RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – A former executive with the North Carolina Football Club has been tapped as the new director of business development for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED).

Brennan Barber, who has 15 years of experience in managing key corporate accounts and driving marketing and sales strategies, is now at the post, it was announced today.

His primary focus will be working with partners to identify “engagement opportunities along with cultivating new partners to join the CED network.”

Most recently, he served as vice president of Sales Analytics and Partnership Marketing for the North Carolina Football Club, a professional soccer organization based in Cary, NC.

Prior to that, he worked in development with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, working with a variety of partners ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups.

Established in 1984, CED is a North Carolina non-profit dedicated to connecting regional entrepreneurs with mentoring, financial backing, education, and other resources vital to a solid business.

“Programs like Connect to Capital have enabled entrepreneurs to connect with potential investors via formal introductions — with more than 600 made since 2014,” it says on its website.