June 06, 2008

WRAL.com - Local TechWire

CED honors longtime president, hands out 'Excellence' awards

Durham, N.C. -As hundreds of people jamming the American Tobacco Historical District's Bay 7 venue looked on, Monica Doss received the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's lifetime achievement award on Thursday night.Doss stepped down last week as the longtime president of the group. She also was recognized for having received the Charles Hamner Leadership Award, an honor given her at the CED's annual biotechnology conference in Winston-Salem.Other individual winners included Scot Wingo, founder and chief executive officer of ChannelAdvisor for entrepreneurial excellenence.Brooks Malone, an attorney with Hughes Pittman & Gupton, received the Outstand Service to Entrepreneurs honor.The Chairman's Service award went to Jason Caplain, a venture capitalist with Southern Capitol Ventures, and Kent Christison, an attorney at Kennedy Covington.'The climate for entrepreneurs has never been stronger in North Carolina,' said CED Chairperson Mary Musacchia. 'This was clear at CED's annual awards celebration which honored entrepreneurial success stories such as BEECo, Inc., an RTI International spin out; iContact Corp., a leading email marketing service provider; and those who give back to the entrepreneurial community like Brooks Malone, Jason Caplain and Kent Christison.'Companies receiving awards were:o Public Deal of the Year - TranS1, Inc., Rick Randallo Private Deal of the Year - InnerPulse, Inc., Dan Pelako Growth Company of the Year (Life Science) - Serenex, Inc., Richard Kento Growth Company of the Year (Technology) - iContact Corp., Ryan Allis and Aaron Houghtono Technology of the Year - Digitalsmiths, Ben Weinbergero Spin-Out of the Year - BEECo, Inc., John Goherkeo Social Entrepreneurship Award - The Caring Community Foundation, Jill Wolfordo FastTrac Tech Company of the Year - Oncoscope, Inc., William Brown and Adam Wax