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President of The Alternative Board of Greensboro & High Point
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 336-298-2088

Jay Brennan

Jay is President of The Alternative Board of Greensboro & High Point and owner of JayBird Management, a turnaround and general management consulting firm located in Greensboro, NC.

Jay has over 20 years experience owning and operating a variety of small businesses, with revenues ranging from $2 MM to over $20 MM. Jay is a generalist, with extensive experience in finance, operations and cost control.

JayBird Management works with small companies to develop and refine their business strategies, write business plans and raise outside capital. Additionally, JayBird Management assists companies in making necessary company changes, such as developing and implementing a new sales and marketing plan.

Jay has owned or operated companies in distribution (upholstery leather importing), manufacturing (personal care products) and, most recently, education (K-12 online charter school), as the President of the Online Learning Division of White Hat Management. Jay currently serves as the Screening Chair of the Piedmont Angel Network (PAN), a $5 MM committed capital fund that invests in startups in the North Carolina region.

Jay received his B.A in English and Economics, summa cum laude, from Colgate University and a joint JD/MBA from the University of Virginia.

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Certified Contract Facilitator
E-mail: [email protected]

John Melson

John is a Partner, Facilitator and Coach at the Alternative Board of Greensboro and High Point.

John has 30 years of leadership across a wide variety of functional areas, including strategic planning, finance, marketing, manufacturing, and IT. John spent four years in middle market commercial lending in New York City, working with privately-held businesses with revenues between $10 and $50 million, across a range of industries. Following his years in banking, John spent 7 years as Chief Operating Officer of a  60-year-old family-owned manufacturing business, helping the company to more than double revenues and increase profitability three-fold. After 7 years, John structured the sale of the company to a strategic buyer, resulting in a significant liquidity event for shareholders.

From 2001 until 2016, John held various senior leadership positions at Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, LLC, a division of Glen Raven, Inc., a multinational textile company based in Burlington, North Carolina. Most recently, John was Vice President of Strategic Planning, responsible for divisional business and financial plans, and marketing activities. During his time with Glen Raven, John was involved with several restructurings, acquisitions and asset sales, including the establishment and ongoing management of joint venture companies in India and Brazil.

John earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College.

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