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2012 Speakers

Sandra Louvier

Panel Moderator: Sandra Louvier, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

Track I Workshop: Plan Smart-Grow Your Business

Sandra Louvier has consulted in the hotel & restaurant industry for 17 years through PKF Consulting, Laventhol & Horwath, Marriott and Louvier & Associates, her own consulting practice in California. She was also Real Estate Director, U.S. for Pillsbury/The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Company, Inc., for 9 years. She received a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management and an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and has also taught Franchising there. Ms. Louvier came to HCC in May 2009 to work with Dr. Maya Durnovo to create and establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and to implement the innovation grant that funded the creation of HCC’s entrepreneurial certificate programs. The success of the Center for Entrepreneurship played a role in HCC’s selection by Goldman Sachs as the fourth community college in the nation to become a part of the groundbreaking 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. Ms. Louvier also works with Dr. Durnovo as Outreach Director of 10,000 Small Businesses at HCC NW.

Arthur E. Beatty, CPA

Panelist: Arther E. Beatty, CPA

Track I Workshop: Plan Smart-Grow Your Business

Arthur (Art) E. Beatty formed his Katy Area CPA practice in 2001. He is a results- oriented tax professional with over 20 years of experience in Tax, Accounting, Finance, and Project Management. Art has provided a vast array of professional services for individuals and businesses, from “start-up” businesses to multi-billion dollar U.S. and international conglomerates. Art prides himself on delivering “value-added” services and solutions to his clients in the areas of tax planning and consulting, financial reporting and disclosers, business management and consulting, litigation support / dispute resolution and forensic accounting, and financial management and counseling. His prior experience working with the Big 4 Accounting firms and several public and private entities, has allowed Art to provide a level of expertise not typically found outside of the top-tier firms. He has served in the capacity as Director of Tax for a Fortune 250 company and a division of a Fortune 5 company and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants-Tax Section, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, and Katy Rotary.

Michael Davenport

Panelist: Michael Davenport, Principal, Davenport Law Offices

Track I Workshop: Plan Smart-Grow Your Business

Michael Davenport is a Business Advisor for HCC’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. He has also served as an adjunct business instructor at Houston Community College since 2001. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1984 and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in the same year. In 1994 he founded Davenport Law Offices, a litigation firm involved in five primary areas of practice. The business practice focuses upon providing entrepreneurs with a 360-degree assessment of the legal risks and liabilities that they may encounter as well as countermeasures to reduce exposure. The other areas of practice include criminal, family, probate and military law. Mr. Davenport is a former United States Navy Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retired, and a former Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Care Net Northwest Houston, a non-profit organization, is a Deacon at Champion Forest Baptist Church, and a member of the Mustang Club of America and the Mustang Club of Houston.

Tony Samper

Panelist: Tony Samper, Owner, American Services Air Conditioning, Electrical & Plumbing

Track I Workshop: Plan Smart-Grow Your Business

Tony Samper is Vice President of American Services, a residential and commercial air-conditioning, heating and electrical service company in the State of Texas. Tony applied to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, inspired to take American Services to the next level of success through development of a more effective and targeted marketing and sales plan. Since joining 10KSB, American Services has hired one new HVAC Technician and outfitted a new service van, hired an office assistant, and a warehouse, air-conditioning equipment, and part-time delivery person. With knowledge learned during the Negotiations, Financial, Processes, and Marketing Modules, Tony has negotiated and bought new business, received a $1.5 million loan using his Growth Plan and acquired negotiating skills, analysis (opportunity vs. good idea ) skills as well as financial.

Desiree Worrell-Mosley

Panelist: Desiree Worrell-Mosley, Owner, Time For Tots

Track I Workshop: Plan Smart-Grow Your Business

Desiree Worrell-Mosley was the first-prize winner of the 2011 Houston Community College Newspring Business Plan Competition for Time for Tots, a drop-in daycare business that started by providing childcare on location at weddings and other events. Worrell-Mosley is now expanding her business into an actual daycare facility in the Spring Branch area and will charge by the hour for daycare services. The guidance and mentorship Desiree got from workshops and classes through the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship and from Newspring, mentors Robert Westheimer and Tracy Little while moving through the competition were, key in accomplishing her goals. Time for Tots is currently under construction in the HEB center at Bunker Hill on the Katy Freeway. Time for Tots delivers quality childcare that allows parents to engage in work or recreation while children are cared for during normal and extended hours, which includes weekends. Parents utilize drop-in childcare while visiting the many local retailers, attending business meetings, college, or simply enjoying recreational activities.

