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A global community of teenagers creating better futures through social enterprises, socially responsible businesses and community service.

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To help create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social enterprises address the major unmet needs of our global community.

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SAGE Board of Directors
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Board of Directors
Name and Address Occupation
Ed Byers

Principal | Audit & Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
50 Fremont St, San Francisco CA 94105-2230 USA

Principal, DeloitteTouche
Van Ajemian

Montebello, CA 90640

Social Entrepreneur
Mat Enstice

Buffalo, NY

President and CEO

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Dr. Alfred B. Konuwa

2 Walnut Park Drive, Chico, CA 95928

2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland, CA 95776

VP of Curriculum, Woodland Community College
Joe Pedott

San Francisco, CA

Business Owner, JEI Enterprises

Mr. Ed Byers, Principal, DeloitteTouche

Ed Byers is Principal with Deloitte’s Advisory Practice in San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience at Deloitte, Ed serves primarily the Health Care practice in the West Region and has also been fortunate enough to serve many of the upstart social media and online gaming entities. Ed has been in numerous leadership capacities at Deloitte – including being a practice regional managing partner, service line leader, market offering leader, and HR leader. Ed is also on the board of Deloitte’s pro bono committee. This committee sponsors organizations such as SAGE—which allows these organizations to continue to invest in the growth and development of our youth in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining Deloitte, Ed worked for IBM and Procter and Gamble and has also served as a part-time faculty member at various universities across the U.S.

Ed said this to kick off the 2012 SAGE World Cup in South San Francisco in July, 2012:

As the new SAGEGLOBAL Chairman, it was my honor to welcome participants to our 2012 World Cup activities in San Francisco. Many thanks to retiring chair Jerr Boschee for all of his dedicated work. I support SAGE because I am a firm believer in youth enterprise, and believe teens are ideal entrepreneurs because they are at the peak of their creativity and innovation. The SAGE World Cup is organized as a competitive experience to bring out the best in all participants. But no matter which teams win, all teams represented have made an impact in their local communities. I look forward to seeing SAGE continue to thrive and grow.

Matthew K. Enstice

Matthew Enstice is the President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. In this role, he is leading a pioneering initiative to integrate health care services, life sciences, clean energy, and education in an effort to revitalize the city of Buffalo.

BNMC is a consortium of the region’s premier health care, life sciences research, and medical education institutions, all located on 120 acres in downtown Buffalo, New York. The BNMC is dedicated to the cultivation of a world-class medical campus for clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship. Through Matt’s efforts, local neighborhood leaders, foundations, multi-national corporations, NGOs, research labs, hospitals, and educational institutions are collaborating to create a model for reenergizing the city that has application all over America.
Prior to returning home to Buffalo, Matt worked in the entertainment industry in L.A. and New York, for Broadway Pictures and with Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live.
Matt holds a B.A. in English from Hobart College and a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College.

He is currently active on the boards of the SAGE Global (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship), Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Elmwood Franklin School, and is on the Advisory Board for the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation in New York City.
Matt is married and lives in Snyder, NY with his family.

Mr. Van Ajemian, JD, social entrepreneur

Van Ajemian, JD, is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law. He works as a social entrepreneur, conceiving and developing concepts for social enterprises, then searching for teams of university students to take charge and take ownership. He believes that youth have greater potential to become assets to their communities, even before high-school graduation, than adults generally believe or allow for. He sees a need for each individual to learn and practice self-reliance to the extent possible, because of inherent limits to humans effectively managing large systems like national governments. He is interested in supporting social enterprises which mix individual self- reliance with codependence in small communities, in the hope that this combination be optimal with regard to job security, health, emergency preparedness, sustainable communities, and a sustainable planet.

Ajemian has interned on Capitol Hill and in Sacramento, California. His avocation is foreign languages, and he likes to optimize his time–life is short–by reading classics in other languages, as with the present attempt to read Les Miserables in Spanish. Occasionally, he will play Bach’s “Invention No. 13″ without too bad a mistake or too long a pause.

