Communications and Engagement Manager
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Financial Analyst
President & CEO
Executive Assistant to the President, CEO & CFO
Public Securities Manager
Director of Community Investment
Executive Assistant to Founder and Executive Chairman
Director of Accounting
Senior Policy Advisor for ChildTrust Foundation
Ashley Bankos is IMC’s Tax Manager. A certified public accountant, Ashley holds an economics degree from Davidson College and a Master of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University. Before coming to IMC, Ashley spent five years in the tax department at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Ashley and her husband live in Durham with their excitable dog, Birdie.
Katherine Carlton is the Communications and Engagement Manager at IMC. In this role, she focuses on building an open and communicative culture. Fundamental tenants of this role are creating an environment of continuous improvement through personal and professional development for our team, clearly communicating strategic initiatives, and helping fulfill IMC’s commitment to our community. Katherine holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Public and Interpersonal Communications from North Carolina State University. A lifelong resident of Raleigh, she is an active participant in the community as a member of the SAFEchild Young Ambassadors steering committee and the Friends of WakeMed.
Adam is a Vice President of IMC, where he focuses on company and financial analysis. Before its merger with IMC in 2015, Adam was a partner at Morehead Capital, joining the firm in 2006. Prior to joining Morehead, Adam held a Team Leader position with Whole Foods Market.
Adam earned his undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a Masters in Accounting from Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Nick Despotes, an analyst at IMC, has been with the company since June 2017. On a day-to-day basis Nick focuses on internal company analysis, industry research, and deal sourcing. Within IMC’s portfolio, he works most frequently with the management teams of Fleet Feet and RiseMark Brands.
Born and raised in Raleigh, Nick attended Cardinal Gibbons High School and North Carolina State University, where he graduated summa cum laude in May 2017 with a BS in Business Administration—Finance. Outside of work, Nick is an active runner and fitness enthusiast who loves to cook and is a passionate NC State athletics fan.
Nate is the Chief Financial Officer of IMC, where he focuses on various aspects of the company's finance and operations. Prior to joining IMC in 2015, Nate was the Chief Operating Officer of Morehead Capital. Before joining Morehead Capital as a partner in 2009, Nate worked for seven years in the Private Client Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina where he served some of the southeast's most well-respected private businesses across a variety of industries.
Nate serves on the board of directors of three of IMC’s operating companies: Arcadia Beverage, Fleet Feet and IDOC.
Nate holds a Master of Accounting from Kenan-Flagler Business School and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nate is a certified public accountant licensed in North Carolina. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife Claire and two kids, Clementine and Ivy.
Linda joined Investors Management Corporation after working in the accounting department at Golden Corral Corporation. As Senior Financial Analyst, Linda prepares various internal and external financial reports concerning IMC, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, analyzes variances on reports, and is responsible for the general ledger processing function. She also provides accounting services for the ChildTrust Foundation, IMC’s charitable arm. Linda’s prior experience includes working in both large and small public accounting firms and in public and private industry.
A certified public accountant, Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Carolina State University. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Ted was the President and CEO of Golden Corral Corporation for 25 years before transitioning to Investors Management Corporation as a Director. Ted holds a B.A. from Abilene Christian University and completed the Graduate School of Business Administration’s Executive Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. Ted started his career with Sambo’s Restaurants in Santa Barbara, CA, before joining Golden Corral in 1977. He became President and CEO in 1989, winning more than half a dozen awards for distinction in foodservice and hospitality during his tenure. He is a Past Chairman of the National Restaurant Association and currently serves on the board for IMC, where he has been a Director since 2015. Ted is married to Glenda Fowler and has two adult children and five grandchildren.
Stuart is President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Management Corporation (IMC), where he provides strategic leadership to the company. Stuart has been affiliated with IMC for over 25 years. He first encountered IMC when he founded Carolinas Golf Group, where James Maynard, Founder and Chairman of IMC, was one of the original investors. Throughout Stuart’s tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer at Carolinas Golf Group, James Maynard became a trusted advisor, friend and mentor and this relationship has continued for almost three decades. Most recently, Stuart served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Biologics, Inc., a portfolio company of IMC. Biologics was sold to McKesson, Inc. in 2016. Drawing on his people-centered philosophy of leadership, Stuart is committed to building upon and executing IMC’s 100-year plan.
