Boardroom Advisory Group’s Executive Advisors are comprised of leading business executives, established industry thought-leaders and strong, credible subject-matter experts.  Our advisors employ world-class tactical abilities to help a company reach their desired objective in the shortest amount of time possible.

Steve Driben



Charlotte, North Carolina

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Steve Driben, B.P.A.

Helping Business Owners Drive Revenue & Increase Profits
All Sectors

Steve Driben is a recognized business leader and performance advisor.  He maintains experience in multiple organizational stages from start-ups to venture stage to Fortune 100 companies, and is regarded as a person who “dramatically impacts” the ways by which a business is run.  Steve helps business owners achieve more, grow more and earn more.

Steve has been called an “ invaluable mentor” and is highly regarded as a trusted advisor, business strategist and performance acceleration expert to hundreds of small and medium-sized business. His drive and pursuit of excellence is matched by his humble spirit and willingness to serve. Steve is “the” consummate professional, extremely detailed oriented and excels in his ability to work well with anyone in any situation.

As coach and mentor, Steve “stretches conventionalism”. Over the course of his career, he hasn’t just thought outside of the box…there is no box.

What can Steve do for you? Many things. In summation, Steve will help your business run better, grow faster and make more money.

Email him now and find out how.


Steve Driben is Managing Director, Board Member and Business Coach with Boardroom Advisory Group, LLC, a Business Performance Advisor with Insperity, and a member of the Advisory Board at Olympic High School – School of Executive Leadership in Charlotte, NC.

To run a leaner business, increase revenue and protect profits, call Steve @ 704.559.9097 or email steve.driben@boardroomadvisorygroup.com.





Silas Carter


Charlotte, North Carolina

Silas Carter

Purchasing Management, Supplier Diversity Development, Speaker
Aerospace, IT, Office equipment manufacturing, Chemicals; Consulting (federal and commercial)
  • Are you interested in reassessing or auditing your current procurement policies and practices to meet future organizational strategies?
  • Would you like to develop and share a broader vision of business practices and opportunities?
  • Will creating a competitive edge, strategic spend forecasting, and cost saving targets be valuable resources to the company?

Meet Silas Carter

Silas Carter has an extensive career in building and leading global procurement management programs, strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, supplier diversity initiatives, cross-functional management, and consulting.  He is:

  • Expert at establishing strong relationships with internal stakeholders to understand their needs and build cooperation and compliance.
  • Recognized leader for designing and building strategic supplier diversity processes, contributing to an organization’s brand and culture.
  • Proficient at leading a strategic function in an organization that needs to build, overhaul and streamline its procurement/sourcing program to generate cost savings.


Silas is a master architect in executing sustainable company-wide supply chain management initiative to develop and grow the spend practices to include diverse businesses throughout key business markets.

  • Directed the negotiation and management of corporate agreements in excess of $65 million.
  • Enhanced the reporting metrics, which included an increase in diversity spend from $52 million to exceed $130 million.
  • MBN USA -Top 75 Leading Men in Corporate Supplier Diversity.

Work with Silas

Silas is President of The Future Procurement Group, LLC and an Executive Advisor with Boardroom Advisory Group, LLC specializing in building and leading global procurement management programs.  Email silas.carter@boardroomadvisorygroup.com for a complimentary consultaion.

Michelle Keaton-Barrow


Website – Raleigh
Website – Charlotte
Raleigh & Charlotte, North Carolina

Michelle Keaton-Barrow, CEO

Real Estate Acquisition, Environmental Engineering
Real Estate

25 years of proven business negotiation and leadership experience is the reason why customers have turned to Michelle Keaton-Barrow for their most complex business and real estate needs. Lets face it, purchasing or selling real estate is a business transaction. Many people strive to be a realtor of choice within their communities, yet these very same people do not possess the expertise or acquired experience for many complex transactions.

Proven Track Record

Michelle has a rich history and proven track record of successful negotiations with a stunningly deep and wide array of organizations including Union Carbide, State of North Carolina, Wake Technical College, among many others. In that time, Michelle honed her leadership expertise as a college professor, business owner and board member.

