CEO Organizes Successful Baron Business Plan Competition Dinner

Collage of everyone at Baron Business Plan Competition Dinner

In one of the first major in-person social events since the Covid-19 pandemic began, CEO’s Woodbury chapter held a dinner event to announce and celebrate this year’s Baron Business Plan competition winners.

The competition has become an annual Woodbury tradition thanks to the generous financial and moral support from Woodbury alumni Mr. Tom Baron. The event was held on the Woodbury University quad on Saturday, April 30. In his presentation, social impact entrepreneur Michael Schumer emphasized his passion to improve the lives of others through innovative public service. His organization, Points for Patriots, connects military and civilian families to an ecosystem of 45+ Veteran Mentors, Patriot Fellows, Military Spouses, and Civilian Ambassadors across 15 states through the flagship Patriot Fellowship & Spouse Connect programming.

Winner Sam Kleinberg proudly shows his first prize check, flnaked by Dr. Paul Sabolic (left), Advisor of Woodbury's CEO Chapter, and Dr. Joan Marques (right), Dean of the School of Business.
Winner Sam Kleinberg proudly shows his first-prize check, flanked by Dr. Paul Sabolic (left), Advisor of Woodbury’s CEO Chapter, and Dr. Joan Marques (right), Dean of the School of Business.

Schumer complimented the budding entrepreneurs who participated in this year’s competition on their efforts and encouraged them to continue their initiatives toward making a difference, even if they were not winners in this particular setting. He also spoke highly of Woodbury’s CEO Chapter and the value of the competition to students.

This year’s panel of judges included Jane Skeeter, serial entrepreneur, founder of UltraGlas, and Past President of NAWBO-LA (National Association of Women Business Owners); Shawn Morey, Realtor and Principal Broker at Dwell Real Estate group, managing partner at NutriShop, and owner of the Paid to Play Media Group; and Piere Pirnejad, Real Estate Professional.

The panel ultimately awarded the following prizes:

  • 1st Place – Samuel Kleinberg (Management, School of Business) – $3,000
  • 2nd Place – Erin Williams (Filmmaking, School of Media, Culture, and Design) – $1,200
  • 3rd Place – Arturo Vilchis (Architecture, School of Architecture)- $800

The prizes and dinner were sponsored by Mr. Tom Baron. The current CEO Board, led by Samuel Kleinberg, with the support of Melody Klein (Management) and Chanel Cruz (Applied Computer Science), may look back at a professionally and well-implemented event.


Last Updated on May 2, 2022.

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