Conference and Business Exchange

September 20 @ 7:30 AM - September 21 @ 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States


Doing business differently is required for improved industry outcomes. Conversation and the desire to actively connect businesses and corporations to opportunities that will yield high dividends, are what guide the R.O.A.R. Conference and Business Exchange.

Intimate conversations and panel discussions with thought leaders and industry disruptors.

Randal Pinkett

Founder, Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting and information technology solutions firm headquartered in Newark, NJ.

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Dr. George C. Fraser

Chairman and CEO, FraserNet, Inc.

Dr. George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded some 29 years ago, to lead a global networking movement to increase opportunities for people of African descent. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was an orphan and foster child for 15 years.

He’s written 6 best-selling books to include: Success Runs in Our Race, Click and most recently, Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings, a book he co-authored with Les Brown. He is the producer of the award winning PowerNetworking Conference (Forbes Magazine named it “One of the Top 5 Conferences Not To Be Missed in America”).

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Javier Palomarez

President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Javier Palomarez is the President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), America's largest Hispanic business association. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.

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R.Donahue Peebles

Founder, Chairman and CEO, The Peebles Corporation

Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, R. Donahue Peebles is Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few national privately held real estate investment and development companies with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of projects in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Miami Beach.

In addition to his role as CEO of The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Peebles is a top-selling author (The Peebles Principles and The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth), a regular guest on CNN, CNBC and FOX, and a highly sought-after speaker who has addressed educational, business and professional audiences across the United States.

Mr. Peebles is an avid supporter of mentoring to expose youth to the value of entrepreneurship, as well as an active political supporter and fundraiser for local, state and federal campaigns of both major parties. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus, serves on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater New York and Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez’s Business Roundtable, served on the National Finance Committee of President Barack Obama, and is former Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Susan L. Taylor

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement
and Editor- in- Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine

After 27 years as the chief editor of Essence magazine and the visionary credited with building the brand, Susan L. Taylor left publishing to devote her life to building an organization that is devoted to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African Americans. The National CARES Mentoring Movement is that organization: a community transformation crusade dedicated to “changing the predictable futures defined for our young who are struggling along the margins and living with the indignity of poverty,” she says.

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Garry Maddox

Principal and CEO, A. Pomerantz & Co.

Garry L. Maddox is a Philadelphia-area businessman and former Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder. During his distinguished 14-year career in major league baseball, he was the recipient of eight Gold Glove awards and was a member of the 1980 World Champion Phillies team. Mr. Maddox is the Principal and CEO of A. Pomerantz & Co. which specializes in corporate office furniture and related services and is also the president of World Wide Concessions, Inc., offering customized advertising and promotions.

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Amy Hilliard

Principal, The Hilliard Group,

A proven thought leader and author on the platforms of entrepreneurship, empowerment and marketing, Amy S. Hilliard is the owner of three businesses: speaking, consulting and baking. As principal of The Hilliard Group, a strategic marketing consulting firm that has represented Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial businesses for over twenty years, she’s worked with clients including Nielsen, IBM, American Express, HBO, the Art Institute of Chicago, Ford Motor Company, PepsiCo, The Limited and others. A multi-million dollar brand builder, Ms. Hilliard founded Chicago's ComfortCake Company®, makers of “Pound Cake so Good it feels like a Hug®“. The Company commercialized Ms. Hilliard's own recipes for a variety of pound cakes, and now produces a gourmet pound cake mix and Sugarless Sweetness®, a patent-pending proprietary sugar substitute. Launched in 2001, the company gained national distribution and customers have included United Airlines, the Chicago Public Schools, Walmart, Jewel, Safeway, 7-Eleven and Home Shopping Network among others. The ComfortCake Company now licenses its proprietary pound cake recipes to manufacturers and offers the Sugarless Sweetness ingredient and ComfortCake dry mix to commercial customers.

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Emmett Vaughn

Director – Office of Diverse Business Empowerment, PECO/Exelon

In this role Emmett provides strategic direction and oversight for over $ 1.4 Billion of business done between Exelon and diversity certified businesses (DCB’s) annually. He joined the company in 2005 and has been the catalyst for much of the success in national supplier diversity and economic development initiatives that Exelon has been credited with. Over $4.5 Billion dollars in “new business” for DCB’s has been realized under Emmett’s leadership, all in alignment with corporate supply management strategies. Exelon Corporation is the nation’s largest power generation and electric utility company. In addition to being the parent company to Chicago based ComEd, Philadelphia’s PECO Energy, Maryland’s Baltimore Gas & Electric and Washington DC’s Pepco Holdings, Exelon owns electric generation and commercial market sales divisions that cover 47 states. In addition to his corporate experience, he is accomplished in working with Public Sector entities and Not for Profit Organizations. In 2000 he spent a year as a “loaned executive advisor” to Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH coalition on various national minority business development and civil rights projects. The foundation of his professional expertise was cultivated as a senior consultant leading the diversity practice group for RGMA Consulting, a Chicago based management consulting firm. Additional Fortune 500 corporate experiences include developing the supplier diversity strategies for Albertsons Inc. a retail grocery/drug store chain, and at RR Donnelley & Sons Co the largest U.S. based commercial printing company.

