Networking, Training and Advocacy

Janice Cardwell, MBA, PhD 

About NEA

Marcus A. Jackson is a Community Development Relationship Manager at CIBC. He is responsible for delivering customized banking solutions specific to the needs of small businesses, including a variety of lending options for start-ups, early stage and more established small businesses. Jackson is also responsible for partnering with community organizations in the area to deliver entrepreneurial training programs. He received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity, and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Jackson serves as Treasurer for the Wayne County CRA Association and is a big brother of Big Brothers Big Sisters. 
 

Affiliate Members

Marcus Jackson

Ross Sanders is the Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Prior to joining the university, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Bizdom, where he launched one of the first startup accelerators ever to operate in Detroit and Cleveland. He led this non-profit to mentor 80 tech-based startups, assist in raising $17 million in startup investment, provide over 550 startup events, raise over $20 million in donations, and played a leading role in revitalizing these two cities. As an executive team member of Quicken Loans, one of the nation’s largest online lenders and best places to work, he created the first team dedicated to continuous process improvement within the company, opened 18 retail branch locations across six states, and led the relocation of the company’s headquarters. Ross has a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Bachelors in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 leaders advancing technology innovation in Detroit. 



Van Allen

ZaLonya Allen, PhD

Ross Sanders, MBA

Leadership Team

Jerry Scrivo is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Master Mind Consulting Network. He has over 30 years experience at some of America’s largest companies including General Motors, Teledyne, Textron, Firestone and Shell Oil. Jerry has degrees from Michigan Technological University (BSME) and Wayne State University (MBA). He has 7 patents and has been listed in “Who’s Who in Technology”

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Van Allen is a lifelong entrepreneur. He began his career in investing over 25 years ago. His primary investments include real estate and blue chip stocks as well as numerous entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, he is an award winning motivational speaker and former cable talk show host. He has received numerous speaking awards including first place in the District 28 World Championship of Public Speaking Contest for Toastmasters International. His signature presentation “Are You a Winner” encourages audiences to step out of their comfort zone to reach their true potential. He attended Henry Ford Community College and Wayne State University. He is a Master NLP Practitioner which allows him to help individuals tap into the power of the subconscious mind. Currently he is Owner and President of Van Allen Productions which specializes in producing video and audio projects. 

 

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Community Partners and Sponsors

Thanh Tran

National Entrepreneurs Association is a 501c3 non profit organization created to help entrepreneurs grow and sustain healthy businesses. We focus on creating quality networking experiences so that entrepreneurs can build the relationships needed to be successful. NEA networking events are well attended by serious entrepreneurs and resource providers who have a genuine interest in collaborating. 

We also focus on education. Our conferences and training programs feature the best speakers in the country, providing entrepreneurs with the information needed to operate and grow their businesses. Upon completion of our unique training program, members become NEA certified entrepreneurs.  

According to the SBA half of all business owners fail within five years. NEA offers  entrepreneurs a chance to succeed. Entrepreneurs can reach their goals when equipped with the right information and a strong network in place to support them. In addition to creating networking and educational opportunities, we advocate for entrepreneurs to ensure community, corporate and civic support.

Dr. Cardwell is Vice President/Campus Director for University of Phoenix-Detroit and a strong advocate for entrepreneurs. She has 30 years experience in adult learning and higher education. Dr. Jan is also an entrepreneur. As CEO and Founding Partner of Conceivers LLC, her firm provides Empowerment (life) Coaching, Executive Coaching, and Dissertation Coaching services. She brings a wealth of experience having held numerous board positions for a variety of non profit organizations. Dr. Cardwell earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Capella University. 

 

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Kevin Ketels, MBA

Colette Hughes 

Jerry Scrivo

Kevin is President and Founder of Kyrris Marketing. He has over 22 years of experience in strategic planning, branding, marketing, communications, business development & agency management. He is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Wayne State University. He has taught a wide range of classes in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. In addition, he began serving on Grosse Pointe Woods City Council in 2011. He has a BA in Journalism with an additional major in Psychology from Michigan State University and a MS in Mass Communication from Boston University.

 

What We Offer

Dr. ZaLonya Allen is President/CEO of the National Entrepreneurs Association. She has been an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. As a Leadership Development Speaker and Trainer she has delivered presentations for organizations throughout the country and Coaches professionals in a variety of industries. She earned a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Psychology from North Central University. She enjoys teaching psychology classes and currently teaches the Psychology of Learning.    

Thanh Tran is a serial entrepreneur that founded AccelerateKID to teach kids grades K-8 about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education and entrepreneurship. In less than 4 years, the supplemental education, after-school startup has two teaching centers, nearly 50 partnerships, and has taught over 5500 young students. Thanh earned his Electrical Engineering Bachelors and Masters Degree from MSU. He then worked for corporations like GM and Eli Lilly. After gaining experience in the pharmaceutical and health care industry, he co-founded tech startups including MentalNote, and SchedFull, a scheduling software. Thanh is the recipient of the 2014 Salute to Excellence Award from the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and 2016 Startup of the Year Award from EMU’s School of Business. His AccelerateKID students won the 2014 Ernst & Young’s Youth Entrepreneurship Award and have spoken at TEDxDetroit.
 

For Colette Hughes Real Estate is not just her profession...it's her passion. She has 25 years of experience in various areas of real estate from traditional real estate sales, short sales, bank foreclosures, tax foreclosures / auctions, helping first time home buyers, helping seasoned buyers and sellers, property management to property investments. She is currently the Broker/Owner of Virtual Real Estate Services, LLC, a real estate firm in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In just three years she built a 5 million dollar business. In addition, she has been a board member for the South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association for three years. Colette earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Detroit College of Business and has a BA in Christian Studies from Midwestern Christian Institute.