer group of other supportive Founders.
Jackie served as the TOW GID (The One Who Gets It Done) for The HarborEC and ran its multiple programs, communications and marketing, planned and executed 5+ high-impact events per year, managed social media accounts, and insured the best possible experience for all groups involved (program participants, mentors, sponsors, community, etc.)
During her time at The Harbor, Jackie was instrumental in building the organization’s brand from the ground up. Starting off as a small team of two, she achieved many things alongside of The Harbor’s co-founder. This included, but not limited to: opening 4 commercial sites throughout the Charleston region in less than 8 months. These sites were used to provide entrepreneurs the affordable workspace and resources they needed to move their businesses forward; raising 1M in 2 years. The Harbor was awarded a 250k Innovation Challenge Grant from the SC Chamber of Commerce for two consecutive years, both requiring a match; running 7 Accelerator Programs and pitch events since 2014, resulting in over 5M being invested in graduated accelerator companies; planning and executing high-impact events including Founders Ball (a celebration with 200 of Charleston’s most influential entrepreneurs), and Lowcountry Hoedown (The Harbor’s annual fundraiser/festival celebration Southern fare, libations and entertainment with over 1,200 in attendance); hosting “Rise of the Rest” Charleston, a tour for AOL co-founder Steve Case and the Revolution team to help draw attention to the Holy City as an emerging tech-sector.
Jackie worked for The HarborEC for three years until securing a job with blinktbi as the Director of Corporate Development in July, 2017. As Director of Corporate Development, she spearheads initiatives in strategic marketing and branding, software and hardware development and troubleshooting, go-to-market strategy development and implementation, product design, and much more. Growing up playing a magnitude of sports, she is passionate about blinktbi’s mission to help keep athletes safer on and off the field. During her free time you can find her instructing spin classes, playing softball and bowling, and exercising.
Harvey W. Schiller
Board of Directors
Harvey W. Schiller is a distinguished leader, innovator, and educator. Schiller has been the president of Turner Sports, Inc., the CEO of YankeeNets, executive director and secretary general of the United States Olympic Committee, and president of the International Baseball Federation.
Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller, USAF Ret., Ph.D., recently served as Commercial Commissioner of America’s Cup 35. He is Chairman of Schiller Management Group (SMG), a global consulting and business solutions company, and Chairman of Renew Merchandise, a producer of RPET merchandise. In addition, Dr. Schiller serves as Vice Chairman of Diversified Search, a global executive search firm. He recently served as Chairman of Global Options Group, a NASDAQ security corporation.
Schiller has served as Chairman/CEO of YankeeNets, with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils. He led the creation and development of the YES network. Dr. Schiller served as President of Turner Sports, Inc., a division of Time Warner; and President of the NHL franchise, the Atlanta Thrashers.
Before joining Turner, Schiller was Executive Director/Secretary General of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). He served as consultant to the 1984 Los Angeles Games, a member of the IOC Commission on Women and Sports, and President of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Olympic Order, the highest honor to an individual by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Schiller served as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) from 1986 to 1990. He was a member of the NCAA Executive and Championship committees. He served as a command pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1986, including Vietnam service, attaining the rank of Brigadier General. In 1980, the President of the United States appointed Schiller as a Permanent Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds several military awards including Air Medals, the Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Schiller is a Distinguished Graduate of The Citadel, and a member of their Athletic and Business Halls of Fame, and recipient of the Palmetto Award. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Michigan, and holds honorary doctorates from The Citadel, Northern Michigan University, and the United States Sports Academy.
In 2013, Schiller was recognized by Sports Business Journal as a Pioneer and Innovator in Sports Business. This award recognizes leaders in the sports world who have shaped the future of the industry. Schiller joins other industry leaders in this honor such as Bill Rassmussen, founder of ESPN, and Val Ackerman, the inaugural WNBA president.
Board of Directors
Founded boutique consulting firm providing strategy, business development, and product/technology evaluation expertise to Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 companies for 20+ years. Devised product strategy for a national data analytics company.
Performed situation assessment, established customer benefit segmentation and identified target customer segments, product bundles, pricing structure, product positioning and marketing plan. Conducted “make versus buy” analysis to evaluate outsourcing opportunities. Inspired and motivated team through implementation without formal authority.
