The Keating Network Advisory Board

Howard Keating, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer                                                                        

Most recently, Keating was the founder and CEO of the largest Small and Medium business contractual portal providing businesses access to $350 billion in global contracts. He has been involved with over 25 start-up companies and 16 turnarounds within the national and international business communities. Business experience spans a wide range of industries including research and development, manufacturing, software, broadcasting, electronics, industrial and residential land development, alternative energy, biotech, health care, remote imaging and venture capital. Keating specializes in launching fast growth opportunities and managing them to profitability. He has over thirty years of experience working with Federal Departments and Agencies in Washington D. C. This has led to longstanding relationships with leaders that formulate policies of importance to businesses. He was chosen to participate in the National Commission on Innovation and Productivity under a former U.S President. He organized and chaired the World Summit for Small Businesses in Washington D.C. Keating has been an active member of numerous business and trade associations including National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Latino Collation, National Association of Women Business Owners and National Native American Business Alliance. He has been an active advocate for minority business owners with the private and public sector. Keating has been a guest lecturer at universities, private educational institutes and over 60 international trade consulates focusing on issues surrounding Small Business. Keating has an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the U.S. Army.  

 

Board Members

Lizabeth Ardisana

CEO, principal owner, ASG Renaissance, a technical and communication services firm based in Dearborn with offices in California, Washington, South Carolina and Ontario. Was the first woman elected to chair the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Was the first minority-owned service supplier to receive Ford Motor Co.'s Q1 award. The company has branched out to provide environmental program management and minority supply chain development.  Civic involvement: Focus: HOPE vice chair, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition treasurer, Oakwood Healthcare trustee, Skillman Foundation vice chair, United Way for Southeastern Michigan director, Michigan Colleges Fund trustee, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce director, Citizens Bank director, Kettering University trustee.

 Tony Curti

Tony Curti joined Curti Insurance Agency Inc., in 1987, a family owned insurance agency.  After focusing on building a successful multi-location, full service insurance agency, the agency was acquired by Standard Federal Bank in 1996.  Tony was named President and Chief Operating Officer of SFB’s insurance subsidiary at that time.  In 1998, he became Managing Director of ABN AMRO Insurance Services, Inc.  (Later merged and named LaSalle Insurance Services, currently Bank of America Insurance & Protection).  As his role and responsibilities expanded, Tony was promoted to lead LaSalle Bank’s full-service national insurance agency in 1999.  The business unit consisted of the bank’s Property & Casualty/Life Insurance and Risk Management Services, Title Insurance & Settlement Services Group and Captive Reinsurance Management Services. The insurance group produced $40 million in commissions, fees and program revenue. 

Robert K. Faught

Former Vice President of Atari and Activision.  Faught also served as Senior Vice President of Retail and Commercial Online Sales at Comcast.  Faught focused on developing and implementing strategies for expanding retail distribution of the company's service offerings, including high-speed Internet service, digital cable and high-definition television. In addition, he was also responsible for driving sales of the company's commercial high-speed Internet services.  A sales and marketing veteran of over 35 years, Faught has held executive positions with several leading communications companies, including Phillips Consumer Communications and BellSouth Cellular. He also served as CEO of Universal Wireless in Atlanta, Ga.

The Honorable Ana Guevara

Former Alternate Executive Director of The World Bank Group Board of Directors; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Trade for Service Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Vice President Public Affairs, Americas Region for UPS.

Lawrence Irving

Former Vice President of Global Government Affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company, the largest technology company in the world. Irving is currently president and CEO of the Irving Information Group, a telecommunication and information technology strategic planning and consulting business based in Washington, D.C. Irving launched his business in October 1999. Prior to starting his business, he was head of the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration (NTIA), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves as the President's principal adviser on telecommunications policies pertaining to the United States' economic and technological advancement and to regulation of the telecommunications industry. He was a principal architect of President Bill Clinton’s telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce policies and initiatives and acted as a senior adviser to the President and to Vice President Al Gore and the United States Secretary of Commerce during his tenure from 1993 to 1999. Irving was a member of the Clinton-Gore transition team focusing on telecommunications issues. More recently, he worked with President Barack Obama's transition team on science and tech agencies.

