Our founders and partners combine complementary skills from diverse backgrounds: we've been engineers, builders, entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, board members, and educators. We share a collective passion for fostering the success of early-stage ventures in the Southeast.
As the founding Managing Director of UCAN, Matt developed the operations that became the template for VentureSouth angel groups, and under his leadership, UCAN has been named a Top 10 Angel Group in the US.
Matt is serving his second term on the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association, and is also a Director of Entegra Financial Corp (ENFC). He was previously a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and an engineer with Eastman Chemical Company.
Matt holds an MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford and a BS Chemical Engineering from Clemson. Learn more about Matt via LinkedIn.
Charlie is an experienced serial entrepreneur who has founded, run and invested in multiple manufacturing, financial services, building science and real estate companies in South Carolina.
Prior to co-founding VentureSouth, he served as a Portfolio Manager at a start-up financial institution based in Greenville, SC where he was responsible for developing and implementing many of its entrepreneur engagement strategies. He was recently named to the "50 Most Influential People" and "20 under 40" lists in Columbia, SC by two regional business publications.
Prior to co-founding VentureSouth, Paul was Senior Vice President of M&A at a multi-billion dollar bank in South Carolina. He was part of a team responsible for investments in financial services companies and vehicles, including an SBIC fund, and developing junior lending capabilities.
Paul has extensive private equity investment and fund experience as a Principal at BC Partners in New York and London, and earlier M&A advisory experience at NM Rothschild & Sons in London.
Mac joined the VentureSouth team in 2015 to provide strategic advice, due diligence expertise, operational guidance and exit preparation assistance across the portfolio.
Mac is an experienced and highly successful entrepreneur who has built and sold five companies. Successful entrepreneurial efforts include Ettain Group, Mountain Khakis, The InternetSoccer Network, InTouch Interactive, and his most recent exit - KYCK.com. He has also served on various corporate boards including LendingTree.
The VentureSouth team relies on a talented pool of local group directors who facilitate member development in our various markets and help us find hidden gems of potential investments. We are grateful for all their help in keeping everything running smoothly!
Jeff Kaplan leads VentureSouth’s Asheville group - Asheville Angels - as the Director of Venture Asheville, the high-growth entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Jeff is a successfully-exited entrepreneur, tech junkie, media maven, academic entrepreneur and dog lover.
Craig Kinley and Jarrett Lucero lead VentureSouth TriCounty in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. Craig is an experienced telecommunications executive and successful startup entrepreneur, whose achievements include founding the Growler Haus!