Master Entrepreneurs


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Peyton Anderson
CEO, Affinergy, Inc.

Peyton Anderson is a successful entrepreneur who co-founded SciQuest, Inc. in 1995 as its founding CEO. SciQuest raised over $175 million in capital, including a successful Initial Public Offering in 1999. His responsibilities included raising capital, recruiting the management team, doing strategic partner deals and orchestrating eight acquisitions. SciQuest has continued to thrive and currently has greater than 150 employees.

Mr. Anderson joined Affinergy in September 2003 as founding CEO. Since that time, Affinergy has secured $5 million in investor funding, been awarded numerous peer-review grants, added 23 employees, recruited a strong team of advisors/board members, and committed to developing multiple products in the orthopedic and soft tissue repair markets.

Mr. Anderson will continue to expand Affinergy's leadership team by recruiting professionals in quality, manufacturing, clinical, sales and marketing.

Mr. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the N.C. Biosciences Organization. Previously, he served on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Mr. Anderson is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial conferences and MBA classes. Peyton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Univeristy of Richmond in 1989 and earned his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1995.

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Chris Evans
The Deepwood Group, Inc.

Chris Evans is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with offices in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Evans currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community in Schools of Wake County, N.C. State Engineering Department’s Entrepreneurs Advisory Board and The Entrepreneurs Philanthropic Venture Fund. He also serves as an advisor to several businesses and not-for-profit enterprises in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Evans served on the Board of Directors for Engage (NASD: ENGA), a majority-owned subsidiary of CMGI and provider of profile driven Internet marketing solutions, from 1999 until 2001. Prior to Engage, Mr. Evans was the CEO and founder of Accipiter, a leading provider of ad management solutions purchased by CMGI, Inc., and fully merged with Engage in 1998. Accipiter’s online advertising technology has been used by MSN, CNET, Lycos, ZDNet, Broadcast.Com, Ask Jeeves and many others.

In 1992, Mr. Evans founded Hotlinx, a publisher of print and online buyer's guides for software professionals, which was sold to a group of private investors in 1997. From 1985 through 1992, Mr. Evans served as the Executive Vice President of DaVinci Systems, a company he co-founded. DaVinci Systems was a software company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, that developed the award-winning LAN-based electronic mail product, DaVinci email. As DaVinci's top marketing executive, he helped grow the company's installed base to three million users in 45 countries. DaVinci was sold to ONTechnology in 1994.

In May of 1999, Ernst & Young named Mr. Evans their "Master Entrepreneur" as part of their Entrepreneur of the Year program. In 1997 and 1998, he received numerous awards, including "Entrepreneur of the Year" (Business Leader Magazine) and the 1998 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development), and he was named one of Advertising Age’s Digital Media Masters. Mr. Evans attended N.C. State University prior to founding DaVinci Systems.

Mr. Evans is also the author of Fruit at Work – Mixing Christian Virtues with Business to be published in the second quarter of 2012 by Lanphier Press.

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Frank Plastina
Independent Director, Member of Audit Committee and Member of Governance & Nominations Committee, Cree, Inc.

Franco “Frank” Plastina served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Tekelec from Feb. 6, 2006, to Jan. 4, 2011. Currently on the Cree Board, Mr. Plastina served as the President of Proxim Corp. from May 5, 2003, to July 2004 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from May 5, 2003, to January 2005. Mr. Plastina served as a Consultant at Tekelec from Jan. 4, 2011, to Feb. 28, 2011. He served as Executive in Residence for Warburg Pincus LLC from March 2003 to April 2003.

Previously, he was with Nortel Networks for 15 years and most recently was President, Metro & Enterprise Networks at Nortel Networks Corp. Mr. Plastina served as President of Wireless and Carrier Solutions of Nortel Networks Ltd. He joined Nortel Networks Ltd. in 1987 and held a number of key executive positions, including President of Core Networks, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Internet and Service Provider Networks, Vice President of Business Development for Carrier Packet Solutions, and Vice President of Global Mergers and Acquisitions.

Prior to joining Nortel Networks, he was with the Toronto office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Plastina has served as Chairman of the Board of Proxim Corp. and a Director since Dec. 11, 2003, and as its Executive Chairman since January 2005. He has been a Director of Cree Inc. since Dec. 31, 2007. He serves as Director of MCNC. He served as an Executive Director of Tekelec since February 2006.

Mr. Plastina received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto in 1985 and a Chartered Accountant designation in 1987 from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Kay Wagoner
Co-Founder, Icagen, Inc.

Kay Wagoner Ph.D is a Co-founder of Icagen Inc. and has been its President since 1992 and Chief Executive Officer since September 1996. Prior to that, Dr. Wagoner served in research management positions at Glaxo Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where she initiated and led Glaxos U.S. ion channel discovery efforts in central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

Dr. Wagoner has been a Director of Icagen Inc. since 1992. Dr. Wagoner also serves on a variety of Boards of Directors, including the University of North Carolina’s Graduate School Advisory Board and the Governing Body of the Biotechnology Industry Organizations (BIO) Emerging Companies Section. She received her Ph.D. in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2001, Dr. Wagoner received the distinguished alumna award for science and business from UNC-Chapel Hill.