Ken WeissEntreprenuer in Residence
As the Music Department’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Ken Weiss has taught the course in Arts Entrepreneurship since 2010 (Econ 327.003). For this course in the Entrepreneurship minor, students create their own arts related ventures, pursue related innovative concepts, and develop business plans for the implementation of their operations. Many students of this class have gone on to successfully develop such ventures, even some while still undergraduates. He is a founder of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), a now established and recognized organization that has grown nationally with broadly attended annual conferences at North Carolina State University, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Ohio State University (OSU) and Millikin University .
During the management and development of his first music publishing company, he expanded Gold Hill Music into one of the industry’s most successful independent companies with sales of tens of millions of recordings with Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young), Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, The Pointer Sisters and many others. As personal manager to prominent recording and performing artists, he negotiated and conducted the business of recording agreements, related recording activities, promotions, worldwide concert tours, film and television agreements.
Exploiting new opportunities for music, Weiss is also a television and feature film Music Supervisor, having worked on dozens of productions with Woody Allen producer Jean Doumanian, Forrest Gump producer Steve Tisch, director/actor Jason Alexander, producer Samuel Goldwyn, actor/producer Mel Gibson, director/writer Leon Ichaso, and many others, continuing today. He also produced the acclaimed soundtrack albums for the Robert Downey, Jr. feature film The Singing Detective and Universal’s Piñero. His production of the iconic Disco Inferno has been licensed regularly to feature films, television shows, commercials and recordings. He was also a producer for the 2014 Showtime comedy special and home video “Earthquake – These Ain’t Jokes”. The show was shot at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina.
Further exploiting the potential growth of the broadcast and live performance media, along with cable television executive Arnie Rosenthal he created Rock & Sock Productions. Rock & Sock went on to produce numerous live concerts, live and closed circuit sporting events, pay per view events, as well as direct their worldwide distribution. Weiss was the Event Producer for the first televised rap music special Rapmania which brought together 43 pioneer hip hop acts performing live simultaneously at the Apollo Theatre in New York and The Palace in Hollywood. Rock & Sock continues successfully today having produced hundreds of closed circuit and live music and sporting events.
Under his company Bronx Flash Music, Ken signed famed songwriter Frank Wildhorn to an exclusive music publishing deal. In the ensuing five years, Wildhorn became among the most important composers on Broadway having successfully developed numerous musicals including Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, and Dracula while becoming the first American composer in thirty years to have three of those plays run simultaneously on Broadway. Their musical property Rudolf enjoyed a long run in Vienna, Austria with its DVD garnering a Platinum award for sales. New musicals Wonderland and Bonnie & Clyde were staged on Broadway in 2011 and Jekyll & Hyde opened its Broadway revival in 2013. The Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Excalibur, Death Note, Mata Hari and others have enjoyed great success in major European and Asian territories. The Wildhorn music properties have been nominated for 11 Tony Awards. Weiss’s company continues to exclusively control the Wildhorn music rights.
Ken Weiss has been honored with various industry achievement awards for his work and for the performances of his musical properties. He has been awarded 20 Gold and Platinum records and a number of ASCAP and BMI achievement certifications for the broadcast of his song properties. He is a long time Grammy voting member of The Recording Academy and the Latin Grammys as well as a member of ASCAP and BMI and the National Music Publishers Association.
Gregory CopenhaverEntrepreneur in Residence
Gregory P. Copenhaver shares joint appointments as a Professor in the Department of Biology and the Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences (IBGS) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. Greg’s research focuses on chromosome dynamics and the mechanisms of inheritance. He is an Associate Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UNC Center for Bioethics, the UNC Minor in Entrepreneurship and the Curriculum in Genetics. Greg obtained his BS (with high distinction) from The University of California Riverside in 1990 and his PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from the Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Genetics at The University of Chicago in 2001. He serves as the Director of Graduate Studies (Biology – MCDB) at UNC and as Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS Genetics. In addition, he co-founded the biotechnology company Chromatin Inc. He has also authored or co-authored numerous research papers including publications in Science, Nature, PLoS Genetics, eLife, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Genetics.
