FEATURED MEMBER FALL 2015: Neil Kleinberg, Founder & CEO at DiliVer Software
Mr Kleinberg heads DiliVer, a company which uses intellectual property he invented to produce due diligence software that guides buyers, sellers and advisors in minimizing risk during mergers and acquisitions. His information technology expertise has been applied in settings including government, financial services, national security, healthcare, law and telecommunications. Before creating DiliVer he led a key business team at the software company ASI, served as President of VerticalFalls Software, a firm acquired by the Sage enterprise software group in 2007, and founded in two other technology companies: EIC, a management consultancy, and NTC, an electronics firm. Mr Kleinberg’s activities include teaching Strategic Management and Entrepreneurial Finance as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School, and serving as a member of the Board of the Johns Hopkins Innovation Factory (a student-led organization which promotes entrepreneurial thinking throughout JHU’s nine schools, by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, advisors, investors and project sponsors to help incubate start-ups) and as a Mentor of the Founder Institute, a global organization that helps connect technology entrepreneurs with investors. Mr Kleinberg earned both his Master of Science degree in Computer Science and his Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering at JHU.
FEATURED MEMBERS JULY/AUGUST 2015: Mike Simpson and Ken Voytek, National Institute of Standards & Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Mr Simpson is Director of System Operations at the Gaithersburg, Maryland-based MEP, a US Commerce Department program which works nationally to improve the competitiveness of US manufacturing nationally. Mr Simpson’s team develops competitiveness initiatives in various areas of manufacturing excellence. He has led several MEP divisions including Information Systems and Center Operations and has also served as a consultant to the nuclear power industry and as an officer on the nuclear submarine USS John Adams. He has an MBA in innovation, science and technology management from George WashingtonUniversity and a BS in chemical engineering from Penn State.
Mr Voytek is MEP’s Chief Economist and Acting Team Leader of Policy and Research. He previously held senior research positions at the Urban Institute, Michigan Department of Commerce, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Alliance of Business, and Goodwill Industries International. His work has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, Government and Policy, Social Science Quarterly, and the Georgetown Law Review as well as several books and book chapters. He has a BA in economics (with honors) from St Edward’s University, Texas, and an MA from West Virginia University, and is currently working on a PhD in public policy and administration.
FEATURED MEMBER MAY/JUNE 2015: Brien Poffenberger, President and CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Before accepting his present position in June 2014, Mr Poffenberger led the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber for ten years. Under his leadership, the organization tripled its annual non-dues revenue, built its membership base, strengthened member retention, bolstered its communications and outreach efforts and successfully advocated its public policy agenda before the Maryland General Assembly. Earlier he served as director of the Small Business Development Center in Fauquier County, Virginia and worked in the private sector, including positions with General Electric and Scott Paper. In addition, Mr Poffenberger served as Legislative Assistant/Western Maryland Representative for United States Senator Barbara Mikulski. He is a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s class of 2000, and completed the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management in 2008. He has served on the Maryland Chamber’s Legislative Committee since 2004 and was an early partner in the Maryland Chamber’s Maryland Competitiveness Coalition. He serves on numerous boards, including the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Maryland Historical Trust. Mr Poffenberger earned an MBA from Georgetown University, another Master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.
Roberto Allen, Silver Spring, MD
Demos Anastasiades, Towson, MD
Sector: LEED Architecture
Interests: Energy, Greek education. President, Parish Council, St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Maryland.
Stavros Joseph Antonakakis, Voorhees, NJ
Michael Antzoulatos, Costa Mesa, CA
Sector: Insurance and financial services
Interests: Economic issues, environment, energy, medical services distribution
Education: Bachelor’s in Economics
Organizations: NAIFA, AHEPA
Anne Artmeier Balduzzi, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Internet – Social Media
Interests: Over 20 years’ experience advising early stage ventures on strategy, launch, marketing. Pioneered first online consumer service in North America. Operated as a joint venture between AT&T and Knight-Ridder, Viewtron paved the way for online banking, shopping, auctions and more. Later joined America Online/AOL (formerly known as Quantum Computer Services), working with Steve Case, former Chairman of AOL Time Warner, on product development and marketing. When AOL joint ventured with Apple, joined Apple as a product manager and relocated to Silicon Valley to direct the creation, launch, and marketing of AppleLink-Personal Edition, Apple’s first online service. Currently mentors start-ups at Emerging Technology Center of Baltimore. Co-founder of SameGrain, a social discovery platform.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/balduzzi , http://www.samegrain.com
Andreas Baltatzis, Alexandria, VA
Sector: Intellectual property
Interests: Innovation, biotech, pharmaceuticals, chemistry. Director at Kramer Amado, PC law firm. I support clients in launching new products, acquiring IP rights, and monetizing existing IP.
