Alan has been an entrepreneur since the age of 13. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State and an early career that included positions in engineering and technical Sales. Alan acquired a small manufacturing business in 1994 and started a successful adhesives business that is now part of 3M before establishing The Hatteras Group in 1998. Active in the M&A industry since founding the firm, he is a past director and fellow of the IBBA, charter member and past president of the CVBBA. In addition to leading The Hatteras Group, Alan has active investments in a custom woodworking business and recently completed the turnaround of a contract textile mill.