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David Morken: is the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Bandwidth and is the Co-founder and Chairman of Republic Wireless. Prior to founding Bandwidth in 1999, Mr. Morken served on active duty in the Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate and Headquarters Company Commander.
Morken was named the Ernst & Young 2013 Entrepreneur of The Year in the Southeast Region and Gold Stevie Award winner for Maverick of the Year in the 2013 American Business Awards.
In 2008 Bandwidth made the Inc. 500 list for the third consecutive year as the 4th fastest growing privately held company in the U.S. and the fastest growing telecommunications company from 2002 to 2007. In 2008 Morken was named one of the Triangle Business Journal”s 40 Under 40 top business leaders in RTP.
In 1994, Morken Co-founded the Internet”s first online tax filing service, efiling.com. Morken is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and a member of the Virginia Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University where he served as President of the Student Association.
Brian Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country’s ﬁrst ﬁntech and largest provider of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity ﬁrm in 2018. He is also the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national program that helps people with criminal records start their own small businesses. Inmates to Entrepreneurs is supported by the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which provides access to entrepreneurship to people who wouldn’t otherwise have it.
Hamilton holds multiple patents for his work in automating ﬁnancial analysis. He is a regular guest on CNBC and Fox and is regularly quoted in and writes for all major national media publications. He is also a contributor to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines.
The ﬁrst in his family to attend college, Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Duke University’s graduate school of business.
Cameron Cruse is Co-CEO of R. Riveter. Along with her business partner, she founded the handbag company and set out to provide mobile, flexible income for military spouses across the country. Cameron graduated from SCAD in 2011 with a Masters in Architecture from and a BFA in Architecture in 2010. Currently living in Southern Pines, NC with her family it has also become home for the company’s flagship Retail store and R. Riveter FabShop.
In 2015, R. Riverter opened its first brick and mortar store in Southern Pines, North Carolina. One year later, Cruse and co-founder Lisa Bradley appeared on a special Shark Tank episode featuring veteran businesses. Shark Tank host Mark Cuban offered Cruse and Bradley $100,000 and a line of credit for new machinery for 20% equity in their company. They used the money on marketing, opening a new production warehouse and hiring more military spouses.
R. Riveter has been recognized on the list of Inc’s 500 fastest growing private companies for the last two years (2017, 2018). Cameron was named one of the 25 people changing the future of retail in 2019 by the NRF and Apparel’s 30 under 30 in 2018. Cameron is a mother of two and proud Military Spouse. A Self-proclaimed optimist with southern roots and a passion for creative, design + problem solving. She is a firm believer that we are stronger together than we are apart.