David A. Doctor Business Bio

Founder and Principal, Industry Innovation and Intelligence, Inc.

David is an award-winning energy business builder and leader. As a Chief Executive Officer, he has created, led, built or served on the board of directors of nineteen ventures; including energy trading, online collaboration, retail, energy information, consulting, software, blockchain-as-a-service, and trade association companies. He cofounded and led an energy trading company that grew to more than $1 billion in annual sales within eight years and led an energy information company from R&D to cash-flow positive, international operation in 30 months. He managed the subsequent sale of three companies and the bankruptcy of one. Named a regional EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for EnTrade Corporation and Genscape, Inc., he is among a few hundred to have won twice and the very few two-time energy winners.

David has managed and led large energy companies. He was CEO of Tenneco Energy Resources Corporation (TERC), a publicly traded 2nd tier holding company with 27 subsidiaries which he integrated after a merger, reorganized its structure and sold one fifth to Rhurgas AG, Germany’s largest natural gas company. TERC’s revenues exceeded $2 billion annually. David was director of strategy for two different Fortune 500 regulated natural gas pipelines, leading one through industry deregulation and supporting another’s international expansion.

Beginning in 2014 David served as E4 Carolinas President and CEO, building it from a two person staff with a small budget to be the most impactful energy trade association in the Southeast. When David wound down his E4 Carolinas activity in March 2022, it operated with a staff of ten; executing a multi-million dollar budget, serving 150+ members and overseeing federal grant-funded projects, including hydrogen, advanced nuclear generation, alternative fuel vehicle, energy hardware acceleration and foreign trade development.

David has served on the boards of directors of seven private corporations, one publicly traded subsidiary holding company and one publicly traded company. The revenue of companies under David’s leadership exceeded a cumulative $12 billion.

David is a 1974 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Detroit. He is an award-winning academic innovator and organizer. While a fulltime CEO of early stage businesses, he also served eight years as the University of Louisville’s College of Business Bank One Entrepreneur in Residence. In 1998 he was named the College’s Graduate Educator of the Year for creating an innovative approach to teaching MBA students new venture finance. From 2012 through 2014 David served as Duke University’s Energy Initiative Administrative Director.

Leadership Narrative

  • EnergyXchain, LLC Charlotte, NC (2018 – Present) – David Co-founded and serves as Chief Operating Officer of EnergyXchain, LLC, a National Science Foundation funded software company creating blockchain and distributed ledger based transaction management software for natural gas, carbon and hydrogen transaction management, provenance, tracking and certification.
  • Blue Sphere Corporation Charlotte, NC (2017 – 2019) David served as a Board of Directors member of Blue Sphere Corporation, an international waste-to-energy company.
  • E4 Carolinas Charlotte, NC (2014 – 2022) – David served as President and Chief Executive Officer of E4 Carolinas through January 2022 and serves as a consultant part time through the remainder of 2022 when he will retire from E4 Carolinas. A non-profit trade association for Carolina energy interests, E4 Carolinas is the region’s premium convener of industry, research and educational institutions, innovators, economic development organizations, and public leaders to address emerging energy issues and promote economic development.
  • Duke University Energy Initiative Durham, NC (2012 – 2014) – As Director of Engagement and Administration, David effectively served as the Initiative’s chief operating officer. The Initiative supports energy education and research across seven Schools, three institutes and two centers, engaging more than 130 faculty and research staff.
  • Datrix World, LLC Austin, TX (2009 – 2011) – David cofounded and funded this Austin, Texas, Angel-backed, software as a service company offering patent-pending custom online search software. He sold his interest to his partner.
  • Interaction Intelligence Institute, Inc. Austin, TX (2005 – 2009) – As co-founder and CEO of this consultancy, David operated it to consult, teach, lecture and write on innovative approaches to entrepreneurship, business cultural evolution and improved interaction between key performers, teams and customers.
  • Chrysalis Ventures (2003 – 2004) David served as Entrepreneur in Residence with this regional venture capital firm after the sale of Genscape, Inc. in which Chrysalis was the lead investor.
  • Genscape, Inc. Louisville, Kentucky (2001 – 2003) – David served as the CEO of this venture-backed, energy information start-up that introduced the energy industry’s first and only source of real-time power plant operating data. Within 30 months of inception Genscape attained cash-positive international operation and was sold to GFI Energy Ventures. It is now a subsidiary of Wood Mackenzie.
  • Agora Interactive, Inc. Louisville, KY (1999 – 2001) – As Chief Executive Officer and an angel investor, David led this industry investor and angel-backed, technology company offering a service similar to CISCO’s current WebEx video conference platform. Even with investment by Computer Associates, Compaq Computer and Avaya, Agora did not weather the dot-com bust and was wound down due to insufficient capital.
  • The Door Store of Louisville Louisville, KY (1998 – 2001)As President, CEO and an angel investor, David organized and led this retailer of custom steel entry doors and other entry accessories to cash flow positive operation in its second year. David sold his interest to of his investment partner’s family members. The company continues to operate in Louisville, KY.
  • University of Louisville, College of Business Louisville, KY (1997 – 2005) – David served as the Bank One Entrepreneur in Residence at this nationally recognized entrepreneurship business college. He created its New Venture Finance course which he taught in the Entrepreneurship and International MBA Programs and team-taught Corporate Financial Strategies in the Executive MBA Program.
  • Tenneco Energy Resources Corporation Houston TX (1993 – 1996) – Initially serving as Vice President of Planning for Tenneco Energy, David was soon named President and CEO of Tenneco Energy Resources Corporation. He led this $2 billion+ annual revenue Tenneco Energy subsidiary, managing natural gas gathering, processing, storage, intrastate pipelines and energy trading. Twenty percent owned by Rhurgas AG, Tenneco Energy was sold to El Paso Energy in 1996 and subsequently to Kinder Morgan.
  • EnTrade Corporation Louisville, KY (1984 – 1992) – As a co-founder, angel investor, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David led this industry investor-funded, start-up to more than $1 billion in annual sales. As a leading U.S. natural gas marketing and trading company, EnTrade grew to nearly 200 employees with nine U.S. offices. EnTrade became Louisville’s largest privately held company and was sold to Tenneco Energy in 1992.
  • Texas Gas Transmission Corporation Owensboro, KY (1980 – 1984) – As Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development, David developed a plan for this Fortune 500 energy company, now a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, to succeed in the newly deregulated U.S. natural gas industry. Texas Gas operates pipelines originating in the Louisiana Gulf Coast area and in East Texas and serves customers in the Midwest and Northeast
  • Green River Area Development District Owensboro, KY (1975 – 1980) David, as Director of Transportation Planning, built and led the Transportation Planning Group for GRADD, a seven county planning and economic development organization. He supported the Transportation Advisory Committee, consisting of mayors and country judges from GRADD’s cities and counties. David planned and implemented improvement projects for highways, transit, rail, waterway and airport facilities, many of which were related to economic development.
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments – Detroit, MI, (1974 – 1975) Upon college graduation, David joined SEMCOG to organize the environmental impact assessment of the Detroit Metropolitan Area’s twenty year transportation plan and presented the assessment findings to state, county and city officials.