Company / Organization Awards Judging Committee

Frankie DiCarlantonioChair:                                                           

Frankie DiCarlantonio, Vice President
Scaffidi Restaurant Group, Steubenville, Ohio, USA

Frankie DiCarlantonio is described as a “Business Professional and Community Leader.” Frankie is the Director of Business Operations of the Scaffidi Restaurant Group, his family’s business, which he has helped advance from a small, home-like setting restaurant to a multi-faceted food service industry over nine years. Under his management, the business has seen consistent growth each and every year while it has been in operation. Frankie is also a business consultant under his company, DiCar Consulting, which specializes in new business start-ups and expansions. 

Aside from his business ventures, Frankie is deeply involved with the community around him, serving on a multitude of boards, committees, and commissions throughout the Ohio River Valley Area. He is the Chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, and is the youngest Democratic Chairman in the State of Ohio. Frankie also serves Steubenville as a representative to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, an organization that oversees all state and federal road and transportation projects throughout a span of three counties in two states. Aside from his political and civic contributions, Frankie is involved in 14 other boards. Because of his rich heritage, Frankie is proud to serve as the President of the Italian-American Cultural Club of Steubenville. This organization provides scholarships and other stewardships to organizations throughout the Ohio Valley.

Quite often, Frankie is quoted as saying “It is a joy to serve the community that has served me so well in my lifetime.” Frankie has been recognized many times for his contributions to his community, most recently being named “Jefferson County’s Young Professional of the Year.”

On being appointed Chair of the ABA’s Company/Organization Judging Committee, Frankie commented: “It is an honor and privilege to lead this committee for the American Business Awards. The premier nature of the Stevie Awards attracts the best of the best in the business community from throughout the country.”

Committee:

Tirupathi Anand, Chief Strategist
Leap Business Excellence Advisory FZE, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Amit AroraAmit Arora, Investment Banker
Evercore, San Francisco, California, USA

Amit Arora is an investment banker with focus on Mergers and Acquisitions in the Technology sector at Evercore. Prior to joining Evercore, Amit spent nearly 7 years at Goldman Sachs in its Investment Banking Division (M&A) working across offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. At Goldman Sachs, Amit primarily focused on Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) and Healthcare sectors. Over his investment banking career, Amit has worked on M&A transactions of over $200 billion in aggregate transaction value. Prior to that, Amit was a consultant with Deloitte LLP. Amit is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Lev BarinskiyLev Barinskiy, CEO
Contactability, Newport Beach, California, USA

Lev Barinskiy is a serial Insurance technology entrepreneur and currently serving as CEO of Contactability. Contactability is a leading Insurance tech company working with some of the biggest Insurers and thousands of Insurance Agencies across all 50 states.

James GlassJames Glass, Controller
Industrial Security Integrators LLC, Herndon, Virginia, USA

J. Wes Glass is currently the Controller at Industrial Security Integrators, LLC, an all-inclusive, high-end Managed Security Services firm serving both Industry and Government headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. With 13 years of accounting and finance experience, (even in his young age), he manages and maintains all facets of the financials in the Company as well as providing critical insight in the business and services provided.
 

Astrid Greve SpencerAstrid Greve Spencer, Adjunct Professor
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Astrid Greve Spencer is an award-winning former television news producer and a public relations professional. She also teaches journalism at Loyola University Chicago.
 

Chris Henry, Site Operations Manager
American Tower Corporation, Dallas, Texas, USA

Scotty Hester, Senior Partner (Retired)
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Christopher Hopkins, President
River Landing Solutions, Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Jennifer Maldonado, Launch Readiness Manager
Activision, Los Angeles, California, USA

Colin McKillop, Executive Director
WECAN, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Judi Niedercorn, CEO
SysTactics, McLean, Virginia, USA

Dana Prestigiacomo, Marketing Consultant
Bowstring Group, Westborough, Massachusetts, USA

Sanjay Sathe, Founder & CEO
RiseSmart Inc, San Jose, California, USA

Lewis SchiffLewis Schiff, President
Birthing of Giants, New York, New York, USA

I run Birthing of Giants Fellowship Week on behalf of our Board of Experts which includes some of the top entrepreneurs in the world. Their one week of guided strategic planning transforms owners of the fastest-growing companies into the giants their businesses need them to be. Over the past 20 years, I’ve sold 2 cool businesses to publicly-traded media companies, written 4 books about success, including The Middle-Class Millionaire, Business Brilliant and The First Habit, interviewed the most amazing entrepreneurs on the planet, shared my data about the habits of the self-made wealthy through countless speeches and had more dead ends and failures than I can possibly remember.

Shante SchroederShante Schroeder, Director of Marketing & Communications
97th Floor, Lehi, Utah, USA

Shante is the director of marketing & communications at 97th Floor, a Utah-based digital marketing agency awarded Agency of the Year at The 2014 and 2016 American Business Awards. She is former broadcast journalist and a communication specialist with a master’s degree in public relations from The Newhouse School of Public Communications in New York.

Becky WilsonBecky Wilson, Chief Visibility Officer
WDS Marketing and PR, Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Leader of a highly-focused branding agency that excels in helping clients gain credibility, visibility, and media attention and also building relationships with entrepreneurs and business leaders via media relations, award programs and influencer PR.