Our PGN Team is committed to serving our member businesses and organizations.
Meet Our Training & Certification Team
PGN has assembled a dedicated team to meet the needs of our organization and to deliver support to our membership.
OBDS Optimal Business Development Team
Jamie M Bennett, MBA & CLC
Human Capital Strategist
Helping high achieving professionals by serving as a strategic thought partner in the area of Human Capital Strategy.
When I graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Economics, I was hyper-focused on beginning a career in the financial service industry. This journey led me to Wall Street and to pursue an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College. After 21 years of following my dream, I found myself asking, “Is this it?” I knew in every fiber of my being it was time to go, but I had no idea what came next. I opened myself to the process of figuring things out and was led to launch The LifeStyle Group. A company focused on serving and assisting “at capacity women” manage life.
The mission behind my entrepreneurial journey is to leave every life that I touch better than I found it. I want you to live an intentional life, where you effectively manage the time you’ve been given. I leverage my zone of genius to help you achieve more and go further.
Finance and Business
Aaron V. Owens, born and raised in Annapolis, MD, is a serial entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice. After graduation, Mr. Owens took on human services positions with non-profit organizations, state and local government. However, his heart was always pulling him towards entrepreneurship. After having his first child, he decided to venture into several multi-level marketing businesses, while maintaining a full-time position to support his family. Multi-level marketing introduced him to the rule of 72 and helped him to develop a love for reading about financial literacy. Mr. Owens now had a clear understanding. Life was not about what you have; however, it was about what you keep and pass on to the next generation. His goal is legacy building.
- 28+ years experience as an entrepreneur
- Own or partnered in 8+ businesses and ventures, from startup to grossing seven figures
- Father, Family man, Investor, Mentor, and Philanthropist
10 years as an Adjunct Professor and Dean at the only Private Predominately Black College in Maryland. Jeff taught courses from The First Year’s Experience at the undergraduate level to Leadership and Urban Policies Issues at the graduate level.
30 years in the waste management industry, specializing in beneficial reuse of Municipal Waste Residual. Principal Owner of Lynn Tyler Consulting, LLC- Environmental Waste Management
- Partner and VP of Operations and Research of Optimal Business Development Solutions, LLC
- Partner and VP of Earthly Conversions, LLC. Green and Cannabis Waste Management
- Data Analysis for the 5th Largest Public Utility in the U.S.
- Undergraduate Degree in Business Management and Administration
- Masters in Public Policy
- Phd in Public Policy and Administration
Darius A Stanton
Darius was acknowledged as one of 50 Future Leaders of America in Ebony Magazine in the 50th Anniversary Issue and currently serves as chairman of the Annapolis Arts Sports and Leadership Academy serving over 180 teenage boys annually. Darius is the recipient of the 2017 NAACP Humanitarian Award. A proud and productive citizen,
- CEO of The Stanton Group Inc. – Management Consulting & Human Development Firm
- Vice President of Optimal Business Development Solutions, LLC
- Vice President of the Clean Green Tour – International Environmental Education Company
- Associate Sociology Professor at Anne Arundel Community College
- Master’s Degree in Human Services from The Lincoln University
- Former Vice President of Operations with Boys & Girls of Greater Washington & Metro Baltimore organizations
- Vice President of the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation
Host & Executive Producer of Podcast Peace in the Morning Show and Lights of the Roundtable on Facebook & Youtube and on Cable Television a daily morning talk show titled Good News Bowie