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Chamber M|X June 2017 Mentors

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Zamawa Arenas

Zamawa is a four-time Emmy award-winner marketing strategist and an entrepreneur driven to make a difference. During her 20+ year career she helped build Argus, a multi-million dollar marketing agency. Clients she has worked with include: Cambridge College, Comcast, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Partners HealthCare. Zamawa currently serves on the Boston Foundation and Eastern Bank boards, and is a Trustee of the Boston Public Library.  LinkedIn 

Jennifer Bailey

Jennifer Bailey is a Babson College Professor whose areas of expertise include operations management and product/service design. Her research, teaching and consulting focuses on the challenges faced by start-ups as they design, launch and scale their product/service ventures.  Jennifer currently serves as an Operations Mentor with various accelerators, including Mass Challenge. LinkedIn

Kim Castelda

As Bullhorn’s Chief People Officer, Kim is responsible for driving a highly effective people strategy, leading global talent acquisition, and directing training and learning programs while ensuring an engaging culture.  Kim brings over 20 years of human resources management experience to Bullhorn. LinkedIn

Eduardo Crespo Eduardo is the founder and CEO of Hispanic Market Solution based in Lawrence, MA. A bilingual/bicultural professional with over 25 years of senior level US and international expertise in leading teams in Hispanic/multicultural marketing, advertising, PR, diversity, business development and fundraising. LinkedIn

Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years. LinkedIn

Trish Fontanilla

Trish Fontanilla is Head of Community & Customer Experience at Freight Farms. Previous to FF, Trish worked as Global Director of Community at Startup Institute, and was the VP of Community & Customer Experience at Vsnap. In her spare time, she mentors for the Technovation Challenge and Babson College’s WIN Lab. LinkedIn

Betty Francisco 

Betty is an entrepreneur, business executive and community leader, and a passionate advocate for advancing attorneys of color and Latina professionals into leadership roles. Betty is an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors, changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. LinkedIn

Kirsten Furman 

As Principal at JustJump Marketing, Kirsten Furman is strategy central.  She works with businesses in the US and Europe and gets clients to dig deep when it comes to making decisions about their business and marketing strategy and helps them understand how to capture - and hold - the interest of their audience. LinkedIn

Rita Hardiman 

Rita is Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Keolis Commuter Services. In Boston, KCS operates the commuter rail service under contract with the MBTA. In this role, Dr. Hardiman has responsibilities for all civil rights compliance for rail passengers and Keolis employees and all diversity and inclusion programs. LinkedIn

Daniel Johnson 

Dan is the VP of Business Development for GraVoc, a technology company that provides software development, security, Web, and IT infrastructure implementation, training, and support services to businesses. Dan has over 20 years of experience in IT sales with a primary focus on ERP and CRM software selection and implementation. LinkedIn

Lori Karas

Lori, Branch Manager at Webster First Federal CU in Boston, advises business and personal customers on how to achieve financial goals.  Lori serves on the Board of the American Red Cross, Boston by Foot and Boston Rotary Club.  She teaches financial literacy and holds a BSBA from Suffolk University. LinkedIn 

Jacquie Kay

Jacquie heads up The Sun Walking Group/Labs, a sustainable resource and planning group.  Prior to this, she ran a successful international development and training firm.   She is also a Mentor at the CIC/Venture Café, and serves on the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures board.  Jacquie was appointed by Governor to serve on Thrift Fund for Economic Development board ($100 million). LinkedIn

Howard Kogan 

 Howard is the Global Chief Operating Officer of C Space, leading the world’s best brands to faster growth via collaborating with their consumers. In this role Howard is responsible for Product Innovation & Technology, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate social responsibility programs.  He previously served as President, during which time the company launched a new brand, messaging, products and services – and consistently delivered against its internal performance metrics. LinkedIn