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David E. Malone

Chief Procurement Officer, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

David Malone has over 25 years of management experience within municipal and Fortune 500 organizations specializing in Procurement and supply chain management, with a focus on using data analytics to drive sustainable cost reductions and process improvements. David currently serves as Chief Procurement Officer for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, responsible for oversight of over $1 billion in purchases.

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Mike Anguiano

CEO, Supplier Capital Partners

Mike Anguiano is the founder and former CEO of CVM Solutions. He founded the company in 2002 with a vision to create a data and technology platform for corporate vendor management, with a special focus on supplier diversity management. From 2002 to 2011 CVM grew into the leading supplier diversity software company in the U.S. serving over 350 of the Fortune 1000. In August 2011, after six consecutive years of organic double digit and profitable growth, CVM Solutions was acquired by Altegrity. Altegrity is a $1.6 billion leader in risk consulting and risk technology services owned by Providence Equity.

Michael G. Horsey

Partner, Mitchell & Titus

Michael G. Horsey is a Partner of Mitchell & Titus’ Philadelphia office. Michael has over 37 years of experience in audit, taxation and financial analysis with a focus on serving not-for-profit organizations, state and local government agencies and private clients. Prior to joining Mitchell & Titus, Michael spent several years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Johnson & Johnson Co.

Michael earned a BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce; member, AICPA; the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA); member, Union League of Philadelphia. Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League, Avenue of the Arts, Inc., Mu Omega Foundation, Committee of Seventy, the Black Women in Sports Foundation, and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia, PA, the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Ivy Legacy Foundation.

Michael Banks

President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE

Michael Banks is the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of PA, NJ and DE, a membership organization committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of AfricanAmerican businesses.

Prior to assuming his current role, Michael was a financial controller for a Philly startup that he helped position for national growth, and has more than 10 years of capital and derivatives market experience, managing investments with Citibank where he was a Vice President and led their equity trading desk.

Banks is an Urban Studies graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on urban economics and has served on the board of Bebashi where he chaired the finance committee. He has also served on the board of the African American Chamber of Commerce, the finance committee of PHL Diversity, and most recently as a member of the advisory committee for the Office of Economic Opportunity in the city of Philadelphia’s Commerce department.

Jennifer Rodriguez

President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer I. Rodríguez is the President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC). Prior to joining GPHCC, she was appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. In this capacity, Ms. Rodríguez oversaw the implementation of policies and programs that have placed Philadelphia among the most welcoming cities in the nation.

Under her leadership, Philadelphia was recognized at the 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference as one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the country. Other notable accomplishments under her leadership include the creation of policies aimed at improving community-police relationships; protecting immigrants from fraudulent service providers; and a charter amendment expanding language access services to persons of Limited English Proficiency. In addition, every September her office produced the largest immigrant heritage festival in the country during National Welcoming and Counties Week. The city also became a founding member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, Cities for Citizenship, Cities United for Immigration Action, and Welcome.US, which established June as National Immigrant Heritage Month.

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Evan Urbania

CEO, ChatterBlast Media

Evan Urbania is CEO of ChatterBlast Media, a social media marketing and online strategy firm. ChatterBlast serves a diverse range of clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500s, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions and government entities. The company is also home to ChatterBlast University, an educational training platform for focused on social media marketing skills. ChatterBlast employs 15 professionals and is recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Evan is a founding board member and former President of the Independence Business Alliance, Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Drexel University, Evan holds a degree in business administration and marketing. In 2013 he was recognized as a “40 Under 40” by both the Philadelphia Business Journal and Drexel University Magazine.

Coston M. Cobbs

SVP, Senior Lending Officer

Coston joined the United Bank of Philadelphia in January 2015. He is a seasoned commercial banker with over twenty five years of experience in commercial real estate lending. Coston began his banking career with PSFS Bank where he honed his banking skills and received progressive promotions during his tenure with PSFS. Coston worked for Mellon Bank as Vice President & Financial Advisor where he was responsible for servicing commercial real estate relationships within the Philadelphia market. Prior to joining the Bank, Coston served as Senior Vice President with Citizens Bank for several years. In that role, he was responsible for $140MM in outstanding loan commitments.

