Clay E. Hickson
Executive Director, TowsonGlobal
Clay E. Hickson is Director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator, Towson University’s incubator for early-stage companies. Previously, Mr. Hickson was managing Director of Rhôton Hill Group, a management consulting firm he established, which provided international marketing, corporate communications, strategic planning and cross-cultural communications services. He also served as Director International Business Services for International Technology and Trade Associates, Director of International Programs for the World Trade Center Boston and Account Director with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Taiwan). He worked with the 1993 Seattle Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Burson-Marsteller, the National Crime Prevention Council, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and US-Philippine Business Committee. Mr. Hickson is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland-China Business Council and served as the Council’s Chairman and President for nine years. He also sits on the board of directors and serves as Secretary of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and serves as Secretary of the Asian Arts and Culture Center advisory board. Mr. Hickson is a member of the Maryland Business Incubation Association and serves as Vice President.
Mr. Hickson has developed and taught training programs, seminars and college courses that have prepared executives for doing business in international environments. He has taught graduate and undergraduate economics courses for the University of Phoenix Online. He also served as a consultant/trainer for the Diversity Management Institute at Montgomery College and earlier acted as the institute’s Interim Director. He was a regular contributor to China Business & Investment. Other current and past affiliations include the US Chamber of Commerce-Asia Task Force, Asia Society, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, International Society and BYU Management Society. Mr. Hickson received his MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, received his BA in International Relations from The George Washington University, and studied Chinese language at Columbia University.
Program Coordinator, TowsonGlobal
Darlene Ugwa is Program Coordinator of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator. Darlene comes from a diverse background, including banking, administration, academic, and cultural experiences, that enhances her ability to support the development of TowsonGlobal and the entrepreneurial organizations the incubator serves. As Program Coordinator she assists with the day-to-day management of the incubator and its programs. These include research for and development of business plans, organizing educational initiatives organizing business plan competitions, identifying new clients, and developing new marketing tools. Prior to joining TowsonGlobal, Ms. Ugwa worked in customer care for both M&T Bank and Bank of America, helping clients identify suitable financial products and services. She obtained a BA in International Relations from Towson University and an MBA from the UB/Towson joint program. In the past, she has enjoyed volunteering her time to the Youth Refugee Program as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Jim Jenkins, CPA
Director, SC&H Tax and Advisory Services
Carol L. Coughlin
CEO/Founder, BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc.
Attorney at Law, Whiteford, Taylor, Preston, LLP
J. Gary McDaniel
President & Board Member (former), TerraWatt Power, LLC
Scott B. Turnbaugh
President/Founder, Eagles View Consulting LLC
Vice President, Division of Innovation & Applied Research, Towson University
Dr. Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Division of Innovation & Applied Research
Director, Economic and Workforce Development, Towson University
Director, Center for Applied IT
Director, Center for GIS
Roberta (Bobbie) Laur
Manager, External Affairs and Strategic Communications, Division of Innovation & Applied Research
Director, Center for Professional Studies