Faculty & Mentors

VLV Faculty

Mahmoud El Hamamsy

Mahmoud is Managing Director and Founder of TVM Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm that assists clients in capitalizing on their market opportunities both in the U.S. and internationally. Telecommunications industry senior executive with a demonstrated record of achievement as a leader and business architect. Spent 20 years at AT&T, three years at ModelWire and Avaya, and nine years at TVM. PhD, Physics, City University of New York, MBA, Finance/Accounting, New York University.


Sakti Kunz

Sakti Kunz is a Management Executive with expertise in delivering growth through product innovation and business transformation. Ms. Kunz has 20+ years of business experience leading her team into delivering growth for multi-million dollar businesses at Dun and Bradstreet and AT&T Business Services. Sakti holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and AT&T sponsored training from a variety of MBA programs.


VLV Mentor Coordinator

Alan Levitan

Chairman of International Foods Marketing Corp., a business management and marketing/sales building company. Served on corporate boards. Consults in strategic planning, marketing and management development, creates and markets sales building programs for retailers, helps food manufacturers go to market and is an equity partner in a food manufacturing company. Former president and CEO of Kings Super Markets. Previously a partner in Marketing Resources, an advertising agency/marketing company. As a supermarket retailer, he held positions as senior VP of marketing/merchandising and division president. Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College, the Northeastern University Executive Management Program; BA, U. of Rhode Island. Fellow of Leadership NJ. Ex-US Army.


VLV Mentors


VLV Lead Mentor Alan is currently a business management and marketing/sales building consultant who also serves on several boards. He works with companies in strategic planning, marketing and management development; creates and markets sales building programs for retailers; helps food manufacturers go to market and is an equity partner in a food manufacturing company. Alan is the former president and CEO of Kings Supermarkets and was a partner in an advertising agency/marketing firm. He graduated from the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College, and the Northeastern University Executive Management Program and holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island. He is also a fellow of Leadership New Jersey.



Jon worked 35 years on Wall Street, primarily as a bond trader. He received his MBA from FDU-Florham in 1985 and retired from Wall Street in November 2015. He has spent the last 10 years as an angel investor and mentor with a variety of medical device, tech and food businesses. In retirement, Jon’s mission has been to increase financial literacy for those who need it. To that end, he is teaching NJ Seeds high school students, Summit YMCA Achievers, Monument Mountain and Stockbridge library investment groups about the ins and outs of finance.



Bill Carlucci has a 30+ year corporate finance and tax background in the telecommunications industry. He was a consultant/full time employee for a retail corporate tax organization for four years. His background includes process management and improvement. He has been a mentor of small businesses and startups for the last five years.



Alan is a CPA and Certified Financial Planner committed to volunteering to help first-time entrepreneurs and small-to-intermediate size business owners succeed. He is a retired principal of a financial planning practice and was senior financial executive with Citibank for over 32 years where he was the CFO of several of their Capital Markets businesses in North America, Western Europe and Japan; Operations Head for North American Treasury and Director of the Institutional Bank audit program in North America. He earned a B.S. from the City College of New York and completed a graduate Financial Planning program at New York University.



Vic founded the Greylock Group, a trusted advisory firm, assisting startups and emerging high-tech businesses to develop business, marketing and capital funding plans. He is an advisor and mentor to TechLaunch, a startup business accelerator and an advisor to the Seton Hall University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. As a career IBMer, he was a client relationship manager to CEO’s, CFO’s and CTO’s in the Financial Services Industry. Vic graduated from Seton Hall University in 1980 and received an Executive MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Vic has been a VLV Mentor since 2009.



As President/owner-operator of Cartridge World of West Paterson, Jim has experience in retail operations, distribution, product development, sales and marketing. He has fifteen years’ experience in transportation and logistics and small package delivery and twelve years’ experience as owner-operator of a national chain of steak restaurants. He is a VLV graduate.



Matt is the founder of MWF Enterprises, LLC, which provides consulting services within the warranty industry. He has worked within the consumer electronics and insurance arenas for over 40 years holding various jobs from distribution and retail to Panasonic and Sony and insurance giant AIG. He retired at the end of 2013 as Vice President with Asurion, the largest cell phone warranty company in the world. Prior to Asurion, he worked for AIG as the division president for the Warranty Division. He holds a dual B.S. in Management and Marketing from Sacred Heart University. Matt’s coaching specialties include sales, marketing, retail, distribution, insurance, account management, and business management.