Coston fills a critical role in United Bank as we implement the Bank’s business strategy. He is responsible for the development and management of the commercial lending business and credit administration for the Bank. Coston’s leadership is key in the Bank’s overall strategic planning process to ensure that appropriate goals and strategies are outlined ensuring that the loan portfolio grows enabling the Bank to achieve and sustain profitability.

Coston attended Temple University School of Business and Real Estate. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Roslyn.

Wy Livingston

President and CEO, Wystone’s World Teas Holding, Inc.

Ms. Livingston is the President and CEO of Wystone’s World Teas Holding, Inc. The tea enterprise consists of a 120 seat tea bar, café and retail establishment, a wholesale division, a product development division, and a franchise division. Prior to beginning her adventure in tea, Wy Livingston held positions in Fortune 500 companies all her career. Since graduating from the University of Denver, she has managed call centers and operations at Federal Express, Lockheed, CIGNA, Jackson National Life Insurance and AIG, where she held the position of Senior Vice President, Operations. Most recently she was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Pulte Homes, the largest home builder in the country. In this role she was responsible for overall operations, planning and analysis, quality assurance and training. While at Pulte she managed as many as 800 employees and she was a Founding member of the Pulte Homes’ Diversity Council.

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Marquis Miller

Vice President, Field Operations, National Minority Supplier Development Council

Marquis D. Miller is vice president of field operations for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®), one of the nation’s leading corporate membership organizations dedicated to increasing procurement opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned minority business enterprises (MBEs).

Marquis is responsible for a wide range of nationwide programs and initiatives that support, drive and influence NMSDC’s field operations philosophy, strategy, goals, member relationships and minority business results. In partnership with NMSDC leadership and affiliate boards and operational leadership across the Network, Marquis and his team focus on ensuring that NMSDC continues to lead in creating and maintaining a focused environment aligned with the new emphasis on global supply chains and strategic sourcing, while expanding member and MBE engagement and involvement at all levels.

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Donald Kelly

Sales Evangelist

Donald Kelly works with struggling sales professionals and entrepreneurs who are frustrated with their efforts to find and convert qualified prospects into customer evangelists. He can do the same for you and your team.

As a former top performing technology sales professional, Donald was able to crack the code that could turn any underperforming seller into a selling machine. Donald has designed his training around concrete fundamental principles adaptable by any seller.

In addition to training sales professionals in workshops, online courses and keynote presentations Donald is also the host of the “The Sales Evangelist” podcast. The podcast has received recognition from publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and the South Florida Business Journal.

Sirena Thomas

VP Sales & New Business, MILSPRAY Military Technologies,

Business Developer |Strategy Advisor|Speaker|Trainer|Coach SirenaSpeaks LLC

Widely recognized as the young CEO of Elohim Cleaning Contractors Inc. Sirena started out as a teenage mother of twins and helped build a multi-million dollar revenue generating business with her father and younger brother. Sirena’s accomplishments coupled with her infectious energy and ambition quickly caught the eye of National media including New York Times, Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, NBC Nightly News, Upscale Magazine, BET and many others. Sirena has also received a myriad of awards including 40 under 40 (NY&PA), 1st Runner Up Madame CJ Walker award, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year, SBA Region 3 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and more.

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John Lau

President, Appliedinfo Partners

As president of Appliedinfo Partners, John is responsible for the operations of its two divisions: D2 Cybersecurity and D2 TEAM-Sim. D2 Cybersecurity provides cybersecurity online training, D2 TEAM-Sim specializes in interactive training.

The company’s latest training product, DIF, is being recognized for its ability to rapidly and collaboratively create, distribute, and update interactive, media-rich courseware. DIF is used to develop semi-customized cybersecurity courses for clients like Exelon, Kean University, and the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence and other Army commands.

John serves on the board of the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce and was recognized with the Albert Einstein Award for Innovation as part of the NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.

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Jon Hughes


Jon Hughes, co-chair of the Firm's Emerging Companies Practice Group and partner in the Firm's Business Services Department, is a corporate attorney with more than 15 years of experience advising public and privately-held entities in all facets of business transactions. He counsels clients on debt and equity financing; angel, venture capital and private equity investments; acquisition and divesture of assets; and general corporate matters. He served as underwriter's counsel in several significant transactions. He has experience with exempt securities offerings and in the preparation and review of disclosure and other periodic filings required as part of ongoing compliance with securities laws and regulations.

