Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Founder’s Bio

C. James Meese, Jr. (CJ) – Founder and President

Mr. Meese is an Altoona PA native, and an alumnus of Hollidaysburg Area High School. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics, Mr. Meese spent nearly 20 years in corporate senior executive marketing/sales, business development and finance positions. 17 of those years were spent with West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (West), – a $1.1 billion annual revenue NYSE-traded company. He was a member of the company’s Top Management Committee during his last four years with West.

Following his career with West, Mr. Meese founded Business Development Associates, Inc. (BDA), a Raleigh NC based investment banking firm. For the last 25+ years BDA’s team has provided acquisition, sell side, capitalization, market development, valuation, business plan development, interim management and corporate governance services, primarily to middle market companies.

Mr. Meese has extensive corporate governance experience. He has served on two public company, several private company and several not for profit Boards of Directors, two of which he chaired. He was an independent director of DRI Corporation from 01/91 through 10/10. He chaired the Board’s Technology Committee and was a member of both the Audit Committee (which he chaired from ’94 to ’04) and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.

Mr. Meese served on Smart Online Inc’s Board of Directors from 12/06 to 6/10. He chaired the Board’s Audit Committee and was a member of both the Compensation and Corporate Governance & Nominating Committees. He was also a member of a Special Committee of the Board that, for one year, oversaw Smart Online’s strategic marketing plan development and execution.

BDA is a member of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and The Blairmont Club. Mr. Meese is also a member of North Ridge Country Club and serves on its Housee Committee.

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