Smarter Planet Executive-in-Residence
ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP
Ramona K. Zachary, Ph.D.
Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs
Ramona K. Zachary is the Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs and the Peter S. Jonas Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Dr. Zachary’s research and courses are focused on the social and economic dynamics and impacts of family businesses, and minority business ownership and entrepreneurial issues. She has published numerous articles on family business, management and decision making theory. She has edited two books entitled Home-Based Employment and Family Life and The Entrepreneurial Family.
Dr. Zachary currently serves as a Co-Editor of the new Entrepreneurship Research Journal with Berkeley Electronic Press, is associated with the International Family Enterprise Research Academy and is currently serving on its Board and as the Director of its Research and Publications Subcommittee. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Before joining Baruch College, Dr. Zachary was Professor and the J. Thomas Clark Fellow of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship
Monica Dean is the Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs and Center for Entrepreneurship. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Management where she has co-taught a course she co-created on Women and Entrepreneurship and a special Topics course on Business Meets 3D Digital Design & Fabrication. She also developed the curriculum for Baruch’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Continuing and Professional Studies for displaced workers. Monica has over 25 years of professional business experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her experience includes six years as a senior manager at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national not-for-profit recognized for developing innovative theories and practices on inner city business development, and six years as a consultant with the premier consultancy firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Monica holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in civil engineering from Howard University. She has a number of publications and workshops to her credit, has served as a panelist at several major business conferences, and has spoken on urban business issues before various academic and business groups nationwide.
Director, Baruch Small Business Development Center
Ulas Neftci is the Regional Director of the Midtown Manhattan Small Business Development Center. He specializes in technology businesses, early stage business planning, equity transactions and business plans. Prior to becoming the director of the SBDC he has been awarded multiple times in recognition for his consulting as one of the top business advisors within the SBDC Network. He has served as a Phase 2 SBIR Commercialization reviewer and has advised micro lending institutions in credit analysis and loan packaging. Ulas teaches various classes including Entrepreneurship Management; Technology, Innovation and Design in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. An active member of the entrepreneurship community he has served as a judge and mentor in business plan competitions and mentors at the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. He has a BS in Engineering, MBA and an MS in Computer Information Systems. His previous work experience is in technology, international business and his own entrepreneurial endeavors.
Assistant Director of Programs at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship
Mrs. Pacheco-Jorge focuses on fiscal and operational management with over 10 years of experience in educational services specializing in general project oversight. She has several years of experience as a Certified Business Advisor for the Baruch SBDC, during which she worked with hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs ranging from lawyers and fabric designers to restaurateurs and PR firms. She specializes in basic HRM practices for small businesses and general business start-ups, and has extensive experience recruiting and managing employees as well as developing training programs for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Mrs. Pacheco-Jorge holds an MS in Industrial Labor Relations and a BBA in Human Resource Management from Baruch College.
FIELD CENTER/ SBDC/ CSE/ IVE STAFF
Kindra Cooper serves as the Community Coordinator at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. She is in charge of marketing – overseeing social media, email marketing, blogging, event promotions, graphics, and updating web content. She hails from Indonesia, where she wrote features for major publications including The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s largest English-language newspaper. Once in New York, she covered sustainable architecture and design for The Architect’s Newspaper, and wrote for Canadian news outlet DigitalJournal.com. She is currently pursuing a self-proposed B.A. in Political Economics and Multimedia Reporting.
Benjamin Cox is a Business Advisor at Baruch SBDC assisting clients with business strategy and financial analysis and helps them to access the resources needed to grow their business. Cox has a strong interest in startups, social enterprise, and international development. Prior to joining the SBDC, he led a program that helped low-income entrepreneurs access pro bono legal services. Before that, he worked as a nonprofit manager, independent consultant, and small business advisor throughout Central and East Africa. Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College.
Lou Ann Flanders-Stec was previously the founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Center and Associate Professor at High Point University. Responsibilities included program development and management, community relationship building, and teaching entrepreneurship courses. Prior to working in academia, she worked with many early stage companies – either as an employee or consultant. Her work as the Fund Executive for the Piedmont Angel Network and as CFO/Strategy officer for two privately funded companies brings much needed understanding and experience to the CSE and classroom.
