Craig Burris is founder and CEO of SmartCEO Media, a leading publisher of regional business media. He began his publishing career in the early 1990s as the owner of Computer Usermagazine, a publication that examined computer tools and trends, which Craig grew to include franchises in 26 cities around the country. After selling Computer User in 1998, Craig founded Baltimore SmartCEO, a magazine that combined the lessons and business stories found in national business magazines with the relatable successes of regional leaders. Building on its mission to educate, motivate and inspire local leaders, Craig expanded SmartCEO to the Washington, DC,market in 2005. In 2010, SmartCEO launched in Philadelphia, and in 2013, SmartCEO came to New York City, solidifying its position as a leading media company in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.
Amy Celep is CEO of Community Wealth Partners. She is responsible for guiding the organization’s strategic direction and oversees its nearly 30 employees in their efforts to support partners. Since taking on this role, she has led the organization to success by achieving 65 percent revenue growth. She has a wide-range of experience in management and marketing. In 2011, she was honored by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the region’s brightest young business leaders. She received her MBA from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University.
Cynthia Crockett is President and Co-owner of Crockett Facilities Services in Bowie, Maryland. She is responsible for developing the marketing, human resources and financial management aspects of the company. She has extensive leadership experience and is licensed to practice law throughout the state of Maryland. In 2013, she received the Baltimore SmartCEO Brava! Award. This award celebrates the achievements of 25 of Baltimore’s women business leaders. Crockett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University.
Carroll Hynson is president of his self-founded full-service advertising, marketing, public relations and special events agency Image Power, Inc. Hynson has more than 30 years of public relations and strategic communications experience. He first became involved with VFC through his role as a board member for the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The Foundation provided VFC with a grant and produced a video of VFC that later won a Telly award. Hynson also serves on the Maryland State Park Advisory Commission and is a member of Corvette Annapolis and Meritocrats, Inc.
Earl Johnson is the former director of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Johnson has spent the past 25 years involved in policy directly related to low-income individuals. Before retiring in 2014, he was presidential appointee overseeing the Office of Family Assistance within the Administrations for Children & Families for four years. During his tenure in OFA, Johnson worked on policy development for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a program designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. Throughout his career, Johnson’s work had focused on stabilizing opportunities for low-income men and women.
Kenneth Umansky serves as Vice President of Marketing at Carepoint Medical in Glen Allen, Virginia. He has more than 40 years experience helping companies develop in numerous areas, such as business, marketing and growth strategies. He has a wide-range experience in business marketing and has held numerous leadership positions in previous years. Umansky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science from Northwestern University.