Head Honcho, The Iron Yard, Greenville, South Carolina
Peter went to Vanderbilt University, where he studied computer engineering. After school he did what all engineers do: moved to Manhattan to become an options and securities principal at Duke & Company (and later Morgan Stanley). Minting deals and moving stock was fun, but a few years on Wall Street reminded Pete he was a hacker at heart.
He packed up his computer and family and headed to Indianapolis to develop software for SinglePoint, an enterprise payroll service. With hard work and technical expertise, he worked his way up to CTO and purchased a stake in the business. In 2006, Peter moved his family again, but this time to sunny South Carolina. In Greenville, Peter has taken leadership roles in the development of NEXT, the NEXT Innovation Center, InternGreenville, and the southeast's premier startup accelerator, The Iron Yard.
Peter married his college sweetheart and has 5 incredible kids. In the rare times he's not at work or with his family, you can find him head down in the latest fantasy or science fiction novel.
Assistant Marketing Manager, Walmart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas
With work experience on 4
continents, Nate Harceg looks at the world a little differently. A 2011 graduate of Wofford College, Nate
studied Intercultural Studies for Business and had the opportunity to spend
three semesters abroad, studying business in France, China, and Uganda.
After graduation, he moved to
Chicago, Illinois to begin a career in sales with Field Fastener, a global leader
in industrial fastener distribution. Constantly innovating and improving, Nate recognized
a need for increased marketing efforts within the organization and led the
initiative to re-launch the Field brand. In doing so, he found a true passion
for marketing and in February 2013, relocated to Bentonville, Arkansas and
began working with Walmart Stores Inc., as Assistant Marketing Manager
responsible for the New England business unit. In his current role, Nate
oversees weekly television commercial shoots throughout the Northeast and
manages the marketing efforts for store grand openings in the region.
When not working, Nate volunteers
his time and talents with organizations around the world.
Editor-in-Chief, Business Black Box Magazine, Greenville, South Carolina
Since graduating with a degree in Magazine Publishing from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, I’ve held various positions in marketing, public relations, project management, but print and publications management is where I’ve found my true calling. I’m mostly-native to South Carolina, which means that except for a few jaunts living in Charleston, Columbia, Athens, Ga., and even Avignon, France, I’ve been in Greenville for the majority of my life. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my husband, Bryan, son Caedmon and daughters Abigail and Selah. But in the few seconds a week not spoken for already, I try to make time for boot camps, Mud Run training, and experimenting with organic foods. Wanna see me riled up? Let’s talk politics, women in leadership, and Georgia football.
D. Grant Peacock, Entrepreneur, investor and Member of the Wofford Board of Trustees
Over his 50 year career, Grant
has participated in over 100
enterprises in a variety of industries, including the development of over
500 natural gas wells, owning the second largest Weight Watchers Franchise with
3,200 meeting a week, a Chinese manufacturing and sourcing company and real
estate funding and development.
Director, Noble Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas
Chad Williamson received his Bachelors degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters from President Clinton's School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. He began his career in the United States Air Force and served five years before becoming the co-founder of a physical therapy practice in Tampa, Florida. He then became a high school teacher and coach at Berkeley Preparatory School where he created curriculum for two classes: Leadership & Group Dynamics and Poverty 101. After seven years at Berkeley Prep, Chad went on to the Clinton School of Public Service and upon graduation, became the Director of Philanthropy for NFL player, Dhani Jones. They co-founded a social enterprise together called Bowtie Cause and raised over $500,000 for non-profits around the nation. He has since become the director of Noble Institute, focusing on the creation of a public service and entrepreneurship experience for high school juniors and seniors, which launches this summer.
He presently lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Heather and their two chocolate labs, Moxie and Bristol.