There’s a saying that’s appropriate for this activity…”Access = Success.” The more access you have to successful entrepreneurs who have to successful business owners and decision makers, the more opportunities you have in life.
A panel of “Multi-Millionaire” business owners from the local area will come to have breakfast with us the morning of the event.
||A founding principal of Davis, Carter, Scott, Mr. Carter has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of architectural planning and design. With over 40 years of experience, he has developed and designed projects for Fortune 500 corporations, institutional, governmental and retail clients, hospitals and health care facilities throughout Europe and across the United States. Under his leadership, Davis, Carter Scott has received over 90 local, national and international design awards, including: the Walter Taylor AIA and AASA Award, the National Energy Conservation/ Owens-Corning National Award and the Northern
Virginia Chapter AIA Citation for Energy in Architecture Award for Terraset Elementary School in Reston, Virginia. Mr. Carter is also the recipient of the 1998 Northern Virginia AIA Award of Honor.
|Paul Dinte||Paul Dinte, a native Australian, is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Dinte Global Executive Search. Dinte is headquartered in McLean Virginia and is part of a global organization with 55 offices around the world. With nearly 25 years of global experience providing organizational leadership solutions for a variety of organizations, Mr. Dinte has been a driving force in the retained executive search industry in Australia, UK and the United States. Mr. Dinte holds a business degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Certified Information Systems Consultant.|
||Gail Donohue is DeBellis & Ferrara’s president and chief creative officer, with 25+ years of experience. Gail has extensive experience in the B2B and B2C marketplaces working with some of area’s most successful brands. Prior to 1998, Gail was the general manager of i2i, a New York based agency where she managed the accounts and all of the operations from the Old Town Alexandria office. Gail is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations.|
|With over 27 Years of planning, coordinating and designing both corporate and social Events in the Washington DC, Ms. Schiff has become one of the area’s most successful event planners. In 2011, Ms. created and published an app to help brides plan their own weddings. She has also been been honored in the Washington Book of Lists.|
|Jack Shafran||Jack Shafran, a life long resident of Northern Virginia, has been a Real Estate Broker since 1980. Working in both local and national family real estate companies, Jack has had a hand in all ends of the business. Starting in property management and as rental agent then into sales, office management, new home sales, marketing, land development and land syndication. For the past twelve years Jack has been a partner with Dean Yeonas, operating a residential brokerage business specializing in residential resale and new homes sales in Arlington, McLean, Great Falls, Vienna and Fairfax County. Jack resides in Great Falls with his wife Lori; they have three children Jonathan, Trevor and Kendall.|
|Eric Wechselblatt||Eric Wechselblatt is a Partner in Holland & Knight’s Business Law Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies Team. He represents clients in a variety of corporate and securities activities, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions and other private placements, and general corporate matters. Mr. Wechselblatt has extensive experience in leading large deal teams in complex merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Wechselblatt received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has also been ranked in the Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, 2008-2011.|
|Tien Wong||Tien Wong is Chairman and CEO of Lore Systems, Inc., a Silver Spring, MD-based network engineering and cloud computing company which serves the federal government and commercial markets. He serves on the Boards of the Maryland Venture Fund Authority, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund, the Technology Council of Maryland, Startup Maryland, Washington DC Archangels, and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Tien was Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of CyberRep, Inc., one of the largest privately held CRM outsourcing companies in the world, operating 6 customer interaction centers throughout the USA with over 2,300 employees and $80 million in revenue. He sold the company to Affiliated Computer Services in 2003, and today, the CyberRep/ACS business unit is one of the largest call center operations in the world, with over $1.5 billion in revenue as a division of Xerox Corp. He is a 1984 graduate of Dartmouth College.|
|Mr. Yeonas grew up working in his fathers and family real estate business at The Yeonas Company. They built over 1 2,000 homes in a 30-year career – all locally. Active in all aspects of the business Dean started from the ground up acting as construction superintendent, land development manager, sales agent, sales manager, and in the purchasing & accounting side of the business. For the past twelve years he has operated a boutique residential brokerage business with one partner, Jack Shafran. The firm specializes in the close-in areas of Arlington, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls and Fairfax county.