Mr. Gardner is a Venture Partner with Fulcrum Equity Partners, an Atlanta-based growth equity fund. Alston has been an early stage technology investor since 2000 and has served on dozens of boards including two public technology companies. He is the managing partner of the VCMF Angel Fund that focuses on early stage companies affiliated with Duke, UNC and NC State.
Alston was the founder and CEO of OnTarget, a global consulting and training firm focused on complex sales in the information technology industry. Under his leadership, OnTarget grew from start-up to the industry leader in sales force development with $75 million in revenue and 100+ professionals in fifteen countries prior to selling the firm in 1999.
Alston taught at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC from 2003-2008 and has been a guest lecturer at several schools including Harvard Business School and UVA’s Darden School of Business.
Alston earned a B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology at Columbia University.
Alston served on UNC’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2015 and was Vice Chair from 2014 to 2015. He currently serves on the board of Higher Education Works, an advocacy group that promotes higher education in North Carolina.