"Teamwork makes the dream work."
"I would say raising capital is one of the weakest things for most entrepreneurs."
“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” –Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
“It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that.” –Richard Harroch, Venture Capitalist and Author
“Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” –Seth Godin, Author
Meet The BEST Mobile Accelerator Conference Program Facilitator Team
Frank Stokes founded and created both the nationally-recognized El Camino College Business Entrepreneurial Success Training Program (BEST) and the West Los Angeles College Business Entrepreneurial Stewardship Training Genesis Program (G-BEST); which has assisted hundreds of dislocated and laid-off workers who have chosen successful business ownership. He is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Stokes Pacifique Associates; which is an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm based in Los Angeles, California. Their primary objective is to promote successful business start-up opportunities, through coaching, training and job creation for new business owners. Stokes Pacifique Associates has assisted in the launching of over six hundred start-ups. Mr. Stokes has frequently contributed to the Small Business Section of the Los Angeles Times, the Bloomberg BusinessWeek "Smart Answers" columns and other publications.
Shealeen "Shea" O'Neal is an ex-bank financial and compliance officer, who founded Accounting Therapy for clients because she understands the need and value of accounting systems with integrity. Shea says, "she also understands that chasing pennies with quarters should only happen when those pennies can grow into dollars either positively or negatively." Shea started using QuickBooks back when it was DOS (she still has her original QuickBooks 51/4″ floppies). Shea customized QuickBooks for use in the banking industry; something it was not supposed to be able to do, but managed and the end result was a quality tracking system for the bank’s real estate owned. So yes, Shea and Accounting Therapy have been customizing QuickBooks for a very long time (over fifteen years) only Intuit has made it a lot easier through the years. Shea is an Intuit ProAdvisor, QuickBooks Certified and continues to Beta test QuickBooks each year and try to help implement changes that they think their clients will benefit from. Shea is a 1998 graduate of the El Camino College BEST Program.
Dr. Moses McCutcheon Jr. is an Author, Educator, Trainer, Life and Career Guidance Consultant / Coach, Entrepreneur, and Seminar Leader with a Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership and Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Pepperdine University. He is a pioneer in the fields of career/technical education and life/work planning. He develops custom-made and personalized career planning tools, materials and programs for youth and adults with emphasis on entrepreneurship. He is Founder and President of McCutcheon Research and Founder and CEO of the School-To-Success Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit community-outreach project. His specialty is human potential research specializing in organizational leadership, career guidance, entrepreneurship, creative goal-setting and planning. Dr. McCutcheon is author of the book: “Planning Today for Success Tomorrow” was published as a tool for career guidance success! Dr. McCutcheon is an Entrepreneurship Instructor at Webster University and Consultant / Coach for the West Los Angeles College BEST Genesis Program; and a Certified ActionCoach for Business and Executive mentoring.
Rev. Walter L. Smith III is an ordained minister, seasoned executive, business consultant, sought-out
branding innovator, prolific writer, and honorably discharged veteran with two decades of progressively
expanding administrative, managerial and financial oversight – complemented by exceptional analytical,
operational, and organizational development expertise. As an impassioned 21st century leader, Rev Smith is
dedicated to fostering leadership excellence, coupled with an uncanny ability to creatively and strategically
develop and consult on building a multi-faceted organization.
In his most recent Executive role, as the Director of Campaign Administration and the Community Campaign Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Rev. Smith had direct oversight and responsibility for the administrative planning, business development and human resource oversight of (4) successful $50M annual fundraising campaigns, including the union negotiations and managerial compliance of the Tri-Annual Collective Agreements; along with - budgetary oversight of (10) departments and (130) restricted and unrestricted budgets, with direct accountability to the Executive Vice President of Financial Resource Development and the CEO.
Rev. Smith is also an author, blogger, fourth-sector ("Guerrilla") entrepreneur, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Impact Resource Group, Inc. (SEP, A Resource Company), and a Senior Associate/Partner at Executive On The Go, Inc. and is also a Co-Facilitator and Consultant for the West Los Angeles College BEST Genesis Program.