Stuart serves on the board of directors of IMC and four of its operating companies: RiseMark Brands, IDOC, Hart Lumber and Alliance Lumber. He also serves on the board of directors of Watson Electrical Construction Company, Inc. In the past he has served on numerous additional corporate boards.
Stuart has remained active in the community, having served on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County and as a deacon and elder in his church. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he earned an MBA. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Ella.
David joined IMC as an associate in 2017. He is responsible for subsidiary company management as well as identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities.
Prior to joining IMC, David was an Investment Banking Analyst for Fidus Partners, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory for middle market companies across a variety of industries. Previously, David was an analyst at Morehead Capital, where he assisted in the analysis of investment opportunities and portfolio coverage.
David graduated from North Carolina State University where he was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics.
As IMC’s Accounting Assistant, Roxanne Hotchkiss is responsible for maintaining cash balances, closing corporate general ledgers, analyzing accounts from the ledgers, and processing Accounts Payable. Roxanne began her career at K-Mart Corporation, where she worked for eight years before joining Golden Corral Corporation in 1984. In 1999 she moved to IMC, Golden Corral’s parent company. In her role, Roxanne most enjoys learning about IMC’s affiliated companies and working with interesting, seasoned, and caring people. On weekends Roxanne loves to bake, grow flowers, shop for antiques, and spend time with her grandson.
Kristen Jacot manages logistics for the IMC executive team’s day-to-day operations as well as company-wide special events. Prior to joining IMC in December 2015, Kristen spent five years as the assistant to the CEO at Morehead Capital Management and five years as an executive assistant and office manager at Cherokee Investment Partners. Kristen is a New York native and has called North Carolina home since 2000.
Leonard, Public Securities Manager
Connor Leonard is the Public Securities Manager at Investors Management Corporation, where he runs a concentrated portfolio of public market investments utilizing a long-term, value investing philosophy. Connor has worked for IMC and related entities his entire career, focusing on both private acquisitions and public market investments.
Connor has been a featured speaker on investing at the ValueX Vail conference, at Santangel's Investor Forum, and on the "Invest Like the Best" podcast. Connor currently serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC's Applied Investment Management program, and has guest lectured on investing at the UNC Kenan-Flagler and UVA Darden business schools.
Connor earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Connor grew up in Wellesley, MA, and now resides in Raleigh, NC, with his wife Cameron and his son Turner. He enjoys playing golf and following UNC basketball and the New England professional sports teams.
As Director of Community Investment for IMC, Easter Maynard leads ChildTrust Foundation and offers a strong civic-minded voice within the business and philanthropic communities. The charitable arm of IMC, ChildTrust Foundation invests primarily in early childhood education and literacy efforts across North Carolina with a particular focus on serving under-resourced families and communities. In this role, Easter has helped establish an early childhood funders collaborative of nearly 20 grantmaking partners to advocate for strong early childhood policy and practice in the state.
Easter serves on the IMC board of directors and recently took the helm of the Golden Corral board of directors, having served on that board since 2007. She also chairs the board of directors for Camp Corral, which she helped establish in 2012 to strengthen military families by providing summer camp experiences for children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes. Thanks to a unique partnership with Golden Corral restaurants, Camp Corral has grown to serve more than 3,300 children a year in camps throughout the U.S.
In addition to her work through IMC, Easter currently serves as board chair for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and serves on the boards of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Methodist Home for Children, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. She previously served on the boards of the Triangle Community Foundation, NC Center for Women in Public Service and the NC Conservation Network.
Easter has received numerous awards for her efforts, most recently the 2018 Friend of Education Award from WakeEd Partnership, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, the 2017 Triangle Community Foundation Catalyst Award for visionary philanthropy, and the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Triangle Business Journal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communications from Wake Forest University and a master’s in social work and community practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
James is the Founder of IMC and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1971 through 2015. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Golden Corral Corporation.
