Matthew Zinman founded the Internship Institute in 2007 to bridge the gap between education and employment with an aim to cultivate prosperity for students, veterans, organizations, communities and the economy overall. He began his own successful career in marketing communications as an intern. Working for some of Philadelphia’s largest public relations agencies and as a consultant to nearly 100 companies, Mr. Zinman also has managed and mentored more than 200 college interns. An experiential learning activist for the past 15 years, he is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, professional associations and civic organizations and a published author on a number of related topics. Mr. Zinman earned his bachelor’s degree at Temple University.
Michael F. Cade, C.P.A, C.G.M.A., is an independent strategy consultant, executive coach and visionary, with more than 20 years’ experience in finance and operations in the non-profit and government-contracting sectors. He most recently served as CFO and treasurer for the Riverside Research Institute, where he led a team of 30+ employees to revitalize the organization through revenue growth, cost-cutting and continuous improvement. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Widener University and earned his master’s degree from La Salle University.
Tahir Qazi has more than 20 years experience in technology leadership, holding management positions with companies, such as Comcast, AT&T and Cingular Wireless. He currently serves as CEO of iQuasar LLC, a software and IT solutions company in Sterling, Va. Mr. Qazi serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County (N.J.), Reviving Kashmir and the Kashmir Education Initiative. He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his MBA in strategic management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Troy Wilford, with an engineer’s eye for precision and detail and an entrepreneur’s comfort with coloring outside the lines, Troy has a unique way of helping organizations strategically balance risks and rewards to achieve exceptional commercial success. Today he runs his own healthcare marketing and strategy development consulting firm — Keystone Life Sciences, LLC — leveraging his 20+ years creating and implementing brand commercialization strategies in key roles with industry leaders of all sizes including Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, Aesculap and Synthes. While at Stryker Spine as a Director of Brand Marketing, Troy developed the strategic vision and roadmap for the cervical and minimally invasive franchises. And in the company’s Orthobiologics group (formerly Orthovita), he was responsible for domestic marketing and platform development activities such as market research, strategic planning and brand management for a novel biomaterial technology used in fixating spinal fractures. He is a Drexel University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Clara Console MBA, MEd, is the Owner and President of Choice Careers LLC, a WBENC- certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Clara is committed to ‘bridging the skills and labor gaps’ in the Philadelphia region by providing learning and development programs to businesses that are focused on attracting and retaining skilled talent. Over the past 30 years, Clara has provided consulting and workforce development services to hundreds of employers and thousands of employees. Whether it’s providing Apprenticeship programs or consulting services, her goal is to become a partner to her clients – and ultimately, deliver impactful, long-term solutions. Clara received an MBA from the University of Phoenix, an M.Ed. from West Chester University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University. She was born in Lima-Peru, speaks fluent Spanish and lives in Jeffersonville, PA with her husband and three feline kids, Rehab, Flip, and CC.
Ryan Clark is among the most respected leaders in the staffing industry, known for his fierce commitment to providing outstanding customer service and his tenacious pursuit of excellence. His experience includes over twenty years in staffing as well as extensive experience in sales and sales management. In 2005, Ryan co-founded PeopleShare, a regional staffing firm dedicated to placing candidates in light industrial, administrative and clerical positions. Ryan’s determination, drive and talent have propelled PeopleShare into the fastest growing staffing firm in Pennsylvania with 17 locations throughout PA, NJ and DE. In just 10 years, PeopleShare achieved over $100 million in revenue and was subsequently acquired by Trivest Partners, a private equity firm. Ryan has been retained as the CEO to continue PeopleShare’s success through acquisition and organic growth.
James O. Johnson proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy (USNA) for a combined 17 years. He currently serves as co-founder and CEO of the CognITek Group, a veteran-owned talent and solutions firm in Downingtown, Pa., and as co-founder and managing director of Susquehanna Solutions, a business consulting and talent acquisition company, also in Downingtown. Mr. Johnson is a founding member of the Susquehanna Valley USNA Alumni Association and is active in numerous professional and service-related organizations. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy.