Bpeace Member Recognition Awards

Outstanding business people who invest their time and skills.
2013-Vera-winners

Bpeace honors outstanding members with our annual VERAs (Volunteer Excellence Recognition Awards). In November 2013 we recognized 48 members for their remarkable efforts.

In New York each November, Bpeace’s Annual Meeting brings members together to celebrate their achievements.

Bpeacers from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, travel to convene with their east coast Bpeace colleagues, meeting many of them for the first time, even though they may have been collaborating with them for months.

The Annual Bpeace VERAs (Volunteer Excellence Recognition Awards) give a nod to Bpeace’s most exceptional members.

Extreme Bpeacer 3.0

Winner of our first Extreme Bpeacer award in 2010, and an Extreme Bpeacer 2.0 in 2011, Donna Fleetwood (Harrisburg, PA) demonstrated her passion and commitment by co-mentoring Afghan Kitchen Kween Latifa, traveling to El Salvador to help shape our Fast Runners into a cohesive networking group, coaching Fast Runner Acoopimold on management issues, co-authoring a Bpeace Sales Growth Guide for our Salvadorans and Guatemalans, and riding in Bpeace’s 4th annual Pedal for Peace.

Extreme Bpeacer 2.0

Gita Patel (New Brunswick, NJ) traveled to Guatemala to help with our pre-launch due-diligence process, where she met and introduced us to Gaby, our first Fast Runner in that country. Gita mentored Gaby through her application to the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards (Gaby won and received $20,000 in prize money to expand her business). She also mentored tourism Fast Runner Gull in Afghanistan.

David Montieth’s (Ridgefield, CT) 2013 Bpeace achievements crossed many industries and two countries. David traveled with Afghan solar-panel manufacturer Nasrat, Afghan technology Fast Runner Jamshid, and Salvadoran call center Fast Runner Claudia to ensure they extracted the maximum value from their U.S. Host Company experiences. He also helped improve the capacity of Afghan DOSTI soccer ball makers Taj and Aziza, and was a traveling HR mentor to several Salvadoran Fast Runners.

The PwC SURGE

The track record of achievement by PricewaterhouseCoopers volunteers keeps growing, with 11 PwCers winning VERAs this year.

Rachael Rho (New York, NY) led the first PwC corporate team in this year’s Pedal for Peace.

Joe Castor (Dyer, IN) is part of a team creating an Excel-based payroll database for the small and midsize Afghan Fast Runners, and also rode in Pedal for Peace.

Drew Crail (Chicago, IL) led two teams of PwCers that included Aaron Hans (Chicago, IL), Barry McCardel (Chicago, IL), Jack Kapaun (Seattle, WA), Joe Castor (Dyer, IN) and Josh McLane (Chicago, IL), Jon Glick (Deerfield, IL), Lauren Leland (New York, NY) and Kieran Shanahan (Chicago, IL). One team developed an international expansion strategy for a Web design firm in San Salvador. The second analyzed Bpeace’s volunteer model and suggested strategic changes that will help us grow.

Sachal Lakhavani (New York, NY) advised Afghan technology Fast Runner Jamshid, introduced us to Drew Crail and his teams (see above) and rode in Pedal for Peace.

TRAVELING MENTORS

This year’s Traveling Mentors each spent one to two weeks working side by side with our Fast Runners at their places of business.

El Salvador

Vicky Cox (New York, NY) and Shankar Lakhavani (Oakdale, PA) both shared their lean manufacturing expertise — Vicky at commercial printer Inverprint, food processor Alimentos Lupita, and shoe manufacturer Grupo GW, and Shankar, along with strategist Kimberly Smithson-Abel (Lakeside, TX), at Sevialca, a road construction firm.

Eduardo Flores (Guatemala) joined Bpeace Board Co-chair Kate Buggeln (New York, NY) advising child wear manufacturer Marenco on expansion strategies.

Serial entrepreneur Liz Chanmugham (Boston, MA) and retail/fashion strategist Ken Hewes (Columbus, OH) worked with Santa Croce, a manufacturer of fashionable leather handbags.

Susan Heaney (New York, NY) addressed the San Salvador Chamber of Commerce, and met with our Fast Runners to share U.S. corporate social responsibility best practices.

Ice cream and flavors expert Russell Morley (Mississauga, Canada) helped Helados Cremosa formulate some new products.

