Soraya Morgan Gutman, Brand Launcher
Soraya founded, grew and successfully sold her business advisory firm, Morgan Business Solutions to Brand Launcher where she now serves as vice president. In that role, she focuses her talents on helping hardworking entrepreneurs on the cusp of growth to increase sales and employee productivity. Previously, she founded the Raleigh Wake Human Resource Management Association in North Carolina, which she led and through which she spun off multiple, first-of-their-kind senior executive think tanks for C-level professionals.
Soraya also enjoys donating her talents to non-profit organizations, including The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners where she won "Trailblazer of the Year” for attaining the highest corporate sponsor dollars of any chapter and for starting the first Million Dollar-Plus CEO club. As a public speaker, she is ranked 5 out of 5 by the U.S. military base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and by Vistage International, a think tank of business owners and CEOs worldwide.
Having lived and worked during political, economic and social turmoil in England, Germany, Egypt and Turkey, Soraya has a deep understanding of the challenges business owners face during all economic climates. She is uniquely talented at transforming her international and resourceful spirit into practical, can-do business solutions that produce results.
Kathleen Cashman, Cashman Consulting, LLC
Kathleen B. Cashman is a successful Business Owner and a recognized Senior Leader with proven strategies in all aspects of Business Leadership. Kathleen and Cashman Consulting LLC help organizations of all sizes to strategize and develop growth plans for the business and for the leaders within the business.Kathleen is also an Executive Coach and works with Key Executives and Business Owners to develop skills and competencies to help them build a stronger future. A celebrated and sought after Key Note Speaker and Facilitator, Cashman speaks on various topics under the Leadership umbrella including, Networking, Business Development, Relationship Strategies, Communications and Negotiating.
Charles Mizejewski, FranNet of NJ
Charles Mizejewski is Vice President of Sunbelt of New Jersey, a business brokerage and M&A firm which facilitates the sale of closely held small and mid-size businesses to qualified buyers. Sunbelt is the largest business brokerage firm in the United States with over 250 offices, and has been ranked number one by Entrepreneur Magazine for the last 13 years. Sunbelt specializes in brokering businesses with sales of $1 million to $10 million.
Charles Mizejewski is also a Senior Consultant with FranNet of New Jersey offering free consultations for those considering small business ownership. FranNet represents over one hundred carefully selected franchise opportunities and has fifty-five offices worldwide specializing in helping people find the right franchise.
Maria Rollins, Kreinces Rollins & Shanker, LLC
Maria T. Rollins, CPA, MST is a founding member of Kreinces Rollins & Shanker, LLC (www.krscpas.com ), a full service public accounting and business consulting firm. With over 20 years of public accounting experience in tax planning, compliance and tax representation, Maria serves as administrator of the firm’s tax practice. She has extensive experience working with business owners in establishing accounting systems and controls, and recently developed the Firm’s outsourced bookkeeping model under which the firm serves as the back office or Controller for many businesses. Maria is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York and New Jersey Societies of Certified Public Accountants; she is an active member of the NJSCPA State Tax, Cooperation with IRS, and Estate Tax Committees. Maria has served on the boards of various business organizations and is currently the Treasurer and VP of Programs for Executive Exchange, Inc.
Lesley Weiner, CFP, CLU, ChFC, Heritage Financial Advisors
Lesley has been in the
financial services industry for over 30 years. She works with individuals
and small businesses in the areas of retirement, investment, and insurance
planning. She has been named in the New Jersey Monthly magazine's 2014 and 2015
"Five Star Wealth Managers".
Sherrill Curtis, SPHR, Curtis Consulting Group
Author of "10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer”, Sherrill delivers strategic business coaching and training solutions for emerging entrepreneurs, established and global organizations. Her transformational guest speaking and coaching assists executives, professionals and military in-transition with discovering career choices aligned with their life path. In addition to producing four national award winning workforce readiness programs, Sherrill has served on numerous Advisory Boards for SHRM affiliates, education, non-profits, and PBS' "We Are Veterans”.
Linda Rush, Rayson & Rush Associates
As Principal of Rayson & Rush Associates since 1986, Linda provides global research and recruitment services for corporations and the executive search industry. Her many volunteer leadership roles include: President of the Staffing Management Association, a SHRM affiliate chapter; Board Member for the Garden State Council (GSC)-SHRM; and Registration Chair for the Annual GSC-SHRM state conference. Linda is a Certified Research Associate with the Association of Executive Search Consultants.
