Team

Jake Ward

Jake Ward is President of the Connected Commerce Council (3C), a membership organization for small businesses’ powered by digital. 3C…

Rob Retzlaff

Rob Retzlaff is the Chief of Staff and Director of Operations at the Connected Commerce Council in Washington, D.C. where…

Rob Ellsworth

As 3C’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Rob Ellsworth has nearly 15 years of strategic legislative experience in international, federal,…

Lisa Aukward

Lisa Aukward serves as the Director of Programming overseeing all education and training initiatives for 3C members. Highly regarded as a…

Matt Ziegman

Matt Ziegman is the Legislative Assistant at the Connected Commerce Council in Washington, D.C. Matt graduated from Miami University (Ohio)…

Peter Cherukuri

Peter Cherukuri serves as Strategic Advisor to 3C working on organizational strategy and overseeing all communications, brand and marketing activity….

Board of Directors

Stella Crewse

Stella Crewse is the CEO of Morgan Miller Plumbing, a locally owned plumbing service company. Stella is originally from Springfield…

Marlene Romo Flores

Marlene Romo Flores is the Marketing Director for Salons by JC who was recently ranked #1 Salon Suite by Entrepreneur…

Salil Gandhi

Salil Gandhi has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and in marketing. He co-founded Vipogen, a biotech startup,…

Tara McMullin

Tara McMullin is on a mission to turn today’s small business owners into tomorrow’s economic powerhouses. She’s the founder of…

Jeremy Howie

Jeremy Howie is a Facebook Ads Expert, CEO of Enlightened Marketing, LLC and is recognized as one of the world’s…

Andreea Matei

Andreea Matei is a successful entrepreneur who has started and sold three companies and currently runs LaunchGrowJoy.com. She is a…

Victoria Wise

Victoria Wise has deep experience as an entrepreneur and marketer. In 2011, Victoria co-launched Jewelry Nut Auctions, an online company…

President's Council

The Connected Commerce Council (3C) was founded to give digitally empowered small businesses a seat at the table and a voice in discussions about policies and issues that directly affect them. The shared experiences of small business owners are both unique and universal. To better support and advocate on behalf of the small business community, 3C must understand the men and women we are working to serve. To better do my job as President of 3C and to help our team deliver for our members, I have asked a group of highly qualified people with diverse perspectives and experiences to help guide us. The Connected Commerce Council President’s Council informs and shapes 3C’s priorities, our small business programming, and our steadfast commitment to serving small businesses’ unique needs. The Council works to:

  • Ensure 3C programming meets the unique challenges of minority-owned businesses;
  • Inform and consistently improve the benefits 3C provides its members and makes available to the small business community across industry verticals, business models, and geographies;
  • Provide essential perspective to the organization on our role in the broader community and our mission to support and advocate digitally empowered small businesses.

On behalf of the 3C team and our members, I thank each member of the President’s Council for their work and their support.

Aerica Banks

Aerica Banks is the Public Policy & Social Impact Manager for Pinterest. Previously, she served on the patent strategy team in…

Chris Hertz

Chris is the Chief Revenue Officer of DivvyCloud where he combines his technical background and cloud technology expertise with his…

Juliet “Jules” Okafor

Jules Okafor founded RevolutionCyber to help customers and partners develop and deliver solutions built around niche technologies. Some innovative products…

Michiel Perry

Michiel Perry is the founder of Black Southern Belle and the curated network of diverse brands Black Southern Belle Collective….

Mohammad Shatat

Mohammad founded MoJo Consulting in 2016 on a mission of partnership.  MoJo Consulting is a full-service telecommunications consulting and brokerage…

Anthony Shop

As Chief Strategy Officer at Social Driver, Anthony helps their clients and team understand how digital and social technology can…

Adis Vila

Multicultural and multilingual, Adis Vila, a Cuban refugee, came to the United States in 1962. In 1982 she was selected…