Union County Means Business

AI Unleashed

Networking Breakfast & Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 21st 8:30 to 10:00 am
Kean University STEM Building in Union

Drew Thompson

Drew Thompson, the founder of Consult Drew, is a dynamic figure in AI consulting, known for his strategic humor and deep expertise.

He excels at making complex AI concepts engaging and memorable, making his presentations a hit with audiences eager for both enlightenment and entertainment.

At Consult Drew, he focuses on weaving AI into business strategies, positioning him as a trusted advisor for companies aiming to harness technology for growth.

Latisha Gaither

Latisha Gaither, an MBA graduate from Nova Southeastern University, brings a wealth of experience in technology and leadership to the “AI Unleashed” panel.

Her tenure as an Enterprise Account Executive at Google Cloud and as an Account Manager at Cisco showcased her ability to leverage AI and cloud technologies to enhance business outcomes.

With a strong background in coaching and talent management, Latisha excels in empowering individuals and organizations to navigate the challenges of AI integration.

Hans Fleurival

Hans Fleurival, a Syracuse University graduate, brings over 20 years of experience in selling cybersecurity and cloud-based solutions to various industries. As a Strategic ISV Sales Specialist at Google Cloud, he has demonstrated a profound understanding of cyber security, software-defined infrastructure, and mobile technology.

His recent completion of the Google Cloud – Introduction to Generative AI Certification further solidifies his expertise in leveraging AI technologies. Hans’ skills in managing complex sales cycles and channel development make him well-equipped to discuss the practical applications of AI in business

Dr. David Joiner

Dr. David Joiner is a distinguished educator and researcher with a Ph.D. in Physics and Philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As a full-time professor at Kean University, he has dedicated over two decades to teaching classes in Physics, Applied Math, and High Performance Computing, while also conducting research in astrophysics and computational science education.

His recent appearance on Kean’s Urban Impact Podcast, where he discussed “Why Artificial Intelligence is flawed,” highlights his critical perspective on AI and its implications.

All Union County business owners, managers and entrepreneurs are invited to attend and explore the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence in the realm of business.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Union County business owners, employers, and professionals to connect with one another, share experiences, and exchange resources,” said Union County Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on how artificial intelligence is transforming the modern workplace and generating optimism in the world of business. We hope to see you there.”

“AI Unleashed” is a networking event and panel discussion that aims to explore the vast potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the realm of business. The event will bring together industry experts, academics, and professionals to delve into the opportunities and challenges presented by AI technologies.

Join us for an insightful experience with a complimentary breakfast. Register now as seats are limited. Stay tuned for upcoming details on the event, including the list of panelists and the full agenda.

“By collaborating with business owners, experts, and educators in providing our residents with the necessary resources, we can alleviate any fears or doubts that may arise from new technologies, such as AI, in the workforce,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison to the Workforce Development Board. “Our commitment to working together with our residents strengthens this community and inspires us to achieve even greater success.”

Union County Means Business is an initiative of the Union County Board of County Commissioners that aims to support economic growth and business development in Union County, New Jersey. Through various programs and events, Union County Means Business provides resources, information, and opportunities for businesses to thrive and contribute to the local economy.

For more information, please contact Jeff Brooks, Union County Means Business, at 908-659-7412 or by email at Jeffrey.brooks@ucnj.org

Future of Work Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion – May 10, 2023

May 10th, 2023 “The Future of Work” panel discussion took place on Wednesday at Kean University’s Donald R. Conklin Conference Center, organized by Union County Means Business. The event, proudly hosted by the Union County Board of County Commissioners, aimed to bring together the local community and foster a thought-provoking conversation about the changing landscape of work. Moderated by Erich Peter, Executive Vice President of UCEDC, the panel consisted of Jane E. Allerman-Rey, President and COO of Spencer Savings Bank; Perle Almeida, Deputy Director of the Union County American Job Center; Sal Garcia, Founder and Principal of MAS, Real Estate and Urban redevelopment company; and Shakira Johnson, founder and owner of John PR and Events.

The panelists, comprising Union County business owners and business resource experts, shared their insights and perspectives on various topics related to the future of work. They delved into critical areas such as finding quality employees, implementing strategies to lower fringe benefit costs, and adapting to the evolving work environment, which included the emerging trend of hybrid working and work-life balance.

Throughout the event, attendees gained valuable insights and practical strategies to navigate the challenges and opportunities brought about by the changing nature of work. The engaging discourse and interaction with the panelists allowed participants to draw from their unique experiences and expertise, empowering them to better plan for the future of work in their own professional endeavors.

Overall, “The Future of Work” panel, provided a platform for the local community to come together and engage in a stimulating conversation about the evolving work landscape. The event successfully equipped attendees with valuable insights and practical strategies to embrace the changes and make informed decisions in their professional journeys.

Union County Means Business Networking Breakfast June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022 Union County Means Business held its networking breakfast event at Kean University’s Donald R. Conklin Conference Center. This was a first in a series of Union County Means Business events scheduled for 2022. This event offered local businesses an opportunity to network with other business leaders and expand their customer base. The keynote speaker was Kean University President Lamont Repollet, Ed.D.

Union County Board of County Commissioners Chair Rebecca Williams welcomed event attendees and praised the leadership of President Dr. Repollet during the pandemic, citing the successful collaboration of the County and Kean University in establishing a Covid-19 Testing Lab on the Kean University Campus. Furthermore, Chair Williams revealed that The County of Union will be receiving recognition at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Convention with the 2022 NACo Achievement Award for Covid-19 Testing Lab Partnership. The event was well attended with over 70 individuals participating.

Union County Means Business – The Future of Work – Lunch & Learn October 4th, 2022

On October 4th, 2022 Union County Means Business teamed up with its respected partners to host a panel at Kean University’s Donald R. Conklin Conference Center which highlighted six Union County businesses that were successful coming out the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was titled “The Future of Work: Panel on adapting business in the event of an economic emergency” as a part of Union County Means Business Lunch & Learn series. The panel masterfully offered insight on the day to

day innerworkings and the challenges navigated by businesses during the pandemic as well as provided the unique strategies they implemented. The event was hosted by County Commissioner Rebecca Williams and moderated by NJSBDC’s Regional Director Rafael Mata.

The panel consisted of 6 business owners throughout Union County. The panelists were Charlotte Diakite of A3 Contracting, Mike Kelly of Garden State Strength and Fitness., Gladys Vonglahn of Gladys Cleaning Service LLC, Koron Barley of Headquarterz Hair Studio, Lee Frankel of Cross roads – Restaurant, Bar & Music Venue and lastly Kevin Castor of Melao’s Cafe & Creamery.

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