Terrence Seamon, Facilitation Solutions
Terrence Seamon brings more than 30 years of extensive business experience in management training and organization development consulting. As Principal and Senior Consultant with Facilitation Solutions, his main practice areas are leadership development training and career transition facilitation. In leadership development, Terrence designs and delivers customized management training and development solutions to a diverse client list. In career transition, Terrence works with executives and professionals who are in transition, coaching them on all aspects of the career transition process, from developing strategy, to resume and interview preparation, as well as offer negotiation.
Eileen Shrem, Eileen M. Shrem, RHU CLTC LUFT
As a founding member of the 1st chapter of NJAWBO in 1981, Eileen helped put NJAWBO on the map in Trenton. In the mid 80’s she negotiated a non-commissionable Association Health Plan for NJAWBO members. This plan lasted till 1991 when NJ Health Reform came into being. In 1987 she was awarded NJAWBO’s Business Woman of the year, and served as State President from 91-93. She was appointed by both Governor Florio and re-appointed by Governor Whitman & McGreevy to serve on the Individual Health Reform Board representing the self-employed. In Trenton, she is known as the Jewish Mother of NJAWBO.
Leslie Farber, Law Office of Leslie A. Farber
Leslie Farber is an attorney at law practicing in Montclair concentrating primarily in the areas of business and employment law, small estate planning, bankruptcy, personal injury, workers compensation, and general litigation.
Ms. Farber received her law degree in 1991 from Pace University School of Law where she was an editor of the Pace Law Review. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Drew University.
Outside the practice of law, Leslie enjoys biking on trials through the woods and playing rock ‘n roll.
Laura Graziano, Laura Graziano, LLC
As Inspirational Speaker, Writer and Coach, Laura Graziano of Laura E. Graziano, LLC helps others to heal, grow, and flourish to their full potential in life… mind, body and spirit… Helping You Be the BEST You! She is creator of Spring to Life and Joyful Harvest Retreats, Write to Heal, Embracing the Colors of Change, BLOOM to Your Full Potential, customized programs and more. Laura’s programs touch and inspire groups and individuals like you to reach deep within themselves, reignite their passions, develop their talents and abilities, and learn healthy ways to cope with life’s trials... always with an element of fun included! Participants are empowered with real tools to transform obstacles into opportunities for true and lasting joy and vitality for life! No more standing on the sidelines… JUMP IN… Your BEST Life Awaits!
Reesa Woolf, Confident Speaking
Reesa Woolf PhD has trained 3,000 professionals to be engaging speakers who move people to action. She is the author of, Executive Speaking in a Weekend, a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to writing and presenting.
She lives by two rules: 1) Leave the world better because you’ve been here 2) Teach what you’ve learned to make it easier for others.
For 20 years, Reesa has mentored Fortune 100 C-Suite Leaders and their Executives to inspire and motivate, Sales Professionals to close more deals and Technical Experts to be fearless speakers. She has a specialty of improving the communication skills of professionals who speak English as a 2nd language.
Her Clients make permanent behavior changes that have contributed to their companies’ bottom lines.
Justine Zeroski, Zeroski Brand Building
Zeroski is your answer to building your Brand. Justine has over 20
years of agency experience creating effective, award winning
television, interactive, print and direct mail campaigns for some of the
nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies including McNeil,
Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and
GlaxoSmithKline. Her background also includes working as Creative
Manager for Merck, MRM Princeton, FCB Healthcare NYC and Ted Thomas
Advertising where she won a Gold Award for the Pepcid AC "Did You
Know” professional sampling campaign.
2013, she opened her doors to Zeroski BRAND Building, a business
focusing on BRAND building for a variety clients with the same intention
and outcome: to build brand recognition, drive demand, and
extend business reach. She recently launched Distributing Dignity (a
non-profit organization) that has gained national recognition.
Craig Schlosser, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Craig Schlosser is an Entrepreneur and Community Leader who currently is the Vice President at the Middle sex County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to the Chamber, Mr. Schlosser worked for 5 years at Coca-Cola in Business Development and Service Operations Management with key involvement in numerous company initiatives; including two major technology based roll outs. In addition to his roles at Coca-Cola and the Middlesex Chamber, Craig is credited with the creation of a very successful strategic workforce development program, two successful companies, and is actively involved with several Community Organizations. He has been honored in the Who’s Who of Non-Profit Executives (National) and is recipient of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce's Community & Economic Development Award.
