Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday April 17, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Dorsey Station

Address: Dorsey Station, 6865 Deerpath Rd. Rm. 2101, Elkridge, MD 21075 | Get Directions
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

On April 17, 2014, come meet, interact, and learn from expert entrepreneurs. This panel discussion will allow attendees to better understand trends, success factors, along with exit strategies. In addition, the panel moderator will deliver an evening of conversation focusing on buying an existing business or franchise, how to finance this venture, and introduce local resources whom will be in attendance to network.

RSVP today to bring innovative ideas to life. Interact with members of the UMUC community, the local business community and improve upon business strengths.

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Ben Litalien - Panel Discussion Moderator

The panel discussion will be led by Dr. Ben Litalien, DM class of 2012. Dr. Litalien brings over two decades of successful experience in the field of franchising. He has developed and implemented strategic plans for a diverse group of companies including a major oil company, quick serve concepts including a sandwich and catering franchise, and a national franchiser of food court cafes. Ben is the Founder and Principal of FranchiseWell, LLC, a consulting practice dedicated to the improvement and enhancement of franchising. He is also on staff at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies as the academic advisor for Entrepreneurship and Franchise programs, and teaches the Franchise Management Certificate program each semester. He is also an assistant adjunct profession at UMUC, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Management & Organizational Theory.

Mr. Joey Price MS 2011
CEO, Jumpstart: HR

Jumpstart: HR is a Managed HR Services Firm with offices in Washington, DC and New York City, NY. His HR and Career Management thought leadership has been featured in publications such as SHRM, Business Week, TheLadders.com, CNN.com, Workforce Management Magazine, CareerBuilder.com, BlackEnterprise.com and more. Joey is also the author of the high charting career management book entitled “Never Miss the Mark." He was also recently named as 2013 Baltimore Business Journal Top 40 under 40 Awardee.

Dr. Sunil Kolhekar MS/CSM 1990, DM 2011
President, CEO of CITI – Creative Information Technology, Inc. 

Since co-founding CITI in 1996, Sunil Sharad Kolhekar, one of the Small Business Administration’s Champion Award winners (the 2009 Entrepreneurial Success Award), has led the company through many years of remarkable growth to its present stature as a leading provider of high-end IT solutions for federal agencies such as DOS, DHS, EPA, HUD, and others. Dr. Kolhekar brings his more than 25 years of executive experience and his strengths in software development and management to his role as President and CEO of CITI.

At CITI, he has played a pivotal role in growing the business from its original three employees to its current population of more than 350; and in bringing it to ever higher levels of revenue each year.

Mr. Greg Buckler- MBA 2012, MSM 2013
Vice President of Membership, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Greg has spent the past 7 years creating and maintaining relationships for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He helps members grow their businesses through opportunities to network and develop stronger business skills through education and business resource connections. In addition, he also establishes new and retained membership goals and develops strategic plans, including membership campaigns, to achieve them. Also develops membership services, benefits and events to meet member needs and interests.

For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at 301-985-7110, or send e-mail to alumni.relations@umuc.edu.

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