Cottrell Center Entrepreneur in Residence

Howard Lubert

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at West Chester University recently announced Howard Lubert, PhD as its 2012-2013 Entrepreneur in Residence. Howard is the Founder and Managing Partner of SafeHatch LLC and the Co-Founder and Area President of Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic.

As Managing Partner of SafeHatch LLC, Lubert leads the corporate advisory and business acceleration services of the Wayne, PA based firm. Dr. Lubert brings his unique mix of technical and private equity related experience with Safeguard and other VC and Angel Investment related funds to SafeHatch. Prior to founding SafeHatch, he helped create the eBusiness consulting service line at Deloitte and Touche and led teams in various Inter/Intranet technology engagements. At Safeguard Scientifics he formalized the due diligence process and executed technical due diligence reviews. Dr. Lubert also developed successful channel marketing programs for many high tech firms including Novell and IBM and served as the Chairman of an international trade association for the networking technology industry.

In addition to his role as Managing Partner of SafeHatch, Howard is the Area President of the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic Region. Keiretsu Forum is the world's largest and most successful Accredited Investor - Private Equity Community with over 850 accredited/angel investor members throughout twenty-three chapters on three continents. Since Keiretsu Forum's founding in 2000, its members have invested more than $300m in over 275 companies in software, telecom, health/life sciences, biotech, real estate, mobile applications, Internet, consumer products and other high growth areas.

Gary Daniels

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is proud to announce Gary Daniels as its 2011 Entrepreneur in Residence. Mr. Daniels is a 1975 graduate of West Chester University who was a professional golfer before becoming the youngest number one agent in the 120 history of Travelers.

Mr. Daniels went on to become one of the founding members of The Creative Financial Group. Mr. Daniels' primary area of expertise is developing financial and business succession strategies for entrepreneurs with estates valued at $10 million and more. In this capacity, his clients include some of the area's leading entrepreneurs in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale distribution and food industries.

Mr. Daniels is a member of the Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils; a ten-year qualifier of the Top of the Table; a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table; and a former instructor of the Life Underwriter's Training Council. A recognized authority on business succession planning, Mr. Daniels frequently addresses professional organizations such as the National Association of Manufacturers and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine.

David Gansky

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is proud to announce David Gansky as its 2010 Entrepreneur in Residence. Mr. Gansky graduated West Chester University in 1988 with a degree in Marketing Management. Upon graduation, he founded and served as CEO of US Maintenance Corporation.

Over a period of 20 years, Mr. Gansky built this ground-floor operation into the largest provider of maintenance services for national retail chains in the United States, with revenues in excess of $500 million. During his tenure as CEO, US Maintenance expanded into numerous new service areas and acquired several major companies. In 2006, Transfield Services purchased US Maintenance.

Mr. Gansky retired from the company in 2008 to form Longport Capital, L.L.C. and become its managing partner. Longport Capital is a private equity firm that focuses on small to mid-sized companies in the eastern United States. Longport Capital seeks majority equity in firms with long-term potential for growth and profitability. In exchange, the company provides the investment equity, strategic direction, and hands-on operational expertise essential to helping companies realize their full value. Mr. Gansky also serves on the Business Advisory Council for West Chester University.

Joseph Rizezllo

Each year The Cottrell Center recognizes a successful alumna, alumnus or friend as West Chester University Entrepreneur in Residence. The Entrepreneur in Residence engages with students and members of the WCU community in various ways including guest lectures, business idea consultation, advising and mentoring. He/she participates as a judge at the annual Business Idea Pitch. The Entrepreneur in Residence started in to 2010 and has been a valuable program launched by the Cottrell Center. View the listing of previous EIRs.

Please join us in welcoming Joseph S. Rizzello as the newest Entrepreneur in Residence. Joseph joined NewSquare Capital in 2014 as Chairman. Under his leadership, the firm has experienced significant growth and expanded the suite of investment options to include truly innovative investment approaches. In his distinguished 40+ years, Joseph has held senior positions with top-tier organizations, including serving as CEO of the The National Stock Exchange, Jersey City; Co-founder of the Mind Capital Group, Philadelphia President of Pershing Trading Company and Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Jersey City and a principal in charge of Vanguard's Broker-Dealer., Malvern, Pennsylvania. He is highly regarded in the industry as an authority on ETF's, a senior advisor on market structure, a marketing expert, and a new product innovator.