Bernita Foxworth Faust

Title: Opera Singer, Actress, Educator, MIT Residential House Manager, Mansfield University Manager

Company: Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Education: Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Communication (focusing on Public Relations and Strategic Communication), Villanova University;

Opera Program, Brooklyn College;

Completed the Opera Program, Eastern University;

Received a diploma in Opera, Temple University;

Bachelor’s Degree, Humanities and Voice, Vorhees College, South Carolina, 1980

Career History: Residential Housing Manager, MIT;

Data Analyst, Secretary of the Board, Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP);

Music Teacher, Newark, New Jersey;

Music Teacher, Notre Dame Academy, Jersey;

Music Teacher, Pope John Paul II School, New Jersey;

Opera Singer;

Actor;

Educator;

Event Planner, Adventures, North Carolina;

Event Planner, another company in Summerville, South Carolina

Bernita Faust, Opera Singer, Actress, Educator, MIT Residential House Manager, Mansfield University Manager, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of education, management, and entertainment.

Every endeavor that Ms. Faust has set her mind to has yielded great rewards for her professional and personal accomplishments. In this current phase of her career, she remains semi-employed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a housing manager while she matriculates as a graduate student at Villanova University, where she is studying communications with a focus on public relations and strategic communication. In addition, she’s involved with Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP) as a data analyst and secretary for their board. It’s an organization that helps people of color to learn how to advocate for themselves with doctors to have the best medical outcome. They work in all avenues and collaborate with many people in mental health, churches, private individuals and other organizations such as United Way and Rutgers University. Ms. Faust has previously worked as a music teacher in Newark, Notre Dame Academy, and Pope John Paul II School in New Jersey. She is also an opera singer, actress, as well as an educator.

While she is currently studying at Villanova University, Ms. Faust has completed an opera program at Brooklyn College and Eastern University, on top of receiving a diploma in opera from Temple University. In 1980, she received a bachelor’s degree in humanities and voice from Vorhees College. She maintains professional affiliation with the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), the International Association of Women (IAW) and Meeting Professionals International. Ms. Faust’s work has lauded recognition as being included as an inductee of Golden Circle at MIT (for working at MIT for 25 years), and Who’s Who Among Women and Who’s Who in Academic Excellence.

Bridget Butler-Lavely

Title: Cargo Customer Service Manager

Company: Southwest Airlines

Location: Pearland, TX

Education: Coursework, Biology, University of California Los Angeles

Career History:  Cargo Customer Service Manager, Houston Region, Southwest Airlines, 1996-present;

Assistant Cargo Customer Service Manager, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Region, Southwest Airlines;

Cargo Customer Service Supervisor, Training-LAX, Southwest Airlines;

Cargo Agent-LAX, Southwest Airlines

Bridget Butler-Lavely, Cargo Customer Service Manager for Southwest Airlines, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of customer service.

Ms. Butler-Lavely has been with Southwest Airlines for more than 25 years with 21 of those years devoted to cargo. During this time, she helped manage their largest cargo facility in Los Angeles, and has participated in the relief efforts for hurricanes, especially the one that severely affected San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was part of the main contacts that helped move equipment to Puerto Rico aide in getting their communications back up. Southwest Airlines did that for free through her work. Ms. Butler-Lavely loves her work people she stays connected with people. In her line of work, she maintains eight different station facilities mainly throughout the Houston region. She is responsible for budgeting facility upkeep, employee staffing and making sure overtime is controlled.

To prepare for her career, Ms. Butler-Lavely completed Southwest Airlines’ Manager in Training Program (MIT) and was honored as one of the orators during graduation. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including, the LAX Cargo Champion Pound for Pound Award in 2016,  the President’s Award in 2015, the MIT I Program Certification of Completion in 2013, the Cargo Top Performer of the Year Award in 2013, the Mega Cargo Top Performer of the Year Award in 2011 and the Cargo Station of the Year Award in 2004 and 2008. Ms. Butler-Lavely is aided her in success by her love of people and treating every piece of cargo as if it’s her own.

Douglas “Heath” LaFevers

Title: National Business Development Manager

Company: BioMérieux

Location: Apex, NC

Education: BS, Food Science, Poultry Science, minor, Microbiology, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1996

Career History: National Business Development Manager, bioMérieux, 2019-present;

Director of Quality and Sales, Baldies BBQ, 2010-2019;

Mid Atlantic US Account Manager, bioMérieux, North Carolina Area, 2012-2015;

Pre-Sales Engineer, Aircom International, Dallas, Texas, 2011-2012;

Equine Diagnostic Laboratory Director, Director of Pharmacology, NCSU (North Carolina State University) College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000-2011;

Microbiology Quality Assurance Manager, Gold Kist, Inc., 1997-2000

Douglas “Heath” LaFevers, National Business Development Manager at BioMérieux, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of biotechnology management.