Organizations: American Intellectual Property Assocation, International Trademark Assocation, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Jan Baum, Towson, MD
Sector: Education, art/design
Interests: Higher education, design thinking, art/design, web 2.0, web 3.0, social design. Professor of art and design with special interests in social design, sustainability, digital technology, 3D printing/manufacturing, how digital technology and social media are changing our global world.
Leigh Alvarado Benson, Boulder, CO
Interests: Collaborative innovation, measurement, collective intelligence, science literacy, environmental engineering. Classically trained scientist currently pursuing a PhD in research methods and statistics after more than 20 years professional practice in environmental engineering consulting and instructing.
Education: University of Denver PhD program: Research Methods and Statistics; previously Duke University; Colorado School of Mines.
Tanesha Boldin, Baltimore, MD
Interests: Innovation, education, business development, marketing, leadership, idea creation, sales strategies, team-building; engaged in various community groups as a board member or founder/founding member; speak regionally on women in business and relationship-building.
Organizations: MD Bankers Association, National Association of Female Executives, A Small World.
John K Bowers, Havre de Grace, MD
Sectors: Politics, thoroughbred racing
Interests: Global and domestic politics, the Progressive movement, horse racing. In the thoroughbred industry over 40 years. Self-educated, avid reader, poet, writer. Expert sales and marketing consultant in several industries.
Organizations: Md Thoroughbred Racing Assocation, American Resort Development Association, Coulter Foundation
Duke Butler, Toronto, Canada
Interests: Capital markets, risk, finance, technology. Director & Head of Strategy, RBC Capital Markets. Ex-Microsoft and Amex. Enrepreneur.
Education: MBA (Queen’s), MASc (Waterloo) Organizations: Canadian Association of Management Consultants
Carmen Camacho, Silver Spring, MD
Sector: Promotional products
Interests: Politics, business development. Owner of Bud Miller Associates Inc, a promotional products distributorship. 2006 Maryland State Chair Michael Steele for US Senate; 2002-2006 member Maryland General Assembly Compensation Board (appointed by Governor); Executive Board member Center for the Handicap Inc, Past Chair Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce (first Hispanic to chair a mainstream chamber in the state); Chair Montgomery County Hispanic Coalition Ehrlich/Steele; Founder and Past Chair Hispanic Republican Club; Laurel Boys & Girls Club Board Director; Washington Adventist Hospital Governing Board; Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board Chair; Montgomery County Executive’s Economic Advisory Council. My husband and I live in Laurel, MD, have four adult children and three rescue dogs.
Organizations: Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce (Exec Board), Washington Adventist Hospital (Governing Board), Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, Montgomery County Executive Economic Development Committee, Women Business Owners
Lisa Camichos, Sparta, NC
Profession: Teacher- HS History and English
Interests: Research on Greece and WWII; Farming; Cycling
Organizations: Pi Gamma Mu; VEA, NEA
Education: BA- Lenoir-Rhyne; MA- Western Carolina
Author: Non-Governmental Relief to Greece: 1940-1949. A Comparative Study With The Truman Doctrine; Follow up work in progress
Denise B. Carnaggio, Bel Air, MD
Sector: Economic development
Interests: Technology transfer, military base realignment and closure (BRAC), business incubation support, STEM education, innovation.
Deputy Director, Harford County Office of Economic Development. Over 27 years in economic development. Founding member, Northeastern Maryland Technology Council and Army Alliance, Inc.
Organizations: Army Alliance, Inc., MEDA, Northeastern Maryland Technology Council, Harford Leadership Alumi Association, MD Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Board.
Michael Castor, Cockeysville, MD
What industry are you involved in? Anodizing / manufacturing
Interests: Entrepreneurship, manufacturing technology, helping others succeed. 20 years General Manager Eastern Plating Company; former President, International Hard Anodizing Association & Current Board Member; consultant with Anderson Consulting; Las Vegas musician.
