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Emerging Trends

Emerging Trends: "Walking the Walk"

Business leaders often are praised for their vision. Equally important is the ability to execute the plan to create a functional, flexible, and successful company.

CED’s Emerging Trends features 3 CEOs who are "walking the walk” – growing strong businesses by focusing on strategy and operations. Join us for an interactive session with these leaders who have created value by establishing a competitive advantage in significant markets.

In addition, the program will include an economic forecast by Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo managing director and senior economist, based on the outcome of the national and state elections; and up-to-date information on comparative benefits for North Carolina companies in the tech and life science sectors.

Who should attend: This invitation-only event is designed for CEOs, CFOs and COOs of growing entrepreneurial companies.

If you meet the criteria for the event, you may request an invitation. Contact Hal Thomas.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Hotel Indigo
151 Tatum Drive, Durham, NC 27703



David Morken
Founder & CEO,

David Morken is founder & CEO of Bandwidth, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing communication technology companies. Founded in 1999, and a certified CLEC in 49 states, Bandwidth is headquartered in Cary, NC. The company operates four divisions – inetwork, Phonebooth, Broadband and republic wireless.

David has led each division through tremendous growth since their inception including, most recently, the launch of republic wireless. As the nation's first Wi-Fi centric mobile operator, republic wireless leverages the disruptive power of the WiFi to provide members with unlimited voice, text and data service for only $19 per month with no contracts -- giving control, freedom and choice back to wireless customers across the country.

Prior to founding Bandwidth, Morken was called to active duty by the Marine Corps in 1995 and served four years as a Judge Advocate, criminal prosecutor and headquarters company commander. Morken is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and a member of the Virginia Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University.

Mark Vitner
Managing Director, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Mark Vitner is a managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he also writes for the company’s Monthly Economic Outlook report, the Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary, and provides regular updates on the housing markets, commercial real estate, regional economies, and inflation.

Mark joined Wachovia (then First Union) in 1993. Before that, he spent nine years as an economist for Barnett Banks in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mark’s commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and many other publications.

Originally from Atlanta, Mark earned his B.B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida, and has completed further graduate work in economics at the University of Florida. He also completed the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Advanced Training in Economics program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mark is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and co-founded its Charlotte chapter, The Charlotte Economics Club. He serves as a distinguished lecturer and practitioner at the University of Georgia. He is also a member of the American Economic Association, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Charlotte Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Mark currently chairs the economic advisory committee for the Bond Dealers of America. In addition, Mark serves as the chief economist for the North Carolina CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member). He is a member of the Blue Chip Economic forecasting panel and was recently named one of the 2009 North Carolina Power Players, 50 most powerful people in business, by Business Leader magazine. Mark currently serves on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Stephen Wiehe
President and CEO, SciQuest

Since joining SciQuest as president and CEO in 2001, Steve has taken the company from an e-market exchange to the leading provider of on-demand eprocurement solutions. His vision for SciQuest’s future led him to take the company private in 2004 and focus on creating a business-driven culture that provides organizations with a proven solution to achieve significant cost savings and advance their mission. Steve has led the company to a compelling financial position by growing revenues and deeply instilling fiscal responsibility. He focuses on guiding the company to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction through innovative product development and a dedicated professional services team.

Steve’s early success as a technology entrepreneur continues to fuel his passion for leading companies to excellence. Prior to SciQuest, he served as senior director, strategic investments & mergers and acquisitions at SAS Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joined SAS in June 2000, after SAS acquired DataFlux Corporation, where he served as president and CEO. Before joining DataFlux, Steve was managing director/Europe and senior executive vice president for SunGard Treasury Systems, a division of SunGard Data Systems, Inc., and president and CEO of Multinational Computer Models, Inc., which was sold to SunGard Data Systems in 1998. A well-seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience, Steve started his career with the General Electric Company. He graduated from its renowned Financial Management Program with honors and became treasurer of GE Plastics. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.


Chris William (Moderator)

Managing Director, Private Client Group, Wells Fargo
Moderator and Executive Producer, Carolina Business Review

Chris William is a Managing Director in the Private Client Group for Wells Fargo, Moderator and Executive Producer for the long-running, syndicated PBS television program Carolina Business Review, which is seen each week in 22 markets throughout North & South Carolina. As a finance professional as well as broadcast moderator, he has been uniquely qualified to observe and comment on business and industry for 2 decades.

William is also the host and co-founder of The Forum for Corporate Conscience. An organization of nearly 150 CEO's that discussed issues around corporate sustainability, ethics and values. In addition, he is host and Director for the Forum on Sustainable Business and the creative round-table IF: Innovation First. He participates annually in, and authors numerous business and industry panels and conferences across the Carolinas.

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