SUMMIT JUDGES

PETER BUCKLEY

Peter Buckley is a Director of CSR Angels, LLC, an angel investing group based in Aiken, SC. The group is associated with VentureSouth, a network of 13 angel groups in South and North Carolina, comprising over 200 individual investors. Prior to moving to Aiken, Peter was engaged for over 25 years in private capital raising for private and public companies across most industries. His assignments included equity raises for early, growth and acquisition stage companies. In this capacity, Peter held senior capital raising positions at JP Morgan Chase, Bear Stearns, and Robertson Stephens, among others.

BOB EASTER

Bob leads Central Piedmont Investment Group, an angel group whose first fund has successfully invested over $500K in ventures throughout Georgia. This group has recently completed raising capital for its second fund called CPIG II, and this fund has already made its first investment in Macon’s escape room, Situation Room. Also, as part of the angel investment community, Bob enjoys learning from and working with other groups across Georgia to share best practices, as well as encouraging start-ups in middle Georgia. During his leisure time, Bob enjoys mentoring others while promoting the importance of leadership, candor and trust; plays tennis and golf; trys to train his 70 pound chocolate lab; and reads.

ED JENKINS

Throughout a 25 year career at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) that included roles in sales, marketing, surgeon training, R&D and contracting, Ed has maintained a keen interest in the complex relationship among the drivers and barriers of new product and procedure adoption.

His first R&D product was exhibited at EPCOT and went on to be named a Top 3 invention in 1998. He’s lead cross-functional R&D teams in the US and India including one that developed J&J’s first surgical stapler tailored to emerging markets.

While managing the clinical, technical and commercial evaluation of external inventions, Ed developed the tools and processes adopted by J&J’s Corporate Office of Science and Technology. Recently retired, Ed lives in Athens, GA where he enjoys mentoring students in the College of Engineering at UGA.