Education: MBA UM 1986, B Mus Ed U North Texas 1976
Leena Chandran-Wadia, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Parvathi Chandrasekar, Rockville, MD
Dai Chaplin, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Interests: Military, intelligence, cybersecurity, criminal justice, emergency management, command and control systems; EOD removal, logistics systems.:32 years Canadian Forces, 28 as officer. Field artillery, logistics, general staff. Two years Dept Foreign Affairs, three years Dept Public Safety. Seven years in politics / advocacy.
Organizations: Royal Canadian Artillery Association
Larry Collins, Columbia, MD
Sector: Information technology
Interests: STEM education, technology, entrepreneurship, business development. GANTECH Inc Business Development Manager. Formerly worked at American Management Systems, Boeing Computer Support, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computers, Microsoft E-Business Engineering Group. Worked extensively with Fortune 100 companies. Chair, Board of Directors MIT Enterprise Forum Baltimore. Education: Howard University.
Mike Cooper, Millersville, MD
Sector: Business systems
Interests: Business turnarounds. Over 30 years’ leadership experience in a wide range of industries. Four turnarounds.
Dave Costine, Newport Coast, CA
Trevor DaRin, Washington, DC
Sector: Student, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
Interests: Business development, innovation in academic medical centers.
George Davis, Pasadena, MD
Sector: Design engineering
Interests: Working with new businesses, strategic and operational support, mentoring, executive opportunities. Ex CEO, Avatech Solutions; director, Rand Worldwide; ex president/vice chairman, Aether Systems; Westinghouse Electric/Northrop Grumman management. Partner, Gertrude’s at the BMA restaurant.
Organizations: Trustee, Bethany College.
Octavio Diaz, Medford, NJ
Interests: Innovation, entrepreneurship, management, international business, foreign affairs. Senior VP of EMD Chemicals, responsible for Merck KGaA’s specialty chemicals business in North America. Technical Background in finance and management. Passion for bringing together the components necessary to grow a business. Have done this in several industries, eg life sciences, chemicals, high tech, for companies ranging from start-ups to companies with over $300 million in sales. Born in California, family from Mexico.
Donald M DeLauder, Pittsburgh, PA
Sector: Medical devices
Interests: Innovation in large organizations, driving growth, investment in innovation, modeling early-stage opportunities, structuring for innovation, innovation culture, etc. 30 years’ experience in electrical engineering, software development, systems development, innovation. MBA.
Organizations: IEEE, PDMA
Ronald Diegelman, Ellicott City, MD
Interests: Entrepreneurship and early stage companies. Entrepreneur in Residence, Emerging Technology Center, Baltimore.
Organizations: American Institute of CPAs, Maryland Association of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants.
Education: Loyola University, Maryland (BS Accounting).
John DeSantis, Pikesville, MD
Interests: Helping humanity. Please see link below to read about my 30-year vision to end poverty and unemployment worldwide, create worldwide prosperity protect the environment, solve the energy crisis, provide the best health care and education to everyone in every nation, build and maintain the needed infrastructure in every nation, and more.
Pamela Cleave Devine, Phoenix, MD
Interests: Lifelong learning, training, development. Director of Business Development for the Business Learning Institute, a training affiliate of the Maryland Association of CPAs.
A Harold DuBois, Pikesville, MD
Tammy Edwards, Baltimore, MD
Sector: State government
Interests: Over 15 years public service. Website design; state regulation review; regulatory cost calculation; small business start-ups; IT business development.
Education: UMUC Cybersecurity
John Elstner, Annapolis, MD
Sector: Environmental technologies
Interests: Innovation, entrepreneurship. Passionate about technology commercialization, product development, strategic management of fast-growth, mission-oriented organizations. Have helped develop dozens of companies in clean technology, renewable energy, national security sectors, via strategic partnerships to create business value. President at 3 Point Products, Inc. As founding CEO of the Chesapeake Innovation Center, Annapolis, received National Achievement Award. Nominated as Annapolis Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, Greater Baltimore Innovator of the Year in 2004, and Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2003.
Organizations: Chesapeake Regional Technology Council (Treasurer)
Education: BS Environmental Science, Allegheny College; MBA
Entrepreneurship, Babson College.
E. Steven Emanuel, Rockville, MD
Dr Norman A Endlich, Frederick, MD
Sector: Music and ministry
Interests: Director of Music Ministry at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish. Former Dean, School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University. Knights of Columbus. Former Professor, MBA and EMBA
Programs, University of Maryland. Former Staff Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As a member of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Board of Directors, I know I am helping provide young people in our community with the skills they need to succeed in work and life. Junior Achievement teaches students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
Education: Doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
David L Ennist, Bethesda, MD
Interests: Health IT, drug development scientist. Chief Science Officer at Origent Data Sciences, a health IT company using analytics to predict disease progression and patients outcomes.
