2020 Entrepreneur Day Speaker Bios

Cloeann Durham

Cloeann is currently employed by Coca Cola Consolidated in Charlotte NC as a Vice President of Quality.  Cloeann holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Cloeann has over 28 years’ experience in the Beverage Industry.  Her career started immediately after college in Great Britain in Quality Assurance for a major beverage manufacturer.  Since that time she has worked throughout the US supporting beverage manufactures in Waste Water and Water Treatment facilities, Dairy, Concentrate and Carbonated Beverages and also working with an FDA lab as a Pathogen Specialist.  Cloeann has served as a member of the IFT (International Food Technologist), GFSI (Global Food Safety Institute), the Dairy Manufacturers Council, Food Safety Board and the ISBT (International Society of Beverage Technologies). Currently Cloeann serves as the Former President of the ISBT (International Society of Beverage Technologies) and has also been a special presenter for the ISBT general assembly technical sessions, the IFT, Food and Beverage Manufacturing Summit, Food Safety Symposium, and Keynote Speaker for Food Safety Summit.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and also, working with an international 501C, The Hope Project International, in Nicaragua for at risk youth for the last 10 years.

Anna Sullivan

Anna Sullivan launched The Creative Exchange in 2015. Before launching The Creative Exchange she started learning social media for business and brands on her own and launched social media for local businesses in college and even teaching classes to students and businesses in 2012.

She spent time working at the Director of Marketing for a startup, worked with two large agencies working on brands like Southwest Airlines, Four Seasons Hotel,Wells Fargo, Retail Me Not, and Trulia.

The Creative Exchange was launched in North Carolina and then expanded to NYC in 2018 and has made Brooklyn home and the HQ for The Creative Exchange.

Anna’s passion lies in for beauty, wellness, food & beverage, jewelry, and CPG brands. She’s made it an agency-wide initiative to support and partner with brands, influencers, and organizations that are transparent, creating products that matter, and putting employees and customers at the highest importance.

Jasmine Beard

A native of Greensboro North Carolina, Jasmine Beard is a single mother who enjoys spending time with her daughter, dancing, traveling and strategizing on how to solve complex issues, achieving challenging goals while helping others in the process. 

Modeled after her mother's own heart, Jasmine’s aspirations – from speaking three foreign languages fluently, traveling the world and being an entrepreneur – have always been rooted in the spirit of ways to enhance and improve the life of others, especially her beloved family members and yet to exist children. 

Jasmine‘s passion for business, continuous self-development and life-long learning has culminated to push Jasmine toward her next venture in consulting. She has capitalized on every opportunity to learn from a new experience, and coached herself through extremely difficult and traumatizing life experiences. Motivation and principles from life experiences and lessons learned are what have driven Jasmine to share and consult with clients for effective problem-solving and strategizing.

Wilson Lester

Wilson Lester Is the Executive director of Piedmont Business Capital. The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer of the organization for the Board of Directors, overseeing all day-to-day administration and management of operations, marketing, lending functions, site visits, borrowers, fundraising and the long-range strategy.

Entrepreneurship is a part of my family story.  For four generations money has been earned through ownership.  I feel a sense of duty to create an access point for ownership in my community.

We have a mission to create shared economic prosperity through equitable lending and investment.

Piedmont Business Capital is a certified CDFI and CDE (Dept. of Treasury).

Tarlon Khoubyari

As a proud woman in STEM, Tarlon Khoubyari has been an advocate for getting other young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Education, and Math. Her career has been centered around helping others find meaning and purpose behind their social media channels. Throughout her career she’s held positions in the world’s leading financial organizations and multi-million dollar technology startups.

Tarlon Khoubyari is best known for her ability to tell stories and help others do the same. She works closely with our clients to help them strategize the best plan of action to showcase their brand. Tarlon provides our clients with world-class teams that best fit every company’s goal, mission, and purpose.

Mary Chen, M.Sc., CGBP

As a first generation immigrant and an entrepreneur, I have always loved adventures. Getting to know
others and discovering new worlds through learning had since become a very important part of my life,
which continued on after college. After a sundry of jobs in various fields I returned to graduate school to study Counseling at Wake Forest University in 2000 and eventually received my master’s degree in Child Development from UNCG in
2004.

After graduation it took me several tries to discover that my passion was in entrepreneurship. This
discovery and the love for languages led to the launch of my first company Chen Language Services, TM
LLC in 2008, providing Asian language translation and interpreting services to local businesses.
As the 1st ATA (American Translators Association) certified English-Chinese translator in North Carolina,
I have worked with many organizations across various industries both in the public and the private
sector. During the process of helping clients overcoming language barriers, I have also developed
knowledge, skills and experience in cross cultural communications and later on in international business
development. Obtaining the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certificate in November 2018
has opened even more doors for me both in business and in life. I currently offer international business
consulting services through my other company, Chen Global Services, TMLLC.

Besides international business development, I am also passionate about connecting the Asian
community with the other members of the society. In the past 20 years, I have helped many local
nonprofit cultural and professional organizations in North Carolina, either serving as a board member or
providing pro bono services. In addition I also enjoy mentoring new immigrant entrepreneurs with
unique challenges caused by language barriers, cultural differences, as well as unknown factors in
starting and running a business in a new country.

Larry Pickett

Larry A. Pickett, Jr. is Co-Founder and CEO of RxDataScience.  Mr. Pickett has 30 years of executive leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including serving as Chief Information Officer, with companies such as GSK, Merck Medco, ITT, and GE.  As a proven strategic leader, he has expertise in building high-performance teams and in implementing global digital and analytics transformation and strategy.  

Mr. Pickett has served in various leadership roles for the Pharmaceutical Information Systems Association, a CIO organization, as well as Life Sciences advisory groups for SAS, Microsoft, and SAP.  He has been active as a thought leader and speaker for various biopharma conferences around AI and ML, IoT & Medical Sensors, Big Data Analytics, and Real World Data, among others.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA at UNC - Greensboro.  

Everything we do at RxDataScience is focused on using data and data science to improve patient lives”

George Acheampong

George Acheampong is one of North Carolina’s top Financial Planners. He is the Co-Founder of Capitalwize. Since the beginning of his career he has been passionately committed to helping his clients live the lifestyle they’ve always wanted today, while planning the legacy they will leave tomorrow. His mission is: “To increase his clients quality of life, keep families together, break generational curses and to build lasting legacies of significance, purpose and worth.” A life-changing health event sparked the desire to create a planning process that was truly coordinated in a way that put clients in the best possible situation.

He has received numerous endorsements for his expertise in financial services and has been a go-to expert on various media outlets. George was also recently named one of Charlotte’s Black Chamber of Commerce, Top 30 under 30.

Aside from his role as Managing Partner, George participates in a number of community and philanthropic events in the Charlotte area as well as speaking engagements about financial empowerment and personal development. The cornerstone of George’s platform and a philosophy he also lives by is “It’s not about what you would do if you could; it’s what you can do with what you have.” He enjoys being physically active, spending time with family and friends and traveling with his wife, Majesty.

George is a Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics from the Bryan School of Business. He is a financial planner & licensed Investment Advisor Representative and Registered Financial Consultant, who acts as a fiduciary legally obligating him to act in the explicit best interest of his clients. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Majesty.