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Managing your Risk Vulnerability at Every Stage of Growth

Thursday, Apr 24 2014 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Susan Young, Srini Mannava. John Cambier, Mike Ladd
JETPOOL 4690 First Flight Drive Charlotte, NC 28208

“How to manage your Risk Vulnerability at Every Stage of Growth"

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location:  JETPOOL
                    4690 First Flight Drive | Charlotte, NC 28208

Parking:  Free parking
Time:   2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

How to manage your Risk Vulnerability at Every Stage of Growth

Presented by a Risk Management Consultant, a Technology Executive/Entrepreneur, an Investor, and an Entrepreneur who recently sold his IT company

Taking risk is essential to start a business. Managing risk is essential to grow and stay in business.

· Do you know what your risk appetite is?

· Do you understand the risks you are taking in your business and which ones you must address to avoid failure?

· Do you have controls in place for the risks that could cripple or kill your business and a plan for improving controls as your business grows?

·  How would an investor or acquiror view your ability to manage risk well?

Good risk management means different things at every stage of a company’s growth. The safeguards implemented during the start-up phase are not enough to allow it to scale. Maturing companies must add more rigor to ensure the company executes on the vision of its founders. And public companies (or those that serve public companies) require highly disciplined control processes in order to comply with regulatory requirements and earn the trust of customers.

The risk landscape is daunting. Threats are growing, particularly with privacy and security. Controlling risk can be expensive. And yet, business processes that are not well-designed or controlled can be even more costly in terms of lost revenue, unrealized ROI, damaged reputation, increased operating costs and greater regulatory scrutiny. Fortunately, there are some basic techniques and frameworks that can help a company at any stage of development set a course for sustainable growth.

What You Will Learn:
· How to determine your company’s risk appetite

· How to use a Risk Framework to assess your risks

· How to determine which risks you should control

Who Should Attend:
· Entrepreneurs and executive teams who want to understand what risks they are taking

· Operations managers who want to know which risks they should control

· Anyone interested in knowing more about risk

Stories and practical advice will abound in this engaging discussion on Risk that you won’t want to miss.


Four Accomplished Speakers:


Susan Young
Susan Young is a Risk Management Consultant and owner of Project and Risk Management Advisory Services, LLC. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry championing the practical effective control of risk. She has assessed and advised on risk in large scale business transformations, system implementations, and business/IT processes for a global financial services institution, as well as major healthcare initiatives for state government. She has also assessed technology processes and controls in small to mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Queens University of Charlotte with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), a Six Sigma Green Belt and fully trained in Six Sigma Black Belt tools and analytic techniques.

Srini Mannava, 20 year veteran of information lifecycle management and governance
Prior to founding Infobelt, LLC, Srini spent nearly 20 years working in various large financial institutions and technology companies. As a technology executive, he created multiple new realms of excellence around information management, governance, and risk reduction within existing organizations. He pioneered new fields with new methods of thinking and innovating as an "intrapreneur." Srini has participated in advisory boards for many technology, financial and healthcare institutions as an information management subject matter expert.

Srini began his technology career converting, modernizing and designing data stores for various law firms and banks. Srini holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Osmania University, India, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Srini lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two children and is an aspiring amateur pilot, motorcycle enthusiast, and an overall technology tinkerer.

John Cambier, General Partner, IDEA Fund Partners
John Cambier is a founding general partner at IDEA Fund Partners. Over the past 10 years, John has used a deep understanding of technology commercialization and company formation, along with his experience managing intellectual property, licensing and contracts, to help grow technology companies throughout the Southeast. At IDEA Fund Partners, John holds responsibilities for finance and investor relations functions, in addition to serving as a key member of the investment team and advisor to portfolio companies. John also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of NC IDEA and an advisor to its grants program, playing a key role in the company selection and mentoring process.

John’s investments include Unitive Electronics (acquired by Amkor), Ziptronix, ISIC Corporation, Hexatech, Brightdoor Systems and Social Solutions. He currently serves as a director on the board of 71lbs, Brightdoor Systems and Sarda Technologies. John is also an observer on the boards of Axial Exchange, Hexatech and Social Solutions.

Working in the technology sector since 1994, John has held various operational roles and was involved in the spin-off of four companies from MCNC, including the formation and ultimate sale of Cronos Integrated Microsystems to JDS Uniphase for $665 million in 2000.

John received a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mike Ladd, CEO, President, Enable Path
Ladd is the co-founder of EnablePath, LLC, a Certified Gold Salesforce.com Consulting Partner specializing in business productivity, cloud transition consulting and CRM implementations. As President, Ladd manages the overall business including strategy, sales, financial management, partnerships and HR. Under his leadership EnablePath has grown to over 800 clients and has established itself as one of Salesforce.com’s most celebrated go-to partners. In 2013 Ladd oversaw the acquisition of EnablePath by multi- national IT services provider Birlasoft.

Prior to EnablePath, Ladd served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Unitrends, a VC backed provider of hardware and software disaster recovery capabilities. Ladd managed Sales, Marketing, Sales Operations, Inside Sales and the Reseller Network. As a member of the executive team Ladd helped define and drive the go-to-market strategy. Ladd also served as Director of Sales Enablement at Ariba, the industry leader in E-procurement and Enterprise Spend Management solutions. Responsibilities included the worldwide management of all sales productivity programs including sales training, sales management effectiveness, messaging, inside sales, CRM management and company sales events. On five separate occasions, Ladd was chosen to lead the CEO’s bi-annual leadership conference.