Who We Are
Our Board of Directors consists of business veterans from the Chicago area. They come from a variety of fields such as legal, coaching, and executive positions. Some of them are even alumni from our Mentoring Program. All are dedicated to guiding Empower in a direction that will allow Chicagoland's small businesses to flourish.
Korey & Richardson
Elliot Richardson is the Co-Founder and President of the Small Business Advocacy Council, an organization laser-focused on improving the economic environment for small businesses in the State of Illinois. The SBAC strives to empower the small business community by bringing business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs together to speak with a unified, and strong voice.
Elliot Richardson is also a partner at the law firm of Korey Richardson LLP, handling a variety of commercial litigation matters in both federal and state court.
Elliot has been involved in community service since his college days at Bradley University. Presently, Elliot serves on the Board of Directors for Childserv, a large and successful organization focused on helping at-risk children. Elliot is co-chair of the resource development committee of this organization. Elliot is also on the board of Youth Conservation Corp., a dynamic non-profit which provides training in the construction industry to at-risk children.
Elliot formerly served on the Board of Directors for Youth Communications, an organization that empowers children by teaching them crucial writing skills. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association and on the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA. Elliot also served on the board of the YMCA Alliance Board.
Elliot received his law degree from the University of Dayton. In law school, he was the member of the Public Interest Law Organization and received the University of Dayton School of Law Pro Bono Publico Service Award. Elliot graduated from Bradley University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice. He obtained a minor in history.
President & CEO of Mark Shale (Retired)
Scott Baskin retired as President and CEO of Mark Shale in 2011. Mark Shale was Chicago’s largest independent clothing retailer with stores in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Prior to his business career, Scott served as Chief Legislative Assistant to the late Congressman Abner Mikva.
In addition to his professional experience, Scott is an engaged community leader. He is a board member of Uptown United, an economic development organization serving Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He was an elected member of the Northside College Prep High School Local Council and chair of its finance committee, and past treasurer of the Center for Law and Social Work.
Resourceful Friend’s LLC, Co-founder
Anjel Brown is determined and focused to bring wealth to her family and community by building a structured portfolio of an array of businesses that will add value to her family and community Anjel graduated from Sunshine Enterprise / New Covenant Community Business Academy in 2019 and completed a finance course with New Covenant.
Anjel is the Co-Founder of Resourceful Friend’s LLC, a small business that provides the preferred professional residential and commercial cleaning services to the Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs. Their vision is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to everyone that enters into it. Their target is schools, churches, hospitals and nursing homes. The spread of germs and diseases is controlled by properly applying disinfects. Resourceful Friend’s uses green cleaning products which improve the indoor air quality, reduce airborne dust and chemical gasses. Resourceful Friend’s cleaning service is just one of the many services that they will be offering. They will offer services such as a food pantry, additional resources for low-income families, non-profit transitional housing, a 6-month job readiness program which will equip the individual with life skills that will assist them; and a male mentorship program targeting boys ages 8- 15. Resourceful Friend’s will be built upon a strong foundation; By displaying a professional ethical standard we will change lives and promoting quality relationships. Anjel Brown is highly engaged and focused to bring the vision of Resourceful Friend’s to full fruition. She believes through hard work, dedication and perseverance you can reach any goal that you set your mind to. She believes that the sky is not the limit but that it is limitless.
Davis Audio & Video, co-founder and CEO
David Davis co-founded Davis Audio & Video in 2004 and is the CEO.
The company designs, sells and installs home theaters, home automation, surround sound, video walls and custom audio & video solutions in homes, bars, restaurants, board rooms and amenities spaces.
After attending the University of Pittsburgh, David started his career in supply chain management in the airline food industry while studying accounting at night at DePaul University. David worked as a CPA for Deloitte and then as the controller at a small hedge fund. David is a licensed electrical contractor – low voltage in the City of Chicago.
iris.b Branding & Communications, What A Great Website!, Iris.B.
Iris Marreck has over 30 years of branding, graphic design, web and digital design and marketing experience in the Chicago metro area. She is the owner of Iris B. Branding & Communications, and a partner in What A Great Website. Iris B. specializes in branding, graphic design and print. What A Great Website is a web development and digital marketing firm.
Iris currently serves on the boards of Twist Out Cancer, SBAC Women In Business and SBAC Empower. She is also an active committee member of the Magnificent Mile Association and EPWNG, and a member of the Advisory Board of Literature for All of Us.
ProVisors, Vice President, Leadership and Member Development
Lisa Meredith is a 30+ year professional with record success in sales management and marketing at local and regional levels. Her experience in planning and executing strategic, revenue-generating programs, and sales and marketing plans proved successful for the Chicago-area private City Club. Her skill in developing detailed club sales and marketing plans for two top revenue producing club departments (Catering and Room Sales) provided the GM and Executive Team insight on recognizing current market trends, bottom-line responsibility for strategic planning and market research. These skills along with extensive experience in recruiting, developing talent and creating effective training programs has strengthened her ability as a persuasive communicator, making it easy to develop productive relationships with colleagues, customers and staff at all levels.
Paul S. Detlefs
The Traction Group, EOS® Implementer
Paul Detlefs has spent over 40 years advising small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, working with over 200 companies over that time. After 24 years at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, in 2002 he founded The Prestwick Group, a consulting and advisory firm focused on small and mid-sized businesses and their owners. He spends almost all of his time now as a Professional Implementer of EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, serving as a teacher, facilitator and coach for his clients.
Bill Maloney is a Senior Vice President & Division Manager in the Emerging Middle Market group at 5/3 Bank in the Chicagoland region, where he manages a team focused on helping business owners achieve their financial goals. With more than 14 years of experience in the banking industry, Bill understands the challenges businesses face and helps them to better understand how to adapt, evolve and embrace opportunities for growth.
A lifelong Chicagoan he currently resides on the Northwest Side of Chicago with his wife and son. In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family & friends, cooking and playing golf.
L.T. Consultants, LLC
Danielle is the founder and owner of L.T. Consultants, LLC, a brand management consultancy on Chicago's South Side. Danielle's consulting journey began in 2005 as a sole proprietor, when she said goodbye to punching the corporate clock and began assisting clients in Northwest Indiana, Illinois, Nevada, and Georgia. In 2021, L.T. Consultants, LLC, gained their MBE/WBE/BEP minority certifications through the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
Today, Danielle continues to assist her clients with breaking barriers in their industries, and she successfully launched C.H.I.C.A.G.O Outreach Initiative. C.H.I.C.A.G.O Outreach is geared towards collaboration with network partners for community outreach focusing on youth mentorship, senior advocacy, and entrepreneurship.
Danielle also sits on the Executive Board for Building Strong Millennials (501c3), whose efforts focus on education, economic development, and civic engagement, and sits on the Board of Directors for SBAC (Small Business Advocacy Council of Illinois) a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, support services and educational programs.
Even with these commitments, Danielle still finds time to volunteer with local churches for outreach and has been a lifelong volunteer with Gift of Hope. Needless to say, this driven entrepreneur is doing her part not only as a business owner but as a community advocate.
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