Dr. Al Konuwa, Ph.D.

Alfred B. Konuwa, DPA, is the Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Woodland Community College
Fax: 530-666-9028

In 1981, Dr. Konuwa immigrated to the United States from Liberia, West Africa, where he served as the youngest Deputy Director of Civil Service from 1978-1981 while also teaching at the University of Liberia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Liberia, master’s degrees in economics and public administration from California State University at Sacramento and a doctorate degree in public administration with a specialization in public finance and public policy from the University of Southern California. Currently, Dr. Konuwa is the Chair of the Business Department at Butte College.

Butte College SIFE’s flagship program from 1997-2000, Youth Entrepreneurship Camps, gave students broad-based opportunities to Learn how to identify and meet market needs and teaches technology, organizational skills, communication and ethics. All participants, including mentors, had the opportunity to earn one unit of college credit. Mentors were required to maintain correspondence with the children after the completion of the camp.

More than 100 college mentors taught more than 400 children in six northern California cities. At the conclusion of instruction, each student operated a business at fairs, malls or in the stores of one of Butte SIFE’s sponsors. In 2001, the program was expanded to
Botswana, in conjunction with an effort to establish a SIFE Team at the University of Botswana.

In 2000, Dr. Konuwa was chosen from nearly 100 national entries to receive the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education and a $7500 cash prize from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (PA). The Leavey Awards recognize educators for their innovative approach to teaching elementary, junior high school, high school and college students about the free enterprise system.

Mr. Joseph Pedott, Owner, JEI Enterprises

Joseph Pedott was born April 14, 1932 in San Francisco. He attended the University of Illinois, where he and friend Daryl Peters, began the advertising company, Pedott & Peters. They successfully began producing commercials for automotive and retail companies and made a large amount of money by the time they reached the age of twenty-one. After making a bad business investment the partners focused on completing college. They began building up the company upon graduation.
Pedott & Peters worked together for several years before deciding to dissolve the partnership. Pedott then began working for R. Jack Scott, a Chicago advertising agency. Pedott worked for Scott for just over two years and during that time, out-performed those with more experience in the advertising field. Pedott left Chicago for San Francisco in 1956. He worked briefly at a small firm on commission before forming his own agency, Joseph Pedott Advertising & Marketing. Pedott’s firm was innovative in advertising techniques. The company was the first to use “dealer tagging,” a technique used at the ends of television commercials. During the last five seconds of the commercial consumers would learn where the advertised item could be purchased.

While attending a Chicago house wares show Pedott noticed the Chia Pet. He spoke with the product owner and learned that while the product was selling well, the owner was losing money on every Chia sold. Pedott bought the name and concept and reworked the manufacturing of the product after a trip to Mexico to witness first hand how the Chias were made. Pedott created a new company, Joseph Enterprises, Inc., (JEI) to manufacture the Chias. Joseph Pedott Advertising ran the advertising campaigns for all of JEI’s products while continuing to work for non JEI clients.
After improving the quality of the product, the “new” Chia arrived on the market in 1982 and quickly expanded throughout the country, sold largely at drugstores. Today, the Chia Pet has large name recognition among the American public and continues to be a popular gift, especially at Christmas time. The line has expanded beyond the original ram and bull shapes to include a variety of animals (pig, elephant, kitten, dinosaur, etc.) as well as famous cultural icons such as Jerry Garcia, Bugs Bunny and various Looney Tunes characters, and Homer and Bart Simpson. In addition, the Chia Herb Garden entered the market in the mid-1990s.

Pedott’s other success, the Clapper, came about through the advertising campaign for the Great American Turn On. Pedott discovered that the original product did not work properly and felt the owners were cheating their customers. JEI bought the product, including the patent, and reworked the electrical wiring to ensure that the company was selling a high quality product. As with the Chia Pet, The Clapper and its advertising, like the Chia, are familiar to a large number of Americans.