Donnie Goins

Donnie Goins

Inducted in 2021

Donnie L. Goins is a successful local RTP NC entrepreneur who founded and led successful high-tech startup companies and non-tech companies in the retail and home building markets. He has skills in building organizations and companies from idea concept to being profitable. He has experience in software, hardware, and management with world-class research and development corporations that include leading multi-international development teams in the areas of communications, software development, wireless and wireline technologies, and project and process management.

Early in his career he held Senior Leadership positions at Nortel/BNR, Allen Telecom and Fujitsu before moving into an entrepreneurial career path. He joined the local RTP startup Tavve Software Company in 2001 and became President in 2005 leading it for the next 7 years. He then successfully lead Software Development Europe to an exit in the spring of 2021.

In addition to earning his BS EE from NC State College of Engineering in 1985, he received his MBA from Duke University in 1994.

Goins resides in NC with his wife Lorie and his daughter Kayleigh. He continues to consult and advise local technology companies. He serves on the NC State Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and was a past member of the NC State Engineering Foundation Board. He enjoys running, cycling, golf and hiking.

Obtaining an Engineering Degree gave me the confidence to achieve my dreams. If you can succeed in challenges of obtaining an Engineering degree you can accomplish anything you desire as long as you stay focused and flexible. Use every opportunity to network with others. Meeting one person at the right time can change the trajectory of your life.