Alka Agrawal, Board Member
Alka is the owner/COO of EBC Radio. She has been an integral part of creating and growing EBC, the first all Indian commercial radio station in the tristate area, from scratch. Serving as a team leader in business development, marketing and public relations, she has excelled in building a listener ship to an estimated 500,000 people within the area. She brought EBC Radio to be recognized by Arbitron rating. Alka Agrawal has been elected onto the Board of Directors in the Asian Indian Chambers of Commerce for the last 12 years. She is also serving as the Advisory board member of United Way of Central Jersey and SKN Foundation. Her vision is to make sure to pass on Indian culture and heritage to next generations through our EBC radio.
Paul Breitman, MAE., Board Member
Owner and Executive Management Consultant of Chance Management Advisors, Inc. (CMA). The firm provides client-focused management consulting with an emphasis on process improvement, operational efficiencies, outsourcing and the RFP and contract process, and measuring and assessing outcomes. Throughout his career, Mr. Breitman worked in various financial, managerial, HR and other higher education administration positions at Princeton University and Rutgers State University of New Jersey.
Carla Cefalo, Board Member
Carla is a Middlesex County Economic Development Representative and also a President of Highlands Business Partnership Inc. She has 20 years of senior management experience within state-of-the-art computer technology corporations, small businesses, government, and non-profit organizations. A self-motivated leader with a talent for innovative solutions and consensus building, using demonstrated organizational, communications, and management skills. Talents and accomplishments in the fields of Economic Development, Organizational Development, Non-Profit Management, Marketing, Event Planning, Fundraising and Special Improvement Districts.
Edward Garber, Board Member
Mr. Garber’s specialty is personal and small business tax preparation. Ed has owned a tax practice in Edison since 1994. He has been giving tax seminars “Taxes Made Simple…..and Fun!” at several Chambers of Commerce and on New York Radio. Ed is affiliated with Chambers of Commerce of the State of New Jersey, Middlesex County and townships of Edison. Ed is also an avid supporter of charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, American Breast Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.
Anthony & Karen High, Board Members
Anthony High, President of Special Ops Security firm, is a retired New Jersey State Senior Corrections Officer who spent nearly 20 years in the business and has received several medals for his heroic participation while on duty. In June of 2006, after being retired for a year, Anthony started Special Ops Security. As president, Anthony is charged with developing the vision and direction of the company. His experience helps individuals grow both personally and professionally, providing them with the tools they need to be successful.
Karen High, Director of Operations, started her career in 1989 in the Insurance industry as a receptionist. During her 22 years in the field she held various positions ranging from Claims Examiner, Commercial Lines Policy Rater, Licensed Insurance Agent, and Personal Lines Underwriter where she developed her risk management skills. As Director of Operations, Karen is responsible for planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating the organization's administration functions and performance.
Reginald Johnson, Board Member
Mr. Johnson is an Agent for the Middlesex County’s Prosecutor’s Office. He also served as a Director of Programming for the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), a human relations organization.
Currently, Mr. Johnson is the President of Metuchen- Edison Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) He also serves as a Chairman of the Middlesex Co. Cultural & Heritage Commission. Reginald co-founded the Middlesex County Alliance for Justice that focuses on domestic needs in the county including housing, education, employment, drug prevention and treatment centers, affirmative action and investigation on police-brutality grievances.
Mr. Johnson has lectured at Rutgers University, Rider College, Widener University, and the National Black MBA Association Conference and Exposition on several topics, including hiring and retaining minority professionals, career planning and race relations.
Elayne P. McClaine, NJSBDC NB Regional Director
Ms. Elayne P. McClaine is the Regional Director for the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick. She has previously served as Assistant Director of the Essex County NJSBDC at Newark. She has provided workshops and seminars such as Business Planning & Strategic Planning; Business Financial Management; Market Research; Strategic Selling; Commercial Valuation; Franchise Growth Plans, Marketing/Business Plan/Business Valuation & Franchising. She is a licensed Broker and certified Business Planning Advisor. Ms. McClaine has an MBA-Finance from Regis University and a BA-Economics from Fordham University.
Gary Minkoff, Board Chair
Gary serves as a full-time Instructor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School, where he shares extensive experience in 4 key economic sectors: private, not-for-profit, education and public. Gary is co-founder and COO of Pre-D Partners, a startup dietary supplement company; he is also co-founder and principal of BioDev, a life sciences technology strategy, licensing and development company.
Before founding his company, Above & Beyond Marketing, Gary worked as a financial advisor at Smith Barney, later Merrill Lynch, where he provided investment strategy and portfolio management advice. His career in the finance industry started with Citicorp’s (now Citigroup) Investment Bank Operations Management Training Program, working in Municipal and Corporate Finance, as well as Sales and Marketing Operations. As a professional consultant, Gary worked with a range of major corporations on large-scale marketing and technology projects. From January 2012-January 2014, Mr. Minkoff served as the Mayor of Highland Park, NJ- a community of 14,000 people. From 2002, he was a member of the Borough Council; his roles included Chairing the Governing Body’s Finance, Economic Development and Public Works Committees.
Gary earned his MBA as a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and his undergraduate degree from Rutgers School of Communication and Information.
