Vincent Esteve


Title: Business Development Manager

Company: ECM USA Inc.

Location: Columbus, OH

Education: MS in Mechanics, INSA de Toulouse (2012); BS in Engineering Sciences, Ecole des Mines d’Alès (2011); Higher National Diploma in Applied Physics, University Montepellier II, France (2007)

Career History: Business Development Manager, Sales Engineer, ECM USA Inc. (2016-Present); Area Sales Manager, ECM Technologies (2013-2016); Sales Executive, Kaliop (2012); Export Mission, Anotech (2011-2012); Engineer, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (2011); Assistant Engineer, Clipsal (2010); Senior Technician, CNRS (2008)

Vincent Esteve, Business Development Manager for ECM USA Inc., has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of engineering sales.

Mr. Esteve became involved in his profession because he has always been good at math, physics, and chemistry in high school and college. His interests pulled him to material science and mechanics as he enjoyed learning how materials, such as wood, concrete and steel, worked. He was also supported in his interests by his teachers who were passionate about material science. Mr. Esteve found it fortunate when a job was offered to him concerning heat training and engineering, which connected to material science. In his profession, he has gotten to work all over the world, including in Mexico, France and the United States, and he has been able to learn Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and basic Mandarin.

To prepare for his career, Mr. Esteve first earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering sciences at Ecole des Mines d’Alès in 2011. He continued his academic pursuits at the INSA de Toulouse to receive a Master of Arts in mechanics in 2012. The highlight of Mr. Esteve’s career thus far has been the team effort he was involved in of a multi-million dollar contract with General Motors in Mexico for the new electric Hummer in 2020. The jail boxes will be built in Mexico and then assembled in the United States. The job had required all of the USA team to work on the project. In addition, he considers serving as the Business Development Manager in charge of North, Central and South America as a highlight of his career. In this role, he works on developing customer-based portfolios by generating new leads and developing existing ones; designing and pricing customs or standard solutions that match customers’ volume of production and process specifications; negotiating and finalizing contracts and following up with contract realization up to the final acceptance of the project. Furthermore, Mr. Esteve enjoys being involved in marketing, trade shows and writing articles.

In 2020, Heat Treat Today recognized Mr. Esteve with a 40 Under 40 Award. Mr. He attributes his success to dedication, hard work, and not being scared of failing. Looking toward the future, he endeavors to continue growing as an executive manager in the company and to spend more time with his children.

Dexter Morrison


Title: Owner/Founder

Company: Big D Business Development

Location: Portland, OR

Career History: Founder/Owner, Big D Business Development, 2019-present;

Oil company, (20 years);

Bus Driver

Dexter Morrison, Owner and Founder of Big D Business Development, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements.

Mr. Morrison was inspired to go into his profession because he was an avid sports fan and athlete, which taught him to never give up, as well as his support by many people who wanted him to succeed. One of his earliest successes was getting a job at the oil company when he was very young. He remained with the company for two decades, and in that time, carved out various skills that have aided in his professional development. During this time, he took on leadership roles as he felt he wanted to look after the kids in his community. He began coaching his children, along with children in the community, imparting them with confidence and the ability to overcome obstacles. Mr. Morrison founded his current venture, Big D Business Development in 2019, bringing with him myriad skills and experiences. He then launched Property of America as a means to connect people and their political views.

Mr. Morrison has an eye for innovation, and in 1991, he created one of the first NFL light switch cover plates back. This invention incorporated all teams’ logos and he received an advanced royalty payment of $5,000. He was able to market and sell on a national level. In his career, Mr. Morrison received the 100 Percent Excellence in Customer Service Award twice. With his latest venture, he endeavors to continue helping his community, especially the youth.

Daniel Knotts

Title: General Sales Manager

Company: Reinhardt Lexus

Location: Montgomery, AL

Education: Associates in Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Emery Riddle University, 1986

Career History: General Sales Manager, Reinhardt Lexus, 2019-Present;

Sales Manager, Reinhardt Toyota, 2016-2019;

General Manager, Brewbaker Infiniti and Kia, 2016;

Lexus Master Certified Sales Manager, Lexus of Huntsville, 2015-2016;

Sales Director, McKinnon Toyota/Nissan, 2015;

General Sales Manager, Riverside Chevrolet, 2014-2015;

General Sales Manager, Sales Manager, Reinhardt Toyota & Lexus, 1996-2014;

Recruiter, Helicopter Crewchief, Leader, US Army, 1983-1995

Type of Business: Automotive

Daniel Knotts, General Sales Manager at Reinhardt Lexus, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of sales.

