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Veterans Facilitators

Ken Anderson - Dover, DE
Nicholas B. Anderson - Washington, DC
David J. André - Kansas City, MO
Alex Galicia - San Diego County, CA
Marylyn Harris, RN, MBA - Houston, TX
Michael J. Horn - Atlanta, GA
John Panaccione - Wilmington, NC
Elizabeth Perez-Halperin - San Diego, CA

 

Ken AndersonKen Anderson
Director, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support,
Delaware Economic Development Office
Dover, DE

Mr. Ken Anderson is currently the Director, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support for the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), an Executive Management Office of Governor Jack Markell, responsible for entrepreneurialism and small business support for the State of Delaware. In that capacity, Ken is the central point for entrepreneurism and small business for the State of Delaware, created and chairs the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Business Conference, Delaware Small Business Summit for Minority and Women Owned Businesses, and the Base Realignment and Closure or BRAC Conferences. Ken also manages the Delaware Emerging Technology Center (DE ETC), a virtual incubator for Delaware entrepreneurs, innovators and small businesses. The ETC programs feature the Kauffman FastTrac Program, ETC Boot Camp and Business Plan Competitions and the ETC Secrets of Success Seminars. In December 2011, Ken as appointed by Governor Markell as the Chair of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council.

During a 25 year professional career, Ken served as Executive Vice President of Wilmington based Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc., Chief Executive Officer of the The Ken Anderson Company, LLC, Divisional Vice President for Adesta Communications of Omaha Nebraska, and Assistant Vice President for Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc. of Arlington, VA.

Prior to his Corporate and business career, Ken served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United State’s Navy which included tours of duty as and Engineering Officer of the Watch, Navigator and Flag Aide and special ops assignments.

Ken is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. He is a member of the Advisory Board member of the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership, District Finance Chair of the Powder Mill District, DEL-MAR-VA, Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Board Member of the Kent County United Way of Delaware, and a Member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Small Business Alliance Senior Advisory Council. Ken is also a Certified Lay Speaker for Centennial United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Delaware.

Ken is married to Dr. Devona Williams and lives in Clayton, Delaware

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Nicholas B. Anderson
Director, National Veterans Center
Washington, DC

Nicholas B. Anderson is the Director of the National Veterans Center in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. As the Director he provides direct service, support, and guidance to veterans seeking support from the center while researching and analyzing their community to determine program direction and goals. He also strategizes ways to grow the center through networking with state and local government and with other organizations that offer veterans benefits.

With a stellar career in the US Marine Corps for over a decade, Nicholas’ travels in Spain, Japan, and most of the United States have influenced his outlook on business customs and cultures. As a recruiter for the US Marine Corps and as an independent contractor for the Army, he was able to build strong business relationships with community leaders in the education system, employment commission, and local government which established him as the top recruiter in his region. As a Leadership Instructor for the Marine Corps he instructed a total of 700 Marines on the fundamentals of leadership and management producing Marines that could lead other Marines in any setting. The program had a graduation rate of 100 percent out of 7 class cycles. Nicholas was also a Business and Technology instructor for the Onslow County School System for five years, where he taught the principles and concepts of how to run and conduct a for profit business. His program had a student success rate of 80 percent out of 100. For the last two years Nicholas has been running his own real estate rental business which has also been very successful.

Nicholas awards and decorations includes the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, 3 Certificate of Commendation, and 3 Letters of Appreciation, The Hundred Percent Award, Recruiter of the Month, Honor Graduate in Recruiting School.

Nicholas Anderson holds a Bachelors of Business and Administration from Campbell University with Cum Laude honors, he also holds an Associate’s Degree from Campbell University, and he is currently attending the University of Maryland for his Masters in Acquisitions and Supply Chain Management, his expected graduation date is 2012.

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David J. André
Attorney at Law
Kansas City, MO 64113

David J. André has 40+ years of comprehensive legal experience. In his Virginia practice he focused upon civil litigation, especially insurance defense; corporation formation and general representation; bankruptcy; mechanic's lien litigation and appellate practice. He also acquired unique experience concerning the business aspects of motorsports.

After becoming a partner with a large law firm in Virginia, he started his own firm in which he was the managing partner for 16 years. David remains "Of Counsel" to the successor firm. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, West Virginia and Missouri and before The Supreme Court of the United States. He has written and lectured for the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Joint Committee of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Foundation. He was an Administrative Hearing Officer (ALJ) for the Supreme Court of Virginia and a Master Commissioner in Chancery for various Virginia Circuit Courts.