Jack is a business planning consultant, focusing on small growing companies and start-ups. He currently serves on several non-profit boards. He provides visioning, leadership development, strategic planning and sales growth training and support so his clients can build sustainable businesses on a firm foundation. His corporate experiences include project management and IT system implementations in Fortune 500 insurance, banking, computer sales, management consulting and manufacturing companies. He earned his A.B. in History at Rutgers University and MBA in Organizational Management from Seton Hall University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pillar College, teaching Organizational Behavior.



Phil graduated from Princeton and then obtained an MBA in Finance at NYU Graduate Business School. He worked as a senior government securities bond trader at Lehman Brothers followed by a career as an investment banker at TD Securities USA in New York where he was president of the firm. Presently he serves as a Chairperson Arbitrator for FINRA, through their office of dispute resolution.



The owner of 9Sail, Joe is an experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Sales, and Management, Joe is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.



Founder and principal of Capital Dynamics, International (CDI), Wayne has 25 years of domestic and international consulting/advising experience in strategic, operational, financial, and market planning with Fortune 500 enterprises as well as startup companies. His specializations include business viability assessments and valuations for new ventures, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to CDI, his positions at AT&T included Director, Financial Planning, and Management and Director, Network Operations. He received his degree from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management-Finance.



Irlana is a People & Culture Expert and entrepreneur with over 15 years of business and corporate experience. She is founder of Culture Pivot, a consultancy focused on Global Organizational Development, Diversity and Intercultural Management. Irlana helps business leaders gain a competitive advantage by unlocking the full potential of their people to drive innovation and performance. Her areas of knowledge and expertise include fashion retail, international business, social/sustainable entrepreneurship, organizational effectiveness, and change management. She holds a B.A. in Labor-Management Relations & Economics from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from Laval University, Quebec, Canada.



A mentor and business consultant, John is founder and former Chairman and CEO of Emtec, Inc., an IT consulting and service company. He is Founder and Managing Partner of HomeShore America, LLC, providing bookkeeping and financial planning services while employing veterans and people with physical disabilities. Experienced in all phases of business operations with a focus on sales process and operations including inventory management, financial management and planning, John currently serves as financial executive for two non-profit boards.



Mike Kaufman is the owner of Cox Printers & Digital Media based in Linden with clients predominantly in the metro NYC area. Cox produces digital full color on-demand printing along with offset printing, large format printing and offer complete mailing services. Cox uses the latest marketing solutions and digital equipment to help their clients enjoy higher ROI when creating a marketing or sales program. Mike enjoys mentoring business students and helping individuals start their own businesses.



Richard Kitaeff joined AT&T in 1970 where he worked primarily in the areas of Marketing and Marketing Research. Leaving AT&T in 1996, Rich joined Market Facts, Inc., a large Marketing Research company, as Vice President. He left that firm in 2001 to co-found RabinTate, an executive search firm. He has a B.A. with a major in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA with a major in Marketing from New York University. During his career, Rich spent many years as an adjunct, teaching courses in marketing, marketing research and advertising at a variety of colleges and universities in the New York/New Jersey area.



William Kraut is a Strategic Advisor/Board Director with expertise in Risk Management, Operational Disruption, Cyber- Security Oversight, Finance, and Exit Strategy. He is Board Director of NACD-NJ.



Chris Lipper is a creative professional who has worked with a range of businesses from large institutions to entrepreneurial startups. In addition to coaching hundreds of business owners and owning one of the more successful TAB franchises, Chris has experience in creating brand identity and corporate image and has developed advertising, direct mail collateral, web sites, and trade show booths. Chris has helped conceptualize, develop, market, and sell products domestically and internationally in different markets including consumer, business-to-business, and institutions.



