2021 Entrepreneur Day Speaker Bios
Kerri Lindley, principal of KCL Creative, brings a fresh perspective to each client’s creative. While her designs have won awards, the best measure of her work is the success her clients achieve as a result of her branding, design and digital work. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in graphic design from Appalachian State University and honed her skills working with several noted advertising agencies. Recognizing business owners’ needs for effective creative services without the overhead of a traditional agency, Kerri launched KCL Creative in 2002. KCL Creative has the flexibility and depth to address nearly any creative need, from new branding to web development, print and digital media.
Simon Komlos is a serial entrepreneur and currently serves as Chief Design Officer and Co-founder at Zogo Finance. Simon was class of 2017 at UNCG and focused on Computer Science and Entrepreneurship.
Melody Burnett is the President of Visit High Point, formerly the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB). She has over 20 years of destination marketing and management experience in the Triad and a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism with a minor in business from UNC-Greensboro. She holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University as well as certification from the Guilford County Non-Profit Consortium in non-profit leadership management. Currently, she serves on the boards of Southwest Renewal Foundation, Business High Point Chamber of Commerce, High Point Economic Development Corporation, High Point Market Authority, Piedmont Triad Film Commission, Guilford County Hotel Association, Forward High Point, High Point University Board of Visitors, North Carolina Travel Industry Governor’s Council, and numerous committees of ad hoc projects in High Point. She formed the DRIVE High Point Foundation as the investment arm to Visit High Point’s destination development work to position High Point as a vibrant destination that visitors will enjoy, and that locals will want to promote. Melody is married to her husband, Brian of 16 years where they have a ten-year-old daughter, Autumn (named after the couple’s favorite time of year)!
Susan S. Wells, an educator, innovator and pioneer in the field of digital learning, innovative learning spaces and Makerspace design and development, is the founder of TechTerra Education. TechTerra Education is a company with a global reach and urgent mission – STEM Literacy for All. The company finds the most innovative tools for teaching and learning across the globe, supports developers in understanding classroom fit for STEM tools, builds STEM tool curriculum, provides professional development in STEM and Makerspaces, and offers STEM programs. Susan served as a Technology Strategist with groups across the country and internationally, and focused on STEM, innovation and technology in the K12 education setting. She is past President of the International Society of Education and Technology (ISTE) Mobile Learning Network and served as K12 Education Outreach Coordinator for Shodor, a National Resource for Computational Science Education. Susan is a seasoned international speaker and presenter. She is the author of Foundations of Makerspaces, was named an EdTech Awards Leadership Finalist in 2018 and 2019, EdTech Awards Trendsetter Winner 2020 and included in top 100 Edtech “Minds Behind What’s New and What’s Next” 2020-21.
Born in Greenville, N.C., Drew followed in his sister and mother’s footsteps, performing in as many musicals as possible. As he grew older and entered high school, he fell in love with tennis. Attending college on a tennis scholarship, Drew put a hold on performing. After graduating from North Carolina State University, Drew became a tennis professional. While teaching a tennis lesson to a T.V. actor, he was encouraged to study acting classically and pursue it for the camera, in addition to the stage. He has been doing so ever since.
Drew is also a TEDx Speaker (How to Be a Successful Liar), as well as a private film and TV coach, a husband, and a father.