Supported by his service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Knotts knew he could excel at whatever he set his mind to. When he came across car sales, he found that it was similar to his military service, which included recruiting and building teams. Mr. Knotts was with the U.S. Army as a recruiter, helicopter crew chief, and leader from 1983 to 1995. In 1996, he joined Reinhardt Toyota & Lexus and served as a sales manager and general sales manager until 2014. Over the next few years, he provided his skills and expertise to Riverside Chevrolet, McKinnon Toyota/Nissan, Lexus of Huntsville, Brewbaker Infinity and Kia and Reinhardt Toyota. In 2019, he joined Reinhardt Lexus where he has excelled as a General Sales Manager.

The career highlight that stands out most to Mr. Knotts is where he has seen and been responsible for growing people to the point that they have become successful. Helping others achieve what they want through the things he knows with teaching, counseling, and mentoring. He likes to see people excel in their position and helping them get to that point, which they send him notes back for all the tough love he gave them. In recognition of his daily responsibilities, which include assembling teams that take care of customers, developing and implementing processes, and devising plans for success, Mr. Knotts has received such accolades as the Elite of Lexus Award, 2 Year and Dealer with Most Sales Growth (14%).

Ashley Cordner

Title: Owner

Company: Donna’s Home Treats

Location: Sidney, NY

Career History: Owner, Donna’s Home Treats;

Front Desk Receptionist, Local Gym

Type of Business: Restaurant

Ashley Cordner, Owner of Donna’s Home Treats, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of food and hospitality.

Mrs. Cordner was inspired by her grandmother to pursue something she would be passionate about. After finding what she was studying in college to no longer fit this description, she harkened back to the wisdom that had been passed down to her. Her grandmother taught her many things, and of those, it was baking and cooking that really stuck out to her as her passion. After hearing about a local café that was up for sale by the owner, Mrs. Cordner took this as a sign and jumped at the opportunity to make it her own.

Located in Unadilla, New York, Mrs. Cordner serves her community with delicious homemade baked goods and freshly brewed coffees and beverages. The business is both a way to honor her grandmother’s legacy and explore her culinary passion. She garnered previous experience running a business as a receptionist for a local gym, and attributes her success to the community being welcoming, very supportive, and being there for each other.

Mrs. Cordner sees a bright future ahead for Donna’s Home Treats. In the coming years, she endeavors to move to a bigger storefront to meet the demands of her happy customers. Continuing to feel inspired by her grandmother, she wants to expand their baked goods menus. In her spare time, Mrs. Cordner enjoys spending time with her family.

Donna’s Home Cafe




Austin McIlroy

Title: Master Brewer/Founder/CEO

Company: Cabin Boys Brewery

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Education: BBA in Personal Marketing, University of Central Oklahoma, 2012;

Master Brewer, Siebel Institute of Technology, Chicago

Career History: Founder, CEO, Brewmaster, Cabin Boys Brewery, 2017-Present;

Head Brewer, Elgin Park Brew Pub, 2016-2017;

Assistant English Teacher, Mito City Board of Education, 2014-2015;

Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual, 2012-2014

Type of Business: Beverage, Business

Austin McIlroy, Master Brewer, Founder and CEO of Cabin Boys Brewery, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of craft beer and beverages.

For Mr. McIlroy, his decision to go into the craft beer industry is one made from love. In 2013, he realized his wife and him were on different time schedules due to work and he would often have many hours to himself. He got into home brewing with a friend to occupy this time and discovered a new dream in this process. As his talents grew in crafting beer, so did the community around him, and he realized he could bring something to Oklahoma that was missing. His final push to become a master brewer came after an inspiring trip to Japan, and after he enrolled in the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. After working as the Head Brewer for Elgin Park Brew Pub from 2016 to 2017, Mr. McIlroy, along with family and friends, opened the doors to the Cabin Boys Brewery in 2017. Since then, he has been bringing his community together through the shared love and passion for craft beer.

In the years since, Mr. McIleroy has garnered attention for his business and has won several awards and accolades. The career highlight that stands out thus far is winning the Silver Medal for the Belgian Single in the Belgian Specialty category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It is the largest and most prestigious competition in the United States for beer and there were only 234 medals awarded out of 9,000 entries. For him to win silver at the festival is an extremely wonderful honor being such a young company. In addition to snagging the silver, his brewery has both won and been nominated as Tulsa’s Best Taproom by the Tulsa World Newspaper since 2017, and has also been voted as the Best Local Brewery by the Reader’s Choice A-List.

