2012 UNC Social Business Competition Judges
Allen H. Johnson III
Editorial Page Editor
Greensboro News & Record
Allen Johnson has been editorial page editor of the News & Record since May 1999. He also has been an adjunct professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. Central University, UNC-Greensboro and N.C. A&T. In 1996, he taught a management course to newsroom executives in Zambia, Africa.
Social Business Champion
My father's lifetime work "Entrepreneurial Revolution" and the Net Generation at The Economist converges with Dr Yunus as they both define the core purpose of economics as investing in next generation's productivity out of every community. Foundation projects include helping Adam Smith scholars edit Journal of Social Business and celebrating http://jobscompetitions.ning.com
Dr. Miles Palmer
Co-founder of Palmer Labs and 8 Rivers Capital
A distinguished innovator, engineer, and scientist, Dr. Palmer has four patents and over 40 publications in a broad range of fields, including biomedicine, aerospace, optics, communications, transportation, automotive technology, robotics, power, energy, fuels, and environmental chemistry.
After earning both an Electrical Engineering and a Chemistry degree at MIT, Dr. Palmer earned his PhD at the University of California, San Diego. He earned scholarship and academic society honors at both institutions. His bachelor’s thesis at MIT led to advances in artificial skin materials for burn victims, and his PhD thesis included a credible alternative theory for the early evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere that was published in the national press. Dr. Palmer was selected by NASA for final interviews for astronaut selection at Johnson Space Center while in graduate school.
Dr. Palmer joined the Air Force in 1981 to gain experience in flight testing and advanced aerospace technology. He received numerous awards in the Air Force and was nominated for astronaut duty in 1984. He left the Air Force in 1986 and joined SAIC.
Dr. Palmer’s pioneering work in advanced aerospace technology at SAIC has been recognized nationally by his peers, and resulted in a press conference hosted by Sandia National Labs. His work has been cited by Business Week, the Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, and other media outlets.
Dr. Palmer served on the MIT Curriculum Committee, The Department of Defense Strategic Defense Initiative Rocket Technology Advisory Panel, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace Committee on Lasers and Plasmadynamics. He is married and has two sons, one working on top box office Hollywood movies and one in high school Significant Achievements
- 2010 Won DOE award as part of $70M largest ever US algae R&D project
- 2009 Won Tennessee economic development award for advanced electric vehicle development
- 2008 Developed proposal and awarded largest government contract for algae bio-fuel research, $25M
- 2007 Developed and awarded project for zero-emissions coal plant technology
- 2006 Developed proposal to convert Army artillery shells to GPS guidance
- 2005 Awarded congressional budget allocation to convert civilian airliner into UAV
- 2004 Credited by Navy with significant role in restructuring Navy major ship programs
- 2002 U.S. Defense Department top high technology project of the year
- 2002 SAIC technology project of the year award
- 2001 Won and led project directly awarded by U.S. presidential executive order
- 2001 Fastest development time ever achieved for a U.S. Defense Department aircraft.
- 2000 Longest ballistic range achieved by a Navy standard 5 inch gun fired artillery shell
- 1988 Designed, built, and tested the highest power battery system in the world
- 1984 Most junior officer ever nominated by the U.S. Air Force for astronaut duty
- 1980 Selected by NASA for final interviews for space shuttle astronaut positions
- National Science Foundation grant for advanced mathematics program in number theory at Ohio State University as a high school sophomore
- Varsity letters in football, track, and basketball in junior high and high school
North Carolina Community Development Initiative
Mark joined Intel in 1997 in Silicon Valley and relocated to the Research Triangle, NC area in 2001. Before joining Intel, Mark marketed Turner Broadcasting's cable networks in South America, practiced law as trial and litigation counsel for Haynsworth, Sinkler & Boyd in Charleston, SC and was an analyst at Bank of America. Mark's investment portfolio includes AppIQ (acquired by HP), DeNovo, Enpirion, Groove Networks (acquired by MSFT), mFormation, Motricity (NASDAQ: MOTR), PowerPrecise (acquired by TI), Relativity (acquired by MicroFocus), Sandburst (acquired by BRCM), Skycross, VirtualIron (acquired by Oracle) and Virtustream. Mark has a BS in Accounting/Finance, a JD and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.
The Conservation Fund
Communities Program (RCP) for The Conservation Fund which helps North Carolina's rural communities address persistent poverty by tapping natural resources to create jobs and strengthen economies. Sager and her team train community leaders and foster peer-to-peer learning to help communities create new economies that work on the so-called "triple bottom line"-environmental, economic and social returns on investment.
Rajan Shamdasani has been in the manufacturing, distribution and sales of public safety uniforms for the past 35 years and in the real estate development business for over 25 years. A visionary, he is talented in discovering the needs of the market place and finding ways to satisfy those needs. A world traveler and always on the go, he still finds time to serve his community where he has lived for the past 41 years. He has served on the Fayetteville Regional Airport Commission, Fayetteville Arts Council, Fayetteville Symphony, Center for Entrepreneurship, Fayetteville State University besides various other civic organizations. He is a very active member of his church and volunteers substantial amount of time to it.
Mark A. Thornton
The Thornton Group
Mark Thornton is the former Chief Operating Officer for JPMorgan Private Bank in London. Since 2004, Thornton has dedicated his life to creating the world’s first management consultancy that does one thing: teach Leadership and ethical reflective practices to elite business schools and corporate leaders. The result is MBA, EMBA and Executive Education graduates with less stress, increased productivity, improved health and stronger ethical foundation.
He teaches Leadership Insight to global business schools, MBA's, EMBA's and Executive Education programs at Harvard Law School, the Program on Negotiation, Wharton Business School, the Leadership Development Program McGill International Executive Institute for Executive Education and numerous other elite institutions.
He has appeared on national TV shows including Fox Business News, ABC TV, CNBC, MTV as well as more than 60 national and regional radio shows.
Clay B. Thorp
Hatteras Venture Partners
Clay B. Thorp is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Since 1995, Clay has co-founded four companies in the life science arena and co-founded Hatteras in 2001. As part of his work with Hatteras, Clay was a co-founder and served as CEO and Chairman of Synthematix Inc., a chemistry informatics company that was acquired in April 2005 by Symyx Technologies (SMMX) for $13 million in cash. Prior to Hatteras, clay was the co-founder and head of corporate development for Novalon Pharmaceutical Corporation, where he led financing efforts and was head of business development from inception until Novalon's sale to Karo Bio for $106.7 million in May of 2000. Clay also serves as Lead Director of the Board for Pathfinder.
TIE Carolina President
Colin has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, marketing consultant, senior marketing executive and college lecturer at The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to his work at UNC, Mr. Wahl founded Client Opinions, Inc. a market research firm that helps senior management teams conduct client, employee and market research. The firm's clients include Standard & Poor's, The Vanguard Group, The University of North Carolina and Clarkston Consulting.
NC Rural Economic Development Center
Since 2006, Patrick Woodie has been the Vice President of Rural Development Programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. He oversees capacity-building programs in the areas of Physical Infrastructure, Business Development, Workforce Development, and Civic & Social Infrastructure. Patrick is a native of Alleghany County, located in northwestern North Carolina, and a graduate of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Law.