Veterans Launching Ventures Faculty and Mentors

VLV Faculty

Mahmoud El Hamamsy

Mahmoud is Managing Director and Founder of TVM Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm that assists clients in capitalizing on their market opportunities both in the U.S. and internationally. Telecommunications industry senior executive with a demonstrated record of achievement as a leader and business architect. Spent 20 years at AT&T, three years at ModelWire and Avaya, and nine years at TVM. PhD, Physics, City University of New York, MBA, Finance/Accounting, New York University.

Sakti Kunz

Sakti KunzSakti Kunz is a Management Executive with expertise in delivering growth through product innovation and business transformation. Ms. Kunz has 20+ years of business experience leading her team into delivering growth for multi-million dollar businesses at Dun and Bradstreet and AT&T Business Services. Sakti holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and AT&T sponsored training from a variety of MBA programs.

VLV Mentor Coordinator

Alan Levitan

Chairman of International Foods Marketing Corp., a business management and marketing/sales building company. Served on corporate boards. Consults in strategic planning, marketing and management development, creates and markets sales building programs for retailers, helps food manufacturers go to market and is an equity partner in a food manufacturing company. Former president and CEO of Kings Super Markets. Previously a partner in Marketing Resources, an advertising agency/marketing company. As a supermarket retailer, he held positions as senior VP of marketing/merchandising and division president. Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College, the Northeastern University Exec. Management Program; BA, U. of Rhode Island. Fellow of Leadership NJ. Ex-US Army.

VLV Mentors

Richard Bahner

Human Resources Change Leader focused on Human Resources ROI, Top Tier Coaching, Succession Planning, Talent Management, HR Strategy Alignment, Cross-Cultural Teams, and Coaching / Career Management Systems. Currently launching the CareerDNA Assessment Tool in the US. BS, Human Resources Management, Penn State University; MBA, Management, Loyola.

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Jon Budish

Worked 35 years on Wall Street, primarily as a bond trader. Received his MBA from FDU-Florham in 1985. Retired from Wall Street November 2015. Also spent the last 10 years as an angel investor and mentor with a variety of medical device, tech and food businesses. Had successful exits with Mako Surgical and Qwiki. Continues to invest and look for private investments with the right management teams. Also in retirement, his mission has been to increase financial literacy for those who need it. To that end, he is teaching NJ Seeds high schoolers, Summit YMCA Achievers, Monument Mountain and Stockbridge Library Investment Groups all about the ins and outs of finance.

Bill Carlucci

Corporate finance and tax background in the telecommunications industry for 30+ years. Consultant/full time employee for retail corporate tax organization for four years. Background includes process management and improvement. Mentor of small businesses and startups for the last five years.

Charlie Faure

A retired Army lieutenant colonel, directed Army base support operations spanning recreation, restaurants, family support programs, substance abuse, education, and more, some of which were required to be financially self-sustaining. Later held various corporate positions in franchised real estate, e.g., RE/MAX, Coldwell Banker, ERA. Coached and mentored franchisees, helping them to either start up real estate brokerages or make more successful existing operations. Now actively engaged with SCORE and serves as the Northwest NJ chapter chairman. Extensive experience directing strategic planning, business planning, and coaching entrepreneurially-driven business leaders. MBA in management, FDU; MS in Organizational Leadership, Marymount University.

Vic Fabry

Vic Fabry photoFounder of Greylock Group, a business advisory firm which assists emerging high-tech businesses and startups to develop business plans, marketing strategies and capital funding. Advisor with TechLaunch, Seton Hall and FDU's entrepreneurship programs. Career IBMer and Client Executive with the Financial Services Industry. Former US Army Engineer with the 524th Engineer Company, Heidelberg, Germany.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is President and Principal Consultant of Firm Foundations, LLC which he formed in 2002 to provide small businesses, churches and non-profits with strategic planning, leadership, and management development guidance. Frost also coaches individuals in the midst of career moves and life transitions. He has successfully planned and managed projects as both an internal and external consultant in a wide range of industries for over 40 years. He served six years in the US Air Force including a tour in Viet Nam.

Jim Feeney

President/ owner-operator of Cartridge World of West Paterson, he has experience in retail operations, distribution, product development, sales and marketing for the last seven years. Fifteen years experience in transportation and logistics and small package delivery. Twelve years experience as owner-operator of a National Steak Chain of restaurants. USMC Viet-Nam Veteran, 1965-66.