Today, Michelle is the “go-to” mover and shaker in the Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina real estate markets. She has developed a reputation, which is defined by a single word…”TRUST”.   Michelle’s knowledge of current market trends, neighborhood statistics, and vital insurance information is second to none!  Combine this knowledge with vast business community relationships positions Michelle as the real estate authority in the Raleigh and Charlotte communities.

Additional Information

Michelle Keaton-Barrow received her BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She has served on Board of Directors for Mechanics and Farmers Bank and YWCA of Wake County. Current board appointments are with Wake County Community Foundation, Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, and United Minority Contractors of North Carolina.  Michelle is also a Board of Advisor member with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Certifications and Recognitions include: REALTOR® certification licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina, HUB Certified in North Carolina, GRI® Graduate, REALTOR® Institute, ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative, Platinum Club Top Agent Award, e-Pro and a Certified Luxury Home Specialist.

Michelle earned her National Certification through NMSDC and is a Member of Worldwide ERC Relocation company.

Schedule a call with Michelle by Clicking Here.


Charlotte, North Carolina

Melissa Latin, MBA

Public Figure, Fashion, Food, Styling, Accounting, Contributing Food Author
Fashion, Food, Accounting, Magazine Publications, Social Media
  • Do you need help updating wardrobe?
  • Are you looking for that perfect outfit for a special event?
  • Did you know that people remember what they see first and hear last?

When you need real style advice, sometimes your friends don’t always know best. With a keen eye for fashion, style, beauty and food, Melissa Latin is the Charlotte Fashion Plate!

Clients who work with Melissa gain increased confidence…and increased confidence leads to stronger relationships, a more successful career and overall happy lifestyle.

Melissa founded Charlotte Fashion Plate to bring her keen eye for fashion and style, and impeccable palate to Charlotte, North Carolina and around the globe. Charlotte Fashion Plate unites Melissa’s passion for both fashion and food to create fun, trendy and affordable looks with easy to follow recipes and current food trends.

Classy…With a Bit of Edge

Charlotte Fashion Plate provides the latest comfortable styles…all classy with a bit of edge!

Melissa’s direct experience in the fashion industry and “know how” helps clients dress and look expensive without breaking the bank. Melissa is hands-on in all facets of her business…modeling, styling and cooking! Her motto, “If I wouldn’t wear it, I wont sell it” has propelled Charlotte Fashion Plate’s on-line boutique growth, leading to expanded offerings including styling services for video, commercial and upscale photography shoots.

Sought Out Expertise

Being the Charlotte Fashion Plate and putting words into action, Melissa’s demand has led to numerous television appearances, featured in many print and online magazines and is now the contributing food expert for Culinary Creations, part of Lake Norman Lifestyle Magazine.

Brand Growth Through Social Media

Melissa earned her MBA from Waynesburg University and has a 16-year background as an accounting professor. She has combined her educational experience with an innate business savvy to grow a personal and business brand. Melissa is THE style, beauty, and food expert who has successfully built a business through major social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. She has mastered the use of Facebook Live, promoting her exquisite recipes and cooking lessons and includes a written blog for those who prefer the written recipe.

As an active member in the local business community, Melissa collaborates with many Charlotte businesses in order to promote local products/services, including a master communication coach to help her clients look confident, sound confident and act confident.

Work with Melissa

To look better, feel better and increase your confidence, email melissa.latin@boardroomadvisorygroup.com to schedule a complementary 15-minute consulting session.

Martin Dones


Greensboro, North Carolina

Martin Dones

Corporate Operations, Author, Coach, Leadership Development
All Sectors

Cutting his teeth at companies that include Sysco, Baronet Corp, Vistar/PFG, and CDI among others, Martin Dones has combined the corporate vision of a CEO and the strategic thinking of a CFO to be a proven operational leader with $100 million+ companies.

