Wilmington entrepreneur wins award in wake of Facebook public debut

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What started in a Harvard dorm room eight years ago, has now grown into a worldwide network and one of the most talked about stock market debuts in years.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is the envy of every starting entrepreneur, but what exactly does it take to be so successful? As the social media network nears reaching out to one billion users, its founder Mark Zuckerberg continues to motivate fellow entrepreneurs.

“It inspired me and it humbled me,” says Roy Archambault, CEO of DryCase. “Even during an interview, he said it was for colleges to interact, but it went way beyond that,”

Like Zuckerberg, Roy Archambault knows how to harvest a good idea. The same day Facebook became a public company, Archambault’s Wilmington company DryCase was named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year by the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center.

“With our company, we started off with a direction and actually its growing way faster than I even expected,” he says. “We’re about 300 percent larger than we were last year. We’re always trying to innovate and bring in outside ideas.”

Archambault began with creating products to waterproof and protect medical devices like casts, and prosthetics. The company moved on to selling the DryCase, which vacuum seals in your cell phone, ipad or camera, allowing it to function normally.

“They have always been an innovative firm, they’ve always had the guts to go to market and they have a team of people who basically come up with new ideas everyday,” says Dr. Stephen Harper, a UNCW entrepreneurship professor.

Like Zuckerberg, Archambault is always looking ahead.

“One of the things we may do in the future is combine the two philosophies and have a vacuum seal over insulin pumps, so it’s combining medicine and the electronics,” Archambault says.

What started in the Port City, DryCase is now being sold in more than 40 countries. The products are sold at several national stores, including Barnes and Noble, Brookstone, Bestbuy.com and more than 1,000 independently owned stores around the country.

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