Steven M. Fulda

Retired corporate executive (Business Planning). Retired Major USAFR (Air Force Academy Liaison Officer). FDU adjunct faculty. Managing Director at consulting firm, developing business plans for redirecting strategy and increasing profitability. Designed graduate-level curricula and taught MBA-level courses at universities and telecommunications companies. MSE (Systems Engineering), Bell Labs Grad Program; MS (Quantitative Analysis), New York University.

Wayne Henderson

Founder and principal of Capital Dynamics, International (CDI), Wayne has 25 years of domestic and international consulting/advising experience in strategic, operational, financial, and market planning with Fortune 500 enterprises as well as startup companies. Specialties include business viability assessments and valuations for new ventures, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to CDI, positions at AT&T included: Director-Financial Planning & Management; and Director-Network Operations.  Purdue University: Industrial Engineering; Industrial Management-Finance. Captain, U.S. Marine Corps; decorated combat veteran of Vietnam.

John Howlett

Mentor and business consultant and founder and former Chairman and CEO of Emtec, Inc., an IT consulting and service company. Founder and Managing Partner of HomeShore America, LLC, providing bookkeeping and financial planning services while employing veterans and people with physical disabilities. Experience in all phases of business operations with a focus on sales process, operations including inventory management, financial management and planning. Currently serve as financial executive for two non-profit boards. Former U.S. Army Field Artillery officer with service in Germany, Viet Nam, and the US.

William Kraut

William KrautNewport Board Group LLC, Partner, NJ/NY. Board Director level executive with more than thirty years of success providing advice to businesses on strategic operations, financial matters, business plans.Expertise in risk management, banking relationships, taxation, corporate governance, corporate finance, franchising and financial accounting.Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Technology Professional, Chartered Global Management Accountant.National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow; and Board Director of NJ Chapter. Board Director of NYSE Company.

Chris Lipper 

Chris Lipper is a knowledgeable, creative professional who has worked with a range of businesses from large institutions to entrepreneurial startups. He has excelled in marketing, sales, operations, and management. In addition to coaching 100s of business owners and owning one of the more successful TAB franchises. Chris has experience in creating brand identity and corporate image, and he has developed advertising, direct mail collateral, web sites, and trade show booths. Chris’ marketing experience expands across the globe. He has helped conceptualize, develop, market, and sell products domestically and internationally in different markets including consumer, business-to-business, and institutions.

Ron Ruiz

Cofounder and managing partner at TR Business Solutions LLC. A firm dedicated to assist municipalities and small businesses improve services and maximize operational efficiencies. Ron has 25 years of proven leadership, business, and technical skills in implementing over $14.0M in improvement projects resulting in operational savings of $10M+ annually. He is a VLV alumnus.

Larry Schlegel

Marketing and Sales background in both product and service industries. Past founder and Principal of the Genesis Group Associates, Inc, publishing and consulting on the impact of technology innovation in healthcare. Officer, USAF 1967-1971, BA, Syracuse University, 1967; MBA, Rutgers Graduate School of Business, 1973.

Tom Terzo

Tom Terzo photoTom Terzo is a US Military Veteran having served in the Army Security Agency in Rothweston Germany.  He is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York University.  He has had a long and successful career in the Insurance Industry with supervisory management and executive positions in both the private and public sectors.  He has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years having created companies in the Property Casualty Sector of the Insurance Claims Industry which developed new claims management practices, and claims administrative and medical management software. He has served on numerous professional boards and industry and public commissions as an expert in the field of Workers Compensations.

Mark Twentyman

Founder and President of Kingsbridge Realty Advisors, established in 2004, with a focus on providing advisory and brokerage services to business owners and executives who wish to lease, or own their commercial, office, “Flex”, or industrial/warehouse space. Mark was an Infantry Officer in the British Army for six years; he completed officer training school at Sandhurst in 1977. He moved to the US in 1994 and is now an American Citizen.

Joe Villa

Joe Villa photoJoe Villa is Managing Director of Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Division on NJL&C, a 65 year old firm. He specializes in assisting business owners and entrepreneurs in the area of Wealth Accumulation and Distribution, Asset Protection, Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Planning, Executive and Employee Benefit Planning. Joe is an investment advisor with Finra and has his Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses. He is a registered Representative with Valmark Securities, member of Finra and SIPC.







Veterans Launching Ventures is a course offered by the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, part of Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Contact Information

Timur Pakay
Executive Director
Rothman Institute
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Mailing Address

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