In addition to brewing unique flavors of beer and bringing his community together, Mr. McIleroy is committed to giving back. Heavily involved in his community, he donates time and efforts to the Salvation Army, St. Jude’s Hospital, and meals for a homeless shelter in Tulsa. He maintains affiliation with the Brewers Association of America and the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma and endeavors to continue growing his brewery and branch out to new locations.

Cabin Boys Brewery

Carroll James Britton


Title: 1) Executive Director 2) Owner

Company: 1) Rocky Mountain Regional Detention Center 2) Cowboyjllc

Location: Hardin, Montana, United States

Career History: Executive Director of Operations, Rocky Mountain Regional Detention Center (2016)

Type of Business: Management

Carroll James Britton, Executive Director of Operations at the Rocky Mountain Regional Detention Center and Owner of Cowboyjllc, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of facilities management.

Mr. Britton is the Executive Director of Operations at the Rocky Mountain Regional Detention Center. He has worked for the company for nearly a decade and also owns his company called Cowboyjllc. In his role with Rocky Mountain Regional Detention Center, he ensures the building runs smoothly and efficiently. He utilizes his skills to manage the plumbing and electrical networks of the building. On top of taking care of the facility, he collaborates with a contractor to take on bigger projects. Prior to working in this capacity, Mr. Britton used to travel all over the country. With all of the traveling, he did not get to spend time with his wife, so he decided to find a job close to their home. Looking toward the future, he endeavors to continue working at the facility and continue volunteering with his church.

Mr. Britton does very diligent and detail-oriented work. He possesses the unique ability to diagnose issues with the building over the phone. He knows the ins and outs of the building and can handle a variety of maintenance issues utilizing his skills.

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Jason Corbin


Title: CEO President Owner

Company: J. Edward Staffing LLC

Location: Springfield, MA

Education: BBS, Westfield State University, 2005

Career History: President, CEO, J. Edward Staffing LLC, 2018-Present;

Financial Analysis Senior Specialist, Capital Market Specialist, J. Edward Staffing LLC, 2013-2017;

Financial Analyst, Consultant, Yankee Candle, 2013;

Data Management Consultant, MassMutual, 2012-2013;

Senior Economic Analyst, Health New England, 2012

Type of Business: Business/Staffing Agency

Jason Corbin, CEO, President and Owner of J. Edward Staffing Owner, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of business services.

Mr. Corbin became involved in his profession after discovering an opportunity in this area. He studied the market, found the algorithms, and saw where the help is needed. He launched his company in 2018 with a focus on medical and dental, back office and corporate aspects/staffing. His venture has evolved through the years, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, he has been able to address the shortage of nurses and assistants in hospitals and clinics. He holds a Supply Diversifying Certification and earned a BBS from Westfield State University in 2005.

Prior to launching his own company, Mr. Corbin garnered skills and experience in a variety of roles. He has supplied his talents as a senior economic analyst for Health New England, as a data management consultant for MassMutual, and as a financial analyst and consultant for Yankee Candle. Coming from a financial world, he switched to his current line of work because he recognized areas that could be improved upon when dealing with staffing vendors that provided his previous employers with temporary staffing. Looking toward the future, Mr. Corbin endeavors to create a brand that will be used nationally and discover and develop talent for the medical and dental fields.

J. Edward Staffing LLC

Samantha L. Riley

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Title: Training & Development Specialist

Company: Pharmedium

Location: Houston, TX

Education: BA, Health/Healthcare Administration/Management, Purdue University Global, 2021;

Health/Health Care Administration/Management, Kaplan, 2017

Career History: Training and Development Specialist, Pharmedium Healthcare, 2006-Present

Type of Business: Human Resources Development

Samantha Riley, Training & Development Specialist at Pharmedium, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of pharmacy management.

Ms. Riley was influenced in her career path due to her service in the U.S. Army, working as a pharmacy technician. It was a natural progression for her to work in the field upon returning to civilian life, and it soon became apparent to her superiors that she was well-versed and skilled in this field. Her superiors would ask her to train other employees, and after seeing her exemplary work in this, she became a training and development specialist at Pharmedium Healthcare in 2006. Backed by this skillset, Ms. Riley hopes to work in healthcare administration within the next five years. She hopes to make a positive impact within a hospital setting and invoke reform. She believes healthcare should be accessible and affordable to all and for being who need healthcare services to not have to worry about going into debt or bankruptcy.

