Randy Kravitz, Interim Executive Director brings a wealth of experience from successful careers in Fortune 500 companies, as well as small business where he is both an owner and consultant. After receiving his BS in Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio) and MBA at Xavier University, Randy worked in key international, product management/development, sales and executive management roles for General Mills Toy Division, American Greetings Corp. and United Stationers Supply Co.
Randy’s strong connection to international business stems from over 20 years setting up and managing operations throughout the Far East designing and sourcing, then selling consumer products into European, Scandinavian, Australian and North American markets. In addition, he has overseen the acquisition and management of a large corporate division in the Canadian market and directed the activities of a domestic startup into a $350 Million business. In 2006, Randy purchased a small consumer products business in the health and wellness space. He developed new products and marketing programs resulting in successful product placements in resort spas, health centers, day spas and salons across the US.
Randy joined 10KSB in November 2014 and as Interim Executive Director oversees 10KSB Chicago’s outreach and recruiting; partnerships; curriculum delivery; business support services; and Alumni activities. Outside of 10KSB he is involved with his wife Jeannette in sponsorKIDS Charities, their 501c(3) involved in children’s cultural education and travel activities.
Jaime Martinez del Rio, Business Advisor moved from Texas to Chicago at the end of 2011. Throughout his career, Jaime has advised businesses in various industries on how to grow domestically and internationally. He has been a business driver for large companies like 7-Eleven, Merrill Lynch and Coca-Cola, as well as within the boutique pharma marketing consulting field. Jaime is a strong relationship-builder who is passionate about all cultures, enjoys family, languages, friends and is an animal lover. Jaime received his MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Darryl Tolbert, Business Advisor completed undergraduate studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago where he was born and raised. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, he worked for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan in their polymer research laboratory. This was an ideal fit since Darryl had previously worked as a successful cooperative education student in chemistry, a major settled upon after exiting pre-med. After Dow, he transferred to Dowell Oil Field Services Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma to work in the oil industry. He holds patents issued and applied for in both the paper manufacturing and oil well servicing industries.
After 10 years he was ready for a career change and transitioned to the electronics/technology sector – an area he’d held a strong passion for since graduating high school with a certification in electronics. To make the change he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business of The University of Michigan and received additional executive training at the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He pursued this second career starting first with the Hewlett Packard Company in San Diego, California. He then moved to Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California, before returning to HP in the silicon forest of Vancouver, Washington. He had various roles in these companies including Product and Marketing Manager, Customer Assurance Manager, Information Technology Manager and Operations Manager. Darryl returned to Chicago to become the Director of Business Development for the largest of the Chicago Transit Authority Credit Unions. He recently entered a doctoral program at Walden University focusing on Entrepreneurship.
Darryl is from a very large family and has used his hobby of photography to build a digital library of over 40,000 photos. In addition to family history, his photos catalog his other hobby, travel. He has traveled to nearly every state in the Continental U.S. as well as parts of West Africa, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. One of his most rewarding community accomplishments was co-writing and performing a play based on the poem entitled “Stairs,” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Langston Hughes. Another of his community accomplishments is starting a jobs program to address the high jobless rate in a low income neighborhood in Chicago. Interestingly, Darryl used his training in chemistry to learn gourmet cooking. Ask him about his ‘strawberry champagne pie’ made with a crust from scratch. A dinner gathering of friends and family during any sports playoff season is one of his joys of life.
Symone Villaseñor, Project Director is a recent arrival to the field of higher education and project management. Before joining the 10,000 Small Businesses team, Symone worked with GEAR-UP and America Reads as a tutor, and the RU–HWC Partnership for STEM Education, the NSF funded STEP program, a collaboration between Roosevelt University and HWC.
Symone has her BA in History from DePaul University and graduated Magna cum Laude. She previously served as the Project Coordinator of 10KSB and currently serves as the Project Director for the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative with the City Colleges of Chicago.
Nathan Stevens, Director of Alumni Affairs Nathan comes to us with an extensive background in events management & logistics, fundraising, grant‐writing, and social media support. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to joining the 10KSB team, Nathan was most recently the board liaison at Center on Halsted. Other events and organizational experience derives from time spent with The Second City, Columbia College Chicago, as well as research intelligence for an international news media outlet based out of Australia. In addition to being an award winning screenwriter, Nathan has aligned his career to work with companies and non‐profits whose missions work toward strengthening the economy and those who help the underprivileged communities in Chicagoland. In 2016 Nathan was named Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30.
