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

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

Bo Menkiti, Founder/CEO – The Menkiti Group

Tamara Nall, CEO – TLN Worldwide Enterprises, Inc.

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

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

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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