Jeff Elkin is President of Advance Business Systems. Founded by Alan and Lois Elkin in 1964, Advance is committed to satisfying the business needs of its customers by providing office supplies, printers, scanners, and document management services. The company has recently evolved to provide managed IT services after listening to customers' needs and leveraging technological advances in the industry—a change brought about by Jeff, who recently took Advance over from his parents. CEOminutes sat down with Jeff to learn about the business, what Advance does for its clients, his vision for the future, and what's behind the company's catchy tagline: We live and breathe this stuff™.
Ryan Corey is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cybrary, a cybersecurity and information technology training platform. Founded in 2015, Cybrary seeks to democratize access to cybersecurity and IT education. Users gain access to a catalog of online courses, tools, and collaborative learning opportunities accessible anytime, anywhere, for free. The company was a Golden Bridge Startup of the Year winner in 2016, and has been named a "Best Cybersecurity Education Provider" in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
Corina Morga is the President and Owner of C.R. Services, a provider of competitive commercial and government cleaning services throughout the Baltimore and Washington, DC community. She is also the President of the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC). Launched in 2017, the GRBC supported the MDHCC's mission by representing hispanic and latina-owned businesses, creating connections between them, and helping them form alliances with other business owners, community leaders, and elected officials.
Scott Kuhlman is the CEO of Heart to Beat LLC, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), safety, and lifeguard certification company located in Phoenix, Maryland. A graduate of Loyola University's Business Management program, Scott has spent his life swimming, lifeguarding, and training others to become lifeguards. In 2016, Scott founded Heart to Beat as a way to formalize and expand his role as a teacher and trainer. The company's clients now include Under Armour Performance Center, The Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company, Baltimore Fabrication, Roland Park Country School, St. Joseph's Fullerton, and more. To date, Heart to Beat has trained nearly 500 people through courses resulting in certification with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the American Safety and Health Institute.
James Dulkerian is a doctor of physical therapy and the owner of Pioneer PT. Unlike traditional physical therapy clinics, Pioneer PT is a mobile operation: James runs his clinic from a blue van converted into a full physical therapy office. Instead of asking patients to come in, Pioneer PT takes its services directly to them, reducing the stress, time, and cost associated with physical therapy visits. Additionally, Pioneer PT differs in its holistic approach, which focuses on alleviating pain and promoting health without pills or surgeries
Braeden Bumpers is Co-Founder of McClintock Distillery in Frederick, MD and the keepsake of the “McClintock Young story,” from which the distillery was named.
McClintock Young was a renowned inventor in the 1800’s whose inspirations shaped history far beyond the borders of his hometown of Frederick. Born in 1836, McClintock moved to Frederick as a young man to follow his passion for innovation. His vision and influence on history were extraordinary, but their impact would have been lost to time had it not been for a fortuitous discovery a few years ago. Braeden sat down with the crew from CEOminutes to talk about how the legacy of the distillery's namesake has shaped the mission and innovative spirit of their small-batch limited-release products using some unconventional (and delicious) ingredients.
Leah Heise is Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of 4Front Ventures, a pioneering medical cannabis investment and management firm. She also serves as CXO for Mission™, 4Front's chain of medical cannabis dispensaries. Founded in 2011, 4Front is dedicated to developing the medical cannabis industry through a leadership model that emphasizes compassion, professionalism, and accountability. The firm's team leverages experience in finance, real estate, manufacturing, and retail management to help fledgling businesses take advantage of strategic opportunities in areas such as cultivation, distribution, production, technology, and more. Leah is a licensed attorney, and prior to joining 4Front and Mission, she spent several years in leadership positions at organizations such as Women Grow, Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute, and jCanna.
Vanita Spaulding is Managing Partner of Cogent Valuation, a business valuation firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County, California. Since 1991, Cogent has provided independent valuations and financial opinions of business entities during thousands of mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions. The firm has worked with companies of all industries and sizes, from closely held businesses and startups to corporations with billions of dollars in assets. Vanita has served clients in a financial advisory capacity since 1982, and has been involved in over 1,500 valuation engagements.
