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  • Kelly Brozyna,

    Kelly Brozyna is the Chief Executive Officer and State Director of America’s Small Business Development Centers – New Jersey (NJSBDC) network, headquartered at Rutgers University Business School (Newark-New Brunswick).  Learn more about Ms. Brozyna.

  • Dr. Sayed Ibrahim,

    Sayed Ibrahim, president of Health & Natural Beauty, is an NJSBDC 2016 Success Award Winner and accomplished research scientist who has been successful in evolving his knowledge and passion for chemistry into a key business role with a Fortune 500 corporation. Learn more about Dr. Ibrahim.

  • Dean Lei Lei,

    Lei Lei received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Her research expertise includes supply chain network design and optimization, operations planning, scheduling, process recovery after disruptions, demand-supply planning, and resource allocation optimization.  Lei has many refereed publications which have appeared in leading journals such as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Interfaces, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operations Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, and Naval Research Logistics.  She is a recipient of multiple best professor awards at Rutgers Business School and was listed in Business Week as one of the two Most Popular Business Professors at Rutgers University.  She was nominated for the U.S. Professor of the Year in 2010, recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ in 2015, and selected as an ROI Influencer/Difference Maker: People of Color by in 2020. Lei was named the founding chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences (SCMMS) at Rutgers in 2008 and became the Dean of Rutgers Business School in January 2015.  Learn more about Dean Lei.

  • Brian McDonough,

    Brian McDonough is a 2014 NJSBDC Success Award Winner. Technical Integration Services – TISDCS Data Center Services provides high-quality, cost-effective data center solutions and services for small, medium, and large size companies. Learn more about Mr. McDonough.

  • Deborah K. Smarth,

    Deborah K. Smarth is Chief Operating Officer and Associate State Director of America’s SBDC New Jersey, headquartered at Rutgers University Business School (Newark-New Brunswick). In this capacity, she directs strategic planning, government relations, communications, and external partnerships. Learn more about Ms. Smarth.

  • Jerry Silberman,

    Jerry Silberman is CEO and founder of Corporate Turnaround. He is also a regular contributor on MSNBC’s “Your Business” and has been a featured guest for CNN, Fox, CBS, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report and Forbes magazine. Learn more about Mr. Silberman.

  • John S. Wisniewski,

    John S. Wisniewski, former New Jersey Assemblyman from 1996 to 2018 representing the 19th Legislative District, has an extensive background in property tax appeals. He represents municipalities and the owners of large commercial and industrial properties. His experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in these matters offers a unique and valuable perspective. Learn more about Mr. Wisniewski.

  • Yaw M. Mensah,

    Yaw M. Mensah is currently the Executive Vice Dean of Rutgers Business School – Newark & New Brunswick. He is also a professor in the school’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana (BS in Management), Columbia University (MBA in Finance & Accounting)), and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (Ph.D. in Accountancy). He taught previously at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and has held visiting appointments at Baruch College (City University of New York), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has published extensively in various academic journals in accounting, finance, economics, and management. Learn more about Mr. Mensah.

  • Melanie Willoughby,

    Melanie Willoughby, named one of New Jersey’s most influential economic development leaders in 2019, is no stranger to the New Jersey business community. Before joining the NJBAC in 2018, Melanie served as the Chief Government Affairs Officer of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).  A seasoned government relations strategist, Melanie has worked with state and local levels of government as an advocate for businesses of all sizes.  Learn more about Ms. Willoughby.

  • Leon Fraser,

    Leon Fraser is on the faculty of the Department of Management & Global Business of Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick. The courses he has taught include Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship; Executive Leadership;  Management Consulting Best Practices; and Business Policy & Strategy.  In addition, he has a joint appointment with the Rutgers Business School Executive Education program.  Learn more about Mr. Fraser.

  • Tai Cooper,

    As Chief Community Development Officer at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), Tai is responsible for leading the NJEDA’s communications and enhanced engagement strategy. This includes strengthening ties with policy-makers at the federal, state, and local levels as they look to advance strategies, research, and data that will help drive equitable and inclusive economic development policies and programs, with a specific focus on innovating and generating greater social impact.  Learn more about Ms. Cooper.

  • Brian Moran,

    As the Founder & CEO of Small Business Edge, Brian is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their objectives and to run better businesses. Brian, along with a team of top subject matter experts, is building a community platform that helps entrepreneurs run better, more efficient companies.  Learn more about Mr. Moran.

  • Craig Schlosser,

    Craig Schlosser is an Entrepreneur and the Managing Director for C&C Management LLC since 2010. Prior to his current role, Craig served as Executive Director starting in 2008.  Mr. Schlosser has successfully developed the organization’s client base from the ground up through recommendations, referrals, and long-term client relationships. Combining his unique skills, qualities, flexibility, and leadership makes Craig an effective partner to his clients. His areas of expertise includes Business Development, Technology, Workforce & Training, Marketing, and Non-Profits.  Learn more about Mr. Schlosser.

  • Luiz De La Hoz,

    Luis De La Hoz is a business and community development executive who has focused his entire career on helping local small and mid-sized businesses develop strategies for growth, with particular emphasis in supporting organizations with Latino and minority leadership. In 2019, De La Hoz was recognized by NJ-ROI, for the second year in a row, one of the top 10 most influential people of color in New Jersey, and he has consistently established himself as an undisputed leader in his field.  Learn more about Mr. De La Hoz.

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