Lisa A. McDaniel Ramos

Title: Owner

Company: Hair Imagination LLC DBA C&C Hair Company

Location: Midlothian, VA

Career History: Owner, Hair Imagination LLC DBA/C&C Hair Company (2021-); Wine Consultant, Kroger (19 years); With, Dentistry; Travel Agent; Portrait Photographer; Sea Lion and Dolphin Trainer; Snow Queen with the “Legendary Santa,” Miller & Rhoads Department Store; Concerts Backstage and Marketing Events Coordinator, King’s Dominion Theme Park, Sales

Lisa McDaniel Ramos, Owner of Hair Imagination LLC DBA C&C Hair Company, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of business administration.

Ms. Ramos has always been interested in owning a business and found an ideal business with the right people. With this support, she established their salon C&C Hair Company, as part of her retirement plan. She is guided in this venture by her motto that beauty belongs to everyone. She launched the salon in 2021 but brings more than two decades of experience to this endeavor. She has been a wine consultant for Kroger and served in management roles for dentist offices, travel agents and photography studios. In addition, Ms. Ramos has been a sea lion and dolphin trainer, the Snow Queen with the “Legendary Santa,” for Miller & Rhoads Department Store and has worked with concerts backstage and in marketing events coordination for King’s Dominion Theme Park.

In the future, Ms. Ramos would like her salon to become a friendly and safe space for the people in the community by introducing various new services in the salon to encourage new and return customers, as well as help actively in community building. She intends to continue running her business. Ms. Ramos attributes her success to not knowing who she wanted to be when she grew up and having lots of curiosity, determination, and interest in many experiences. She is a Certified Travel Agent and certified in X-Ray technology for dentistry.

Jorge A. Gonzalez

Title: Chief Administrative Officer

Company: Gonzalez Vineyard Management LLC

Location: Napa, CA

Education: Coursework in Business Scaling, Stanford University, 2019;

Coursework, University of California – Santa Barbara;

Coursework, Local Community College

Career History: Chief Administrative Officer, Gonzalez Vineyard Management LLC, 2016-Present

Jorge Gonzalez, Owner of Gonzalez Vineyard Management LLC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of business administration.

Growing up, Mr. Gonzalez watched his father work in the vineyard management industry and learned the ins and outs of it from him. In 2016, he decided to launch his family-owned and operated company based on his expertise in California’s wine country, Napa Valley. With his strong community ties, he has built the company to provide more than 150 jobs. It’s very important for him to ensure the company is successful because of how much it means to his community. In five years, Mr. Gonzalez hopes to further expand the business. He also hopes to be involved in and start other businesses and provide more employment opportunities.

In addition to being the owner of his company, Mr. Gonzalez is the president of the Napa County Hispanic Network. He attributes his success to God, to his parents for their good upbringing, and to his mentors. He utilizes his skills to deliver on company oversight, secure work contracts, and review financials with the accounting team. Mr. Gonzalez also ensures managers follow short-term and long-term goals while building client, company and community relationships. He is an expert in business administration and logistics.

Furthermore, Mr. Gonzalez is incredibly proud of owning a business in the United States. He is grateful for the opportunities living in this country has provided his family in order to succeed. In his spare time, Mr. Gonzalez enjoys nature, spending time with his family time, cruising; driving along the countryside, walking, and dining out with friends.

Pablo Diaz Guerrero

Title: Owner

Company: D’Fine Logistic Services LLC

Location: Columbus, GA

Education: PhD Coursework;

MBA, University of Phoenix;

BS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;

AS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;

Career History: Owner, D’Fine Logistic Services LLC;

With, Pratt & Whitney (7 years);

Pablo Diaz Guerrero, Owner of D’Fine Logistic Services LLC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of logistics and real estate.

Mr. Guerrero attributes his success to good-hearted people who saw potential in him — from the neighborhood drug dealer in Brooklyn who didn’t sell him any drugs because he know he was going to be something someday, to the African-American man from the U.S. Air Force who taught him to prepare for the future and helped him start saving up $50 every paycheck, and his father who encouraged him to continue studying. He considers these influences and all the good people he has met in life as the reason why he wants to give back to more people by sharing his knowledge and providing employment opportunities.

