New Business Concepts
Charles F. Ryan
Clarence B. Jones
Brian J. Nickerson
Carolyn Chin has 20 years+ experience in general management, strategy, marketing, technology and operations in the e-commerce, information technology, financial/insurance services, media, telecommunications, health, education and small business market segments. She has extensive start-up, turnaround and deal expertise and a strong track record for breakthrough problem solving, profit and market share improvement, speedy results, talent recruitment and team building. Leveraging her cross-functional and industry expertise, Carolyn has been responsible for the due diligence of a large number of transactions ranging from small, start-up to multi-billion dollar deals.
Carolyn is CEO of Cebiz, a consulting and investment firm. She is also the Chairman of the Board of Commtouch (Nasdaq CTCH), a dotcom survivor and leading provider of anti-SPAM solutions. In '01-'02, she served as Chairman and interim CEO for KindMark (a provider of e- philanthropy and automated giving technology). She also serves on the Board of Directors of CH2M Hill, a $3B+ infrastructure services firm (environment, power, energy and design/build engineering services), State Farm Insurance's Bank and Holcim US (world's largest provider of cement). She has served on over 30 corporate boards of directors and advisory boards, commissions, councils and non-profit boards.
She is the founder of a recently launched series of bootcamps (On Board Bootcamps) to train and promote women and minorities as board members. In addition, she is a professional options trader and real estate investor.
Her prior work experience includes EVP Marketing, Sales, and Business Development at MarketXT (trading systems and services). She also served as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Reuters America. Before Reuters, she held a number of senior positions at IBM including Vice President, Corporate Strategy and External Development and General Manager of Electronic Commerce in which she started and managed IBM's global e-commerce business. Prior to IBM, Ms. Chin served in senior positions (VP/SVP) at Citibank, AT&T and Macy's. She was selected a White House Fellow (America's most prestigious leadership development program) and served as Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and subsequently, as Executive Secretary and Chief Regulations Officer of US HEW (Health, Education, Welfare).
She has extensive negotiations experience and served as a member of the US delegation, working with David Rockefeller, to the Dartmouth Conferences for bilateral discussions with the USSR. Also, she was a US delegate, with Ambassador Woodcock, to bilateral discussions with China on trade and Taiwan.
She has been active in many non-profit boards NYC Outward Bound, Committee for Economic Development (CED), Redford Institute (films for organ donation) and the Committee of 100 (prominent Chinese-Americans) (currently leading Zogby-conducted survey on American Attitudes Towards China including areas such as terrorism, outsourcing, economic/military threat).
Carolyn received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and BS in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has appeared in numerous TV shows and press articles.
Mr. Jones was the former Counsel and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He is Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Institutional Investors Consulting Corporation (IICC) of Houston, TX. And has served as investment banking Consultant and Strategic Advisor to Dover Film Finance, Ltd.,The WestSphere Capital Group, an institutional investment management company, managing the investments of several financial institutions and companies in Latin America, The TeleHealth Network, Inner CityBroadcastingCorporation(owner of radio stations WLIB-AM and WBLS-FM in New York City), Dickerson Insurance Services, LA, California, The Heritage Television Network, the leading syndicator of African-American movies and television shows on broadcast television in the United States.
Twice selected by Fortune Magazine as a "Business Man of The Month". Clarence B. Jones' distinguished business career spans several decades. He was the first African-American to become a partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, Carter, Berlind & Weill, Inc. (Included among his partners were Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr.) and an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Jones was the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Intramerican Life Corporation, parent company of Intramerica Life Insurance Company of New York (subsequently acquired by the Colonial Penn Group of Life Insurance Companies); co-founder of the Boston, MA based $10 Million Urban National Corporation and Inner City Broadcasting Corporation.
During the late 60s and 70s he served as investment banking advisor to the Ministries of Finance of the Governments of Jamaica, Zambia and the Bahamas and counsel to the Boxing Commission of Zaire in connection with the closed circuit television satellite broadcast of the 1974 world championship heavy weight boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Mr. Jones has traveled on business to Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Bahrain, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Iraq, Mozambique, Angola, Europe and South Africa. For several years
For several years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Africa America Institute., a foundation specializing in political, economic and health issues in Africa.
In April 1963, as counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., together with Charles Morgan, Esq., he successfully negotiated with the City of Birmingham, Alabama a settlement of the civil rights demonstrations for desegregated Department Stores and Public Accommodations.
Mr. Jones was a recipient of a White House Letter of Commendation from President William L. Clinton for his work in Birmingham, Alabama on behalf of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. He was one of the distinguished Honorees of the New York City based Community Works Organization about whom an original Musical Presentation," The Long Walk To Freedom", was written in honor of his work by the Impact Theatre Repertory Company.
In September 1971, then Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of the State of New York requested Mr. Jones, along with Tom Wicker a columnist and editor of The New York Times, and then Congressman Herman Badillo to go to Attica, NY, to negotiate an end of the Attica State Prison inmate rebellion. His work at Attica is detailed and described by Tom Wicker in his book "A Time To Die".
