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1 June 2005

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I'm the one that board of directors seek to take on a project that has utmost importance to the success of the organization and often when no one else has ever accomplished the new intent. I am an innovative, versatile, and take-charge individual with broad abilities in corporate development, partnerships, product management/marketing, and business strategy. I am always seeking an opportunity to improve a group’s effectiveness and its strategic importance to the industry in which it participates.

Pursuing a culture change in the Birmingham region, evangelizing the technology economy for the benefit of all of its participants. Recognized for success in leadership and the building of cross-functional teams in multi-mission organizations such as Atlanta’s Summer Olympic Games and WebMD, achieving results with extremely low churn. A "player/coach" who can multiplex between managerial and hands-on activities. Exhibited competency in navigation of complex corporate, local government, and academic organizations. Excels at working in ambiguous and rapid-change environments, guided by an organization’s mission and board leadership.

See also my post about "what I do" here on this BLOG.

Recent Education

Emory University, Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, GA
Master of Business (MBA) – Executive MBA, May 2002

Experience

TechBirmingham, Birmingham, AL
January 2003 – Present
President / CEO

GreenSpring Ventures, Atlanta, GA
August 2000 – December 2002
Associate & Founding Member

  • Guided and advised all aspects of portfolio companies with focus on corporate strategy, product development/commercialization, and market messaging
  • Identified attractive industry sectors (historically the fund has chosen technology and business services) and specific companies for investment
    Perform market, company, and financial due diligence prior to investment
  • Worked directly with C-levels and boards at portfolio companies
  • Wrote and improved business plans and marketing/sales strategy presentations
  • Advised proprietary optical technology COO in evaluation/research of potential product extension markets, participated in presentation of material to BOD
  • Conducted change management analysis for business services company leading to hiring of new CEO and new focus on alternate market strategies
  • Promoted the venture fund and driving new deal flow via technology forums, conferences, and fund’s Website; creating investment opportunities with local entrepreneurs

WebMD, Atlanta, GA
March 1999 – July 2000
Director of Strategic Business Group

  • Functioned as corporate-wide partner contract manager leading an experienced team of Business Managers (6 direct reports) driving e-commerce/partner revenue
  • Reported to an Executive Vice President, alongside several VPs, after being promoted to align partner management roles
  • Experienced virtually no loss in key relationships despite consolidating nearly 100 disparate contracts from over a dozen combined companies during rapid growth phase
  • Always focused on the bottom-line, renegotiated $7.5M contract with A.D.A.M., Inc. (Nasdaq:ADAM), significantly reducing WebMD’s cash obligations
  • Increased revenue 15% over targets in two consecutive quarters with full P&L responsibility

WebMD, Atlanta, GA
August 1998 – March 1999
Director of Product Management and Marketing

  • Led a team of 16 product managers and developers, plus over 20 remote contract staff, in the creation, UI design, information architecture, content, and delivery of the original webmd.com Website based on direct interaction with CEO and executive team
  • Tasked by CFO to reduce dependency on outside IT vendors; moved ±90% in-house
  • Routinely evaluated adequacy of product based on competitive research and field responses from Sales, Technical Support, and Business Development departments

America Online (formerly NetChannel), Norcross, GA
December 1996 – July 1998
Director of Product Management

  • Rescued set-top box product design severely behind schedule. Re-specified the software component to meet requirements, re-established good relations with overseas (Cambridge, UK) development team, and conducted competitiveness study
  • Before transition to AOL headquarters as “AOL-TV,” represented acquired company for M&A due diligence, then invented and implemented a process for shuttering the RCA NetChannel online service

Atlanta Olympic Committee (ACOG), Atlanta, GA
March 1993 – November 1996
Program Director, Facilities Planning / Design Technologies

  • Commissioned to start up self-sustaining physical planning function that designed the use of over 30 geographically dispersed venues for the 1996 Olympic Games
  • Chosen by COO to create, staff, and deliver an Executive Information System in the Central Command Center which operated 24 hours a day for 6 weeks before and during the Games; played a crucial role working with Committee executives, the FBI, and other agencies in the analysis and dissemination of spatial information surrounding key threats and incidents
  • Directed highly visible and diverse team of approximately 75 planners, project managers, and architects (15 direct reports)
  • Managed 3-year $5.5M direct budget, including $3M of Value-In-Kind
  • Delivered keynote speeches, wrote articles, interviewed by multiple media outlets, orchestrated events casting ACOG in a positive light with the international media

Board Governance & Advisory Roles

Prior Experience

Launched new graphics/imaging market segment and sales distribution channel for Dickens Data Systems. Owned and operated CAD software VAR company, annual sales ranked in top 20 nationally, for four years. Wrote the CAD drafting manual, developed CAD curriculum, and taught CADAM/CATIA software at Lockheed. Designed architecture of laboratories and set CAD standards at IBM’s Almaden Research Center.

Received a Bachelor degree from Georgia State University and a small business program certificate from University of Georgia.

Technical Skills

Demonstrated proficiency in emerging technologies, HTML, JavaScript, user-interface design, Canvas illustration software, and all Microsoft office applications. Familiar with XML, LANs, UNIX, and several programming languages.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 11 September 2007 7:03 am

    Curtis,

    The Cherub of Justice here :), we need to talk. We keep hitting each other up on comments. I’m in Dubai at the moment finishing up with Gitex. Send me an email.

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