M. B. A., Business Administration, Campbell University (2005)
Department and Affiliations
Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Area(s) of Expertise
Lewis Sheats has an extensive background in new venture planning, concept consulting, opportunity creation, marketing and strategic planning. He transfers his knowledge to the classroom, including the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic, an experiential learning environment that he launched in January 2015 in downtown Raleigh.
As an entrepreneur, Sheats is focused on opportunity Identification, execution and education. His leadership has expertly guided the opportunity creation and development of several unique new ventures from launch to profitability, and he has raised venture funding ($8M+) and bootstrapped several ventures from concept to exit. Interstate Logistics, A Sweet Reminder, Securus and Malartu are among the companies he launched, serving as founder and member of the management team that took the startups through the entrepreneurial process.
Sheats has leveraged his experience to develop and lead an undergraduate entrepreneurship curriculum based on experiential learning and individual student development. As a senior lecturer of entrepreneurship in Poole College’s Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is devoted to preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs. As an educator and consultant, he has been involved in the launch of many other ventures with foundations in non-tech and high technology, venture-backed or bootstrapped, and high growth to lifestyle start-ups.
As director of the off-campus NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic, Sheats drives this initiative which exposes students to experiential learning, embeds them in the entrepreneurship community and provides the space and tools needed to execute their own ideas. The clinic provides the experiential learning component of the entrepreneurship concentration in Poole College’s bachelor of business management degree.
Sheats has a bachelor’s degree in finance from NC State Poole College of Management and an MBA from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University. Sheats is an award-winning educator who was recently named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor by the NC State Alumni Association and the 2015 Dr. John S. Risley Entrepreneur of the Year.