About the Author

GABBY Press is the publishing company of The Private Capital Market. The GABBY website is owned by Laurie Thomas Vass.

She is a regional economist and a registered investment advisor representative of Investment Management & Insurance Advisors, Inc., a North Carolina registered investment advisory firm.

Laurie is a professional money manager, and is the inventor and holder of a research method patent on selecting technology stocks for investment. She was cited by Peter Tanous, in The Wealth Equation, as one of the top 100 private money managers in the nation.

Vass is the author of eight books.and over 90 scholarly articles on the Social Science Research Network author platform, and is currently ranked in the top 1.3% of over 348,000 economic authors, worldwide, on the SSRN platform.

Many of her articles and books about North Carolina are archived in the Carolina Collection at Wilson Library at UNC.

One of her early economic research papers, written for the North Carolina Department of Labor, included the policy guidelines for creating what eventually became The North Carolina Council For Entrepreneurial Development.

Vass is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Regional Planning.

In addition to being a licensed investment advisor, Vass is also licensed in North Carolina as a property, casualty, life and health insurance agent, and is a North Carolina real estate broker.

Prior to starting her advisory company in 1987, Vass was a regional economist and advisor to the Board of Directors of B. C. Hydro, and also served as an economic advisor to the N. C. Commissioner of Labor. She learned the retail stock trade as a broker, at E. F. Hutton.

Vass is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented speeches related to regional economic development, capital markets, and technology innovation. She has presented at the iGlobal Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference in Los Angeles, where she gave a one hour presentation on the difference between using a website versus doing the raise directly.

She has addressed the Western Regional Science Association in California, twice, the State Science and State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) national conference in Oregon, the Florida I-Ten annual conference, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, among other forums. She has appeared before a number of state legislatures to describe how regional crowdfunding can aid in metro and state economic development.

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