Robert Westheimer

Panelist: Robert Westheimer, Founder, Newspring Center

Track I Workshop: Plan Smart-Grow Your Business

Robert Westheimer is the founder and chairman of Newspring, a faith-based nonprofit aimed at economic development in Spring Branch. He was with Arthur Andersen & Co. for 28 years, retiring as a Partner of the firm’s Business Consulting practice in 2002.

Robert is a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and is married with two children and four grandchildren.

Amy E. Olivieri

Presenter: Amy E. Olivieri, Regional Development Director, Constant Contact

Track I Workshop: Engagement Marketing: How Small Business Wins in a Socially Connected World

Amy Olivieri is an entrepreneur and small business expert with experience in business development, client relations, event planning, and nonprofit development. She has considerable experience in professional services marketing. As a small business owner and marketing expert, she knows how important it is for businesses to stay in constant contact with their customer base through effective and affordable marketing technologies. As Constant Contact’s Houston-area Regional Development Director, Amy extends her knowledge and expertise to help local businesses maximize the power of relationship marketing through the use of email and social media marketing tools. Amy has a B.S. in Psychology and holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in management.

John Whaley

Panel Moderator: Panel Moderator: John Whaley, Entrepreneur/Advocate/Investor

Track I Workshop: Developing a Winning Sales Strategy

For more than 25 years, John Whaley has been an advocate for the advancement of entrepreneurship. An accomplished entrepreneur and business developer, John has continuously developed innovative methods for teaching people how to stay prosperous through self-employment. His commitment has nurtured relationships with powerhouse business support organizations such as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative, Houston Community College Center for Entrepreneurship, Texas Business Alliance Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, (HACH) Housing Authority of the City of Houston Economic Development, Multi-Cultural Alliance, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), as well as the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity, where he works to positively impact the state of aspiring disadvantage and underutilized small business owners. In his spare time, John enjoys helping others by “paying it forward” in addition to spending quality time with his family and friends.

Maria Rios

Panelist: Maria Rios, CEO, Nation Waste, Inc.

Track I Workshop: Developing a Winning Sales Strategy

Maria Rios is the proud President and CEO of Nation Waste, Inc., one of the first female Hispanic owned waste removal company in the United States. Maria’s dedication to providing the highest caliber of customer service has allowed Nation Waste, Inc. to become one of Houston’s largest minority owned waste removal companies. Twenty-four hour a day, extreme quality customer service gave Maria the ability to prove herself to contractors in a predominantly male industry. Nation Waste, Inc. began with small jobs and Maria offered a level of customer service that was unheard of in the waste removal and recycling industry thus, proving herself and opening doors for larger and larger contracts to flow to her company. Maria has guided Nation Waste, Inc. to a place where she now specializes in construction, demolition, commercial, and industrial non-hazardous waste removal with a full range of compactor, front end loader, and roll off services. As Nation Waste, Inc. has grown, Maria has also been able to incorporate recycling allowing her to achieve yet another goal, succeeding in business while, “Working For The Environment.” Maria is proud to serve the entire Houston business community from the Mom and Pop corner store to Fortune 500 companies.

Katy Trudeau

Panelist: Katy Trudeau, President, Tradentrix, LLC

Track I Workshop: Developing a Winning Sales Strategy

Katy Trudeau is President of Tradentrix, LLC, an IT integrator specializing in cloud computing, managed services, server and desktop virtualization and enterprise data storage solutions. “We are unique because we can assist with IT Infrastructure whether it is physical or virtual. Our goal is to increase customer satisfaction by providing our customers and the greater community with access to more cost-effective corporate computing solutions.” When she’s not online, Katy enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and her beagle, Cisco who is named after technology!

Renee McNiel

Panelist: Renee McNiel, Owner, Corporate Move Consulting

Track I Workshop: Developing a Winning Sales Strategy

Renee McNiel started her business out of a desire to implement full scope project management for corporations needing to relocate or restack their offices. Renee’s 5 step process has been implemented for 240 clients since she began her business. Renee prides herself in providing the solution her clients are seeking for their relocation needs. At one of her clients’ sites, Renee implemented the re-use of file cabinets rather than purchasing new file cabinets in 286,000 square feet of space saving the client well over $200,000.00. At another client site, Renee was the contact person for the client when FEMA decided to take over the space they were vacating. Renee ensured that this billable entity met their schedule while assisting FEMA in getting in to the space to assist flood victims. In her seven years in business, Renee and her company have won Business woman of the Year – 2010, 50 Fastest Growing Businesses of the Year – 2010, One of 500 Emerging Business in the Nation – 2010, HBJ – Move of a Headquarters for Memorial Hermann – 2012. Renee earned her PMP in 2009.

