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Member Spotlight

The strength of CED lies in the breadth of its membership. Thirty years ago our Founding Members started CED. Today members include startup and growth stage companies, professional service partners, investors, academics and thought leaders.

Below are Member Spotlights from prior months at CED. Each month, we spotlight a CED member. If interested in a member spotlight feature, contact Jane Royall.



Since 2000, RPG Solutions has served as an advocate and trusted partner to our clients by offering a full range of employee benefits and fractional human resources and training services.  We are committed to delivering tailored employee benefits and HR solutions with thoughtful strategic planning, professional services and technology-based solutions that result in sustained client and employee satisfaction.  RPG Solutions is proud of its long history of servicing employee benefit needs locally, nationally and internationally.

VantageSouth Bank is a state-chartered bank operating forty-five banking offices in North Carolina from the Central Piedmont to the coast.  At VantageSouth, we are small enough to really know you, but big enough to have the resources to meet all of your financial needs.  We see our clients as people – not accounts – and we’re here whether you are refinancing your home, purchasing new equipment for your business or you’re simply in need of a personal checking account.  For more information, please visit or call our Client Care Center at 855.887.2265.

York Properties, Inc. is a full-service commercial real estate company providing brokerage, property management, leasing, maintenance, security, and landscaping services. Its sister company, McDonald York Building Company, is a 104 year-old construction firm providing specialized expertise in life sciences, corporate, healthcare, technology and commercial markets. As a couple of the oldest existing companies in the Triangle, their longevity is attributed to visionary leadership, a dedication to helping clients, a commitment to active community service and a fundamental belief in honesty and integrity.

Christina Motely and her team deliver on-demand, targeted marketing strategies, tactics and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) services to clients WHEN & WHERE you need it. We help you develop and fine-tune your marketing efforts to pursue investors, generate leads, build customer loyalty, enhance brand awareness and drive engagement, which results in improved sales, performance, communications and profitable business operations.


NK Patent Law is an intellectual property law firm that opened in July of this year.  With an emphasis on sophisticated and pragmatic legal practice, NK Patent Law provides clientele with cost-effective and results-oriented service.  In addition to his duties with NK Patent Law, co-founder Justin Nifong serves as an ambassador for CED.


Synergy Commercial Advisors provides commercial real estate clients with highly effective, fiduciary-driven solutions through comprehensive market knowledge, focused creativity and the application of technology. They are a high-energy, technology-driven organization that provides clients with unrivaled access to market information. For more information, visit

Grant Thornton is proud to be a  CED Mentor Partner. The Carolinas offices are located in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC  and Columbia,  SC. Our local practice serves both the Technology and the Life Science sectors.  Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory organizations.


Rankin McKenzie are trusted providers of high-quality and cost-effective financial personnel. We are your part-time or interim CFO or Controller — we work as if we are on staff. Our flexible service ensures you have the right people when you need them. That means you can focus on what matters… growing your business and taking it to the next level; to the point where you transition to a full time resource.  For a complimentary Needs Analysis, please contact Beth at

Forge Communications is a research and communication strategy firm based in Raleigh. Since 1985 we’ve helped more than 100 companies tackle problems, strengthen brands and move their communications forward with confidence. We work across vertical sectors and have particular expertise in the life sciences, healthcare, finance, energy and transportation. We support CED to give back to a business community that helped us succeed, and because we believe a healthy entrepreneurial base is key to our region’s future. Our site, Twitter, Google+.

Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial  and professional services firm specializing in real estate services and investment management.  JLL’s 40,000 people across 70 countries serve the local, regional and global real estate needs of clients by assembling teams of experts who deliver integrated services built on market insight and foresight, sound research and relevant market knowledge.  By attracting and developing the best and most diverse people in our industry, JLL fosters enduring client relationships built on quality service, collaboration and trust.  For more information, visit



UK Trade & Investment helps UK-based companies to expand with confidence in increasingly global markets. We also provide essential knowledge, expertise and contacts for overseas companies that want to invest in our own vibrant, diversified and robust economy.   UK Trade & Investment operates by bringing together a network of business sector specialists and support teams from throughout the UK, and around the world in British Embassies and other diplomatic missions.   For further information, please visit

 Full Scale Solutions

Full Scale Solutions, Inc. is a Raleigh based, woman-owned national recruiting firm focused within the Life Science and Technology sectors. In celebration of our 12th year in business, we want to thank everyone who has allowed us to be of service, and who have embraced our approach to partnering with our clients to help them grow. Our business model has been to operate virtually, which has allowed us to reduce overhead and pass the savings on to our clients. To learn more about Full Scale Solutions, please visit: or contact Claire Cormier at:

Vision Point Systems has been engineering software solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry since 2002, and the rigor of meeting regulations for FDA-compliant computer systems results in a level of software quality suited for businesses in any industry. VPS specializes in systems designed for managing communications with your customers- Interactive Voice Response, Contact Center Management, SMS-based applications, and Business Process Management. Available services include custom application development, communications technology consulting, and software quality assurance. For more information contact or visit


