Board Members

Stephen Hall, Chair

Stephen Hall received his MBA from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL and began a successful selling career that led him into sales training, regional management and becoming Vice President of Sales for Sensormatic Electronics, a world leader in the electronic security field. He has managed sales teams as few as 5 and as many as 120 and revenue from $5M to $130M before becoming CEO of a private equity backed company. Despite the tough economic slide of 2008, his business grew from $12M to $20M in a four-year period, while his competitors saw losses of up to 30% of their historical revenues.

As a resident of Annapolis since 2000, Steve’s desire to get out of the corporate boardroom and help small and mid-tier businesses has led him to acquire his own business based in the Annapolis Exchange Building off Jennifer Road. His business, Maryland Sales Training & Management Development relies on Steve’s field expertise in business leadership positions. His interactive training is based on his real-world success and the Sandler Training programs, rated as the top training program by Entrepreneur Magazine for the past eleven years.

The core values taught by Steve rely on the power of reinforcement, role-play and real life examples. These are not one-shot seminars, but planned frequent training modules designed to take the sales team through the techniques necessary to avoid the traditional Buyer/Seller dance, prospect more efficiently and create a formal plan to logically follow the sales path to a decision.

Steve conducts both “public” and private engagements with his clients. He utilizes a training center in Annapolis for his “public” clients, and also works directly with companies one-to-one at their business, via video teleconferencing or travel. He can be engaged for Sales Meetings, keynote speeches or one-on-one coaching.

Tuley Wright, Vice Chair

Tuley Wright is principal with Wright Benefit Solutions, an employee benefits firm. Wright Benefit Solutions is primarily a small to mid-market insurance and employee benefits provider, specializing in saving businesses money on their employee benefits programs, while at the same time reducing their tax liability. Wright Benefit Solutions has assisted numerous companies in the Mid-Atlantic region by raising employee satisfaction and increasing the company's attractiveness to potential recruits at zero-cost to the employer, frequently actually improving the cash flow of the business.

Tuley has spent many years in both the insurance and transportation industries, and is the former principal of Columbia Transfer and Storage, a moving, storage, shipping and freight-forwarding firm based in Columbia Maryland. Tuley was educated at the College of William and Mary and the University of London, and after spending his early childhood in the Virginia Beach area, spent his teenage years in London where his father worked at the US Navy Department annex of the American Embassy.

Tuley also serves on the Board of Directors of The Sales Promotion Association of Baltimore, the countries oldest sales promotion organization dating to 1940, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Virginians of Maryland, a long-established fraternal organization of transplanted Virginians, and is also active with Business Volunteers Unlimited. Tuley lives in Baltimore County with his wife Mary and son Spencer, and has another son, Tuley, who lives in Washington DC where he works as legislative assistant to a United States congressman.

Kathy Kikta, Secretary

Kathy Kikta is an Interior Designer and owner of Master Plan Interiors, Inc.  She has enjoyed designing home and office interiors for over 35 years.  Kathy studied Interior Design at Florida State University and subsequent employment with Design Firms in Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland and Florida offered her the opportunity to design interior spaces for a variety of clients with diverse lifestyles.  She is the recipient of "The National Circle of Excellence Award" which is awarded by Ethan Allen Global, Inc. to the top twelve Designers worldwide.   

Nothing can compare to the satisfaction she has enjoyed since founding Master Plan Interiors, Inc. in January of 2010.  Kathy's desire was to expand the realm of design services she is able to provide beyond the effective selection of furnishings and accessories to also include kitchen and bath renovations, additions and complete home remodeling.  Master Plan Interiors, Inc. has allowed Kathy to serve the needs of many happy clients all across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia.   She is very happy to be making positive changes in the homes of her clients' and quotes one client who said, "You have changed our lives". 

Kathy resides in Southern Anne Arundel County with her husband and enjoys gardening, cooking, entertaining and traveling. 

Nick Clark, Treasurer

Nick is a Vice President and Senior Business Banking Relationship Manager with M&T Bank’s Business and Professional Banking division in Annapolis, Maryland. Nick joined M&T Bank in May of 2007 and within his current role, Nick works with small to medium sized businesses around Anne Arundel and Southern Baltimore area and manages an active portfolio of customers with over $38 Million in loans and $21 Million in deposits.

Prior to joining M&T Bank, Nick spent 5 years with Bank of America in the greater Annapolis area and is a 2002 graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY with a degree in Finance and Accounting. Nick obtained his credit and underwriting training while at M&T Bank thru Omega Commercial Lending Fundamentals.

Diana Dalakis

Diana Dalakis,, a Navy Veteran, is a graduate of Anne Arundel Community College, majoring in Business Management.  Her student role was President of the Entrepreneur Club from 2013-14.  She is still a student of AACC, working toward an Event Management Certificate—brushing up her culinary skills, towards opening her restaurant, “Greek Kitchen”, with a 2015 goal in mind, and a location in the heart of Annapolis.  A $10,000 Ratcliffe Incubator Scholar, Diana has over 10 years of Restaurant Management skills (Marriott, Noodles & Co., Bertucci’s, Bruegger’s Bagels) under her belt. 

Diana bartends part time for Aramark Sporting at the Verizon Center in D.C. (NBA-Wizards) and (NHL-Capitals).  She has also catered with Restaurant Associates in Washington, waiting on celebrities:  Secretary of State, John Kerry, his wife, Teresa Heinz, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, and Lilly Tomlin, as well as worked The First Ladie’s African Luncheon, 2015, at the Kennedy Center.

Originally from the Annapolis area, (although lived in Greece four years), she resides with her husband, and chef, Sotirios Dalakis, previous owner of “Severn Inn”, in the 80s.  Her favorite getaways are going to the beach, and a gourmet dinner!

Janet Eveland

Bio coming soon!

Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders is a senior business executive with twenty eight years of experience in administrative, client service and operational leadership roles. His experience spans small business start-ups to Fortune 10 companies, in diverse business markets, domestically and internationally as well as both retail and wholesale operations.

Michael is currently Co-Founder and COO/CFO of NEXPHASE Inventory Management Solutions, an Annapolis based start-up focused on providing its “PRO-COUNT” inventory management software to bars and restaurant in the local market.

Michael has built his career on being an effective listener and communicator, always striving to open lines of communication between all parties. He prides himself on his ability to assess business situations, regardless of scope, and then assist as necessary in facilitating a collaborative solution using creativity and strong critical thinking skills. He is process driven by nature and therefore analytical in his approach, but creative in solving problems and implementing solutions. Building effective teams and inspiring them to peak performance is one of his passions and therefore one of his greatest strengths.

He possesses excellent leadership skills and believes strongly in the concept of "team", cross functional or otherwise. He considers himself a visionary as well as a principle centered leader. Academically his qualifications include a Masters Degree in Management and Technology/MBA from the University of Maryland University College as well as a B.A in Economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is currently an active member of The American Management Association and the Institute of Management Consultants as well as the Treasurer, Vice President and Board Member of the Rosslare Community Association.

 

Directors Emeritus:

Steve Donovan

Becky Treakle