Jacqueline Lawson

Presenter: Jacqueline Lawson, Entrepreneur/Advocate/Investor

Track I Workshop: What the Heck is the Cloud?

Jacqueline Lawson has a combined 35 years of experience in information technology, internet marketing, graphic and web design, as well as social media and cloud computing. Jacqueline knows what clicking that button will do and uses her extensive experience, practical know how and down home antics to help busy people get more enjoyment and productivity in using computer technology. Jacqueline was contracted by the City of Atlanta for several projects including: Lead DBA for Y2K, Microsoft Office Trainer, Creative Director, Project Lead for website development and, the Atlanta Economic Impact Study Annual Report. She also serves as Managing Editor and Digital Media Director for the Houston Forward Times Newspaper.

Doug Abernethy

Panel Moderator: Doug Abernethy, Regional Vice President for Radio One

Track II Workshop: Sell Like a Champion

Doug Abernethy is a second generation broadcaster and has worked in the radio industry for over twenty years. He is currently the Regional Vice President for Radio One and oversees their Houston, Detroit, and Indianapolis operations. Prior to that, he held the Director of Sales positions for Cox Radio in Houston, AM/FM in Dallas, Radio One in Washington D.C. and Entercom in Pittsburgh. Doug earned his first sales management stripe at WHFS in Washington D.C. after a successful run in sales at WFLA/WFLZ in Tampa. Doug Abernethy has been named Radio Ink’s Major Market Best Manager in Radio in both 2007 and 2008. He was named Winner of the 2008 Radio Wayne Award as Market Manager of the Year. Doug has also served on the Arbitron Advisory Council for the past five years and was the 2011 Chair. Doug resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Courtney of nearly fifteen years, his 10 year old daughter, Preston, and seven year old son, Mitch.

LaTayne Bruce

Panelist: LaTayne Bruce, Senior Corporate Account Executive, Nationwide Insurance

Track II Workshop: Sell Like a Champion

LaTayne Bruce is senior corporate account executive with Nationwide Insurance. In this role, her focus is to build affinity relationships with member-based organizations and Nationwide Insurance.

LaTayne Bruce joined Nationwide Insurance in 2001, and has been in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. During her Nationwide tenure, LaTayne has mastered the art of sales and relationship building, attaining top salesperson status. LaTayne combines her contagious sense of humor and boundless energy with keen business acumen, to speak to corporate and professional groups and at universities on sales techniques, relationship building that gives back and how to reinvent oneself with style and grace. LaTayne is dedicated to serving the community. She is Texas Black Expo chairman of the board of directors: Houston Works vice chairman of external affairs and former Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce vice chairman. LaTayne holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Masters in Business Administration both from LeTourneau University. LaTayne is a native of Freeport, Illinois has two married children Johnnie Simpson Jr. and Jessica Simpson-Jenkins who also reside in Houston, Texas.

Abel R. Garcia

Panelist: Abel R. Garcia, President/Author, Execufirm

Track II Workshop: Sell Like a Champion

Abel R. Garcia has been an entrepreneur in numerous fields, starting over 10 Houston businesses from 1978 – present.

Abel is a tireless and enthusiastic community leader that has created marketing programs of triple-digit results in Hispanic organizations and outreach programs across Houston and in many additional markets.

Fred Hoyer

Panelist: Fred Hoyer, Vice President of Bayway Auto Group

Track II Workshop: Sell Like a Champion

Fred Hoyer is currently Vice President of Bayway Auto Group in Houston, Texas. Fred has been number one or number two in sales for Lincoln every year for the last 12 years in the Texas Region which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Arkansas. He is also number one in leasing for the last ten years and continuously stays in the top five in the Nation for all Lincoln Retail Stores. Having been an integral part of Bayway’s growth and development for more than 15 years, Fred helped Bayway grow from just one store, Bayway Lincoln in 1995, to currently having three locations and another store currently under construction. Bayway Auto Group consists of Lincoln, Volvo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Volkswagen. Fred is a native Houstonian who attended Texas Southern University. He has three wonderful children; two daughters and one son.

