CEO of Symphonic Distribution
CEO of Metavrse
TED Fellow, Filmmaker, Activist
Genevieve Von Petzinger
Paleoanthropologist, Speaker, Author, Explorer
VP of Creative at Blinker
Co-writer/Producer Obvious Child
Women Filmmakers Initiative/Sundance Institute
Women at Sundance Fellows 2015
Writer Costa Rica Filmworks
Writer/Director The Adderall Diaries
Women Filmmakers Initiative/Sundance Institute
Women at Sundance Fellows 2016
Robert A. King
A.M. Todd Botanical Therapeutics
(Now President at SIBU)
Virginia Kennedy Pictures
A strategic executive mentor, thought-partner, and all-around badass, Carolyn has a passion for helping executives, creatives, and companies maximize individual and organizational growth. Her immediate focus is helping the Southeast’s most ambitious Fortune 500 executives, creative visionaries, and SMB founders and executives build and scale their companies and achieve their personal and professional ambitions.
As CEO of Velocity Plus, Carolyn and her partners work exclusively with companies who are seeking to overcome internal growth inhibitors and reach the next level - be that an exit, rapid expansion, or creating an atmosphere that empowers teams and executives to move the needle in their business. With over fifteen years of experience across multiple industries and disciplines, Carolyn brings a unique perspective that will help seasoned executives scale and build their companies. Her work with creatives and business leaders in the entertainment industry, has earned her a position as a coach/mentor on the Sundance Institute Women’s Film Initiative Fellows Program along with having coached/mentored in the Ted.com Fellows Program, among others. Get in touch with Carolyn to learn how she can propel your business to the next level with an incomparable blend of compassion, expertise, and experience.
Over his 35+ yr. career Tom has built and sold four successful businesses. Tom has worked for IBM and several of its affiliated companies over the years holding executive positions in high growth/high risk lines of business. Tom combines his proprietary scaling technology with proven business operating systems to deliver rapid and measurable results. He has augmented his philosophy with sales enablement tools & frameworks that significantly increase revenue and performance from your sales executives.
Typically, Tom is brought in to either help companies scale, increase the ROI, fix stalled growth, implement a proven business operating system or a combination of all of these. Tom is the entrepreneur-in-residence at The Company Lab in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he mentors entrepreneurs from idea to enterprise. Tom is an advisor with the Blackstone Entrepreneur Network and advises CEOs, executives and investors on scaling growth-stage companies.
As Director of Business Development, Ashlee brings a deep knowledge of the southeastern business ecosystem, coupled with an empathetic ear and a sharp, tactical know-how to Velocity +.
Ashlee began her career at Reliance Partners, an insurance startup owned by the Lamp Post Group, a venture capital incubator. As Director of National Accounts, Ashlee facilitated the marketing efforts for a book of business totaling over $10 million in annual premiums. She was an integral player in all aspects of the sales process, from generating new business leads to negotiating on behalf of the client.
After getting a taste for the entrepreneurial economy, Ashlee moved from a startup to a startup support organization, serving as the Director of Programs for The Company Lab (CO.LAB). At CO.LAB, Ashlee was a facilitator and cheerleader to countless startups, from ideation through fundraising. Ashlee re-designed CO.LAB’s Accelerator programming, leading to 85% of program participants raising capital and/or securing national distribution deals. It was through CO.LAB that Ashlee became acquainted with Velocity + and the high impact work the team delivers.
She currently serves on the nonprofit boards for Venture Forward and United Way's Emerging Leaders, and is a member of the selection committee for the Spirit of Innovation Awards. She also holds numerous corporate board seats.
Lloyd Starr is the former President and COO of Beatport. He was one of Beatport’s first employees, starting with the company in 2003 before the site launched, as a founding software developer. During his tenure, Beatport raised $12MM in Venture Capital, won the Denver Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Company two consecutive years and other accolades for quality and design. Before his exit Starr played a key role in selling Beatport to SFXii and helping take Beatport public.
Starr is also an advisor for several companies including Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network. Previously, Lloyd held creative developer/product roles at such companies as Factory Design Labs and Spire Media. He currently lives in Denver with his wife, daughter, son and dog. He is an avid runner and martial artist.