Mr. Guerrero served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and retired with the ranking of Master Sergeant. He earned his airplane mechanic license certification when he was 18 and decided to enlist in service. He was also encouraged by the fact that one can start receiving a pension after 20 years of service in the military. Throughout his career, he earned an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He later received an MBA from the University of Phoenix and ventured into PhD coursework.

During his time with his previous employer, Mr. Guerrero witnessed a lot of people not being able to get a job at the company because they lacked qualifications. He decided to start a cleaning company to help provide employment to those who need it. His cleaning company is now the third-largest business of its kind in Columbus, GA. Mr. Guerrero’s business, D’Fine Logistics, is a delivery contractor for Amazon. They are now the largest fleet of couriers in the Charlotte area. They have 45 vehicles delivering about 5,500 packages every week. Furthermore, he enjoys coaching people who would like to know more about real estate, buying houses and flipping houses — free of charge.

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William L. Snyder

Title: Owner

Company: Corporate Vending LP

Location: Halethorpe, MD

Career History: Owner, Corporate Vending LP, (1995-Present)

William L. Snyder, Owner of Corporate Vending LP, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of business development.

Prior to launching his own company in 1995, Mr. Snyder spent two years working at a different vending company. He found the management of the company to lack good customer service and decided to start Corporate Vending LP as a means to provide that service, along with everything else he felt was missing. Since then, he has grown his business throughout the Halethorpe, Maryland area and beyond. Corporate Vending LP is a company that sells and sets up vending machines. Mr. Snyder runs the entire operation of the company including purchasing and selling vending machines, setting up the machines, and repairing the machines.

Mr. Snyder’s most notable achievement is being able to keep his clients. He puts the machines in, provides the client good service, and maintains accounts for years. Involved in his community, he donates and maintains vending machines to volunteer fire stations. He enjoys his line of work and is considered an expert within his field. Mr. Snyder aims to stay in the same field and continue to provide the best customer service that his clients love.

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Eduardo Palacios

Title: 1) Runner 2) Owner

Company: 1) Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. 2) Like New Furniture Restoration by Martin Palacios

Location: McAllen, TX

Career History: Owner, Like New Furniture Restoration by Martin Palacios 2019-Present;

Runner, Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc., 1995-2010, 2016-Present;

Part-time Runner, Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc., 1993-1995

Eduardo Palacios, Runner at the Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. and Owner of Like New Furniture Restoration by Martin Palacios, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in their fields.

Mr. Palacios started working in 1993 as a part-time runner with Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. In 1995, he officially became a full-time runner with the same company. In 2010, he was laid off and was rehired in his position six years later. Furthermore, he is also passionate and skilled about woodwork and restoring furniture which led him to start his own restoring furniture business in 2019. Mr. Palacios considers one of his greatest achievements to be restoring an old piece of furniture for a client which belonged to her grandfather. He repaired the doors, repainted, and finished it with a black stain. The client was very impressed by it.

With his furniture restoration and woodworking business, Mr. Palacios demonstrates his abilities in building small cabinets and tables. As a labor of love, he puts in these hours after his full-time position and on weekends. Mr. Palacios attributes his success to his outgoing personality and ability to build rapport with others. He is guided by the mantra to treat others the way he would like to be treated. Furthermore, he is inspired in his work by his mother, who was a single parent and raised eight children. He lost his father when he was eight years old. His father instilled in him the values of honesty and hard work in order to accomplish his goals in life.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Palacios hopes to grow and expand the business and continue his work as a runner for Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. In 2000, he was honored to receive the Employee of the Year Award from Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. Outside of his career, Mr. Palacios supports community benefit activities and organizations.

Matthew R. Jordan

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Title: Owner

Company: J-Enterprises/Falcon4

Location: Durham, NC

Education: Coursework, Business Marketing and Banking;

High School Diploma

Career History: Senior Technician, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Durham, 2016-present;

Owner, Falcon 4, 2013-present;

Owner, J-Enterprises, 2008

Matthew Jordan, Owner of J-Enterprises/Falcon4, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field.

