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Patrick Collier is a results-focused executive, native to New Jersey and serves as the first Director for The Construction Consortium Center for The City of Philadelphia. Operated by The Enterprise Center, the Construction Consortium provides microenterprises (with a focus on Minority and Disadvantaged Businesses) greater access to public and private construction contracts within the City of Philadelphia. Through his role at The Construction Consortium Center, Mr. Collier leads, supports and equips underutilized minority, disabled, and women vendors with foundational knowledge, business acumen, and operational skills to assist in the growth and sustainability of businesses creating economic impact through local job creation. Before his new role as Director of The Construction Consortium Center, Mr. Collier was Associate Director for The Minority Business Development Business Center of PA/NJ/DE under The Department of Commerce and worked for large banking and financial institutions driving lines of businesses, leading regional sales divisions and building C-level relationships.
Patrick continues to serve The Minority Business Development Agency Business Center of PA/NJ/DE in the role of Business Development Consultant focusing on four pillars: Global Business Development, Access to Capital and Finance Management, Access to Contracts and Markets, and Strategic Business Consulting. Mr. Collier is a team leader who has cultivated an unequivocal forte in unearthing greater capabilities and opportunities in sales, marketing and operations. Strong family values shape Patrick’s profile as a husband and father, a superior work ethic, and integrity drove a competitive nature that inspires him to exceed and motivates others around him.
Chris Collins is a native of Camden, NJ and serves as a community leader in Camden city. In 1995, he started a faith-based and professional weekly newspaper, Anointed News Journal (ANJ), an exciting publication about people and provides positive information and resources that uplifts and empowers its readers. The Anointed News Journal has been distributed in 28 states nationwide and in 10 countries with a local weekly readership of 180,000 in print, and on social media serving as the official Camden city newspaper declared by former Mayor, Dana L. Redd.
Chris, along with his work at ANJ, has received many accommodations, including a letter of encouragement and gratitude from former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Since 1995, Mr. Collins has been at the forefront in developing leadership by offering training in workforce development, journalism, entrepreneurship, job readiness, life skills, marketing and public relations to individuals and nonprofit agencies in Camden, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington DC. He is the co-author of several curriculums; prison reentry, job readiness, financial literacy and youth development. He and his family are members of the Penn State University Alumni Assoc.
Originally native to Camden, Nichelle Pace comes to the CBA with 18+ years of film/video production, lifestyle marketing and an advertising agency background leading award-winning campaigns in large shops from New York to Chicago. Ms. Pace has been a steward for many global and domestic brands’ integrated and digital marketing efforts including Procter & Gamble, Estee Lauder, Stoli Vodka, and Sharp Electronics. She has also successfully developed and built integrated digital and social media departments within small to mid-size agencies in the mid-Atlantic region increasing client revenue.
Nichelle’s entrepreneurial spirit, experience, and leadership firmly laid the foundation for her to develop and launch online lifestyle publication, Stylemom.com in 2009, followed by opening her own boutique creative agency, Brand Enchanting Media in 2016. She has been an expert speaker/panelist at industry leading advertising, marketing and social media events and a featured marketing/lifestyle expert for Essence Magazine, The CBS Early Show, the Today Show, Social Media Week New York, BlogHer Conference – NYC, and developed Mashable Social Media Day Philadelphia and NJ conferences. Nichelle is a former Associate Vice President of MarComm for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association and her passion for helping businesses and brands succeed led her to launch the Small Biz Digital Bootcamp (™) workshops to help local small business in Camden and the region with affordable resources in branding and digital marketing.
Robert J. Incollingo has served on the CBA Board of Directors since October 2017. He practices law in Camden County and across South Jersey, focusing on litigation and transactions in construction, real estate and related business matters. Bob is a member of the Camden, Burlington, and New Jersey State Bar Associations, as well as the unified State Bar of California, and is a past co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Construction Law Section. A graduate of Temple University and its School of Law, Bob Incollingo is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on construction and real estate law topics and serves as a commercial arbitrator by appointment of the Superior Court in Camden and Burlington Counties. Robert regularly shares his expertise with timely articles and news items of interest to the CBA membership on RJILAW.com
Lisa Joyner-Watson (formerly Lisa Joyner) is a founding board member and now serves as Vice President of the CBA. She is the owner and founder Joyner Construction, LLC, a general construction, and construction management firm serving both New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is also a licensed New Jersey & Pennsylvania Realtor. Lisa has expertise in contract management, contract negotiation, strategic planning and budget management.
As a founding board member, Lisa’s leadership skills and unique perspective of continuity and longevity inform her vision of the new CBA and the best course to move the organization forward. She understands the importance of promoting inclusivity for Camden businesses within the market and is a strong advocate of building positive relationships and collaborations in the small business community.
Ray Jones Sr. is a Camden native, entrepreneur and President/Owner of the Camden-based firm, We See You Security, a licensed and certified SBE, MBE, DBE, 8a and Hub Zone company serving NJ, PA, and surrounding Delaware Valley. Ray brings over 30 years of strong leadership experience spanning from being a retired police captain at UMDNJ, President of a local non-profit CHS 79 & Associates, and Treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic 8a Association. Mr. Jones is an expert in emergency management and a certified instructor for NJ state police security officer registration act (SORA), as well as trains and hires local residents to offer them a career in security and law enforcement.
As he takes the reigns as the President of the Camden Business Association, Ray has developed new operating principals for the organization to help promote Training, Education and Engagement opportunities for the advancement of our businesses – TEE Up. Ray holds a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickerson University and is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Bienvenido (Ben) Calaf, Jr has been a member of the Camden Business Association (CBA) since August 2017. Ben is Vice President and Co-Founder of Alston-Calaf & Associates, Inc. The insurance agency was founded in 1979 and is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and is located at 116 no. Second Street, Camden, NJ. Alston-Calaf & Associates is a full-service insurance agency offering a wide range of personal and business insurance products, services and solutions. Ben is a graduate of Rutgers University, the South Jersey Professional School of Business and the Advance Minority Business Executive Program (AMBEP) from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Ben is a member and Chairman-Elect of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Southern New Jersey and a member of the St. John the Baptist Parade and Scholarship Fund. Ben has also served as a Camden City Councilman and a member of the Board of Directors of the South Jersey Federal Credit Union. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Other past Board Directorships have been on the PNC Bank Advisory Board, the Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE and the Business Consortium Fund, Inc (New York).