The Management Team

Andrew Caldwell

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Andrew Caldwell is recognized for being a proven leader of domestic and international sales organizations with expertise developing growth strategies in highly competitive markets. Proficient training both individual representatives and team leaders in product benefits and customer service techniques. Known for creating actionable market plans that engage customers and remove competitors from entrenched positions. Effectively manage P&L of multi-million-dollar, multi-product lines of business.

Mike Murphy

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Mike has a passion for innovation and mission-driven businesses. Prior to starting his own business, Mike worked as marketing director for Everblue Training Institute, a startup focused on marketing environmental sustainability and green building. Earlier in his career, Mike served in the Army and as a defense contractor where he completed three tours in Iraq. Mike is also a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Vice Chairman of Communication and Technology.

Board of Advisors & Observers

Jon Boggiano

Jon Boggiano most recently founded JMCS, a family investment group with his brother Chris, where he works as an angel investor and entrepreneur with expertise in the energy, education, green building, and technology sectors. Prior to JMCS, Jon co-founded, the only nationally accredited school focused on energy and sustainability education. In 2011, Jon was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work at Everblue.

Jon also served 5+ years as an officer in the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Germany, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He currently serves as an Operations Officer in the US Army Reserve.

Mark McDowell

Mark is the co-founder of Acta Wireless, an early stage investment and advisory firm. Mark has over 25 years experience in the wireless industry as a wireless operator, entrepreneur and investor. He has been part of the founding management team of four companies, including Invertix, a pioneer in wireless instant messaging and presence, and Telecorp PCS, which was acquired by AT&T Wireless Services.

Earlier in his career, Mark served as a manager at MLJ, where he was instrumental in the launch of the first PCS network in the United States.

Mark served as an officer in the United States Air Force during the first Gulf War. He is the Chairman of Acta Consulting and serves on the boards of the Sweet Relish, NextNav (observer), and the Mobile Giving Foundation. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brandon Shelton

Brandon Shelton is a strategy leader, a problem solver and a relationship builder. He led the grassroots effort that became Task Force X, a driven network of experts and advisors that evaluate talent and develop entrepreneurs and businesses. A veteran entrepreneur himself, Brandon first founded T2 Growth Advisors to help teams design and activate strategic frameworks to reach their goals.

Brandon developed his financial, strategic and operational skills through various experiences in high intensity and change environments from the military after 9/11 to Wall Street in 2008. Using military principles, Brandon helped client teams grow while a partner at a boutique strategy consulting firm with his largest client hiring him to drive growth, expansion and technology changes at a multi-billion dollar company in North America. Brandon founded T2 Growth Advisors to connect these skills to startups and small businesses.


Chris Boggiano

Chris Boggiano is an angel investor and entrepreneur with expertise in the energy, education, and technology sectors. In December 2011, Chris sold Everblue Training Institute (, an accredited school he co-founded dedicated to sustainability and energy efficiency related training with courses available in over 100 cities worldwide.

Prior to founding Everblue, Chris served in the US Army with deployments to Kosovo and Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions during combat. Chris graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in General Engineering. He still serves as an officer in the US Army Reserve.

Brad Davis

Brad Davis is recognized for building high performance teams with a culture of customer focus, as well as having a track record of creating shareholder value in start-ups and early stage companies. He has a background in software development, telecommunications, wireless, project management, and business development.

Velvet Nelson

Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer

Velvet Nelson has worked in education for over ten years. After graduating from Lynchburg College, she began her career at the community college level and moved to the university level a few years later. While pursuing her career she earned her Masters of Education from North Carolina State University. Velvet has always been involved with online education and has seen it progress into a valuable opportunity for students and professionals. Her mission has always been to make online education as rewarding as traditional education.

Ted Claypoole

Theodore Claypoole is a technology attorney and is currently cochair of the Cyberspace Mobile Commerce Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Ted is the author of chapters in published books on biometrics and data security, as well as several articles on Internet security and Internet law.

David Gardner

Mr. Gardner is a serial entrepreneur, adviser and early stage investor with over twenty-five years of experience in creating and building technology companies. He has been the founder or co-founded of eight successful companies. Mr. Gardner’s start ups have raised over $75 million in venture capital. He has demonstrated a record for consistency across multiple industries and markets without a single start up failure or loss of an investor’s capital. Experienced in taking IT products and Internet-service model companies to market, Mr. Gardner has served on several boards and is a popular speaker.

In addition to several years of computer science and business related post graduate studies at NCSU, Mr. Gardner also holds degrees in Music, Philosophy and Divinity. Mr. Gardner currently works as an adviser, coach and often investor to several very early stage companies usually in the software sector.

Specialties: startups, advising, conference speaker, training, healthcare, virtual worlds, K12 education, virtual schools, online learning, HRIS, IT design, seed round investor, 3D graphics, web conferencing, VoIP, MMO, sales training, mobile apps, organizational development, leadership, social networking, commercial real estate.

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