named head of Gaston Day School in Gastonia. He had been vice president for institutional advancement at Queens College in Charlotte. Dr. Arthur James Shepard III (' 85 AB, ' 89 MD) of North Charleston, S.c., has been amed medical director for special care nurs- eries at Trident Health Systems in Charleston. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Louise Davis (' 85 BSN, ' 89 MSN)
and Todd Robert Benware of Durham. E-mail: email@example.com. Eric Christopher
Dreyer (' 85 BSMS) and Teri Kulchinski of
Tulsa, Okla. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. Rebecca Sillmon (' 85 AB, 90 JD) and
Leo Michael Santowasso of Raleigh. James
Michael Wilson (' 85 BSBA, ' 90 JD) and
Karen Spencer Marston of Charlotte. , 86 Brad Daugherty (' 86 AB) of
Atlanta, college basketball
commentator and retired bas-
ketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers,
the legal end were won," Cobb said.
"Today's battles are mostly fought at the
And one of those margins is entrepre-
neurship. Cobb left corporate law in New
York for Atlanta, to be involved in business
deals, first as business ventures vice president of Turner Original Productions. While
writing business proposals for new cable
networks, he learned "not so much how to
think outside the box, but how to formulate ideas outside the box and make them
Eventually Cobb, along with lawyer and
colleague Jeff Levy, left Turner to create
RelevantKnowledge, an Internet research
company that gauged Web sites' popularity.
Cobb became one of the country's few
black Internet millionaires, but, as a New
York Times story reported last summer, he
did not become the company's CEO. Levy
and Cobb decided that more venture capital could be raised for a business with a
white man holding the title. When the
company merged with a rival, Cobb
decided to try his hand again at entrepreneurship - a teen apparel site called
HipO.com. The company failed to prosper.
has been inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall
of Fame. He was a member of the Tar Heel
basketball team for four years. Jam es Albert
Harrill III (' 86 AB) of Chicago has accepted
a tenured position at Boston University as
associate professor of New Testament and early
Christian literature, with a joint appointment
in the school oftheology and the department
of religion in the BU college ofarts and sciences. Harrill also has received a research fel-
lowship in New Testament for 2002-03 at the
University of Muenster from the Alexander
von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. ~
John Walter Hicks (' 86 BMUS) of Fanwood,
N.J., has been named president and CEO of
].c. Geever Inc., a fund-raising consulting
firm in New York. E-mail: email@example.com.
James Hugh Slaughter (' 86 AB, ' 89 JD)
has joined the law firm of Forman, Rossabi,
Black, Marth, Iddings & Slaughter of Greensboro
as a partner. E-mail: jslaughter@frb-Iaw.com.
Barbara Ann Veasey (' 86 BSBA) and
But Cobb refused to fold. Today, he is
founder and CEO of edaflow Corp., an
online business-to-business marketplace
for the apparel industry. He's also much
stronger and wiser. He's cultivating his own
brand of civil rights by investing in the
future success of other minorities through
the Minority Technology Entrepreneurs in
Atlanta, a nonprofit technology think-tank
and launch pad that Cobb founded with
Russell Griffin, an edaflow vice president.
"Mi TE was created to accomplish a
network where you can get information
about how the process works, and how to
work the process to your advantage,"
Cobb explained in the July 200 I issue of
Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. "I'm a big
believer that empowerment comes from
people understanding how to do things,"
he said."People have to ultimately try it
themselves to truly learn!'
Remembering his own struggle to find
investors for his ideas, Cobb hopes that
MiTE can prepare other minority entrepreneurs for greater prosperity.
"Mi TE is hosting a venture capital fair
[Southeast i-Dealflow Forum] Nov. 2 that
AOL, Time Warner, Coca-Cola, Turner
William Paul Walker of D urham.
BIR THS ADOP TIONS:
Gina Wagner Ahern (' 86 AB) and Mark
Edward Ahern of Charlotte; a son, Benjamin
Guell Ahern, on April 19, 2001. Katharine
Salmon Cary (' 86, ' 88 AB) and Brian
Keith Cary (' 83 AB) of Charlotte; a
daughter, Laura Scott Cary, on July 25, 2000.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. bcary@
ITlcguirewoods.com. Sarah Lykins
Entsminger (' 86 MRP) and Richard Daniel
Entsminger (' 86 MBA) of Potomac Falls,Va.;
a son, John Henry Lykins Entsminger, on
April 11,2001. E-mail: email@example.com.
Karen Nibbelink Lundy (' 86 AB) and
Charles Aubrey Lundy of Arlington,Va.; a
daughter, Elizabeth Holden Lundy, on April
, 87 ~~:G~eon Gardo II (' 87
JD) and Aresa Rae Gilbert of
Broadcasting and others are sponsoring.
We've convinced them that it's worthwhile
to have a venture fair focused on minority-owned, minority-led companies."
And Cobb continues to support the
training ground of his youth. He donated
$500,000 to the Sonja Haynes Stone Black
Cultural Center in April; the theater of the
center's future building will be named in
honor of Cobb's father.
"A freestanding BCC sends a tremen-
dous message. First, symbolically, it is a validation by the University community of the
importance of having and enthusiastically
supporting diversity," Cobb explained.
"Secondly, for students, I hope it will serve
as a welcoming place where they can feel
embraced and comfortable."
And a place where, hopefully, future
serial entrepreneurs can learn to spread
their wings even when the odds are against
them, just as Cobb did.
"My mother used to say,'You can
achieve anything you want if you put your
mind to it,''' Cobb said, recalling that old
RHA campaign years ago."She said it so
much, I began to believe her, and I still do."
- Brandee Chapman
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