Rolf Kleiner

Rolf has extensive business development, start-up, turn-around and general management experience, with a history of operationalizing new and innovative solutions.  Former Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Kelly Services, Inc. Kelly is a leader in providing workforce solutions headquartered in Troy, Michigan.  Rolf was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Assoc. (SIA) September, 2014.  A veteran outsourcing and staffing professional, Mr. Kleiner was responsible for creating a new foundation of workforce solutions for the evolving workplace at Kelly. 

James T. Moore

Former President and COO of lnvetech. The original company was Detroit Ball Bearing Co. of Michigan, founded in 1917 by his grandfather.  Mr. Moore joined the family business in 1973 after three years with SKF Industries in Philadelphia, one of the world’s largest ball and roller bearing manufacturers. In late 1977 Moore became President of Moore Bearing Company, a subsidiary of the parent organization. ln 1981, Moore became President of The Detroit Ball Bearing Company. During his tenure the company grew 700 percent growing to 100 stores in 18 states and approximately 1000 employees. 

Moore served seven years on the Board of Directors for The Power Transmission Distributor Association and became its President in 1991.  Moore has been very involved in the world of non-profits.  He served as the chairman for Circus, a "not for profit' that had outreach programs in the areas of elderly health and humor as well as programs in the public schools of Sarasota, Florida.  He also served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the diocese of Venice, Florida for seven years, the last year as Chairman. He has also served as chair of several Capital Campaigns ranging from S3 - $10 million.  Mr. Moore has an extensive background working with and running SME'S, managing a large corporation and working with many of the major companies throughout the U.S. 

Randy Nash

Randy launched his career with international CPA firms, Deloitte & Touche and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He transitioned to the entrepreneurial world from public accounting in 1984 where he joined Financial Audit Systems, Inc of Raleigh NC, a startup software company that was ultimately acquired by Fortune 100 Company, Simon & Schuster.  He acted as President and CEO concurrently of 2-sister technology companies, one of which was sold to a $5 billion Dutch publishing house.  He has devoted the last 20 years of his career taking leadership roles in start-up and turnaround companies in need of direction. 

Mark Schlussel

Member of the Law Firm of Schlussel & Schefman, located in Birmingham, Michigan. Appointed to Oakland University’s Board Chair in August 2014.  Schlussel served as a member of the City Council of the City of Southfield from 1972 to 1973, the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority from 1986 to 1990, and the Mackinac Island State Park Commission from 1995 to 2001, serving as vice chairman from 2000 to 2001. He was a board member of the State of Michigan Building Authority from 2005 to 2007; the Monsignor Clement Kern Hospital for Special Surgery from 1982 to 1993, serving as its chairman from 1988 to 1993; and a trustee of Sinai Hospital Detroit from 1979 to 1995, serving as the chairman from 1995 to 1997. He joined the board of the Detroit Medical Center in 1997, serving as the vice-chairman from 1998 to 2002, and was the board chairman of Sinai Grace Hospital from 2002 to 2003.

Joanne Shaw

Founder and CEO, Coffee Beanery, Past President, Specialty Coffee Association of America, Past Chairman, International Franchise Association, Past Chairman, Past Board of Directors Member, Coffee Development Group, and Board Member, the Dale Carnegie Corporation.

