Faculty and Staff

Charles Merritt

Executive Director of the Minor in Entrepreneurship
Gardner 104 C
919.962.2696
merritt@unc.edu

Charles Merritt received a BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, graduating with Highest Honors and Distinction. He received the Honors Prize in Economics and also served in Student Government. Charles received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Working Group for the Minor and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He is a Trustee of the Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, where he chairs the Building and Land Committee and serves on the Finance Committee. Charles is married to Valerie, whom he met at UNC; they have three children.

Charles has spent most of his professional career in private equity investing, beginning as an M&A analyst advising on the sale of private businesses, transitioning to direct investing in small buyouts and ultimately co-founding and selling a private equity fund of funds business. He was the first Director of Private Investments at the UNC Investment Office, where he helped build the private investment portfolio significantly. In 2003, Charles co-founded Parish Capital Advisors, a private equity fund of funds focused on small and niche private equity managers, and helped grow the business to $2.2 billion in assets under management before it was sold to the StepStone Group in 2012. Charles remains an Advisor to StepStone, and also consults to private equity general and limited partners via CEM Advisors, LLC.


Buck Goldstein

University Entrepreneur in Residence
Professor of the Practice, Department of Economics
Gardner 104 E
919.966.3682
buck_goldstein@unc.edu

Buck Goldstein is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Goldstein joined the University faculty in 2004 to help build The Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to make entrepreneurship, broadly defined, part of the intellectual fabric of the campus. The UNC entrepreneurship curriculum has been named by a variety of national publications as among the nation’s best. In 2010, he co-authored, with Holden Thorp, Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century, making the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change.

Goldstein has been involved in entrepreneurship most of his professional life. He is the co-founder of Information America, an online information business that evolved over a 15 year period from start-up through venture financing to public company before it was ultimately acquired by the Thomson Corporation. He later founded NetWorth Partners, a venture capital fund focusing on information based enterprises with Mellon Ventures as its largest investor and subsequently became a partner in Mellon Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mellon Bank where he served on the Board of Directors of numerous early stage information companies.

Goldstein also serves on the Board of Directors of Medfusion, a Raleigh, North Carolina based medical information technology company and Nourish International, a non-profit organization that engages college students across the United States in poverty reduction projects around the world. He previously served as a Board Observer for iContact, an email marketing company based in the Research Triangle Park until its acquisition by Vocus in 2012 and as an advisor to Liquidia, a nano-technology company founded in the UNC chemistry department.

Biography
Buck Goldstein is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Goldstein joined the University faculty in 2004 to help build The Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to make entrepreneurship, broadly defined, part of the intellectual fabric of the campus. The UNC entrepreneurship curriculum has been named by a variety of national publications as among the nation’s best. In 2010, he co-authored, with Holden Thorp, Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century, making the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change.
Goldstein has been involved in entrepreneurship most of his professional life. He is the co-founder of Information America, an online information business that evolved over a 15 year period from start-up through venture financing to public company before it was ultimately acquired by the Thomson Corporation. He later founded NetWorth Partners, a venture capital fund focusing on information based enterprises with Mellon Ventures as its largest investor and subsequently became a partner in Mellon Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mellon Bank where he served on the Board of Directors of numerous early stage information companies.
Goldstein also serves on the Board of Directors of Medfusion, a Raleigh, North Carolina based medical information technology company and Nourish International, a non-profit organization that engages college students across the United States in poverty reduction projects around the world. He previously served as a Board Observer for iContact, an email marketing company based in the Research Triangle Park until its acquisition by Vocus in 2012 and as an advisor to Liquidia, a nano-technology company founded in the UNC chemistry department.

Goldstein was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Information Industry Association and Information America appeared numerous times on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina and an honors graduate of its law school. He lives with his wife Kay in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Bernard Bell

Entrepreneur in Residence
Gardner 104F
bernardedgarbell@gmail.com

Bernard Bell is currently Managing Director, Urban Media Solutions (UMS), a media consulting firm headquartered in Washington DC. Launched in 2010, Urban Media coaches high growth start-ups, corporations and government agencies on traditional media and digital strategy around the urban market.

