RALEIGH, N.C. (April 08, 2009) – Tim Gupton, founding partner of Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), the largest locally owned and managed, independent CPA firm in North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at the April Business Leaders Breakfast. The event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, business executives and professionals to hear more about what it takes to thrive in the local business community, as well as gain insight to becoming a successful leader.
With more than 30 years of public accounting experience, Gupton has served as the start-up CFO for seven biopharmaceutical companies in the Research Triangle, and is a founder and general partner of Research Triangle Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage investments. Currently, Gupton is a co-founder and CFO for Alphavax Inc., a vaccine company based on new genomic vector technology from the University of North Carolina, and Colucid Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing migraine drugs licensed from Ely Lilly.
“The Business Leaders Breakfast is a great networking opportunity for Triangle professionals,” says Gupton. “I’m looking forward to speaking to a diverse mix of business leaders from throughout our community.”
The Business Leaders Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Capital City Club in the Center Plaza Building in Raleigh. To register for the event, visit www.triangle.businessleader.com.
Past speakers at the event include Beverly Baskin, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina; Bob Greczyn, president & CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; and Lew Ebert, president of N.C. Chamber.
Tim Gupton has more than thirty years of public accounting experience. He joined Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP in 1992 after 19 years with a Big Four firm. His practice now is centered on entrepreneurial businesses and their founders that include owner-managed businesses and investor-financed companies in the Triangle area. Gupton has served as the start-up CFO for seven biopharmaceutical companies in the Research Triangle including former roles at Trimeris Inc. and Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is currently a co-founder and CFO for Alphavax Inc., a vaccine company based on new genomic vector technology from the University of North Carolina, and Colucid Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing migraine drugs licensed from Ely Lilly. In addition, he is a founder and general partner of Research Triangle Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage investments, and is a founder and president of HPG Family Office, LLC, a company providing fiduciary wealth management services to families of significant wealth.
HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. Furthermore, Business Leader magazine ranked HPG as the fifth most successful small business in North Carolina in 2008. HPG is able to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients through the CPAmerica firm network of 701 offices worldwide. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax, and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, and providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. Visit www.hpg.com.
Business Leader Media publishes Business Leader magazine, The Book of Leaders and the Corporate Relocation Guide in the Triangle, the Park Newcomers Guide in RTP, and The North Carolina Legal Guide. Business Leader operates the area’s largest newswire featuring daily business news, business rankings, and business profiles at www.RaleighDurham.com. The company hosts over 30 local business events each year in the Triangle, including the annual Movers & Shakers, Women Extraordinaire, Hall of Fame, Business Champions and Healthiest Company/CEO, Top 100 Small Businesses, Top CFOs awards, and two monthly breakfast speaker series featuring top Triangle and RTP CEOs.