Own It Ventures Advisory Board~ 

 

Christina Stoneburner

Christina is a member of Fox Rothschild's Law Firm Labor & Employment Department. She counsels clients on complying with applicable federal and state laws and developing strategies to avoid liability. Christina also provides training to clients on a variety of topics, including sexual and other types of harassment, FMLA leave, compliance with the ADA and state anti-discrimination laws, disciplining/evaluating employees, diversity and workplace violence.

In addition to the preventative counseling and training she provides, Christina represents employers throughout the United States in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals in cases alleging violations of the FMLA, sexual harassment, race, national origin, gender, disability and religious discrimination. She also has experience litigating matters involving restrictive covenants, including non-competition agreements. Her representations have included numerous retail, manufacturing and service companies; hospitals and medical service providers; and commercial lending institutions.

Cristian Ossa

In 1996, Mr. Ossa founded Rosetta Technology Group, a multi-million dollar business consulting firm that has been profitable since inception.  During its peak, Rosetta generated over 6 million in annual sales with 45 employees.  Rosetta continues to be profitable today, as well as secure projects with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations.

Three years later, Mr. Ossa co-founded GiftCertificates.com, and directly contributed to the firm reaching over 100 million in yearly sales.  Mr. Ossa participated in the “road show” and the IPO offering [the IPO was pulled in mid 2000 when the markets dried up].  The company had grown to over 400 employees, of which over 300 reported to Mr. Ossa.

Recent years, Mr. Ossa has become an  Independent Angel Investor with several companies.  He is an Advisor and Mentor to Own It Ventures and continues to support the entrepreneurial dream of many.

Eileen Scott

Former Chief Executive Officer, Pathmark Stores, Inc.  Eileen spent over 35 years in the supermarket industry, all of it at Pathmark stores, a $4.0 billion regional grocery chain based in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia market.  She truly worked her way up from the bottom.  Eileen started at Pathmark as a part time cashier and became Pathmark’s CEO 30 years later.  Eileen held many executive positions along the way, including Vice President of Sales & Advertising, Executive Vice President of Merchandising & Logistics and Executive Vice President of Store Operations.  Upon being named Chief Executive Officer in October of 2002, she became the first women CEO of a U.S. public supermarket company as well as one of only seven female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.  She retired from Pathmark in 2005 after successfully negotiating an agreement with a private equity company to invest $150.0 million in the company.
 
Upon leaving Pathmark Eileen decided to fulfill a longtime dream of getting a graduate degree.  She studied at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and achieved an MBA in Finance in 2009.
 
Eileen spent this last year as Chief Operating Officer of ICC/Decision Services, a privately held NYC based company which specializes in designing and executing Customer Experience Management programs.  She brought much knowledge and insight to the company from her many years servicing customers in the retail industry.
 
Eileen is a member of the Board of Directors Perdue Farms, Inc. and former member of the board of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., and is on the advisory committees of two small businesses.  She has served on the boards of two nonprofit organizations- The Food Bank for New York City and the Girl Scouts of the USA.  She is a charter member and champion of the Network of Executive Women, whose mission is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer products industry.
 
Eileen has been an invited speaker at many industry events as well as numerous networking functions across various industries in the New York/New Jersey area.   She is a big supporter of the nonprofits which boards she serves on, Eileen personally supports The American Cancer Society, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Association for Retarded Citizens, the March of Dimes, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey. 

Ellen Smolko

Ellen has over 30 years of experience in business management; much of it as a consultant to Senior (C-Suite) Management at Fortune 100 companies. The breadth of her expertise includes development of performance management, organizational development, process improvement, change management, marketing, and learning solutions for a wide array of vertical markets within many industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services, telecommunications, data communications, energy/energy distribution, utilities, manufacturing, and technology.
Today, she applies her strategic focus, visionary insight, and keen business acumen to design effective, innovative, cross-media marketing strategies and programs. She is also instrumental in identifying, codifying, and improving business processes in conjunction with brand communications strategies and initiatives.
Ellen honed her skills at international consulting firms such as OmniTech Consulting Group, Diamond Management and Technology Partners and Jack Morton Worldwide (an Interpublic Group company). After years of increasingly responsible consulting roles for large corporations, she decided to take her experience and apply it within the small to medium business segment and founded Foresight Performance in 2001. Today, the consultants she leads focus on delivering compelling cross-media marketing and brand communications strategies addressing all facets of organizational identity and revenue generation.

