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Pair joins Spirit of Enterprise Center


July 11, 2007

Jen Ciosek has joined the Spirit of Enterprise Center at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business as director.

She will lend her 15 years of experience to oversee the center’s information services focused on small- and medium-sized businesses, while providing relevant business education programs to students, businesses and members of the community. She also will be responsible for the Annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards and overseeing the light rail initiative.

Ciosek previously owned a small business, where she provided consulting services to business owners to help them increase profits and build high-performance teams.

Before starting her consulting business, Ciosek worked in sales and marketing for small- and medium-sized businesses in the call center and information technology services sectors.

Ciosek, an Iowa native, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.

In addition to Ciosek, Brian Sherman has joined the Spirit of Enterprise Center as chief program manager.

He will be responsible for design, and development of online resources that will offer entrepreneurs and small-business owners access to the W. P. Carey School’s extensive faculty research in a broad array of business disciplines, as well as practical business guidance.

Sherman previously served as a program officer at the ASU Institute for Social Science Research, where he managed a collaborative Web site for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Before his tenure at ASU, Sherman served at various economic development agencies in Arizona, where he developed entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for Arizona citizens.

Sherman earned a bachelor’s degree in geography with an emphasis in geographic information systems, and a master’s degree in business administration as an alumnus from the W. P. Carey School of Business.