Currently the Oak Ridge Area Manager for Pinnacle Financial Partners, Mr. Bradshaw’s background includes community development lending, commercial banking, and teaching. For seven years, he provided technical assistance and CDFI financing to start-up and early-stage companies located in Southern Appalachia, often allowing these companies to reach their financial goals. For the past 10 years, Mr. Bradshaw has provided commercial deposit services, loan products, and cash management services to an array of small-to-medium sized businesses in the Oak Ridge market. In 2012, he led his bank’s successful effort to open a full service commercial banking office in Oak Ridge’s historic Jackson Square. Mr. Bradshaw occasionally teaches consumer lending and finance classes at Roane State Community College, serves on several non-profit community boards, and served as the mayor of Oak Ridge from 2001-2007.
Currently the Chief Manager of Visionary Horizons Wealth Management, with offices in Tennessee and Kentucky, Mr. Kiger is an entrepreneur who also started a software business and four additional corporations, all of which are operating today. He also helped to establish a Knoxville based angel network and an angel investment fund. He is active on the boards of several area nonprofits that give resources back to the community. Mr. Kiger’s experience of 20+ years of investment management and startups equips him to mentor entrepreneurs. He is able to support businesses through challenges in an effort to help them progress through different growth stages ultimately to attain sustainability or to participate in an exit or a merger.
Cofounder of three early-stage technology companies as either CEO or COO, Dr. Tompkins is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During the majority of his more than 40 years as an engineering faculty member, he also served in a number of administrative roles including President and CEO of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Inc., Vice President for Research, and Dean of Engineering. He is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a registered engineer in Tennessee. His work in harvesting, managing, and marketing the intellectual property accruing to university research programs heightened his interest in developing strategies for successfully commercializing new technologies and inventions.
Mr. Moncrief is currently President and Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Southern Appalachian Management Company, LLC, the General Partner of the Southern Appalachian Fund, L.P., organized to make equity investments in small business enterprises as defined by the New Markets Venture Capital regulations of the U. S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Moncrief is a Manager of the Southern Appalachian Fund.
Additionally, Mr. Moncrief is President and a board member of Eclipse Management, LLC, the General Partner of Meritus Ventures, L.P., organized to make equity investments in small business enterprises as defined by the Rural Business Investment Company regulations. Mr. Moncrief is one of two fund managers for Meritus Ventures.
Ray has held various positions within Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation since 1984 and many of its subsidiary companies. Mr. Moncrief responsibilities have included analyzing new investments and portfolio management, providing financial and operational leadership in many turnaround and financial restructuring situations. Mr. Moncrief has in-depth experience in startup, expansion, and divestiture of businesses.
Mr. Moncrief has traveled nationally and internationally speaking about the use of equity investment as an economic development strategy. He has participated in several study groups analyzing capital needs in rural areas including an economic round table at the White House. Ray is often called upon to conduct training sessions at various conferences and meetings.
Grady Vanderhoofven is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Three Roots Capital. He has 25 years of experience in company creation and financing. He has co-founded and invested multiple private investment funds, including Meritus Ventures, the first Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) in the United States, and Southern Appalachian Fund (SAF), a New Markets Venture Capital Company (NMVCC). Together, these funds have approximately $53 million under management and have invested equity and debt in 16 companies, which have attracted almost $300 million of investment. The companies are located in rural and/or low-income areas throughout central and southern Appalachia and have created more than 400 jobs to date. In addition to the capital directly invested by Meritus and SAF, the funds have provided more than $4 million of technical and operational assistance to portfolio companies.
Since 2015, Mr. Vanderhoofven has led an effort to create the TennesSeed Fund as an evergreen, seed-stage, investment fund focused on proof of concept investments in Tennessee-based companies. In 2016, he founded Three Roots Capital, which is a 501(c)(3), certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established to make debt and equity investments in companies in predominantly low-income areas of East Tennessee and the broader Appalachian region. Three Roots Capital has raised almost $50 million to date and has deployed and committed more than $12 million to companies in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Prior to becoming an investor, Grady participated in the creation of 12 start-up companies based on technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He previously served on the Advisory Council of the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Science.