Past Speakers Of This Event

Our 2010 Speakers Were:

With a diverse and accomplished background ranging from Nuclear Chemistry to Real Estate and Corporate Business Development, Nick Castellano has proven through his unique landscape of wisdom how individuals can create wealth from the inside out. Today as CEO of an international oil enhancement company, an active Real Estate investor, and director of Business Mentorship International, a mentoring program for business owners at all stages of development, Nick has become a sought after speaker, mentor, and consultant for church’s, corporations, and conferences. He is recognized as an implementer of ideas and strategies and has been instrumental in assisting over 400 businesses start-ups and guiding these businesses with sound business advice and wisdom to achieve their business goals. In addition, Nick is a generous giver of his time and talents to his community, fellow colleagues, and church.

This year the public will have the opportunity to experience Nick’s business council and wisdom firsthand as he launches his upcoming book, “Awaken the Sleeper” through special engagements, business trainings, and events. Castellano’s demanding presence and captivating message stirs the hearts of every listener as they are experientially engaged in the wake up call of their lifetime.

Born in Brooklyn then raised in Virginia, Nick grew up as the oldest of six in a big Italian family. By the time he was in High School, Nick was taking care of his brothers and sisters, going to school full time, and being recognized as an All-Star Athlete.

Working since the age of 13, Nick learned the value of money quickly. His father’s example set Nick up with a strong work ethic and a strong desire to help others. This caused Nick to start seeking his purpose and passion at a young age.

Years later, Nick’s passion and enthusiasm for living life on purpose has helped him build many million dollar companies. In the midst of his success, Nick will tell you that his greatest gifting and success has been mentoring other business owners to do the same.

“I release my greatest potential and gifting when I help lead people to discover their own purpose, gifting, and unique anointing. “

Nick currently is noted for being in the Who’s Who of Business owners, an Instructor for the US Navy, and the holder of two prestigious patents. All second of course, to being a dedicated husband and father.


Motivational Speaker, Business Consultant & Trainer, Cable TV Host & Producer
Founder of African American Business Women of Vision and the All Business Women’s Celebration of Women’s History Month, & Publisher and Editor of the AABWV E-Newsletter
Dee Sanford International
375 Winewood Street, San Diego, CA 92114-5955
Certifications: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and State of California Small Business

Dee Sanford has international acclaim as an exciting, informative, and impassioned speaker who blends solid business advice with motivating words of wisdom. She delivers keynotes and workshops at business conferences, and business training for government, corporations, and organizations across the US, and in the Virgin Islands, Barbados, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Holland, Germany, South Africa, and Namibia. Her company, Dee Sanford International’s services also include business skills training in presentations, customer service, sales and diversity. She has over 35 years of corporate and entrepreneur business experience, and celebrated 15 years as an entrepreneur on July 1, 2009

A believer in the power of networking, but noting the absence of events for African American business women, Dee founded African American Business Women of Vision (AABWV) in 1997. AABWV celebrates 12 years of service on September 12, 2009. In 2001, also noting the lack of Women’s History Month celebrations in San Diego, she started the All Business Women’s Celebration of Women’s History Month (ABWC) as San Diego’s first “on purpose” multicultural business women’s networking organization. In March 2009, ABWC hosted its 8th celebration of this networking event that draws women from all over southern California. Thousands of small business women and men have connected and done business with one another at these exciting events. All events feature cost effective vendor/display tables as a way for more small businesses to gain visibility. She also hosted the first All Business Women’s Conferences@Sea in 2007.

Dee Sanford has hosted and produced The Christian Business Forum TV interview Show on Cox Communications for over 10 years, providing exposure for small business owners throughout the greater San Diego community. Recently Dee became an internet radio show host on, heard all over the world.

Sanford holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management degree from the University of Phoenix, and is an honors graduate of the San Diego State University School of Business with a Marketing Degree. She’s been a member of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Board of Managers for 19 years, and has chaired the YMCA Dr. Martin Luther King Human Dignity Award Breakfast annually since 1999. Dee has received numerous awards and recognition including:

