Neal Hunter, chairman of Cree, Inc., will be the keynote speakers for the second annual Money & Markets conference on Friday, Feb. 7.

Hunter, one of the founders of the public company that has pioneered the LED industry, headlines a long list of speakers and presenters invited by the host, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

The conference, hosted at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. will focus on how executives can achieve profitability, grow revenue and foster entrepreneurship.

Panel discussions and presentations will include:

  • The Crystal Ball: What Lies Ahead?
  • The New Playing Field: How the Rules Have Changed
  • Valuing and Commercializing Intellectual Property
  • Alternative Sources of Funding
  • Done Deals: How They Did It
  • Selecting and Leveraging Your Board
  • Exits: Getting Deals Done
  • The Realities of Valuation: Then and Now
  • Making the Most of a Bad Situation: Turnarounds and Re-Starts
  • Sustainability and Value Creation
  • Strategic Investors: Myth or Reality?

Speakers include:

  • Fouad Azzam, ventures manager, Eastman Ventures, Eastman Chemical Corporation
  • Todd K. Ballenger, president and chief executive officer, Kendall Todd
  • Bill Baugh, managing director, Island Forest Enterprises
  • Les Bethune, partner, Ernst Young LLP
  • Robert R. Bonczek, chief financial officer, Trimeris, Inc.
  • John Cambier, director, MCNC
  • Alfred G. Childers, Ph.D., president – pharmaceutical development, Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Kent Christison, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP
  • Reid Conrad, president and chief executive officer, Commerciality, LLC
  • John Craichy, business development director, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Clay R. Dunnagan, managing director, Dunnagan Acquisitions
  • Douglas M. Ellis, founding principal and executive managing partner, DecisionPoint International
  • Dixon Fleming, managing director, Core Point Capital LP
  • David Gardner, president and chief executive officer, ProviderLink
  • Michael J. Gillfillan, partner, Meriturn Partners
  • Dave Gilroy, partner, Wakefield Group
  • Mark D. Gillis, chief financial officer and senior vice president, Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos & Company
  • Matthew I. Growney, managing director, Motorola Ventures
  • Steve Horan, chief financial officer and senior vice president, Arsenal Digital Solutions
  • Rick King, PreFlight Ventures
  • Steven J. Krouskos, partner southeast transaction support practice leader, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Jeffrey LeRose, chief executive officer and president, Research Triangle Software
  • Doug Levin, entrepreneur, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Mark Larson, assurance partner, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Norville Miller, managing general partner, Southeast Interactive Technology Funds
  • Greg Montgomery, managing director, RBC Centura Investment Banking
  • John M. B. O’Connor, chairman, JPMorgan Alternative Asset Management Group; executive partner, J.P. Morgan Partners
  • David F. Parker, president, Triangle Capital Partners
  • James Pellegrini, enterprise development, BD Technologies
  • Glenn Poole, marketing manager, GMAC
  • Marty Renkis, founder of Trainersoft Corporation, vice president of product of development, OutStart. Inc.
  • Jeff Reedy, president and chief executive officer, Overture Networks, Inc.
  • Andy Rico, senior vice president and manager research triangle park regional office, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Doug Riddle, Wachovia Corporation
  • Thomas Roberts, associate, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Ruth Taylor, senior program director of new business strategy and venture capital, IBM Corporation
  • Rachel Selisker, managing director, Thompson Clive & Partners Inc.
  • Kevin Sheehan, vice president of marketing, Hatteras Networks
  • Greg Somer, founding partner and managing director, Equitek Capital
  • Joe Velk, Contender Capital
  • Jim Verdonik, partner, Daniels Daniels & Verdonik, P.A.
  • Mark P. Vitner, vice president & senior economist, Wachovia Corporation
  • Jesko von Windheim, founder, Cronos Integrated Microsystems
  • Rich West, president and chief executive officer, TriVirix International, Inc.
  • Mel A. Williams, co-founder and vice president and director of alternative investments, UNC Management Company
  • Dan Winfield, director, Center for Technology Applications, Research Triangle Institute
  • Scot Wingo, chief executive officer and president, ChannelAdvisor Corporation
  • Robert Womble, partner, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP
  • James D. Woodward, chief executive officer, Encelle Inc.
  • Michael Zapata, Kenan Fellow, Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology, and Science
  • Joseph Zell, general partner, Grotech Capital Group
  • Donald Zilkha, managing partner, Sciens Venture Partners LP

For registration information, visit CED’s web site:

www.cednc.org