Forget Maverick, Gavin McCulley could easily have inspired the Top Gun quote, “You’re not gonna be happy unless you’re going Mach II with your hair on fire.” He’s a former U.S. Army Special Forces Logistics Officer and Commander, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he was awarded three bronze stars, and has now turned entrepreneur and tech investor. Renaissance man is another apt comparison for a man who is: angel investor and founder of Twin Rivers Holdings, Chief Revenue Officer of Geekin Radio, Keiretsu Forum Charleston President, Chair of the SC Film Council, military consultant and crew member on Army Wives, Dear John and Letters from Home.
When he came home from Afghanistan, retiring from the military due to injuries sustained earlier in Iraq, he made the decision: “I am going to live my best life and completely embrace it.”
“Charleston has everything you’d find in a large city. The attitude here is enthusiastically progressive and future-oriented. My family and I try to take full advantage of all this area has to offer—the beaches, downtown attractions and great weather year-round. When I drive over the Ravenel Bridge, I remind myself that people come here on vacation, and I get to live here.
What does it mean to be a progressive leader?
“Leadership is a choice. I have chosen to do my best to help Charleston grow in the 21st century knowledge economy by both aggregating and deploying capital to scalable tech companies—the ones that have the potential to have the greatest positive impact on our community.”
What do you want other investors to know about Charleston?
“Charleston is maturing into a viable tech community that’s producing world class companies. It’s emerged as a leader in the Southeast, and it’s time for national VC firms to pay attention and invest here.”
What’s surprising about you?
“I have the most impressive collection of velvet smoking jackets in Charleston. Oh and I did get my butt grabbed by the Grandmom on Gilmore Girls.”