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.
Interim Director at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship
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.
Program Coordinator, Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship
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.
FIELD CENTER/ SBDC/ CSE/ IVE STAFF
Olga Bartnicki is the Executive Director of the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship. She is an entrepreneur with a solid track record in operations, finance and technology. She has been a co-founder and an early stage C-level executive at a number of start-ups, including LiveLOOK, a live-help company (acquired by Oracle); LiveAuctioneers, a live auctions company (acquired by Bessemer Ventures); and SafeScript, an e-prescription business.In addition, Olga has advised on launch and growth strategy to a number of start-ups including BlueFin (acquired by Twitter), LiveGamer, Bedrocket, and Democracy.com and invested as an angel investor in a number of technology start-ups (NeuCoin, Guru.com, StockBack). She also served as Business Development Manager for Modern Times Group (MTG), a major European media and entertainment conglomerate with the second-largest geographical broadcast footprint in Europe. At MTG, Olga launched new ventures in TV and mobile in emerging markets.
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.
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.
Carlene Rhoden, CUNY Administrative Assistant
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 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.
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.
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, MakerHub Intern
Mohammed Hassan, MakerHub Intern
Mohamed Hassan is a College Assistant at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College. Through the 3D printing courses and workshops offered at Baruch College, he introduces students to the 3D printing technology and helps them master the principles and the techniques of transforming digital 3D objects into physical items. As a graphic designer, he helps with the social media marketing at the Field Center. Mohamed earned a B.A. from Baruch College in Graphic Communication with a minor in New Media Arts. While in college, he interned at multiple startups and designed catalogues for contemporary artists’ exhibitions.
Suraj Kasat, Business Consulting Intern
Quinn McDonald, Graphic Design Intern