Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Kenan Center 402A, CB 3440 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3440
Randy Myer teaches Business Plan Analysis, Launch the Venture and the PE Mentor classes in the MBA and Undergraduate Business programs. He joined the UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty in 1999 as a part-time instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2002.
In addition to teaching at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Professor Myer is an active local investor and board member. He has invested in several startups and is an investor in two N.C. venture capital funds, a private equity fund and three angel groups. He is chair of the board of a startup in the medical device space and NC Idea, a foundation devoted to funding early-stage companies. He is a board member of the Carolina Research Venture Fund, part of the founding team for the Carolina Angel Network, and a former member of the board and executive committee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
Professor Myer founded Best Friends Pet Care, a national chain of high quality luxury hotels for dogs and cats, in 1991. Beginning with an idea and a business plan, he raised $3 million in seed capital to launch the company and then raised another $45 million in three more rounds of financing raising. He built the the company into a large national chain before selling his interest in the company to a private equity firm in 1997.
He was president of Lindblad Expeditions, a high end travel company, between 1997 and 1999.
Professor Myer also was a partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton for 13 years. He specialized in the consumer product and services industries and led consulting assignments in customer service, strategy, marketing and operations. While a partner he wrote an article on customer service strategy in Harvard Business Review.
He received his MBA from Harvard University and his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.