The EIR program is comprised of highly-qualified individuals who work in our incubator on a semi-regular basis to work with our startup community. These individuals often serve as “Lead Mentors” and act as the key contact for the venture’s entrepreneur(s) between mentoring sessions.
Roger Lee is the Founding Program Director and owner of Roger Lee Arts, LLC, a business providing arts entrepreneurship education and dance company concerts since 2012. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and adjunct professor at Drexel University's Close School of Entrepreneurship, the nation's first independent entrepreneurship degree-granting school.
While managing his own professional dance career for the last 17 years, Roger created and ran his own dance company, performed for former United States Vice President Joe Biden, Grammy Award-winning recording artists, and live TV specials, and taught master classes at world-renowned dance schools in NYC. He won over 10 awards, was featured by 6 ABC, FOX 29, NBC 10, CBS 3, KYW 1060, WHYY 12, TBN, The Metro, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Huffington Post, gave a speech at the inaugural TEDx Columbia College Chicago Conference, and wrote the e-books Own Your Own Art: The Complete Career Guide For Independent Artists and Overcoming Dance Fear.
Roger earned his Master's Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University and Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Media & Communication Studies, magna cum laude with honors, from Ursinus College.
Upon graduating from Drexel University with undergraduate degrees in Finance and Accounting, Mr. Kesselman began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Company, where he worked as an auditor. Adam joined GlaxoSmithKine(GSK) in a accounting/finance role and then progressed his career to a marketing executive. While at GSK, Mr. Kesselman earned his Masters of Business Administration from Temple University and a Master's Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
During his nearly 20 years at GSK, Mr. Kesselman held various leadership positions and grew into a seasoned leader helping to develop and commercialize worldwide pharmaceutical and vaccine brands. Mr. Kesselman’s unique combination of strengths in healthcare marketing, sales/sales management, coupled with his acumen in both finance and accounting, have proven valuable in building brands.
Mr. Kesselman joined Palio+Ignite Advertising Agency as a Vice President of Account Services and subsequently joined Cline Davis Mann as Senior Vice President of Account Services. In 2014, Mr. Kesselman joined Pfizer as Director of Global Commercial Strategy, Prevnar13, a $5billion vaccine. Most recently, Mr. Kesselman was appointed as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Health Union, a company that creates patient communities for sufferers of chronic diseases.
Over the years, Mr. Kesselman has used his skills to advance a few different entrepreneurial interests, as a partner in multiple real estate ventures. His companies specialize in acquisition, renovation, sale and rental of residential/commercial real estate in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. In addition, Mr. Kesselman is CEO of a lead-testing service, helping Philadelphia landlords stay compliant with public health laws.
Aside from his commercial interests, Mr. Kesselman has also been active in the Philadelphia area, as the CEO of City Bright, a privately funded non-profit focused on homelessness in Philadelphia. Additionally, Mr. Kesselman has served on non-profits including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Institute of Contemporary Art, & Drexel University Alumni Association. Mr. Kesselman is an adjunct professor at
Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Lastly, Mr. Kesselman is also a Certified Public Accountant and also holds Series 66 & 7 licenses.