Rashid Carter, Lead Faculty and teaching Orientation, Mod 1- You and Your Business & Mod 9 – Growth to Action is a full-time faculty member at the City Colleges of Chicago, and teaches economics and business in the Business and Social Science Department’s at Harold Washington College. Prior to that he was the Chair of the Social Science Department at Olive-Harvey College. He is also returning to the classroom after spending the past year researching program offerings, as well as faculty and staff development, as part of the City Colleges’ Reinvention Initiative. Rashid is also a weekly contributor to WVON 1690 radio’s “Dollars and Sense” and “Urban Business Roundtable” programs and a recurring guest and host on the weekly WYCC-TV production “The Professors”. A native Chicagoan, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign where he studied business economics. He later earned his graduate degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Fellowship. Rashid was also a recipient of the 2009 NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence
Rhonda Henderson, Mod 2 – Growth and Opportunity is a full-time faculty member at Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, teaching in the Business Department. Rhonda has taught courses in accounting, marketing, business management and finance, at the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, Rhonda serves as Mod Faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and in this context she states…”Understanding the organization as a whole is critical to business success. To achieve a high level of business performance it is important to evaluate opportunities for growth. The Goldman Sachs 10KSB program will provide you with the necessary ingredients for optimizing operational effectiveness. For long lasting success, a business owner must be the champion of the organization by being a visionary leader and persistence. Mod 2 on Growth and Opportunity fosters creativity that can lead scholars to innovation, ideas, growth an opportunity”. -Rhonda Henderson
Along with teaching, Rhonda operates a consulting firm that assists small business owners in strategic business planning and training. The firm has held sessions for entrepreneurs through SBA/SCORE, Chicago Urban League, local municipalities and chambers, and privately owned businesses. She is a licensed real estate managing broker in the state of Illinois and owns a real estate brokerage and property preservation company. Rhonda is a SCORE Mentor and the Workshop Chair for the SCORE Chicago Chapter. She has a BS in Accounting and Business Administration, a MBA in Finance, and is currently an Advance Doctoral Candidate of Business Administration.
Mark Yates, Mod 3 – Money and Metrics is a Continuing Education Lecturer for the City Colleges of Chicago Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. He is currently serving as Adjunct Faculty in the Harold Washington Business Department. Mark Yates is also an Associate Vice President at the Safer Foundation located in Chicago.
Mr. Yates received his MBA from DePaul University, and his BSBA from Roosevelt University. His prior employment includes: Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione (Intellectual Property Law Firm/Accounting Manager), Robert Morris College (Accounting Instructor), Baker and McKenzie (Law Firm/Manager of Accounting), Blatt, Hammesfahr and Eaton (Reinsurance Law Firm/Assistant Controller), Lovell White Durrant (Reinsurance Law Firm/Manager of Accounting), Bellows and Bellows (Law Firm/Controller), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI/White Collar Crime Squad – Financial Analyst) and University National Bank (Banking/Bank Officer).
Ebony Crump, Mod 4 – You are the Leader is a lecturer at the City Colleges of Chicago where she teaches in the Business and Information and Technology department. Ms. Crump teaches Entrepreneurship, Finance, E-Marketing and Business courses. Ms. Crump is a member of the district Entrepreneurship team that designed and implemented the current Entrepreneurship program.
Additionally, Ms. Crump co-designed and teaches a distance learning course in Entrepreneurship for the Center for Distance Learning. The City Colleges of Chicago Entrepreneurship program has educated more than 1,000 students since 2009. Ms. Crump has done many presentations on entrepreneurship including: a panelist on The Professors, a WYCC television production; co-presenter at the IIT Technology Conference on Entrepreneurship; moderator and panelist at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Conference; and co-presenter for the Entrepreneurship conference at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa. Ms. Crump’s area of expertise is Entrepreneurship education, Finance and Management. Ms. Crump also teaches for distance learning universities in the areas of Finance, Human Resource Management and Economics. Her current research project is distance education at the community college. Ms. Crump is a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University and has an MBA in Finance and BA in Management from National-Louis University.