Ambassador John A. Simon

John A. Simon is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a founder of Total Impact Advisors. He left federal government service in 2009, where he held a variety of posts, including serving most recently as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Susan Wellman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Relations

 Wellman helped create the largest contractual portal for small businesses in the world.  As Co-Founder of Keating Network, Wellman helped develop the strategy and vision of creating the first of its kind global business community solution for the estimated 600 million small medium enterprises, globally.  Wellman possesses extensive experience in strategic relations, sales management and consulting. By managing strategic relationships for Keating Network, Wellman has created strong alliances with many global corporations, government agencies in Washington, DC including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. State Department, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Homeland Security and the World Bank. As a corporate account director and regional director for Johnson & Johnson, Wellman led the sales teams to top national rankings during a pharmaceutical sales career that spanned more than two decades. Using her sales expertise and leadership skills, Wellman developed learning solutions designed to improve performance outcomes for the sales and marketing functions of such companies as Bayer, Biogen Idec, Indevus, Johnson & Johnson, MedImmune, Pfizer, and Sankyo Pharma.

 
Advisory Committee

 Gary Wetstein

Gary Wetstein has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management and understands the financial needs of all size firms, nationally and globally. Currently a Director of Walsh College, Gary is the former Chairman of BDO Seidman, LLP, the fifth largest Certified Public Accounting firm in the world.

Richard Gabrys

Mr. Richard M. Gabrys served as an Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration of Wayne State University and serves as Treasurer of Detroit Institute of Arts. Mr. Gabrys served for 42 years with Deloitte & Touche in public accounting serving a variety of publicly held companies, especially automotive manufacturing companies, financial services institutions and health care entities. Previously, he served as an Operations Leader for Deloitte's Financial Institutions Industry Group.

COLLECTIVE DISRUPTION

Keating Network

Keating Network’s Business Community Solution is not just a trend or a strategy – but rather, a necessary evolution.  The trends in technology and society are changing the way we do business. We need to rethink how we structure our organizations to handle these emerging trends and leverage them.  The business community solution will revolutionize the way we do business.  ​

YOUR BACKROOM BUSINESS TEAM

​​There is explosive growth potential with 600 million businesses that are classified as small and medium businesses, those with fewer than 500 employees. Our goal is to get them to think and act collectively in a Business Community Solution. Together, they represent nearly 98 percent of all businesses in the world. Beyond that, we are also targeting the millions of high school and college students who are going to be the next generation of businesses and build community among them with learning solutions and contests. 

Howard Keating, Chief Executive Officer

Most recently, Keating was the founder and CEO of the largest Small and Medium business contractual portal providing businesses access $350 billion in global contracts. He has been involved with over 25 start-up companies and 16 turnarounds within the national and international business communities. Business experience spans a wide range of industries including research and development, manufacturing, software, broadcasting, electronics, industrial and residential land development, alternative energy, biotech, health care, remote imaging and venture capital. Keating specializes in launching fast growth opportunities and managing them to profitability. He has over thirty years of experience working with Federal Departments and Agencies in Washington D. C. This has led to longstanding relationships with leaders that formulate policies of importance to businesses, including The Honorable Donald Regan, William Seidman, The Honorable Clayton Yeutter, and Reid Rundell.  He was chosen to participate in the National Commission on Innovation and Productivity under a former U.S President. He organized and chaired the World Summit for Small Businesses in Washington D.C. Keating has been an active member of numerous business and trade associations including National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Latino Collation, National Association of Women Business Owners and National Native American Business Alliance. He has been an active advocate for minority business owners with the private and public sector. Keating has been a guest lecturer at universities, private educational institutes and over 60 international trade consulates focusing on issues surrounding Small Business.  Keating has an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the U.S. Army.  

Susan Wellman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Relations 

Wellman helped create the largest contractual portal for small businesses in the world.  As Co-Founder of Keating Network, Wellman helped develop the strategy and vision of creating the first of its kind global business community solution for the estimated 600 million small medium enterprises, globally.  Wellman possesses extensive experience in strategic relations, sales management and consulting. By managing strategic relationships for Keating Network, Wellman has created strong alliances with many global corporations, government agencies in Washington, DC including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. State Department, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Homeland Security and the World Bank. As a corporate account director and regional director for Johnson & Johnson, Wellman led the sales teams to top national rankings during a pharmaceutical sales career that spanned more than two decades. Using her sales expertise and leadership skills, Wellman developed learning solutions designed to improve performance outcomes for the sales and marketing functions of such companies as Bayer, Biogen Idec, Indevus, Johnson & Johnson, MedImmune, Pfizer, and Sankyo Pharma.