Additionally, she has over 20 years experience in the financial management arena, many of them working in finance and treasury roles for manufacturing companies. She has her MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. Her community service has included serving on: the Board of Advisors for the Angel Capital Association, North America’s professional alliance of angel groups; the Finance Committee for the Greensboro Children’s Museum; and as Secretary and Board Member for the Eastern Music Festival. She was named one of the Piedmont Triad’s 50 Most Influential People for two years.
Faith Fraser is the Community Manager at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship. She manages external communications for student initiatives: events, competitions, social networks, newsletters, websites, etc. Faith graduated with a B.A. in Television and Radio from Brooklyn College and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Baruch College. She worked as an Event Coordinator for the City of New York’s – Office of the Brooklyn Borough and was the President and Co-Owner of Fresh Squeezed Events, Inc., an event management company based in Brooklyn, NY.
Jesse Karasin is a Business Advisor at the SBDC and is currently pursuing his MBA in Finance. Jesse specializes in financial analysis and business strategy relating to business development & strategic partnerships. Jesse currently holds series 7 and 55 licensees. Prior to joining the Field Center Jesse worked in financial services as an equities trader, where he managed day to day trading. As a result, he has a strong understanding of the capital markets and how management decisions can affect a company’s equity. Jesse’s recent work experience also includes business development, specifically consulting and marketing strategies for small businesses. Jesse has his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany.
Anelisa Lauri is the Director of Programming for the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship Incubator. A Baruch graduate, Anelisa holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship with a focus on social entrepreneurship. During her MBA studies, she was a Field Fellow at the Field Center, advising SBDC clients. For the past two years she has served as the Community Manager for the Field Center for Entrepreneurship and CUNY IVE where she ran the SmartPitch Challenge and Coworking programs. She has taught for the Management department teaching undergraduate social entrepreneurship, management in entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in real estate. Prior to coming to the Field Center Anelisa spent seven years as a buyer for Macy’s Inc. specializing in the clothing lines for women and men.
Stephanie Shapiro is the Program Manager at CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise. Shapiro was bit by the entrepreneurship bug at a young age, when she launched her first business at the age of 8 crafting woven bracelets and selling them to her classmates. A former publishing account manager and data analyst, she is graduating in December with an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College.
Glenn Emanuel is an award-winning lecturer specializing in Sales, Negotiation, Communications and Marketing topics. Having been a VP in several organizations, Glenn has held senior leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning and has helped multinational companies to successfully grow revenues and enter new markets. Glenn is a Business Specialist at Gold Group, a mobile solutions company that specializes in improving customer interactions and loyalty. He was the founder and President of Turning Point Associates, a marketing and pricing consulting firm. Glenn spent 10 years at The New York Times, eventually becoming VP of Corporate Sales, where he headed the transformation of the Times from a regional to national and international newspaper. He holds a BS and MBA from George Washington University.
Donna Gitter, J.D.
Associate Professor Donna M. Gitter joined the Zicklin School of Business after practicing as a commercial litigator in New York City, during which time she also performed significant pro bono work on behalf of nonprofit corporations and immigrants seeking political asylum. Since 1999, Ms. Gitter has published numerous articles relating to judicial and legislative responses in the European Union and the United States to issues at the intersection of technology and ethics, such as biotechnology patenting and biomedical ethics. These articles have appeared in publications such as the New York University Law Review, the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, and the George Mason Law Review. She has presented her research at international conferences in Italy, Scotland, India, and the United States. Ms. Gitter graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she earned a B.A. in Government in 1989. In 1994, she earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Mary Ann Holley
As a lecturer in the Management Department of the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, Mary Anne Holley teaches Entrepreneurship Management and is a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. Ms. Holley is a marketing, financial management and magazine start-up specialist with over 30 years of corporate, small business and entrepreneurial experience. Before joining Baruch College, she was Associate Director of Magazine Acquisitions & Development for CBS Magazines, General Manager of Quest and Audio magazines, Publisher of several start-up magazines and developed feasibility studies and business plans for numerous prospective entrepreneurs. She has been a consultant for leading corporations including Kodansha, Reed Elsevier, Reader’s Digest and Christie’s. Her areas of expertise include marketing, advertising sales, financial management and new business development. She earned an MBA degree in Marketing from Columbia University and has lectured at Radcliffe College, Pace College and Howard University.
