Southeast Venture Conference 2007

The Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC) announces Mark Warner, the former Governor of Virginia, a co-founder of Nextel Communications and a former venture capitalist, as the event's keynote speaker. He will address attendees the afternoon of January 31, 2007 and discuss the importance of entrepreneurial growth in the United States. SEVC will be held January 31 - February 1 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC providing an unparalleled business experience for the southeast venture community.

Warner, who left the Virginia Governor's office in early 2006 as one of the most popular in the state's history, became a key figure in the telecommunications industry in the 1980s. He co-founded Nextel (now Sprint Nextel) and later became a founding partner of Columbia Capital Corporation, a technology venture capital fund in Virginia. Over the years, he has helped to create more than 70 telecommunications and information technology companies, many of which later went public.

Active in technology and education issues, Warner launched the Virginia High-Tech Partnership and has chaired the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the Virginia Math and Science Coalition. He chaired the National Governors Association in 2004-2005 and was named one of "America's 5 Best Governors" by Time magazine. Until recently, Warner was considered a top contender for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2008. In October, Warner ruled out a presidential bid in favor of spending time with his family and supporting grassroots political and business efforts.

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