To provide wounded veterans and their family members with much needed information about entrepreneurship, industries, business functions and requirements, and opportunities to build their own businesses or to find a meaningful career in an industry of their choice.
Annemarie Orr grew up in a military town in California. She graduated with a bachelors in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.
Annemarie is currently an occupational therapist for a Washington DC area hospital, treating individuals who have sustained traumatic limb amputation.
Social Media Manager
Stu Carroll began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman. Assigned to the 2nd Marine Division out of Camp Lejeune,North Carolina, he served three tours of duty overseas including time in Iraq, Africa, and Afghanistan. He left the Marines to pursue a degree at the University of Virginia; where he earned his bachelors inForeign Affairs and a minor in Middle East Studies. He also attended summer long Arabic language courses at this time in Jordan and at the elite Middlebury Language School in Oakland, California.
Stu graduated from George Mason University’s new Global Affairs Master of Arts program in December 2012. In addition to his student obligations and extracurriculars, he worked at several non-profit organizations and policy institutes in the Washington, D.C. area focusing on international security and veterans’ issues.He currently works at the State Department and drills monthly with the National Guard.
Stephen Katz is a partner and director in of the Corporate Law practice group. He represents both public and privately held companies in all matters of corporate law. Mr. Katz’s background includes mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, venture capital, securities regulation, formation and organization of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, joint venture agreements, licensing, corporate governance and general commercial agreements.
Mr. Katz has represented a vast array of clients, including nationally recognized and regional investment banks, publicly traded companies, venture capital investors, start up and middle stage technology companies, nationally recognized apparel manufacturers, hedge funds, corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Stephen Katz brings practical legal experience to all phases of the life cycle of a business, having worked as an attorney at a major New York law firm and as a founder, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a technology company focused on telecommunications, payment systems and financial services.
Mr. Katz is the Co-Chair of the Securities Law Division of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has lectured and made numerous presentations on securities law and corporate topics to audiences ranging from other professionals, in house counsel, Fortune 500 companies, investment banks, clients and business owners.
Mr. Katz is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Katz received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Nicholas Billotti is an executive vice president of Turner Construction Company and the president and chief executive officer of Turner International LLC, with responsibility for Turner’s operations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.
Nick began his career with Turner in 1977 as a scheduling coordinator for Turner International Industries and, after a series of interim promotions, was appointed to vice president of the Middle East region in 1988. Nick was named president of Turner International in 1996.
President & Founder
Bob Nilsson’s illustrious career began with Turner Construction Company in 1963, followed by active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for four plus years, where he became Captain and did tours in Europe, the Caribbean and Vietnam. After he returned from the Marines, he returned to Turner, where he worked for 33 years. He held a number of high level positions, culminating in being named President and CEO of Turner International, Inc. Throughout his time at Turner, he established joint ventures and partnerships in South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe on projects from $100 million to $6.5 billion. He evaluated, studied and oversaw profitable projects in Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Germany, England and France.
He currently serves in a consulting capacity for Turner and Halcrow and has served as a consultant for SOM, Skanska, Greece for Technology Development, Thornton-Tomasetti and Gensler. Since January 2004, he has volunteered in a mentoring capacity at the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Hospital almost every day. His dedication to veterans, especially amputees and those with Traumatic Brain Injury, is exceptional. In addition to his Board of Directors position in the 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation, he is a Board Member of the SemperMax Fund, a Trustee and Governor and was a Trustee for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Member of the Marine Executive Association, among other prestigious organization involvement.
Treasurer, Board Member
Chris Santiago currently serves as the Financial Manager for the Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards, located at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. There he is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, including accounting, budgeting, analysis and execution. Prior to serving in this role, Chris worked with the Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals, within the same parent organization.
Entrepreneur, Foundation Consultant
Amanda Weathersby is the founder of Entrepology LLC, a consulting company for entrepreneurs, and has been working with Bob Nilsson on the 100 Entrepreneurs Project for over 4 years. She began as the token entrepreneur, but works to bring hundreds of entrepreneurs to the foundation to provide business information and lessons learned to participants.