Ellen holds advanced degrees in Organizational Development, Marketing and Strategic Business Management. She can be contacted at esmolko@foresightperformance.com.
Erich Peter

Erich Peter is the Director of Training & Technical Assistance for UCEDC, a statewide non-profit economic development corporation.  In this role, Mr. Peter is responsible for managing the organization’s training workshops, small business mentoring program, ISO 9001 consortium, as well as its Entrepreneurial Training Initiative, which encompasses two multi-session entrepreneurial training programs.  Erich comes to UCEDC with experience as both a corporate finance and management professional as well as an entrepreneur.  Mr. Peter is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Accounting.  He began his career in the public accounting industry and worked with a wide variety of businesses.  Subsequently, he worked in the energy industry for 7 years in various management and financial roles. Mr. Peter then owned and operated a printing company for six years before selling the business and joining the UCEDC team in his current role in 2008. 

Deborah Hurley

Deborah Hurley is the co-founder of hurley jones. Deborah brings over 10 years of proven fundraising, government and public relations, as well as, event management to the Hurley Jones team, her lients and Own It Ventures. She has an extensive history of success fundraising for candidates, elected officials, and not-for-profits. Clients also seek Deborah for assistance in the area of business development, community outreach and public relations due to her extensive involvement in the area of government both on the state and federal level.

Deborah launched her first business as DMH Associates in 1999, which was a New Jersey based fundraising, public/government relations, event management business. The business established a successful track record in its arena and secured clients ranging from special interest groups, not-for-profits, elected officials to theatres and corporations.  Some of her most prestigious clients include Hilary Rodham Clinton, (when she ran for Senator of New York), Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ and James McGreevey, Governor of New Jersey.

Before starting her business, Deborah served as a congressional staff member in Washington, DC.; Finance Director of congressional and gubernatorial races; and Executive Director of a not for profit organization. Throughout the years she has
developed a reputation for getting the job done --- on budget and on time.  She is known for energy, drive and talent which she brings to bear for every client.

Domenick Celentano

Domenick Celentano has spent his entire life in Retail Consumer Foods holding key positions in his family business, Celentano Bros., Inc. the well known Italian frozen foods brand in the North East.
 
Domenick is the Food & Beverage guide at About.com, part of the New York Times family of companies and writes on topics focused on food entrepreneurs starting or running a specialty food business such as trends and new product launch.
 
The FoodPreneur provides consulting and educational seminars to help food entrepreneurs create successful new product launches.
 
He is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University College of Management, Marketing and International Business  teaching Retail Marketing, Digital Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Retail Buying and Merchandising Management. At Saint Josephs University, Haub School of Business and Fairleigh Dickinson University Silberman College of Business he teaches Entrepreneurship and Family Business.
 
Domenick has his MBA in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

Sally Glick

Sally Glick is a Principal of the Firm and the Chief Growth Strategist at Sobel & Co, LLC.  In that role she is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s branding, marketing communications and business development strategies.
 
A leader in her field, Glick was named Accounting Marketer of the Year for 2003, was listed on Accounting Today’s list of Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for 2004, 2005 and 2006, had the honor of being the first non-CPA woman to appear on the cover ofPractical Accountant and In 2007 was inducted into the Association for Accounting Marketing’s Hall of Fame.
 
Sally was named one of NJBIZ’s “Top 25 Women of Influence” for and as one of their “Top 50 Women in Business” in 2008. In January 2010 she was named as the Garden State Foundation’s Woman of the Year - Professional Services category and in May 2011 she was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Boy Scouts for Northern New Jersey. The YWCA of Essex and West Hudson named her a woman of distinction.
 
Sally serves on several local and national boards including NJ’s Association of Corporate Growth and Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. In addition she is a Founder of the Liberty Science Center’s Women of Leadership Counsel where is currently serving as Chair. In July 2011 she became the President of Temple Beth Am in Parsippany, further demonstrating her commitment to the Temple and to the nonprofit community.  
 
As a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Committee and a constant resource for the area’s nonprofit organizations, Sally has shown a dedication to helping nonprofit organizations across the tri-state area grow and thrive.
 
Sally Glick earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she was given the Alumni Merit Award in 2008 and her MBA from The Lake Forest Graduate School of Business Management in Lake Forest, Illinois.