John Mazzarino is Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Cherokee Investment Partners, a private equity real estate investment manager focused on the acquisition, remediation, management and development of brownfields in North America and Europe. Cherokee has raised four funds with aggregate commitments exceeding $2 billion. John is also Co-Founder of Cherokee Ventures, a venture and middle market private equity investor, Cherokee Renewables, a brownfield solar investor, Cherokee Tower, a cell tower company, and Brownfield Revitalization, a three times New Markets Tax Credits allocatee. His responsibilities include strategy, capital raising, investor relations and investment management.
Prior to forming Cherokee John was a Manager with Bain & Company in Boston, MA. He serves as Chairman of Hometown America, an owner of manufactured housing communities, and is a director of Cherokee Gives Back, Cherokee’s philanthropic arm, and the North Carolina Opera. John received a BA in mathematics from Colgate University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an MS in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Welton has over 27 years of experience as an information technology professional. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in education from East Carolina University, Mr. Welton taught school for two years before entering the information technology industry. He joined Hospital Data Center of Virginia as a member of the technical staff providing business and medical systems to 10 to 15 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. He then served as product manager and marketing and sales manager for SATCOM, a developer of manufacturing and distribution software. Mr. Welton worked the next 16 years with Metro Information Services as marketing director and division director. He also supported the growth of new offices throughout the southeast, and he founded the Raleigh, NC regional office.
G. Kinsey Roper, III is the Founder and Managing Partner of Glenbrook Hills Capital LLC, a lower middle market private equity firm focusing on the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. In addition, he is a Co-Founder and Partner of Sustainable Community Partners, LLC. Prior to this, Mr. Roper was a Partner and Managing Director at Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based multi-fund private equity firm managing over $2 billion in assets. Prior to joining Cherokee in 2005, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Brighton Partners LLC, an Atlanta, Georgia-based private equity firm. Mr. Roper began his career in commercial lending with the Chemical Bank in New York. Since 1984, he has held Principal/Partner positions with several private equity firms including Ruddick Investment Company and North Riverside Ventures. In addition, Mr. Roper was an Executive Vice President with BellSouth Corporation where he led strategic planning and corporate development for BellSouth International and BellSouth Wireless in the 1990's. In addition to Mi-Co, Mr. Roper serves on the board of Create Your Dreams and the advisory board of Holocene, LLC and Friends of Cliff Asbury. Mr. Roper received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Jim Clary brings more than 30 years of computer software and hardware experience to Mi-Co. Prior to co-founding the company, Clary served as Vice President of Electronics and Systems for the Research Triangle Institute - a research and development organization providing technical services for technology commercialization, decision support, education and training, environment, health and pharmaceuticals to meet enterprise and government needs. At RTI, Clary was responsible for five P&L centers with a total staff of over 135 people. Before becoming a VP of RTI, Clary founded and headed the Digital Systems Research Department for the identification, development and implementation of digital systems. He also held prior positions at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, Applied Science Associates, Inc., and as a 1st Lt. in the Avionics Laboratory of the US Army Electronics Command.
Clary holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and has completed all Ph.D. course work in Electrical Engineering at Duke University. In addition, Clary has attended various management training courses at the MIT Sloan School of Management, UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler School of Business and The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.
Dr. Greg Clary holds eleven U.S. patents related to mobile data capture and has additional patents pending. Prior to co-founding Mi-Corporation, he was with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center working on handwriting recognition and pen input systems. Results of the work were published by IEEE, and the IBM handwriting recognition product was recognized with industry awards. One of the novel pen input systems of the IBM team became the CrossPad from the A.T. Cross Pen Computing Group. He previously served as President of Epiteleo, Inc., a North Carolina developer of handwriting-based electronic personal information management software and handwriting-based electronic messaging software. Dr. Clary has been active in leading the development of Mi-Corporation’s Mi-Forms since the product’s inception. His research interests include statistical pattern recognition, image processing, and the design of flexible and scalable enterprise information systems. He holds the B.S.E. and the M.S.E.E. degrees from Duke University and the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.