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.

Karen Sterling, Secretary

Karen Sterling is Co-Owner and Partner of Johnson Sterling Marketing & Communications, a firm founded in 2011 to assist small businesses in improving their marketing efforts and experiencing growth. Prior to founding Johnson Sterling, Karen spent 12 years with BP, plc in various sales, marketing and communications roles with a strong focus on B2B marketing, marketing communications and corporate communications/public relations.

Karen holds an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and a BS in Mass Communication from Miami University (Oxford, OH). She currently resides in northern Anne Arundel County with her husband and two young children and also serves on the Advancement Committee of Monsignor Slade Catholic School.

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.

Ann C. Alsina

Ann Alsina is a graduate of The Fisher School of Accounting at The University of Florida. After a 17-year career in the automotive industry advising automobile manufacturers and dealership owners, Ann made the switch to financial services with the birth of her first daughter. She enjoys working with small business owners and executives to alleviate their financial worries. Ann is a registered representative and investment advisor representative who has successfully completed the FINRA sponsored Series 7, 63 and 65 exams and holds these licenses at LPL Financial; she is also a licensed Life and Disability agent.

Ann and her husband, Francisco, reside in Annapolis with their two daughters. Ann is a member of Entrepreneur’s Exchange, serving as a board member and board chairman. She currently serves on the Finance and Pastoral Councils at St. Mary’s Church and the board of trustees for The Summit School. Her family enjoys camping, hiking the Appalachian Trail and visiting museums.

Rick OShea

Following an extensive career in corporate sales and engineering, Rick OShea joined RE/MAX Leading Edge in 2014. RE/MAX Leading Edge is the one of the largest RE/MAX in North America with over 1,100 Real Estate professionals servicing the Maryland, DC and Virginia markets. He has always been a "Top Producer", consistently exceeding budget and expectations while completing projects months ahead of schedule.

Mr. OShea's entrepreneurial roots date back more than fifteen years which included business partnerships with two land development companies and two construction firms. After moving to Maryland, Mr. OShea began selling real estate, bringing with him a unique combination of engineering, management and sales experience allowing him to see beyond the picket fences and dollar signs of the real estate industry. Mr. OShea's twenty years of corporate sales experience equipped him with the patience, confidence, and steadfastness to master complicated business negotiations to achieve the desired results.

Mr. OShea understands business management and entrepreneurship requires a proactive mentality and works hard to focus on the details of the business transaction mitigating and resolving problems during the planning stages. His proactive approach and genuine customer service practices have helped him build a thriving real estate business where 97% of his business is referral-based. In ten years, Mr. O'Shea has completed more than 400 real estate transactions.

Mr. OShea holds an Associate Broker's Real Estate license and earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a member of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneurs Exchange (Board Member), the Anne Arundel County Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.

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!

Kathy Kikta

Bio and picture coming soon!

Directors Emeritus:

Steve Donovan

Becky Treakle