Inner City Alumni Network

Empowering and serving alumni of ICIC’s Urban Business Initiatives

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The Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN), comprised of successful inner city companies and their CEOs from around the country, empowers and serves ICIC alumni by providing them ongoing learning and professional development, visibility and recognition, and a network through which they may explore collaboration and contracting opportunities. ICAN provides a foundation of support for current and future inner city companies that participate in ICIC programs, helping to drive economic prosperity in America’s urban core.

Meet the ICAN advisory board

 

 

Stephanie Hickman, President/CEO – Trice Construction Company

After a twenty-five year career as a labor attorney, utility executive with Exelon Corporation and lobbyist, Stephanie Hickman left Corporate America in 2006 to acquire the construction company her father and uncles had operated since 1967. Since the acquisition, she has led its transformation from a small residential construction company to an award-winning, utility infrastructure and commercial concrete construction firm serving Fortune 500 corporations, top 100 general and infrastructure contractors and major public entities.

Hickman’s leadership acumen is illustrated by Trice’s accomplishments, including becoming the first African American woman-owned construction firm awarded prime contracts on Exelon/Commonwealth Edison projects, a multi-year contract with Peoples Gas as a prime restoration contractor and prime contracts for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

Her company has earned numerous awards, including the 2015 Chicago MSDC Supplier of the Year and 2014 Outstanding Minority Contractor of the Year from the Chicago Department of Transportation. It also received the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year from the Small Business Administration. In 2012, the Construction and Transportation Group of the March of Dimes recognized Trice as its Subcontractor of the Year. Hickman also hosted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a minority business roundtable where he announced the City’s Small Business Mentoring Program. In 2011, again under Hickman’s leadership, Trice became the first construction company in the country selected for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation/Inc. Magazine Entrepreneurship Mentor Program.

Hickman holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and a business administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University. She also completed the Management Program for Executives at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Hickman is a member of Chicago’s Business Leadership Council and on the board of directors for the Teen Living Program, a non-profit organization that provides support to Chicago’s youth experiencing homelessness. In 2012 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Hickman to serve on the Affirmative Action Advisory Board for the City’s Department of Procurement Services. She also sits on the national boards of directors of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and Women Construction Owners and Executives. Hickman, an active mentor and sought after speaker, is a 2006 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

 

 

 

 

Janice Jucker, President/Co-Owner – Three Brothers Bakery

Janice Jucker, co-owner and president of Three Brothers Bakery and passionate advocate of breast cancer awareness, has been dedicated to helping the business grow and thrive since joining the company in 2005. Since her arrival, they have opened two additional stores and created an online store.

Since the bakery’s first full year after Hurricane Ike, in 2010 through 2015, Three Brothers Bakery had experienced 426% revenue growth, 337% employee growth and 3,400% growth in its pie sales. 2015, 2016 & 2017 brought 3 floods to the community. Janice is proud that Three Brothers Bakery was able to pay their employees even while closed and began offering a full suite of benefits.

As a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, Janice learned the importance of growth is not just for achieving financial goals, but also to bring more jobs to the communities the bakery serves and to give back to those in need. Three Brothers Bakery feeds the homeless daily with the bakery’s excess baked goods.

Three Brothers Bakery, Janice, and her husband Bobby have won numerous accolades, including spots on the INC5000 and IC100 lists, NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year – Houston, Pastry Chef of the Year – Houston Culinary Awards, and Bake Magazine’s 2016 Top 25 Pastry Chefs. Most recently, they won SBA’s Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery – a national award. Additionally, their pecan pie was named one of the best mail order pies by Country Living magazine and The Food Network deemed their Pumpecapple Piecake as one of the top 50 cakes in America. Representing Texas, the Daily Meal has named Three Brothers Bakery one of the top bakeries in America multiple times.

