Strategic Business Development Team Members

Don Pital

Don Pital


Don Pital is the growth services manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. He helps train and coach companies on innovative techniques for organizational sales growth using ideation techniques and innovation process management strategies. He trains organizations in the process of practical innovation for top-line growth and bottom-line operational savings.

Prior to Georgia Tech, he served in the telecommunication manufacturing industry in a variety of roles including quality, operations, and engineering management for over 12 years. Pital has coached and conducted training in all-sized organizations in quality management system implementations and best practice execution in areas such as root cause analysis, process improvements, SPC, process mapping, high-impact auditing, project management, and creativity.

Pital has M.S. and B.S. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a Business Growth Coach, certified by the Eureka Ranch. Pital won the National MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Innovator of the Year award in April 2009.

Andy Helm - strategic business manager, GaMEP

Andy Helm


Andy Helm is a strategic business manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. In his role, he serves as a business developer, technology consultant, and leadership coach.

Helm has been an entrepreneur with several high-technology start-up companies. He designed the electronics for a metrology start-up company that went public in 1997. Helm helped establish the U.S. headquarters of an international tele-communications company. He is the Founder of H&H Media, a television production company and the inventor or co-inventor of 6 issued patents.

Helm holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Central Florida.

Ed Murphy

Ed Murphy


Ed Murphy is a strategic business manager with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. He assists small manufacturing entrepreneurs in aerospace, industrial, and consumer product markets, as well as early stage companies, focusing on issues and opportunities facing business growth. In addition, he co-facilitates a monthly CEO roundtable meeting in Columbus.

He formerly served as Chairman of the Board of a “lean” software service provider and was also president of a small, Georgia based start-up that developed and patented devices for the physical therapy market. In addition, Murphy worked for 25 years in the printing supplies market holding positions in manufacturing, engineering, and business management positions, including VP and General Manager of Printing Plates. He has been a consultant to the packaging and printing industry and is inventor or co-inventor of several issued and pending patents.

Murphy earned a mechanical engineering degree from Western New England College and holds a Professional Engineer’s license. He is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School Greater Boston Executive Business Management Program and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Mike Stonecipher


Mike Stonecipher


Mike Stonecipher, located in Athens, is a project manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. He specializes in strategic planning and managing projects that will enable top-line growth through product innovation and deliver bottom-line results through process innovation, team development, and lean implementation.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he served 15 years in the automotive industry with AlliedSignal and Honeywell International, where he held the position of Director of Operations for the Automotive Friction Materials Division. Stonecipher also worked in the energy and sustainability industry and has served on the board of directors for Power Partners, Inc. (formerly a division of ABB). He has extensive experience in leading product and process development, six sigma and lean implementation, factory start-ups, new product launches, and managing operations that serve a global OEM customer base. He was awarded AlliedSignal’s CEO Technology Achievement Award and received a patent for abrasive coating on brake pads.

Stonecipher holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and an M.B.A. from Brenau University. He has completed Lean Enterprise training through the Lean Design Institute at UT Knoxville and Finance for Executives, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Bob Wray

Robert Wray


Robert Wray, located in Dublin, is a project manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.  He specializes in helping Georgia firms develop top-line growth strategies, lean project management, and existing product and process improvement. Wray has 30 years of experience in product design, testing, production implementation, project management, and productivity improvements.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was chief engineer with Husqvarna, a leading producer of lawn and garden equipment with $2 billion annual sales revenue. Within Husqvarna, Wray was instrumental in implementing lean product development methods and led integrated product development teams on strategic multi-million dollar projects.

Wray holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida, an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, and is a certified project management professional.