Entrepreneurship Institute Conference

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Dina Gaughan 
President
The Sticky Smart Wallet 

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Dina Gaughan is the President and owner of The Sticky Smart Wallet Inc., a promotional products company located in Northeast PA. After college, she started her career climbing the corporate ladder for a Fortune 500 company, where she discovered her passion for entrepreneurship. She now runs the day to day operations of her own corporation, which helps other companies, organizations, schools, and individuals alike, with marketing products and essentials.

Growing up in the Hazleton Area, she graduated from Hazleton Area High School at the top of her class, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Stroudsburg University, and later graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Leadership and Development from Wilkes University. Learning and perfecting the art of business and leadership has been an essential factor contributing to her success as an entrepreneur.

Another contributing factor to Dina’s continuous pursuit of entrepreneurial success has been her limitless drive to succeed. She expresses this is derived from her childhood, where her father was a business owner and her mother was always helping others and supporting Dina’s desire to continue education and pursue her dreams, whatever they were to entail.

Looking forward, Dina’s future goals lie with coaching and developing other like minded individuals to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, as she would like to contribute what so many others have contributed to her throughout her journey.

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Abe Salam, CRME
Founder
Epic Revenue Consultants 

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Abe has over 15 years of experience in Hospitality with a specialized focus in revenue management and distribution. His career in revenue management began in 2006 with Wyndham Exchange and Rentals as an analyst with direct oversight of 300 plus properties in Asia Pacific. Abe spent five years at Wyndham Hotel Group and was one of the first employees to help roll out their revenue management services for multi-brands, which included Wingate, Hawthorne Suites, Ramada, Super 8 and Microtel. During his time at Wyndham Abe managed properties in markets such as Waikiki, Miami, Las Vegas.

In 2012, Grand Pacific Resorts (based in California) recruited Abe to lead their Revenue Strategy and Distribution for 14 resorts in California, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico. During Abe’s time with Grand Pacific Resorts he was able to increase topline revenues by 35% across the portfolio. Abe later moved back to the East Coast and joined Denihan Hospitality (NYC based). At Denihan, Abe directed top-line strategy and revenue optimization for the Affinia Manhattan; Denihan’s biggest NYC asset. Abe’s career progressed and went on to include Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Highgate Hotels and helping open the first 5 star hotel in Brooklyn, the William Vale. As a respected expert in the field of hospitality Abe decided to open up his consulting company in 2018, Epic Revenue Consultants in Scranton, PA and now provides consulting and software services to hotels all over the world. Epic currently has a reach of over 250 clients in the US and over 75 clients worldwide.

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Nicole Chinnici
Founder
Organtick, LLC

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Nicole Chinnici is the founder of Organtick, LLC.
She is a proud scientist and entrepreneur with a passion for combating tick-borne illnesses which are the fastest growing infectious disease in the US (affecting over 400,000 people annually). Her interest in tick borne diseases first started at the East Stroudsburg University Wildlife Genetics Institute while she was studying for her Master’s Degree in Biology – she is now the Director of the Institute, the largest tick testing laboratory in the United States. As Director, Nicole has been an invited guest speaker to the Pennsylvania Legislature on two separate occasions to speak on combating the health crisis associated with tick borne diseases.
Organtick, LLC is Nicole’s newest vision for helping others combat tick borne diseases. At Organtick, she has used her expertise on the biology of ticks – how they survive, how they find a host, and how they feed – to develop our new line of superior, all natural, tick repellant products that dramatically outperform all chemical and natural product alternatives on the market today.
When she is not in the lab testing her next tick repellant product idea (coming soon), try looking for Nicole working out at her Cross-fit Gym where she is a co-owner, outdoors on the golf course, or hiking with Buddy, her nine year old Red Fox Lab and Arlo, her three year old husky mix who are charter members of the Organtick Testing Department.

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