At Harbright, our members are our most important asset. As seasoned industry professionals and successful entrepreneurs, our members bring a wealth of experience and a diverse set of perspectives to the process of investing in and managing portfolio companies.
We are always looking for energetic, inquisitive, and talented people to join us.
John Michael Harllow
Mr. J.M. Harlow, from his childhood in the “Deep South”, has been a life-long seeker of knowlege and wisdom. He believes that difficult and challenging situations–and the knowledge we learn from them–provide the springboard for greater future success and victory. Accordingly, his career has been directed to providing his accumulated knowledge, counsel, and insight to businesses and individuals to enable them to overcome their own challenges and achieve success. J.M. holds both a J.D. and M.B.A., and he received high honors in both programs. He practiced business and health law in New Orleans and Raleigh prior to serving as C.A.O. at a national healthcare services company, which later was acquired by a prominent private equity company. As an investor, J.M. recognized that a chasm exists between businesses and entrepreneurs needing assistance and investors seeking diversification into growing small businesses. He is an avid student of history and believes that we are living in very significant times when smartly-applied capital and teamwork can achieve heroic results.
Assertive sales leader and management consultant with 10+ years of experience in expanding revenues across biotechnology, financial services, and other sectors. Trusted to provide strategic advice and business development consultation to executive-level decision makers and product teams. Proven value in driving new product commercialization planning and execution for $50M+ implementations.
Dr. Yanyo has extensive experience in multidisciplinary science, engineering and quality manufacturing, including polymeric, controllable, and electronic materials and processing, mechanical and electronic systems and design. She has over 20 years experience in invention, development and commercialization of new technology and business turnarounds in a wide variety of markets through disciplined, strategic market research and sales execution processes, patent portfolio construction, strategic staffing and employee engagement, and integrated MarCom and branding.
Dr. Yanyo currently is a board member and/or advisor to Integrated Biometrics, Romeo Rim, Tiger Eye Sensor, Slateplate, Treyco, Threshold and The Center for Hope and Healing and is an Associate Director for ISBM.
Mr. Seward is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and advisor to growing businesses. He has 20 plus
years of marketing and sales experience which includes his 5 years of strategy, management, marketing and
sales consulting for start-ups, early stage companies, and companies seeking realignment. He has been
involved in 6 startups and 5 successful exits.
In addition to his marketing and sales experience Mr. Seward has operational experience. He has either
advised or worked for companies in the print and mail, logistics, submersible pump, healthcare, government,
legal and software industries and include organizations such as BOWE BELL & HOWELL, Bausch and
Lomb, LexisNexis, and several smaller companies. Mr. Seward is a tenacious sales person, and leader adept
and bringing products to market, as well as building organizations.
Startups Currently Mentoring/Advising: VoteBash, Inc., Solanimus, Zip Treat Inc.
An active problem-solver and strategist, Manit leads Salesforce’s Program Management team for the public sector and was responsible for leading Salesforce’s entry into the public sector vertical. When not figuring out how to deliver large scale programs and analyzing how to optimize costs Manit likes to play badminton and read books that he believes will hold the key to the next million dollar idea. An entrepreneur at heart Manit is constantly dabbling in various ventures be it real estate or working on opening an eatery. Manit holds a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai (India), along with a MS from Syracuse University and more recently an MBA from Duke Universities Fuqua School of Business.
After establishing himself as a global business leader during his time in Shanghai, China, Ryan Graven returned to North Carolina to found and manage a multimillion-dollar corporation whose 4 subsidiaries currently span 3 countries. He knows the value of fostering confidence with both internal and external stakeholders, and has achieved this in his own companies by instilling a culture of open dialogue and collaborative problem resolution among both his executive team and his employee base. With a proven track record of success in strategic planning, international sales, client project management, and global supply chain management, he is able to leverage his expertise to ensure effective daily operations and continued corporate success. Ryan has investment interests in advanced manufacturing, resorts, consumer products, food service, and real estate, and he has served on several boards, including the NC Global Transpark Authority Board of Directors. Though he holds an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Ryan maintains strong ties with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his undergraduate degree, and remains a lifelong Tar Heel.
Mr. K. A. Kintz is a creative, results-oriented business leader with more than 20 years of experience developing new business opportunities globally. Working as an Intrapreneur, he has leveraged his knowledge of adhesives, coatings, automotive and material sciences to create several successful new businesses within large US companies. He is a skilled team leader with the ability to communicate with technology and business professionals at all levels. His expertise in Open Innovation, customer and partner development, contract negotiations and pricing is an asset to early stage companies. He holds 14 United States patents, numerous international patents and several publications. He has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University with graduate studies in business at Wright State University, and is a certified pricing professional. Andy has served as a board member for profit and non-profit companies and is currently a board member for the Industrial Research Institute.