Education: PhD, MBA
Organizations: AACR, AAAS, ASCB
Charles M Ericson, Woodbury, CT
Sector: Management consulting and development
Interests: Manufacturing, management intellectual property and tools. 50 years experience in a wide range of manufacturing and general management of diverse businesses, US and international. Owned and operated a private consulting firm since 1993.
Oganizations: CT Business and Industry Association, CT Smaller Manufacturer’s Association, CT Quality Council
Nick Forakis, Columbia, MD
Interests: Programming, program management, customer relations. UM
Grad in EE, MBA from UB.
Henry Fawell, Annapolis, MD
Interests: Strategic communications, crisis communications, politics & campaigns, technology. I help corporate and government leaders tell their stories in more compelling ways. With 10 years of experience in the public and private sectors, I specialize in strategic message development, digital media strategies and media relations. Former press secretary to Governor of Maryland and communications consultant for multi-state business litigation law firm. Published in The Daily Record, National Journal, Law Marketing, Medical Innovation & Business, Professional Marketing magazine.
Organizations: Public Relations Society of America
David Fontaine, Reisterstown, MD
Mark Fuller, Owings Mills, MD
Interests: Advocate for proper financial education that teaches principles. I support social justice and fairness in education. Five years in insurance and investment, six years in fashion industry, a decade in the lending industry. I teach financial education workshops.
Education: 1989 Poly grad, University of Maryland (English)
April Yvonne Garrett, Towson, MD
Interests: Art (documentaries), intellectual work, civic engagement, critical thinking, media literacy. Founder and president of Civic Frame, a national nonprofit organization that uses art, primarily documentary film, and intellectual work to encourage civic engagement and critical thinking. Former Harvard University Presidential Administrative Fellow, Fellows Officer of Harvard’s WEB Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Visiting Scholars Coordinator for the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue of the WEB Du Bois Institute and the American Repertory Theatre, first national Director of Administration and Strategic Planning, NAACP. In 2005 named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women (Daily Record newspaper).
Education: Islamic studies,Christianity and culture with emphasis in African American religious history; Kenyon College, Columbia University, Harvard Divinity School
Gautam Gulati, Jersey City, NJ
Interests: Innovation, entrepreneurship, investment. Physician entrepreneur, advisor, investor, philanthropist.
Ryan Hamilos, Brooklyn, NY
Interests: Digital strategy
Greg Hammers, San Marcos, TX
Satyen Harvé, Bridgewater, NJ
Charlene Moore Hayes, Baltimore, MD
Interests: Vice President for Human Resources, The Johns Hopkins University
Tom Hood, Towson, MD
Interests: Leadership, strategy, business, economy. CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs and Business Learning Institute.
Organizations: American institute of CPAs, World Future Society
Stamatia Ieromonahos, Baltimore, MD
Interests: I am from the Greek island of Kasos. Mother of three. I work for the Baltimore County Public Schools Dept, am President of the Greek School Committee, and own a restaurant.
Vasileios Ioannitis, Charleston, SC
Interests: Energy, transportation, logistics.
Education: Global MBA, Johns Hopkins. Academic background in statistics and insurance science. Military service, Hellenic Navy.
Alexander Karas, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Several, from technology to art
Interests: Media, TV, DNA forensics, weapon systems, nanotechnology, sculpture , oil painting, large-format photography.
Organizations: International Hydrofoil Society, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Barakuda International Aquanautic Club, Professional Photographers of America, Sales & Marketing Executives International.
Argie Kavvada, Washington, DC
Martin James Kelly, Westminster, MD
Sector: Office products
Interests: Office products, sports, my family. Worked at Loyola University 25 years before going into family business. I’m as excited about the future as Aris is. I’ll be even more excited if his blueprint for the future, regarding commitment to innovation, is followed.
Education: Executive MBA, Loyola, earned years after my undergraduate degree in 1985.
Paul Kotrotsios, Broomall, PA
Interests: Print media, public relations, exhibitions and conferences. Founder & publisher of Hellenic News of America newspaper since 1987, and Hermes Expo International annual trade show held in Atlantic City over two decades. President of an international business consultancy, Ethno Communications. Founding member, US Greece Business Advisory Council of Greater Philadelphia; founding member and executive director, Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania. Founding member and former President, Hellenic American National Council.