Wellman joined Keating in 2006 and built the largest business-to-business contractual Web portal in the world. Wellman received her MBA from Wayne State University in International Business.

William Abele, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing

William Abele has been working in the automotive marketing arena for 34 years. He began with the Sandy Corporation in 1976 working exclusively on Chevrolet business. He went on his own in 1982 and promptly was contracted to help produce the Ford Dealer New Product Announcement Show.

In 1983, William was contracted by Ross Roy to produce Chrysler’s 1984 Model Dealer Announcement Show, featuring the premiere of the minivan. He continued working on Chrysler business with Ross Roy, becoming its Executive Vice President, Communications and Training. William was responsible for all Chrysler dealer shows, events, and in-dealership training.  In 2000, he formed Clear!Blue Communications with his other partners. Chrysler and General Motors were the primary clients at Clear!Blue. William has a BA in Communications and MA in Communications Management from Wayne State University.

Carl Rundell, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

An executive “corporate athlete”, Rundell thrives under pressure and rapid change, applying the same methods used to reach world-class athletic performance to sustain peak performance in business. Over 15 years of consulting experience, with a proven track record of leadership, sales and delivery success enabled through his competencies in strategic planning, program management, and business transformation initiatives. Led and supported projects ranging from short-term performance efficiency workshops to large-scale, global operational redesign and system implementation efforts.

Started and participated in several startup companies, therefore understands the need for a mix of freedom and responsibility that business requires for true innovation. As with athletic training, does not seek out the adrenaline, as much as the pleasure of knowing where the dangers are and calculating the risk in every project.

Manuel Rosales, Senior Vice President, Director of International & Government Affairs

Manuel “Manny “A Rosales currently serves as the Deputy Director in the Coalitions Division of the Republican National Committee.  Before joining the RNC he was elected to the Board of the Directors of The Latino Coalition (TLC) and also served as the Director of the Washington, DC office where he was the Chair of the TLC’s Policy, Government and International Relations Committee.  Mr. Rosales served as President and CEO of the Caribbean Central American Action, a Washington-based NGO that focuses on the Caribbean Basin. Mr. Rosales served as the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade, where he acted as the Administrator’s principal advisor on international trade, educational and technical assistance, risk management and finance programs designed to assist U.S. small businesses in the international marketplace.  Before moving to Washington, Mr. Rosales successfully operated his own California-based financial services company, Inter-American Financial Services.  With a career in banking, Mr. Rosales acted as Vice President of the Bank of California.  He was recruited to serve as the Vice President of the Capital Preservation Fund (now known as the Benham Capital Management Group), the nation’s first money-market fund.

 Randy Nash, Senior Vice President, Business Development

Randy launched his career with international CPA firms, Deloitte & Touche and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He transitioned to the entrepreneurial world from public accounting in 1984 where he joined a startup software company that was ultimately acquired by Fortune 100 Company, Simon & Schuster.  He acted as President and CEO concurrently of 2-sister technology companies, one of which was sold to a $5 billion Dutch publishing house.  He has devoted the last 20 years of his career taking leadership roles in start-up and turnaround companies in need of direction. 

Richard Schroeter, Chief Financial Officer

Financial executive with over 30 years of experi
ence. Developed expertise includes in part: negotiation, public and private debt, leasing, institutional investing, investor relations, cash management, budgeting, financial planning, insurance, taxes, mergers and acquisitions and accounting.  Schroeter held roles as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to Microgistix, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Airtran Airways, President, Northwest Aircraft Inc., Vice President and Controller, Continental Airlines Inc., Vice President and Treasurer, Eastern Airlines.   

Best Practices – KN will build a best practice model for every industry and country.  We will also analyze goods and services being sold, where they are being shipped and why.