Our Founding Members

Our Founding Members were the people who saw our Vision and embraced it with us from the start. Their vote of confidence allowed The Center For Excellence™ to flourish.

~Barbara Carr Brossman is a Licensed Esthetician, Mineral Makeup Artist, Certified Color Analyst. and Marketing Representative for Natural Awakenings Magazine, Raleigh. Barbara is also a promotional writer and tabletop display designer.  She is a  dedicated professional in a complementary field who is aware of the benefits of high-level natural skin care.  Barbara is blissfully married to Martin Brossman.  Website:  www.naturesface.com

~Martin Brossman is a success coach, speaker, trainer and author specializing in teaching Martin Brossman new social media skills to accelerate growth for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  He has been offering LinkedIn training in the Triangle community since 2006 and building a meaningful LinkedIn network. He has originated  in-person and on-line networking groups which have facilitated valuable business connections among members. Martin’s IBM background and computer skills have powered his keen ability to create and teach crucial new Internet communications, such as blogging, podcasting and on-line networking. He offers consulting on how to generate profitable alliances by maximizing face-to-face and on-line presence and managing “the conversation of you” on the Web. Website: www.pronetworkingonline.com

~Pat Howlett was with the Air Force for 14 years, and has 17 years as a Micro Business Owner  (Technology).  His specialty is the creation and deployment of Small Local Business Social Communities.  Pat is currently the owner of Colorado Web Link, an ISP operating in the Northern Mountain Region of Colorado.  Some of his current business goals for inSide NetworX are to be involved in the creation and deployment of 268 very cool, useful and dynamic Micro Business Social Networks focused inside US Area Codes.  His Community Goal is to  leverage this platform to do good within each community they serve.  His Personal Goals are to maintain his families first position in heart, mind and quality time while accomplishing his business and community goals.

~Beverly Mahone is a veteran journalist, author, radio talk show host and motivational speaker who primarily talks about issues affecting middle-aged women.  Beverly graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism.  Her career has taken her to West Virginia, Boston, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  She was the recipient of a Boston’s Best Award for a public affairs show she produced and hosted and was part of the Emmy-winning news team that exposed the dirty dealings of a local sherrif.  After spending more than 25 years in the radio and television news business, Beverly decided to use her expertise to create BAMedia—as a media trainer, she works with individuals on how create their own voice through the media. She also hosts her own radio show called The Boomer Beat every.  Website:  beverlymahone.com

~Olalah Njenga is an award winning CEO, marketing strategist, author and speaker. Olalah is a 2011 and 2010 Business Leader Top 50 Entrepreneurs winner and a 2010 & 2009 International Stevie® Award Women In Business finalist. A champion for small business success, Olalah is a proud SCORE® volunteer, a columnist for Carolina Business Connection and a featured expert in the 2011 Women’s Advantage Calendar.  The author of “37 What Were They Thinking Moments In Marketing”, Olalah is also the developer of Breakthrough Advantage™, a program that helps entrepreneurs and business owners create an unfair competitive advantage. In addition to her efforts on various business advisory boards, Olalah speaks nationallyon business topics including, entrepreneurship, women in leadership the role of marketing and creating competitive advantages. Website: www.Olalah.com

Alice Osborn, Raleigh author & poet

~Alice Osborn, M.A. was born in Washington, D.C. the winter after Watergate. Her past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, as well as an editor, coach and marketing consultant for writers. “After the Steaming Stops” is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are “Right Lane Ends” and “Unfinished Projects.” Alice is also the editor of the short fiction anthology, “Tattoos” (Main Street Rag, 2012). She has taught classes and writing workshops to hundreds of aspiring authors of nearly all ages (from 9 to 90), both in person and online. Her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children and three parakeets: Woodbird, Birdstein and Perry. Visit Alice’s website at:  www.AliceOsborn.com

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