Joe has bootstrapped four companies that have generated millions of dollars in revenues. He has extensive experience with international business, and is often asked to speak on veteran transition, leadership and entrepreneurship. He has been featured in Philly area publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc Magazine.
Joe is a former Army Reserve Captain and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq in 2004. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing. Joe is also a proud husband and father of 5 kids.
Adam Nelson is an Army veteran with six years of service. Adam was an Airborne communications specialist and attained the rank of Sargent after his deployment to Iraq in 2010. He has extensive experience in the world of Information technology and has held positions at organizations like SAP and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. Additionally, he is also working on starting his own IT consulting firm. Adam will graduate from Penn State University with his Degree in Information Science and Technology.
Adam true passion is supporting veterans. Adam also loves spending time with his family, music and training to become a licensed skydiving instructor.
Alexis Werner attends Temple University's Fox School of Business as an Entrepreneurship & Innovative Thinking major. At age 15, she started a non-profit called Seeds of Hope. The mission of the organization is to advocate for veterans suffering from poverty and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). She has recently finished a film, Our Way Home, which reached thousands of viewers from screenings at universities, businesses, and from airing on PBS. Her work at Bunker Labs allows her to continue her passion of helping veterans succeed.
Alexis's mother is a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves, and her stepfather was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Infantry Airborne.
Chair of the Board, CEO Gauze
A global board member and executive, Suzanne Garber has diverse executive leadership experience with an excellent track record for profitable growth in the healthcare, travel, and logistics spheres including start-up, emerging markets, rapid growth, M&A, and S & P 500 environments. Her background includes her roles as the CEO of a healthcare technology firm, COO of a $1.5Bn privately-held international healthcare and travel organization, and Managing Director for a $35Bn worldwide logistics enterprise.
Co-Founder and Vice-Chairperson of Broad Street Angels
Robert J. Ciaruffoli, CPA (Bob) previously served as Chairman and CEO of ParenteBeard LLC, a CPA and Business Advisory firm, from 2000 until 2014. In 2014, Bob and his team completed a merger of ParenteBeard LLC, the 23rd largest U.S. CPA firm, with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, the 17th largest U.S. CPA firm, to form the 12th largest U.S. CPA firm.
Bob holds leadership roles in several civic and community organizations including Vice-President of The Union League of Philadelphia, member of the Board of Directors of Faith in the Future, and a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of The Pennsylvania Society.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. He belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A former US Marine, Bob lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Kathy.
Senior Marketing Manager, PrimePay
For nearly a decade, Jessica Kornfeind has been working in the social media and digital marketing space covering all things social selling, email marketing, online advertising and more.
Her degree in journalism and work within the agency world come in handy as she crafts the latest blog post or website copy. From the beginning, she jumped into social media for businesses and is as seasoned as a social media marketing professional could be.
Jessica is currently the Senior Marketing Manager at PrimePay and continues to expand her knowledge by consulting for a variety of businesses in the Philadelphia area. Aside from work, you can find Jessica (hopefully) scuba diving or hanging out with her French bulldog, Karl.
She comes from generations of service members in the Air Force and Marines, including her brother who is a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO of Houwzer. As a former Naval Officer, Mike believes leadership is what separates the good from the great. A serial real estate entrepreneur with experience in coworking, brokerage, and incubation, Mike is passionate about the paradigm shift taking place in all aspects of real estate. Mike received a B.S. in American Politics and Law from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business from the DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University School of Business.
Marks Collaborative / CNN Military Analyst
Since retiring from the military, where he attained the rank of Major General, General Marks has led many business ventures to include entrepreneurial efforts in education, energy, and primary research and served as the President and CEO of Global Linguist Solutions, a private company that provided linguistics services to the U.S. military in Iraq and was the largest employer of native Iraqis. He is an on-air military contributor to CNN and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, as well as a member of the Call of Duty Endowment Board. General Marks is also a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
General Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army. He was the senior intelligence officer for Joint Task Force Los Angeles during the 1992 LA Riots, and served as a strategist on the personal staff of the Chief of Staff of the Army. General Marks was the senior intelligence officer in the Balkans and Korea. He was the senior intelligence officer in combat for the Coalition Land Forces liberation of Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. He culminated his career as the Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
General Marks has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, and multiple combat, expeditionary, and service ribbons. He is a Master parachutist authorized to wear Canadian and Korean Airborne wings, Air Assault qualified, and an Honor Graduate of the US Army's Ranger School.
