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National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Appoints Philadelphia Advisory Board Members.

Expertise and Network will Augment Organization and Foster Strategic Guidance for Future Growth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) today announced the appointment of 13 members to its advisory board. NFTE partners with schools, community-based organizations, and post-secondary institutions to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities.

Douglas A. Alexander, Merion Station, Pa., is co-chairman of the NFTE Philadelphia Advisory Board. Alexander serves as President of Internet Capital Group (Nasdaq: ICGE). A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Doug has overseen many of ICG's most successful companies including Linkshare, Creditrade, Creditex, Starcite, and Prior to ICG, Doug was a successful serial technology entrepreneur.

Peter J. Boni, Devon, Pa., is co-chair of the NFTE Philadelphia Advisory Board and President and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE). During the course of his career, Peter has been CEO for several publicly-traded and privately-held companies and has served as a chairman, a Fortune 500 corporate executive, a NYSE Fortune 1000 president, a management consultant, board member, investor, and advisor to institutional investors in both early- and later-stage hardware, software, and technology-enabled services firms. A University of Massachusetts at Amherst graduate, Boni is also the chairman of TechAmerica and was recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in New England.

Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., currently holds a post as the first female president of Temple University. At Temple, Hart is committed to providing access for talented and highly motivated students regardless of their status or station in life as well as strengthening the school's leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. Hart, who has previously served as president of the University of New Hampshire, also serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, CEO Council of Growth, Philadelphia African American Museum, and Avenue of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Women's Forum.

Kenyon Hayward, Philadelphia, Pa., is a seasoned entrepreneur who has served most recently as CEO of redlasso, a digital media syndication platform for bloggers. Prior, Hayward founded and served as CEO and Chairman of several companies including V-SPAN, a global videoconferencing and web conferencing network services firm with Inc. 500 status (now British Telecom Conferencing), Advance Voice Systems (later acquired by MCI), and other technology/business services firms. Hayward is the recipient of multiple national business awards and is also a Board Member with Habitat for Humanity.

Andrew Jordan, Moorestown, N.J., is an assurance partner in Ernst & Young's Mid-Atlantic area. He is the Philadelphia Strategic Growth Markets leader as well as Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year program leader for the Greater Philadelphia region. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Jordan also serves as the Ernst & Young Philadelphia office corporate responsibility leader, where he is responsible for coordinating community social and charitable activities and relationships.

Andrew G. Kaplan, Erdenheim, Pa., is a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services, Inc. His clients include executives, entrepreneurs, families, and foundations. Kaplan has extensive experience in business creation, branding and marketing, financing, and wealth management. Before joining UBS, Kaplan founded Visionary Capital, a venture services firm, where he identified, advised, and sourced capital for numerous companies.

Carolyn Oakley Lowe, Merion, Pa., is the managing director and an executive vice president in DHR International's Philadelphia office. Lowe has worked as an executive search professional for the past 13 years, recruiting for diversified professional and financial services industries as well as the life science, consumer, real estate, and nonprofit industries. Lowe serves on the Executive Committee of DHR, and prior to her career in executive search, was a partner in an asset management firm and a practicing attorney.

Milan Patel, Kennett Square, Pa., is CEO of the industry-leading global technology firm, ACS International Resources, Inc., which provides technology, communications and security services, and IT resources. A former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and current member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Milan is a graduate of Drexel University's Business and Engineering College and began his career journey with an internship at Amtrak. Upon graduation from Drexel, he joined Amtrak's Management Associate Program, where he was responsible for Program Management, Corporate Market Research, Forecasting, Budgeting, and Mechanical Engineering. Milan is also a graduate of MBEP, the Minority Business Executive Program at Dartmouth's Tuck School and the "Birthing of Giants[R]" program at MIT.

Chris Pavlides, West Chester, Pa., is an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Pavlides served as executive director of Temple's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, where he introduced and led the Temple University Council on Entrepreneurship, elevating the program to one of the top 10 in the nation. Pavlides is founder and chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and a member of numerous small business and entrepreneurial interest organizations.

RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, Philadelphia, Pa., has served as president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP) since 1996. Rosenthal has led and supported initiatives to stimulate venture and angel investments in early stage technology companies, resulting in the formation of Emerald Stage 2 Ventures, the Minority Angel Investor Network, and the Women's Investor Network. Before joining BFTP, Rosenthal worked as senior vice president for strategic development and finance at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. She is a director on numerous non-profit boards, on the board of a community bank, and serves on several university technology oversight committees. She has also served on several national government task forces.

Steve Sanders, Gladwyne, Pa., is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of First Genesis Financial Group, a firm that focuses on building financial freedom for business owners and individuals. Sanders holds a BBA in Risk Management from Howard University and has previously worked for AETNA Financial and Mellon Bank. In addition to serving on a number of corporate and civic boards, Sanders co-hosts "Financial Voices," a weekly wealth management and business financial matters program on WURD Radio in Philadelphia.

Sally Solis-Cohen, Philadelphia, Pa., is currently Director of Business Development for the Eastern Division of Vistage International, the world's largest CEO membership organization. Before joining Vistage in 2006, Solis-Cohen was the director of Adult Learning Services and Advantage Productions at WHYY, the head of concept development for the Franklin Mint, and a nationally syndicated features journalist. A graduate of Brown University, she also holds an MBA degree in marketing from New York University and serves on a number of Philadelphia area organizations.

Kathleen A. Thomas, Collegeville, Pa., serves as senior vice president for Bank of America's Global Commercial Bank and as market executive for business banking in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Before joining Bank of America, Thomas held positions at CoreStates Bank (now Wachovia) in Pennsylvania. Thomas holds an MBA from Rosemont College and is a member of the Philadelphia and Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce.


The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. Our goal is to empower young people, many of whom struggle in school, to change their lives through entrepreneurship education. Since 1987 NFTE has reached over 230,000 young people and trained more than 4,200 Certified Entrepreneurship teachers. NFTE currently has programs in 22 states and 13 countries.
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