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Panelists

Get to know this year's team of experts, who will be reviewing this year's applications and selecting the grant recipients. Panelists are subject to change.

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Jennifer Piepszak

Jennifer Piepszak

CEO of Chase Business Banking
www.chase.com

Leads a national team of Business Bankers who serve 2.4 million American small businesses

Penry Price

Penry Price

Vice President, Marketing Solutions
www.linkedin.com

Penry Price leads global sales for LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions business; overseeing the worldwide team responsible for building strategic partnerships with brands

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

Entrepertainer
www.nickcannon.com

Successful, multi-faceted entertainer: film star, comedian, TV and radio host, musician, writer, director, executive producer, and philanthropist

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman

Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations
www.wbenc.org

Candace Waterman is the Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations for WBENC

Thomas J. Collamore

Thomas J. Collamore

Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy
www.uschamber.com

Tom Collamore is responsible for all Chamber communications, and he advises senior management on long-term strategy and political engagement

Chance Mitchell

Chance Mitchell

CEO & Co-Founder
www.nglcc.org

Chance Mitchell is the Co-Founder and CEO of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Joset Wright-Lacy

Joset Wright-Lacy

President
www.nmsdc.org

Attorney, former procurement executive and member of U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise

Stephanie DeVane

Stephanie DeVane

Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Business Development
www.nul.org

Manages NUL’s entrepreneurship programs & serves as Chief Credit Officer for the small business loan fund

Marc Nager

Marc Nager

CEO
www.up.co

An adventurous, first-time CEO on a mission to make entrepreneurship the legacy of our generation

J.P. Torres

J.P. Torres

PR & Communications Director
www.uspaacc.com

J.P. Torres is the Communications Director of U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC)

Matthew Pavelek

Matthew Pavelek

Vice President of Membership
www.navoba.com

Matthew Pavelek is the Vice President of Membership for the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and editor of its official publication, Vetrepreneur magazine

Andres Peña

Andres Peña

Vice President, External Affairs
www.USHCC.com

Mr. Peña heads external and public affairs for the USHCC, the nation’s largest Hispanic business association

Darla Beggs

Darla Beggs

NAWBO National Board Chair
www.nawbo.org

Darla Beggs consults with HR professionals to meet employee needs and provide cost-effective, “win-win” solutions

Ron Busby, Sr.

Ron Busby, Sr.

President/CEO
www.usblackchambers.org

Ron Busby is President/CEO of the USBC and a former small business owner. Previously, Ron grew his small five-employee family business to over 400 employees. Additionally Mr. Busby has served as a local chamber president in Phoenix, AZ

Allen Gutierrez

Allen Gutierrez

National Executive Director
www.thelatinocoalition.com

Allen Gutierrez serves as the National Executive Director of TLC, a national organization that represents Latino small business interests with senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies

Nely Galan

Nely Galan

Media Entrepreneur/Founder, The Adelante Movement
www.nelygalan.com TheAdelanteMovement.com

Founder of The Adelante Movement, self-made media and real estate entrepreneur; First Latina Pres. of a U.S. television network and Producer of over 600 episodes of t.v.; Inspirational speaker and advocate for the empowerment of women