* The President of the United State’s Volunteer Service Award, President’s Council on   Service and Civic Participation.
* The City of San Diego’s Special Commendation for 1000 Hours of Community Service.
* Recognition from California’s Congressional District, Senate and State Assembly, and from the Mayor and City Council of San Diego.
* "Dee Sanford Day," March 18, 2005, 51st Congressional District.
* 2008 Black History Month Local Hero Award, KPBS TV and Union Bank
* Small Business Association of San Diego’s "Women in Business Advocate" of the Year.
* Golden Triangle of Distinguished Service Award, YMCA of San Diego.
* BRAVO Award, National Association of Women Business Owners.
* One of “San Diego's 10 Coolest Women," Girls Scouts of San Diego & Imperial County.
* Woman of Accomplishment, Soroptimist International.
* Master of Connections & Woman of Entrepreneurial Excellence, Women-CEO.
* The “Kuumba Award” from the African American Council
* “Community Service Award,” Palavra Tree,
* Special Recognition for Entrepreneurship, National Black MBA Association,
* Finalist, San Diego Business Journal’s San Diego Women Who Mean Business, 1995 & 2003.
* Finalist, San Diego Business Journal’s Multicultural Heritage Award, 2003 & 2004.
*'s first "United We Work" Award.


William E. Rogers, MBA, CFP, EA

Ascend Business Advisory

As founder and President of WR Financial Services, Inc./ASCEND Business Advisory, William E. Rogers is distinguished in the financial services industry of San Diego, the State of California and areas of the Southwest.
Key areas of expertise include:
* Certified Financial Planner
* Chartered Life Underwriter
* Enrolled Agent
More than just another financial planner, CPA and business advisor, William understands what it takes to be the small business owner. He knows first hand what you face day to day in your business. William enjoys the benefits of entrepreneurship and he understands the challenges as well.
Also an educator and keynote speaker, William brings genuine passion and enthusiasm to his work and business relationships. As an invited speaker at many financial and business events, seminars and meetings, including Learning Annex seminars in Los Angeles, New York City and Florida – William believes in sharing knowledge and empowerment.
Bachelors degree in Business and Management
University of Redlands, Redlands, California
Current memberships include:
Financial Planning Association, San Diego Chapter
California Society of Enrolled Agents, Palomar Chapter
President, California Society of Tax Consultants, North County Chapter
Volunteer instructor, Consumer Credit Counselors, teaching financial literacy to teenagers and adults.


Timothy Anglin

Forward Financial

Tax & Accounting

      Timothy Anglin (TJ) is a unique visionary who strives to stay up with current cutting edge business strategies as well as evolving tax laws. He was raised in the central valley all his life. He became involved in business development and real estate development at a very young age. He has helped to build and create affordable housing in areas that served low to moderate income families. He also worked on high end estate housing & commercial developments as well as non-profit housing.

He has consulted in areas of real estate, retirement, business, tax & accounting planning. He has formed many partnerships through collaborative efforts and common goals with highly influential people.
T.J. is approachable and strives to create shared experiences which helps to create long lasting relationships. He works with his local ministry in San Diego.

T.J. values his son and his wife and has made them one of his highest priorities.He enjoys sports, mixed marital arts,and hanging out with friends. In his spare time, he reads and continues his education.                                                


  Shepard Mais

Shepard Mais brings over 30 years government market experience. Mr. Mais has both government and private industry experience. He served several years in procurement contracting officer function at Defense Supply Center - Columbus buying aircraft spares, and Defense Supply Center - Philadelphia purchasing subsistence and medical devices. He also had administrative contracting officer duties at Defense Contract Management Agency – San Diego. Mr. Mais worked for the Small Business Administration 8(a) program as contract negotiator and business development specialist and later as PTAC small business counselor assisting companies selling to Defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local public agencies.

His well-rounded procurement experience includes serving as Director of Contracts and Compliance for Trex Enterprises Corporation, a San Diego Diversified Technology Company and ThermoTrex Corporation, a Thermo Electron Corporation Research and Development Center.

Mr. Mais has an MBA from National University in 1992 and Defense Logistic Agency Acquisition Management Program.

      Allen Maxwell

Allen Maxwell brings over 30 years of experience to understanding Government requirements development, and private industry business perspective of how the Government procures products and services. His years of experience give him invaluable insight into the bidding practices that result in winning contracts and lays the foundation for establishing valuable relationships and future contracts. Using this knowledge base, he will help you establish your business and then assist with the development and submittal of competitive proposals in response to solicitations for products and services procured by the U.S. Government. Mr. Maxwell as a guest speaker during the Business to Government National Conference in Washington D.C. provided the sound leadership and information that lead small businesses to successful ventures. As a Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR), Responsible for developing organizational Statements of Work (SOW), lead and participate in source selection decisions, technical evaluation boards and the awarding of multi-million dollar contracts.

Allen has an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2000.