Jay Brennan • Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Jay has extensive experience over the past twenty years working with startups, leading turnarounds and coaching and developing entrepreneurs. After starting out in the technology transfer world, evaluating and raising capital for promising startups, Jay began doing operations consulting work for privately held companies in the Greensboro area. This quickly led Jay into the turnaround arena, buying and operating small businesses in various industries including distribution (upholstery leather importing), manufacturing (personal care products) and education (K-12 online charter school).
Jay has been an active angel investor for many years as a member of the Piedmont Angel Network, a $5 MM committed capital fund that invests in startups in the North Carolina region. Jay served as the Screening Chair of the PAN 3 fund and continues to serve as a member of the board of two PAN 2 companies.
For the past five years Jay has worked closely with entrepreneurs as President of The Alternative Board of Greensboro & High Point. In that capacity Jay facilitates peer advisory boards of business owners and provides one-on-one coaching for the members.
Jay lives with his wife, Julie, in Greensboro where they attend St. Francis Episcopal Church. Jay is also a past president and active member of Summit Rotary Club.