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 a 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.
Anita Staton a veteran of the U.S. Air Force is the founder of Miles Enterprise Solutions. Miles is a certified veteran, woman-owned company with business segments that provide professional solutions in managed technology services, construction management, logistics and training. Miles is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.
Anita brings over 20 years of corporate experience and serial entrepreneurship to NC VetBiz. She has been active with the organization since 2013. Anita has prior experience working with project management teams in the banking, construction, delivery services, and information technology industries.
She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from High Point University. In August, 2019, Anita was recognized at the NC VetBiz Annual Procurement Summit for “Driving Successful Vet to Vet Connections”. She is a graduate of the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) Grow program. She also serves on the board of the United Minority Contractors of North Carolina (UMCNC) and is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).
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 Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, teaching in the Warrior-Scholar Project, and co-founding a student veterans association at Boston College Law School.
David maintains a law practice in Chatham County with an emphasis on clients’ corporate, cybersecurity, privacy, and international law needs. He holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and his government awards include the Director of National Intelligence Team Award for contributions to federal cybersecurity programs. He co-founded Chatham Tech Talk to promote technology development in Chatham County and is active in statewide efforts to prevent human trafficking and serve trafficking victims.
David holds degrees from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Boston College Law School. He is on the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill where he teaches law, leadership, and national security in the School of Law and Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. He remains active in research communities and professional associations addressing national security, leadership, governance, and ethics.
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
Mark Haupt, Sr., MBA
Founding Member/Past 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.
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. In 2015, he founded Flight Plan Financial, specializing in financial risk management, retirement income solutions, and exit planning strategies. Most recently, in 2019 Kyle founded Edward Spencer Employee Benefits Group as an SDVOSB partnership specializing in employee benefits solutions for businesses with 5-500 employees.
In 2017, Kyle was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the North Carolina Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year. Kyle currently serves on the NC VetBiz Board as Past President.
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
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.
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
Member at Large
Anthony Kinzie is a U.S. Navy veteran who served for six years as a Nuclear Electrician aboard fast-attack submarines. During his six-year enlistment, he was promoted often and held many leadership positions, culminating with Shutdown Reactor Operator. Upon completion of service in 2004, he attended Thomas Edison State College and completed his BS in Nuclear Science and Engineering Technology.
This led him to a very wonderful and rewarding career in engineering with Nucor Steel. During his time with Nucor he was accepted into an elite engineering management graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he finished 3rd in his class. The general program focus of continuous improvement, was a skill, and a frame of mind, that would be utilized in every facet of day-to-day life.
In his spare time at Nucor he began to work with those around him that needed help with their finances. He quickly realized what a significant impact this would have on them, their families, and their future. With a passion for numbers and helping others succeed, it became clear that financial planning would be the best way to truly make a difference in the lives around him.
In 2016, he joined Principal Financial Group, and continues to work with individuals & business owners, helping in any way that he possibly can. As a firm believer in knowledge, he recently completed his CFP, is working on his CFA, and will continue with whatever’s next to be the best resource for those who need it.