The advisory board for the Center for Social Value Creation provides guidance and counsel to the center in its strategic functions and outreach with business, nonprofit and public sector communities.
John is a vice president at Fidelity Investments, where he has held various technology roles over the last 15 years, including eight years in CIO roles at two companies in Fidelity’s venture capital portfolio.
Robert Kashan, CEO and founder of EarthColor, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience directing as many as 700 employees with revenues in excess of $200 million. Robert has led EarthColor through start-up, acquisition, merger, consolidation, and growth modes.
After graduating from the Smith School of Business, Robert started his own printing company. Unlike many who worked in the industry at the time, he looked upon this industry as a business rather than a trade, but realized that in order to grow the business he needed the most talented people in every area of the print production process.
In the early 1980s, technology transformed the industry. This change brought economies of scale and best-practices to an industry that greatly needed them. By embracing these new technologies Robert and his company were able to greatly increase efficiencies and productivity, attract extremely talented people, and grow the business both organically and through acquisition.
Robert is skilled in the M&A process and constantly challenges and focuses on the financial importance of growing a business. Today, EarthColor is one of the leading commercial print and integrated marketing companies in the US with a reputation for producing outstanding work, but more importantly, as a leader in environmental and sustainability initiatives.
EarthColor is dedicated to a strong sustainability initiative. It is about ‘doing the right thing’ and embracing practices that continue to reduce waste and have a positive impact on the environment.
Robert has long believed in enhancing client value by integrating/deploying the latest technology, developing streamlined digital workflows and providing customers with the most cost effective solution in the marketplace. EarthColor is a preferred total solution provider to many Fortune 200 companies and offers prepress, asset management, print (sheetfed/web/digital), binding, finishing, fulfillment, mailing, and innovative integrated marketing solutions.
Bess Langbein is a social entrepreneur who believes that a combination of innovation, collaboration and sound business principles can address society’s biggest challenges. She understands that while passion is necessary, thoughtful business planning and growth strategies are critical to success.
Bess has served as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) for the past eight years, growing the foundation from a fledgling start-up to a well-respected community institution. Bess is dedicated to providing high-level philanthropic services to local donors to maximize the impact of their charitable giving, while building a permanent source of charitable dollars to sustain the county for the future. As a results-oriented leader who strategically deploys the resources of CFAAC to address community problems and opportunities, Bess has helped to lead the CFAAC in raising more than $20M in new assets, unrestricted funds, grant making and programmatic dollars.
Before joining CFAAC, Bess served as an associate for Horizon Philanthropic Services. She specialized in capital campaign design and execution, major donor development, grant writing and event planning. Among her projects, Bess served as the campaign manager on a $4.8M capital campaign for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Bess also worked in political campaign management and fundraising for various candidates in Maryland, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Bess received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in 2012.
In 2010, What’s Up? Annapolis magazine selected Bess as one of its “People to Watch Under 40”. She was honored by the YWCA of Anne Arundel County with a Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award in 2010 and the Anne Arundel County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee with “The We Share the Dream Award” in 2013. In December 2013, the Baltimore Business Journal recognized Bess as one of the region’s “Leading Women Under 40.”
Bess lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Eric and two children, Elliott and Lizzie. She is an avid runner and enjoys hosting parties for friends and family and “exploring” the great outdoors with her family.
Dennis Wraase is the former chairman of the board for Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides service to 1.9 million customers. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. After joining Potomac Electric Power Company in 1974, he eventually worked his way upward to chief executive officer in May 2004, when he was also appointed chairman of the board.
He served as CEO until February 2009, and concurrently as president of PHI from 2002 to 2008. He was a member of the board of directors since 1998. Prior to joining Potomac Electric Power Co., Dennis worked for Exxon Corp. where he held various financial positions in the controller's organization.
A native of Washington, D.C., he graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in accounting. He also holds a MS in finance from the George Washington University and is a certified public accountant.
He served as a director of the Edison Electric Institute, Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Institute for Electric Efficiency and was past president, Southeastern Electric Exchange. In addition, he served as a director of the National Capital Area Boy Scouts, Federal City Council, Economic Club of Washington, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. He currently serves as the treasurer and director for the University of Maryland Foundation and is vice chairman of the Washington Hospital Center. He also is a trustee for Northeast Utilities located in Hartford, Conn. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In 2010, Pepco was named in the top 100 of Newsweek magazine's annual Green Rankings, one of only three electric utilities to do so.