Dirk Brown is the director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and a clinical professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Dr. Brown is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of developing, marketing and licensing disruptive, proprietary technologies. He is the founding CEO of Pandoodle Corporation, a digital media technology company with offices in California, New York and South Carolina. Previously, he was CEO of Neoconix, a venture capital-funded electronics technology company serving Fortune 100 customers with worldwide sales and manufacturing. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brown was executive vice president of operations and marketing at High Connection Density (HCD), with P&L responsibility for all of the company's product lines, and before that a member of technical staff at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He holds over 25 patents, has written over 30 technical papers and journal articles, and is an active member in a number of professional societies. Dr. Brown holds an MBA from San Jose State, a Ph.D. (Materials Science) and M.Eng. (Applied Physics) from Cornell University, and a B.Sc. (Eng) in Applied Physics/Electrical Engineering from Queen's University in Canada.
Dean H. Kress serves as associate director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center. He graduated from Clemson University, then started his own retail business. After three years, he joined Gate Petroleum Co. of Jacksonville, Florida, serving, at various times, as racquet club manager, real estate and credit manager, training supervisor and area supervisor. After earning an MBA, he came to the University of South Carolina as senior consultant and then area manager of the Small Business Development Center. He has served as a consultant to more than 100 small businesses in South Carolina. He has served as a strategic advisor and financial analyst with several South Carolina entrepreneurs and other organizations that attempt to work with them. He has been a judge in the Small Business Person of the Year competition sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce for five years. He presently teaches the master's level Entrepreneurship Practicum course at the Darla Moore School of Business and also coordinates all center activities.