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. After leading the initiative to re-launch the Field brand, he found a true passion for marketing and in February 2013, relocated to Bentonville, Arkansas to join Walmart Stores Inc. In that role, Nate oversaw weekly television commercial shoots throughout the New England business unit and managed the marketing efforts for store grand openings in the region.
In November 2013, Nate accepted a promotion to Walmart’s Brand Strategy team, helping the organization live its mission of saving customers money, every day, so they can live better lives. He is currently engaged on a pricing project, designed to severely disrupt the retail industry and change consumer purchasing habits throughout the world. Nate also leads Walmart Marketing’s summer intern program.
Director of People and Culture at Carrot
Alexis is Director of People and Culture at Carrot - a VICE company. With a background in the digital and startup world, she began her career in sales at XXX and quickly transitioned to her role as VP of Customers at social media management tool Postling. In 2011, she joined Carrot Creative, a full-service digital creative agency based in Brooklyn, where she was a lead producer on award-winning social campaigns for clients including eBay, Bravo, Home Depot, A&E, Ralph Lauren, and NASDAQ. In her current role, she focuses on bringing the right people to the company, ensuring they stay happy yet challenged, and making sure that Carrot kicks ass every day. When she's not working, Alexis is taking photos, eating Nutella and watching bad television.
John C. "Thunder" Thornton
Founder & CEO, Thunder Enterprises
John C. Thornton founded American Rug Craftsmen, Inc. of Sugar Valley, GA in 1984, built it to revenues of $100,000,000 and sold it to the world's largest carpet supplier, Mohawk Industries in 1993. American Rug was the world's largest producer of decorative floor mats and area rugs. Thornton was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 and his company made the list of Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Companies in America. Thornton founded American Weavers in 1994, a leading supplier of textile products to Wal-Mart and Kmart which he later sold as well.
Currently he is the founder and CEO of Thunder Enterprises, a real estate development firm with projects in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Hawaii, Montana, North Carolina and Tennessee. A graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, he is a former trustee of Maryville College, the University of Tennessee and the UC Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Olan Mills Company and InBrand Corporation and currently serves a director of Med Center Display and Genera Energy. Thornton resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife Eileen. They have five children, Dori, Johnny, Ryan, Katie and Sam.
CEO and co-founder of Nibletz Media and producer of the national Everywhere Else Startup Conference Series
Nick is the CEO and co-founder of Nibletz Media, a new media and event production company with the mission to give a voice to startups and entrepreneurs outside the Valley.
He is also the producer of the national Everywhere Else Startup Conference Series which has brought together over 1,500 entrepreneurs and showcased 100+ startups that went on to raise over $10m in 2013. The event was billed as a "Must-Attend Conference for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes.com and the next installment is taking place in Memphis Apr 30 - May 2.
Perviously he went through The Brandery Accelerator, a top 15 national ranked program, and took a leave of absence from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business his senior year.
Director, Noble Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas
Chad Williamson is co-founder of Noble Impact, which is an organization committed to engaging k-12 students at the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship. Prior to launching Noble Impact, Chad was Director of Philanthropy for former NFL player, Dhani Jones, and CEO of their joint social venture, BowTie Cause. As a platform to promote awareness for multiple causes, they raised over $500,000 for non-profits around the nation. He spent five years in the U.S. Air Force and then co-founded a physical therapy company before becoming a teacher and coach at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. At Berkeley, he launched a multi-disciplinary curriculum focused on leadership, group dynamics, and the study of poverty in America. He received his Bachelors degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is married to Heather Williamson and they have two chocolate labs, Moxie and Bristol.