Mark Easley is a tech startup advisor and angel investor in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. Mark previously had a 25 year technology career in engineering, marketing, and sales in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. In addition to his startup advisor activities, he has been on the executive board of a Raleigh/Durham area angel investor group.
- Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Member
- NC Regional Internet of Things Member
- Startup advisor and mentor at local incubators and accelerators including HQ Raleigh, American Underground, The Frontier, and Groundwork Labs
- Judge at startup competitions in the Triangle
- Crowdfunding advocate
- BS Computer Science Purdue University 1978
|Benji T. Jones|
Benji teaches a practical skills course for law students considering a corporate law career as an adjunct professor at Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh. Benji regularly speaks and writes on crowdfunding, the JOBS Act and related matters. While in law school, Benji was on the staff and editorial board of the Columbia Law Review, externed for the Honorable Shira Schiendlin of the Southern District of New York, worked at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York City and clerked for the Italian law firm of Ughi e Nunziante in Rome.
Professional & Community Affiliations
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, North Carolina Bar Association
•Member, Wake County Bar Association
•Member on the board of directors of several non-profit arts organizations
•Periodically performs with various theatre groups in the Triangle
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Venture Capital
Columbia University, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1998
New York University, M.A., 1996
Southern Methodist University, B.F.A., 1991
Jim is a prolific writer on business regulatory subjects and investment crowdfunding. Jim's newest book is a very valuable handbook for entrepreneurs, attorneys, investors, and crowdfunding industry professionals called Crowdfunding Opportunities and Challenges.
Jim writes a column about business and legal issues for Triangle Business Journal, which has been republished by two dozen newspapers around the country, including in the country's primary technology centers, such as Boston and Silicon Valley. Mr. Verdonik has served on advisory boards to two governors about state policies to encourage the growth of technology businesses. He authored North Carolina's current statute that grants tax credits to investors in technology companies and other entrepreneurial businesses. Mr. Verdonik also teaches an eLearning course and authored a series of five books titled Thinking and Acting Like an Owner-Worker.
Professional and Community Affiliations
•Council for Entrepreneurial Development (former member, board of directors)
•Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (former chairman, Venture Capital Task Force)
•National Association of Corporate Directors (former member, board of advisors for the Research Triangle Chapter)
•North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Corporate Counsel; Intellectual Property Law
•North Carolina Technology Association (member, Board of Advisors)
•North Carolina, 1985
•All state courts in North Carolina
Honors and Distinctions*
•The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2016
•"Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2007
•"Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2007
•J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 1977. Fordham Law Review.
•B.A., Fordham University, 1971
|R. Brooks Malone III|
Brooks Malone has 27 years of public accounting experience. He joined Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (“HPG”) in 1990 and became a partner in 1997. Prior to joining HPG, Brooks worked at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Brooks works with clients in a variety of industries including information technology, medical device, life science and biotechnology, construction and real estate, service companies and nonprofit organizations. Brooks’ areas of concentration include financial reporting, business consulting, and financial planning.
Brooks also co-leads the knowledge-based industries (KBI) practice team that serves high-growth and investor-backed technology companies and their founders and executives including information technology (software, SaaS, hardware, and related industries) medical devices, and life science (pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, CRO, and related industries).
Education and Professional Affiliations
- B.A., Accounting
- B.A., Business Management
- Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society
- North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1988
- NCSU School of Accounting Advisory Board Member
- North Carolina Certificate #19337
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- North Carolina Association of CPAs
Council for Entrepreneurial Development:
- Board of Directors
- 2008 Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award
- 2007 Winner of Board Sponsorship Drive
- 2008 Winner of Board Membership Drive
- FastTrac Tech Instructor
Duke Start-up Challenge Business Plan Judge and DUHatch Coach on-call
National Eagle Scout Association, Member (Eagle Class of 1982)
Leadership Raleigh 11, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Graduate
Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame Award, 2011
Triangle Business Journal “40 Under 40” Award, 2005
|Mital M. Patel|
Mital M. Patel is an attorney at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Pontoon in Raleigh. His practice focuses on technology and corporate transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property protection and licensing, and general corporate matters. He has experience in a broad range of industries, including software and e-commerce, hospitality, media, education, professional services, food and beverage, and real estate.
Mital received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, cum laude, from North Carolina State University. He earned his law degree from Elon University School of Law as a member of its charter class.
Prior to attending law school Mital was the first employee at a tech startup on NC State University’s Centennial Campus.
Practice Areas Emerging Growth Companies
Awards & Recognitions:
- Elon University School of Law Young Alumnus of the Year Award (2014)
- North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy (2014)
- Delegate, Global Entrepreneurship Congress (2013)
- American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section
- North Carolina State Bar
- Lead Organizer & Facilitator, Triangle Startup Weekend
- Board of Directors, Greater Raleigh Merchant’s Association / Shop Local Raleigh
- Co-author, “State Regulatory Update,” manuscript prepared for SIFMA / Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar, March 2016
NC PACES/JOBS Act Team Alumni
These alumni team members made significant contributions to the creation of the original NC JOBS Act in 2013, which is the predecessor of the NC PACES Act.
Primary Sponsors of the Original North Carolina General Assembly House Bill H680 during the 2013-2014 session:
Representative Tom Murry
Representative Tim D. Moffitt
Representative Phil Shepard
Representative Kelly E. Hastings