Michael Laffan

Michael Laffan is a banker and international trade specialist with 40 years of experience working internationally and locally at financial institutions including Shawmut, Fleet, Citizens and Santander Bank. He has been a SCORE Counselor at Boston Chapter for 5 years. LinkedIn

Enrique Levin 

 Entrepreneur by nature, Enrique can be described as a highly creative and analytical thinker with 15+ years of experience in turning ideas into reality and a great track record for building businesses that provide value adding products and services to accurately targeted markets internationally. Enrique has successfully built and executed 6+ business models in the B2B and B2C realms in extremely diverse industries, always with a frugal mindset, continually optimizing business models and operations for the right KPIs, while keeping a work culture of quality, discipline and trust. LinkedIn

Joselin Mane 

Joselin is a passionate Internet marketing consultant with over 20 years of computer technology experience complemented by nine years of online marketing experience and over 10 years of business development experience. He helps luxury, entertainment, fashion and consumer brands achieve success optimizing their social media and event strategies. LinkedIn

Justin Mott Justin Mott is the Director of Hatch Fenway. In his first seven months at Hatch Fenway, occupancy rates flourished from 20% to 95%, unique visitors averaged 700/month, and 45 strategic partnerships were established; creating Boston’s first launch pad for scaling companies with disruptive ideas. He believes that business development is a scalable way of working through partners, to sell to the end customer. LinkedIn

Chandhu Nair 

Chandhu is an experienced investor, entrepreneur and business leader with a passion for technology innovation helping drive next generation of category defining businesses.  Chandhu is Founder/CEO at Polestar Innovation - growth platform firm for early stage startups. He is also Co-Founder/Chairman at SocialMap – AI based Social Behavior Feedback platform. LinkedIn

Robert H. Nelson

Robert is responsible for the effective delivery of SBA’s financial and business development programs with a mission to counsel, assist and protect the interest of small business statewide in order to maintain and strengthen the economy. He has 25 years of federal service, 19 of which have been with the SBA. LinkedIn

Akbar Rohanifar

Akbar Rohanifar is a Corporate Sales Manager with Turkish Airlines based in Boston. He is in charge of business development and account management of F500 & C100 category corporations. He has been in the airline industry for 11 years with major travel industry leaders, including Air France, Delta Air Lines, American Express Travel, Korean Air, and now Turkish Airlines. LinkedIn

Tarun Rathnam

Tarun leads Google's B2B advertising practice in Boston; he helps B2B companies accelerate growth. His experience spans semiconductors, hardware, consumer electronics, and SaaS; across which he has led product, partnerships and sales teams. Tarun is a graduate of MIT Sloan, Georgia Tech and the UMaine. He spends his free time advising & mentoring startups. LinkedIn

Riley Rodgers

Riley is a Principal at Valia Investments, an early stage investment firm based in Boston and Dubai. He is an active Mentor through SCORE, MIT Enterprise Forum and MassChallenge, and the founder of Crash Alert. Prior to Valia, Riley was an Associate at Arctaris Capital Partners. LinkedIn

Charles Stromeyer

Charles is an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor to startups who has helped some with pioneering multiple industries such as programmatic marketing, the intercloud, etc. He has mentored startups both before and after Techstars, y combinator, and also 22 winners of MassChallenge and 2 winners of Shark Tank the TV show. LinkedIn

Charles Stromeyer

Charles Stromeyer is an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor to startups who has helped some with pioneering multiple industries such as programmatic marketing, the intercloud, etc. He has mentored startups both before and after Techstars, y combinator, and also 22 winners of MassChallenge and 2 winners of Shark Tank the TV show. LinkedIn

Marjan Tabari

Marjan is a former intellectual property lawyer, and currently a business consultant and mentor to social impact startups at MassChallenge, MIT Enterprise Forum, Center for Women & Enterprise and Futureworks Incubator. She also sits on the board of advisors of a social impact startup, and is the founder and director of Cambridge Negotiation & Leadership Organization, which is devoted to advancing the art of negotiation and leadership to entrepreneurs. LinkedIn