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    Paisley D. Demby
    is Chief Executive Officer of PBN Consulting, LLC., a privately held Consulting Practice specializing in optimizing the performance of organizations. Mr. Demby has over 14 years of finance and strategic management experience. Mr. Demby founded PBN in 1999 and the practice has grown to offer Venture Capital, Business Development, and Strategy Formulation for start-ups to large for-profit and non-profit organizations nationwide. He is widely recognized for his work in the business development arena helping develop innovative businesses in the media, technology, consumer products, non profit, entertainment, financial services, and life sciences industry.

    In addition to his responsibilities at PBN, Mr. Demby has lectured at Taylor Business Institute and Drake Business School on subjects such as Organizational Business Development, Business Planning, Business Law and Oral Presentation. Mr. Demby has facilitated workshops and panels at the annual Diversity Initiative’s Tour for Success on topics such as Capital Raising and Business Planning. Mr. Demby also serves on the Board of Advisors to IPORUSSIA, Inc., an International Advisory company providing consulting advice to Russian companies looking to complete IPOs in the US and London.

    Mr. Demby has been employed by such renowned firms as IBM, General Motors, Westinghouse, JP Morgan, Synergie Capital Group, The May Davis Group, and Andersen Consulting, LLP. Mr. Demby holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business,
    and a BA in Engineering and Economics from Brown University.

    Steve A. Sallion
    Founder & General Partner, Carthage Capital Group

    Mr. Sallion has over sixteen years of experience in management consulting, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sallion has been responsible for all aspects of private equity investing including sourcing, evaluation, portfolio management and exiting investments for Carthage. Mr. Sallion led the investment and sale of Phoenix Taco, LLC and led the Carthage Venture Fund LP’s investments in SERVE Holdings and Navtrak, Inc. Mr. Sallion represents the Carthage Venture Fund LP on SERVE Holdings’ board of directors. Before founding Carthage in 1996, Mr. Sallion was a Manager in the Management & Systems Consulting Division at Mitchell & Titus, LLP (1990 – 1996), a large CPA and consulting firm.

    Before joining Mitchell & Titus, Mr. Sallion worked as a Consultant at Andersen Consulting (1988 – 1990).
    Over his eight years in management consulting, Mr. Sallion has performed consulting assignments for over
    20 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies. Some of Mr. Sallion’s clients included Kraft General Foods, New York City Employee Retirement System, Fannie Mae, New York City Transit Authority,
    Port Authority and the National Urban League. Mr. Sallion’s consulting career focused on helping companies
    to improve their operations via the implementation of advanced management techniques and the effective use of information technology. Mr. Sallion participated in a number of supply chain consulting engagements, including business process reengineering studies, operations reviews, internal control reviews and technology needs assessment. Mr. Sallion graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Economics,
    with a concentration in Management Information Systems in 1988.

    Claude Tellis
    Managing Director, Towerview Capital Management

    Mr. Tellis has operated and grown companies as both an entrepreneur and as a venture capitalist.
    Prior to forming Towerview Capital Management, Mr. Tellis co-founded and operated the first healthy vending machine company, Healthy Body Products (HBP), with Mr. Kareem Cook and another partner. Healthy Body Products services the largest beverage contract in the nation with Pepsi, a $25 MM deal that extends to over 1.2 MM students in the Los Angeles school district. Healthy Body Products was also invited by California State Senator Escutia to testify
    on obesity prevention, leading to legislation that has been duplicated in twenty-three states.

    Mr. Tellis also originated, closed and managed a $38 MM venture capital fund, HEOF (Houston Economic Opportunity Fund), which invested in domestic emerging markets. HEOF executed buyout transactions in
    diverse industries including consumer products, light manufacturing, food, and technology businesses.
    Mr. Tellis was profiled for his work with HEOF in the October 2000 issue of Forbes Magazine.

    Mr. Tellis graduated from Duke University with an A.B. in Economics, where he was a Carl Rowan Scholar.
    He subsequently received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business as a Merrill Lynch Fellow.


November 3Oth -
December 3rd , 2006
Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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