Staff

Herb Dayton

Herb Drayton
Interim Executive Director
herb.drayton@wayne.edu
313-758-6043

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.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Business Support Services Director
pauljones@wayne.edu
313-483-9809

Paul Jones has a unique combination of institutional finance, small business advisory and entrepreneurship experience.  Prior to joining the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Team, Paul founded TIVA Capital Advisors, a "virtual CFO company, that focuses on data analytics, financial literacy and value extraction.   In the previous 10 years, Mr. Jones was co-founder & CEO of IPX EG International; a telecom company domiciled in west Africa. Under Paul's leadership; IPX grew from start-up to $20mm annual sales with over 100 employees. 

Lori Tucker-Sullivan  
Program Manager
l.tucker-sullivan@wayne.edu
313-758-6044

As Program Manager, Lori Tucker-Sullivan makes sure that all classes and events run smoothly for scholars, faculty, and everyone involved in developing and implementing 10KSB programming. A native Detroiter, she brings a unique combination of experience in small business development and teaching at the college level. Prior to working for 10KSB, Lori was the Director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium, a national group of independent bookstores that work together to give members a competitive edge. While there, she saw first-hand the power of sharing best practices and having a cohort of fellow business owners on which to rely. In addition, she has taught writing, public speaking, and business communication classes at Wayne State, OU, Baker College, and Jackson College. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Spalding University (Louisville, KY), and has published several articles and award-winning personal essays. 

 

Molly O'Meara

Molly O'Meara
Alumni and Outreach Manager
momeara@wayne.edu
313-483-9813

Molly O'Meara is responsible for creating meaningful programming for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni. She also assists with outreach and recruitment.  Molly is a proud graduate of the 10KSB program and understands that the greatest asset the program gives scholars is the vast network of fellow alumni, locally and nationally. As both an entrepreneur and a 10KSB alum, she is uniquely qualified to facilitate continuing educational programming and connect our business owners with the resources they need. Molly is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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. 

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. 

Shenai Jackson

Shenai Jackson
Program Assistant
shenaijackson@wayne.edu
313-758-6041

Shenai Jackson is the program assistant for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program for the Detroit region. She is extremely passionate about economic development and entrepreneurship. She is currently working towards her master's degree in urban planning from Wayne State University. Shenai holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Business from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State University, she established the first collegiate chapter of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce in the nation with two other students. She was appointed as the President and Vice President of the organization throughout the years. Prior to joining 10KSB, Shenai worked as an Recruiting Coordinator for Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies for about 3 years. Shenai is excited to be a part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, her main passion has always been to support entrepreneurs and leverage connections, community and investment tools to accelerate the growth and development of the businesses. Shenai is also an entrepreneur herself and has multiple businesses she currently manages.