Leadership

At VICI Labs we are passionate about helping innovators build compelling, brilliantly conceived and refined innovations that drive change. Our clients trust us to deliver innovative, insightful solutions. We are willing to make the courageous decisions that lead to extraordinary results. We weigh the risks and benefits of innovative solutions against the risks and benefits of business-as-usual. We seek out daring, unexpected approaches to clear more efficient and effective paths to the stated goals. We are making a positive difference in the world around us while achieving the sort of financial successes that allow us to invest in greater challenges. Our business approach puts our clients and their results first.

Awards:

 

Received City of Charlotte Award for Leadership in the Extreme Mentor Program

 

Received National Women Business Owners Member of the Year Award

 

Nominated “Rising Star Company” of Charlotte

 

Received President’s Award for Excellence – named a ‘human dynamo’

 

 

Education:

 

MBA, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

 

BA, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

 

Formerly held TS/SCI/SBBI/FSP/TK clearances

Nancy Curtis | Founding Partner

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Results matter. Nancy strengthens the innovative core to achieve market expansion, revenue growth and bolster strategic partnerships. Over her 25+ years of experience her exceptional ability to think strategically and operate tactically has added over $3B to the bottom line. She has led divisions, led companies in President & CEO capacity, raised capital, served on boards of directors, advisory boards, and created transformative results for large and small companies alike. She understands the drivers that make companies great. She knows how to empower individual and team talents in ways never thought possible and affect paradigm shifts.

 

Nancy’s unique combination of vision, technical proficiency, innovative thinking, and interpersonal skills drive groundbreaking results. To every business situation she brings a fresh, entrepreneurial perspective - ‘how can we do it better?’ -  and a passion for delivering solutions that accelerate results to meet mission critical demands. She is highly respected for her strategic vision, ability to see beyond the obvious to create sea change, long-term profits and sustained growth for companies. Nancy was named a ‘human dynamo’ when she received the President’s award for excellence. Nancy has a MBA from George Mason University.

 

As one of the Founder Partners of VICI Labs, she is harnessing the power of innovators, our Veterans, active duty military and their families to transform their innovations into reality, fueling job creation in America and changing the world. At the heart is not for profit, WaterSeer, one of VICI Labs’ first innovative breakthroughs. WaterSeer collects enough pure water from the air to provide clean fresh water in regions of the world where only dirty disease ridden water is available. In these areas women and girls spend 4-6 hours every day collecting and carrying this water for drinking, bathing, and, cooking. WaterSeer eliminates this burden by providing access to clean drinking water right where they live.

 

We believe pure water can spark innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries. Working with the Peace Corps Association and other non-profits, Nancy is leading the development of an innovative business model; for every WaterSeer sold in the developed countries to provide water for resorts, gardens, and parks, we provide two for emerging country communities and transform these communities into hubs of self-reliance and innovation. We invite you to join us on this spectacular journey.

Education:

 

BS, Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point

 

MA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Hofstra University

 

MMAS, Operations and Strategy, Command and General Staff College

 

MBA, Selected for Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, George Washington University

 

CIO Executive Program, Stanford University

 

Business Model Development, Aresty Institute, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

 

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

 

PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt,

 

Villanova University

Don Zacherl | Founding Partner

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Hard problems provoke unique innovations. Don has led three successful start-up companies and held executive leadership positions in commercial, non-profit, and government organizations. Don’s intellectual curiosity and innovative thinking over his 30+ years of organizational leadership brings the ‘impossible’ to reality. His quest for precision and passion for excellence is unmatched. He provides our clients with the finest solutions designed to achieve the highest performance.

 

Don’s deep analytical, engineering and business leadership continues to crack open hard problems and achieve innovative breakthrough results. As a result, the companies he has led have consistently and repetitively received the highest possible client assessments and performance rating from Dun & Bradstreet. All of this adds up to extremely powerful solutions to complex problems.

 

While on military service he led joint special operations combat arms teams in highly classified environments and was personally commended by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for leading a Joint Crisis Management program coordinating seven Federal Government Departments and Agencies. He was selected for the 'Outstanding American by Choice" Award by DHS and DoD and was also selected for the 'Premier 100 IT Leaders in the United States' Award by ComputerWorld magazine.

 

As one of the Founding Partners of VICI Labs, Don is spearheading the development of the VICI Visioneering Engine that integrates data mining, analytics, and machine intelligence into a multi-dimensional analytical platform, validating the potential for breakthrough performance. This allows entrepreneurs and investors to zero in quickly on innovations that have the highest potential, reducing innovation cycle-time and investment risk while increasing ROI ‘time to climb’. In collaboration with UC Berkeley and the Peace Corps Association, Don is leading the product refinement of WaterSeer, to improve the pure water yield. When WaterSeer deploys he will lead the collection and analysis of performance metrics to ensure continuous improvement.

 

Don has a BSc in Engineering from West Point, a Master’s in Mathematics and Computer Science from Hofstra University, a MMAS from CGSC, and a MBA from George Washington University (Beta Gamma Sigma). He is a graduate of the Stanford University CIO Executive Program and the Aresty Institute at the Wharton School of Business.

 

Nancy and Don have worked together for 10 years and bring a mutual commitment to innovation and entrepreneurial success.

 

 

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