Panelists

Get to know the team of experts who reviewed the applications
and selected this year's grant recipients.

The Program Rules prohibit reaching out to our panel of judges.

Jon Kaplan

Jon Kaplan

Vice President, US Sales & Operations
www.google.com

Oversees business relationships with customers, agency partners, and small and medium businesses.

Jennifer Piepszak

Jennifer Piepszak

Managing Director, Chase Business Banking Head of Sales
www.chase.com

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

Carla Hall

Carla Hall

Co-host ABC’s “The Chew” and Owner of Petite Cookies by Carla Hall
www.carlahall.com

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.”

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.

Mark Garzone

Mark Garzone

Senior Vice President, Marketing
www.nfib.com

25 years experience in all aspects of marketing & communication.

David C. Chavern

David C. Chavern

Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President, Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation
www.uschamber.com

David Chavern is executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of the Chamber’s Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation.

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.

Terry Clark

Terry Clark

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

Runs NUL’s Entrepreneurship programs & offers business development 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

Director of Communications
www.navoba.com

Matthew Pavelek is the Director of Communications for the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and its official publication, Entrepreneur 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.