Education: MBA, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. BS Economics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Married to Linda (Iliada). Lives in Broomall, PA. Three daughters.
Stacy Kubofcik, Catonsville, MD
Robin Lambo, Towson, MD
Sector: Hospital volunteer
Interests: Health, medicine, religion, politics, Baltimore. Disabled former healthcare industry employee/advocate. Citizen of Baltimore area since 1986.
Jennifer C. Leonard, Bel Air, MD
Sector: Land development
Interests: Land development, urban planning, dedevelopment of environmentally difficult sites, all aspects of planning and sustainable site design. Accomplished landscape architect and site designer. Over 12 years’ experience in project development, management, coordination. Adept at site analysis, environmental planning, feasibility studies and design of retail, institutional, residential, commercial and industrial projects, including landscape, grading, forest conservation, forest buffer analysis. Projects completed in Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania. Have also coordinated and prepared sketch, site, grading, landscape plans, and wetland and forest stand delineations. Expertise in preparing illustrative sections, elevations, and perspectives. Have worked on the development plan approval process in Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, and Cecil Counties, and Baltimore City.
Organizations: ASLA (national and Maryland).
Education: RLA, LEED AP USGBC
Michale Leslie, Chesapeake, VA
Sector: Energy Industry (commercial, industrial, state, and federal sectors)
Program Manager at MEA. Prior to my work at MEA I ran an energy service company, directed Mid-Atlantic activities for a distributed generation, and operated a manufacture/repair facility in the aviation sector.
Prof Jim Liew, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Higher education
Interests: Entrepreneurial finance, hedge funds. Assistant Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
John Lewis, Altamonte Springs, FL
Interests: Community and organization strategic planning, economic development, technology, clean technology, universities. President GoodQuestion, Inc.; Economic Development Administrator, Orange County, Florida USA; planning consultant. Former Executive Director, Goals for Dallas. Consultant / director of many community goals programs. Former Assistant Professor of Urban Economics, Economic Development, Economic History.
Marvin Macrides, Berlin, MD
Sector: Alternative energy
Interests: Battery technology, fiber optics, IT networking, construction management. Formed international trading company selling consumer goods to developing countries in Africa, Middle East, South America. Saw need for technology transfer to these countries to achieve sustainability and a better way of life via alternative energy. Later worked managing infrastructure projects for Department of Defense, private sector, state-funded enterprise. Education: BA Behavioral Science UM College Park, Linguistics major with Middle East emphasis, Graduate Studies Middle East Institute (SAIS) Washington DC
Organizations: Impact Power Technology, Braintree, MA, PY1.org,
Yolanda Maria Martinez, Lutherville-Timonium, MD
Interests: Healthcare management, international relations, disease management programming, micro enterprise, women’s business center management, economic development, entrepreneurship, public policy, volunteerism. CEO & Founder of Respira Medical, a respiratory, sleep and home medical equipment company. Organizations: Greater Baltimore Commitee, Maryland Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, Women Impacting Public Policy, Women Presidents Organization.
Matt Mason, Brookline, MA
Sector: Software for manufacturing, architecture, infrastructure
Interests: Software development, computer-aided design and manufacturing, intellectual property. Director of Software Development at Avatech Solutions.
Ronald E McIlwain, McLean, VA
Thomas F (Tucker) McNulty, Bel Air, MD
Sector: Business development
Interests: Finance, business retention & attraction. 18 years experience in finance, sales, marketing, business and economic development.
Organizations: Greater Bel Air Community Foundation (Board Member), Bel Air Small Business Assistance Revolving Loan Fund Program (Board Member), Drug Enforcement Agency Educational Foundation (Steering Committee), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Bel Air Downtown Alliance (Chair Business Development), Greater Baltimore Committee Small Business & Energy Sub-Committees, International Economic Development Council, Maryland Economic Development Association, Northeastern Maryland Technology Council, Rt. 40 Business Association, Bel Air Downtown Alliance (Chair Economic Development Restructuring Sub-Committee), The Bel Air Economic & Community Commission.