Developed growth strategy for informatics company. Assessed market dynamics and provided product portfolio recommendations. Market opportunity screening included measures of financial viability, company “fit”, and competitive differentiation. Negotiated development priorities between disparate teams and provided cohesion across workgroups for a shared vision resulting in agile adoption of realigned product offerings.
Evaluated business growth opportunities through company, technology and device acquisition for three Fortune 500 companies. Engaged to reposition a small privately-held company for acquisition by a publicly traded company
Developed Life Science Sector Strategy for the Charleston Region identifying core competencies and market screening criteria for target segments. Matched IP from academic research institutions with domestic and international private equity and corporate investors.
Led $70MM division in a multi-national company. Directed cross-functional product development teams from concept to national launch. Provided revenue and expense forecasts and strategic investment proposals. Launched products nationally directing product design, manufacturing, serviceability, pricing, and distribution.
MBA, University of Florida, Matherly Scholar, Endowed Fellowship Recipient, AMA Scholar of the Year, B.S. Clemson University Cum Laude.
Board of Directors
Mr. McManus is a Distinguished Alumni of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He served in the United States Air Force 1964 - 1970 and obtained the rank of Captain. His last assignment was on the Presidential Aircraft Air Force One.
Mr. McManus joined Spartan Food Systems in 1970 as Manager of Hardee’s of Alcoa, TN. Spartan was the first and largest franchisee of Hardee’s Restaurants. He held several positions and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 1984. He was then promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Flagstar in 1989 and in 1991 promoted to Executive Vice President of Restaurant Operations responsible for all restaurant operations for Hardee’s, Denny’s, Quincy’s Family Steakhouses, and El Pollo Loco.
In 1995, McManus joined Hardee’s Food System, Inc and became President and Chief Executive Officer. He resigned that position in June 1997 when Hardee’s was acquired by CKE Restaurants from IMASCO Limited. In 1998 he became Co-owner of the landmark Beacon Drive In Restaurant in Spartanburg, SC. After leaving Hardee’s, he established several LLC’s including real estate development, Henry’s Restaurant trademark, Beacon Drive In, Southeastern Development and owner of real estate in downtown Asheville.
McManus is quite active with various companies including Board participation at Mountain Bank Board, Hendersonville NC, Founding Board Member of Mountain 1st Bank, Hendersonville, NC, The Citadel Foundation Board and IMASCO Limited in Montreal, Canada.
Mr Manus is a native of Greer, SC. After graduating from The Citadel in 1964, he married high school sweetheart, Rita Moon. They have a son, Mark McManus, daughter, Stephanie Brimm, four grandsons, one granddaughter, a great grandson and a great granddaughter. He currently splits time living in Danial Island, SC (near Charleston, SC) and in Brevard NC. He is an avid golfer, fly fisherman and enjoys hiking when time allows.
Steve Smith Sr.
Board of Advisors
A 16-year NFL veteran, Steve Smith Sr. is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time All-Pro, and is considered one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers of the 21st century.
Smith lead the league in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns in 2005 (Jerry Rice and Sterling Sharpe are the only other NFL players ever to have recorded a “triple crown”). He spent his entire career with the Panthers until signing with the Ravens in March 2014, and is the Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns (67), receptions (836), and receiving yards (12,197). In 2011, he became the 35th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards.
Smith also won the Ed Block Courage Award and was twice named the Baltimore Ravens Man of the Year and a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
In 2013, Steve and his wife, Angie, founded the Steve Smith Family Foundation, which champions for families affected by domestic violence and promotes child health and wellness. Since its inception, the foundation’s efforts have provided children from the Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter the opportunity to attend summer camps. In November 2016, Smith pleged over $350,000 to establish the Smith Family Wellness Center in collaboration with Project 658.
Annually, Steve hosts numerous youth football camps nationwide. This past April, he took that concept internationally, hosting a camp at Vogelweh Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for children of active-duty and retired U.S. military members.
Since retirement, Smith works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
Board of Advisors
Danny Morrison is Professor of Practice in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty, he was President of the Carolina Panthers and worked extensively in college sports administration.
