National Advisory Board


CA-Barrales HeadshotRuben Barrales
President, Latino Leadership & Policy Forum

Ruben Barrales most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce- the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in California. Mr. Barrales also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, where he led a regional civic organization of Silicon Valley high-tech business executives, university leaders, and local elected officials.



FerkoBill Ferko
Finance Executive

Bill Ferko previously served as the Chief Acquisitions Officer and the Chief Risk Management Officer for Republic Bank, one of Kentucky’s largest locally owned community banks. Mr. Ferko also served as the CFO for Philips BU Professional Luminaires North America, a manufacturer of lighting fixtures and controls. Mr. Ferko serves on the Board of Directors for Sypris Solutions Sypris, a provider of information security solutions and supplier components for the commercial vehicle and trailer markets and oil, gas and petrochemical projects.



JulioJulio Fuentes
President, Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Julio A. Fuentes, President and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC). In 2000,  he founded the chamber in response to the tremendous growth of Florida’s Hispanic population. Today the chamber has grown to 38 chapters and manages a database of over 80,000 minority-owned businesses. Mr. Fuentes is also President of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO).



TN-Cordia Harrington HeadshotCordia Harrington
CEO & Founder, Tennessee Bun Company

Known as the “Bun Lady”, Harrington was named 2014 Nashville’s Most Admired CEO as Founder of Tennessee Bun Company.  The bakery operation including 6 high speed lines serving Fortune 50 Companies.  She is Member of Committee of 200, CEO International-Board Member; Director of Bank of Nashville, Director of EC-Entrepreneur Center, Cheekwood, and formerly served two terms on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta-Nashville. Cordia is a Small Business Entrepreneur, having owned McDonald’s Restaurants, a Real Estate & Construction Company, and a Trucking Company.



FL-Carole Jean JordanCarole Jean Jordan
Owner, Jordan Sprinkler System; Tax Collector

Carole Jean Jordan is the owner of Jordan Sprinkler System, a Vero Beach business that has been family owned and operated for over 40 years. Carole Jean has served in leadership roles with the National Federation of Republican Women in the 1990s and served as a special adviser during key strategic times for the U.S. organization. She began her service as President of The Republican Women of Indian River, Federated, and then served five years as President of the Florida Federation of Republican Women.



Lancaster 3Haze Lancaster
President, ATM USA, Inc.

Born and raised in NC, Haze brings an expertise in customer relationship management and ATM sales and marketing to his role as President with ATM USA. ATM USA has become a leading ATM management company with a fierce reputation for providing excellent customer service, a legacy Haze is most proud of. Haze remains in North Carolina with his wife and two sons, and appreciates the success they have enjoyed in the ATM management business since its start more than eleven years ago.



Mary Leavitt Headshot 3Mary Leavitt
Owner, Flag Lady’s Flag Store

The Flag lady’s Flag Store was founded by Mary Leavitt, passionately known as The Flag Lady. For the past 30 years, the Flag Lady has manufactured flags and banners for customer all over the USA. She began selling flags out of her car while living in Libertyville, Illinois, during the Iranian crisis, in February 1980. Flag Lady’s Flag Store in Columbus has grown into one of the top five retail flag stores in the country.


TOneillThomas O’Neil
President, Officeworks; former Chair, Indianapolis Hispanic Business Council

Thomas O’Neil is the president of OfficeWorks, having been in the furniture industry for 29 years. O’Neil previously served as the chair of the Indianapolis Hispanic Business Council and on the executive committee of the National Dealer Alliance, an office furniture trade association. Prior to founding OfficeWorks in 1984, O’Neil worked with the F.C. Tucker Company as a commercial real estate broker and spent 11 years in sales and management with Xerox Corporation.



RexRex Solomon
President, Houston Jewelry

In 1990 Solomon became active in his Houston-based family jewelry store, Houston Jewelry, where since 2005 he has been President. He is a board member of the Texas Jewelers Association and is a two time honoree as one of America’s Best Jewelers by National Jeweler and the Jewelers of America. Solomon is a 1988 graduate of Brandeis University, and attended the University of Houston Law School in the fall of 1989, where he founded The List, the first national directory of a cappella groups and became a cofounder of CASA, the Contemporary A Cappella Society.