LCMS+ helps schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and other allied health professions to save time, effort, money and resources by facilitating their accreditation processes and helping them track, measure and assess their educational effectiveness. Our fully-integrated learning management system offers a suite of features including curriculum mapping, a sophisticated exam system, patient encounter tracking, clinical skills assessment, evaluations, portfolios, faculty contribution tracking, automated notifications to faculty and students, support for modalities like team-based learning, and robust reporting functionality. Learn more at :

Young Fenton

Young Fenton helps start-ups establish a local presence in the Triangle through both brick and mortar and online channels. She has eight years of real world experience in the hospitality business and holds ownership positions in two local businesses. Young has lived and worked in Asia and is fluent in both Korean and English. Young has recently extended her support capabilities to include web design, bringing her unique experiences and multifunction talents in the online value chain. For more information on open and flexible commercial spaces to web design, contact Young at young@fepartner.comor visit her website at



KC Consulting provides practical HR solutions for business. We work with c-level and corporate management to address change, turnaround, growth, and HR processes. Our specialties are executive coaching and HR assessments, as well as implementing talent management, performance management and leadership assessment processes. More at:

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Founded in 2002, Transite Technology is a stand-alone company solely focused on providing the industry’s leading transportation management software solutions for third-party-logistics providers, shippers and carriers. The company’s Jaguar Transportation Management System enables shippers tolower their actual transportation cost, 3PLs toincrease their margins, and carriers to provide more value to their customers. Transite is recognized as one of Inbound Logistics Top 100 IT Providers for 2012.


Atlantic Creative is a full service video production company located in Raleigh providing online video services, as well as, video marketing and TV commercials. The Atlantic Creative team strives to use video as a tool to engage viewers with creative, interesting, and compelling content. For more information, go to




Smashing Boxes is a technology firm that designs and develops web and mobile applications, headquartered in Durham, NC. We use our entrepreneurial spirit to help drive innovative, value added, technology solutions for large organizations and startups alike. We follow an iteractive, test driven approach to building software, keeping costs low while ensuring a high product/market fit. You can read more on our thoughts on technology on the Smashing Boxes blog, as well as, the blog of our co-founder and managing director, Nick Jordan



BoostSuite represents the next generation of website optimization tools and it will change the way small businesses acquire new customers online. If you have a website, you can use BoostSuite. We're extremely excited to offer a free tool that actually tells you what to change on your marketing site so that you will get more results. No more confusing charts and graphs, only results. Get your top 25 marketing suggestions now!




Software Development Europe, Inc., a custom software design and development shop in RTP and the Czech Republic, is growing in accordance with its dedication to projects at Intuit Health IT (formerly, Medfusion), notes Jeff Smith, CEO and Founder. In its third year of outsourced development for Intuit, SDE has a project manager working onsite in Cary, NC, as 10 developers work in Brno, Czech Republic. For more information on SDE, please visit


onepricetaxes (3).gif was founded by the AFJC Corporation and was created by two North Carolina entrepreneurs Robbie Edwards and Jason Cale. It began serving its customers personal income tax preparation needs in 2005. is a Fall 2011 CED FastTrac graduate and currently participates in CED's Venture Mentoring Service. For more information on, recent national coverage by ABC and Yahoo news as well as local partnerships, visit

Sarah Levitt

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Sarah Levitt is a business coach who helps entrepreneurs and business owners succeed. She is equal parts business resource, sounding board and motivator. As a successful entrepreneur of 15 years, Sarah has real-world expertise in strategic business development, operations, and leadership and works with clients to achieve a substantial ROI, including more efficient operations, improved business development and client retention, lower employee turnover, enhanced leadership skills, and greater profit margins. For more information on customized 1:1 business coaching and her specialized business group coaching program, contact Sarah at or visit her website at

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The non-profit Drug Discovery Center of Innovation provides pharmaceutical development, program management, and regulatory expertise to drive and accelerate the translation of discoveries into approved novel therapeutics. We utilize our deep pharmaceutical expertise to guide focused drug development activities within an ultra-virtual operating model that maximizes cost-effectiveness.


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Advancing Science, Improving Lives
. ILS is a leading life sciences services company that provides research support to federal and commercial clients. Among ILS’ core capabilities are investigative toxicology, genetic toxicology, molecular biology, histopathology, and environmental and information science services. These services are provided to a host of clients, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based in Research Triangle Park, NC, ILS was founded by Chairman Dr. Thomas. K. Rao in 1985 and has 171 employees. For more information visit the ILS website or contact Sam Tetlow, Chief Business Officer.


