Entrepreneurship Faculty

Department Chair


Burçak Ertimur, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Silberman College of Business (SCB). Dr. Ertimur received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of California, Irvine. She holds an M.S. degree in Marketing and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bilkent University, Turkey. Her research examines value co-creation and its sociocultural dynamics with implications for marketing strategy, brand management, and market evolution using multi-methods. Her research on “consumer-generated advertising” has been supported by the Marketing Science Institute and received recognitions by the Society for Marketing Advances and the Academy of Marketing Science. Dr. Ertimur’s work has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Australasian Marketing Journal. Dr. Ertimur teaches courses in marketing strategy and consumer behavior at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. In 2013, she was selected to participate in Advertising Educational Foundation’s Visiting Professor Program; a two-week fellowship that allows exchange of ideas between academia and advertising, marketing, and media companies. In 2014, she was nominated by the student leadership of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter at FDU for Distinguished Membership into the Society. She is also the recipient of the 2015 SCB Teacher of the Year Award.


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James G. Almeida, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Associate Dean for the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He has a Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the University of South Carolina. He also holds an MMS degree as well as a B.Pharm degree from the University of Bombay. Prior to moving to the United States, Dr. Almeida worked in the Indian pharmaceutical industry in sales, marketing, and product management positions. He has also spent a year as a visiting researcher in entrepreneurship at the London Business School. As the Associate Dean of the Silberman College, Dr. Almeida has spearheaded the development of the college’s global strategy and is the lead architect of the global capstone experience for students in their Global MBA program. He previously served as the chair of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship department. He presently serves on the advisory board of two technology-based ventures; one in the educational sector and one in the biotech sector. Dr. Almeida’s research focuses on a broad range of issues pertaining to small and medium sized enterprises, including technology-based new ventures. It has been presented at various national and international conferences and published in a number of leading journals in the discipline. He is currently researching entrepreneurial decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and is working with his co-author in Monaco to research the importance of network building activities on the success of new ventures.


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Ethne Swartz, Ph.D., is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Silberman College of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Management from The Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester Science and Technology Institute, Manchester, England. She holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology from Rhodes University, South Africa and a BA in Sociology/ Psychology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research and teaching interests include entrepreneurship and innovation, management of technology, business continuity and crisis management. From 1994 to October 1999 Dr. Swartz taught Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Leicester Business School, DeMontfort University in Leicester, England, where she was instrumental in setting up a center for research into business continuity management. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at national and international conferences. Prior to her academic career Dr. Swartz was recruited as a Graduate-in-Training by General Motors (South Africa) and as Personnel Officer by Kodak (South Africa).

ENTR_celentano HALFDomenick Celentano is an adjunct faculty member whose focus is Small Business Management . In addition to teaching at Silberman College, Domenick created The FoodPreneur providing Professional Educational Forums tailored to early and mid-stage Entrepreneurs in the specialty food industry. His food focus comes from 25 years working in his family business, Celentano Bros. Inc.Domenick's firm, Celentano & Company works with a wide range of New Jersey Family Businesses. He has a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University. He received an MBA from St. Joseph's University and is currently pursuing a Post Masters Certificate in Food Marketing. Domenick is a frequent speaker; examples are the New York Fancy Food Show, Association for Corporate Growth and The New Jersey/Italy Trade Council.



Al Golzari is an adjunct faculty member of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University and an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Merchandising at Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York City. Presently, Golzari works in the retailing industry, and has worked for such companies as Federated Department Stores, Associated Merchandising Corporation (a division of Target Corp) and bath and bedding fashions manufacturer, WestPoint Home. His diversified background in merchandising, retailing, global sourcing and product development has provided him with broad insight into the mechanics of the global business community as a result of extensive overseas travel. His business experience also includes working closely with consumer goods companies and top-tier consumer brands such as Disney, Harley Davidson, etc. Golzari also has consulting experience educating companies in direct sourcing practices and private-brand strategy. He holds a BA in Sociology from New York University and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A native of northern New Jersey, he currently resides in New York City.

Lindsey Greene Barrett, is president of Women Throughout Time, an ENTR_Barrett HALForganization that provides a series of lectures, seminars and workshops for and about women. Lindsey founded Women Throughout Time to further women’s history education and provide programs for businesswomen and women entrepreneurs. Lindsey graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 with a B.A. in English and a History minor. After graduation, she began working for Singleton Browne Corporation, an entrepreneurial venture in industrial and residential construction and development started in 1965 by her father. For the last eight years, Lindsey has acted as manager of the firm’s industrial holdings in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Lindsey received her M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at FDU teaching two entrepreneurial classes, “Women as Entrepreneurs” and “Business Ventures Capstone.” Lindsey Greene Barrett resides in Wyckoff, NJ with her husband Nicholas. She is active in several local organizations on a volunteer basis, including the Hermitage, a historic house museum and history education center, the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and FDU’s Sands of Time: Exposure to Greatness. Lindsey continues to teach on an adjunct basis at FDU, uphold her position at Singleton Browne Corporation, and advance Women Throughout Time.

ENTR_jack HALFJack Killion, an adjunct faculty member, currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rothman Institute, is the Managing General Partner of the Eagle Rock Diversified fund, a five year old fund-of-hedge funds developed for accredited individual and institutional investors. Jack's previous 35 years of experience includes consulting with top managements in Fortune 500s while with McKinsey & Company following which he successfully developed companies in a range of sectors from providing venture capital funding to emerging companies, industrial polymer processing equipment manufacturing, consumer and business-to-business publishing and agriculture. He has served on the boards of U.S. and international corporations as well as with major non-profits. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale and an MS in Industrial management from MIT. He taught previously as an adjunct professor at Rutgers and Montclair State Universities.

ENTR_maddaloni HALFGeorge J. Maddaloni, an adjunct faculty member, is currently Managing Director and Founder, TVM Associates, a management consulting firm that assists clients in capitalizing on opportunities in high-tech, high-growth markets and launching new businesses. He brings to FDU thirty years of experience in strategic/business planning, product management, engineering, design and development while at Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Western Electric. He has also been the President of a wireless equipment startup, Celletra, Inc as well as a Principal at PA Consulting. He  holds an MBA from Hofstra University, an MS in Industrial Management from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a BME from Manhattan College.


ENTR_charlie HALFCharles E. Nahabedian, an adjunct faculty member, is a management consultant with executive and entrepreneurial experience ranging from Fortune 50 to small company environments. Nahabedian brings to FDU over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry where he developed and managed the realization of innovative communications systems and services. Until recently, he was VP at a 16 year-old management- consulting firm where he also managed the Wireless, Broadband (multi-media), and IT practices. Previous experience includes management positions at Hazeltine Corp., and RAM Mobile Data (Cingular Interactive), Fidelity Investments, AT&T and Bell Labs. Nahabedian holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern and an MBA in Finance/Marketing from Seton Hall University.

ENTR_sheppard HALFJim Sheppard, an adjunct faculty member, brings over 25 years of experience, primarily in the retail industry. His experience includes senior executive responsibilities involving finance and planning, information technology, logistics, human resources management and training, and operations. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitamin Shoppe Industries. Currently he is Managing Director of Beechwood Advisors. Sheppard holds a BS and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.




ENTR_Gina HALFGina Tedesco is an entrepreneur, private investor, professional business consultant and professor. She is the founder and President of Opus International, a consultancy offering services in business strategy, M&A, strategic planning, product licensing, valuation analysis, due diligence, and entrepreneurial financing as well as providing industry expertise and analysis on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Ms. Tedesco's career of 24 years includes co-founding 3 successful start-up ventures after holding various senior level management positions in a global pharmaceutical company which included postings in Paris, France and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Tedesco earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Pi Tau Sigma) and a MBA from The George Washington University (Magna cum Laude) as well as an additional MBA certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Tedesco is a member of Jumpstart, a private, member-lead, angel group that invests in early-stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. She has served on the boards of both public and private ventures and currently serves as a Trustee of the Somerset Hills Educational Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at FDU, as well as lecturing as an adjunct faculty member at FDU. She teaches graduate classes in Entrepreneurial Finance and leads the MBA capstone class "Business Ventures Capstone," a program which partners advanced student teams with New Jersey based ventures to create and develop entrepreneurial and innovative business strategies.

ENTR_valli HALFRudy Valli is the founder and CEO of Valmar & Associates, LLC., a private consulting services firm. Rudy began his professional career in 1978 with IBM. While at IBM, he pioneered the company’s entry into indirect channels of distribution and equipment financing. This experience was leveraged when he was recruited by an entrepreneurial start-up, XL/Datacomp in 1985. Rudy became an officer at XLDC and its successor, Storage Technology Corporation serving as Vice President and General Manager of the firm’s Eastern Region. In 1994, he entered professional consulting serving as a partner and Broadband practice leader at both Ernst & Young and Accenture LLP. In late 2002, Rudy retired as a partner with the global professional services firm, Accenture). Rudy earned his Global MBA from FDU and his B.S. in Business Administration with Summa Cum Laude honors at Montclair State University. He and his wife, Maryanne reside in Mendham, enjoy international travel and have raised three grown children.