Glenn Best, founding member, serves as the Executive Director for the Black Entrepreneur Hall of Fame which is focused on honoring legendary Black Entrepreneurs and educating the public about the contributions of Black business founders. The Black Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame highlights entrepreneurs who have broken through barriers of race and class to achieve extraordinary success and permanently recognize black pioneers who have been overlooked in the history books because of their race.
Aaron Price is President and CEO of Tech United New Jersey, whose team is dedicated to serving the technology and life science companies of the state and region with a host of educational events/programs, networking opportunities and recognition celebrations.
Mike Ferraro is President and Founder of Bridging The Gap for Veterans Inc, a non-profit organization led by military veterans who fully understand how to help the military community. They are military career transition coaches providing transition assistance and opening career doors directly to veteran- friendly hiring employers locally and nationally.
Mark Iorio is the Managing Partner of BCAT Partners, the developer of the Brand & Culture Alignment Toolkit (BCAT). The BCAT consists of instruments that measure and map the shared perception of an organization's Brand and Culture and provides methods to use this information to promote open communication, foster willing collaboration, and enhance team performance.
Jeanna Burgos is CEO, Dream Events by Jeannie, and Executive Assistant Manager to the President & CEO at IDB Bank of New York; author, “Unwavering Faith.”
Diane McElroy is CEO and Founder of High High, LLC, a consulting firm focused on the needs of new startups in the field. She is a well-respected cannabis professional who had split her time between the Apothecarium dispensaries and the grow facility in Boonton Township, NJ. Her role within the organization was to be a bridge between the community and the company, as well as liaison with various media outlets. Diana believes that education and open and honest conversations are the only way to remove the stigma and misinformation around cannabis so that qualified patients can find the right medication.
R. Scott Livengood is a clinical assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business’ Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. He previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin as a lecturer of strategy and entrepreneurship and was the assistant director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal. He also taught at Ohio State University’s Department of Management and Human Resources and at the University of Florida as an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship. His areas of expertise include cognition, competition and entrepreneurship.
Jackie is the president of ALEXENA Consulting, LLC, a certified Minority/Women Business Enterprise whose goal is to ensure the creation of the strongest, most knowledgeable and satisfied workforce possible. She served as the CEO of the Partnership for Community Health, Inc., a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of the residents and workers of New Jersey. She then joined Bergen Community College as the Project Director of a U.S. Department of Labor - Education and Training Administration grant, where she, in collaboration with Kessler Foundation, founded the MOSAIC Center for Disability Employment and the Employment Pathways Initiative. Most recently, as the Director of Corporate Outreach and Training at Fairleigh Dickinson University, her main focus was workforce engagement and development.
Marta Sylvester Founder and CEO of NuGen Packaging of Hillside, NJ, on Entrepreneurial State of Mind (ESOP) TV Show, May 2021. The NuGen team came together with one vision, “Bringing Action to your Sustainable Packaging Idea”, and as a result a brand’s success in the marketplace and another step in the effort to save our planet. They create sustainable packaging solutions that make sense for the environment and elevate branding.
Dave Tager, President and CEO of Tager & Company on Entrepreneurial State of Mind (ESOP) TV Show. Tager&Co., which helps organizations by developing a more productive positioning strategy and executing higher-impact communications — sales, marketing, corporate and financial — to drive growth and achieve other priority objectives.
Mitch Cahn is president of Unionwear, a manufacturer of custom gear made in Newark, NJ for 25 years. Unionwear is the leading manufacturer of union“made in USA” hats, bags and binders for the promotional, fashion and uniform markets.
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Dr. Dale Caldwell is the executive director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as a professor researching and teaching Family Business Management in the FDU Silberman College of Business.
Dr. Caldwell graduated from Princeton University, earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received his doctorate from Seton Hall University. He is the founder of the global Family Business Week and is the author of six books.
Dr. Caldwell is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). He is also a professional speaker with over 20 years of experience sharing his insights with businesses. Dr. Caldwell is a former Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) who has advised large, small and family businesses in areas ranging from strategic planning, operational improvements, leadership development, team building, sales maximization, hiring, business valuation, real estate and conflict resolution.