Mark Haupt, Sr., MBA
Founding Member/ President
Mark M. Haupt, a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, owns and operates Converged Services, Inc., a Professional Services company, headquartered in Raleigh, NC. He served as a member of the NC Governor’s Advisory Council for Small and HUB Businesses. He co-founded the NC Veterans Business Association in Charlotte, NC and serves as a Trustee of a large corporate Voluntary Employee Benefits Association. He is past President of the North Carolina Veterans Business Association, served on the Tammy Lynn Foundation Board of Directors and the Research Triangle Park Federal Credit Union Board of Directors in North Carolina.
Mark founded Converged Services, Inc. in 2008 after thirty years in the corporate world delivering telecommunications, data, and information technology products and services around the world.
A seasoned executive leader of global business development, customer service, and operations organizations, Mark has more than 37 years of global and domestic Information Technology and Telecommunications industry experience. He has introduced products and services in 13+ countries and directed operations teams in Europe, Asia, and South and North America of up to 350 employees.
Mark holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University, and an Associate Degree in Electronic Technology from the Community College of the U.S. Air Force.
Christian Kubista is a U.S. Army Veteran, having served ten years as an officer in the Army Reserve. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with his deployment back 2004. As an Army officer, Christian served in various capacities in command, Division budget officer, as well as Chief of Vendor Services during his deployment. He separated from service back in 2005.
Christian has successfully built a career in the financial services industry over the past 25 years. He currently works with Wells Fargo Advisors in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he serves in the capacity as branch manager for the Private Client Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. He has been with the company for 20 years, having served in various capacities as Associate Market Manager, Productivity Manager, as well as Product Manager in various departments within the firm. Christian has a high passion for leading and developing people to pursue their goals and building successful careers, skills that he has learned and experienced having served in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where he earned a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. He resides in Raleigh with his wife and two children.
Anthony J. Scott is a U.S. Navy veteran and is a returning board member. He was the original Treasurer when NCVetbiz was established in 2008. Anthony currently works at Wells Fargo Bank as an Audit Manager in the Commercial Lending group.
Anthony is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 15 years of “Big 4” and industry experience, skilled in both internal and external audits, to include financial, compliance, and operational audits. He has knowledge in internal control testing over financial reporting as required by the Sarbanes Oxley Act (“SOX”) using COSO ERM Integrated framework. Additionally, he has a working knowledge in preparing GAAP financial statements as required by the SEC.
Anthony received a BS in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University
Member at Large
Don Carter is a U.S. Air Force veteran and currently, works as a Principapl/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 and business 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.
Don received a BS in Management and Marketing and an MBA from East Carolina University. He also earned a Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University after retiring from the military. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Methodist University teaching Entrepreneurship.
Member at Large
Craig Gorham is a Retired Navy, Service-Disable Veteran Submariner and the President and Chief
Executive Officer of Creative Management Staffing Services DBA Creative Management Solutions, LLC
established in 2013. His leadership and management skills have come from a rich career including two
tours in the Navy as a Recruiter (Recruiter in Charge, Zone Supervisor), as well as Career Information
Program Manager, Account Executive for NStar Global Services, and Corporate Recruiter/ Employment
Representative with Duke University. After a decorated, 20-year career, Craig Gorham retired from the
U.S. Navy in Aug 2002. Soon afterward, he purchased a franchise which he has successfully managed for
ten years. He attended American Intercontinental University where obtained his Associate Degree in
Business 2007 and returned to school to complete his bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration/Management at University of Phoenix May 2012.
Member at Large
Steve S. Rao, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, serves as a Council Member At Large and Former Mayor Pro Tem for the Town of Morrisville, recently ranked USA Today as one of the top Towns to live in the United States. He is a Senior Business Development Executive at Alphanumeric Systems, a global tech company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Elected in 2011, Council Member Rao is serving in his third term as an At Large Council Member for the Town of Morrisville. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2015- 2017.
During his past eight years in office, he has lead efforts to start a growing Entrepreneurship Program in Morrisville, started an English as a Second Language program, has worked with his Council to aggressively with the bring over 200 million NCDOT investment to Morrisville in the next ten years. Recently, Mayor Pro Tem Rao serves as a Member to the New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition of Mayors and Business Leaders, Chaired by Former New York City Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, focused on comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Council Member Rao is leading the Town of Morrisville Smart City Initiatives and is also working to develop a regional Smart City Strategy for Wake County and the Triangle Region.
Rao also co-chairs the Smart Growth and Water Resources Committee for Triangle J Council of Governments in addition to serving as a Delegate to the Triangle J Council Board of Delegates. He also Co-Chairs, the Mayors Against Bullying organization with Mayor Dick Sears. He also serves on the Board of the North Carolina Veteran Business Association and is Chair of the Pleasant Grove Foundation/Dream Academy.
Council Member Rao serves as a part-time political commentator on Spectrum News and is a radio host and commentator on Radio Mirchi, the Triangle Regions’ Largest South Asian Radio Station.
He received a BA from Emory University in Political Science where he played collegiate tennis and a JD from the West Virginia University College of Law and resides in Morrisville with his wife. Dr. Komal Parekh and children Sonia and Rayan