49er Alumni Forum: Entrepreneurship

April 28, 2016 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The UNC Charlotte Alumni Association is excited to partner with OrthoCarolina to bring you the 49er Alumni Forum! The topic for the very first forum is "Alumni Entrepreneurs: Educated at Charlotte | Founded in Charlotte."

UNC Charlotte has a base of successful alumni, many of whom have started their own small businesses in the greater Charlotte region. The purpose of the 49er Alumni Forum is to bring these Alumniners back to campus and allow them to share their stories, their successes, their failures, and their advice to students, alumni, the Charlotte community, as well as anyone who is interested in starting their own businesses. How did they do it? Anything unique about the Charlotte region?

Food and beverages will be provided. Admission to the event is FREE, but you must RSVP no later than Monday, April 25.

Date: 4/28/2016
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: PORTAL Building | UNC Charlotte Campus
Directions: 9319 Robert D Snyder Road, Charlotte, NC 28223
Visitor Parking: CRI Deck 1 (See Map)

Rides from CRI Deck 1 will be provided by Cruise Carts, owned and operated by UNC Charlotte alumnus Dustin Adams '11

2016 Alumni Panelists 

  rachel brown

Rachel Brown '14

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Queen City Chic
Instagram: @queencitychic

Rachel Brown graduated in December 2014 from UNC Charlotte, majoring in Communication Studies with a track in PR; she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi. In a short year, she has created a Charlotte blog and Instagram account "Queen City Chic" with a following of 16,000. The blog highlights local food, fashion, and events. Rachel decided to turn her success into a promotional, media, and marketing company and is very passionate about what she does on a daily basis.


bryan delaney

Bryan Delaney '03

Belk College of Business
Twitter: @Skookum

Bryan Delaney founded Skookum - a full service software development firm - in 2005 with co-founder and fellow alumnus James Hartsell (2002).  Delaney and Hartsell noticed a massive disconnect between the problems that businesses need to solve, and the unintuitive, boilerplate technology they're often forced to use to solve them. Their belief is that the creative application of technology can help businesses create more revenue and realize new efficiencies. So far, they have helped companies like Lowe’s, Coca Cola Bottling, FedEx, and Honda hit those goals, and we've built an awesome team and culture in Charlotte in the process.


torrie savage

Torrie Savage '05

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Instagram: @thesavageway

Torrie Savage is the founder of #thesavageway and a 2005 graduate of UNC Charlotte, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. #thesavageway is a marketing & branding company built upon a foundation of positive change, creative thinking and outside-the-box execution. This Charlotte based team focuses on social media, branding, consulting and Clean Graffiti, #thesavageway is helping small businesses gain the exposure needed to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace. When her team is not cleaning sidewalks with their innovative Clean Graffiti, they are creating unique artwork out of Moss (Moss Art).


brian zapata

Dr. Brian Zapata '03, '07, '12

Lee College of Engineering
Zapata Incorporated
LinkedIn: Zapata Incorporated

Dr. Brian Zapata has over ten years of professional experience in structural, seismic, blast, security, and forensic engineering. He serves as a Project Manager at Zapata Incorporated - a family-operated Architecture-Engineering and field services firm - and is responsible for overseeing various structural and forensic projects for government and private sector clients. He has experience in the analysis, design, and renovation of commercial and industrial structures, including office buildings, warehouse and distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, fossil power facilities, and nuclear power facilities. Brian is a board member of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association, the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, and the Levine Museum of the New South.

Admission to the event is FREE, but you must RSVP no later than Monday, April 25.