James George Melonas, Columbia, MD
Sector: Telecom, IT, cybersecurity
Interests: Mobile broadband, e-health, satellite/cellular integration. VP International Development, SkyTerra Communications, a company developing the first integrated satellite-cellular communications network based on its patented Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) technology. SkyTerra’s network offers seamless, transparent, interoperable and ubiquitous wireless coverage of North America using conventional cellular devices. Formerly (30 years) at Bell Atlantic (field engineering, operations, network finance, marketing, product management, international and corporate development, wire-line,
wireless and technology opportunities in Europe and Latin America). 1996 to 2000: helped plan the development of what is now Verizon, by project managing corporate integration planning for Bell Atlantic merger with NYNEX and subsequent merger with GTE. 2000 to 2005: senior advisor to telecom and information technology companies, serving as interim COO in some. 2005 through 2007: MD, Maryland’s World Trade Center Institute. In 2007 founded Gateway CSI, a telecom and IT service provider. My wife Jackie and I live in Columbia, Md. Amateur singer, songwriter; play acoustic guitar.
Education: BS, R H Smith School of Business, UM, College Park. MBA, Sellinger School at Loyola College. Member, Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board, UM University College Graduate School of Management and Technology. Former Executive in Residence and adjunct faculty, UMUC’s Executive MBA program.
Brian Miller, Cumberland, MD
Interests: Economic development, technology, rural broadband. Appalachian culture. Expanding economic opportunities in Appalachia. Community development, child welfare, public policy. Employee of the MD Department of Human Resources over 14 years. Adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State. Involved in community development in to greater Cumberland, MD, area. Married, one daughter. Avid golfer and Ravens fan.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Frostburg State University; Masters degree, West Virginia University.
Razvan E. Miutescu, Upperco, MD
Sector: International trade, commercial financing
Interests: North American – Eastern European trade, business-to-business, government-to-business. Attorney with Gorman & Williams, Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC. International trade, corporate and business matters, commercial and consumer financing, maritime law. Extensive experience representing US and international banks and business owners in financing, sale, purchase of cruise liners, tug boat fleets, recreational yachts. Litigation practice focuses on shareholder disputes and creditors’ rights. Have served clients in state and federal courts.
Education: Juris Doctor, Notre Dame Law School, Master’s in Economic Policy Analysis University of Maryland, Bachelor’s in Economics Hiram College.
Organizations: Active member Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Baltimore City. Volunteer attorney, Maryland Lawyers for the Arts. Involved in multiple projects of Global Romanian Students and Young Professionals Society and US-Romania Business Council.
Alon S. Moritz, Towson, MD
Interests: Management, healthcare, technology. Investor, turnaround specialist with national and international business experience in technology, healthcare, defense, IT, services and more.
Angie Moore, Glyndon, MD
Sabrina Moore, Reisterstown, MD
Lena Munther, Fulton, MD
Sector: Architectural interior design, branding and marketing
Interests: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Connie Mourtoupalas, Chicago, IL
Sector: Museum management
Interests: Documenting and preserving community history. Director, National Hellenic Museum.
Organizations: Society for Preservation of Greek Heritage, Founding member of the National Council of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, Founder and executive Director of the American Friends of the Acropolis Museum
Ron Nakamoto, Salt Lake City, UT
Sector: Education, financial services
Interests: Entrepreneurism, wealth creation, sustainability.CEO, Empowered Wealth
William T Newton, Reisterstown, MD
Sector: Home builder (my 3rd career)
Interests: Politics, law, art, religion, antiquarian Books. Community / civic organizer / volunteer. Maryland Delegate, Continental Congress 2009. Contributing author, “Articles of Freedom” at www.articlesoffreedom.us. Editor, lesson plan, Center for Teaching the Constitution (California). Legislation writer / editor. Amicus brief contributor for a number of legal cases of note.
John Norville, Severna Park, MD
Interests: World affairs, news, politics, community service, music. Retired quality management systems consultant. Previously with Westinghouse in MD (37 years in quality assurance, Q.A. department manager for Hunt Valley site 20 years). ISO-9000 Certifications. Active in community service, boards, councils, political clubs. Drummer with several groups.
Education: Duke Univ., NC State Univ. – B.Ind Engr’g. -Honors, George Washington Univ. – MBA, – D.B.A.
Organizations: American Society for Quality, AARP, American Legion, Tau Beta Pi.
John L Parson, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Industrial engineering
Interests: Founder of Genius Empire, a company that conceptualizes, prototypes and brings to market green products ranging from household appliances to medical devices. Genius Empire has won 1st place in two entrepreneur contests and second place in The Eco-Fest Concept Contest. I am a STEM major and my goal is to become a great inventor of products and services that positively impact daily life. I have patented a solar-powered lantern that will be initially targeted to developing countries. I believe education is one of the essential tools that will help to fulfill any dream. I also believe community responsibility plays a vital role in business and environmental sustainability.