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Pamela Jolly

Founder and CEO, Torch Enterprises Inc

Dr. Pamela C.V. Jolly, Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc, has over 20 years of proven leadership and strategic management expertise; her primary focus is legacy wealth creation that passes on for generations. Her company Torch Enterprises is a strategic investment firm focused on growing and sustaining minority owned businesses. She is most skilled at guiding organizations to form strategies that elevate standards of business to wealth creation through practical application of business and financial principles.

Since 2004, Torch has assisted over 1000 entrepreneurs and remains committed to raising capital and awareness for women and minorities desiring to build wealth through ownership. Pamela Jolly uses her extensive background in financial services, strategy, community development, and theology, to help minority entrepreneurs and organizations succeed. Her prior work includes banking (NationsBank, now Bank of America), Strategic Consulting (Accenture), Private Equity (Dubois Partners), and Market Research Strategy and Data Analytics (Rosetta).

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Stephanie Humphrey

Lifestyle and Technology Expert::founder, A Matter of Life and Tech blog

Tech-Life Expert Stephanie Humphrey merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how empowering, enriching and fun technology can be. Stephanie is driven by the sole purpose of connecting people, particularly those underrepresented in technology, with the tech know-how to transform their worlds.

With her charming and personable demeanor, Stephanie makes technology less intimidating, especially for those who don’t talk “tech.” Adding her own dash of wit and style, Stephanie breaks down tech-life news in a way you can mentally download without crashing. Her enthusiasm is palpable in any medium, whether print, online, radio or television – and she’s had the opportunity to showcase her talent in each one.

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TL Hill

Associate Professor of Instruction, Strategic Management

Research Interests: governance of knowledge intensive organizations and social ventures, organizational boundaries, the social and institutional context of entrepreneurship Dr. Hill’s Curriculum Vitae

TL Hill is an Associate Professor in Strategic Management and Managing Director of the Fox Management Consulting Practice, the capstone residency for all Fox MBA students. As the Academic Director of the MBA, TL has also recently lead the transformation of the MBA to a competency-based models in which students complete a dozen live projects while developing the skills and judgment valued by employers.

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James W. Sanders

Vice President of Commercial & Industrial Lending at Customers Bank

previously he was Vice President of Government Guaranteed Lending and Commercial Loan Officer at Cape Bank. Prior to Cape Bank, James served as Director with The Enterprise Center a regional economic development organization and operator of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in Philadelphia, Pa (MBDA). He provided management consulting and advised over 1,000 minority-owned businesses. Those firms have secured over $300 million on contracts and $65 million in financing. Preceding MBDA, James worked for over 8 years in the financial services industry with industry leaders, such as The Vanguard Group and Wachovia Bank (know Wells Fargo).  Mr. Sanders holds a B.S. Economics and Finance from Virginia State University and an Executive MBA from Temple University, Fox School of Business. James is married with two teenagers and one dog.

Martin Hunt

Emerging Growth Equities, Ltd

Martin is a Managing Director at Emerging Growth Equities, Ltd. He holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, where he was a McCabe scholar. Martin has over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of private equity, insurance, strategy consulting and investment banking with over $20 billion in M&A transactional experience.

Martin was the founder and managing director of the private equity firm, Providence Friends Capital, from 2005 to 2016. During his tenure at Providence Friends Capital, Martin was Chairman of several portfolio firms and the chief executive officer of a leading installation and cable assembly company.

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Pamela Rich-Wheeler

Co-Founder, Executive Director at The Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise

Pamela J. Rich-Wheeler is a native of Philadelphia. She has an MBA in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Communications and from the University of Pittsburgh. Pamela has been recognized as a thought leader, change agent and connector.

Since 1999, Pamela has been serving as founder and Executive Director of the Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, providing consulting, educational workshops and business support services to deserving small businesses. The mission of the Business Center is to equip small businesses with the necessary tools to start, sustain and expand their operations. Since 1999 the center has provided small business workshop training, teaching small business owners how to design and implement a business plan. To date the program has served over 1000 clients.

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Vinnie L Morris

Sr. Partner, President & CEO

With more than 20 years of supply management, operations and senior management experience, Vinnie Morris has led development and consulted execution of multi-year improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies locally and globally in North America, Europe, Asia, Central and South America up to the “C” level

Vinnie has been afforded a successful professional and leadership career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, (ABB) Asea Brown Boveri, General Electric Corporation and former architect and Chief Procurement Officer at OGE Energy Corporation and currently is Sr. Partner, President & CEO at TMG Business Management Solutions.

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