Our Team


Our Team

Develop Wisconsin is led by highly diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs with significant business development, management and investment experience.  They are experienced entrepreneurs with extensive knowledge on what it takes to succeed in the marketplace. Most importantly, they have assisted thousands of small businesses in Wisconsin get connected to the resources they need.   If you are interested in joining our team, contact us today!


Board Member/Founder/President

-Damon is the Founder of Develop America Inc.   He brings to the table a wealth of experience in business financing, business development, economic development, commercial corridor development and real estate development.  Damon has held management positions in several Fortune 500 corporations, including; We-Energies and Northwest Airlines.   Damon is an entrepreneur and has started several businesses.   Damon holds a B.S./Business from Marquette University and an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.   Damon is a native of Frog Island, Waukegan, Illinois.


Board Member, Chief Operating Officer

Maya  is the Founder and owner of the Hammouri Group, a provider of supplies for hospitals, assistant living facilities and nursing homes.   Selected as a “30 under 30 Leader” by the Milwaukee Business Vanguard, Maya has experience in a broad range of industries, including; property management, healthcare, financial services and real estate.  A native of Milwaukee, Maya is fluent in French and Spanish.

Dr. Sha'Juan Kennedy, Ph'd

Board Member

Dr. Kennedy is a Licensed Professional Counselor , PhD, LPC, and is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.  Sha’juan is the owner of Kennedy’s Circle of Wellness, a leading counseling center that specializes in the counseling of Trauma and PTSD, Stress, Depression, etc.  In addition to her practice, Dr. Kennedy is an owner of a real estate investment and management firm, and a construction company.  Dr. Kennedy is a native of Milwaukee.



Board Member, Secretary

Maria is a Board Member and Organaizational Development Advisor. Maria provides Develop Wisconsin with signficant insight and experience on  organizational development, planning aninfo@developamerica.orgd change.   Maria works with the Board to develop Bylaws, policies and procedures that are consistent with Wisconsin law.    Maria was recently recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.   Maria, a native of Boston, holds a JD from University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Pauline grant-jones, CPA

Board Member, Treasurer/CFO

Pauline is an experienced accountant with over 20 years of experience providing services to clients in a broad range of industries.  Pauline is the founder of Grant-Jones Accounting Services, a firm that specializes in nonprofit accounting, tax preparation and grant management.  Pauline is a Veteran of the US Air Force.  Pauline is a native of Michigan.



Board Member

Brandon can best be described as a jack of all trades,  As an entrepreneur he founded one of the leading marketing firms serving the Minneapolis area, He has been an art teacher for a school in Milwaukee’s central city, and he has been involved in the creation of hundreds of murals.   Currently, as the Senior Media Buyer for Potawatomi Bingo & Casino he purchases all of the media buys for Potawatomi.  Brian is Native American and grew up in northern Minnesota.

Aliana C.

Marketing Consultant

Aliana is passionate about delivering marketing value to Develop Wisconsin via social media marketing.  As part of Develop Wisconsin’s marketing group, Aliana works to define our message in all marketing channels.  The Milwaukee native is a graduate of Loyola University.  



Data Management Specialist

Isaac has an extensive background in concept development, client relationships and technology integration.  He wears a number of hats in the organization, including marketing, data management, customer engagement and product development.   The Milwaukee native is a Graduate of the University of Iowa.  



Business Development Specialist

Nadeem has over 10 years of experience managing and providing customer support services for businesses in several industries.   He brings a mix of practical business experience and passion for supporting business growth.  Nadeem wears many hats in Deelop Wisconsin, including customer engagement, business development and data management.   

Nadeem is currently pursuing a degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.


Robert "Bob" Plevin

In Memorium, Passionate Business Development Guru

There are few words that can describe the enormous impact that Bob Plevin left on the business development landscape in Wisconsin, particularly in Milwaukee.   Bob was passionate about helping entrepreneurs reach their dream of getting connected to the resources they need to be successful. 

Always humble and engaging, Bob made walking through the uncertain landscape of getting capital or starting a business seem easy.  We call his style the “Plevin Way.”   His energy and passion is greatly appreciated and missed, and his spirit lives in the smile of every business owner that takes just one more step closer in reach his/her goals.   

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