New entrepreneurs-in-residence welcomed
Lake Erie College welcomes four new entrepreneurs-in-residence to its Center for Entrepreneurship this academic year: Peter Apicella, J. Jeffrey Eakin, Jackie Lowe Stevenson and Craig Zamary.
Apicella will be overseeing and supporting student developed businesses and providing marketing support for the Downtown Painesville Economic Development Group. He will also represent the Center during community networking events throughout the year.
A 1990 Lake Erie College graduate, Apicella formerly headed up sales for Famous Value Brands, a division of Philip Morris USA in New York City. Most recently, Apicella has owned Feren Gift Baskets & Wine, since 1993 and is a trustee and board member of the Italian American Cultural Foundation in Cleveland.
Eakin currently serves as president of Marquis Financial Services, LLC, providing investment banking services to middle market companies. Prior to forming Marquis, he co-founded and served as chief credit officer of three equipment finance companies, including ventures for a medical equipment manufacturer, a NYSE-listed healthcare finance company and a private, independent general equipment lessor.
Eakin earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Lafayette College. He continued his education at Boston University where he received a master of business administration degree in finance with honors. Eakin has served as an independent director of a NASD-listed company and as a trustee and board chairman of the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation of the Cleveland Clinic. He continues to volunteer at the hospital and was the 2007 recipient of the Delos Cosgrove-Patients First Award.
Stevenson is a consultant, coach, therapist and educator. She has served as the director of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland and the clinical center director of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She teaches and lectures within the United States, Turkey, Israel and Mexico. Stevenson is also an adjunct professor at the Mandel School of Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and is on the faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Her professional practice includes equine guided coaching and experiential learning and natural horsemanship methods. She is a pioneer in this work and has trained and collaborated in developing this cutting edge organizational development modality throughout the United States and in Europe. Additionally, Stevenson founded Wolf Creek, a wilderness-based leadership and personal development training program for women.
Launching his first business at the age of 24 from his kitchen table, Zamary grew it into a successful corporation, and sold it to investors in 2006.
He officially launched GreenEnergyTV.com in January, 2007. Zamary created an online television platform for individuals and companies around the world to share what they are doing to be green. He will develop revenue streams and use some of the revenue to install solar/wind energy projects in third world countries.