Parag Nevatia, Board Member
After a successful Commercial Banking and Lending career in the NJ/NY region, Mr. Nevatia started EZ Funding Solutions, LLC with a vision and desire to improve the quality of business credit in the market. Being NAGGL (National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders – in other words SBA) Certified, he has the advantage of performing a risk analysis, developing creative solutions to overcome obstacles, structuring debt correctly, and then underwriting a loan before presenting it to the RIGHT lender who can finance the project.
Mr. Nevatia provides guidance and counseling in Loan Packaging & Lender Scrutiny.
Nina Rios-Rivera, Esq., Board Member
Nina is a Business Development Manager at Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development. She manages the Business Development Unit (BDU) that creates and maintains a master company database, markets business services, assists in job postings, incentives and grants through the Business Resource Center (BRC). In her other role as a Legal Counsel, Nina is responsible for internal Office and WIB legal matters, inclusive of research and preparation of opinions, documents and correspondence.
Ms. Rios-Rivera coordinates employer recruitments, business, entrepreneurship and jobseeker seminars in collaboration with Princeton SCORE, the Mercer and Middlesex Small Business Development Centers and private outside presenters. Nina received her Law degree from the Seton Hall University, School of Law, Newark, NJ.
Dilip K. Sadh, Board Member
Dilip is the president of Kabeer Consulting Inc. Dilip was an Associate Partner at IBM in the USA and also worked as Sr. Director with Accenture and Capegmini in USA. He has total of 16 years of experience in SAP implementation across the globe. Dilip is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for MBA. He is a chairman of IT panel for MSME appointed by the government of India. He has been a visiting faculty to various universities across the globe like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rutgers's University, North Eastern, IUP, IIT Delhi, and other US and Indian universities. He has written several papers on Supply Chain Management topics and provided business process improvement consulting to more than 400 clients across the globe.
Craig Schlosser, Board Vice-Chair
Craig is the Vice President at the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Central Jersey Visitor Bureau. Prior to the Chamber, Craig worked for 7 years at Coca-Cola in both business development and as a service operations manager handling central/southern New Jersey along with the company's community outreach program (CRS) for Northern Jersey. He was also employed as an Executive Director for the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. Craig is also a successful entrepreneur with two businesses. His primary business focuses on management consulting, CRM implementation, training, and strategic initiatives. Craig has been honored as a Who’s Who of Non Profit Executives (National) and the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce's Community & Economic Development.
Carl Venable, Board Member
Carl Anthony Venable is a President and CEO of AlphaGraphics #321, Edison, NJ. Carl is a native of Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia. He earned a BS degree from Virginia State University and an MBA from Rutgers.
Carl is currently the President of AlphaGraphics - Edison, NJ, a printing/marketing services franchise that he has owned for the past 26 years. Carl previously served as the Director of Marketing and Economic Development for the Urban Coalition of Newark, NJ where he was instrumental in aiding small businesses secure initial start-up funding.
He resides in North Brunswick with his wife, Bernice Proctor Venable.
Lisa Winkler, Board Member
Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience as an account executive, career coach, motivational speaker and talent acquisition professional. Since 2008, she owns D.I.G Invested, LLC, a recruiting firm launched with the goal of successfully partnering large companies and top candidates to achieve individual career and corporate goals for long-term success. Lisa conducted at Rutgers University Cook College, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties within their AT & T Corporate program, and the Institute of Food Technology where she is a member since 2006.
Lisa actively participates in the array of organizations such as the Neighborhood Preservation Redevelopment Program Planning Committee for the City of South Amboy, working in partnership with the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, a pilot program to revitalize the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the State of New Jersey Department of Education, Old Bridge-based non-profit charity Christmas Fund for Needy Children and eWomen Network Central Jersey Chapter.
Keith Whelan, Board Member
Keith has over 30 years of marketing and business development experience in the financial services industry. He has taught at Rutgers University, and is founder and owner of an award-winning web-based personal finance business.
Keith’s focus is on P&L-related marketing activities such as new customer acquisition, customer retention, new product and market development and direct marketing programs that generate measurable results. Keith has an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University.
Mr. Whelan is a Business & Financial Management consultant and instructor of Business Plan Writing Workshop.
Dr. Suresh U. Kumar, Lead Instructor and Consultant of Lean StartUp Program
A Deloitte Fast 50 and 5 time INC 500/5000 ranked serial entrepreneur, Suresh Kumar is an engaged-scholar deeply immersed in entrepreneurial practice, research, learning, and policy. Dr. Kumar is the key founder of two high-growth technology startups, both of which he led the successful exits. In 2011, he completed his doctoral degree with a breakthrough research study on patterns of opportunity recognition among high-growth Asian American immigrant entrepreneurs. He has conducted professional development workshops, presented papers, and mentored at the Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM), the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), the Australian Center for Entrepreneurship Exchange (ACERE), the Startup Weekend, INC, and the TIE Institute.
Dr. Kumar is an advisor to several social sector organizations that are focused on large scale social change including Ashoka, The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the New Kerala Initiative. Dr. Kumar completed the Lean Launchpad for Educators Seminar certification conducted by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel at Columbia University in September 2013. He has served as student mentor for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia University and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii.
Currently, Dr. Kumar serves as Senior Advisor and Member of the Board of 8K Miles Software Services Inc., a fast growing Silicon Valley based Cloud Solutions firm. Thru his newest startup, Universal Venture Works LLC, Dr. Kumar is working with experts in the field of Lean Startups to design and develop customized frameworks for creating sustainable entrepreneurial eco-systems.