President and Board Chair
Kyle Winder is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served for eight years as a C-130 Aircraft Commander, Combat Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot. Having deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terror, Kyle separated from the service as a Captain in 2006.
Upon separation, Kyle embarked upon a career in stock and options trading before earning his Master’s degree in Trust and Wealth Management (MTWM) from Campbell University. In 2011, Kyle accepted a position with The Fidelity Bank as Trust Operations Officer and later as the Managing Director of the Trust & Investment Management department, where he oversaw the financial management for some of North Carolina’s wealthiest families.
In early 2014, Kyle joined the Principal Financial Group; and most recently, in 2015, he founded Flight Plan Financial, a veteran owned small business (VOSB) specializing in financial risk management, group benefits, and retirement solutions, and exit planning strategies.
Kyle currently serves as the President and Board Chair of the North Carolina Veterans Business Association (NC VetBiz). In May 2017, Kyle was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the North Carolina Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year.
Annette Hibbert Stevenson, CPSD, C.P.M.
Annette is a U.S. Army Officer veteran with over 30 years’ experience in the personnel/administrative management and procurement profession. Throughout her career, she has worked in various industry sectors including Federal and State Government, Corporate America and Non-Profits.
Prior to starting her own company, Stevenson Consulting Group, Annette worked at SAS Institute for 18 years. For the past 13 years, she served as the Supplier Diversity Manager where she was responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the company’s supplier diversity initiatives. Under Annette’s leadership, SAS’ supplier diversity program rapidly developed and consistently achieved increased contracting with diverse suppliers. The SAS program has been credited with several accolades and service awards and in 2012, Annette was recognized by the U.S. SBA as the North Carolina Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year. Annette was also selected as a recipient of SAS’ prestigious CEO Award of Excellence, awarded by Dr. Jim Goodnight.
In 2015 Annette was appointed to serve on the NC Governor’s Working Group for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. Most recently she was appointed to serve on the NC Governor’s Advisory Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses.
A graduate of Methodist College, Annette holds a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Military Science. As a rising college senior, Annette received an early reserve officer commission as a Quartermaster Officer. Upon graduation from Methodist, she received a Regular Army commission in the Adjutant General Corps and served ten years on active duty in various leadership positions. Annette earned the designation of Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) from the Institute of Supply Management and most recently achieved the designation of Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD).
Don C. Carter
Don Carter is a U.S. Air Force veteran and currently, works as the Principal/Senior Partner at The Interface Financial Group. He is a seasoned small business owner operating an independent office of a multi-national corporation providing working capital to small and medium-sized businesses. He routinely meets with banking, business, and government leaders to assess the financial climate and needs for small business in central and eastern North Carolina.
Don has an extensive background in operations, management, and training and has led diversified groups and emphasized team building to achieve common goals. His extensive experience has enabled him to guide organizations through significant change and assessing effectiveness. Don has participated in global operations, conducted strategic planning, maximized limited budgets from different funding sources, highlighted the continual professional development of staff, coordinated and teamed with external organizations, and successfully completed highly technical, complex tasks within timelines.
Don received a BS in Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University from East Carolina University he earned a BS in Business Administration, Management and Marketing and an MBA.
Kate Taylor, President of SEA Consulting Group, has more than 20 years of leadership experience building global brands and guiding top-tier organizations. An accomplished strategist and operational tactician, her vision and expertise in individual and organizational performance have driven notable enterprise growth in the science, technology, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and government sectors. Her achievements have been nationally recognized by Training Magazine as a Top 100 Award Winner. Chief Learning Officer Magazine recruited her to be a member of their Business Intelligence Board for 2015, and again, for 2016.
In addition to her consulting, Kate has been a lecturer in the MBA program and Leadership Academy at North Carolina State University, Duke University’s Advanced Non-profit Leadership Certificate program. She also has instructed staff development at the University of North Carolina.
Kate is a former Air Force officer. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and graduate degree from Duke University. Kate completed graduate studies in globalization and multicultural diversity. Her thesis topic was how implicit bias affects women’s success in science and technology.
Member at Large
David is a U.S. Army veteran who held command and staff positions as a military police officer in Germany, Bosnia, and Texas in the late 1990s. He continued his public service as a law clerk to The Honorable James E. Baker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2003-2004) and as Deputy Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2004-2013). David’s support to the veteran community over the last twenty years includes mentoring in the, teaching in the , and co-founding a student at Boston College Law School.
Julie K. Dyer
Member at Large - Western Carolina
Julie is a Navy Veteran with over 21 years’ of military experience. She retired as a Senior Chief (Air Warfare/ Surface Warfare). Julie is the President of Express Yourself Promotional Products/Commercial Printing headquartered in Hendersonville, NC.
Julie is an influential, multi-talented leader and facilitator with a standout record of achievement in Executive Administration and Career Services, specifically in the field of personnel management, education, training, transition services and resource management. Julie has professional expertise in the ability to collaboratively identify, analyze, plan and execute complex projects that require both strategic outlook and attention to detail.
Julie has a successful record of building and maintaining relationships with military and civilian organizations alike. She has been recognized for her extraordinary ability to relate with culturally diverse populations across all age groups and sought out for her conflict resolution skills.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from the National University- San Diego.
Timothy McNeill, JD, LLM, MHA
Member At Large
Timothy McNeill is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. Tim earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the UNC -Pembroke, followed by a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the UNC at Chapel Hill. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Iowa College Of Law, McNeill earned a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Law and Entrepreneurship from Duke University School of Law.