Michael Marsan is a seasoned veteran of the language services industry and currently serves as the Managing Director of Craft Translation, a division of IPG (NYSE) which specializes in marketing/advertising trans creation and technical translation for regulated industries such as General Motors, Coca-Cola, Bayer, and Microsoft. Michael’s career includes work in almost every region of the world and he has experience with boot strap start-ups, and middle market and large global companies. Michael holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Economics, International Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College. He’s very active with CrossFit and ice hockey, has competed in several ultra-marathons, and was a member of the NJ Summer Biathlon Team.



Jeff is CEO and Co-Founder, Cancer Expert Now, Inc. At Schering-Plough, he was one of the first clinical persons who crossed the boundary from clinical research into oncology sales and the first ever at Schering to build a team funded from his marketing budget. Jeff started several agencies which broke ground in digital speaker training and speaker programs. He sold his agencies to MDOL, Inc., a healthcare IT company through which he invented a platform called Instinctive Data, and changed the lens through which pharma evaluates non-personal promotion. Jeff invented a platform called vRep that allows connections with physicians over an iPad. He was honored with trailblazer awards for both Instinctive Data and vRep and started the first ever Telemedicine company which solely focuses on helping patients diagnosed with cancer called Cancer Action Now. Inc. His proprietary platform, based on his personal experience with cancer, empowers cancer patients through education from world-renowned cancer experts. Jeff was recently awarded a PM360 ELITE Award for his work.



Bob recently retired as CEO of ConEdison Development, a mid-size energy company that develops renewable power projects and provides energy trading services. He has worked on evaluating the viability of new ideas, marketing/communicating those ideas, and converting the ideas into operating lines of business. He has over 35 years’ experience in the energy industry and hold a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in Finance from NYU.



Kevin R. Peters is a Regional Director with Thrivent financial. He received his B.S. from the University of the West Indies and started his financial career as a bank teller with Citibank. Four years later, he became a Financial Advisor with Citibank, then joined JP Morgan Chase to oversee their Chase at-work program for the state of New Jersey. In 2011, Kevin became a Cluster Branch Manager with HSBC bank where he managed five locations in the Midtown Manhattan area. He was then a Managing Director role with MassMutual which lead him to his current assignment as a Regional Director with Thrivent Financial. Kevin’s 15 years of experience in financial services and investment, and insurance management have given him the skills to be proficient in team management, recruiting, asset management, financial planning and team building.



Matthew is a Business Development Officer at ReadyCap Lending LLC, a non-bank SBA preferred lender, specializing in financing entrepreneurs across the country who are eligible via the SBA programs. Matthew has been an active lender for the past 26 years working for lenders including AT&T Capital, Banco Popular and TD Bank.



Ron is co-founder and managing partner at TR Business Solutions LLC, a firm dedicated to assist municipalities and small businesses improve services and maximize operational efficiencies. Ron has 25 years of proven leadership, business, and technical skills in implementing over $14.0M in improvement projects resulting in operational savings of $10M+ annually. He is a VLV graduate.



Joe Salsberry is an accomplished Executive Coach/Facilitator/Consultant with the CCI team. After a successful career in financial services and the not-for-profit sector, Joe’s coaching career focuses on serving executive leaders and leadership teams in reaching their full potential. With nearly thirty years of experience in the international marketplace, Joe has served as a board member, business executive, CFO, program director, and strategic planner. He has significant experience in serving leaders and leadership teams of multicultural and international organizations. He graduated from Georgetown University and holds a Coaching Certificate from NYU.



Larry has extensive experience in marketing and sales in both product and service industries. He started his career in product management with Breck hair care products marketing to consumers. He then spent time in the publishing distribution industry with both a consumer and business-to-business focus. In the late 1980s, he and three partners started the Genesis Group Associates, Inc., a firm which published and consulted on the impact of technology innovation in healthcare (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, OTC). Larry holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Business (1973).



Mark is the owner and founder of Abar Retirement Plan Services LLC, a NJ actuarial and consulting firm specializing in the design and administration of retirement programs for private employers. He holds many actuarial credentials and is an active member of the American Academy of Actuaries serving on various committees. Mark is a Certified Financial Planner and a Retirement Management Analyst providing investment and retirement consulting services to individuals. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, has authored many commentaries on retirement issues and spoken on topics covering retirement security in America. He has prepared several consumer oriented publications for the Actuarial Foundation on a variety of financial related concerns. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany and holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.