In 1985 Mr. Jones was appointed Executive Vice President and Producer of Apollo Entertainment Television, the television production company of the world famous Apollo Theatre. He co-produced the weekly syndicated television show "Its Showtime At The Apollo" and Co- Executive produced the three hour Emmy Award NBC network special "Motown Returns To The Apollo" and the first theatrical feature film on Rap and Hip-Hop music, "Fly By Night", distributed by Columbia Tri-Star Studios.
Mr. Jones is the Board of Trustees of The Theatre Development Fund of The City of New York and the Impact Repertory Theatre and Dance Company. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the College Bound Student Alliance, Boulder, CO. and is a member of the Board of Directors of Third World Press, Chicago Ill.
He is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, the Boston University School of Law (LLB and JD degree) and a Certificate Recipient from the New York Institute of Finance. Mr. Jones has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Communications from Allegheny College, Allegheny, PA and is mentioned or referred to in several books and articles, including:
*Robert Kennedy by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
*A Time to Die by Tom Wicker
*Stride towards Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr.
*Martin Luther King Jr. and the FBI by David Garrow
*Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Garrow (Pulitzer Prize)
*Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch (Pulitzer Prize)
*Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter (Pulitzer Prize)
King of Capital: Sandy Weill and the Making of Citigroup by Amey Stone & Mike Brewster
*Magazine article in the July/August 2002 The Atlantic Monthly,"The FBI and Martin Luther King" by David Garrow
Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World...and Then Nearly Lost It All by Monica Langley, The Wall Street Journal
The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Speech that Inspired a Nation by Drew D. Hanson
Mr. Martinez has over 15 years' comprehensive financial experience investment banking, and investment management experience. Mr. Martinez is Managing Director for GreenHills Ventures, LLC, (an investment banking firm) and GHV Fund, LP, (a $40.0 million early stage private equity fund). Prior to joining GreenHills Ventures, LLC, Mr. Martinez oversaw the $125 million sale of Sixdegrees.com and the $150 million sale of E@wonders. Prior to these two major acquisitions, Mr. Martinez spearheaded corporate turn-around strategies, mergers & acquisitions, capital restructuring, capital raising for major corporations, including American Express, Citibank, Coopers & Lybrand, Inlumen, Coastal Oil, Dial Corporation, Seagram's Beverage Corporation, and Olsten Financial Services. Mr. Martinez is active on several boards including the Sandy Weill Institute, the High School of Economics and Finance, and E-POL, Inc. (an intelligence and securities Company for which he is a Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer). In 2004, Mr. Martinez formed a partnership with SpringLAB, LLC., a joint venture partnership with SCI2 (Pace University), a Business Accelerator Incubator with locations in New York City and Westchester County. Mr. Martinez is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist for Venture Capital events in the United States and Europe. In 1994, Emanuel was appointed by the Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller to be a member of Operation Legacy Project and was responsible for attracting major Corporations to the Revitalization and Development Initiative to relocate major Corporations to Atlanta, Georgia in preparation for the 1996 Centennial Olympics. M.B.A., Finance and B.A., Accounting, St. John's University, New York, Executive Management Program in Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance, Harvard Business School, CPA, NY State. Proficiency in Spanish, Italian and Hebrew.
Dr. Brian J. Nickerson is a Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences at Pace University.
Professor Nickerson has an international reputation as a sought after speaker, educator and consultant through his work in applied policy research and public management. Some of his latest collaborative projects have included work with well-known domestic organizations, such as The United Way, as well as institutions throughout Asia and Europe. Additionally, his research has appeared in numerous national and international publications and conferences.
Several medial outlets including CNN radio affiliates, National Public Radio, WABC News, WCBS News, and The New York Times, also frequently desire his professional commentary as a policy and political analyst.
Dr. Nickerson also actively serves in many volunteer civic roles including the Pre-White Conference on Aging and the Westchester Public Issues Institute. In recognition of his community service and leadership, Brian was recently awarded the United Way Spirit of Caring Awards and was named one of the "40 Under 40" Rising Stars by the Business Council of Westchester.
Professor Nickerson has been teaching at the collegiate level since 1993. He has earned not only his Ph.D. in American politics and policy, but also a law degree and a masters degree in public administration. Today, he teaches an array of graduate-level courses in public policy, law, and organizational management within Pace University's Masters of Public Administration Program.
Mr. Posman currently is a consultant specializing in strategic planning for both businesses and educational institutions. Mr. Posman has owned and operated a number of small businesses, been a partner in a social entrepreneurship project on Manhattan's Lower East Side and was Deputy Chancellor for Financial Affairs with the New York City Board of Education, and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the City University of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Enterprise and involved with several other institutions concerned with social entrepreneurship. He also served in the Peace Corps as a Volunteer teacher in Tunisia, a staff member in Sri Lanka and an administrator in Washington. Mr. Posman received a BA in Literature from City College of New York and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Ryan has over 16 years of Commercial Banking experience with a focus on Small Business finance. Mr. Ryan is currently the Market Manager for the Westside of Manhattan for Chase Small Business Financial Services where he manages the activities of 4 teams and 44 Relationship Managers and has accountability for the bank's acquisition, retention and expansion strategies in the Small Business segment. Mr. Ryan holds a BBA and MBA in Financial Management from Pace University in New York.
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