Romi Kher is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship whose research interests include venture creation, entrepreneurial risk preferences and decision making under uncertainty. Romi is also the founder of 10GoodMinutes.com and a co-facilitator of Flip The Switch workshop series. He is an avid technology addict and often happy to be an alpha tester for new products. He has a PhD in Applied Economics & Management from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Allison Lehr Samuels
Allison Lehr Samuels is a full-time Lecturer with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College. Her consulting work includes over 1500 small business owners and entrepreneurs who have ranged from fashion designers, radio producers, and restaurateurs, to hedge fund consultants, violin makers and graphic designers. She has extensive experience developing business and marketing plans, obtaining small business loans and building up the knowledge and confidence of her clients so that they feel empowered to take action. Currently, she is co-developing a course “Business Meets 3D Digital Design and Fabrication” and previously co-developed and implemented a course on Women and Entrepreneurship which looks at the challenges specific to women owned businesses, and explores the necessary skills for women to successfully obtain resources and run successful businesses. She was the first recipient of the Zicklin Hybrid Online Teaching with Technology Award for her work in curriculum development. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship Management from Baruch College and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Theatre.
Thomas S. Lyons, Ph.D.
Thomas S. Lyons, Ph.D. is the Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management in the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Field Mentor in Baruch’s Field Center for Entrepreneurship, offering counseling to New York City’s entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and small business owners. His research specializations are the relationship between entrepreneurship and community economic development and social entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of ten books (among them Economic Development: Strategies for State and Local Practice, Creating an Economic Development Action Plan, Investing in Entrepreneurs, and Understanding Social Entrepreneurship) and numerous articles and papers on these subjects, and has also had an edited three-volume set on social entrepreneurship published (Social Entrepreneurship: How Businesses Can Transform Society). Lyons is also a member of Baruch College’s research team, which serves as Babson College’s U.S. partner for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Project. Lyons teaches courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship and Community Development. In 2011, Dr. Lyons received the Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from the Community Development Society International for his contributions to the field of community development. He has worked as a practicing city and regional planner in both the private and public sectors and has owned and operated his own enterprise.
Stuart Schulman, Ed.D.
Stuart Schulman has served as a Department Chair and senior administrator at CUNY and was the Founding Academic Director of the undergraduate and graduate online business degrees at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. He is also the founder of the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise and the Center for Economic and Workforce Development. His award-winning expertise in technology-driven learning simulations has been recognized by USASBE and other professional organizations, governmental agencies and universities. Mr. Schulman is currently engaged in the planning of a national Center for the Technology Enabled Entrepreneur, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Schulman was a founding member of the “I Love New York” advertising and marketing campaign, and directed the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Travel Service. His entrepreneurial experience includes starting several airlines, and marketing and advertising firms.
Stuart Schulman is the holder of a BBA in Accounting from Baruch College; an MBA in International Management from New York University and an EdD from the George Washington University in Higher Education Administration.
Emre Veral, Ph.D.
Emre Veral is Professor of Operations Management at Baruch College. He currently serves as the Academic Director of the Baruch MBA in Health Care Administration Program; Deputy Chair of the Management Department; and Field Mentor for the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. Professor Veral’s academic interests concentrate on service operations management, specifically on improving productivity and efficiency in health care delivery systems. His contributions to academic research and industry include several publications and projects involving scheduling, inventory, forecasting, and capacity management, in both theory and practice. He was the Academic Director of the MBA program at Bilgi University, Istanbul during his sabbatical leave in 1999-2000, and has worked as independent consultant in several countries since 1998. Professor Veral also serves as Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for Corporate Accountability, involved in corporate code of conduct monitoring of offshore manufacturers.
Christoph Winkler, Ph.D.
