Serving as an Adams Advisor creates a virtuous cycle: you build relationships with UNC's most successful alums, get inspired working with students, and give back to the University

about the advisors

Adams advisors are successful founders, funders, and high growth executives at various stages in their careers.  They come from a broad selection of industries - from technology to clean energy, consumer products to finance - and a diverse range of functional expertise - from marketing to finance, and human resources to strategy.  They've created enterprise values across different-sized organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to state governments.  They are all UNC alums, or friends of UNC, and share a commitment to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.


We know you are busy! As an Advisor, the Adams Apprenticeship program is designed to make an efficient, high-leverage use of your time.  We ask for 3-5 hours of time every six months, but we can increase or decrease your commitment at any time.   You will likely receive requests from students for initial networking phone calls or coffee shop meet-ups, where you will review their personal leadership plans.  After meeting students, one or two of them may ask you to advise them in a more formal capacity, or perhaps serve on their personal board of advisors.  Should you accept, this will be a one hour commitment to the student every six months.

Of course, there are also networking events in the Triangle, New York and San Francisco that we'd love to have you attend.

Meanwhile, students expect your honest, good-intentioned feedback and perspective.  They'll be coming to you with the hard questions - "Should I accept my offer at Google or work on my start-up?" - and you are expected to challenge their assumptions, provide advice, and commit to making an impact in their careers. 


benefits of mentoring

Here are a few reasons Advisors are committing to the Apprenticeship program:

  • Give back to UNC - "I love this school, and this is a unique way to give back."
  • Talent identification - "These kids are talented. I want to hire them."
  • Opportunity identification - "There are some intriguing businesses being developed by students.  I may be able to help them."
  • Strengthen personal network with like-minded alums - "This is the most talented, influential group of alums I've been around."
  • Have fun - "The energy of the students is contagious, their ideas are inspiring, and I love investing time in them."

Interested in getting involved?  Please email Dina Rousset at 

Thus far, my experiences within the program have connected me to like-minded mentors who approach the world with curiosity and ambition. Essentially, as apprentices, we view mentors as role models and seek to emulate their successes (and failures) in one way or another in order to foster our own path’s to success. I’ve learned more from 5 minute conversations with certain individuals than semester long courses. – Fletcher Cox, Apprentice 2016

Partial List of Adams Advisors

Nick Jordan

Tom Kenan

Malcolm Kendall

Jim Kitchen

Adam Klein

Martin Lagod

Russ Lange

Ken Lee

Kevin Leibel

Laure Levesque

David Logan

Scott Maitland

Steve Malik

Merrill Mason

Craig Mathews

Laurie McCartney

Fred McCoy

Brian McMerty

Bill Moore

Randy Myer

Tom Newby

Cam Patterson

John Pistone

Paul Poole

Todd Pope

Jed Record

Chip Rich

Dave Rizzo

Larry Robbins

David Routh

Brian Sanders

Linda Sanders

Dennis Schaecher

Mark Scullion

Tom Sekel

Shruiti Shah

Tyler Shields

Jed Simmons

Biri Singh

Jaggi Singh

Amit Singh

Martin Sinozich

Aaron Smith

David Spitz

Bill Starling

John Stedman

Robert Stevens

Ryan Stone

Eric Teague

Joe Vance

Sumit Vohra

Chris Wedding

Ned Wheeler

Scott Wingo

Tucker York

Adam Abram

Susan Acker-Walsh

Aimee Adamec

Scott Albert

Peyton Anderson

Greg Anglum

Rick Bain

Todd Ballenger

Houston Barnes

Fred Barringer

John Battle

Mark Bensen

Raj Bhatia

Chris Bingham

Nick Black

Phaedra Boinodiris

Kevin Bowles

Richard Boyd

Paul Boyer

Juliano Braz

John Cambier

Graham Carroll

Bryce Chaney

Kevin Clark

Render Dahiya

Jan Davis

Lister Delgado

Ron DiFelice

Kristel Dorion

Michael Elliott

Jim Fain

Morris Fine

Adam Fischer

Kevin FitzGerald

Leif Forer

J.J. Froehlich

Morris Gelblum

Perry Genova

Vickie Gibbs

James Goodmon, Jr.

Bill Goodwin

Mike Griffin

Alec Guettel

Clay Hamner

Boyd Harden

Benjamin Hartmere

Bryan Hassin

Chris Heivly

Luke Holman

Don Holzworth

Aaron Houghton

John Howell

Katie Hughes

C. Scott Hultman

Fred Hutchison

Peter Johnson

List updated 5/1/15