Morrison was the athletic director at Wofford College from 1985 to 1997 and a Senior Vice President until 2001. It was during this time the Panthers began holding training camp there. He served as Commissioner of the Southern Conference from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 until September 2009, he was the athletic director of Texas Christian University. He was named President of the Panthers in September 2009. In 2015, after three consecutive NFC South Division Championships, the Panthers set a franchise record with a 15-1 regular season mark and participated in Super Bowl 50. Morrison resigned from his position in February 2017 to pursue interests on the college level.
Dan “Beaker” Stuck
Board of Advisors
Dan “Beaker” Stuck is in his 35th season with the Hershey Bears, having won five Calder Cups during his tenure as the team’s head trainer.
Stuck’s affiliation with the team dates back to 1977, when at the age of 13, he served as one of the team’s locker room assistants. Stuck became Hershey’s assistant trainer in 1982, and then took a year away to become the assistant equipment manager for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. The following season, in 1985-86, he was named Hershey’s head trainer, a position he has held ever since.
Stuck’s main responsibilities with the team include working with team doctors and physical therapists to decide the best course of action and treatment for the players, and assisting Bears management with travel accommodations away from Hershey. Stuck lives in Palmyra with his wife Janice. He has a son, Dustin, who is an assistant athletic trainer for the AHL’s Providence Bruins, and a daughter, Alexis.
Board of Advisors
Andy Massey is an ATC Spotter for the NFL whose primary role is to observe play on the field and monitor the broadcast feed of that game to identify players who may potentially be injured on a play, with an emphasis on concussions and other head and neck injuries.
Andy earned a BA in History and Master of Arts in Teaching with a minor emphasis in Biology at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Andy taught Earth Science and was an Athletic Trainer for North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1985 before becoming Head Athletic Trainer at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1986. He held this position until 1990 when he became the Head Athletic Trainer for Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Andy continued his career at Appalachian State University for 16 years as a lecturer in the Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science (HLES) and took on various essential positions. In 2001 he was appointed Clinical Coordinator of the Department of HLES. He then served as the Interim Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Welfare from 2004-2005. From October 2005 to February 2006 he was Administrative Assistant to the Chair of Department of HLES where he was Coordinator of Special Projects including research on satellite athletic training education programs and reestablishment of the HLES Advancement Board. In March 2006 Andy became the Injury Rehabilitation Coordinator at the university’s Student Health Services Center. Here he was responsible for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of students with orthopedic injuries with a student population of 14,500. Andy moved on to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in July 2006 where he served as the university’s Director of Athletic Training until June 2017. Andy now lives on James Island in Charleston, SC and is an ATC Spotter for the NFL and Consultant in Sports Medicine for Walters Inc.
Board of Advisors
Mark Semler is the Chief Executive Officer of the Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Beginning in 2012, Mark brought the founding vision of a sustainable technology accelerator to life. The ZIAN team under his leadership has transformed the culture and process for translating ideas into products in a medical university setting with a robust pipeline and several commercialized products. For 8 years prior to ZIAN, Mark worked at Orthofix, a medical device manufacturer located in Lewisville, TX. As the Vice President of Engineering R&D for their Spinal Implants group, Mark lead a team of engineers and surgeons to commercialize several devices per year. He has patents on several devices Orthofix distributes. Prior to Orthofix, Mark worked at Datascope Corp. in Montvale, NJ on endoscopic vascular staplers. Early in his career, he worked for several startups that created IV fluid pumps, blood supply processing equipment, and site-specific drug delivery devices. Prior to his experience with medical technology, Mark designed consumer electronics and developed Macintosh gaming software. He was educated at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Board of Advisors
Myles Wilson has served Spartanburg School District Seven in South Carolina continuously since 1985 and currently oversees Athletic Facilities and Operations for the school district.
Wilson was the athletic director from 2001 to 2012 at Spartanburg High School and was instrumental in overseeing significant athletic facility upgrades during his tenure. He was adamant in providing player safety while securing the latest technological advances in athletic facilities and equipment. Wilson lead Spartanburg District Seven to becoming the first school district in South Carolina to require all coaches to obtain Accredited Interscholastic Coach certification through the National Federation of High Schools.
Wilson serves on the Board of the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association, the Board for the South Carolina Public Risk Managers Association and sits on the Publication Committee for the National Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association.