Value to Shareholders

Martin’s value to corporate shareholders is his uncanny ability to rein in cost while increasing corporate profits. He accomplishes this through a transparent communication style with the masses. Typically, an incoming operations executive will work in a silo, focused only on bottom line results. Well, Martin understands that to get the greatest bottom line results, he needs to get the best productivity out of his employees. To do this, Martin solves the change-management culture-shock through an inspirational leadership style, invigorating people to wake up every day and want to come to work!

Martin attributes his success to a philosophy of “training people to take his job”. This philosophy has led to ongoing awards including Sysco’s Presidents Award and Vistar/PFG’s Best Operating Company of the Year Award and Best Operations Manager of the Year Award.

Inspirational Story

Martin has parlayed his success as a coach, educator and author. He has spoken at the Bronx Juvenile detention center and the Boys and Girls Club and became an author so he could share his story with the world. Bronx Boys, is an inspirational story about a young man’s unwavering desire and “will” to always do a little bit more, be a little bit better than they were the day before. More about the Bronx Boys can be found at https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/shabro.


Martin Dones is the Director of Corporate Operations at Foster Caviness, a multi-million dollar produce distribution company based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is available to speak on all operational aspects of multi-site management, P&L, and strategic planning. Schedule time to connect with Martin by Clicking Here.


Huntersville, North Carolina

Jaeda Sykes, Life Coach

Guiding, Motivating, and Transforming Youths from Various Walks of Life
Preteens, Teens, Young Adults

Transforming Lives

It isn’t by accident that I ended up becoming a life coach; it is by purpose.

My name is Jaeda Sykes, at the age of 20; I made a powerful decision to go into the business of transforming lives. Every day is made new, and I find that to be very refreshing. That means with every day I am given, there is space created for more possibilities. Every morning I wake up with different intentions, but I am always on the same mission…to transform the lives of those who are currently living in disarray.

I created and designed Sykes S.T.E.P.S. Inc. to meet the needs of preteens, teens, and young adults.  That is, a “safe” place to talk about the things that people find hard to speak about with friends, family and sometimes even mental health professionals.

Personal Growth

Sykes S.T.E.P.S. focus is on helping you flourish in the present, and in the future, by working with you to find your calling, live and work outside of your comfort zone, look into your entire self, sort your troubles, gain clarity, and design action plans. As a result you’ll experience authentic personal growth.

Life Coach

Life is better when you have someone in your corner. As your life coach, I believe we can tackle any challenge – and own them! I am here to work and guide you to conquer life’s challenges.

Your Successful Journey

Think of Sykes S.T.E.P.S. as your faithful backpack filled with all of the things you need each time you stumble upon an obstacle. Like Dora the Explorer’s good friend Map, I am here to guide you when you are stuck. This is your journey, so consider me an accessory. Everything that we achieve together will be a result of your best effort. I inspire individuals to design their future by providing them the proper tools and structure needed to become successful and productive members in society.

Work With Jaeda

Take your first step towards a better you! Click Here for your complimentary consultation.

Peter Carey



Charlotte, North Carolina

Peter Carey, President

Public Relations, Fashion, Event Planning, Social Media, Lifestyle, Marketing
Public Relations, Corporate, Fashion

Peter Carey is the face of PAC Public Relations, a boutique public relations agency focusing on developing meaningful relationships with his clients. This means he cares about your business and your success. Imagine that! Peter launched PAC Public Relations in 2010 with the vision and goal in mind to create a forward thinking organization that assists emerging and established businesses in creating a polished brand image.

His team of seasoned PR experts stays one step ahead of trends and will not rest on the laurels of past successes. They have done it all before: failed, prevailed, and know the formula to succeed! Their strategies are creative and relevant, backed by a thoughtful process that aligns with their customer’s vision.

Make a Statement

Make a statement at your next event. Innovation, organization, and passion working in harmony to create and unforgettable experience.

Fashion Infusion

Styling services, creative production, hair and make up artists, photographers, and more! Having extensive fashion industry experience, we will flawlessly infuse fashion into your business or event.

Lifestyle Trends

From the happening hotspots to gadgets and grooming we continuously bring you the latest in trendy lifestyle essentials to keep you informed and ahead of the competition.

Technology Solutions

Providing and array of technical services and solutions, to deliver a balanced combination of creativity and functionality to tell a story that is uniquely you.

