JOHN T. CHILDRESS is an experienced business leader who has excelled at both starting businesses and strengthening existing businesses to grow and increase revenue. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rutgers University School of Business. John is certified trainer/facilitator in the Predictive Index, Balanced Scorecard, and Kauffman FastTrac tools and programs.

John began his career at age 20 by joining the Domino’s Pizza management training program. After outstanding results, he soon built and owned his own store and became one of the first African American Franchisees in the 4,000-store chain.

In 1999, John was selected as Director of Health & Safety Service for the American Red Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania. There he increased revenue from $1.7 million to $3.1 million in just 2 years.

In late 2005, John was selected to serve as Executive Director of the African American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia. He helped increase membership by creating a new strategic vision for the Chamber. While there he established the signature entrepreneur training program to assist people starting their own business.

In 2007, John established his own business management consulting firm, Childress Business Consulting (www.ChildressBiz.com), which has helped small businesses and non-profits increase their revenue and improve their management. Since its inception, CBC has connected small businesses with over $10 million in new revenue and contracts. CBC has launched several business and business development initiatives in multiple states and countries.

In 2009, CBC was chosen by New York City Business Solutions to facilitate and train entrepreneurship to business executives through the Kauffman FastTrac program. John has trained over 3,000 entrepreneurs to date in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Curacao, and the Cayman Islands. In 2013, CBC was asked to lead the entrepreneur training program for the Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurs (Brooklyn). This Hasidic Jewish organization broke new ground by selecting an African American to lead their programs.

In 2014, the City of New York Small Business Services selected CBC to co-write and teach a groundbreaking program, the Food Business Pathways Program, trained over 350 people on starting a food business with the goal of gaining self-sufficiency. Over 280 launched new businesses. The program was highlighted in Wall Street Journal New York Teaches Food Business to Public Housing Residents.

In 2015, John became a consultant and trainer for the Essex County Department of Family Assistance and Benefits (DFAB – formerly welfare) as CBC joined forces with JANUS Solutions. In 2018, this work was expanded to include the Union County Division of Social Services.

In 2018, John was contracted by Mosaic Development Partners to assist in Business Development. Mosaic development provides the community with exceptional living and workspaces.

In 2019 John was contracted by NYCHA-Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) to develop and build a program to help business owners reach more markets and increase the revenue in their businesses. Assisting over 1,100 businesses in this new effort, John is built a sustainable support model.

John has served communities in various volunteer roles. He was elected to 3 terms of the East Greenwich School Board and served on two major school improvement projects for the City of Philadelphia. John is a business leader who believes strongly in strengthening communities through entrepreneurship and community driven development.

 

  DEIRDRE M. CHILDRESS-HOPKINS is the Strategic Communications Manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.   She is a former features, city desk, sports and suburban editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she supervised and   edited award-winning reporters and freelancers. She is the immediate past Vice President-Print of the National Association   of Black Journalists and its former National Secretary. In recent years, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and also   Toronto, Canada, Kingston, Jamaica, and Dakar, Senegal, organizing and attending meetings, conferences, and   conventions.

  Born in Los Angeles, Deirdre previously worked at The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Daily News,
  United Press International and the Syracuse Post-Standard
. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and
  Fine Arts from Colgate University, where she received a Presidents Award as an outstanding graduate. She
  attended private and parochial schools in Burlington County, N.J.. During her career, Deirdre also has studied at
  The Poynter Institute, the University of California at Los Angeles and London University.

  She has edited an e-Journal, published quarterly online and currently has a blog, Seeing the World in 3Dei!, where
  she combines her love of travel, film and other general interests. Deirdre has moderated sessions of BlogTalkRadio; she   has made appearances on Philadelphia radio and television stations, FOX and NBC, and she was a regular contributor to   NPRs News and Notes.

  ADA C. URIBE, MBA, PMP is a Principal Consultant, and an accomplished leader with more than 13 years' experience in   Project Management, Business Analysis and Process Improvement in both government and corporate sectors.
  Ms. Uribe possesses a keen ability to envision global project perspectives while executing business details within critical   deadlines. Highly skilled at managing multi-faceted projects through competing cross-functional teams with the ability to   communicate clear mission and key objectives.
  BRANDON R. GOULDis the Information Technology Director, Brandon serves as IT Director for CBC. He is an alum of the   University of Delaware where he received his B.A. in English with a concentration in Technical Writing and a minor   in Legal   Studies. He has 10 years of experience working as an IT Professional at the Wharton School of Business. Brandon’s tenure   at the Wharton School of Business was an education in how to balance the drive to implement and administer innovative   technologies against the wishes of the Faculty and Staff who had to use them. Brandon’s Leadership experience is   complimented by his attendance of The Essentials of Management, University of Pennsylvania Core Management   Program and “Creating and Leading High Performance Teams” at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, University of   Pennsylvania at The Wharton School.



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