Tim has spent his professional career guiding a variety of healthcare organizations and business owners through complex corporate and compliance challenges. Over his career, Tim has represented hospitals, health plans, medical practices and life science entrepreneurs. In addition to his practice as a corporate attorney, worked as an attorney and administrator for hospitals and health plans across the country
In his role at the Forrest Firm, Mr. McNeill advises startup companies and mature businesses on issues that arise throughout the business life cycle. His work also includes complex contractual matters and the protection of intellectual property.
Tim serves on the Boards of several North Carolina non-profit organizations, and as a Council Member of the NC Bar Association’s Health Law Section. Mr. McNeill is a member of the North Carolina Bar, the Iowa Bar and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Member at Large
James Mills is a financial advisor with a successful career in finance spanning over a decade. His multi-faceted financial planning platform offers retirement planning with a specialty focus for veterans.
A champion in the community, James’ past positions include Board President of My Sisters House of North Carolina, President of NAIFA, Rocky Mount, NC and Co-Chair of the Small Business Committee. He was named “2013 Minority Small Business Person of the Year” by the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and was their 2014 “Ambassador of the Year.” Presently James serves as a Board Member of the Downtown Rocky Mount Renaissance Committee and as Chairman of the City of Rocky Mount Redevelopment Commission.
James is an Army veteran. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. His matriculation includes Accounting and CPA Prep studies at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey. His professional licensing includes in “Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Medicare Supplement and Long-Term Care.”
Member at Large - Western Carolina
Mark is a military veteran who served four years in the Ohio Army National Guard and nine years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Combat Engineer. Mark has extensive educational and training experience in leadership, business development, management, contracting (federal, state and local) and human relations. He has held numerous positions in the nation-wide APTAC organization to include: Region 4 Director, Education Committee Chair, President-Elect and President.
For the past nine years, Mark has served as the North Carolina PTAC Program Director. In this role, he serves as the primary point of contact and liaison between the SBTDC and the Defense Logistics Agency. He has the lead responsibility for the SBTDC’s relationships with public and private entities, initiatives and projects related to contracting and government procurement activities. Mark is also responsible for developing and enhancing government procurement award process initiatives and for identifying and procuring capital and human resources to support and expand current counseling, training, and research.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies at the University of Maryland and
From the University of Oklahoma, he earned a Masters of Adult and Higher Education and a Masters of Human Relations.
Calin Riley Member At-Large
Calin Riley is a US Army Veteran who served 8 years as an officer in the Infantry and Special Operations Command. With multiple successful combat deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Trans Sahel/Operation Juniper Shield, Calin is a combat tested leader.
After being honorably discharged from the military in 2014, Calin joined Riley Contracting Group as a project manager and director of Business Development. In 2016 Calin acquired Riley Contracting Group and is now the President. His company is a premier General Contractor specializing in commercial renovations, additions, and remodeling for industries including healthcare, education, industrial, and municipal. As President, Calin provides the vision, strategic leadership and direction for the effective operation of the company, including diversifying to expand and ensuring the execution the strategic vision and values in collaboration with the entire company. He has a proven track record of leading cutting-edge initiatives from concept to completion.
Additionally, Calin is the founder of a Construction Technology Company that is providing next generation solutions to the construction industry.
Calin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA in 2001. He also holds an Unlimited NC General Contractors license and a NC Real Estate Brokers License.
Jeff Robinson is the CEO of Business Optimization Specialists (BOS) which provides an array custom strategic professional services that enable businesses to leverage their core strengths and maximize their growth potential by creating, connecting, and managing their on-line digital presence.
His consistent wining track record and reputation for advancing successful business development and marketing campaigns are complemented by his previous work in the industry. This professional work base includes the telecom, retail, promotional marketing, exhibit design and digital marketing industries.
He has held a position on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation of Raleigh -Durham.
Jeff is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Bill Segreve is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served for five years in the Navy Seabees. While on active duty, he worked at President Reagan's California Ranch building support facilities as part of Project Rimstone and spent a year as lead Utilities man at MCAS Iwakuni Japan.
After separating from the service, Bill explored differenct carees and came to excel as a Property Management and Sales/Marketing Executive. His 18-year professional career focused on business growth, organizational leadership, strategic growth and development, quality operations and overall market growth. He is an accomplished proven leader with a record of leading sales and marketing teams in quality and customer ratings. His achievements and background are based on integrity, trust and a commitment to success.
Currently Bill is an Independent Associate with Legal/ID Shield helping business owners protect their business legally and provide their employees with Legal and Identity Theft protection. Bill is also a partner with Vestry Networks providing green energy solutions for plug load energy in commercial spaces.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. He also holds a license as a North Carolina Real Estate Broker.
Member at Large
Anita Staton a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. She founded Miles Freight Solutions LLC in 2013. The company has expanded its service offerings through Miles Enterprise Solutions (MES). Miles is a professional services firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina that uses an integrated platform of business consulting, technology services, construction management, logistics, and training to serve clients.
Anita has prior experience working with project management teams in the banking, construction, delivery services, and information technology industries. She facilitates Government Contracting 101 and the Ice House Entrepreneurial Program at the Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center (CPCC SBC). In December 2016, Anita participated in the Veteran Institute of Procurement VIP Grow Program which prepares Veteran Owned Small Businesses for procurement opportunities in the federal marketplace.
Anita currently serves on the board of the UMCNC and CAGC Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from High Point University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Project Management from Strayer University.