Cynthia Evans Tessien

Professor of Practice, Wake Forest University and Former CEO, Inmar, Inc.
Winston-Salem, NC

Cynthia Evans Tessien is the Reznick Group Faculty Fellow and a Professor of Practice in the School of Business at Wake Forest University. She and her husband, Bill, own and are Executive Directors of A Step Ahead Academic Centers LLC, a Clemmons, NC-based learning community providing one-on-one tutoring, home school classes and multi-sensory reading instruction for pre-kindergarten through high school students. Before joining Wake Forest, Cynthia worked at Inmar, Inc., an intelligent commerce solutions provider for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, serving as CFO, President and COO, and CEO, and also at Ernst & Young. A Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA and NCACPA, Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University. With their cousin, Cynthia and Bill co-founded Enrich the World, Inc., an educational support organization for school children and their teachers in an environmentally protected region of Honduras. Cynthia is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and the Board of Trustees for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Cynthia and Bill are parents to three children, Genya, 26; Billy, 13; and Tommy, 11.