Deborah StromanEntrepreneur in Residence
Dr. Deborah Stroman is an enthusiastic educator and entrepreneur. She coordinates Sport Business curriculum for the prestigious Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Sport venture track for the College of Arts & Science’s Entrepreneurship Minor. She values “creating and connecting sport business people and ventures.” (http://www.csb.unc.edu/) She works closely with the university’s entire entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of administrators, faculty, and students developing and promoting analytics and economic impact initiatives. Dr. Stroman teaches for the Chancellor’s Faculty Entrepreneurship Workshop and guest lectures on entrepreneurship at numerous universities. She is the founder of the Center of Sport Business at UNC and the nationally recognized SPEIA Basketball Analytics Summit (www.bas.unc.edu) held each year at Kenan-Flagler. Dr. Stroman’s teaching and research interests include entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, and social issues in sport. She is a national speaker on equity and inclusion in business, sport and its impact on society, and the professional development of organizational leaders.
Prior to her position at UNC, Stroman successfully owned a sport marketing and event planning company and enjoyed a 17-year career in financial services. After achieving multiple sales awards, she joined the management of Prudential Financial, Inc. and GE Capital. She is the 2006 recipient of the state of Maryland’s Top Minority Business Enterprise Award from the Governor’s Office, which recognizes entrepreneurial success in business development, professional affiliation, client satisfaction, and community involvement. In addition to her current academic responsibilities, she continues to take pleasure in entrepreneurship. She provides consulting services to numerous sports teams and sport-related organizations including the NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference, College Football Playoff, and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. As a former basketball player and coach, she is uniquely qualified to assist former professional athletes through the necessary transition from their sporting career to a valued career, business ownership, and/or the completion of an academic degree. (LASER™ - Life After Sports with Effective Results – www.dstroman.com) She enjoys working closely with high-performing athletes to help identify and connect players with the necessary resources and skills to succeed.
Additional university service responsibilities include steering committee member and past chairperson of the Carolina Black Faculty and Staff Caucus, faculty advisor to the MBA Sports & Entertainment Club, Carolina Sport Business Club, and Sigma Alpha Lambda (a national leadership and honors organization). Dr. Stroman has counseled many graduate and undergraduate students through honors curriculum, thesis and dissertation processes. In 2013, she co-authored “A Perspective from Leadership: Critical Considerations in Retaining Postdoctoral Women of Color in Academia.” She is a recipient of The Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence (2012-13), the UNC General Alumni Association Harvey Beech 2013 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, and the 2015 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award from Orange County, NC.
Professional Affiliations include: Great Black Speakers, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, North American Society for Sport Management, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., She is a national speaker for business and non-profit organizations and enjoys hosting her own radio show, “If You Only Knew,” that highlights the journey of sport academics and business leaders. She is also the radio color analyst on WCHL 97.9 FM for the UNC women’s basketball team. Dr. Stroman received her Ph.D. in Business from Capella University, her M.A. (Sport Administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and B.S. (History and Social Studies Education) from the University of Virgini
Pamela SantosEntrepreneur in Residence
Pamela Santos is Managing Director of Consulting Services at the Urban Investment Strategies Center in the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise offers research, educational programs, and strategic planning to help companies and communities achieve their economic goals. It provides a neutral place where business, government, academia and civil society can collaborate to develop informed, practical and sustainable solutions to the competitive challenges they face. The Kenan Institute is unique in that it is part of a top-ranked business school and research university, providing access to intellectual resources that enrich its projects and the research that informs them. Ms. Santos has been with the Kenan Institute for over ten years.
In her role as Managing Director of Consulting Services, Ms. Santos works with non-profit organizations and communities to develop strategies to become more sustainable and competitive in today's knowledge-based economy. She serves as a business plan advisor, coaching managers and leaders through developing a business plan for an income-generating program to implement in their organization. She is co-author of Public Health Business Planning: A Practical Guide. Ms. Santos has designed and implemented a variety of programs, including business training programs for small business owners and public service managers, and research conferences spotlighting the latest findings in entrepreneurship. She conducts competitiveness assessments, analyzing core competencies and identifying strategies for enhancing economic development and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Santos is co-instructor of the Social Ventures course in the Entrepreneurship Minor at UNC. She is on the Board of Directors of Worldwide Endeavors.
Ms. Santos has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a BS in Management and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed a one-year exchange program studying export marketing and international economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Ms. Santos has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish.