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July 27 - 28, 2023 | Chapel Hill, NC










Welcome to the Speakers & Hometown Heroes page of The Financiers' Forum!

Our mission is to empower individuals to realize their full potential and redefine their future, and we believe that journey begins with learning from the best. The speakers and Hometown Heroes we've assembled for The Financiers' Forum are a group of trailblazing entrepreneurs, business leaders, and transformational coaches who are not only accomplished in their fields but also passionate about sharing their expertise and insights with others.

This professionally diverse group of experts will guide you through the forum's three-fold cords: starting a business, scaling an existing business, and shifting your life in a new direction. With their collective wisdom, you'll be equipped with the strategies, resources, and inspiration to make your aspirations a reality.

So, we invite you to explore, learn more about our esteemed speakers and mentors, and see how they can help you unlock your full potential at The Financiers' Forum. Your journey to transformation begins here.

    stephen scoggins

    In addition to being a sponsoring partner for The Financiers' Forum, Stephen is also the owner of 7 Businesses generating high levels of revenue, an employer of hundreds of amazing people, he embraces the roles of Father, Husband, and Yes even a Grandfather, has over 4 Million Views of “The Stuck to Unstoppable” Podcast that 100’s of Thousands of amazing people just like yourself engaging weekly. 

    Scott Maitland

    Scott Maitland is a military veteran, serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill. While in law school twenty years ago, Maitland founded his first venture Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery to prevent a T.G.I. Friday’s from dominating the main intersection of Chapel Hill. 

    Tim Flood

    Communications Professor & Pitch Coach

    In addition to being the Executive Director for Launch Chapel, which is also a sponsoring partner for The Financiers' Forum, Tim teaches several Communication courses in the MBA Programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, work as a pitch coach with many entrepreneurship/startup accelerators in the Triangle & Triad, and am a licensed partner with Richard Lewis Communications/CultureActive as a cross-cultural communication coach. 

    Brian Scott

    Owner, Aggie Technologies NC, LLC

    Brian is a true “techie” and has been since entering the industry in 1985. Starting his career in IT with IBM after graduating high school, he has enjoyed a lengthy and rewarding corporate career in enterprise systems management. In 2004, he wanted to strike out on his own and started Aggie Technologies NC, LLC with a lifetime friend. Focusing on maintaining stability from an IT perspective for clients and fostering growth while utilizing emerging technology, our company feels every person and business should know they are valuable. Brian is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and a Durham native.

    steve beisser

    Steve is a successful entrepreneur and versatile leader with extensive higher education and healthcare sector experience. He was the Principal Founder and former President of the Academic Benchmarking Consortium (ABC Insights), a Launch Chapel Hill Cohort 3 start up that had a successful exit in 2020 and is now one of three business lines within HelioCampus where he currently works as a Vice President. 

    Steve holds a Professor of the Practice appointment at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill where he is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Launch Chapel Hill business accelerator. He is also a limited partner with CoFounders Capital, a Triangle-based venture capital firm that invests primarily in B2B SaaS companies located in the Southeast. He is also an Associate Member of the Carolina Angel Network.

    Justin Fouts

    Justin Fouts

    CoFounder, Triad Studios, LLC

    Justin is an entrepreneur and storyteller with a passion for creating content with purpose and impact. He gets to live his dream every day working with a team of driven men and women who execute videos and animations that innovate, impact, and inspire.

    Johnaustin Chapman

    Johnaustin Chapman

     Financial Advisor at Edward Jones CFP® | CPWA® | AAMS™

    Bringing clarity and simplicity to those navigating an ever-evolving financial situation. Johnaustin's agency serves families, executives and business owners with unique financial situations that are looking for a genuine relationship with a team able to answer their never-ending question of, "Is this what I should be doing with my finances based on my individual situation?"

    Mitchell Collins

    Mitchell Collins

    DeNovo Financial Cntr Manager @ Fifth Third Bank | Chapel Hill, NC

    Works passionately to improve financial literacy and outcomes for individuals and businesses. 

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