Arnie Tiangco, CMIT Solutions
Arnie Tiangco, President of CMIT Solutions of New Brunswick. An experienced IT Business leader that specializes in ProActive IT Managed Services, Application Development, Mobile Technology, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity. Prior to CMIT, Arnie was the Global Development and BAU Manager for an international reinsurance broker based in New York City. He has successfully led and managed application initiatives, complex projects and programs, integrating diverse and globally dispersed teams, bridging legacy and cutting edge technology. Arnie has developed and mentored numerous IT subject matters experts which are now technology leaders.
Susan Hogan, Supplier Diversity Manager, PSEG
Susan Hogan is Supplier Diversity Manager for the Procurement Organization at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Hogan’s background includes over twenty five years experience in all aspects of Supply Chain Management including twenty years extensive experience in supplier diversity. Since joining PSEG in 1991 her primary responsibilities have included the management and leadership of the Supplier Diversity Process, which encompasses the development, communication, and implementation of policies, strategies and initiatives, related to supporting a diverse supply base and the development of an advanced Supplier Diversity Process. Under Mrs. Hogan’s leadership, PSEG has increased it’s expenditures with certified minority and women-owned businesses by 445%. Mrs. Hogan has held a Board of Directors Seat with the NY / NJ Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. for over six years and Past President and Board Member of the NJ Board of Public Utilities, Supplier Diversity Development Council.
Dolcey E. Chaplin, Esq. Director, NJIT DOD Procurement Center
Dolcey, a government contracts attorney, directs the Procurement Center. The Center assists small businesses throughout the state who want to contract with large businesses and the government for FREE. Bidding opportunities sent directly to your email account, proposal preparation and certification assistance are only a few of the kinds of help available.
Keisha Blake, Regional Director of Certification & Programming, WPEO-NY
Keisha Blake is the Regional Director of Certification and Programming at The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization New York, a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and third party certification. The WPEO NY office certifies more than 1200 businesses each year as 51% women owned, operated, managed and independently run.Keisha overseas all outreach efforts and develops the organization’s programs and events. Her responsibilities include management of the certification program and certification committee membership, as well as recruitment and retention of Women Business Enterprises (WBEs).
Nina Moseley, State of New Jersey
As Senior Director of the Division of Minority and Women Business Development, Nina is charged with ensuring equal opportunity for minority and women-owned business enterprises and their participation in the State purchasing and procurement processes with the tracking and monitoring State spending and providing recommendations for improving state procurement practices for these businesses. She previously served as Senior Director of Business Services with the New Jersey Commerce Commission and as Executive Director of Democracy South, an organization focusing on campaign finance reform.
Luis A. Hernández, Manager of Business
Development (Certification and Outreach) in the Office of Civil
Rights Office of Business Development.
The Office of Business Development
administers NJ Transit’s Disadvantaged (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise
(SBE) Programs. The Certification and Outreach unit is responsible for
conducting outreach and certifying eligible small businesses for entry into the
DBE program under the New Jersey Unified Certification Program (NJUCP).
A. has 25 years in M/W/DBE compliance, affirmative action and contract
compliance. Prior to his tenure at New Jersey Transit Corporation, L. A. served
as Assistant Director, Contract Compliance in the Department of Civil Rights
for Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Maria Palumbo, Kearny Bank
Maria Palumbo is a Small Business Banker for Kearny Bank providing small businesses with all their financing needs. Kearny Bank offers commercial and residential financing and has been your local community bank for over 100 years with 42 NJ/NY retail offices. Maria has been in banking for over 20 years and is on the Board of Directors for the North Essex Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Nutley Women’s Professional Group. Maria may be reached at 862-220-5108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist with any business financing questions.
Margaret Sanchez, Kearny Bank
Margaret Sanchez, a successful Business Banker with Kearny Bank for six years, has been effectively assisting and counseling clients on financing needs for more than 20 years. She facilitates the origination of small business, commercial, and residential loans, while upholding a high level of customer care throughout the Bank’s 42 NJ/NY retail branch network. Margaret may be reached at 201.638.3638 or at email@example.com to assist with any business financing questions.
Susan Wilcox, e-Dynamic Marketing, LLC
Susan Wilcox helps business owners take full advantage of social media, emails and online promotions to generate sales and grow their business. Susan is a motivating speaker who doesn't just speak to her audience but engages them to create a dynamic, interactive presentation. She possesses an ability to understand the individual needs every business presents, helping her to add value for everyone. She is appreciated for her hands-on knowledge and willingness to help. Susan is the owner of e-Dynamic Marketing, a member of NJAWBO and is proud to represent Constant Contact as an Authorized Local Expert.