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Forma Life Science Marketingserves life science, med device and other companies selling B2B in the Discovery, Pre-clinical and Clinical Research sectors. Forma provides strategic (positioning, naming, messaging, research) and tactical (online, in print, on screen and in person) solutions that help their clients get found, get noticed and get hired. Forma understands clients’ science and translate that into compelling stories that change attitudes and compel action.

Forma Medical Device Designinvents and designs medical products, from single-use disposable products to hand-held devices to large diagnostic and research tools. This division of Forma helps companies harness innovation and create compelling user experiences.


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"Ask the CFO” Tool – Scale Finance LLC, now providing part-time CFO & Controller services to over 75 entrepreneurial companies in NC has launched a new program where business owners and professionals can get quick, on-topic finance & accounting advice from their senior CFOs. Questions range from "how can I get more out of my financial statements?” to "can we close our books by the 6th business day every month without the drama?” to "is there a $500K loan out there for us in this environment?” to "what’s my business worth?”. For more information, see or contact Managing Director, Gary Hayes, at (919) 618-2551 or


Arbovax, Inc.

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Malcolm Thomas is president and CEO of Arbovax Inc., a biotechnology company commercializing a unique and innovative platform technology that can be used to make vaccines against insect-borne viral diseases. Arbovax recently completed successful pre-clinical trials of their Dengue 2 vaccine candidates and are also preparing for a similar trial of their Chikungunya vaccine in collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill.




Amy Griffin, RPG Solutions

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Amy Griffin is a human resource professional with RPG Solutions, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm specializing in employee benefits. With more than eight years of generalist experience, professional accreditation and a primarily focus in the technology industry, Amy has worked with local heavy-hitters Arsenal Digital Solutions, Digitalsmiths and Geomagic.


Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK)



Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK®) is a full service accounting and business consulting firm, providing auditing, taxation, business consulting, personal financial planning and client accounting services. TKTK helps entrepreneurs harness the power of their ideas and build strong financial and operational architectures that support growth, development and divestiture. Their goal is to bring something new to each stage of the company's life cycle.

Whether it's building a foundation to make the company operational, allowing it to expand in midlife or reevaluating exit strategies; TKTK's team of experienced professionals guide their clients through each stage.

Max Koss and Frost, PLLC

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Frost, PLLC is a full service accounting firm, providing audit, tax, bookkeeping and related business and financial services. They help their clients define success and grow their business.

Frost believes in building a strong relationship to tailor the needs of each client. Entrepreneurs face many challenging and complex issues every day. There are a myriad of regulations, laws and policies to be followed in this global marketplace. Frost helps identifies potential landmines to give their clients the best solutions at the greatest value.



Phil Bartos is the founder and CEO of NarraSupport and NC3 (The Nursing Customer Contact Center). NarraSupport provides software development services to a number of industries. In addition to these various industry segments, NarraSupport has established a practice solely focused on the computer gaming vertical to support the Triangle’s burgeoning computer gaming industry. NC3 is a customer contact center focused on the healthcare and medical industries. With its key operations located in the Philippines and staffed solely with RNs (registered nurses) as agents, NC3 serves the hospital, pharmaceutical, bio-tech, medical equipment and healthcare/medical software markets.

In addition to NarraSupport, Phil serves on the boards of the NC Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham and The Genesis Home. Phil has been a CED member for the past two years.

Bronto Software



Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of NC’s brightest entrepreneurs in this video series with Joe Colopy, CEO of Bronto Software. The first video in the series features Eric Boggs and Adam Covati, Co-founders of Argyle Social- one of Durham’s exciting start-ups.

Bronto Software is a leading email marketing service provider based in Durham, North Carolina. Since its founding in 2002, Bronto has offered a robust email marketing platform coupled with award-winning client services to online retailers and businesses that drive transactions online.




3D Media Corporation

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3DMedia Corporation develops technologies to create, view, and distribute 3D content. 3DMedia's technologies address the problem of 3D content generation, which is by all accounts the biggest obstacle to consumer adoption of 3D. These 3D technologies are available for licensing and incorporation into consumer products such as cameras, mobile phones, HDTVs, and PCs.





Raleigh-based FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems' web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases, property and sustainability initiatives.Customer results include real-estate costs reduced by 15%, move spend reduced by 88%, and enterprise productivity savings of $1.5 million.

Exhibit Resources




As a woman-owned small business that started in Raleigh with a single client and a truly entrepreneurial spirit, Exhibit Resources grasps the challenges that a start-up faces. Exhibit Resources helps new companies tell their story in face-to-face marketing settings. They are creative and resourceful in our approach, and have been trusted to kick-start the rise of many of the Triangle's success stories.


Southern Capitol Ventures

Southern Capitol Ventures is a Raleigh NC-based early stage technology venture capital firm. We help outstanding entrepreneurs in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic build market-leading companies. Previous investments have included, ArtusLabs, AVIcode (acquired by Microsoft), ChannelAdvisor, eTix, Motricity (NASDAQ:MOTR) and ReverbNation. For more info, visit us at


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