Stephen Culp, Co-founder
A former U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, Peace Corps Volunteer, attorney, and NCAA Division I fencer, Stephen studied at UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford Law School, the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, the Université de Paris VII, and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, where he spent much of his time in Eastern Europe completing a photo and audio journal as the Berlin Wall came down.
In his hometown of Chattanooga, he has been an advisor or director to dozens of organizations and companies, a trustee of the Lyndhurst Foundation, a member of the Mayor’s transition team, and a General Partner for Chattanooga Renaissance Funds I & II.
Stephen was a torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Games, holds four patents for the original Smart Furniture design-on-demand model, appeared on the Nov 2004 cover of Inc magazine, and in 2010 represented the southeastern U.S. in Europe as a Marshall Fellow. He is a husband and father of two children, and is currently working with researchers from Israel and UAB to put an end to cystic fibrosis.