Mr. Jordan is an entrepreneur who is currently the owner of J-Enterprises and Falcon4. J-Enterprises is a company Mr. Jordan did with Amway. In this venture, he expanded his knowledge of networking and marketing other people’s products.  His other business, Falcon4, is a system he did with TD Ameritrade, which he put through the Better Business Bureau. He started the business in 2013 with the intention of helping communities get started in stocks and bonds. He helped struggling but promising companies by investing in them and helping them refurbish their offerings and branding. Falcon4 continues to operate at present. In both of these lines of work, he has utilized his skills in business marketing strategy, advertising, and public speaking.

Mr. Jordan first became interested in his field after working in local politics while President George Bush was in office. When President Obama took office, he learned about the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), and became interested in learning more about the medical field and how a program like that can affect people of all socioeconomic classes. In all of his endeavors, he has set out to help others. Mr. Jordan credits all of his family members who were entrepreneurs as the inspiration for his success. They were role models for him as they had their own businesses and companies and taught him how to work and manage his own.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Jordan would like to see the RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport) program or the bus system operational in Durham. In terms of Falcon4, he has always dreamed of opening up his own stock market branch with a brokerage firm. Throughout his career, he has always been involved with his community. He has given back by being involved with the American Heart Association, Feed the Children, [Moonlit’ Warriors, and many other organizations, especially ones that focus on helping injured soldiers and children.

Danyelle Paul

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Title: Owner

Company: Virtual X Inc DBA VX Virtual Reality Arcade

Location: Saint Petersburg, FL

Education: Associate in Business Management, American College, Atlanta, GA (1991)

Career History: Owner, Virtual X Inc DBA VX Virtual Reality Arcade (2018-present);

Co-owner, It Tastes for Wine (2014-2019);

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Information Systems, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Danyelle Paul, Owner of Virtual X Inc DBA VX Virtual Reality Arcade, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of entertainment.

Ms. Paul was inspired to open a virtual reality arcade after taking her son and his friends to Busch Gardens and seeing the enjoyment they got out of the arcade at the park. At the end of the day, she asked the kids what they enjoyed most at that park, and it was the virtual reality arcade. From there, Ms. Paul was inspired to bring the magic to her own community and began researching the industry. In 2018, her dream was realized upon opening the doors to the Virtual X Inc DBA VX Virtual Reality Arcade.

Prior to starting her business, Ms. Paul garnered experience in business management as the co-owner of It Tastes for Wine. She served in this capacity from 2014 to 2019. Before this role, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Information Systems for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. On a civic level, she has served as the co-president for her kid’s preschool. Out of all her achievement, she considers motherhood to be the one that stands out the most.  Business-wise, what warms her heart the most is to see the kids and adults smiling and experiencing virtual reality in a safe environment.

In five years, Ms. Paul plans on having multiple franchises of the VX Virtual Reality Arcade. She sees herself going to the different locations, and helping others build their business. She would also like to have a training facility. She attributes her success to her two children who are so amazing and inspirational. She maintains professional affiliation with the St. Petersburg Rotary Club and in 2021 was recognized with the Women in Rotary Award.

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Tremese Davis

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Title: Vice President of Operations

Company: Atlanta Gaslight

Location: Atlanta, GA

Education: MBA, Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics, 2013

BA, Human Resources, Georgia Southern University, 1998

Career History: Director Supplier Sustainability and Inclusive Growth, South Metro Region, Atlanta Gas Light; Director of Supplier Diversity, Southern Company Gas;

Tremese Davis, Vice President of Operations of Atlanta Gaslight, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of business management.

Ms. Davis was driven to work in this profession by her desire to benefit the community and serve as a citizen for each neighborhood.   As her line of work touches every part of society, from customers, education partners, and business owners, she finds it paramount to be involved in every area. In addition, Ms. Davis spends time within these communities with students and their parents to highlight the range of careers that are very available at Atlanta Gaslight. To date, Ms. Davis’ most notable achievement has been developing an 18-month program for diversifiers. This program entails companies across different industries (engineering, sales, security, etc.) learning how to do business with larger corporations.

