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Host Committee

Chairman

Fred Koury

Fred Koury

President & CEO

Smart Business Network


Fred co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years since, he has built the company into a leading multimedia and content marketing business providing print and digital marketing services to a national client base.


Honorary Chairs

Host Committee

Michael Araten

Michael Araten

President & CEO

Sterling Drive Ventures / The Rodon Group


Emily V. Biscardi

Emily V. Biscardi

CEO; co-president

Xelerate, LLC; Entrepreneur's Forum of Greater Philadelphia


Carole L. Borden

Carole L. Borden

Founder & CEO

CB Transportation


Carole founded her third-party logistics company in 1995, proving that growth and solid reputations could be built virtually.  Decades of experience and foresight has been the catalyst to CB’s expansion. The company now includes a fleet of trucks and a technology division offering turn-key and customizable transportation management software.  

Robert J. Bowman

Robert J. Bowman

Managing Director, Business Development

BNY Mellon Wealth Management


 

 

Jim Dever

Jim Dever

Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking

Bank of America


Anuj Goswami

Anuj Goswami

Partner

Ballard Spahr


Jeff Hornstein

Jeff Hornstein

Executive Director

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia


Alix James

Alix James

CEO

Nielsen-Kellerman


Christine Jones

Christine Jones

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Blue Highway Growth Capital


Chris has 25 years of expertise sourcing, structuring, and managing 24 investments in small middle market companies across a broad range of industries including business services, health care services, telecommunications, transportation and logistics, consumer products, and manufacturing.  These investments have been made in rapidly growing business and structured to support growth, acquisition and recapitalization strategies.  Blue Highway is currently investing $2-$4 million in growth equity for companies with revenues of $5-$50 million. 

Rick	Jones

Rick Jones

Partner

BioAdvance


Tim Kardish

Tim Kardish

CEO

Sussex Wire


Wayne Kimmel

Wayne Kimmel

Managing Partner

SeventySix Capital


Lee M. Koury

Lee M. Koury

Managing Partner

Smart Business Network Inc.


Lee is one of the owners of Smart Business Network Inc., a national information and marketing services company founded in 1989 with two divisions: Smart Business Magazines, Events & Books and custom publishing. Lee helps companies improve performance through strategic and measurable conversations. Prior to joining Smart Business Network, Lee, a graduate of the University of Michigan, founded and chaired the Growth Group at Arter & Hadden LLP (now Tucker, Ellis & West).

 

Marc Kramer

Marc Kramer

President; Founder

Kramer Communications; Private Investors Forum / Angel Venture Fair


John Lee

John Lee

Senior Managing Director

Griffin Financial Group


David Lincoln

David Lincoln

Founder

Element Partners & Activate Capital


Christopher S. Miller

Christopher S. Miller

Partner

Pepper Hamilton


Chong Moua

Chong Moua

General Partner

Boathouse Capital


Randy Raifsnider

Randy Raifsnider

Partner

Herbein


Charles M. Robins

Charles M. Robins

Partner

Fairmount Partners


Charles Robins is a founding member of Fairmount Partners and heads the firm’s Technology practice.  As Fairmount’s senior technology expert, Charles has over 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, strategic consultant and investment banker.  Prior to entering investment banking, Mr. Robins was an executive at Safeguard Scientifics, a high-technology investment firm and was co-founder of Rabbit Software Corporation, a publicly traded pioneer that developed and marketed software-based communications products for enterprise networks. 

Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson

Master Chair

Vistage


Steve is a business advisor who utilizes his entrepreneurial leadership and CEO background to facilitate CEO's, Presidents and Owners of companies in achieving successful professional and personal goals. He enjoys working in the strategy world and has been a master chair with Vistage for over 11 years

RoseAnn B. Rosenthal

RoseAnn B. Rosenthal

President & CEO

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Charlie Ross

Charlie Ross

Student

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School


Adam VeVerka

Adam VeVerka

Partner

New Spring Capital


Ellen Weber

Ellen Weber

Executive Director; Founder

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at Temple University; Robin Hood Ventures


Jeffrey Zudek

Jeffrey Zudek

Regional Managing Partner

Marcum LLP


Conference Location

201 N 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (215) 448-2000