Cesar Rincon

Panelist: Cesar Rincon, Vice President of Bayway Auto Group

Track II Workshop: Sell Like a Champion

Over the last 20 years, Cesar Rincon has been in the entertainment, marketing and media business in various capacities, including live entertainment, event production, radio and television production, sales, marketing and management. Cesar has worked for and consulted companies such as Univision, SIGA broadcasting, Lotus Communications, Miller Brewing, Gallery Furniture, H-E-B, the Houston Chronicle, Taquerias Arandas, Shell and many more, Cesar believes everyone has a diamond inside of them and the unlimited power of human potential.

Shon Raglin

Presenter: Shon Raglin, Global Supplier Diversity Coordinator, ExxonMobil Global Services Company

Track II Workshop: Keep Your Business Relevant To Get New Contracts

Shon Raglin joined ExxonMobil over a decade ago as part of a special projects team in ExxonMobil Exploration Company. She has 25 years of international contracting experience, and has trained new hires and Procurement professionals since 2002. She has also written and provided training for minority and women-owned business via various diversity organizations and Universities within Texas and Louisiana. Ms. Raglin obtained a B.A. from University of Texas, and earned her M.B.A. in international business in 2010.

M. Helen Cavazos

Panel Moderator: M. Helen Cavazos, Entrepreneur

Track II Workshop: Cross Training Your Company: Use All Your People to Build A Winning Team

M. Helen Cavazos is a human resources and diversity executive with extensive background in a variety of industries to include retail, insurance, financial services, oil, transportation and media. Helen has a proven track record of success with increasing responsibilities in human resources management, diversity training and leadership development. Helen restarted her human resources management and diversity consulting company after leaving METRO (Metropolitan Transit Authority) in 2011, where she served as Vice President Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer. As VP of HR, her responsibilities included directing overall management and administration of Human Resources functions for the METRO system.

Jennifer Lynn Dean

Presenter: Jennifer Lynn Dean, President & CEO, Dean’s Professional Services

Track II Workshop: Cross Training Your Company: Use All Your People to Build A Winning Team

Jennifer Lynn Dean is President & CEO of Dean’s Professional Services – Smith & Dean, Inc., an award-winning staffing, staff development, & consulting firm. In 1993 Dean’s Professional Services opened its’ doors, specializing in medical staff consulting. Since that time, the company has expanded to include other areas of staffing including: Healthcare, Professional and Legal, and Food, Event, and Environmental Services. Dean’s Professional Services is currently and has been previously listed in the Houston Business Journal’s Book of Lists as one of the Largest Permanent Placement Firms, Largest Temporary Placement Firms, and Largest Minority Owned Companies, and Largest Women Owned Companies, and the Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 Dean’s Professional Services received the Inc. 5000 award for fastest-growing private companies in America.

John Stanford

Panelist: John Stanford, Entrepreneur

Small Business Forum Luncheon

Luncheon Theme: Corner Office Chat

Stanford began his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1984. He was a research scientist in environmental physiology in the Medical Sciences Division from 1984 to 1990. He was with the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate in various duties: as a System Safety Engineer, 1990-1995; as a safety engineer/industrial hygienist, a Special Government Employee (for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and an advanced technologies expert and contract manager on medical research projects with the Extravehicular Project Office, 1995-1999; as a software integration engineer with the Mission Operations Directorate, 2000-2002; as a payloads safety and integration lead engineer, 2002-2007.

Maria Rios

Panelist: Maria Rios, CEO, Nation Waste, Inc .

Small Business Forum Luncheon

Luncheon Theme: Corner Office Chat

Maria Rios is the proud President and CEO of Nation Waste, Inc., one of the first female Hispanic owned waste removal company in the United States. Maria’s dedication to providing the highest caliber of customer service has allowed Nation Waste, Inc. to become one of Houston’s largest minority owned waste removal companies. Twenty-four hour a day, extreme quality customer service gave Maria the ability to prove herself to contractors in a predominantly male industry. Nation Waste, Inc. began with small jobs and Maria offered a level of customer service that was unheard of in the waste removal and recycling industry thus, proving herself and opening doors for larger and larger contracts to flow to her company. Maria has guided Nation Waste, Inc. to a place where she now specializes in construction, demolition, commercial, and industrial non-hazardous waste removal with a full range of compactor, front end loader, and roll off services. As Nation Waste, Inc. has grown, Maria has also been able to incorporate recycling allowing her to achieve yet another goal, succeeding in business while, “Working For The Environment.” Maria is proud to serve the entire Houston business community from the Mom and Pop corner store to Fortune 500 companies.