Susana Fonticoba, Right Click Advantage, LLC
As a Constant Contact Master Certified Solution Provider and Authorized Local Expert. Susana delivers Online Marketing Seminars to professional organizations such as the NY Biz Expo, NJAWBO, SBDC, SCORE, Microsoft, and many local chambers and networking groups. As the owner of Right Click Advantage, Susana offers Small Business Online Marketing Strategy, Services, Training and Coaching. The Right Click Advantage Learning Studio is located in East Hanover.
In NJAWBO, Susana is the current President of the Northwest Region; the former First Vice President (Teal Heart); and the former Morris Chapter President (Business Woman of the Year Award and Teal Heart). She has benefited from an active membership since 2004.
Mukesh M. Patel
Mukesh is a seasoned
entrepreneur with experience in private equity, angel investments, and business
law. Mukesh has founded numerous ventures,secured significant equity,
worked with over 100 investor partners, and serves on advisory boards of growth
companies. He has been featured in national media including Entrepreneur.com,
which recently named him one of "The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York
City’s Startup Scene.” Mukesh is the founder and CEO of both JuiceTank
(NJ’s largest collaborative co-working space for entrepreneurs, technologists
and creatives) and Advance Entrepreneurship Institute, a venture accelerator
that runs entrepreneurship boot-camps and think-tanks, an initiative that is
attracting national and international interest. As an Adjunct Professor at
Rutgers Business School, he teaches a groundbreaking, inter-disciplinary course
called "ICE” (Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship). He is on
an international speaker circuit, presenting keynotes including a TEDx talk. Mukesh
has a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School, B.A. in Economics &
Statistics from Rutgers College as a Henry Rutgers Scholar, with a secondary
study in Cinematic Arts.
Paul Rodriguez, Esq.
Paul is an associate
attorney at the law firm of Simpson Thacher &
Bartlett LLP, a global law firm with over 850 attorneys in 11 offices
worldwide. Paul practices in the areas of securities and
intellectual property law, and he will share insights and the status of new
crowd-funding legislation, including potential impact and opportunities. Paul
received his BS from Montclair State University, his Juris Doctor degree from
Yale Law School, where he serves on the advisory board of the Yale Law Social
Entrepreneurs, and has recently served as the Law and Social Enterprise Fellow
at New York University School of Law.
Tommy Capone, Jr.
the Founder & CEO of TacTech Media, a firm specializing in web development,
design, and ecommerce solutions for start-ups and growth ventures. He is a crowd-funding advisor and will share a case study of
a crowd-funding campaign he managed and implemented on the FundRazr platform. He also helped
design and implement the social media strategy and analytics for the campaign.
Tommy has a BS in Management Information Systems from The University of
Connecticut and an MBA in Computer Information Systems from Quinnipiac
University School of Business.
Dimitry is a crowd-funding advisor and will share a case study
of a Kickstarter campaign for
PSTML, a venture for which he is founder and CEO and which showcases artisan
goods and the micro-entrepreneurs that make them. Previously, he was a
technical partner at Shan Valley, an environmentally friendly, gourmet
green-tea company from Myanmar. He is a freelance entrepreneur, speaks multiple
languages, and provides web design & technical marketing services to small
Alison is a content expert, contributing to multiple online and print platforms to craft a compelling and evocative narrative. For over 10 years, Alison has shaped dialogue and contributed to national and international audiences, transforming complex ideas into accessible content. Alison will share her perspective on creating dynamic and emotive content to inspire the human spirit and how to craft a story to reach those in the crowd-funding world. Alison received her BA degree from Rutgers University where she majored in language arts and political science. She is also an entrepreneur who has built brands through compelling narrative.
Kayla has a passion for journalism and media as well as mentorship, women’s empowerment, and minority youth empowerment. She uses her talent for the written and spoken word to serve as a role model for youth. Kayla is an ambassador for various national programs including The First Tee, Disney Dreamer’s Academy, NJ Orators, and the National Black MBA Leaders of Tomorrow Program. She is also an entrepreneur and the founder, Creative Director and President of JustME Products, LLC, an instantly customizable-built in wallet protective case company, and will share her experience in crowd-funding campaigns.