Ms. Riley is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in health and healthcare administration/management from Purdue University Global. In addition to her longstanding work as a training and development specialist, she is proud of the medals she received due to her military service. These accolades include two Army Accommodation Medals. She also received an Employee of the Month Award from Pharmedium. Her most notable achievement was introducing ASCTrac in 2010, which was a supply chain system responsible for tracking their products all the way through the door- from the staging process, through the packing and shipping, and out the door. She was the person responsible for implementing the system and being the lead at the facility.


April Sabral

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April SabralTitle: 1) CEO/Founder 2) Co-Founder 3) Founder

Company: 1) Retailu 2) Allyship Today 3) Hospitalityu

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Education: Exhibition and Interior Design, Northwich College, UK, 1990-1992

Career History: CEO/Founder, Retailu, 2018-present;

Co-Founder, Allyship Today, 2020-present;

Founder, Hospitalityu, 2020-present;

VP of Global Retail Sales & Operations, Canada & USA, DAVIDsTEA, 2019-2019;

National Director Retail Sales, Canada, DAVIDsTEA, 2017-2019;

Founder/President, Retailu, 2018-present

Regional Director, Retail Sales & Operations Eastern Canada, DAVIDsTEA, Owner, 2015-2018;

Director Of Sales & Operations hr2, Holt Renfrew, 2013-2015;

Director of Sales, Laura Canada, 2012-2013;

Regional Manager, Laura Canada, 2010-2012;

People Manager-Recruiting, Apple Retail, 2010-2010;

Regional Sales Manager, Laura Canada, 2008-2010;

General Manager Florida (Dadeland)/Canada (Yorkdale), Gap Inc./ Banana Republic, 2003-2008;

Store Manager UK transferred to Florida US, Starbucks, 1997-2002;

Merchandising Manager- Associate store manager, Gap Inc., 1993-1997

April Sabral, CEO/Founder at Retalu, Co-Founder of Allyship Today, and Founder of Hospitalityu, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of online learning in the hospitality industry.

With more than 25 years of retail management experience, Ms. Sabral is an expert in what it takes to envision change and succeed in growth. At the forefront of her beliefs, she understands that behind every successful business is the people leading and operating. In recent years, she has seen professional growth in the launch of several business ventures and the publication of her book, “The Positive Effect.” In 2018, she founded and has served as the president of retailu, a service that creates and provides retail specific leadership e-learning and live workshops for mid-size retailers. In 2020, she founded Hospitalityu, which is focused on creating and providing quality and relevant online learning. Ms. Sabral also co-founded AllyshipToday in 2020, a venture devoted to enable individuals, leaders, and organizations to measure, understand, and work towards eliminating conscious or unconscious biases.

Prior to these professional endeavors, Ms. Sabral garnered experience in management roles with DavidsTea, Holt Renfrew, Laura Canada, Gap Inc., Apple Retail and Starbucks. She holds certifications as among the World Association Business Coaches with Shift Coaching Inc., and holds the John C. Maxwell coaching and facilitation certificate. Her work has been recognized on numerous occasions and some noteworthy achievements include receiving the WOW Award for Customer Service at DavidsTea in 2017 and 2018, Team Achievement Awards in Sales from Laura Canada and being the Regional Manager of the Year at Laura Canada in 2008. Looking toward the future, she sees herself helping more people create a better work environment, leading in terms of retail as a good career choice and improving the industry and teaching leadership.



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Marlene E. Ferguson

Marlene Ferguson

Title: CEO

Company: Panther

Location: Bristol, Connecticut, United States

Career History: CEO, Panther Swag LLC, 2018-present;

Marlene’s Beauty, 2017-2018

Marlene Ferguson, CEO of Panther, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of men and women’s fashion.

Ms. Ferguson knew firsthand the power looking and feeling good could have on an individual. It’s one of the main reasons that she fell in love with fashion, and with her current men and women’s fashion line, Panther,  she sees the positive effect her clothing has on her customer’s lives. With a background in fashion and software design, she married her skills to launch her business venture in 2018. Prior to that, she owned and operated Marlene’s Beauty, which focused on women’s clothing but felt rebranding to Panther was a stronger fit to also cater to menswear.

Ms. Ferguson considers her most notable achievement to not giving up. When things don’t work out as planned she is able to address the issues and find solutions. She always set goals for herself. In all facets of her life, Ms. Ferguson is a driven and committed person. She is a single mother who did everything for herself. She brings perseverance, persistence, and determination to every task at hand. When not working hard, she spends a lot of time reading books, learning, and imagining new designs to continue impressing her clientele.

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