Graham Snyder, CEO and Co-Founder
Dr. Graham Snyder is Co-Founder of SEAL Innovation and is responsible for SEAL’s overall vision, mission and outreach. Dr. Snyder invented the SEAL SwimSafe and co-founded SEAL Innovation to commercialize it in direct response to tragedies witnessed while treating both adult and pediatric victims of drowning. Over the course of his career Dr. Snyder has operated at the intersection of business building, technology, safety and medicine.
Dr. Snyder is an emergency physician and practices at the WakeMed Trauma Center and Pediatric Emergency Departments. Recognizing the practical and safety limitations of training medical providers with actual hospital patients, he worked directly with the CEO and Board of Directors of WakeMed Health & Hospitals to conceive, finance, and implement the Center for Innovative Learning, a state-of-the-art training hospital using high-fidelity patient simulators for training thousands of medical providers annually. Dr. Snyder also serves as the Associate Program Director for the University of North Carolina Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an outspoken advocate for improving health care and is often requested to speak on drowning prevention and swim advocacy by leading drowning prevention and health care groups. He has also served on the Risk Management Committee of YMCA of the Triangle.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and later specialized in Emergency Medicine at NYU’s North Shore University Hospital. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Snyder received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Courtney Mann, Co-Founder
Dr. Mann is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and co-founder of the SEAL SwimSafe. A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, she is dual-boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and completed her training at University of Cincinnati Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of South Carolina Honors College.
Previously, Dr. Mann served seven years as the medical director of North Carolina’s first and busiest pediatric emergency department. She now devotes her time to education serving as Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of the University of North Carolina’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. She is responsible for overseeing the sub-specialty training of physicians seeking board-certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She also serves as Assistant Medical Director of the high-fidelity simulation Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, which uses highly technical simulation to train physicians. Dr. Mann is also a devoted child safety advocate and has spent countless hours providing educational outreach to the community and serving on several advisory boards. She directs regional training courses for community physicians and parents alike. She has published frequently in parenting magazines and has become well known for her witty, engaging seminars conducted to educate parents about common pediatric emergencies.
Andrew White is a co-founder and the CFO for 1st Atlantic Surety Company. Mr. White has experience in finance and with starting companies. He wrote the application and guided the process through the North Carolina department of Insurance to receive approval to start the first and only surety company to underwrite court bonds in the state of North Carolina. He raised the capital to fund 1st Atlantic Surety Company and now serves as board member, founder, and CFO. He has two other partners in this venture.
For nine years starting July 2001 through November of 2010 Mr. White helped grow and guide the software company Sageworks, Inc as CFO. With Mr. White’s help Sageworks grew from four employees to over one hundred exceeding ten million in revenue and generating over twenty-five percent net margins. Mr. White established many of the operating business units of the company and worked closely with the board and founder to develop strategies for growth and numerous corporate issues.
Prior to joining Sageworks, he was the founder and owner of Microbial Insights, Inc., a profitable biotechnology firm that he recently sold through a structured management buyout.
Mr. White's initial financial analysis experience comes from a position as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Banker's Trust Company in NY
He holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with a focus on finance and technology management and a BA with Honors in Math and Economics from Colgate University. He earned the CFA charter # 9072935 and is a member of the North Carolina CFA society. Mr. White is also an IFR licensed pilot.
Jan Davis, Board Member
Jan Davis is Managing Partner for Davis Growth Partners and serves as an active investor, board member and advisor for companies in software, analytics, digital marketing, information and drowning prevention. These enterprises sell products and services to a broad range of industries, including retail, real estate, financial services as well as on-line to consumers. She presently serves on the boards of directors of epiphany, Megalytics, ShowingTime.com and SEAL SwimSafe and on the boards of advisors of multiple companies, including Market Vue Partners and cultivate.social. She is on the Screening Committee for the Carolina Angel Network, an active investor in and past president of Triangle Angel Partners, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at UNC.
She also chairs the Investment Committee for the non-profit Launch Place Seed Fund in Danville VA. Davis served as CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting. Before joining ShopperTrak, she was an executive vice president and business unit president at TransUnion LLC, the credit reporting giant. Previously, Davis was a marketing consultant in Boston and in Warsaw, Poland. She co-founded SmartNames, a venture-backed database marketing information, analysis and services company. Davis holds a BA and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Cary NC, where she moved in 2010 after decades in Boston, Warsaw and Chicago.
Justin Gern, Director of Technology
Justin Gern combines his passions for leading teams and delivering products as the Director of Technology. He has more than 10 years of experience in customer support, engineering, and product management roles at startup and growth stage companies across a variety of industries. Originally from greater Boston, Justin moved to Raleigh to earn his degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He actively serves as a mentor to current students through the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic. In his spare time, Justin enjoys playing ice hockey and spending time with his wife and beagle.
Warner Underwood, Operation Manager
Warner is an innovative project manager whose strategic organizational skills and keen insights into efficiencies have helped organizations develop programming and policies. With over four years in program management and development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she pivoted into the start-up world with SEAL SwimSafe and has thrived in operations. A native of Eastern North Carolina, she grew up around the coast and firmly believes everyone should be safe and have fun around water. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she holds a BA in English and a minor in Entrepreneurship. For fun Warner loves to cook up new recipes in the kitchen and try different work out studios around the Triangle.