Passion That Drives Success

Forging meaningful partnerships with key businesses, and influencers is the passion behind the success of PAC Public Relations. Peter and his team take pride in working with media professionals across all platforms, and value long term, mutually beneficial relationships with clients, partners and sponsors.


Peter Carey is President, Co-owner and Creative Director of PAC Public Relations, a company whose mission is to develop meaningful relationships with key businesses, and influencers. Clients include Porsche Design, Maserati, Charlotte Living Magazine, Fashion D’Lux , Boardroom Advisory Group, Charlotte Fashion Plate and others. Peter is also publisher of Lake Norman Lifestyle Magazine in Lake Norman, North Carolina.


UFC Website
Personal Website

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eddie Alvarez, UFC Fighter

Inspirational Public Speaker, UFC Lightweight World Champion Fighter
Small & Mid-Size Business, Fortune 500, Non-profits


  • Are you a CEO or company leader looking to rally the troupes for the upcoming year?
  • Do you need a powerful “punch” to add to the experience of your event?
  • Would you like a professional athlete who can relate to the same issues that many companies go through including teamwork, overcoming obstacles and perseverance?



The Early Days

Eddie Alvarez was born and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia, a rough neighborhood with a reputation for violent crimes and an abundance of street narcotics.

Known in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for his boxing prowess, Alvarez was a wrestler at Northeast Catholic High School. He was a two-time National Prep All-American, and placed 6th in both 2000 and 2001 at the National Prep School Wrestling Championships in the 145 lb. weight class. After high school, Alvarez immediately pursued a professional career in MMA with his first fight coming after only eight months of formal training.

Global Highlights

Alvarez won the MFC welterweight title in his seventh pro fight in June 2006 when he defeated Derrick Noble via KO at just 1:01 of the first round. The MFC welterweight title would later be re-branded the BodogFIGHT welterweight title.

In spite of the fact that many insiders didn’t view 170 pounds to be Alvarez’s best competitive fighting weight, he continued to fight larger opponents because he relished the challenge of testing his mettle against bigger fighters. At Bodog Fight’s “Clash of the Nations” pay per view in Russia on April 14, 2007, Alvarez’s size disadvantage would be exposed, as he suffered his first career loss when he was TKO’d by UFC veteran Nick Thompson at 4:32 into round 2.

After deciding to leave Bodog, Alvarez quickly found a new home in EliteXC where he competed in their 160-pound division against Ross Ebanez, winning by TKO.

A few weeks prior to the first event, it was announced that the upstart Japanese promotion DREAM, started by the minds behind PRIDE FC and K-1 had signed Alvarez to compete in their 154-pound grand prix.

His initial fight was against Andre Amade, another potent striker, hailing from the notorious Chute Boxe Academy. During the fight, Alvarez was dropped by a strong right hand, but was able to recover and use his superior wrestling skills to score a TKO due to strikes from mount late in the first round.

Alvarez advanced to the second round of the tournament where he defeated top ranked lightweight fighter Joachim Hansen on May 11, 2008 by unanimous decision in an exciting fight. Hansen, who was known for his ability to take a punch, was dropped twice in the fight and dazed numerous other times by Alvarez’s strikes.

“Success is Never Owned, it is only Rented…”

In his fight at DREAM.5, Alvarez knocked out top ranked lightweight fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri in the tournament’s semi-finals. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year by Sherdog for 2008. However, he was unable to advance in the tournament due to a cut and severe swelling under his right eye. Alvarez’s replacement was Joachim Hansen, whom he defeated two months earlier. Hansen went on to win the tournament and capture the DREAM lightweight title.

Alvarez was scheduled to face UFC and PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz for the EliteXC 160 pound title on November 8, 2008. but that fight was scrapped when EliteXC’s parent ProElite closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. On New Year’s Eve 2008 Alvarez fought against Shinya Aoki at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008, losing by submission in the first round.

With Eddie’s powerful rise as a professional MMA fighter, he signed an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships where he became a 2X Lightweight Champion and Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Champion.

