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Wilkes University’s Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Honors Local Businessmen at Sept. 13 Breakfast

Celebrating the role of mentors in nurturing entrepreneurial endeavors, Wilkes University’s Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is hosting a mentor breakfast honoring four executive mentors. The event will occur on Sept. 13, from 8-10 a.m. in the Henry Student Center. The Kirby Center features a Kirby Mentor Program and maintains a network of advisors who offer their services on a limited pro-bono basis. In conjunction with the academic resources of Wilkes University, these business and industry leaders offer years of experience and mentorship to students and prospective start-up businesses.

The honorees include:

  • Joseph Boylan, CEO and founder of Argent Eagle Development Company. Argent Eagle is an economic and business development consulting firm that assesses the needs, identifies opportunities and provides sound strategies to meet the goals and objectives of clients. Prior to forming Argent Eagle, Boylan served as vice president, economic development for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber; director of government affairs for Ashburn Advisors; district director in the Pennsylvania Senate; chief of staff in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; and research analyst for the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development.
  • Jeffery Roth, owner of Jeffery Roth Insurance Agency, an umbrella agency of Farmers Insurance. Jeffery Roth Insurance Agency is focused on the consultative approach to understanding their current and prospective clients personal and business insurance needs. Roth also planned and launched a wholesale distribution company of luxury goods covering the Unite States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
  • Steven Roth,  partner and  member of the law firm Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP. Roth’s practice involves complex contract negotiations, including those involving highly specialized business process outsourcing contracts, information technology and intellectual property license and related agreements. Roth has provided consultation and assistance in planning, managing and engaging in the representation of distressed sales of companies, as well as insolvency, bankruptcy and creditor rights matters.
  • Wico van Genderen, president and CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry. With over 30 years of leadership experience, van Genderen serves as a member of the board of directors for Leadership Wilkes-Barre, advisory board for  SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University, the Diamond City Partnership, Luzerne County Community College Foundation, Penn’s Northeast, Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, TecBRIDGE, the Institute of Public Policy and Economic Development and ReadyNation.

Five Wilkes University students who serve as Kirby Scholars were also honored.  They are Michelle Lehman, Cassidy Clement, Courtney McMonagle, Saidat Abidemi Sanni and Matthew Miller. The students undergo a rigorous selection process involving a review committee of faculty, Allan P. Kirby Center staff, and the executive-in-residence. The scholars provide services to the clients and to the Allan P. Kirby Center. In turn, they receive valuable experience in their field of study and formal recognition of their work.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.