Chairman of the Board
Larson Jaenicke has spent his career primarily as a commercial civil litigator in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Jaenicke has been practicing Law for more than 35 years, and has represented several of the largest "cable companies" with franchising, litigation and related matters. Mr. Jaenicke has a BA from the University of the South ("Swanee") and a JD from the New York University of Law.
Mr. Jaenicke and his wife Carol moved to Davidson in 2012 when he retired from practicing Law.
Brett Ellis is the Chief Financial Officer at CoaLogix, Inc., a growing company focused on providing innovative services to coal-fired power generating facilities to reduce their environmental footprint through technology, optimization and efficiency improvements. Mr. Ellis is responsible for all finance, accounting, business development and treasury activities and provides support to the Company’s board of directors. Mr. Ellis has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance, strategic development, mergers and acquisitions, operations and financial planning and analysis experience.
Prior to joining CoaLogix, Mr. Ellis was most recently with FairPoint Communications, Inc., a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states, in the role of Vice President, Business Planning and Financial Reporting. Mr. Ellis is a CPA with experience in the telecommunications, manufacturing and public accounting industries. Mr. Ellis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Ellis and his wife, Pattie, have four children and live in Huntersville, NC.
Town Manager, Mooresville
Mr. Smith has served the Town of Mooresville for over 27 years in a variety of leadership roles; most recently as the Town Manager since June 2011. Prior to this position, Mr. Smith was Interim Town Manager on two separate occasions; from January 2011 to June 2011 and from February 2008 to September 2009. Mr. Smith served as Assistant Town Manager from December 2000 to June 2011, and Zoning Administrator/Planning Director from October 1987 until December 2000. Prior to working with the Town of Mooresville, Mr. Smith was the Assistant to the Executive Director with the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.
Town Manager, Davidson
Leamon Brice, Board of Directors. Leamon Brice is the Town Manager of the Town of Davidson and has served in this role for 25 years. Davidson is home of Davidson College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts private colleges in the country. Mr. Brice has responsibility for directing, organizing and implementing the goals and objectives as established by the Town Board. He oversees a staff of 40 full-time and 65 part-time employees. Under Mr. Brice’s leadership, Davidson has won numerous accolades and awards for its attention to planning, design and downtown preservation. In 2009, Davidson received National Register Historic District status. He received his BA UNC-Pembroke and an MPA from Appalachian State University. Mr. Brice and his wife Renee reside in Davidson and have two grown children.
Co-Founder, Acta Wireless
Mark McDowell, Board of Directors. Mark McDowell is the co-founder of Acta Wireless, an investment firm focused on early stage companies that use wireless technology to disrupt the media, advertising, payments and education industries. Since 2003, Acta has invested in more than 30 companies, including Millennial Media (NYSE IPO), CardStar (acquired by Constant Contact), and OZ Communications (acquired by Nokia), as well as accelerator programs Imagine K12 and LaunchBox Digital. Mark is also part of the founding team and General Partnership at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active early stage venture capital fund with over $150 million under management. Earlier in his career, Mark was part of the founding management team of four companies, including TeleCorp PCS, which was acquired by AT&T. Mark served as an officer in the United States Air Force during the first Gulf War. He is a named inventor on four patents and holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark lives in Cornelius, NC with his wife and two children.
David Auger, Board of Directors. David Auger is currently Chief Executive Officer of MI-Connection and has served in this role since December 2011. The MI-Connection Board of Directors hired Mr. Auger in early 2011 in a consulting capacity to engineer the separation of MI-Connection from BVU. Prior to joining MI-Connection, he had a consulting company, Auger Media Group, LLC. Mr. Auger worked for Time Warner Cable for 22 years, most recently as President of the Charlotte Division and before that President of the Minneapolis Division and VP/General Manager of the Northern Los Angeles Division. His background also includes five years as Publisher of the Los Angeles Daily News, then owned by Jack Kent Cooke. Mr. Auger attended The Ohio State University and Franklin University. He and his wife have a son and live in Charlotte.
Former President/CEO, DukeNet Communications, LLC
Brad Davis, Board of Directors. Brad Davis is the former President and CEO of DukeNet Communications LLC, which was sold to Time Warner Cable for more than $600M in 2013. DukeNet was a regional fiber optic network of over 8,700 miles serving customers in the Carolina’s and five other states in the Southeast. Prior to the sale of DukeNet to Time Warner Cable, the company had grown to $115M in annual revenue with EBITDA margins in the high 40’s. Mr. Davis began his career with the former parent company of DukeNet, Duke Power, in 1982. He served in a number of engineering and senior corporate roles before joining Duke Energy’s fledgling commercial fiber optic business. Mr. Davis received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Queens University. He and his wife Lynn reside in Davidson and have three children.
General Manager, Retherford-Miller & Associates
Steven Miller, Board Secretary. Steve Miller is general manager and partner in Retherford-Miller & Associates in Charlotte, a strategic multi-media consulting firm focusing on revenue growth for television, radio, sports marketing, interactive, online and emerging technology companies. RMA, founded in 1999, specializes in corporate strategy, advertising, marketing and business development. Mr. Miller spent 18 years with Time Warner Cable Inc. and AOL in California and the Mid-Atlantic Region as vice president of advertising sales. He also developed and launched two North Carolina cable TV news networks, as well as C-SET, the Bobcats’ basketball sports and entertainment cable TV network. Mr. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Howard Kosofsky, Board of Directors. Howard Kosofsky is an entrepreneur currently focused on owning and managing commercial real estate. He owns several buildings in downtown Mooresville including the buildings in which the Daily Grind Restaurant and JJ Wasabi’s/Mooresville Business offices reside. Mr. Kosofsky also owns other properties in Charlotte including medical office buildings adjacent to the three big hospital complexes. He has been very active in Lake Norman civic arena and was the 2014 Chairman of the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kosofsky also served as the past Executive Board member of Lowes YMCA, current Board member of the Mooresville Downtown Commission, one of the founders of the Jewish Community of Lake Norman, and one of the founders of the Developers Council. He moved to Mooresville in 2002 from the Silicon Valley in California. Mr. Kosofsky and his wife Cindy have five children.