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Vice President, US Sales & Operations
Oversees business relationships with customers, agency partners, and small and medium businesses.
Managing Director, Chase Business Banking Head of Sales
Leads a national team of Business Bankers who serve 2.4 million American small businesses.
Co-host ABC’s “The Chew” and Owner of Petite Cookies by Carla Hall
Best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” and owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love.”
Successful, multi-faceted entertainer: film star, comedian, TV and radio host, musician, writer, director, executive producer, and philanthropist.
Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations
Candace Waterman is the Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations for WBENC.
Senior Vice President, Marketing
25 years experience in all aspects of marketing & communication.
David C. Chavern
Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President, Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation
David Chavern is executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of the Chamber’s Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation.
CEO & Co-Founder
Chance Mitchell is the Co-Founder and CEO of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
Attorney, former procurement executive and member of U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.
Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Runs NUL’s Entrepreneurship programs & offers business development for the small business loan fund.
An adventurous, first-time CEO on a mission to make entrepreneurship the legacy of our generation.
PR & Communications Director
J.P. Torres is the Communications Director of U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).
Director of Communications
Matthew Pavelek is the Director of Communications for the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and its official publication, Entrepreneur magazine.
Vice President, External Affairs
Mr. Peña heads external and public affairs for the USHCC, the nation’s largest Hispanic business association.
NAWBO National Board Chair
Darla Beggs consults with HR professionals to meet employee needs and provide cost-effective, “win-win” solutions.