The Start Up Blog

Author Bios


Jacques Luben

Executive Vice President of Marketing at Inc. Plan (USA), Jacques Luben is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA degree from Columbia University. He has occupied management positions at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in New York City. In addition, for 15 years, he served as the Executive Director of Platinum Guild International (USA), a leading mining trade association with offices in six countries.


Christopher Wilson

Head of Digital Strategy at Inc. Plan (USA), Christopher Wilson is our resident internet marketing and Search Engine Optimization expert.  He has created many websites in various industries, implemented social media marketing campaigns, and managed large budget online advertising campaigns.  Christopher studies at Johns Hopkins University.
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Frequent Contributors:

Megan Crants

Megan Crants is a frequent contributor to the Inc. Plan Blog with both marketing and financial management experience. She has organized fundraising, written press releases, and managed general marketing campaigns. She studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Frank J. DeSantis
Frank spent 36 years with Sears Holdings Corporation, Inc. In the stores, as a merchant,
operations manager, store manager, district manager and regional human resource
manager, he developed the customer focused, operationally driven, P&L accountability
skills to get things done, profitably. At the Home Office, Strategy and Business
Development, Marketing and Customer Relationship Management roles, along with
the stores background helped develop a practical, collaborative approach to solving
problems. Frank is currently Executive Vice President with SCORE Delaware, a
volunteer organization that helps small businesses “start, grow and succeed”. He
also teaches a Management Policy & Strategy course, along with Accounting I and
Bookkeeping at Delaware Technical and Community College.


Dave MeredithDave Meredith frequent contributor for the Inc. Plan Start-Up Blog

Dave Meredith is a web developer located in Wilmington, DE. He has been developing websites and interactive content for over 15 years. He specializes in CMS websites including Joomla!, Drupal, and WordPress, and robust e-commerce solutions.

Guest Contributors:

Robert Ellis

Robert (Bob) Ellis heads up Wells College’s Sullivan Center for Business & Entrepreneurship where he:

  • Develops programs, including the new Innovation Lab, Entrepreneurship Week (a business plan contest for for-profit and social organizations), and a student-run private equity fund
  • Teaches courses in business and entrepreneurship
  • Identifies internship, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for Wells’ students
  • Assists in fund raising for the Center

Bob has started ten de novo organizations as both an entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the financial services, internet, real estate, consulting and educational spaces.

Bob is a wealth management consultant who had previously been a senior executive with over twenty years P&L leadership in retail sales and marketing of financial products and services. He is a Securities Principal and a former CPA.

Bob graduated from business schools at the University of Michigan (BBA) and Harvard University (MBA).


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