Christoph Winkler is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Baruch College where he also serves as the the Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise. He specializes in entrepreneurship education research as well as virtual business incubation utilizing social business tools. Professor Winkler’s work and accomplishments have been recognized through awards from CUNY, IBM, NACCE, NSF, and USASBE. He holds graduate degrees in Business Education (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria) and Educational Psychology (CUNY Graduate Center), as well as a PhD in Educational Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Ray Garcia is the Managing Director of Buoyant Capital, a global peer advisory think tank addressing the growth challenges of small to medium sized enterprises. The firm coordinates its team of experts to help its clients improve competitiveness through talent management, global market expansion through partner access, technology asset management, capital investment and restructuring. Buoyant Capital was founded in 2000 located in New York City and has helped launch several start-up companies and worked as an advisor to company founders, CEO’s, and their investors. Ray has over 15 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, as company CTO co-founder, for four venture-backed companies. Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive for several major banks, Citicorp, Republic National Bank, Bank of America, and working as a technology consultant to several large US multi-national corporations. In recent years, he was elected to serve as an executive in resident at MIT Media Lab for one year, then to serve on Baruch College Field Center for Entrepreneurship on the advisory board, and also spends time as a mentor to young aspiring entrepreneurs at City College of New York, Grove School or Engineering, Zahn Innovation Center. Since 2011, he has taught an intensive accelerated course in entrepreneurship at the University of Pisa, Italy, to PhD candidates with a focus on technology transfer and spin-offs and taught at the School of Economics International MBA, where he coordinates the entrepreneurship curriculum. He is releasing a book in 2015, “startup vertigo” for new tech global ventures based on his experiences and teaching. Ray remains an entrepreneur first, and his most recent venture co-founded in 2014 was launched in Helsinki, Finland, the company is building solutions for cash management for the developing world that is deployed in Indonesia. He may be contacted at LinkedIn.com/in/alterwork.
Sandra Roth’s career has spanned 30 years in the US equity markets, the last 15 of which was devoted to managing a large pool of pension assets, both public and private, for Benefit Capital Management, the money management subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation. Up to her retirement in 2001, she was Chief Equity Officer and Senior VP, overseeing $2.5 Billion in public and $200 million in private investments. In the latter capacity, she served on boards of several domestic and international venture capital funds, most notably Patricoff & Company, APAX Ventures and Advent International. Roth also represented Benefit Capital on the boards of several early stage companies, including Genesis Health Ventures, Apache Medical Systems and Tegal Corporation. Prior to 1984, Roth was an Institutional Equity Analyst at Shearson/American Express.
SMARTER PLANET EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE
Rolando Franco is an IBM Executive IT Architect and Client Technical Advisor (CTA), covering the Wall Street Region. He is the lead technical client-facing role assigned to select Fortune 500 clients who wish to partner with IBM on technology initiatives in support of their business objectives. He provides expert, vendor-neutral architectural advice on business and technical solution strategies that address key client business issues. Rolando is responsible for the long-term technical success of his clients, and as such is required to maintain effective long-term relationships at the senior level with the client’s CIO and key technical decision makers and influencers. He also engages in various first-of-a-kind projects that help shape the roadmap of IBM products and services. As part of IBM’s Academic Initiative program, Rolando also volunteers as the IBM University Ambassador to the City University of New York (CUNY). In this role, he fosters strategic collaboration between IBM and CUNY, and supports STEM skills development and the adoption of the latest IBM technology solutions among faculty and students. Rolando earned an MBA degree from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from The City College of the City University of New York.
Bryan Britt, Maker Hub Intern
Mohammed Hassan, Maker Hub Intern
Ada Huang, Data Analyst Intern
Ada assists in the aggregation and analysis of entrepreneurial data. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Information Systems at Baruch College. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking the peaks of the northeast, and watching reruns of Friends.
Scott Karasin, Business Consulting Intern
Suraj Kasat, Business Consulting Intern
Iris Kim, Maker Hub Intern
Iris became a Field Fellow in the Fall of 2015. As a Maker Hub Intern, she conducts research on the use of technology in the classroom environment and also hosts Arduino Workshops for beginners at the Field Center. Dissatisfied with a marketing major, she decided to design her own major in Technology and Social Change. Iris is interested in exploring how technology can be used as a tool to empower people and solve social issues.
Quinn McDonald, Graphic Design Intern
Brandon is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing with a minor in New Media Arts at Baruch College. His experience includes market research, SEO, and social media marketing. Here at the Field Center he is in charge of our newsletters, social media outlets, and various marketing efforts.
Michelle Sheu, MakerSpace Intern
Michelle is a sophomore in the Macaulay Honors program pursuing a CUNY B.A. with a self-proposed major in Transmedia Storytelling. At the Center, Michelle is a Makerspace Research Intern with a primary focus in structuring the new space to be an inclusive and experimental floor to engage students and faculty. She looks forward to combining technology, art, design, psychology and language into an eclectic career path that will likely involve sprinkles of entrepreneurship, startups, advertising and countless caffeine runs.
Leo Zhang, Business Consulting Intern
Leo has a background working in the startup environment, specifically with businesses that later went on to partner with Fortune 500 clients. He has an MBA in Management and Finance. His other passion is in teaching and he currently teaches here at Baruch College.