2019 BPC Co-Chairs

 Carl Witkowski III

Carl is a Partner at Group Capital LLC and Presidio Insurance Agency with offices in Dallas and Clarks Summit.  He is a graduate of Wilkes University and has strong ties to Northeast Pennsylvania as a long-time Business Banker for a number of regional financial institutions.

Carl is passionate about the community and has served as Board President of the Wyoming Valley Montessori School and Greater Pittston YMCA Executive Committee Member.  Carl is a Leadership Wilkes-Barre graduate and Board Member. He also serves on the boards of the NEPA Philharmonic and FM Kirby Center while finding time to volunteer as an assistant Soccer Coach and T-Ball Manager.

Carl considers himself an entrepreneur at heart and is a proud husband and father of two strong, intelligent, daughters and a quick witted, loving son.

Attorney Chris Kang


Other Committee Members

Bob Courtright

We are involved in recruiting, consulting, outplacement, business development, human resource services and network consulting.

Courtright Associates.com



Dale Parmenteri

Our staff of engineers, business development and marketing professionals assists manufacturing in northern and northeastern Pennsylvania. WE do so by focusing on areas of continuous improvement, ISO certifications, supply chain, work force, technology acceleration and business financing.




Jerry Ephault

Executive In Residence, Allan P. Kirby Center for FreeEnterprise and Entrepreneurship
Adjunct Professor, The Jay S. Sidhu School Of Business & Leadership

Wilkes University



Jerry Lisman

Lisman Holdings (LHI) is an operating company with investments and interests in consulting, e-commerce, product development, entertainment, contract packaging & assembly services and medical consumer products. Lisman Holdings also works with inventors and entrepreneurs in helping develop, manufacture and distribute their inventions and/or products.

Lisman Holdings


Ken Okrepkie

BFTP/NEP creates and retains highly paid, sustainable jobs by linking companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation.
Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has created 16,214 new jobs for Pennsylvania workers and retained 22,155 existing jobs, started 458 new companies, and developed 1,279 new products and processes. Serving a 21-county region, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners statewide has returned $3.60 to the Pennsylvania treasury for every $1.00 invested in the program.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Tim Maloney

Tim is the founder of Maloney Law, P.C., a firm specializing in business law including Start-ups, Mergers & Acquisitions, Contract Review, Shareholder/Partnership Dispute Resolution and Litigation and Dissolution. Tim has extensive experience in forming corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He has assisted companies in all stages in developing strategies for working with investors and raising capital through private placements of debt and equity securities.

Maloney Law

Greg ZayakGregory Zayac

Bio Coming Soon!

Weiler Corp




Ted Brunelle

(1st BPC Winner)

Bio Coming Soon!



Maggie Nasser

Maggie Nasser is the Administrator, Special Projects and Initiatives at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. At the Foundation, she assists with the management of projects and focus areas such as the Women in Philanthropy initiative, donor relations, fund management, and capacity building efforts.

She will be receiving a Master’s of Business Administration with concentrations in Health Care Management and Operations Management from the University of Scranton in May 2017.

Scranton Area Community Foundation