 

 

 

 

Bo Menkiti, Founder/CEO – The Menkiti Group

Bo Menkiti is the Founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, an integrated real estate services company dedicated to enhancing the fabric of life in America’s neighborhoods through the strategic development, management, and sale of residential and commercial property. Mr. Menkiti also serves as CEO and is the Founding Partner of Keller Williams Capital Properties, (KWCP) a residential real estate brokerage managed by The Menkiti Group. Under Mr. Menkiti’s leadership, The Menkiti Group and KWCP have been consistently recognized by Inc. Magazine as being among the fastest growing private companies in the nation, and by the Initiative for Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune Magazine as two of the fastest growing inner-city businesses in America, appearing on the Top 100 list multiple times.

Throughout his career, Mr. Menkiti has been recognized by the real estate industry and other high profile professional organizations for his work in development and his innovative approach to social entrepreneurship. In 2014 the National Association of Realtors recognized him as District of Columbia Realtor of the Year, and in 2015 Keller Williams Realty International named him its Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2017 Mr. Menkiti was named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® for Innovation in the Mid-Atlantic and was given the Marcia Lamb Award for Inner City Innovation by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

Committed to serving communities and transforming neighborhoods through civic and public board participation, Mr. Menkiti was the 2013 President of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors and was appointed by the Mayor to the board of D.C. Water. He is also a trustee of the Federal City Council and serves on the boards of the Meyer Foundation, City First Bank, and Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation. In 2014 Mr. Menkiti launched the CPMG Foundation (Capital Properties Menkiti Group Foundation) an organization that focuses its resources on serving its community in the areas of Housing, Youth, Education, and Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Menkiti is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three young sons.

 

 

 

 

Tamara Nall, CEO – TLN Worldwide Enterprises, Inc.

Mrs. Nall is the CEO of TLN Worldwide Enterprises, Inc. (dba The Leading Niche), an award winning and internationally recognized company known for using data and cutting-edge consulting to deliver ‘actionable intelligence’. TLN offers mission critical work to support commercial, Defense and Civilian customers in domestic and international markets, including the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa. These services include big data, cybersecurity, intelligence, C4ISR, Health IT, regulatory/compliance, investigative/examination consulting and other areas.

TLN has received many recognitions. Some of these recognitions include The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award; Black Enterprise 40 Under Forty Award; and the Vyne Weekly’s “Top 10 Women to Watch”; “Big Time Operator” Award; Two Year Winner of the New York Enterprise Reporter Small Business Award; Entrepreneur of the Year in Consulting and Business Services; Best Buddies “Women With a Mission” International Award; Stiletto Woman Business Award; the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center’s International Women’s Entrepreneurial Award; the National Minority Business Council’s Global Outstanding Business Award. In addition, an MBA magazine featured her Firm in a consulting case. She is also a prestigious judge for the Stevie International Business Awards.

Besides these awards, TLN client results have been highlighted in media channels, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Reuters, the New York Post, and the Daily News.

Mrs. Nall currently serves on the Board of the Amobi Okoye Foundation, the Marketing Advisory Committee for The University of California, Irvine. Mrs. Nall was appointed to The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the nation’s export policies. Specialties: Big data, Cybersecurity, Intelligence, C4ISR, Health IT, Regulatory/compliance; Investigative/examination consulting.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Pinck, President – Pinck & Co., Inc.

Jennifer Pinck was one of the first women to break into the construction industry, working in the building trades in the late 1970s and as a construction superintendent for a major Boston construction firm in the 80s. She earned an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in 1986, the same year she received an ABC Boston Building License – becoming the first woman in Massachusetts to do so. Jennifer was among the few women in leadership positions to work for two of the country’s largest, most complex, and heavily scrutinized public works projects: the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s Boston Harbor Project – a $4 billion court-ordered sewage treatment plant, and the Big Dig – the most technologically challenging highway project in the country’s history.

In 1998, Jennifer identified a growing niche in the industry and was one of the first firms to begin providing owners and developers with project management oversight for their construction and renovation projects. Pinck & Co., Inc. was launched with a mission-based focus to help build better communities and primarily serve the affordable and senior housing markets.

Today, the firm has a diversified and robust portfolio that includes construction and renovation projects in the education, health care, multi-housing and institutional sectors. With offices in Boston, Springfield, and Glastonbury, Conn., Pinck & Co. provides nonprofits, institutional clients, and public entities with planning, design coordination, construction management, and development consulting services.

Jennifer has been featured in dozens of news articles and as a keynote speaker for numerous events and workshops. She has been recognized for her accomplishments as an entrepreneur, mentor, and community advocate. Among her many honors, in March 2018 she received the AGC MA’s BWiC Mentor of the Year Award. Pinck & Co. has grown every year for the past 20 years, has managed more than $5 billion in construction value, and has won numerous community and industry awards for its growth and achievements.

 

 

 

 

Kirsten Saenz Tobey, Founder, Chief Impact Officer – Revolution Foods

Kirsten Saenz Tobey founded Revolution Foods in 2006 with co-founder and CEO Kristin Groos Richmond while in graduate school at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Based in Oakland, Revolution Foods is quickly becoming the nation’s leading innovative, nationwide food solution for community health and citywide wellness. Revolution Foods, now over $130 million in revenue, serves approximately 2 million healthy, chef crafted, affordable meals per week across 30 major metro areas in 15 states, partnering with over 2000 school and community sites in the US. Revolution Foods’ mission is to build lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all. Kirsten spearheaded the company’s expansion into the consumer goods space and has led the company’s efforts on thought leadership, nutrition strategy and impact. Kirsten continues to lead the company’s efforts to developing innovative solutions for healthy meal preparation for busy families across the US.

Revolution Foods was named by Fast Company as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies in 2015 and was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Seven World-Changing Companies to Watch” in August 2016. Kristin and Kirsten were named by the Schwab Foundation and World Economic Forum as Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2015. They were also listed among Fortune’s 40 under 40 for 2013, identified as Time Magazine’s Education Activists of 2011, and co-named Entrepreneur of the Year by NewSchools Venture Fund in 2010. Kirsten is an Ashoka Fellow, an Aspen Institute Environmental Fellow, and a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Sustainable Business Council. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Mercaris and ARTA River Trips. She serves as an advisor for several startup companies, including Wellio, Homemade Cooking and Bixbee.

Prior to founding Revolution Foods, Kirsten was a teacher, researcher and garden educator with Earthjustice, the School for Field Studies, and Phillips Academy at Andover. Her career spanned from leading experiential education programs in the US and Ecuador to evaluating the scalability of school feeding programs with the United Nations Hunger Task Force in Ghana. Kirsten holds an AB from Brown University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and three daughters.

 

 

 

 

Robert L. Wallace, President/CEO/Founder – BITHGROUP Technologies

Robert L. Wallace is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and internationally known business consultant. Mr. Wallace is routinely sought after by the world business community. Futher, he has gone on to create three successful companies – BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc., Bithenergy, Inc., and EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC. He has authored numerous articles and books on entrepreneurship, wealth creation strategies, effective strategic partnering, intrapreneurship, and urban economic development. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

When he’s not researching, mentoring or presenting to other business leaders, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife of 40 years and their five children. He frequently takes his family on mission trips to Africa where he has started orphanages and schools. Avid about education, especially STEM programs, he regularly mentors students in high school and college. Bob is a passionate community leader and devoted church elder who believes in the intersection of spirituality and business. He helped establish Global Vessels, a faith-based nonprofit that pursues humanitarian projects around the world to meet the physical needs of people in emerging nations. Through his nonprofit, he has built global relationships that have translated into profitable connections – an example of his motto to “do good while doing well.”

Currently, Bob serves as Affiliate Professor of Business at the Loyola University Sellinger School of Business, where he lectures on innovation in the global economy. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he began his research on the successful characteristics of entrepreneurs.

A highly sought-after consultant and advisor for corporate and government leaders, Bob has served as chair for the State of Maryland Information Technology Board, the Governor’s Advanced Technology Commission, Small Business Task Force, Minority Business Task Force, the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Coalition of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, and Chair of The President’s Roundtable, a results-driven organization made of 20 companies that strive to improve the community through small, medium and large businesses working together.

 

 


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