Nicholas Rodriguez (CEO)
Nicholas began with YoungBiz as the owner/operator for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut territories. As of January 2010, Nicholas became the owner of the YoungBiz USA domestic operation. Prior to YoungBiz, Nicholas served as the Co-Founder and President of Commercial Lending a Group, a Full Service Financing Company specializing in financing of business acquisitions and start up business loans.
Nicholas currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Academy of Finance and Enterprise High School in Queens, NY and is a graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn NY. Nicholas resides with his family in New York City, NY.
Kenneth “Biznessman” Allen (COO)
Kenneth “Biznessmen” Allen, a Gary Indiana native and young entrepreneur, joined the YoungBiz Management team in 2010 as the Chief Operating Officer.
Ken created The Kenneth Allen Foundation for Entrepreneurship with a goal to create youth centers for entrepreneurship development in economically challenged areas. KAFFE Inc. has been recognized by Indiana Black Expo, Inc. the Indiana General Assembly, and the City of Indianapolis as one of the best entrepreneurship programs.
Allen was born and raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Gary, Indiana. Growing up in a single parent household, Kenneth defied national statistics for Black males and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School at age 17. Allen’s love for entrepreneurship began early. At 12, he started his first business venture, K.S. Candies, in his grandfather’s garage. Operating for more than six years, K.S. Candies ranked 79 out of 100 youth businesses in the nation according to Young Biz, Inc. He is Young Biz’s youngest certified instructor in the country.
Allen has received hundreds of awards such as Who’s Who Among Youth Leaders, the One Church One School Student of the Year, National’s Dean’s List and the 2004 Indiana Black Expo Entrepreneur of the Year. He counts among his proudest accomplishments, December 4, which was proclaimed by Indianapolis Mayor as “Kenneth Allen Day” for his outstanding leadership and success as an entrepreneur.
Kenneth Allen serves as a key leader for YoungBiz with his relation to youths around the world, his business acumen, training and communication skills. Mr. Allen’s success is also evident and proof that YoungBiz works having been YoungBiz trained when he was only 16 years old. Kenneth oversees the YoungBiz Indiana office and works side by side with the CEO to provide youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.
Clifton Bartley (Director of Marketing)
Clifton’s experience ranges from serving as a computer graphics coordinator to Internet Marketing Specialist for a prominent top 5 accounting firm in the USA. With YoungBiz he is responsible for strategic direction, operational execution for ad campaigns including Google Adwords, e-marketing as well directing industry and service lines on how to best promote the companies position in the marketplace.
An active member in the community Clifton continues his work with the B.Y.A (Brooklyn Youth Association) teaching kids how to use computers and challenging them to be the best they can. Clifton graduated from Baruch College with a BBA in Marketing and advertising.