Mr. LeFevers joined BioMérieux in 2019 and has utilized his skills and managerial experience to carry out a plethora of everyday responsibilities. On a daily basis, he aligns with team members to educate and empower the territory account team for outreach and general food safety sales. His role entails understanding the needs and gaps from predominantly the U.S. region’s key opinion leaders within the food and food production industry and then joining this with his internal research development and scientific affairs team to close the gaps and deliver on the region’s needs. Prior to his current role, Mr. LeFevers served as the Director of Quality and Sales at Baldies BBQ, as a pre-sales engineer for AIrCom International, as the Equine Diagnostic Laboratory Director and Director of Pharmacology at North Carolina State University and as the Microbiology Quality Assurance Manager at GoldKist. His technical microbiology and quality assurance roles were direct food safety application roles within the industry, whereas the director role at the laboratory was a managerial role that leaned more heavily into in-laboratory processing, and data analysis expertise.

To date, Mr. LeFevers considers his most notable achievements to being every occasion where he is able to see a concept (an idea that fills a need or gap in testing capabilities) grow, through research and development, from concept to delivery. After a challenging 2020, he is overseeing three simultaneous novel assays through accreditation and launch. To prepare for his work within biotechnology and food safety, he earned a B Bachelor of Science in food and poultry science with a minor in microbiology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1996.

Looking towards the future, Mr. LeFevers intends to stay within the food safety diagnostic realm because he sees the impact it can have on overall human health as well as confidence within their hardworking food industry team. As far as his specific role, the business development position has given him the unique ability to liaise between industry and research and development. He’s very happy with the role and is open to new opportunities that further his growth and the growth of others in his team. In recognition of his work, Mr. LeFevers was added to the President’s Club at BioMérieux in 2014, recognized as the Valedictorian of Sales Excellence Training at BioMérieux in 2012. He has also been the recipient of the Tom Hester Poultry Scholarship.

Connie Bake Mays

Connie Mays

Connie MaysTitle: Administrative Officer

Company: (DOI, NPS) Booker T. Washington National Monument

Location: Hardy, VA

Education: GED; High School Diploma, William Fleming High School

Career History: Administrative Officer, Department Of Interior, National Park Service, Booker T. Washington National Monument, (2011-Present);

Administrative Support Assistant, National Park Service (1991-2011);

Park Ranger, National Park Service (1987-1990)

Connie Mays, Administrative Officer of the (DOI, NPS) Booker T. Washington National Monument , has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of administrative tasks.

As the Administrative Officer, Ms. Mays roles and responsibilities focus on advising administrative matters in the park and in guiding management and staff of the park toward effective management of the park’s business. She has the responsibility of budget and financial management; human resource management; acquisition and property management; information management; and administrative services (an array of services required to support the programs and staff of the park). In addition, she serves as a park safety officer, and is responsible for IT within the park, which consists of a server, printers, mail meter, laptops, and desktops. Ms. Mays also provides back-up to the interpretative division with interpreting the park story, and visitor center operations.

Early in her career, Ms. Mays garnered experience as a park ranger for the National Park Service between 1987 to 1990. In 1991, she accepted a position as an administrative support assistant from the National Park Service and remained in this role until coming to her current position. Since 2011, she has served as an administrative officer for the Department of Interior with the National Park Service at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. Throughout her career, Ms. Mays has received a number of accolades including receiving the Exemplary Act Award in the Northeast Region, National Park Service in 1991, the Most Sales Award in the Northeast Region from the Eastern National Park and Monument Association with the National Park Service in 1989. Furthermore, she has been the recipient of several safety awards.

Ms. Mays became involved in her profession because she wanted to go into fish and wildlife, and first became good friend with some of the park rangers and maintenance employees. They convinced her to join them and start working seasonally and she did. She loved being able to protect the land for future generations. Ms. Mays’s most notable achievement would be saving the lives of two individuals. She saved the life of a pregnant woman who had several seizures and hemorrhages. Her actions during this time lead to her becoming the first female within the Northeast Region to receive the  Exemplary Act Award in 1991. Ms. Mays lives by the motto; “Just keep going. There’s always another hill to climb and she looks forward to those challenges.”