Ms. Davis had always been interested in working in business and first earned a Bachelor of Arts in human resources from Georgia Southern University in 1998. She later received an MBA from the Stetson School of Business and Economics from Mercer University in 2013. Prior to joining Atlanta Gaslight, she garnered skills and experience as the Director of Supplier Diversity for Southern Company Gas. Looking toward the future, Ms. Davis would like to make more of a difference in the DEI space for minorities and women. She maintains professional membership with the American Association of Black Energy. She would like to see stronger partnerships with her education partners, students, parents, guidance counselors and teachers. She would like to continue building the pathway for students who are interested.

Alex Olsen-Smith

Alex Olsen-Smith

Alex Olsen-SmithTitle: Owner; CEO

Company: BSD Enterprises LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists

Location: Willamina, OR

Career History: Owner, CEO, BSD ENTERPRISES LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists, 2009-present;

Flagging specialist, Department of Transportation

Alex Olsen-Smith, Owner and CEO of BSD Enterprises LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field.

Mr. Olsen-Smith is a third-generation construction industry worker and was inspired by his grandfathers, who were both contractors. What originally felt like a punch to his career when the company he was working for closed without any notice, ended up being an opportunity for immense career growth and exploration. At the same time, his best friend and father were going to get their flagging certification, which lead him to also become certified. He was hired by DePaul Industries and worked for the Department of Transportation, which afforded him the necessary skills and expertise to start his own company. Since 2009, Mr. Olsen-Smith has been the owner and CEO of BSD Enterprises LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists.

Mr. Olsen-Smith contributes his success to his clients who have stuck by him through the years. He is exceptionally proud of the services that he has been able to provide, and the men and women who have worked for him over the years and have contributed to his business success. One of his highest honors has been being an outstanding nationally recognized business with A+ regulation from the Better Business Bureau.

While Mr. Olsen-Smith is not sure where he will be in five years, he is appreciative of how far he has come in this industry.  He thanks God for everything he has. He hopes to continue growing his business and providing opportunities for people to work. He also has personal goals which include widening his knowledge and certifications in the industry. For example, he has both certifications (Certified Flagging specialist) and is working toward getting a Washington flaggers instructor certification so he can teach others this line of work. Furthermore, Mr. Olsen-Smith is working toward getting his traffic control supervisor instructor trainer certification.

Miranda Stoneman-Olsen-Smith

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Miranda Olsen SmithTitle: CEO/Traffic Control Supervisor

Company: BSD Enterprises LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists

Location: Willamina, OR

Career History: Office Admin CEO/Traffic Control Supervisor, BSD Enterprises LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists, (3 years)

Miranda Stoneman-Olsen-Smith, CEO and Traffic Control Supervisor of BSD Enterprises LLC Traffic Control Flagging Specialists, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field.

Ms. Smith became involved in her profession after struggling to find a job that matched her interests and need to provide for her family. She met Alex, who later became her husband, and he introduced her to his line of work and saw the opportunity for her to grow as a businessperson. She was first trained in flagging and then migrated over to being a TCS after becoming certified. She started pushing herself to do more which resulted in receiving both of the TCS licenses which was a big accomplishment for her. Ms. Smith’s success in this venture also push the business to be better and greater and allow them to do everything they need to do.

Ms. Smith holds a Traffic Control Supervisor Certification for both Oregon and Washington, and a CCS license. So far, she has enjoyed learning every aspect of the traffic control business. She welcomed the opportunity to learn flagging and now translates her skills and expertise within the industry to keep the business organized. In addition, she is instrumental in running the company while spending time wither children.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Smith endeavors to lead the company in a direction that allows it to flourish as much as it can. In her own personal goals, she is seeking out additional certifications so she could be a traffic control instructor because she likes teaching and explaining. She wants to continue to make a big impact in this industry and wants to stand on her own two feet and prove to other women in this industry that they can do it too.