10th Annual Recognition Reception
The tenth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception was held on September 20, 2012. The evening began with an elegant reception in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Mr. Dick Sweeney serves as Vice President of Contract Manufacturing & Quality Assurance at Keurig Incorporated and served as its Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations. Mr. Sweeney became a co-founder of Keurig in 1993 and joined Keurig full time as Vice President Engineering in 1996. He brought to Keurig more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, product development and consulting for industrial and consumer appliances, including espresso machines. Prior to Keurig he was Vice President of Manufacturing for Canrad-Hanovia, a manufacturer of scientific and UV lighting. Before that he was Vice President of Operations for V-M Industries, a consumer appliances manufacturer and importer. At Keurig his responsibilities include brewer engineering and service, quality control, contract manufacturing and quality control. Through 2003, he was also responsible for packaging engineering. He has developed several US and International Keurig brewer and packaging patents. He received his BS from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
A special component of the evening was the attendance of many of FDU's Veterans Launching Ventures students, alumni, mentors and instructors. The VLV program is in its sixth cohort, and we are excited that Mr. Sweeney, also a U.S. Veteran, will be sharing his best practices with the FDU community.
9th Annual Recognition Reception
The ninth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception was held on Thursday, September 15, 2011. The evening began with an elegant reception in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Daniel Hassan, FDU alumnus, was the guest speaker.
Profile of Speaker: Daniel Hassan
Daniel Hassan joined BCM in January 2006 as Senior Vice President of Sales after successful forays in the worlds of finance and real estate. BCM was at that point a full service direct response media agency, and the success of that business ended up laying down the foundation for the research and development of BCM’s TV solutions. In 2009, Daniel was tapped as CEO and Chairman of the Board to lead the company from a research and development phase to a commercialization phase. Following a successful technical test in New England, Clickable TV was successfully launched commercially in Montgomery, Alabama in January 2011. Under Daniel’s leadership, BCM has also developed an Enhanced TV platform and new product line. Daniel holds a business degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Eighth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception
The eighth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception was held on Friday, September 10, 2010. The evening began with an elegant reception at 6:00 p.m. in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2010 FDU Innovation Challenge and the 2010 New Jersey Student Entrepreneur Awards. Brad Neilley, CEO of Green Planet Group LLC, was the guest speaker.
Profile of Speaker: Brad Neilley
Brad Neilley is co-founder and CEO of Green Planet Group LLC, a global organization that is leading efforts to harness technology for a healthy world by providing “Total Solutions” to build infrastructure in many countries worldwide, using the latest innovative, sustainable, solar and wind alternative energy technologies to provide electric, lighting and clean water solutions.
Brad brings with him over 20 years of progressive Executive Leadership experience having worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Johnson & Johnson, The New York Times, and Deluxe Check Printers. Prior to his current role at Green Planet Group LLC, Brad held numerous executive leadership positions, most recently at Johnson & Johnson where he was World Wide Vice President and on the Management Board of three Johnson & Johnson Companies with total Worldwide HR responsibility for the Infectious Disease business in Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical sector. He was part of the executive team that grew the business from research and development to over $500 Million in worldwide sales. In addition he was a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Human Resource Council (HRC) which was responsible for all 130,000 J&J employees and HR activities Worldwide. While at The New York Times Brad had total HR responsibility for a number of divisions including Operations, Finance, TV, Internet, and building operations.
Over the years Brad’s business leadership responsibility has included years of experience in sales, marketing, operations, IT, R&D, environmental, health & safety and sustainability in a variety of industries. After receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from William Patterson College in NJ, Brad began his graduate studies in business at Harvard University in Massachusetts. He completed his studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J where he received an MBA in International Business with honors distinction and also has post graduate executive certificates from the Wharton School of Business. In addition to his impressive work history Brad has run several of his own businesses and adds long-term community service to his background. He has been active in a number of volunteer organizations including Board member of The Martin Luther King Youth Center, and CrossRoads Theatre, Executive Committee member of the NJ Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, and was past President of; The Evergreen Investment Club, Princeton Walk Homeowners Association, and the Morris County Chapter of The Society of Human Resource Managers.
7th Annual Recognition Reception
The seventh annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception was held on Friday, September 5, 2008. The evening began with an elegant reception in Lenfell Hall on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2007-2008 FDU Business Plan Competition. Raymond Wisniewski, President and COO, National Retail Systems Inc. was the guest speaker.
Profile of Speaker: Raymond Wisniewski
Fairleigh Dickinson alumnus Raymond Wisniewski has been president of National Retail Systems since 2000, overseeing day-to-day operations for one of the nation’s leading retail logistics providers with more than 3,000 employees at terminals and distribution centers across the country. He has spent his entire career in logistics, starting at NRS as a truck dispatcher in 1978. In 1980, he launched the PrecisionWerks maintenance department at NRS. In 1984, he was promoted to Executive Vice President where he developed the “glass house visibility” information technology vision for NRS that the company still follows today. He was a member of the VICS Working Council in the early 1990s that created new EDI standards for the logistics industry as the backbone for today’s e-commerce in shipping. Wisniewski is active in the Retail Industry Leaders Association and numerous charitable organizations across New Jersey.
6th Annual Recognition Reception
The sixth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception was held on Friday, September 7, 2007. The evening began with an elegant reception at 6:00 p.m. in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2006-2007 FDU Business Plan Competition. Peter Weedfald, senior vice president, chief marketing officer, Circuit City was the guest speaker. He gave his lecture at 7:15 pm entitled Opportunity is Seldom Labeled.
Profile of Speaker: Peter Weedfald
Fairleigh Dickinson alumnus Peter Weedfald joined Circuit City in 2006 as general merchandise manager for all entertainment products and content. In September 2006, he was promoted to senior vice president, chief marketing officer.
Before joining the Circuit City, Mr. Weedfald held senior positions at Samsung Electronics America, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer electronics, information systems, mobile products and home appliance products. He joined Samsung in October 2001 and served as vice president strategic marketing North America from October 2001 to November 2003 and as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Samsung North America, from November 2003 to February 2005.
Prior to employment at Samsung in 2001, Mr. Weedfald held various senior positions with ViewSonic Corporation, a worldwide provider of advanced display technology from 1998 to 2000. His titles included executive vice president and chief marketing officer of global marketing and product marketing as well as general manager of internet appliances.
Prior to joining ViewSonic in 1998, Weedfald served for nine years in various executive publisher positions at Ziff-Davis Publishing, a leading integrated and on-line media company serving the technology and video game markets.
Gina Tedesco with Anne Christina Scarpa, Nicole Jeannette & Lindsey Greene
Left - Gina Tedesco with Jerry Udud, Mike Cherevko and Karla Moran
Right - Gina Tedsco with Kelvin Dixon (in rear), Chris Adamczyk, Denise Cohen and Jasmine Erman
Left - Bill Kelly with Gina Tedesco
Right - Gina Tedesco with Michele Koontz (receiving award on behalf of her son, Jason Koontz)
5th Annual Recognition Reception
The fifth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Reception was held on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. This yearly event recognizes the achievements of Institute faculty members and of FDU entrepreneurship students. In addition, it brings together our faculty, current Entrepreneurial Studies students and alumni, University representatives, Advisory Board members, as well as friends and supporters of the Institute.
James Barrood, the Executive Director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, began the event by introducing the student winners of the 2005-2006 FDU Business Plan Competition, the entrepreneurship scholarship recipients, outstanding graduating seniors, and 2006 Discover Business Teen Camp graduates. Professor George Maddaloni was recognized for his excellence in teaching and mentoring.
David Knee was then introduced by Dean Bill Schwartz as the evening’s guest speaker. Knee outlined his path from undergraduate at Fairleigh Dickinson University to founding principal and executive vice president of Lee & Klatskin Associates.