Denise O'Neill is the president of The Alternative Board, Baltimore-Washington Corridor (TAB-BWI). A branch of the global TAB network, TAB-BWI is a coalition of experienced business professionals who provide peer advisory services, one-on-one coaching, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs and business owners looking to grow their companies. Denise is the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nabisco, and brings 16 years of leadership experience to the team. As a Strategic Business Leadership Coach and Facilitator for TAB, she specializes in sales, marketing, and logistics, as well as organizational development and strategic planning. In this Pinnacles interview, Denise spoke with Mike Mercurio about what sets TAB apart from other advisors, her entrepreneurial philosophy, her charitable endeavors, and more.
Donna Kolb Boesl is the CEO of Walter Electric, an electrical contractor serving the Greater Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Walter Electric's history dates back nearly a century, starting when Donna's grandfather, Walter G. Kolb, founded Kolb Electric in 1925. The company remained locally owned and family operated as it grew through the decades, with Donna eventually leading and opening a Baltimore office in 1993. Driven by the dream to run their own company, Donna and her husband Gus Boesl launched Walter Electric in 2015. In this Pinnacles interview, Donna spoke with Mike Mercurio about navigating family dynamics in business, her advice for entrepreneurs, Walter Electric's unique corporate culture, and more.
Ava Pipitone is the executive director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance as well as the co-founder and CEO of HostHome Inc. Founded in 2014, following the murders of transgender Baltimore residents Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall, the Baltimore Transgender Alliance is a coalition of trans parents, business owners, activists, and artists that seeks to unify, reclaim, and empower the city's transgender and gender non-conforming communities. In 2017, Ava launched HostHome through the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab. Described as a "donor-powered Airbnb," the company aims to provide peer-to-peer housing for homeless LGBTQ individuals and others.
Arnold Heckman is the CEO of Cannaline. Founded in 2009, Cannaline supplies storage products, accessories, and packaging solutions for cannabis businesses and consumers. Products include glass stash jars, concentrate containers, smell-proof bags, dropper bottles, and more. Additionally, Cannaline offers custom packaging, 3D modeling, and design and printing services for dispensaries and retail shops. The company has earned a reputation as an industry innovator: it was the first to supply screw top concentrate containers, BPA-free acrylic concentrate containers, state-specific “Best Practices” printed bags, and many more cannabis packaging elements that have since become commonplace.
Matt Stover is a former American Football placekicker, two-time Super Bowl Champion, Baltimore Ravens “Ring of Honor” inductee—and now, a major philanthropist in the Maryland region. Along with Seth McDonnell, Matt is one of the founders of Players Philanthropy Fund (PPF), a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization through which athletes, entertainers, and other philanthropists can accept tax-deductible contributions in support of members’ qualified charitable missions of choice.
Larry Letow is the CEO of Convergence Technology Consulting, an information technology and data management firm based in Columbia, Maryland. Calling on a deep well of technological expertise and experience, Convergence provides enterprise infrastructure, web and app development, cybersecurity, and managed IT services to a wide variety of public and private clients.
Michael Nelson is the managing partner of DFDR Consulting LLC. Headquartered in Malvern, PA—with offices in Philadelphia—DFDR is a consulting firm that specializes in digital forensics, security assessments, data recovery, and information security. The firm combines deep and broad-ranging IT expertise with law enforcement-caliber training to provide advanced investigative services to clients at the lowest possible cost and with minimal network downtime.
Dennis Underwood is the CEO of Cyber Crucible. Built in response to today's mounting cyber threats, Cyber Crucible is an automated intrusion discovery and analysis service. The platform allows organizations to quickly detect attacks, accurately analyze their details and scope, and efficiently contain them, instantly avoiding immense costs and reducing untold organizational liability. Before inventing Cyber Crucible, Dennis worked as cyber attack discovery expert for the NSA, and served as a combat leader with ten years of US Army service.
Dr. John Chessare is the president and CEO of GBMC HealthCare, a private nonprofit that owns and runs the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Founded in the 1960s, GBMC is Baltimore County’s leading medical system, with nearly 1,300 physicians and more than 1,100 nursing staff serving community members at facilities throughout the region. In addition to the medical center, GBMC HealthCare also owns and operates Gilchrist Hospice Care, a nationally recognized hospice organization.
Greg Gurev is the founder and “Head Sherpa” of MySherpa, a provider of IT managed services in the Greater Philadelphia region. True to its name, MySherpa helps clients ascend to peak performance in networking and cybersecurity. The company serves business owners and IT leaders in industries such as law, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and financial services.