Energizing Small Business Empowering Economic Equality Igniting Social Change
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER& Treasurer
We secretly believe Josh was head cheerleader in college. You can’t come up with a single thing that Josh won’t find fabulous. That’s just how he rolls. Taxed with full workload (he’s the money guy – taxed – get it?) managing the finances for Kara’s four companies, in true entrepreneurial spirit, Josh also also owns a commercial cleaning company and a bar/restaurant named MANOR LOUNGE in Baltimore. Yet, we have never once heard Josh complain. He is the antithesis of a “nerdy numbers guy”.
He is always the bright spot in the room. Sure, he appreciates a good spreadsheet and a balanced checkbook, has already written the process for what you think you may want to do, and ensures we are always in the desired financial position; but more importantly, you just can’t not like Josh. Need a boost? Josh will lift you up, cheer you on, and keep you smiling. We deeply appreciate the person who can always find the sun in the rain. New idea? Josh supports it. New outfit? Josh loves it. New plan? Josh sees how it can work. Go find yourself a Josh and hang on. Recently overheard saying: “That is so fabulous! I love it!”
DIRECTOR OF Business
It’s kind of redundant to introduce you to John, because seemingly everyone already knows John, is a friend of John’s, has done business with John, has heard John speak or belongs to a panel or board with John. This man has a network. If you think of the person highest ranking in your social or business circle, trust us – John probably knows them. John has built a stellar reputation as the person who gets things done.
He is the task master, the people connector, the program engine, the plan administrator. You have the machine? John’s got all the parts, so just step aside. He is the ultimate go-to guy. Not impressed? Well…John’s success comes after serving over 32 years in prison (ten on death row) for a false conviction. Not. Even. Kidding. John’s personal response to being wrongfully convicted? He gives back to the incarcerated and re-entering population, with dedicated efforts in reform, social justice, work force re-entry and supporting marginalized communities in and around Baltimore. Just. Wow. Recently overheard saying: “I know him/her...we were just at an event together!”
business & foundation
When you put together this level of successful, smart, accomplished people in one office, someone has to keep the ship afloat. That’s Melissa. After nearly thirty years in corporate marketing, Melissa realized her biggest strength was making other people shine. So we grabbed her. And we are shining. She’s the peanut butter to our jelly, the yin to our yang, the peas to our carrots. The glue, if you will. We try to come up with something Melissa is unwilling to do, but we haven’t found it yet. If she can’t do it, she will learn it; and if we don’t have it, she will get it. In fact, she probably ordered it before you realized you needed it and has a spreadsheet auto-populated to prove it. We manage the business, and she manages us. Plus, she has candy. Recently overheard saying: “The answer is Yes. What was your question?”