Staff

Camille Walker Banks

Camille Walker Banks
Executive Director
cwalkerbanks@wayne.edu
313-758-6043

Camille Walker Banks is a respected senior advisor to small and large businesses with a successful career in economic development across multiple sectors, including corporate/Fortune 500, nonprofit, government and higher education. Under Camille's leadership, Michigan companies participating in the Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses program have outpaced the US small businesses' and 10,000 Small Businesses' national averages in increasing revenues and job creation. Prior to joining 10KSB, Camille served as a business development manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and as economic development facilitator/community development supervisor for the City of Madison Heights. In these roles, Camille implemented key state and local initiatives around economic development and community revitalization resulting in over $5.5B in new capital investment and more than 5,000 new jobs created in underserved communities during the economic downturn.  

Sean Gray
Associate Director
seangray@wayne.edu
313-483-9809

Sean Gray oversees the outreach and recruitment, alumni support and business advising within the 10,000 Small Businesses-Detroit program. Previously, Sean served as a business consultant at the Michigan Small Businesses Development Center, a program of the Small Business Administration. Sean's first exposure to entrepreneurship was growing up in a family of business owners. he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Jacob Kinde

Jacob Kinde
Program Manager
jkinde@wayne.edu
313-758-6044

Jacob Kinde is the program manager for Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University. After earning a BS in Business Administration in 2010 from Wayne State University, he began his career in the administration of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, working on neighborhood stabilization initiatives. Jacob is excited to be a part of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses because he believes that fostering entrepreneurial talent is key to building sustainable economic health across the region. 

 

Molly O'Meara
Alumni Manager
Momeara@wayne.edu
313-483-9813

Faris Alami

Faris Alami
Business Advisor
faris.alami@wayne.edu
313-483-9813

Faris is the founder and CEO of Integration Systems Management, where he works with international companies on technologies, leadership, entrepreneurship and culture programs. The road to business excellence began for Faris when he started a marketing company in Tucson, Arizona at age 18. Since that time, and in increasingly demanding roles, he has served nonprofit organizations, five-star resorts, national marketing companies, fledgling companies and major department store chains, and lent his expertise to service, wholesale and retail companies. He also works with several business incubators, including TechTown Detroit. He has managed more than 100 startups and planned, managed and directed entrepreneurial training and several international initiatives. Faris is a certified FastTrac Facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation in their internationally recognized entrepreneurial training program. He also facilitates a global trade mission program for high school students, mentors University of Michigan MBA students and serves on the boards of several organizations. 

Herb Dayton

Herb Drayton
Business Advisor
herb.drayton@wayne.edu
313-483-9811

Herb is a seasoned entrepreneur, having spent most of the last 2 decades working with businesses large and small on improving their operations and increasing capital. From Fortune 500 companies like Ford and Chrysler to startup businesses, Herb has demonstrated an uncanny ability to work with companies on improving everything from people to procesees to products and services.

Michael Geiger

Michael Geiger
Business Advisor
m.geiger@wayne.edu
313-483-9812

Michael Geiger works as a business advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Detroit. In this role, he advises Metro Detroit entrepreneurs and assists them with pinpointing and developing growth opportunities. He has dedicated the majority of his professional career to Detroit, where he has been involved in launching projects and working with organizations operating within the city including The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Eastern Market, Red Bull House of Art and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Michigan and a Culinary Arts Degree from Schoolcraft College.