Eddie’s understanding that “success is never owned, it is only rented, and the rent is due every day” attitude has continued to propel his career.

The Worlds Largest Stage

On August 19, 2014, the UFC, the premier MMA promotion and largest in the world announced that they had signed Alvarez to a contract.

Eddie made his promotional debut against fan favorite and top contender Donald Cerrone in the co-main event at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014.[31][32] Despite landing a series of flurries on Cerrone in a clinch during the first round, Cerrone recovered from a slow start and ended up controlling the rest of the fight with leg kicks that eventually hurt Alvarez. Alvarez lost the fight via a unanimous decision.[33]

Alvarez was expected to face Benson Henderson on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[34] However, Alvarez pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Donald Cerrone.[35]

Alvarez faced Gilbert Melendez on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188.[36] Alvarez won the fight by split decision.[37]

Alvarez faced Anthony Pettis on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[38] Despite being a heavy underdog going into the fight Alvarez was able to pressure and control Pettis, shutting down Anthony’s kickboxing. Alvarez won the fight by split decision.[39]

Book Eddie for your Next Corporate Event

Listening to Eddie’s story will take you on a journey of trials and tribulations from the mean streets of Philadelphia to signing an exclusive contract with the world’s premier MMA promotion. He will excite and inspire your team to achieve unprecedented growth in your organization.

Email eddie.alvarez@boardroomadvisorygroup.com for availability and scheduling.

Josh Anglero


Charlotte, North Carolina

Joshua Anglero

Creative Media Production, Brand Evolution, Networking & Connecting
All Industries

You know how companies are always trying to drive more leads to their website and then hopefully convert them to dollars? Or how these companies struggle to land their website on the first page of a Google or Internet search?

Enhance Your Business

Well, the value I provide is creative web development to enhance your business, resulting in greater revenue.

I help my customers attract their target audience!  They engage and compel a customer to purchase a new product or service. Companies are excited for their most cost-effective asset to make them more money while reducing cost.

We see it all the time, invest in your online marketing strategy and you will see your online positioning appear at the top of a Google search results.  Online leads will increase giving you the opportunity to make more money.

Grow Your Business

What I do is provide all the online services you need to reduce your marketing cost and grow your business.

My team will take care of all those ongoing marketing and promotion tasks businesses worry about such as web development & design, social media, press releases & pitches and media relations to promote your company brand. Additionally, we utilize the perfect mixture of TV, radio, magazine and online resources that best reaches your goals.


Joshua Anglero is Co-owner and Technical Director of PAC Public Relations, a full service marketing company. He provides the right exposure for clients through services including web development, videography services, graphic design and more. Clients include Porsche Design, Maserati, Charlotte Living Magazine, Fashion D’Lux, Boardroom Advisory Group, Charlotte Fashion Plate and others.

Caleb Van Voorhis


Charlotte, North Carolina

Caleb Van Voorhis

Video Production, Film Editing
Media Production

In the Beginning

Perfecting the Production

Experience at notable companies such as The Walt Disney Company and Red Bull created opportunities for Caleb at 3 Birds Marketing, LLC and Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC. In his time at 3 Birds Marketing, Caleb specialized in creating media campaigns and digital newsletters using HTML and media editing software such as Adobe Creative Suite for major name brand clients. Building upon early success, Caleb turned his focus to video production and editing for informational product videos used during product presentations and industry trade shows.

Expanding Expertise

In his current role, Caleb produces all video content for a major educational book publishing company. In addition to writing scripts and filming the content, he creates videos using 2d & 3d animation software such as Adobe CC and Cinema4D to make the following types of videos:

  • Entertaining videos to engage the viewer and increase brand awareness.
  • Promotional videos to act as commercials for series and products.
  • Informational video tutorials explaining how to use products and different teaching methods.

Caleb’s portfolio caught the attention Boardroom Advisory Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Driben. Driben was impressed with his credentials, early career success, and body of work so much that he invited Caleb to be Boardroom Advisory Group’s Video Production Consultant.

Caleb is a full time Video Production Manager for Extended Stay America.