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 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.
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.