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Shari Porter and Alexis Hinds with Sea Coast Staffing Inc and Andrew Gray with Tayloe Gray Kristof

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Alexis Hinds-Sea Coast Staffing Inc

Owner, Alexis Hinds, has been in the staffing industry for over twenty-five years.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexis relocated to Wilmington in 2004.  She has been networking in the greater Wilmington area for 10 years and has enjoyed building client and candidate relationships locally.  Alexis is passionate about recruiting and staffing and is committed to providing the highest level of service to both her candidates and her clients.  In her spare time she serves on the Board of Directors of the Good Shepherd House, enjoys spending time at the beach, plays a mean game of tennis and thoroughly enjoys celebrating life with family and friends!

Shari Porter-Sea Coast Staffing Inc

Shari Porter has had a number of careers to date, including human resources, corporate finance, marketing, recruiting and preschool teacher.  She and Alexis have been friends and volunteer colleagues  for ten years so Shari jumped at the opportunity to work with Sea Coast Staffing.  In addition to helping with the day to day operations of the firm, Shari focuses on marketing, social media and outreach programs.

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Andrew Gray- Tayloe Gray Kristof

As Founder and CTO of two real estate data management startups in the late 1990’s, Andrew managed technical teams and oversaw continuous software development. Today, Andrew’s energies are focused primarily on content management systems, email deliverability and software development while continuing to stay current on emerging technology and trends as a contributor to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Andrew was Co-Founder of TayloeGray from 2009 until 2013, when the company partnered with The Marketing Agent[c] to become TGK.

TGK evolved from combining forces of two existing agencies, TayloeGray and The Marketing Agent[c]. TayloeGray was founded in 2009 by founders Nathan Tayloe and Andrew Gray. TayloeGray established itself as one of the area’s leading technology and web development firms. The Marketing Agent[c] was founded by Bryan Kristof in 2009 and focused primarily on brand strategy. The two companies began collaborating on client projects from their inception and after dating for three years, they decided to move in together and officially blend operations, forming Tayloe Gray Kristof (TGK).

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Jordan Watson with National Speed and Tom Looney

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Jordan Watson

National Speed is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina and operates state-of-the-art performance shops. They are venture backed, and will be setting the standard for the modern performance shop as they roll out additional locations over in the coming years.

Jordan is passionate about the performance industry. Not only is automotive performance his top priority, he is committed to others who love the automotive performance world. Jordan’s depth of automotive knowledge and understanding creates powerful, confident builds every time that always leave the customer satisfied (and wanting more!).

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Tom Looney

Mount St. Mary’s University, MD
Basketball Scholarship (’79-82)
Student-Athlete award ‘82
B.S. Business & Finance; (’81) MBA (’83)
Adjunct Faculty, Statistics (’83-’87)
Distinguished Alumni honoree (’92)
Athletic Hall-of-Fame induction (’08)
Brute’ Medal recipient (’12)

Oracle Corp 1897-1990
Next Inc. 1990-1996
Active Software 1996-2000
NextChannel Partners 2002-2005
Microsoft 2005-2008
Seahawk Innovation 2013-2014

Boards and Advisory Roles in Wilmington NC:
Cape Fear Academy
UNCW School of Business
UNCW Entrepreneurship Center
UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition

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Kate Miller with Rountree Losee LLP Law Firm


Primary Areas of Practice:


  • North Carolina State Bar, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2013


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, J.D., 2007
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Radford University, Radford, Virginia, 2003
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000


  • Counseled clients and family through all aspects of all types of criminal cases; including misdemeanors, DWI’s, traffic/driver’s license issues, sex allegations, and death penalty murder cases
  • Assisted clients through all aspects of domestic and family law matters
  • Counseled clients through personal injury and worker’s compensation matters

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • 5th Judicial District Bar
  • Carolina Beach Police Advisory Committee Member

To connect with Kate: LinkedIn and visit Rountree Losee LLP Law Firm

Jonathan Rowe with nCino



As Director of Marketing and Research for nCino, Jonathan Rowe is responsible for all aspects of the nCino brand, business development, and strategic marketing and research efforts including nCino University. Prior to nCino, Jonathan was a professor in the Cameron School of Business and the director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Before beginning his academic career he served as a project manager at IBM Global Services for enterprise software integrations in the United States and Europe. He worked on his doctoral thesis at the University of Auckland and has a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College.

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Randall Johnson with North Carolina Biotechnology Center

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Randall Johnson-Executive Director, Southeastern Office

Randall Johnson serves as the North Carolina Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office Executive Director to strengthen the regional economy and to improve the quality of life across North Carolina, through economic development action related to marine biotech, industrial biotech, renewable bioproducts/energy, clinical research, and agricultural biotech.

Johnson has extensive experience in local and regional economic development, with a focus on entrepreneurship and knowledge sector development.  He graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with an undergraduate concentration in psychology, and he holds an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University, where he concentrated in IT Management, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship.

He serves on the boards of business, civic, and arts-related organizations in the region and state, including the NC Economic Developers Association, NC Sustainable Energy Association, Institute for Emerging Issues Environments Council, and the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in Southeastern North Carolina, which he helped found.  His work with statewide partners led to the creation of NC’s Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation and the NC Coast Clinical Research Initiative.

Johnson is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XV and was awarded the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor award recognizing individuals who have answered the call to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service.

He and his wife Leigh and newborn son Wallace live in Wilmington, NC.

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Jason Arnold with The Wilmington Hammerheads FC and Corey Heim with DryCase

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Jason Arnold- Wilmington Hammerheads FC

Jason Arnold is entering his inaugural USL PRO season with the Wilmington Hammerheads as General Manager of the club. Arnold comes to Wilmington following his role as Executive Director of USL Youth Leagues in Tampa, FL. A three-time NCAA College Cup Final Four participant with the University of Maryland, Arnold joined USL in 2010 as USL PRO and MISL Director of Operations and was named Senior Director of USL Youth Leagues in March 2012. Arnold graduated from University of Maryland in 2004 with his BA.

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Corey Heim- DryCase

Corey settled in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2002 to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In May of 2006 he graduated Magna Cum Laude with both a B.A in Spanish and B.S in International Business. He also spent 6 months studying and traveling in Spain in a joint program through the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander. He was also awarded the Mary McDuffie Walker Scholarship as well as the Stephen and Kathleen Kelbley Scholarship for being and outstanding scholar. After graduation Corey started working for Dry Corp, LLC working on expanding the company and helping launch new product lines.

In 2007 Corey was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Dry Corp, LLC a niche medical distribution company that sells four unique types of waterproof body protection for wound care, casts, bandages, prosthesis, PICC lines and Ostomy. Dry Corp’s products are sold in over 32 countries. He directly handles all international business development, in addition to his duties as Chief Operating Officer of the company.

In the summer of 2009 Corey co-founded DryCASE, a spin off of the Dry Corp Company.  The DryCASE is a waterproof case for phones, cameras and MP3 players that works on a patented vacuum seal technology. He helped take the DryCASE from the idea phase to product design, sourcing, manufacturing and on to marketing and distribution. After only 3 years on the market DryCASE products are distributed all over the world and the brand is recognized atop the outdoor/ consumer electronic markets.

Corey currently resides at Wrightsville Beach. When he’s not working or traveling he enjoys a variety of outdoor and water related activities including surfing, mountain biking, free diving and paddle boarding.

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