Brandon Shelton is a strategy leader, a problem solver and a relationship builder. He led the grassroots effort that became Task Force X, a driven network of experts and advisors that evaluate talent and develop entrepreneurs and businesses. A veteran entrepreneur himself, Brandon first founded T2 Growth Advisors to help teams design and activate strategic frameworks to reach their goals.
Brandon developed his financial, strategic and operational skills through various experiences in high intensity and change environments from the military after 9/11 to Wall Street in 2008. Using military principles, Brandon helped client teams grow while a partner at a boutique strategy consulting firm with his largest client hiring him to drive growth, expansion and technology changes at a multi-billion dollar company in North America. Brandon founded T2 Growth Advisors to connect these skills to startups and small businesses. He also is a Board Director at NAVSO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and military families and a Board Director at StreetShares Foundation, America’s small business funding community.
Kevin Eckert joined the TFX team in February 2018 with over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, operations and investments. A veteran and start-up advisor, Kevin initially got involved in TFX as an investor in Fund I and has supported TFX with deal execution and assisted at major conferences since the firm launched in 2016.
Prior to joining TFX, Kevin spent over a decade as a Managing Director for Stephens Capital Partners LLC and Stephens Inc. where he was responsible for originating, analyzing, managing and advising on transactions ranging from early stage opportunities to leveraged buyouts. He began his career as a member of General Electric’s Corporate Audit staff where he worked across a variety of GE’s global businesses to execute financial audits, lead operational reviews, and drive strategic corporate initiatives. After Audit Staff, Kevin joined GE Capital as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, leading and mentoring numerous operational improvement projects as well as co-founding a new insurance business. Following his time with GE, Kevin continued on the entrepreneurial path and founded a management consulting company that advised companies and government agencies in the defense sector.
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Cindi is the Founder and Managing Director for UpShot Inc. Cindi recently served as the Executive Director for Charlotte Bridge Home, a leading, high-growth Veteran non-profit. Prior to joining CBH, she was VP of of Human Resources Operations at Time Warner Cable and two other for-profit organizations. She has an extensive corporate background that includes expertise in human resources, organizational development, talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance metrics and organizational change management. Cindi served as an enlisted soldier and officer in the United States Army. As a Captain, she designed, implemented and managed multiple aviation maintenance programs for military helicopters and transport vehicles, leading 100+ soldiers, officers and civilians. She is a trained CH-47D (Chinook) and UH-1 (Huey) helicopter pilot. She served two tours in South Korea as well as Fort Rucker, Fort Sill and Fort Carson. Cindi holds a MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA from the University of South Alabama. She is SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), PMP (Project Management Professional), Lean Six Sigma (Process Improvement) and Black Belt certified.
Bud is the Founder of Meeting Street Capital. As a former Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, Bud focused on equity investments in larger companies in the software, software enabled services, semiconductors, systems, and related distribution businesses. He established and led the firm’s Technology Buyout Group for a decade. Bud also led Carlyle’s investments in CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) and currently sits on the company’s Board of Directors. During his career, Bud led Carlyle’s investments in technology companies SS&C Technologies (NASDAQ: SSNC), Open Link Financial, Open Solutions, Jazz Semiconductor, and Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), as well as aerospace companies Firth Rixon, Sippican, and CPU Technology.
Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, he was a Managing Director in the M&A group of First Union Securities, Inc., joining when his employer, Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., was acquired. Bud was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, qualifying as an instructor pilot in both the F-16 and A-10 aircraft and serving in a number of leadership and operations management positions in the United States and abroad. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering cum laude from The Citadel and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Kyle is an investment Principal at In-Q-Tel (IQT). Kyle developed the Industry 4.0 investment theme for IQT, which encompasses building blocks (power production, energy storage, materials, semiconductors), agile manufacturing (additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing technologies, industrial controls), and logistics and monitoring technologies (Internet of Things, warehouse and logistics technologies). He also serves as an Executive in Residence for Columbia Technology Ventures and is an advisor or board member for multiple companies and organizations supporting entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining IQT, Kyle was CEO and co-founder of Liquid Light (acquired 2016), a company developing technology to make materials from carbon dioxide. While at Liquid Light, Kyle built the team, raised $25 million to finance operations, closed development agreements with Coca-Cola and BP, co-invented the core technology, and propelled the company to leadership in the CO2 utilization space. Prior to founding Liquid Light, Kyle was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures, a leading venture capital fund. While there, he developed the concept for Liquid Light and evaluated companies and technology for investment.
Before Redpoint, Kyle worked in several early stage startups, including an energy projects company and Dunia Frontier Consultants (merged 2015), which supported US companies investing in the developing world, principally Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Kyle also worked as a SETA / SME at DARPA, focusing on information technology and wearable sensors. He co-developed TiGR situational awareness software while at DARPA, which was spun out as Ascend Intel (acquired 2010). He also served on active duty in the U.S. Army for about seven years.
Kyle holds a B.A. in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth College, a M.A. in International Relations (International Finance and Energy Policy) from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a M.S. in Materials Science from Columbia University. He is a lead or co-inventor on 23 issued US patents and has been published in journals ranging from Topics in Catalysis to Military Review.
Jeff is a co-founder and partner of KLH Capital, where he shares responsibility for guiding the firm’s investment decisions and serves on the boards of all portfolio companies. During his career, he has successfully identified, facilitated, and invested in more than 130 lower-middle market businesses. Jeff co-founded Florida Capital Partners (FCP) with John Kirtley in 1988 in Tampa, Florida. At this institutionally backed investment firm, one of the earliest to focus on lower-middle market companies with EBITDA of $2 – $8 million, he was directly responsible for successfully investing in more than 100 small businesses through recapitalizations, management buy-outs and buy-ins, family successions, and other ownership transactions. Jeff earned a BS from the University of Virginia, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation since 2009.
Patrick is a partner at Intervale Capital. Patrick’s interest in the energy industry grew out of his active duty military service as an infantry officer in the US Army. Before joining Intervale in 2015, he supported the development of numerous oilfield service companies as a Managing Director at SCF Partners, an energy focused private equity fund, and as a senior member of management at Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET). At Forum, he oversaw a range of strategic initiatives, including Forum’s initial public offering. Patrick earned a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated at the top of his class. He also earned a MBA from Harvard Business School and a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mark is an engineer and entrepreneur who loves the creative, chaotic excitement of launching a new company. Mark began his career in the wireless industry and was part of the founding team at four startups, including Telecorp PCS, which was acquired by AT&T in 2002. Mark co-founded Acta Wireless in 2004 with Alan MacIntosh and led its investments in LaunchBox Digital, CardStar, Imagine K12 and Actium Advisors. Mark was also instrumental in Acta’s founding role in Montreal Startup and Real Ventures. Mark serves on the board of directors of Actium Advisors, Causemo, ChallengeU, Just Push Pay, Oohlala Mobile, the Mobile Giving Foundation, NextNav, Sweet Relish, and WaveMetrix. Earlier in his career, Mark served as an officer in the United States Air Force during the first Gulf War. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In addition to advising and investing in a growing number of technology startups, Garth is responsible for driving revenue through the channel and strategic brands for Pipl, Inc. After spending 11 years in sales in the Bay Area, Garth co-founded Jigsaw.com where he ran sales, business development, client support, and the customer community. The venture resulted in a $175MM sale to Salesforce.com in 2010. The following year, Garth co-founded a social TV/Second Screen company called OtherScreen in Charlotte, NC. OtherScreen won a NC IDEA grant, created a buzz in the local TV market, had wildly happy users and raised venture capital money before failing to gain significant traction and closing in November 2012. In 2013-14, Garth managed all things customer related for CircleBack, a company he invested in and continues to advise. Garth earned a BA in history and economics from Brown University.
Marc Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at ATLATL
Marc is the Chief Executive Officer at ATLATL, an emerging leader in the sales process software market. Most recently, Murphy was CEO at SPARC LLC, and led the firm’s software and services division. During his tenure as CEO, Murphy focused on the company’s operational efficiencies and business practices, paving the way for significant business growth and success. Marc oversaw all strategy and operations of SPARC’s Agile software development services, including several projects worth a combined value of over $50M. His guidance led SPARC to a successful exit to Fortune 500 Company Booz Allen Hamilton in 2015. Prior to joining SPARC, Marc was a technology practice partner at Deloitte Consulting. Marc has an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Science from American University. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Army, is Ranger qualified, and completed his service obligation at the rank of Captain.