David has a boutique practice representing small businesses in formations, transitions, contracts, leases and acquisitions. He is a consultant to and member of the Curriculum Development Team, Facilitator and Business Coach for the Kauffman FastTrac® courses as well as a Project Manager for the Kauffman Foundation and was a Facilitator for the Missouri Women’s Business Center.

He received both his BA and LLB degrees from Washington & Lee University. After a clerkship with a United States District Court judge, he served 2 years with the United States Army, including a tour in Vietnam, rising to the rank of Captain and receiving the Bronze Star.

David has always been active in charitable organizations. He recently completed two terms as a member and is a past Chair of the Board of Operation Breakthrough, an inner city day care in Kansas City. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Cultivate Kansas City, a non-profit which is a catalyst for the production and consumption of locally grown food in Kansas City neighborhoods.

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Alex Galicia
President, BPI Plumbing
San Diego County, CA 91913

Alex Galicia has been the President of BPI Plumbing since 2005. Under his leadership, BPI has achieved at least 10% profit margins every year since taking over the company (previously a family owned business). Company revenues have increased from $185,000 annual in 2006 to $1.1 million in 2011.

Alex is a veteran of both the United States Army as well as the United States Navy, proudly serving on Active Duty from 1985 to 1988 and as a Reservist since 1997. As a convoy commander in the California Army National Guard, UCLA alumnus and linguistics major Alex Galicia led high-speed trucks across Iraq’s treacherous deserts delivering food, supplies and weapons to U.S. troops.

As an entrepreneur Alex regularly uses the many skills he honed and developed in his military service and his years as an airline employee.

Alex serves on the board of The Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network (SDVOBN). The Elite is a national 501(c)19 business organization dedicated to the advancement of service disabled veteran owned businesses.

Alex has a degree in Linguistics, speaking English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Russian.

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Marylyn Harris, RN, MBA
Harrland Healthcare, Women Veterans Business Center
Houston, TX 77584

Marylyn Harris is the President and CEO of Harrland Healthcare Consulting, LLC, a Healthcare Management Consulting Firm and DIistributor headquartered in Houston, Texas. Harrland provides customized staffing, training and research Solutions to individuals, corporations, not-for-profits, military and Government entities domestically and abroad. Clients of Harrland Healthcare include, VA Hospitals, US Dept. of the Army, US Dept. of the Air Force, local Universities and non-profits organizations. Harrland is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, Texas Historically Underutilized Business TX-HUB) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Trained as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Marylyn holds advanced degrees in Nursing (MSN) and Business Administration (MBA) and post graduate studies in Healthcare Informatics Technology (HIT).

Marylyn is a long-time advocate for Veterans. She served in the US Army for eleven (11) years and during the Gulf War in support of Operation Desert Storm. Marylyn is the Executive Director of The Veterans Information and Resource Project (The VIP Project), a Texas-based non-profit organization that educates Veterans about benefits and entitlements.

The VIP Project launched a new Initiative in 2010, the Women Veterans Business Center (WVBC). The Women Veterans Business Center has a mission to educate and empower Women Veterans and Military Families to start and grow Veteran Owned Businesses. The organization presently has over two hundred (200) members. The WVBC Services include, OUTREACH/Networking Events, Business Training/Bootcamps and low cost Business Consulting Services. The Women Veterans Business Center recruited over sixty women veteran entrepreneurs to attend the Inaugural Veteran-Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) Conference in May, 2011. The WVBC was contracted to provide their Resource Guides, “25 FREE Resources Every Texas Women Veteran Needs To Know,” to every women veteran entrepreneur at the Conference.

Marylyn is a healthcare professional and committed volunteer in and around the Houston community. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, The Black MBA Association and Texas Business Alliance. Marylyn is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans, and volunteers with the USO, the National Military Family Association and within the Windsor Village Church Veterans Ministry. She is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Business Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans and is the Featured Veteran on the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Foundation website.

Marylyn has received several prestigious awards including, the Legion of Honor Award by the Four Chaplains Foundation, “For selfless community service,” the Silver Medal by the Good Samaritan Foundation for “Nursing Excellence” and the Top 25 Women of Houston Award by Rolling Out Magazine. Marylyn has received Congressional Recognition for her work as a Veteran Contractor and for her Veterans Advocacy and is currently the Featured Veteran on the EBV Foundations website. In 2010, Marylyn was appointed to serve on the SBA National Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.

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Michael J. Horn
President, Brothers Body and Equipment
Atlanta, GA

Michael J. Horn is President of Brothers Body and Equipment. The Company manufactures custom specialty vehicles for federal, state, and local government agencies as well as worldwide commercial firms. He leads the day to day sales, financial, management, and administrative operations of the Company with $3M in annual sales.

