The People Who Help Guide Us
Deepening our understanding of small businesses and staying up to date on their needs, insights and passions is a critical factor in how FedEx works to enable small-business success. One of our primary sources for insights, feedback and guidance is our Entrepreneur Advisory Board (EAB). Our EAB is comprised of hand-selected small-business owners who have proven they have what it takes to launch and grow a successful company. Each EAB member serves for a year-long term and brings a history of business accomplishments, industry expertise and a unique perspective to the table. We’re grateful for their regular counsel and generosity in sharing their expertise and business tips.
After surviving breast cancer, fashion designer Dana Donofree was inspired to launch AnaOno, a global purpose-driven lingerie company serving thousands of individuals affected by breast cancer, mastectomy, breast surgery and chronic pain. Deeply committed to the breast cancer community, Dana’s service to her customers is evident in every fiber of AnaOno, including the brand’s blog.
Owner of Catullo Prime Meats, 3rd generation butcher Danny Catullo took his traditional brick and mortar family business and turned it to a thriving online experience. Danny’s expertise in perishable shipping, digital selling and operational scaling has enabled him to grow his business from a local company to one that successfully ships a high volume of superior quality prime meats across the country.
Serial entrepreneur David Patrick has launched and run several small businesses, the latest being Shark Wheel, a business launched after he invented an entirely new shape for the wheel while engineering wake turbines and rotors. Through investment in research and development, inventive techniques, online selling and successful crowdfunding, David has been able to scale Shark Wheel and create a company that challenges the status quo.
With an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and several previous leadership positions in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Diana Ganz oversees the marketing and branding for The Groomsman Suit, a company she co-founded. Since launching The Groomsman Suit in 2016, Diana has helped build a convenient online store experience that rivals the traditional brick and mortar stores, offering stylish suits for purchase at less than the price of rentals.
While pursuing his B.A. in architecture at Temple University, Ebun Olaloye turned his passion for soccer into a thriving small business, developing innovative, expertly designed clothing for soccer players and fans. By solving problems that big brands in the athletic clothing industry struggle to address, Ebun has been able to support his customers and grow a dedicated social media following.
By leveraging e-commerce to build personal relationships and deliver non-GMO soup and sauce to her customers’ doorsteps and local markets, professionally trained chef Gina D’Orazio Stryker has turned her love of making delicious organic food into a career with her business, Gina Cucina. Gina’s experience with perishable shipping, eco-friendly packaging and corporate partnerships has helped her parlay her culinary passions into business success.
Together with his brother Mohammed, Rahim Diallo launched the Ginjan Bros, a beverage company that offers a unique traditional West African ginger-based drink to U.S. consumers. In addition to his personal experiences as an immigrant and a corporate financial advisor, Rahim’s knack for customer service and brand storytelling have helped drive his company’s success.
Judith Irving co-founded Fat Toad Farm in 2007, a business dedicated to artisanal goat’s milk caramel sauces, and has helped grow this family business through a knowledge of online selling and ability to scale. In the last two years, Judith has helped develop a partnership with Vermont Creamery to create a first-of-its-kind goat dairy.
Scott Loeser, co-owner of Marked™, has been informed by his social conscience, career in product development and manufacturing expertise since day one. Scott is also a member of The Makers Coalition, a group which helps ensure there is a trained cut and sew industry for the Upper Midwest region of the United States.
Born and raised on her family’s corn farm, Suzi Buchanan expanded her family’s crop of corn into a successful flavored popcorn company she has run for almost 20 years. Suzi has extensive experience with farmers markets, developing different types of packaging for her perishable products, and working in the B2B space.
We‘re grateful to all of our current and past EAB members for their time and valuable insights. Their unique perspectives into what it takes to launch and grow a successful company enable us to focus on what really matters to our small-business customers.
Follow Your Dreams
Former EAB member, Ryan Lane of Dream Beard, encourages small-business owners to follow their dreams.
Believe in Your Business
EAB members from previous years offer their thoughts on overcoming business challenges and believing in both your product and yourself.
Build a Support Network
Hear past EAB members discuss the importance of a strong support network to help build your small-business success.