James founded IMC in 1971. He raised $50,000 of equity from investors, which he used to start Golden Corral. He opened the first Golden Corral restaurant in Fayetteville, NC in 1973, when he was 33 years old. Golden Corral Corporation is now the owner or franchisor of approximately 500 restaurants nationwide. The annual system sales of Golden Corral exceed $1.6 billion. On average, more than 3 million people eat at a Golden Corral restaurant each week.
James served as a Director of BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) from 1984 until 2010. In 2009, James was inducted into the N.C. Business Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the highest levels of recognition, both statewide and nationally, by the hospitality industry. James earned his bachelor's degree from East Carolina University.
As the Office Manager at IMC, Christina focuses on facility management, risk management, IT administration, and benefits and human resources. Prior to joining IMC, Christina was the Office Manager for Morehead Capital Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh with her partner and their two children.
Allison Morris provides administrative support to IMC’s Founder and Executive Chairman. She also assists the ChildTrust Foundation, IMC’s charitable arm, and points to the experience of serving on the start-up and development team of Camp Corral, Golden Corral’s charitable arm, as particularly rewarding.
Prior to supporting IMC’s Founder, Allison spent fifteen years as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Finance at Golden Corral. A lifelong resident of the Raleigh area, she attended Wake Technical Community College and enjoys spending time with family and going to the beach.
As Director of Accounting for IMC, Margie oversees preparation of consolidated financial reports for IMC and its subsidiaries, including the company’s annual audited statements, budgets and projections. She also oversees corporate finance functions for IMC. Prior to transferring to IMC in 2000, Margie was an accounting manager in the finance department of Golden Corral Corporation (an IMC subsidiary). Past positions also include working at a major bank in internal audit and at a CPA firm.
Margie is a certified public accountant and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in business administration and a concentration in accounting.
Margie and her husband travel and have visited many national parks in the US and Canada, hiking and enjoying nature. She spends her free time with her extended family and her dog and she also enjoys riding horses and volunteering.
As IMC’s receptionist and administrative assistant, Laura strives to make IMC a welcoming place for every employee and visitor. Along with the office manager, she ensures the building runs smoothly, coordinates IMC’s lunch program, and manages vendor relationships. She also assists the finance, tax, and HR departments.
After graduating from Houghton College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Laura completed two year-long AmeriCorps assignments in Buffalo, New York, where she created writing programs for under-resourced youth and helped reestablish the Taste of Diversity Festival. In 2012 she moved to North Carolina, where she served as Volunteer Coordinator for Clubs In The City and worked in retail, marketing, and sales prior to joining the Morehead Capital team. Laura lives in Durham with her husband, who is both befuddled and amused by her passion for the New England Patriots.
Cyndi Soter O’Neil serves as senior policy advisor for ChildTrust Foundation, which supports systemic impact in early childhood education and literacy efforts for under-resourced families in North Carolina. She brings experience from more than two decades of work in public education in NC, where she began her career as an English teacher and newspaper advisor at West Charlotte High School. Following her graduate studies, Cyndi worked in a range of communications, marketing, research and community engagement roles at Wake Education Partnership, Guilford Education Alliance, NC New Schools and other statewide education organizations.
A North Carolina Teaching Fellow and a Roy H. Park Fellow, Cyndi holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a postgraduate diploma in magazine studies from Cardiff University in Wales, UK, where she studied as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Cyndi currently serves on the board of directors for the Public School Forum of North Carolina and The Kilgoris Project. She is also actively involved in school-level PTA in Wake County, having volunteered as communications chair, vice president and president.
Cyndi Soter O'Neil
Jaclyn Rosa is the legal assistant at IMC, where she assists General Counsel Tom Donaldson. She holds a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has worked with a variety of reputable New York law firms, including Molod Spitz & DeSantis, P.C. and Meister Seelig & Fein LLP. Jaclyn is a diehard Yankees fan who went to culinary school on a whim and served in the United States Air Force.
William is an Associate at IMC, where he is responsible for portfolio company management as well as identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities.
Prior to joining IMC in 2018, William worked for five years in strategy and business development roles at Biologics, Inc. and McKesson Specialty Health, where he developed a deep knowledge of the healthcare industry. During his tenure, he supported strategic planning and facilitated mergers and acquisitions from both the buy-side and sell-side as well as the subsequent integrations.
William holds a master's degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. William is a Certified Associate in Project Management.