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Rothman Institute Staff

Timur Pakay, Executive Director of Rothman Institute

Timur PakayTimur Pakay is Executive Director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and joins the Institute from the Paris-based International School of Management at their location in New York. He has experience coordinating executive business programs for international students, developing strong relationships with companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500 level, advising graduate students on academic and career planning, and working on a rebranding project for ISM. Timur is responsible for all outreach and recognition programs, such as Veterans Launching Ventures, the Family Business Forum, the CEO Innovation Lecture and other innovation programs, business plan competitions, and the Female Entrepreneur Lecture series. In addition, Timur is also responsible for carrying out the Strategic Plan 2015-2010 and oversees programs targeting high school students as the Rothman Institute seeks to deepen its relationship with future Silberman College of Business students.

Timur received his BA in French from Boston College and his MA in Government and Politics from St. Joh's University. A Board Member on the NJ Tech Council, Timur resides in Irvington, NY with his wife and son.

Susan Slavin, Programs Administrator of Rothman Institute

Sue SlavinSusan Slavin is the Programs Administrator at the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She comes to the Institute with a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland. Her experience spans over 15 years in the fields of Marketing and Customer/Client Relations with a Fortune 500 company, a small family owned business and the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance. Most recently, she was a member of the training staff at the MCOTA where she took on the challenge of training employees in current government programs. Susan will be responsible for all aspects of program management for the outreach and recognition programs. She currently resides in Randolph with her husband and their two children.

Jack Killion, Entrepreneur In Residence

Jack Killion

Jack Killion, head of Eagle Rock Diversified Fund, has joined the Institute as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Since 2005, he has helped in a number of ways including mentoring students and local business owners, program development, executive training and guest lecturing. Killion has also been a good friend of the Institute and has worked with us on several Female Entrepreneurs’ Alliance programs.

Educated at Yale and MIT, Killion’s career has included work as a consultant at McKinsey, in venture capital, in a family owned manufacturing company, Killion Extruders, in publishing at Harpers Magazine and Garden State Woman Magazine, and in hedge funds. Killion has also worked in real estate and race-breeding ventures over the years. In addition, he has served on the boards of various private and public U.S. and international corporations and of non-profit organizations.

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is made possible by a contribution from Gloria and Don LaTorre.

Advisory Board

  • José Amarista, Vice President, Margin Enhancement R&D, Pinnacle Foods
  • Andrew Bluestone, President, Selective Benefits Group
  • Mario Casabona, Casabona Ventures, LLC (Former CEO of ERI)
  • Kurus Elavia, CEO, Gateway Group One
  • Sanjay Gupta, PhD, Vice President and Regional Head, Corporate Innovation, Evonik
  • Dennis Klein, President, Rand, Feuer, & Klein LLC
  • Sakti Kunz, Management Executive, Honeywell
  • Shihab Kuran, President, SunEdison Advanced Solution (Former CEO, Petra Solar)
  • Don LaTorre, President and CEO, L&G Consultants
  • Jan Margolis, CEO, Applied Research Corporation
  • Betty Manetta, President & CEO, Argent Associates
  • Jerome Monnot, Director of Supply Chain Relations at BD Pharmaceuticals
  • Micheline Nader, CEO, Blue Dolphin Health Management
  • Allie Nava, Navigate IQ LLC and Ridgewood Investments LLC
  • Gina Tedesco, President, Opus International