Athena Palmer, Wilmette, IL
George Papacharalampous, Glen Burnie, MD
Sector: Information technology
Interests: Windows System Administrator. 13 years experience as Windows system Administrator in Hellenic Parliament.
Cindy Paradies, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Affordable housing
Interests: Workforce development for urban poor, public/private partnerships to invigorate economy. Have worked in community development, primarily real estate and financing, for many years.
George Petrocheilos, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Student, Johns Hopkins University
Interests: Business Development, technology, networking, fundraising. Born in Athens, Greece. Came to US to study at Johns Hopkins.
Organizations: Johns Hopkins Hellenic Students Association, Johns Hopkins Newsletter, Johns Hopkins Politik, Greek America Foundation.
Alexandros Perdikomatis, Richardson, TX
Interests: Helping owners of existing and new hospitality businesses with design and research. Greek citizen in the US since 1984. In hospitality industry over 30 years and enjoy meeting great people!
Gregory Poehlman, Baltimore, MD
Interests: Publisher, Corridor Media. Formerly worked at The Daily Record, The Catholic Review, Simone Enterprises.
Education: Loyola College.
J Presley, Spokane, WA
Ben Prickril, Kensington, MD
Nora Presti, Columbia, MD
Sector: Information technology
Interests: Owner / Vice President at Group Z, Inc
Organizations: Project Management Institute
Vikram Purohit, Washington, DC
Richard Raney, Round Rock, TX
Sector: Energy and various
Interests: General history, history of technology, intellectual property protective systems and laws, energy systems and technology. Born in Texas. Self-taught engineer; some college but no degree. Own several patents. Two companies have been founded on my technologies.
John C Reith, Baltimore, MD
Interests: Brand Marketing, e-commerce, international trade
Colette Releford, Montgomery Village, MD
Nancy Riess, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Information technology
Interests: Marketing, business strategy, IT, custom software
Education: MIT, UC Berkeley
George Righos, Claymont, DE
Interests: Management.VP Board of Directors, Odyssey Charter School.
F Brooks Royster III, Baltimore, MD
Sector: International and domestic logistics and transportation
Interests: International maritime business, transportation, logistics. VP of MTC Logistics. Formerly Executive Director of Maryland Port Administration, CEO Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co, President RioMar Agencies, Inc., COO Mississippi State Port Administration; other senior positions in maritime and international transportation industry. Organizations: Board, Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs; Fellow, Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies; former Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
John Santolucito, Amherst, MA
Student at Johns Hopkins University
Interests: Greek culture
Stuart Sedlack, Woodbine, MD
Interests: Negotiation of licensing, collaboration, supply and partnering agreements, valuation analytics, business development, strategic planning, commercial assessment, venture capital investment.
Business development executive with over 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and banking industries. Senior Vice President, Business Development, Velocity Pharmaceutical Development. Formerly Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Amarin Pharmaceuticals; Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Alba Therapeutics; Global Head of Negotiations, Novartis Pharma.
Jeffrey D. Selby, Hanover, PA
Sector: Information technology
Interests: Network infrastructure, business continuity / disaster recovery, data center services, business consulting. 25-year IT veteran, in both operations and sales. My wife Bonnie and I have grown-up twins. I design technology solutions around business needs.
Bill Sheridan, St Louis, MO
Sector: Professional association
Interests: Leadership, technology, social media, communication, management. Maryland Association of CPAs’ electronic communicationsmanager, editor, resident Web 2.0 cheerleader. Since 2000 has created, co-written and maintained MACPA’s daily blog, CPA Success; created MACPA’s weekly podcast, CPA Spotlight; and created a series of electronic newsletters on tax, technology, resources for CPA firms, and resources for CPAs in business and industry. Also oversees content for MACPA’s bimonthly member magazine The Statement. Have published articles in Association Management and SmartCEO magazines and under auspices of American Institute of CPAs.
Organizations: American Society of Association Executives
Katherine A Sibiski, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Business development
Interests: Marketing, finance procurement, strategic planning.18 years in management of community, private and public sector businesses, non-profits, worked with community organizations and start-ups to design and implement business and marketing strategies. Written over 100 business plans. Board President, Micro Enterprise Council of Maryland.
