CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: If City schools close or are delayed on the day of C-E2, then C-E2 is cancelled.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Lee Elberson of Clayborne Education with time for Q&A, and a "School of Hard Knocks" session with Rob Masri of Cardagin Networks.
Clayborne Education, founded in 2009, is built on the conviction that one-to-one engagement helps personalize education in a way that accentuates students’ unique skills and inculcates those that are lacking. We understand that every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. This is why Test Preparation at Clayborne begins with a tailored program designed to fit the needs of each individual student, and why Academic Coaching begins with a personal consultation. Our tutors get to know their students and work side by side with them to help them realize their dreams. We offer in-home services throughout Charlottesville and its surrounding counties, as well as at our beautiful education center, located at 515 Locust Ave.
Co-owner and Chief Operations Officer Lee Elberson was born and raised in southern Louisiana. He joined the Marines at 17 in an effort to find some discipline in his life. Well, he found it and went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in physics and was inducted into the honors society Sigma Pi Sigma. He then went on to obtain a master's degree in chemical physics at the University of Maryland where he taught many classes in the physics department. Lee did his PhD research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on relativistic electron transport in a laser-induced plasma. Needless to say, Lee has a love for all things quantifiable. He is an energetic person who has a passion for educating others and he enjoys coaching young adults to achieve their goals. Lee spends his free time training for marathons, playing poker, watching Imax 3D movies, or creating some ridiculously intricate spreadsheet.
Businessman and lawyer, Rob C. Masri is the founder and CEO of Cardagin Networks, Inc., a Mobile Relationship Management (MRM) company that that powers loyalty and reward programs for retailers worldwide.
Mr. Masri’s foundation in customer loyalty began at his family-run restaurant in Pearisburg, Va. Like many business, the restaurant required customer loyalty and retention for sustainability to keep its doors open for more than 30 years. Using the lessons he learned working in the family restaurant, Mr. Masri revolutionized the concept of modern mobile loyalty with the development of Cardagin.
With Cardagin, businesses can now know their customers by name, frequency of visit, amount spent, favorite location, and redeemed rewards and offers. Cardagin has been recognized by CNET, and Inc. and Entrpreneur Magazines as a market leader in mobile loyalty.
Prior to founding Cardagin, Mr. Masri served as the chief development officer for the University of Virginia Law School Foundation during the Law School’s $150M capital campaign and promoted loyalty among the alumni base of the Law School. Before joining UVA Law School Foundation, Mr. Masri was executive vice president of corporate development and general counsel of Multicity, Inc., a global provider of online communication solutions that secured more than $16M in venture capital financing.
Mr. Marsi also worked as an attorney in the business department of Cooley LLP and the corporate and securities department of Hunton & Williams LLP. Mr. Masri received his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Virginia and currently resides in Charlottesville, Va. with his wife, Natalie, and their three children, Mira, Felix and Xavier.