Bloggers

Founder and CEO of Kessler Restaurants, LLC

Dennis Kessler Dennis Kessler is co-owner of Kessler Restaurants LLC, a Rochester, N.Y.-based owner and operator of 21 Burger King and 46 Friendly’s restaurants. He is also an Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Business Administration at the Simon School of Business.

Founder and CEO of Dixon Schwabl

As Founder and CEO of Dixon Schwabl,
Lauren Dixon is responsible for the overall strategic growth and development of the agency. With capitalized billings of more than $125 million in 2006, Lauren and her team launch impactful campaigns for clients on a local and national level.

Founder and President/CEO of My Brands, Inc.

Suzanne Clarridge is the Founder and President/CEO of My Brands, Inc. (2000), the world’s best solution for consumer where-to-buy issues.

Founder and President of Windsor Media Enterprises, LLC.

Yvonne DiVita is the Founder and President of Windsor Media Enterprises, LLC, an “author services” company that specializes in print-on-demand book publishing technology (WME Books), along with professional business blog creation and social media.

Founder and President of QCI Direct

Jane Glazer is Founder and President of QCI Direct, a catalog and online consumer products company.

Vice President at M&T Bank

Stella Slaight currently holds the title of Vice-President at M&T Bank, where she provides credit and non-credit banking services to small businesses in their start-up, growth and mature phases.

Attorney at Brown & Michaels, PC.

Cindy Hirschberg is an attorney at Brown & Michaels, PC, an intellectual property boutique law firm based in Ithaca, New York with an office in the Rochester, New York area. Cindy specializes in the area of intellectual property with an emphasis on technology transactional work.

Founder and CEO/President of Van Bortel Subaru and Van Bortel Ford

Kitty Van Bortel is the Founder and President of Van Bortel Subaru, the top selling Subaru dealership in the nation, and Van Bortel Ford, one of the most successful Ford dealerships in a multi-state area. Her automotive group is now one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the greater Rochester, NY area.

Deputy District Director of SBA

Victoria Reynolds serves as Deputy District Director for the US Small Business Administration's District Office in Buffalo NY. She joined the agency in 1990 and since that time has focused on providing financial, technical, and procurement assistance to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in the district's 14 county service area.

Founder and President of Crimson-Jade Consulting

Marita Greenidge is the Founder and President of Crimson-Jade Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm in Barbados specializing in strategic and quantitative marketing. She is a recent graduate of the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, where she gained an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship.

Director of Planning and Economic Development of Monroe County, NY

Judy Seil is the Director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development of Monroe County, NY.

Founder and CEO of Balan Biomedical

Elisabeth Hager, MD, is the Founder and CEO of Balan Biomedical, a biomedical and consumer health intelligence company which gathers information from multiple data sources, including physician and patient end users, to support new product development in medical devices and consumer health products. She is also a professor at the University of Rochester Center for Entrepreneurship co-teaching the course Venture Management and Technological Entrepreneurship.

CEO of WomanTours, Inc.

Jackie Marchand is the President/CEO of WomanTours, Inc., the only all women bicycle touring company in the country.

Founder and CEO of Fetch, Run, and Play!

Claire Siegrist is a Rochester area middle school student participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA began at the University of Rochester in 2004, with a grant from the Kauffman Foundation and has since expanded to SUNY Geneseo and Niagara University.

Sherri McArdle, Co-CEO of McArdle Ramerman & Co

Sherri McArdle is a dynamic leader, author and speaker with over 20 years of experience working with leaders to help them achieve the clarity that enables meaningful and lasting change.

Founder and CEO of A-List Jewelry

Alyssa Gruber is the Founder and CEO of A-List Jewelry, a company that offers one-of-a-kind intricate bead and semiprecious stone pieces. Alyssa is a marketing professional who is currently pursuing her M.S. Marketing degree at the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.