Peter Mellen is an entrepreneur with 20+ years experience working in online business & commercial real estate. His is the Founder of Netcito, a network of peer advisory groups for entrepreneurs, & Owner of Mellen Investment Properties, a real estate investing firm that manages & develops residential & commercial properties. In his career, Peter has served as the Co-Founder & CEO of Edison|Wright, where he launched one of the first PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs in the world; Director, Premium Education Services at AOL, where he managed a portfolio of online education services provided to K-12 students; VP of Business Development for Safari Books Online, where he helped to generate a 5-fold increase in revenue over 3 years; and co-founder of Headlight, an online learning company that raised more than $15 million of venture capital from investors that included Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tides Network & as a member of the Washington DC Local Advisory Board for BUILD, a program that provides entrepreneurship education for high school students in under-resourced communities. Peter was born in Toronto, grew up on a yoga ashram, and earned a BA and MBA from Georgetown. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two children
Cherian Thomas (G'14), President-Elect, Chair, Alumni Pitch Competition
Cherian Thomas is Chairman and CEO of Spotluck Inc. Cherian took Spotluck from a Georgetown University Masters deliverable to a monetized business currently ranked as the #1 “dining” app on the iTunes App Store! The Spotluck mobile platform brings yield management to the restaurant industry by providing real-time incentives to the best local restaurants (“spots”) in the community. Spotluck’s gamified UX makes dining funfor users while their proprietary software maximizes restaurant profits through exclusive smart discounts that change based on day, time, weather and other factors that affect restaurant occupancy.
Prior to co-founding Spotluck, Cherian hedged commodities within the U.S manufacturing and recycling sector. Cherian holds a B.S. (Marketing), M.B.A. (Marketing) and E.M.L (Executive Masters in Leadership) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In 2013, Cherian co-founded the Georgetown WASTENOT Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa; a GU legacy project that links poverty prone areas to local manufacturers through recycling buy-back centers.
John Hannula (MBA'92), Treasurer, GEA and Chair, Membership
John Hannula is a marketing and sales executive with over 23 years of experience in telecommunications, home security and home automation. Currently, John is the executive in charge of business development at Frontpoint, one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. for next-generation home security and home automation. John also worked at Simplexity managing a 500+ person overseas inside sales program. And while at Nextel he held a variety of strategic marketing roles. John obtained his Bachelors of Arts in International Studies – China from the University of Washington. He holds an MBA from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Dominique Taylor (B'00)
Dominique Taylor is 1776’s Managing Director of Talent and Culture. At 1776 she is building out internal functions to attract, develop and retain an extraordinary team working towards the company’s goal to unlock human potential.
Prior to 1776, Dominique built out the Talent and Culture function at EverFi, a DC-based education technology company. She joined EverFi from the Advisory Board Company where she focused on Workforce Management, managing client recruitment and retention process improvement efforts.
Dominique launched her career as a Strategy Consultant with the Monitor Company after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Phil Olive (SFS’11), Co-Chair, Communications
Philip Olive (KSB MSSM '15) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Storganize, which offers moving and storage services to college students, and Experiencia Social, which provides technology consulting and web development for DC-area businesses. In 2014, Storganize won American University's "What's the Big Idea? Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition." Experiencia Social has created over 15 web applications and websites and consulted for a variety of DC area businesses, including Broad Branch Market, which won "Best Food Market" in DC by the D.C. City Paper from 2013 - 2015. He holds a degree in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
David P Dietz (C'10), Co-Chair, Communications
Social entrepreneur, David founded Modavanti in 2013 the brainchild of his desire to fuse social good and fashion. Since launching, Modavanti has been named a top Ethical Fashion site by Instyle Magazine, one of the coolest fashion startups of 2016 by the Huffington Post and Honoree for Best for NYC by B Corp and the City. David serves as a board member of Georgetown University's Entrepreneurship Alliance and as co-chair of the Nexus Global Ethical Fashion Lab and Nexus Ambassador to New York City. Additionally, David is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. Prior to Modavanti, David served as a conflict journalist in the Middle East where he reported on the Arab Spring. During his two years in the region, David contributed to Mic.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Al Jazeera. He Holds degree in Political Economics and Arabic studies from Georgetown University
Parker Stanzione brings more than 20 years of business consulting & leadership programming experience. Before joining Strelmark, Parker was Director of Corporate Relations at the Center for Women & Business developing women’s advancement & leadership programs with Fortune 500 companies interested in expanding their corporate Diversity & Inclusion programs. Parker’s previous experience includes developing Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship campaign & five years of strategic online marketing experience at Fleishman Hillard Communications managing one of the firm’s largest clients, the Executive Office of the President, ONCDP. Before that she served as Director of Strategic Audiences at AOL where her role was to develop strategic partnerships for companies such as Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Phillips & Time, Inc. Parker spent the early part of her career as an entrepreneur & publisher of a national magazine during which time she was chosen as a finalist for the Echoing Green Social Entrepreneurs Fellowship. In addition to serving on the Board of the GEA, Parker is a strategic consultant for the Quorum Initiative, an exclusive network of executives supporting the professional growth of women.
Julie Diaz-Asper (I'89), Chair, Mentoring
Julie Diaz-Asper has over two decades of experience helping organizations to understand consumer needs, innovate and pursue new market opportunities. She has worked with a wide range of organizations including American Express, AARP, Google, Univision, Consumer Reports, Cabot Cheese, Mobile Future, Immersive Youth, CX Act and Responsibility.org.
Julie is a recognized expert on social media, mobile trends, and multicultural marketing. She has guest blogged and published research in eMarketer, Mobile Commerce Daily, Greenbook blog, Portada, Direct Marketing News, Quirk’s Market Research News, Hispanic Trending and other media outlets. She has spoken at major conferences including LATISM, SXSW, NCLR, Hispanicize, Digital Hollywood and the Insights Innovation Exchange. She heads-up the Latino Advisory Committee for Milagros para Niños at Children's National Health System and serves as Chief Researcher for Latinos in Technology Innovation and Social Media #LATISM.