Prior to buying Brothers Body and Equipment he served as the Senior Project Director at LogicBay. Michael was responsible for overseeing all project management activities. Michael’s experience in managing large, complex projects is vast and diverse. Previously, Michael managed Gov’t Sales and Alliances at KLi. As the Alliance VP, he managed the Washington National Guard relationship. In addition, he developed and maintained relationships with other alliance partners.

Michael served as the VP for Alliances at CognitiveArts. He found and developed the alliance relationships needed for revenue generation. In addition, he maintained responsibility for the Professional Services vertical.

Prior to joining CognitiveArts, Michael was an Engagement Director and Project Director for the Click2learn Solutions team. Michael managed multiple cross-functional project teams that developed eLearning solutions for clients looking to either improve employee performance or educate their value chain. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of a project including scheduling, status reports, resource availability, budget, and on-time delivery. Michael offered an impressive blend of eLearning expertise along with excellent management experience. His portfolio of clients at Click2learn included GE SimuFlite, Boston Consulting Group, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Tricon Global Restaurants, and the American Cancer Society.

Prior to joining Click2learn, Michael was the training technology manager for the corporate university of an international financial services company.

Michael served 21 years in uniform. In the U.S. Army he was an Airborne-Ranger specializing in project management for the development of infantry missile and mortar weapon systems.

Michael received his MS degree from Troy University. He completed the US Army Command and General Staff College. Michael received his BA at the Virginia Military Institute.

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John Panaccione
President and CEO, LogicBay
Wilmington, NC

John Panaccione has over 14 years of experience leading teams that focus on using technology to improve corporate performance. As CEO of LogicBay, he has led the company from startup in early 2003 through its capital raising efforts, through the transition of the company's business model to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model in 2006, and led the development of the Company's unique BrandEnvoy™ offering in 2008. Prior to founding LogicBay, he led sales and marketing for Cognitive Arts, an innovative leader in high end simulation-based e-learning, until helping to sell the company to a strategic acquirer in 2002. Prior to his tenure at Cognitive Arts, John led SumTotal Systems' professional services and technology integration organization, overseeing the operations of over 200 staff in 10 offices located in three countries. He has led the integration of six successful acquisitions during his career.

Prior to launching his business career, John served for six years on active duty as a U.S. Army officer and paratrooper. Specifically, he served in an airborne light tank battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division, deployed the first armored company to the Middle East as part of the 82nd ABN Rapid Deployment Force during the first days of Operation Desert Shield in 1990, and led the company during the ground combat phase of Desert Storm.

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Elizabeth Perez-Halperin
President and Founder, GC Green
San Diego, CA

Elizabeth “Liz” Perez-Halperin is the President and founder of GC Green, a 9/11 service disabled veteran owned Green Build General Contracting and Consulting Firm. GC Green is involved in an effort to broaden the outreach and impact of the green economy. They have established a specialized program called Green Culture Generation that allows GCG to actively participate in a growing network of education, training, apprenticeship, and project placement opportunities in energy efficiency and alternative energy systems for Veterans and displaced workers in California.

Prior to starting GCG, Liz was in the green build and engineering industry for six years in San Diego, California. For over eight years, Liz also served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Logistics Specialist. During her time in the Navy she did several deployments in the 5th and 6th fleet and recognized that saving energy meant saving lives on the battle field. From this experience, she developed GC Green to identify change at the home front by developing systems designed to be more energy efficient, productive and put Veterans to work. She received an honorable discharge as a 9/11 service disabled Wounded Warrior veteran.

Additionally, Liz is a member of the North Fork Mono Indian tribe located in California and is proud of her Native American culture. In 2010, she collaborated with the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association on an energy efficiency grant which was recently awarded to 10 tribes in California. Mrs. Perez is a candidate for the Indian Energy Commission for the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGA) for the Western Region of the United States.

She serves on the Cleantech EDGE and US Green Chamber San Diego advisory boards. In August 2011, she completed the Entrepreneur for Veterans Bootcamp at Texas A&M. December 2011, her fellowship with Mission Continues began. Her six month fellowship, with Mission Continues will expand efforts to provide outreach, training and job placement for Veterans in the green industry.

In 2012, she plans to start the first Military Cleantech Hub in San Diego for Veteran Entrepreneurs emerging in the Clean Energy Industry. GC Green, is an affiliate with the Truman National Security Project and Operation Free, which is a coalition of Veterans advocating for clean energy security.

Mrs. Perez-Halperin has a degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University with a Minor in Logistics, Business & Safety Management.


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