Michael Simpson, Frederick, MD
Sector: Government, manufacturing support
Interests: Innovation, business growth, exports, technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainable / renewable energy, nuclear power. Since 1994 Director of System Operations for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology. My role is to develop a national system to help improve the competitiveness of US manufacturing.
Toskos Skuburdis, Glenwood Landing, NY
Interests: Leadership in education and art. Born in Zimbabwe, Africa, to Greek parents. Currently residing on Long Island, NY, and working as an Assistant Principal in Queens.
Organizations:CSA, Hellenic Leaders, AFT
Stelios Spiliadis, Baltimore, MD
Interests: Innovation in the delivery of hospitality services. Green hospitality developer. Former community mental heath planner, chair Baltimore City Planning Commission, VP Baltimore City School Board.
Education: BS Columbia U, MSW U Maryland.
Anil Srivastava, Rockville, MD
Prof Lindsay J Thompson, Baltimore, MD
Sector: Higher education
Interests: Social change, urban redevelopment, livable cities, leadership and human values. Associate Professor at Carey Business School and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Carey Business School faculty director and student advisor for business ethics and social enterprise. Organizations: Active member of several academic societies and regularly addresses academic business ethics venues, including Society for Business Ethics, International Society for Business Economics and Ethics, American Academy of Management. Also Maryland Humanities
Council, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Archdiocese of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, Jonestown Planning Council, Albemarle Square Community Association, and Exeter Gardens.
Clayton Thorpe, Greensboro, MD
Interests: Immigration, negative effects of war on drugs, overtaxation of home ground companies, use of federal sales tax to generate new federal revenue and decrease dependence on income-based taxes, especially business income taxes. Ex-engineer, farmer.
Organizations: ASME, MD and PA Farm Bureaus, MD and PA vegetable growers’ organizations.
Raymond F Vennare, Pittsburgh, PA
Interest: Technology commercialization, venture investments.
Luiz G. Vieira, Philadelphia, PA
Interests: General management, negotiations, start-ups, business development, global key account management, sales and operations planning. Joined US affiliate of Merck Group in 1990. Took on
international assignment for Merck in Germany 1993. Returned to US 1996 to hold various marketing positions in Merck Group until 2000. Left to pursue an Internet venture, then rejoined Merck in 2001, managing the company’s optics business then the coatings pigments business unit. Since 2008 Vice President North American Pigments and Cosmetics business unit for EMD Chemicals Inc., the US and Canadian affiliate of Merck KGaA.
Organizations: Chairman, Board of Governors, Colored Pigments Manufacturers Association); Personal Care Product Council; Product Development and Management Association. Involved with charities. Mentor to small businesses.
Education: University of Cincinnati (chemistry); IHK, Darmstadt, Germany (BA marketing); New York Polytechnic University (MS technology management).
Kenneth P Voytek, Marriottsville, MD
Interests: Economic development, manufacturing. Chief Economist and Senior Evaluation Manager, Manufacturing Extension Partnership program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Responsible for program’s evaluation, research and policy analysis. Grew up in Warren, Ohio. Has held senior research positions at Urban Institute, Michigan Department of Commerce, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Alliance of Business, and Goodwill Industries International. Has published in Economic Development Quarterly, Government and Policy, Social Science Quarterly, Georgetown Law Review and several books.
Education: BA Economics (Honors) St Edward’s U, MA West Virginia U, now working on PhD in Public Policy and Administration.
Stephanie Waters, Columbia, MD
Sector: Arts and education
Interests: Arts and business innovation.
Dana Weisgerber, Pasadena, MD
Chevy (Fleischman) Weiss, Pikesville, MD
Sector: Strategic consulting
Interests: Marketing, advertising, public relations, political campaigns. Longtime resident of Baltimore, mother of five (fortunate to have a Mr Mom at home!). Working to make Maryland a more attractive place for families.
Rita Whaley, Chester, MD
Sector: Public relations, real estate, communications, education, marketing
Interests: Building professional relationships, making business connections that matter. Experienced professional in the above fields. My network extends across public/private/DoD, non-profit, high tech, defense, executive search/HR advisory services, and education sectors.
Organizations: Public Relations Society of America, National Military Appreciation Month, Time for America Foundation, National Association of Realtors
Carol M Wuenschel, Frederick, MD
Deborah Zizwarek, Towson, MD
Sector: Professional education
Interests: Education, webcasts, virtual training. Director of Products and Business Solutions for the Business Learning Institute.