We are excited to feature business and community leaders as judges for the Raleigh Children’s Business Fair! Check back each week as we profile new judges and learn about their great work in the Triangle!
Larry E. Robbins
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For years, Larry E. Robbins has been an influential advocate for many companies in the Triangle as part of his work as a founder and partner at Wyrick-Robbins Yates & Ponton, LLP. Started in 1979, the firm has grown to include over 82 attorneys and specializes in corporate law, emerging growth companies, financial services, and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to founding Wyrick Robbins, he received his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He has been listed as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in North Carolina in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and was named one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers in Raleigh in 2014. This year, Mr. Robbins was among 27 attorneys at Wyrick Robbins included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.
Mr. Robbins is also involved with nonprofits including The Indus Entrepreneurs and Southeast BIO, as well as the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and the North Carolina Technology Association.
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Susan Caldwell’s entrepreneurial story began with a personal nutrition and weight loss journey that led her to become the founder and CEO of Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios – a business that focuses on teaching children how to make nutritious foods through hands-on learning. Flour Power hosts thousands of parties, cooking classes, etiquette classes, camps and adult corporate team building events each year, focusing on spreading a positive and community-oriented message wherever they go. Her business model has quickly gained recognition, as last year she received one of the 2015 Triangle Business Journal “Women in Business” awards for her work.
Started in 2008 in her home in North Raleigh, Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios has grown to three corporate owned locations and one franchised location, and Caldwell plans to expand her business through the entire Southeast United States. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she is a wife and mother of two children, one who of whom has autism. A believer in community service and giving back in unique ways, Flour Power teaches classes for special needs children, without charge, once a month.
Linda Nunnallee currently serves as Executive Director of StepUp Ministry in Raleigh. During her tenure at StepUp has increased financial development of unrestricted funds from $850,000 to $1,500,000 annually. Nunnallee came to StepUp with a nonprofit leadership background in Financial Development. Previously, she was Development Director at SAFEchild; Marketing Director for Don Farmer, CPA, PA; and Account Executive with advertising agency Howard, Merrell and Partners. “I was attracted to StepUp because of two reasons: the true passion and dedication the staff has to empower individuals and families to become more successful; and the organization’s belief that stability and personal responsibility is truly a skill that all individuals can attain.”
Nunnallee is a native of Central Florida, and holds a B.A. with majors in Mass Communications and Business Marketing, and minor in Speech Communications from Florida State University. Hobbies include spending time with her two adult children, golf, attending live music performances, and caring far too much about FSU college football.
Todd Ackman is currently the Vice President of Finance at the Raleigh-based company Valencell, a biotech wearables company that has becoming the leading innovator for high-performance biometric sensor technology. He previously served as Vice President of Finance at Inlet Technologies, where he supported the company’s $95M acquisition by communications giant Cisco. He has also held management positions as Director of Finance for Quintiles and Senior Accounting Analyst at PBS&J and has auditing experience with international CPA firms and is a licensed CPA in Florida. Todd holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bradley University.
Sheldon M. Fox is the Chief Operating Officer and a partner at KDI Capital Partners, a registered investment advisor based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joined KDI in 2004, after serving almost five years as chief financial officer of two bank holding companies, CCB Financial Corporation and its’ successor by merger National Commerce Financial. Mr. Fox is a CPA and spent the first 16 years of his professional career with KPMG, LLP in Raleigh. He specialized in serving companies in the financial services industry and was admitted to the firm’s partnership as a tax partner in 1993. He earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1981.