David Knee took risks along his entrepreneurial journey, but risk brought him exposure – and even bigger opportunities. In March 2004, NJBIZ magazine named him one of New Jersey’s “40 under 40”: top business people younger than 40 years old.
4th Annual Recognition Dinner
The fourth annual Rothman Institute Recognition Dinner was held on Friday, September 9, 2005. James Barrood, the Executive Director, introduced the student winners of the 2005 FDU Business Plan Competition, the entrepreneurship scholarship recipients, outstanding graduating seniors, and 2005 Discover Business Teen Camp graduates. James concluded by detailing the faculty achievements of James Almeida, Ethne Swartz, Richard Archambault and the adjunct faculty members for their academic and outreach accomplishments over the past year.
James then introduced the evening's invited speaker, John Howlett. After resigning his Captain’s commission in 1970, John entered the world of corporate America at AT&T Long Lines. As a member of AT&T’s fast track program, he had the “opportunity” to move six times in 12 years. During that time he completed his MBA in Operations Research in 1975 from Fairleigh Dickinson right here at our Madison campus. John’s roles at AT&T included stints in Operations, Sales, and Marketing. In 1983 John’s entrepreneurial spirit won out over corporate America and he and his wife Rosemary founded their own company, an Entre Computer Center franchise. After 3 mergers and 3 acquisitions with a few name changes thrown in, the company became public and eventually reached over $100 million in sales revenue as Emtec, Inc. In a recent 4th merger, John achieved what he terms his “exit strategy”. Emtec was the surviving company as a result of that merger but John and his team gave up control in exchange for cash. John now serves as President of Emtec Northeast with a 3 year commitment to that role.
Gina Tedesco presents Jan VanDerStad his award.
Jown Howlett speaking about EmTec.
Student winners of the 2005 FDU Business Plan Competition enjoy the evening.
3rd Annual Recognition Dinner
The third annual Rothman Institute Recognition Dinner was held on Friday, September 10, 2004. This yearly event recognizes the achievements of Institute faculty members and of FDU entrepreneurship students. In addition, it brings together our faculty, current Entrepreneurial Studies students and alumni, University representatives, Advisory Board members, as well as friends and supporters of the Institute.
James Barrood, director of the Institute, began the evening by welcoming the attendees and giving a year-in-review summary of the center's academic and outreach programs. He thanked the staff for their efforts in making the programs successful, including Gerri Fotschky, Kim Dennison, Sabeen Kuraishi and Joe Lawrie. In addition, he recognized Gerri as the recipient of the 2004 Rothman Institute Recognition Award for 10 years of service excellence to the Institute and University.
After dinner, he continued by recognizing the student winners of the 2004 FDU Business Plan Competition, the entrepreneurship scholarship recipients, outstanding graduating seniors, and 2004 Discover Business Teen Camp graduates. James concluded by detailing the faculty achievements of James Almeida, Ethne Swartz, Richard Archambault and the adjunct faculty members for their academic and outreach accomplishments over the past year.
James then introduced the evening's invited speaker, John Stewart, co-founder and COO of UAC, a technology company serving the small and medium-sized business marketplace. He talked about his journey from working in the tech industry to starting his company, to selling it last year and then becoming an employee again, this time of the acquiring company, MindShift Technologies. He mentioned some lessons learned and noted the importance of the MBA course, Venture Creation, Development and Financing to his professional success.
The Dean of Silberman College of Business, David Steele, Ph.D., ended the evening by mentioning that his 6 year-old grandson recently told him that he wanted to be an entrepreneur and then recognizing the good work done by the Institute and its faculty.
James Barrood, director of the Rothman Institute, speaks to a crowded Lenfell hall
about the Rothman Institute's accomplishments over the past academic year.
John Stewart talks about his entrepreneurial journey and looks back on lessons learned.
Dean David Steele offering his concluding remarks.