Apex

Team Profiles


The Apex Business Resource Group is a collaboration of seven business executives who are committed to working together and help start-ups, entrepreneurs and growing companies overcome business challenges to achieve their goals.

As a group, we provide business operators with the tools, resources and guidance they need to succeed in Apex and neighboring communities. As individuals, we each deliver several years of expertise and accomplishments in the key areas of business structure and operations that are necessary for every organization.  

We are also genuinely committed to helping others succeed here in Apex and southwest Wake County.  As owners and operators who are inolved in the local business community, we understand that a vibrant business community makes a world of difference in the lives of everyone who is a part of it -- residents, employees, customers, owners, operators, schools, governments and service agencies.  We are pleased to play a small part in the growth of the community.

Please learn more about our team of executives and business owners.  Then, to get started, simply fill out our Qualifying Form.  A member of our group will contact you promptly to learn more about your specific needs and objectives, and to discuss the many ways we may be of service to you.

Banking & Finance -- Kelli Peele, Senior Relationship Manager, PNC Bank -- Private Client Group

Commercial Real Estate -- Tom Colhoun, Owner/Manager/Broker, Colhoun Real Estate
Legal Counsel -- Kevin Israel, Founder/Business Attorney, The Venture Law Firm
Accounting & Operational Systems -- Craig Barbee, Managing Partner, The Bookkeeper, LCC

Business Structure & Planning -- Michelle Chapman, President, Chapman Business Solutions
Marketing Planning & Implementation -- Bob Bedi, Senior Partner, Media Integrations
Company Insurance & Benefits -- Frank Manson, Financial Services Representative, MassMutual

Congratulations on taking the first step toward become part of the Apex business community!  Our team is happy to help you, with the guidance, expertise and resources you'll need to succeed.


Craig Barbee

Posted: June 01, 2012

Craig Barbee is founder of The Bookkeeper LLC. A Durham native, Craig has over thirty years of accounting experience, including twenty years as a corporate controller.  Throughout his career Craig has started several companies and brings a clear understanding of the nuances involved in successfully managing the finance aspects of growing businesses.  He founded The Bookkeeper to provide small business owners with an affordable way to secure bookkeeping and CFO-level services. Read More

Tom Colhoun

Posted: June 01, 2012

Tom Colhoun has been a resident of Apex since 1986.  As Owner/Manager/Broker of Colhoun Real Estate, Tom has developed effective relationships with a full array of Apex-area developers, contractors, land owners, and investors, as well as business leaders, local government staff, and elected officials.  As an involved citizen, Tom has been active in the Apex Chamber, Town of Apex Committees and numerous church and community organizations. Read More

Kelli Peele

Posted: June 01, 2012

Kelli Peele has been an accomplished Triangle-area executive in the banking and financial investment industries for over two decades. In her current role a Senior Relationship Manager for PNC Bank's Private Client Group, Kelli works with several high net worth accounts at PNC branches in Southwest Wake County.  Kelli also has a long history of involvement in networking groups and service organizations.  Among her current activities, Kelli serves as a director of the Apex Small Business Network.  Read More

Frank Manson

Posted: June 01, 2012

In his role as a Registered Representative with MassMutual Financial Group, Frank Manson provides a full range of insurance and benefits solutions for businesses, as well as their owners, executives and key personnel.  An NC State graduate and Triangle resident for over 20 years, Frank teams with other financial professionals and specialists to solve complex issues that potentially can affect companies' financial future.  Among his many networking activities, Frank serves as a director of the Apex Small Business Network. Read More

Michelle Chapman

Posted: June 01, 2012

Michelle Chapman is the President of Chapman Business Solutions. An area resident since 1994 with a Masters Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, Michelle uses her extensive and diverse career experiences to create customized solutions for clients.  Michelle's background in accounting, marketing, product & program management, human resources and consulting help her to develop implementable plans for clients.  Michelle's commitment to her clients' successes motivate her to train partners for sustainable, long-term results. Read More

Kevin Israel

Posted: June 01, 2012

Kevin Israel is the founder of the Venture Law Firm, a business law firm dedicated to helping startups, growth companies, and established businesses with their legal needs. Kevin's unique background as both an entrepreneur and a business lawyer gives him the detailed working knowledge of what it takes to run a successful business.  Kevin holds a law degree from Wake Forest University.  The  Venture Law Firms provides state-wide representation, including Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties from offices in Raleigh and Durham. Read More

Bob Bedi

Posted: June 01, 2012

Bob Bedi has 3 decades of wide-ranging experiences in marketing and media, as a corporate executive, media consultant and product manager.  Since 2003 he has served as Senior Partner at Media Integrations, a Triangle-based marketing, branding & market segmentation firm.  A local resident since 1994, Bob is an active member of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and the Apex Small Business Network.  Read More
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