David Mooring, President and CEO
David is an experienced entrepreneur, trusted leader, and a digital marketing expert. He is Founder of BurlapSky and SuperSimpl.com, co-founder of the North Carolina Podcasting Meetup, and regularly speaks at universities, colleges, chambers of commerce and other professional organizations and conferences.
David is a native of Eastern North Carolina, and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. An entrepreneur at heart, he grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
After holding management positions at Chick-fil-a, Manpower, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, David decided it was time to go back to school. He earned his MBA from Regent University’s Executive MBA program in 2005.
In August of 2005, David joined the team at CrossComm, an award-winning website and mobile application development and consulting firm based in Durham, NC. He quickly advanced to Director of Operations and then to Executive Vice President. By 2008 he had helped CrossComm grow from 9 to 24 employees.
During his tenure, CrossComm was awarded the Durham Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Award, and was twice awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. CrossComm’s success under David’s leadership was highlighted in a 2008 issue of the Triangle Business Journal.
From 2005 to 2011, David was heavily involved with the Durham Chamber of Commerce. In late 2008 he was asked to take over as the Chair of the Small Business Council (SBC) and help revamp the SBC to better meet the needs of the changing small business community. David served as Chair of the SBC from 2009-2011. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Durham Technical Community College Business Advisory Committee.
Outside of the office, David enjoys sharing his expertise with other entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives. He teaches several classes each semester at Durham Tech’s Small Business Center and speaks at various marketing seminars and conferences throughout the year.
For more info, check out David’s LinkedIn profile.
Brent Ward, VP Business Development
Brent Ward is responsible for business and strategy development, marketing and sales activities. He has had experience working in multiple spin-offs and start-up’s out of RTI, RTP, and Silicon Valley. Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and psychology, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, and an MBA from Fredericton University.
He has been known locally for his many seminars, talks, and workshops for strategic planning and marketing/networking practical skills given to university students, graduate students, and professionals from around the Triangle (you can even find a podcast and slideshare on some of his workshops).
Brent was raised by entrepreneurs and likes to work with start-up’s, established corporations, and divisions of multi-national corporations to maximize the opportunities for business growth through up-selling and cross-selling offerings to existing customers and acquiring new customers.
He grew up traveling around the country and internationally as an “army brat” and had exposure to numerous cultures and diverse languages through his school years.
Brent was formally trained as an engineer (electrical, analog, computer) with a second major in psychology (there really is a connection!) and then went on to get a Master’s in Engineering. After opening a coffee shop on Duke University campus during his Master’s he decided to pursue more experience in sales and marketing (business) working in high tech businesses where his Engineering degree allowed him to understand the underlying technologies.
Brent has helped to lead business development and operations of franchise businesses, start-up’s, spin-out’s, multi-national corporations, research organizations, non-profits, and many consulting projects as well.
He had the privilege, while serving as Commercialization Director at RTI International, to serve on North Carolina Board of Science and Technology where he helped to co-author the North Carolina Innovation Report and contributed to the portfolio assessment for awards for the North Carolina Green Business Fund.
Brent’s hobby is to work with small business, non-profits, and individuals coming up with plans/strategies to help kick start their efforts to grow their businesses and get their names known in the marketplace. He likes to do for a hobby what he does at work.
For more info, check out Brent’s LinkedIn profile.