Phyllis Rosen (Scarsdale, NY) shared HR brand practices with Gesel, a fast-growing call center with 180 employees.

Food service professional Mary Stycos (Brooklyn, NY) advised restaurant Carymar, and Pieraldo Pecchio (Wellington, FL) worked with frozen-food producer Krisspy’s to build distribution.

Veteran CFO Fern Thomas (New York, NY) worked with trash recycler Serpaca on its financials.

Tim Worthington (Sun City West, AZ) utilized his metal molds expertise to solve technical issues at Acoopimold.

Afghanistan

Taking a vacation from her job at Estee Lauder, Nazifa Danishgar (Brooklyn, NY) flew to Kabul after working with Bpeace Chief Program Officer Marla Gitterman and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to plan a Bpeace Film Summit for four Fast Runners in the filmmaking and TV industries.

BOOSTING FILM ECONOMIES IN TWO COUNTRIES

From her position at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ellen Harrington (Beverly Hills, CA) made critical contributions to the Bpeace Film Summit in Afghanistan and was a significant advisor during the development and launch of the new online film industry marketplace RwandaFilm.org.

THE YODAs

This new category acknowledges the wise and ongoing business coaching that experienced professionals Fernando Lopez (Toronto, Canada), Luis Peña (El Paso, TX) and Javier Prado (El Salvador) provided to our Salvadoran Fast Runners.

ALWAYS THERE FOR US

We recognize the Bpeacers who generously share their expertise and networks with us time and time again.

Mojdeh Barros (Nashua, NH) has advised on many Afghan Fast Runner challenges and refined our outreach to corporate sponsors.

Lending her design talents to many Bpeace projects, this year Sandy DiPasqua (New York, NY) created core materials for the successful Bpeace 10th Anniversary Gala.

Yuan Geng (Evanston, IL), a consultant now studying at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, worked with an Afghan Fast Runner to create an Excel-based database for a large client project.

As specialty foods professional, Janis Grover (Stockton, NJ) has connected us to many food-processing experts, and this year she contributed to the progress of Fast Runner Nasim, who runs 25 processing centers making jams, vegetables and fruits in Herat, Afghanistan, and Luis Enrique, who makes refrigerated items such as salad and sauces in El Salvador.

Jerrie Gullick (Brooklyn, NY) has advised Afghan and Rwandan Fast Runners on how to improve their financial tracking, and also serves pro bono as Bpeace’s virtual CFO.
A film and TV producer, Dana Kuznetzkoff (New York, NY) took part in the final exploratory trip to Guatemala before we officially launched in that country.

Kristi Rogers Knapp (London, UK) contributed to developing tools to help our Afghan Fast Runners track their finances, and to creating the Bpeace Growth Guide, “How to Finance Your Growing Business.”

Karen Vander Linde (Bethesda, MD) traveled to Guatemala during our pre-launch due-diligence process and helped shape the messaging for our entry there.

Occupational therapist and inventor Paula Wilbert (Dennis, MA) co-mentored Afghan Fast Runner Latifa, whose Kitchen Kween company manufacturers kitchen shelving.

Now based in Kuwait with the U.S. Army Reserve, Teresa Wolfgang (Collegeville, PA) advised Afghan technology Fast Runner Jamshid and is exploring whether Tajikistan might be a natural extension of our work in Afghanistan.

FIND US THE MONEY

Palwasha Siddiqi (New York, NY) raised $20,000 during the Bpeace 10th Anniversary Gala by offering to cook authentic Afghan dinners.

Using her leverage at United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), Ayanna Gabriel (Brooklyn, NY) brought in a sponsorship for the Gala and a grant for our launch in Guatemala.

LEADERSHIP AND TEAM PLAYERS

Chairing the Young Professionals Leadership Council, Fahima Ahad (Woodside, NY) steered and re-energized a group of passionate young Bpeacers, resulting in a series of successful events.

Jordan Browning (Princeton Junction, NJ) found creative ways to shape Young Professionals events, on a limited budget, with maximum impact.

Enrica Maffucci (Brooklyn, NY) handled a range of tasks in this year’s Pedal for Peace, from marking the route to expediting bike rentals.

Focused on the Pedal for Peace fundraising goal, Jamie Mittelman (New York, NY) also developed a line of sight that motivated the team to get there.