Nory Angel

Panelist: Nory Angel, CEO and Executive Director, SER – Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast, Inc .

Small Business Forum Luncheon

Luncheon Theme: Corner Office Chat

Nory Angel is the CEO and Executive Director for SER – Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast, Inc. SER is a community-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is: to enhance the quality of life in the Hispanic Community and other communities in need by providing education, training, and employment services that fulfill the needs in individuals, businesses, and communities. SER has served Houston’s diverse communities since 1965. Under her leadership, SER relocated its main office to the heart of the Houston’s East End community and opened a Green Career Training Center in February of 2010 through a $3.1 Million contract from the Department of Labor. As part of her commitment to revitalizing the East End, Ms. Angel also relocated to the neighborhood and now resides in Eastwood. She is fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and French. She is a Rotarian and also serves on the boards of the Greater East End Management District, the Eastwood Civic Association, and the East End Co-Op.

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President Public Affairs and Government Relations, Nielsen

General Session: Small Business Forum Luncheon

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil has a proven track record of building brand awareness and managing the reputation of major businesses through public speaking and community outreach. She is the senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen, a global leader in measurement and information that measures what consumers watch and buy in more than 100 countries around the world. She holds responsibility for widening the scope of the company’s government, community, and corporate social responsibility programs as well as the company’s philanthropic commitment to multicultural communities.

Ms. Pearson-McNeil writes a humorous and informational, bi-weekly consumer oriented column that showcases the $967 billion buying power of the African-American consumer and includes empowering insights on how they can use it. It appears in more than 200 African-American newspapers across the country. She leads the company’s multi-million dollar diversity advertising strategy and its external African-American Advisory Council.

Ms. Pearson-McNeil is responsible for the development of the award-winning State of the African-American Consumer Report, Nielsen’s first comprehensive compilation of trends and insights of a multicultural demographic group and done in collaboration with The National Newspaper Publishers Association.

In 2011 the Chicago Tribune profiled her as a Remarkable Person, the Chicago Defender named her one of its 2011 Newsmakers of The Year, Diversity MBA Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential Corporate Leaders, while Uptown Professional Magazine named her 100 Most Diverse Leaders and Chicago United honored her as one of their distinguished Business Leaders of Color. She has won numerous other awards and honors and is a much sought after lecturer and panelist on multicultural and diversity topics, as well as business and women-related issues.

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana Ms. Pearson-McNeil earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Brian Tippens

Keynote Speaker: Brian Tippens, Director, Compliance and Social Responsibility, Global Procurement, Hewlett-Packard Company

General Session: Soaring Heights Awards Brunch

Brian Tippens leads HP’s Global Compliance and Social Responsibility organization.

In this role, Brian guides HP’s overall strategy for ensuring procurement compliance practices – including legal, regulatory, customer and HP driven requirements– across HP’s multibillion dollar global indirect and professional services supply chain. Brian also sets the strategic direction for HP’s Social and Environmental Responsibility and Merger and Acquisition Procurement activities enabling a competitive advantage for HP.

In addition, Brian works with key influencers across industries to raise awareness of the benefits of fostering innovation and collaboration. Prior to his current role as Director of Compliance and Social Responsibility, Brian was the Director of Procurement Sustainability and Innovation, driving procurement sustainability practices and setting the strategic direction for HP’s overall supplier diversity program. In five years of leading HP’s Supplier Diversity Program, Brian oversaw the doubling of the company’s diverse business spend and the growth of the program into several international markets. Brian has over 20 years of IT industry experience, having served in technology licensing, strategic procurement, and regulatory compliance leadership positions at HP, Intel Corporation and SureWest Communications Company.

Brian currently serves as a board member or advisor to several organizations, including the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University; the Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC); Texas Business Alliance (TBA); WEConnect International; and the International Program Committee of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). A long-time educator, Brian also serves as an adjunct professor of Legal Studies at Kaplan University, and is a former University of San Francisco faculty member.

Tippens is a sought after speaker, representing sustainability and small business interests globally. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco.


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