General Marks is a 1975 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he earned a B.S. in Engineering, and is a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia, earning a master's of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs. Additionally, he received a master's of Science degree in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1990.
CEO, Workshop Mercantile
John R. New co-founded The Hub, LLC in 2004. Mr. New has nearly 15 years of leadership, management, and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to developing The Hub, he oversaw several multi-million dollar engagements as a Management Consultant with BearingPoint (formerly KPMG). As a Captain in the United States Army, he coordinated the macro-level logistics of $120 million in assets and the deployment of over 3,000 employees. He also served as an Infantry Platoon Leader managing the training, professional development, tactical employment, and welfare of 31 soldiers throughout the theater of Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 1992 to 1996, he founded, motivated, and directed a nonprofit corporation which assisted the severely impoverished and homeless. Under his leadership, the organization recorded an astonishing 11,000 volunteer hours - building 27 homes, four shelters, two education centers, and the instruction of 40 GED candidates. Mr. New is also an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. He holds a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.
CEO, CSL Behring
Paul Perreault was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of CSL Behring in July 2013. He joined a CSL predecessor company in 1997, and has held senior roles in sales, marketing and operations with his most recent prior position being President, CSL Behring.
Mr. Perreault has also worked in senior leadership roles with Wyeth, Centeon, Aventis Bioservices and Aventis Behring. He was previously Chairman of the Global Board for the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association. Mr Perreault has had more than 30 years’ experience in the global healthcare industry.
Mr. Perreault holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and completed advanced Business Management training at the Kellogg and Wharton Schools of Business.
Doc Parghi is a venture capitalist with operational experience running and scaling businesses globally. Doc is a Partner with SRI Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that provides funding, advice and liquidity solutions to early stage start-ups primarily in enterprise software and deep tech industries. Previously, Doc was the Global GM of the Mobility, Social, and IoT business unit at CSC (now DXC Technology), with complete responsibility for building the business globally. DXC (NYSE: DXC) is a $20 Billion IT services and consulting company.
Doc was on the founding team at AppLabs, the world’s largest independent software testing company with over 2,500 QA professionals in US, UK and India. He helped lead AppLabs through various transformations into what became the largest company of its kind.
Doc received his BS and later his MBA from Drexel University.
Doc is a member of the boards at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Bunker Labs. In addition, Doc is a co-Founder of Broad Street Angels and is a founding member of TiE-Philadelphia. Doc also serves as a Civilian Aide to Secretary (CASA) of the Army for Pennsylvania-East, appointed by the US Secretary of the Army. Doc is a commissioned Kentucky Colonel and also runs The Freedom Council of Valley Forge a non-partisan public affairs organization which promotes individual liberty and human dignity.
Ben Pitts is the CEO and Co-Founder of myFinancialAnswers, a WealthTech SaaS platform built to help financial advisors deliver turnkey, scalable financial tools, education, and guidance to employers and their employees.
Before his work with MyFinancialAnswers, Ben helped build Cypress Financial Planning, an investment advisory firm that provides high net worth and mass affluent clients with financial planning and investment management advice. Ben started his career in the wealth management industry at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Prior to entering financial services, Ben served in business development and consulting roles at several companies including Eli Lilly & Co and Caesar’s Entertainment.
Ben graduated from US Military Academy at West Point and he earned an MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He and his wife Leslie are the proud parents of three children and reside in Southern New Jersey.
Executive Partner, Paradigm Associates LLC
Currently at Paradigm Associates LLC, Giannini is an Executive Partner in this privately held management consulting firm ranked in the Top 10% by size in the U.S. She focuses primarily on strategic planning and executive coaching for clients.
Previously, Giannini served as EVP & CIO for Arbitron, a $400 million international information media company, and Lockheed Martin’s multi-billion-dollar Management & Data Systems Division. At Arbitron, she was an integral member of the team that secured investment for a reverse spin creating ARB listed on the NYSE. At Lockheed Martin, she orchestrated a strategic technology vision that established a cost-competitive and contemporary IT environment supporting 7,000 employees across the continental U.S. Earlier, she started in Systems Engineering at GE, rising through the ranks quickly culminating in running a $150 million a year business. She began her career in Systems Analysis at Drexel and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Giannini received her Bachelors and Masters cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Drexel University, holds a Certificate in Cyber Security Policy and Law and is member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Her Board experience spans technology investment, higher education, cyber security and the arts. She has authored numerous topical articles and is an accomplished public speaker on topics such as “Navigating the 21st Century Today” at an event sponsored by the Princeton University Business School.