Shaun Olsen/CloudWyze, Inc.
Shaun Olsen received a degree in Business Administration from the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is an active-member of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, the Cameron Executive Network, as well as a contributor / advisor to a number of other professional organizations within the greater-Wilmington area.
Shaun Olsen, a strong leader in the tech community, has been a part of numerous tech start ups over the last 15 years. Companies included BBXComputers, which provided IT outsourcing to mid-sized businesses, AcoustiCreations, which specialized in luxury audio in both residential and commercial markets as well as commercial cabling, Port City Multimedia, a certified CLEC in the state of North Carolina and Opterex, a local service provider of Voice and Data services. Shaun was employed by Olsen Enterprises, Inc. and served as the Chairman, Majority Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer until 2012. OE, a Technology Company, provided executive leadership, financial planning, accounting, legal and human resources services to the OE Operating Companies consisting of: AcoustiCreations, BBXComputers and Opterex, LLC.
In 2012, CloudWyze, Inc. was co-founded by Olsen which combined the service providers (BBXComputers, LLC and Opterex, LLC) and capital was raised to seed the start of a specialized cloud delivery platform. CloudWyze provides a turnkey solution to cloud migrations for businesses ranging from 5-500+ employees. The formation of CloudWyze extended the reach from Southeast North Carolina to nationwide in less than 12 months. Shaun continues to lead the company in just about every facet and remains a business operational resource for numerous companies faced with challenges.
Dr. Gerard Hayes and Larry Steffann/Wireless Research Center of NC
Dr. Gerard Hayes is the President and Founder of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina. Dr. Hayes has more than two decades of experience in government and commercial electromagnetic research and design. Prior to working with the Town of Wake Forest to establish the WRCNC in 2010, Dr. Hayes was the Director of Engineering at GreenWave Scientific where he led the development of antenna and RF circuit designs for a diverse range of DoD applications. At Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Dr. Hayes provided global technical leadership in the Technology and Research organization with contributions to handset antenna design, technology, and radiated performance optimization. At Lockheed Martin (formerly Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.), Dr. Hayes supported research and development efforts for space-based, phased array applications. The scope of his experience encompasses electromagnetic theory, bioelectromagnetics, antenna design, RF circuit analysis, and material engineering. He has participated in the development of international standards for OTA, HAC, and SAR evaluation (including IEEE, IEC, CTIA, and C63 standards). With over 75 US patents, Dr. Hayes has maintained a prominent technical role in the wireless industry.
Larry Steffann has over 35 years in technology. He has been a CEO (NSO/AMEX) and COO (BOCI/Nasdaq). As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Steffann’s recent roles have included GM of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina and VP of Product Development for Consert, a Smart Energy start up in Raleigh North Carolina. Consert raised more than $40 million in funding prior to being sold to Toshiba. Larry Co-Founded Joystick Labs, the initial tenant of the American Underground at the American Tobacco Campus, in Durham, NC. Mr. Steffann has been a serial mentor both as a corporate executive and as a community minded citizen. This started with Israeli Incubators and has continued as an Executive-in-Residence at North Carolina State University since 2008. Mr. Steffann has mentored for the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) as a Fast Track and VMS mentor. This combination of executive leadership and hands on mentorship is now applied to economic development – the primary mission of The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina.