Ann Marie Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer
After a progressive career that included executive-level positions at several companies that she co-founded in the US and Europe, Ann Marie combined a strong entrepreneurial sense with more than two decades of experience in building and managing start-ups organizations to co-found Spectrum Works.
She was the co-founder/COO of Absolute Publishing which published the luxury lifestyle magazine Absolute NY and the founder/CEO of Helix Communications AB in Sweden. Helix Communications specialized in developing educational marketing products for the pharmaceutical industry in the Nordic countries. These products included 25 peer reviewed medical journals and interactive continuing medical education programs which were developed in collaboration with medical institutions and medical opinion leaders. In addition to her for-profit experience she was a management consultant for NESC and assisted in the establishment of their Social Enterprise program which helps nonprofit organizations develop earned income programs.
Beverly Ficon- Program Manager, Job Training
For many years Beverly was Dean and subsequently President of Katharine Gibbs College, Montclair, New Jersey. She has effectively trained young adults in their pursuit of employment and implemented a job placement program for students. Gibbs’ students have attained roles of leadership and respective positions in their employment and in communities. In recent years she has been dedicated to serving her community as a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a member of CIACC (Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council) of Essex County as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic. As a graduate of Georgian Court University she holds a BS degree in Business Administration and Education and a MS from Seton Hall University in General Professional Education. Beverly is the mother of three and has a granddaughter diagnosed with Apraxia and Global Development Delay.
Allie Whitefleet – Operations Coordinator
Allie comes to Spectrum Works after working for Habitat for Humanity in development, communications, and program management. Allie has a BA in International Business from Loyola University, Maryland. Following college, she worked at a K-12 School in Southern Peru through Jesuit Volunteer Corps as an English teacher and in other community support roles with students and their families. Allie is fluent in Spanish and has experience with event planning, crowd-funding, database management, social media, digital communications, and website design. She has managed community service and social justice programming for young adults, high school students, and at-risk youth. Allie is beginning her career in social enterprise and is especially interested in workforce development programs and the intersection of business and social impact.
Robert Butters, Chief Executive Officer (Green Distribution):
Robert Butters is a serial entrepreneur and is the owner of And Entertainment, Green Distribution, F&M expressions and several others.
Robert started his career as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse (London & New York) working on audit and corporate finance. After a brief period as Director of International Audit for EMI Music, Robert worked as CFO and Vice President for Business Development for the Really Useful Company (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatrical producing and theater real estate company). Robert later became Senior V.P. for SFX Entertainment responsible for executing the European acquisition strategy. During the acquisition and subsequent integration of SFX by Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), Robert worked closely with the senior management in devising the ongoing business strategy. Robert left CCE in 2002 to set up And Entertainment.
And Entertainment is a boutique entertainment marketing and production company, specializing in development of live entertainment marketing concepts for branded properties. In 2003 and 2008, And Entertainment was the Executive Producer of the Harley-Davidson 100th and 105th Anniversary celebrations. In 2005, under the patronage of the Dubai Royal Family, And Entertainment produced “The Masters Art Show” – the first exhibition/sale of master art works in the United Arab Emirates. In 2010 And Entertainment was the Producer of the US Tour of a new version of Peter Pan (www.peterpantheshow.com) which was launched in Kensington Gardens London in a state of the art 1,350 seat theater tent. The show has quickly become the most successful contemporary way to tell this story and has run for 2 years including successful runs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.
In 2008 Robert began a new career in managed risk taking, founding Green Distribution, an apparel printing and distribution company. Green Distribution housed in a 100,000 square foot facility in Secaucus, New Jersey has over 300 employees and has as printing and distribution clients, Harley-Davison Motor Company, The National Football League, Universal Music (over 200 bands). Green prints and ships over 50,000 apparel items a day and is one of the largest apparel screen print facility in New Jersey. In July 2013, Green purchased F&M Expressions, a leader in the manufacture of heat applied graphics and in April 2014 X-it Unlimited, a transfer distribution company in Allentown PA. Combined, the consolidated group has 500 employees, over 15,000 active customers and is a leader in supplying printed graphics to the apparel industry.
Michael Gonnelli, Mayor of Secaucus:
Michael Gonnelli was re-elected to a second term in 2014. Michael served as a council member for three years before being elected Mayor in 2010. Prior to that, Michael was the commissioner of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission from 1999-2005, the Chief of the Secaucus Fire Department and the Director of Public Works.
Mayor Gonnelli is a life-long resident of Secaucus and was a founding member of shade tree committee and environmental committee. He was honored as the Community Hero Torch Bearer for the 1996 Olympic Games and an honoree of the Hackensack Riverkeeper for Excellence in Public Service. Mayor Gonnelli was the recipient of the 2004 UNICO Citizen of the Year, the 200 Club of Hudson County Valor Award and is past president of the Secaucus Babe Ruth League. Married to his wife, Linda, they have four children and one grandchild.
Thomas S. Lyons, Ph.D.
is the Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management in the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Field Mentor in Baruch’s Field Center for Entrepreneurship, offering counseling to New York City’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. His research specialization is the relationship between entrepreneurship and community economic development. He is the co-author of nine books and numerous articles and papers on this subject, and has two new books in progress. Lyons is also a member of Baruch College’s research team, which serves as Babson College’s U.S. partner for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Project. He teaches courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship and Community Development.
Dr. Lyons has served on the board of directors or the advisory board to three nonprofit organizations: an empowerment incubation program, a microenterprise program, and a university-based technology business incubation program. He currently sits on the board of the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Lyons also recently completed work as a member of the peer review panel for a national study of business incubation funded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Congress.
He has had a long-time interest in regional systems for fostering entrepreneurship as a community economic development strategy. He is the co-developer of such a system, the Entrepreneurial League System (ELS) ®, which has been implemented in Louisville, KY, the Advantage Valley (portions of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio) and in Central Louisiana in the USA. Portions of this framework have also been used in Johannesburg, South Africa (www.entreleaguesystem.com). His Pipeline of Entrepreneurs and Enterprises framework, co-developed with Dr. Gregg A. Lichtenstein, is currently being used to guide economic development efforts in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Lyons holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked as a practicing planner in both the private and public sectors and has experience as an entrepreneur.
Edward V. Danberry, CEO (Group One Investments, LLC):
Ed is the owner of Group One Investments, a $35 million company. Group One is not simply a holding company, but rather a family of businesses united by its values and vision. Group One includes businesses that operate in facility maintenance and construction; airport ground support services; security solutions and monitoring; information technology consulting and managed hosting; cyber-security; web-based marketing and web design; signs and advertising; parking and busing services; warehousing and logistics; real estate and auto leasing; and business consulting. Despite the vast array of industries Group One operates within, its focus remains singular: on establishing companies that provide the best value and most innovative solutions, no matter what the service.
In addition to his many for profit ventures, Ed founded the nonprofit, Civic Duty Partners which organizes events and raises money for Veterans and other organizations. Ed is on the board of an autism nonprofit in Pennsylvania that manufactures telephone cases and is involved in many philanthropic ventures.
supports employment for individuals with autism