David A. Doctor, President & CEO
David is an award-winning business builder and leader. He has co-founded or led more than a dozen start-up companies, most of them in the energy industry. David grew EnTrade Corporation, a natural gas marketing and trading company, to more than $1 billion in annual sales over eight years and Genscape, Inc, an energy information company, from R&D to cash-flow positive, international operation in 30 months. He raised more than $100 million in capital for companies he led, managed the subsequent sale of three companies and the bankruptcy of one. David was named an Inc. Magazine/Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for EnTrade Corporation and Genscape, Inc.
David has also managed and led large corporate organizations. He was CEO of Tenneco Energy Resources Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company with 20 percent German ownership and housed within a publicly-traded holding company. David set strategy for two Fortune 500 subsidiaries; at Tenneco Energy in the early 1990s when it was diversifying internationally and at Texas Gas Transmission Corporation as it progressed through industry deregulation. David has served on the boards of directors of six private corporations and one publicly traded subsidiary. The sales of companies under David’s leadership exceed $12 billion.
David is an award-winning academic innovator and organizer. While a fulltime CEO of early stage businesses, he served from 1997 through 2005 as the University of Louisville’s College of Business Bank One Entrepreneur in Residence. In 1998 he was named the College’s Graduate Educator of the Year for creating an innovative approach to teaching MBA students new venture finance. In 2012 David joined Duke University’s Energy Initiative where he effectively served as its chief operating officer through late 2014 while collaborating in building the Initiative.
Kelly Perkins, Program Director
Kelly Perkins is a Program Director for E4Carolinas. Prior to employment with E4 Kelly worked in Management and Banking for 4 years. Kelly also has a certification in event/wedding planning. She attended and Graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Marketing and Consumer Behavior.
Kelly has gained knowledge and experience quickly through planning the Annual E4Carolinas Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership Energy Carolinas Program and assisting with the Executive Leadership Program as well. Each of these programs allow Energy Professionals to view and gain knowledge about parts of the industry they wouldn’t necessarily gain working in their current positions.
Kelly is also responsible for maintaining all Financial Accounts and Marketing for E4Carolinas. This includes maintaining Membership Accounts, Collecting Dues for Programs and Memberships, General Book Keeping, Weekly News and Events Mailings, Task Force and Working Group Management, and other Misc tasks.
Courtney Taylor, Engagement Manager
Courtney Taylor is the Engagement Manager for E4 Carolinas. Prior to working for E4, Courtney worked as Marketing Coordinator for a company in Guam and Guest Service and Social Media Manager for a retailer. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Apparel Retail Studies. With a consumer background her focus is what is important, why it’s important, and how to fulfill their needs.
Courtney is responsible for retaining existing E4 Carolina members and developing new member throughout the Carolinas. She will also support the development and support of E4 Carolinas programs and events.
Jessica Buchanan, Administrative Manager
Jessica Buchanan is the Administrative Manager for E4Carolinas. Jessica graduated from the University of Tennessee with a major in Communications and a minor in Cinema Studies. Prior to E4Carolinas, Jessica ran and improved logistics for several Start-up companies who’s products ranged from monthly subscription packages to event based promotional marketing events.
Shairal Neema, Energy Research Associate
Viraj Pathak, Business Analyst
Caroline Piephoff, Database Coordinator
Shubham Gupta, Energy Research Associate
Chirag Jain, Energy Web Developer
Akshay M. Adagale, Software Engineer
Akshay Adagale is an intern working as a Software Engineer for E4Carolinas. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte. He is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the E4Carolinas website. He is also responsible to assess the web and user security requirements of E4 Carolinas’ website and propose to E4 Carolinas appropriate security solutions and implement those solutions upon E4 Carolinas’ authorization.