Joe has bootstrapped four companies that have generated more than $1 million in revenue, with MycroBurst reaching $5 million in revenue. Early in his career Joe handled business development and sales at USA Networks and Doubleclick. He has extensive international business experience overseeing an operation with more than 70 employees in 3 continents. Joe is often asked to speak on topics including veteran transition, leadership and entrepreneurship. He’s been featured in such publications as Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Inc Magazine. Joe regularly advises and supports early stage companies.
Joe is a former Army Reserve Captain and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq in 2004. Joe is a proud husband and father of 5 kids. Joe also serves on the board for the Liberty USO. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing .
Sean Gwinner is an Army Veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq as an Infantry Team Leader. In his four years he achieved the rank of Sergeant, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Sean holds a B.S in Exercise Physiology, an AASI level 2 snowboard instructor certification and an AASI level 1 Adaptive certified snowboard instructor certification which allowed him to coach athletes with physical and mental superpowers. For six years sean successfully engineered and managed several million dollar experiential marketing campaigns from concept to activation execution for companies such as Pepsi, NASCAR, Energizer Personal Care, and Just Born Brands. Over the next four years Sean became an investment advisor operating in the commercial real estate capital market. A year later he built Crownstone Investment Group and in 18 months the firm did $96,000,000 in sales $1,900,000 in revenue. Sean then became CEO/Team Leader of two Keller Williams Market Centers who combined, averaged $225,000,000 in sales annually. Sean now volunteers for Veterans Court in Chester County. To stay youthful he remains an avid snowboarder, wakeboarder, and at 34 is approaching his 11th competitive season of Rugby with the Northeast Philadelphia Irish.
Alexis Werner attends Temple University's Fox School of Business as an Entrepreneurship & Innovative Thinking major. At age 15, Alexis 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 reaching thousands of viewers from screenings at universities, businesses, and 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 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 during which time he and his team grew the firm from approximately $32M to $175M through organic growth, acquisitions, and expansion of services. In 2014, Bob and his team completed a merger of ParenteBeard LLC, the 23rd largest US CPA firm, with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, the 17th largest US CPA firm, to form the 12th largest US CPA firm.
Bob believes in social responsibility and offers his passion, time and expertise to several civic and charitable organizations. One such organization was the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 for which Bob served as President and Chairman of the Board. This assignment involved organizing and building the infrastructure to host the 8th World Meeting of Families and the historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.
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 at Houwzer. He drives the company’s vision, strategy, culture, and growth. 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 national security, military, and intelligence contributor to CNN and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He sits on several boards including the Call Of Duty Endowment and Bunker Labs which facilitates veteran transition. General Marks is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
General Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army, holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general. 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 Bachelor of Science degree 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 is an innovator and talented operator with 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 250 volunteer, 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 Bachelor of Science 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 Chief Executive Officer 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.