The BDC Foundation
The Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation, is an independent 501(c)6 non-profit corporation focused on diversifying Beaufort's economy by pursuing an array of innovative products, events and services focused exclusively on the tech industry.
Kevin Klingler founded SmartSound Software in January of 1995. For 22 years he has driven the company's strategic vision and execution to become the preeminent and undisputed music-for-video technology company in the creative-media industry. SmartSound's multi-patented technology helps thousands of media creators from many of America's top companies create perfect music soundtracks for their media projects. He recently sold SmartSound to Europe's largest independent music company which is expanding their European leadership with SmartSound's technology in Europe, and sales of their products and services in the US through SmartSound's staff.
Before starting SmartSound, Kevin was a senior manager of Dimensional Impressions, at the time a leading Southern California CAD software company in the packaging and point of purchase display industries. Prior to Dimensional Impressions Kevin worked for over 10 years as a professional film and TV composer, music supervisor and music producer for many top-rated TV shows, network television commercials and various films. It was this combination of creating soundtracks for Hollywood films and shows and his experience managing a successful CAD software company that was the genesis of SmartSound's unique technology and the company's growth in the media industry. In his free time Kevin has been involved with a variety of charities and still enjoys playing guitar and cooking.
Secretary and Treasurer
Jess O'Brien is an experienced digital marketing professional with a proven track record of leading creative teams and projects to success. Jess moved from Atlanta, GA to the Lowcountry in 2014 and began her career as Account Director for ClickGiant soon after. Previously, she worked at a boutique ad agency located in Atlanta Tech Village. Her experience working with start-ups, mid-sized and large corporations garnishes her the understanding to meet client visions in today's ever scaling tech scene. While her career has spanned across the southeast, Jess is proud to now call Beaufort, SC home.
For the past 20 years, Matt D'Angelo has worked in the Software industry in delivery of Professional Services. He has served as a practitioner and manager over teams of Project and Program managers, and been the Operations Director for company divisions between 5 and 50 million dollars. Matt's style is to lead by example and activity, and has deep experience developing corporate strategy, and converting those concepts into plans of action.
He has previously co-founded a foster home and served on its board of directors, and has been an active volunteer with the Beaufort Rotary club and his church. He is committed to the development of the Beaufort technical community, and helping expand the impact on the Beaufort economy.
Stephen is the CEO of Kazoobie Kazoos, a small manufacturing firm based in Beaufort that produces plastic kazoos and other fun musical instruments, and a two-time National Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Recipient from the US Chamber of Commerce. He also owns New South Shirts that specializes in digital garment printing, embroidery, event merchandising, and promotional products. Stephen is a third generation Beaufortonian and graduate of Beaufort High School. He is married and has twin three-year old girls.
He is active in the civic community and currently serves on Beaufort City Council and Redevelopment Commission, and is acting Chairman of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation. Stephen is a Past Chairman of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association, a Riley Institute Leadership Diversity Fellow, and a former Lowcountry Rotarian.
Stephen's awards and honors include, Paul Harris Fellow, South Carolina Economic Development Ambassador representing Beaufort County, South Carolina Jaycee of the Year 2014, Lowcountry Young Professional BRCOC, and Community Service Award from the Sea Island Rotary.
Joe Floyd, a native of Whiteville, North Carolina, is the founder and CEO of InsureSign, a provider of electronic signature software. InsureSign is used by over 3000 businesses in the US and Canada to get documents filled and signed quickly and with full legal compliance. The company has offices in Charleston, SC and Chapel Hill, NC and was founded in 2011.
Since 1993, Joe has also served as CEO of a family-owned insurance finance company, MPP, Inc. MPP is one of the largest insurance premium finance companies in the Carolinas, and during Joe's tenure has financed nearly $1 billion in property and casualty premiums.
Joe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has lived in Beaufort, SC since 2000 with his wife, Dr. Karen Eller and two children, Walker and Kirsten. While in Beaufort, Joe has served on the boards of both the NC and SC Premium Service Associations. He has also served terms as the Vice Chairman of the Historic Beaufort Foundation and on the Beaufort Academy Board of Directors.