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, Chairman, is part of the founding Board of Directors that began their service in January 2018.
Kevin Klingler founded SmartSound Software in January of 1995. For 22 years he drove 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. Kevin sold the company in 2017 and worked for the new buyer as a consultant for a year. It was sold to Europe's largest independent music company to expand 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.
Matt D'Angelo is part of the founding Board of Directors that began their service in January 2018.
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 Murray is part of the founding Board of Directors that began their service in January 2018. But even prior to that, he was instrumental in the startup of the Beaufort Digital Corridor entity starting in 2016.
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 is part of the founding Board of Directors that began their service in January 2018.
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.
Dr. Robert “Bob” LeFavi, PhD
Bob LeFavi joined the Board of Directors in May 2019.
Dr. Robert "Bob" LeFavi earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Florida, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and a PhD in Health and Human Performance from Auburn University.
Dr. LeFavi is currently Founding Dean of the Beaufort Campus for the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, where he is charged with growing the Beaufort Campus. Dr. LeFavi came to USCB from Georgia Southern University, where he was Head of Health Sciences, a department of approximately 2,000 students. Prior to his academic career, Bob was Founding Director of the Center for Health Promotion at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Boynton Beach, FL. Dr. LeFavi has published more than 725 articles in the popular press and has published or presented over 60 research projects in scientific journals.
An entrepreneur at heart, Dr. LeFavi has created six business in fitness, nutrition, and commercial real estate beginning in 1986, all of which are in still operation today. Bob has served as consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, has been quoted as an expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Parade magazine, and ESPN magazine, and has appeared on CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CNN with Paula Zahn, and Inside Edition.
Dr. LeFavi also holds a M.Div. degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, a D.Min. degree from The University of the South (Sewanee), and is ordained in both the Lutheran and the Anglican Churches. In his spare time, Dr. LeFavi enjoys traveling to Italy, where he has dual citizenship with the U.S. and where he brings groups annually.
Bob and his wife, Sue, have been married for 35 years, and have three children – Leanne, a veterinarian in Atlanta; Michael, a graduate student at UGA; and Alex, a junior at George Washington University.
An online education advisor for Higher Education at Red Ventures, Melissa leads an annual survey research project tracking national trends in online education. As an instructional designer she has experience in industry and higher education. She is an adjunct faculty member and online course designer at Saint Leo University, and a certified career coach with a background in career development services. Melissa is also an associate editor for eLearn Magazine.
She earned a PhD in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida with research interests in distance education and support services for online students. She also holds master's degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University.
Melissa established Design Doc LLC in 2010 to connect with freelance and consulting projects related to online instructional design and career development. Through Design Doc, Melissa and her husband, Rob Petitgout, have been non-resident BDC members since its opening in 2017. Melissa has lived in Beaufort since 2012. She is currently a member of the City of Beaufort's Higher Education Task Force and served on the Friends of the Beaufort County Library Board from 2014 to 2018. Melissa is also a graduate of Leadership Beaufort.