Bernard was most recently the Senior Vice President, Office of the President, for TV One, the lifestyle and entertainment cable network. He joined the network in 2003 as the second employee, and led the successful growth of the network from a $130 mm investment to $600 mm valuation within 54 months. He started his career at TV One as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, where he successfully negotiated and managed all affiliate network distribution agreements, growing the subscriber base from 0 to 34 mm within 36 months. These license fees have generated $40 mm annually in revenue for the network.

Prior to joining TV One, Bernard was Vice President, Sales, for Tribune Media Services, where he oversaw the successful launch of Zap2it, Tribune’s electronic program guide, into the cable television industry. Prior to joining the Tribune, Bell was a Regional VP of Sales for ICTV, an Internet startup based in Silicon Valley. He was previously Regional Director, Affiliate Sales, for Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV), and started his television career as a Sales Executive for the Discovery Channel. He started his sales career at IBM as an Account Executive. Originally from Greensboro, NC, Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UNC Chapel Hill, as well as an MBA in marketing from the Kenan-Flagler school at UNC. Additionally, he attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College for Executive MBA coursework. Bell most recently served as a Corporate Director for ICLUB, an investment software company, and is on the Board of Entrepreneurship for UNC. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the American Film Institute (AFI), and is active in Next Generation Men, a non-profit focused on teenage African-American young men.

Bernard’s passions include real estate, architecture, international travel, Habitat for Humanity, and great wine and the vineyards around them.

He is married to the former Stacy Cole, of Atlanta, GA, where they currently reside.


Jan Davis

Entrepreneur in Residence
Gardner 104F
jldavis200@gmail.com

Jan Davis is a retired CEO and active board member and advisor of companies in software, analytics, direct and interactive marketing, and personal information. She is an investor in Triangle Angel Partners and is the immediate past President of its Executive Committee. She serves on the Investment Committee of The Launch Place Seed Fund and as an Executive in Residence for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. She serves on the boards of directors of SEAL Technologies, and ShowingTime.com, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and on the boards of advisors for multiple companies, including BiddRocket, Megalytics, Market Vue Partners, Spring Metrics and Three Ships Media. These enterprises sell products and services to the retail, real estate, marketing services, and information industries as well as to consumers.

As CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting, from 2004 to 2008, Davis led the company to profitability. Revenues doubled, and the number of managed counting devices increased by 136%. ShopperTrak also expanded its international footprint significantly, including forming a wholly-foreign-owned subsidiary in China. Today, the company monitors counting devices in retail stores, malls and casinos in 65 countries.

Before joining ShopperTrak, Davis spent more than 15 years in direct and interactive marketing, including eight years with TransUnion LLC, the international credit reporting giant. She led TransUnion’s online consumer division as president, overseeing the acquisition and integration of TrueLink, an early-stage company with products in the interactive, direct-to-consumer space. Previously, she oversaw TransUnion’s PerformanceData and Insurance divisions, providing marketing data to a broad range of direct marketing companies and marketing lists, scoring models and underwriting data to the property and casualty insurance industry.

From 1991 to 1996, Davis was a marketing consultant in Boston, MA and Warsaw, Poland, working with US, multi-national and Polish enterprises. During this period she served for two years as vice president/new ventures for Customer Development Corporation, a database marketing agency.

In the late 1980s, she co-founded SmartNames, a database marketing information, analysis and services company. In that role, she participated in raising $15 million in venture capital and acquiring four other companies.

Davis has served on the boards of directors of Truelink, RCT Analytics Ltd., ShopperTrak, the Illinois Technology Association, and the Chicago Finance Exchange and on the Alumni Council at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She’s served on the advisory boards of RetelTechnologies (purchased by ShopperTrak), GeeYee and Ribstone. She holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and relocated from the Chicago area to Cary NC in 2010.