Robert Shiff has extensive experience in sales, marketing management, product development and brand management. Known for his ability as an innovative problem solver and team builder, his most recent position was in a senior sales management position with Canon USA. Prior to Canon, Mr. Shiff headed the Brother International Consumer Products Division marketing, merchandising, trade show and advertising activities. He also led an OEM campaign and helped launch a new sales category. Mr. Shiff led marketing and sales organizations at GE and directed product development and sales management teams with the Toshiba America. He received his MPA from Indiana University and his B.A. in Government and Economics from Lafayette College.



Bernie is a results-oriented executive with proven skills in building new revenue bases, improving operating performance, new business startups, and is a successful crisis manager in turnaround situations. His experience includes a professorship at Stevens Institute of Technology and 30 years in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. He is a West Point graduate, Harvard MBA, and Honorary ME from Stevens.



Mr. Sorkin is currently retired and spends much of his time in volunteer activities. He is a past president of a religious institution, a member of the Executive Committee of the local SCORE chapter, mentors high school students, is a customer service volunteer in a local municipal court, mediates civil cases as a certified state mediator, is a past president of his condo association and a volunteer at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He is the former president of TSI Graphics and a former vice president of Time Life Books, Inc. He has spent much of his career in general management roles as well as operations. He is a past vice president of a commercial printing company, personally handling sales and marketing for many of their major national accounts. He graduated from Long Island University with a B.S. in accounting and an MBA in business planning from FDU.



Curtis Springstead is a Certified Mentor and Chairman for the SCORE Northeast NJ Chapter. The bulk of his 38-year IT career has been as a strategic IT consultant, designing and implementing major business change and the supporting technology at a variety of clients including Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Bank of New York, Prudential, Honeywell, TD Ameritrade, Optimum, Cablevision and Liberty Travel. He has also served on a number of diverse non-profit boards and mentors non-profit clients for SCORE. Curt has been a trainer and professor part-time for 30 years. He has developed and delivered programs on topics ranging from high tech topics to consulting skills.



Tom Terzo is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York University. He has had a long and successful career in the Insurance Industry with supervisory management and executive positions in both the private and public sectors. He has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years having created companies in the Property Casualty Sector of the Insurance Claims Industry which developed new claims management practices, and administrative and medical management software. He has served on numerous professional boards and industry and public commissions as an expert in the field of workers’ compensation. Tom is a VLV graduate.



Mark is Founder and President of Kingsbridge Realty Advisors with a focus on providing advisory and brokerage services to business owners and executives who wish to lease or own their commercial, office, “Flex”, or industrial/warehouse space. He moved to the US in 1994 from the UK and is now an American Citizen.



Amanda, an expert in Military Talent programs and veterans’ initiatives and founder/CEO of Miligistix, LLC, educates companies and clients on how to recruit, hire, and retain service members and veterans within their respective workforces. She has created customized educational content and resources for corporations and connects companies to governmental and veteran service organizations with the intent of increasing engagement between private and public entities. Prior to expanding her expertise in military talent programs, she created legacy HR initiatives, crafted leadership development and employee engagement programs, and developed and deployed organizational research and surveys. Graduating from Christopher Newport University with a B.S. in Psychology, Amanda received her M.B.A. from Centenary College and holds a Certification in Professional Coaching. She is an Advisory Board Member for Military Friendly/Victory Media and Stand Beside Them, dedicated to providing coaching to veterans.



Stan is the Co-founder/VP-GM of Data-Pages, Inc. where he grew a start-up into a mid-size, profitable operation. He has coached, mentored, trained, established sales territories, and supervised the sales staff. Stan is directly involved in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training and supervising, as well as determining price and discount schedules. He earned his B.S. at NJIT and his MBA at Rutgers University.



Paul Zapka has over 40 years’ experience in building organization capabilities, both individual and collective. His career included supply chain management, human resource management and organization effectiveness including business process improvement, clarification of roles & responsibilities, advising/mentoring and talent management. Since 1998, Paul has been owner/operator/entrepreneur in an organization effectiveness consulting business providing advice and counsel to clients ranging across all business sectors including pharmaceutical, business to business, financial services, and professional firms, as well as not-for-profit. Paul has a BA from William Patterson and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson.