The Center for Entrepreneurship offers professional mentors with expertise in all aspects of business development, from marketing, strategy, finance to business plan creation. Stop in and meet with our experienced professionals to help you turn your dream into a reality.
Tom Creacy, Advisor-In-Residence
Tom is a Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Business Planning professional, specializing in start-up, early stage and small enterprises, including consumer, Business-to-Business (B2B), and nonprofit entities.
After being an account representative for J. Walter Thompson advertising and a product manager for Unilever, Tom joined RBA, a consumer accessories company as VP Marketing. When RBA was sold to a multinational, he founded Creacy Marketing Services to help start-up, early-stage, and small companies grow. For six years Tom worked as a marketing and strategic planning specialist for ITAC, a consulting company serving small New York City manufacturers. When he returned to his own consultancy, he continued to serve ITAC and its clients as well as other early-stage ventures. He has a Marketing MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Joan Eilbott, Advisor-In-Residence
Joan is a Business Analyst and Project Management professional, specializing in leading multi-functional teams to use process improvement and change management to increase performance in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
After being a researcher in applied math at Bell Labs, Joan moved to the business side of AT&T, focusing on strategic, financial, and business planning projects for the Office of the Chairman. She joined Alliance Bernstein as a business analyst – project manager, especially improving performance of the Marketing and Sales Departments. Joan then transitioned to nonprofit organizations, first as an Associate Director of Process Improvement at YCS, a health services organization, and then in the Project Management Department at the New York Public Library. Recently she has consulted with nonprofit organizations in education and social services while teaching developmental math part-time at NYC colleges. She has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from New York University and an MBA in International Marketing and Finance from Wharton.
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Joseph Peluso, Advisor-In-Residence
Joe is a Financial and Business Generalist professional, specializing in diversified business specialties.
Joe was a financial analyst in the steel manufacturing subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. He then spent 30 years of diversified experience with Citigroup in various disciplines and businesses. Some of his projects included a de novo start-up, business expansions, new business initiatives, and strategic product developments. Post retirement, Joe transitioned to the education sector as a Charter School CFO after becoming certified as a NYS School District Business Leader. His commitment to volunteerism is reflected in his current activities with the Wildlife Conservation Society at the New York Aquarium, the National Parks Service, and as a basketball coach. He has a B.A. in Economics from City University of New York and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
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Dawn McGee Strickland, Entrepreneur-In-Residence
Dawn is an entrepreneur who has participated in multiple stages of the entrepreneurial process—from idea conception through exit and post-acquisition integration—as an employee, founder, board member, and advisor.
Dawn played key roles in the development of a bi-coastal Silicon Valley + Alley start-up that raised over $5 million in venture financing and was ultimately acquired. She played a vital role in the exit close and integration of a fintech start-up that sold for more than $250 million. She led a lead acquisition integration project of a financial services roll-up of more than 100 owned entities founded by Apollo Management and taken private by Madison Dearborn Partners in a transaction valued over $1 billion. She was a founding board member of the award-winning arts and social justice organization the Laundromat Project. Dawn studied computer science engineering as an undergraduate in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science and concentrated in entrepreneurial management as an undergraduate in the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with distinction from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Dawn has been honored as a National Achievement Scholar; Stern Scholar; Beta Gamma Sigma inductee; Toigo Fellow, Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow, InSITE Fellow, Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship Fellow; and Fund Manager of the NYU Stern Social Venture Fund.
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Philip Wolitzer, Advisor-In-Residence
Philip is a Cost Accounting and Forensics professional specializing in financial analysis and ethics. He has been a financial consultant to many businesses and has been actively involved in the Foundation for Accounting Education and the New York State CPA Society where he has served on the board of directors and the executive committee.
Professor Wolitzer has been associated with the Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences for over 60 years. In 1998 the University honored him by dedicating a portion of the Humanities Building 7th floor as the Philip Wolitzer Complex. Among Philip's recent professional honors are the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award (presented in 2007 by the Accountants Club of America) and the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service (presented in 2008 by Long Island University). He has an MBA in Finance from New York University.
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