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Co-Founders

Gordon Bennett

Gordon is the owner of Web Data Corporation, incorporated in February of 1998 to focus on developing rich, client-side web applications for business, education and government. Prior to Web Data Corporation, and before coming to the U.S. in 1978, Gordon was in the music business as an entertainer, record producer and music publisher in England. In 1980 Gordon started a celebrity licensing business based in Los Angeles. Between 1980 and 1986, the licensing company represented many celebrities and music luminaries. Following that he started a mail-order business, which grew into a wholesale distribution company and was run with his wife for eleven years. A year after starting the mail-order business, Gordon raised capital with an idea and business plan to start a financing company for the interior design industry. When the internet started to take off, Gordon used his self-taught computer programming skills to create enterprise, online business and e-commerce sites, and later formed Web Data Corporation to focus entirely on web application development. Since 2005, Web Data Corporation has been selling its flagship online Surplus Property Management System to universities and state governments throughout the U.S.

Wendy Brown

Wendy founded the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) in 2006.  She ran the organization for three years, and then successfully transitioned CNE from a founder-led volunteer-based entity to a professionally staffed, board-governed sustainable nonprofit. Before CNE, Wendy’s work experience included corporate development for the Darden School of Buinsess Administration and early involvement in rapidly growing small companies. She has served the Charlottesville community for over twenty years in many capacities: a volunteer tutor and board member with the Literacy Volunteers of America, a member of the Vestry at Church of Our Saviour, a member of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee for the Charlottesville District School System and a member of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Advisory Board and Screening Committee. In addition, she has served on the Educational Foundation Board of Piedmont Virginia Community College, and as a board member for the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Wendy was awarded the 2008 Emily Couric Community Advocacy Award for excellence in community advocacy. She earned an MBA from the Darden School (‘91) and a BA from Connecticut College (‘83) and is a member of the 2013 Class of LEAD Virginia. She is married and has two children and enjoys traveling, tennis, gardening and networking to help people find what they need.

Hebah Fisher

Hebah served as CIC's first program director from 2011-2013. Hebah graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia and has helped develop small business technical assistance programs with a microfinance bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain and with the Bahraini Ministry of Social Development. She now serves as the Operations Leader & Community Host for Impact Hub Dubai, a studio for the community making a better world possible. Impact Hub combines the best of an incubator, campus, and global platform as a meaningful ecosystem for entrepreneurs. 

Toan Nguyen

Toan has a passion for starting businesses. In 1997, he started Shelf Life, Inc., a company that designed and manufactured wooden bookshelves and furniture. In 2000, Toan and his wife, Betsy Patrick, started C’ville Coffee, a popular meeting place for families, students, and business people. In 2007, Toan and Betsy started C’ville Cookies Co., a company dedicated to spread the fame of the highly addictive “Honey Bunches” cookies nationwide. Before embarking on the entrepreneurial journey, Toan worked as a professional photographer for the Houston Astros, a chef at a gourmet restaurant, a draftsman in an architecture firm, a construction manager at a development company, and as a sales and marketing manager at Carrier Corporation. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Toan was raised in Bruxelles, Belgium, and has lived in Heidelberg (Germany), Paris (France), Houston, Alexandria, San Francisco, Syracuse, and Hartford, CT. Toan has strong attachments to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. Toan received a B.S. from its Architecture School and an M.B.A. from its Darden School of Business. Being involved with CIC is a way for Toan to give back to the community for all the blessings that he has received from this wonderful community.