Daniel Jacobs

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Title: Managing Partner

Company: Holland Eats / Lakeshore Delivery Partners LLC / Gulf Coast Delivery CC

Location: West Olive, MI

Career History: Managing Partner, Holland Eats, Lakeshore Delivery Partners LLC, Gulf Coast Delivery CC, 2017-Present;

Worker, Small Delivery Service

Daniel Jacobs, Managing Partner at Holland Eats, Lakeshore Delivery Partners LLC and Gulf Coast Delivery CC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field.

Mr. Jacobs was inspired by a similar business model he saw occurring in Texas to become a managing partner in his current endeavors. He was working in the delivery field and saw that he was going to lose his job if he didn’t take a position with a national company that had bought out the place he was working. He didn’t like the new measures this company operated on and got together with others in the same position as him. The result has lead to being the managing partner at several ventures. He has worked in these areas since 2017 and considers being self-employed as his most notable achievement to date.

Mr. Jacobs attributes his success to the lessons he learned when he was young. He has always been confident in his abilities to get something done and eventually found the way to success. He maintains affiliation with the West Michigan Chamber of Commerce and remains committed to his community by giving back to various charities.

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.

Isiac D. Hammer

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Title: General Manager

Company: Express Distributing

Location: Billings, Montana, United States

Career History: General Manager, Express Distributing, 2019-present;

General Manager, North West Region Foot Lockers, LLC, 2018-2019;

Consultant, Express Distributing, (5 years)

Type of Business: Management

Isiac D. Hammer, General Manager at Express Distributing, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements.

With a keen entrepreneurial eye stemming from his teenage years, Mr. Hammer knew his talents would take him far in business. He partnered with a friend in high school to start their own apparel company and then garnered further experience working for a promotional company. In 2017, his skills and expertise brought him to begin consulting for Express Distributing and making waves. He took a position with Foot Locker LLC as general manager in 2018 and oversaw all Footlockers in the Northwest region. He loved the company he worked for and he loved Footlocker. In 2019, he solidified his full-time position with Express Distributing, becoming the company’s General Manager.

Guided by his motto, “Wake up every day like it’s your last and better yourself,” Mr. Hammer endeavors to make the most of his time. This motto has guided him and from an early age, he began receiving awards and recognition for his stellar business practices. These include winning The Big Six Competition, from Foot Locker, ranking as the Top Salesman in The North Western Region with Foot Locker; Top Conversion Improvement in The North Western Region, Foot Locker; and Rookie of the Year Award, for District, Region and Company. Looking toward the future, he hopes to start a new business and make a failing business successful.

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Carroll James Britton

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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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Jerod L. Anderson

Jerod Anderson

Title: Logistics Operation Manager and Fleet Supervisor

Company: Alkane Midstream

Location: Tioga, ND

Education: Coursework, College of St. Scholastica

Career History: Logistics Operation Manager, Fleet Supervisor, Alkane Midstream (2020-Present); Driver/Operator, Alkane Midstream (2018-2020); LNG Deliveries, Alkane Midstream (2017-2018); Oil Field Services, Nuverra Environmental Solutions (2013-2017); Custom Harvester/Equipment Operator, Sugden Harvesting (2009-2011)

Type of Business: Mining/Oil and Gas Extraction

Jerod L. Anderson, Logistics Operation Manager and Fleet Supervisor at Alkane Midstream, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of energy.

Supported by numerous years of expertise in the natural gas and oil industry, Mr. Anderson serves as a logistics operation manager and fleet supervisor for Alkane Midstream, which specializes in liquefied natural gas deliveries to drilling rigs and fracs in the Bakken basin. Before obtaining his current position, he worked with Alkane Midstream as a driver and operator from 2018 until 2020, and in liquefied natural gas deliveries between 2017 and 2018. Mr. Anderson garnered earlier experience in the field with Nuverra Environmental Solutions, where he honed his knowledge of gas plant and compressor station services, pipeline blowdowns, and emulsion and flow line maintenance, and as a custom harvester and equipment operator with Sugden Harvesting.

Prior to entering the field, Mr. Anderson graduated from the College of St. Scholastica. He initially became involved in the field due to a marked lack of opportunities in northern Minnesota, where he first came of age. After making inroads with several figures in the local oil and gas industry, Mr. Anderson realized the great potential of the field and worked tirelessly to succeed.

Though his career has been suffused with highlights, Mr. Anderson is especially proud to have advanced within the field due to his hard work, dedication and pursuit of continued job training. He attributes his success to his propensity for hard work and loyalty. Looking toward the future, Mr. Anderson intends to grow within the field, and utilize natural gas in small communities in North and South Dakota.