Jed Simmons

Entrepreneur in Residence
Gardner 104A
simmonsjed@gmail.com

Jed Simmons recently became an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Adjunct Professor of
Entrepreneurship at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently co-teaching
Econ 125, Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Jed is also a principal in Frozen Pond Ventures, an advisory firm working mostly with
young and growth media companies. As part of Frozen Pond, he is an advisory board
member of Wochit (the NYC based video creation platform) and Starmaker (the SF
based music platform). He is also on the boards of three leading Multi-Channel
Networks - Xtreme Media (Paris, London, Carlsbad), MediaKraft (Germany) and
Frederator Networks (NYC, Animation). He recently concluded a consulting project for
ProSieben in Germany where he evaluated the US Online Video market.

Jed is formerly the Global Head of News Content Partnerships for YouTube where his
team managed partners including ABC News, SourceFed, Vice News, EuroNews, the
Associated Press, The Verge, The Young Turks, Wall Street Journal, Storyful, BBC
World News, and BuzzFeed. Prior to the News role, he ran the funded channels team
for YouTube in Europe, where he was responsible for overseeing the original channels
initiative across the region including ITN’s Truthloader, Jaime Oliver’s Food Tube and
MediaKraft’s TIN. Additionally, he launched YouTube Lab into Europe including the
Audience Development group and Space London, (YouTube’s first European creator
space).

Prior to joining Google, Jed was executive vice-president and co-founder of Next New
Networks, overseeing business development, distribution and strategic partnerships.
Next New Networks was one of the first companies to build original channels and
programing on YouTube. Its channels became some of the most viewed on YouTube
including Barely Political (home of “Obama Girl” and “Auto-Tune the News”), Channel
Frederator, Fast Lane Daily, filmmaking network Indy Mogul, fashion and lifestyle
network ThreadBanger, Barely Digital (home of “The Key of Awesome”) and vSauce.
Google acquired Next New Networks in March 2011.

He has more than 20 years of experience in media, entertainment and consumer
product businesses. His broad experience includes launching and managing start-ups,
international expansion of US based businesses, managing Europe based businesses,
acquisitions, and operating established businesses and turnarounds.

Previously, he was chief operating officer of both the Sundance Group and Hanna-
Barbera (a Turner Broadcasting company). Jed has also been involved in the launch of
a number of start-up internet and digital media companies over the years, including
Excite, Sportal, and eos Ventures (a London based early stage fund).

Jed started his career in sports television with ABC Sports as a member of the 1984
Olympic Unit and has covered three Olympics (Sarajevo, Los Angeles and Seoul). He
has served on several boards, including Sundance Catalog and Sundance Channel, the
Tate Gallery advisory board, and NASN, the only TV Channel in Europe dedicated to
North American Sport (sold to ESPN).

Additionally, Jed is an Ambassador for Grassroots Soccer an organization based in
Norwich, Vermont and South Africa focused on helping teach life skills in at risk Africa
communities mostly struggling with HIV/AIDS.

He is a graduate of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and Duke University
where he majored in Public Policy. He grew up in Connecticut and New York City. He
and his family live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Warner Underwood

Student Program Administrator
Gardner Hall 104D
919-843-2689
wunderwo@email.unc.edu

Warner Underwood is the new Program Administrator for the Entrepreneurship Minor. Her role is to connect e-minor students with amazing internship opportunities around the world. She enjoys creating and implementing programming opportunities that serve and grow the entrepreneurship minor experience for its students.

Warner is a North Carolina native from the eastern part of the state and graduated from Carolina in 2014. She majored in English with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship and is excited to give back to a program that taught her so much. Her career experiences have included recruiting, advising and mentoring students in a variety of capacities on Carolina’s campus and in the community.