Brandon Pendleton, Mod 5 – It’s the People is one of the newest members of the Harold Washington College Business department. Prior to re-joining City Colleges of Chicago, he was a Human Resources Business Consultant for Integrys Energy Group and also spent eight years as the Human Resource Manager for Harold Washington College. In that position, he was responsible for supporting approximately 895 employees. He was also responsible for the recruiting and hiring of faculty and staff, employee relations, collective bargaining agreement interpretation and enforcement, payroll, benefit administration and training. He was also a member of the HWC President’s Executive Council which was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the entire college. Brandon also actively chaired or served on seven different City Colleges and HWC committees which include: CCC 1708 FT Contract Negotiations, CCC 1708 PT Contract Negotiations, CCC 1708 Job Evaluation Committee, CCC Payroll System Selection Committee, HWC Service Excellence, HWC Male Mentoring, and HWC Graduation Committee.
In addition, Brandon was selected for the inaugural City Colleges of Chicago Leadership Institute and was a finalist for the Kathy Osterman Award which is an annual award given by the city of Chicago for recognition of superior public service. Brandon worked in HR for 18 years and began his career as an intern and ultimately a HR Associate for Ford Motor Company. He later worked in HR management positions at both Citigroup and Sears. Prior to joining Harold Washington College, he was the VP of Human Resources for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Brandon received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his graduate degree from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana’s Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Kyle Garner, Mod 6 – Markets and Marketing currently serves as a tenured faculty member at Olive Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, teaching Business & Entrepreneurship. He employs innovative teaching techniques using technology and practical experiences to facilitate effective learning.
In addition to being a faculty member at Olive Harvey College, Mr. Garner also serves as President & CEO of Da Capo, Inc., a full service private real estate development and general contracting company that offers assistance to individuals or companies to identify viable properties, financial institutions, architects, permit expeditors, contractors or real estate agents. Da Capo, Inc. will also serve as project manager and/or investor. Its mission is to improve Chicagoland’s housing community. Mr. Garner has augmented his career through theoretical study at prominent universities and through practical experiences with Fortune 500 companies. He received a Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Marketing, from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Hampton University. Mr. Garner has also worked as an account executive with AT&T and as a Unit Manager with Philip Morris USA. His combined experience in the corporate, private, education and real estate industry qualifies him to professionally and efficiently complete any project.
Adam Callery, Mod 7 – Operations and Processes is a consummate business professional with over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of engineering, banking, aviation, managerial consulting, and information technology. He is a tenured professor for the City Colleges of Chicago and currently serves as the Program Director for the Business and Computer Information Systems programs at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. In his role as Program Director, he is responsible for curriculum development and academic scheduling.
Adam’s professional career prior to academia has included employment with several leading corporations: Dow Chemical Company, Pepsi-Cola, First National Bank of Chicago, United Airlines, and IBM. While at IBM he co-authored an article entitled Avoiding the Blues for Aviation Travelers published in the IEEE Computer Society Press. He has applied this combination of practical and academic experience into the formation of a real estate brokerage where he has participated as a partner for the past five years and a small business coaching practice. He has completed his doctoral studies at National Louis University where his research has focused on the use of performance data to enhance organizational effectiveness. He is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including the National Black MBA Association and National Society of Black Engineers. Outside of professional interests, he travels widely, reads, cycles, snow skis, and white-water rafts.
Greg Washington, Mod 8 – Being Bankable is the founder of Mosaics and Hawks (formerly known as Financial Strategists) a business advisory firm established in 2002 and located in Olympia Fields, Illinois. The firm specializes in business financial education, capital acquisition for privately-owned firms and corporate supplier solutions. Greg has over 20 years of experience in banking, finance and economic development. He has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Banking from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an M.A. in Urban Planning and Urban Economics from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He has also taught at the college and graduate level as an Adjunct Professor of small business management at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. Greg’s experience also includes several years of professional training in corporate finance, cash management, personal financial management and international trade finance.
Greg is also CEO of Delta Café Ltd a food distribution company started in 2008. The firm distributes food products to Jewel, CVS and Walgreen’s. Mr. Washington is also adjunct faculty at Harold Washington College in Finance and business, as well as guest lecturer for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Greg has provided financial educational services and seminars to hundreds of business groups and organizations including American Express Tax and Business Services, NORBIC, The Industrial Council of Near West Chicago (ICNC) and the Purdue Entrepreneurship Center in Indiana. Greg developed “Trade Secrets: Confessions of an Ex-Banker,” an instructional CD-ROM on financing and its companion guide. He is also the creator of Capital Quest 1.0, an award-winning, interactive financial software product that teaches users about the ends and outs of securing capital. Greg is also the creator of FIT (Financial Intelligence Training) a training module that teaches students about the essentials of personal financial literacy and management.