ROI3's Executive Team
William C. Joern, Executive Chairman
As executive chairman of ROI3, Inc., William "Bill" Joern has responsibility for establishing the company's strategic direction and achieving its long-term goals. He is also responsible for identifying and establishing partnership opportunities with other organizations and representing the company at conferences and in other public events in the Washington, DC region.
Mr. Joern has more than 40 years of general management, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, budget development and monitoring, proposal development, marketing and contract management experience with small and medium-sized enterprises, private corporations, non-profit entities on behalf of U.S. government agencies.
Mr. Joern also serves as president of Business Development Associates (BDA), which provides representation and marketing services to U.S. companies that design, manufacture, install, and maintain equipment across multiple sectors, including food processing, packaging, and storage; waste water treatment and water purification; and construction technologies and systems. He is familiar with a wide range of program and funding sources including private venture funds, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Mr. Joern is an elected member of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Furthermore, he is an active participant in several other international organizations including the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Maryland China Business Council. He routinely participates in events and meetings sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa, the Asia Society, the Council of the Americas, and the Middle-East Institute. He is also associated with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Wharton Club of DC, and the Nebraska Society of Washington, D.C.
Mr. Joern served as Vice President of a Washington-based international language training company; as Group Manager and Manager of Washington Operations for a Philadelphia, Pa.-based research development and federal contract organization where he developed and managed large-scale searchable database information services and research & development organization; as CEO of a regional health planning organization; and as a consultant to hospitals and small businesses.
Mr. Joern was a principal with a start-up company in the mid-1980's that attempted to develop an early version of a portable computing device using pad and pen technology with adaptive software.
Mr. Joern received his Bachelor of Science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a major in history and political science. He also studied international relations and public administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and attended the New Mexico Military Institute. Connect with Mr. Joern on LinkedIn.
Aaron D. Rose, President, Treasurer, and Chief Executive Officer
Aaron Rose is an advisor to talented entrepreneurs and co-founder of great companies. He possesses over 25 years of international business experience. In 2011, Aaron co-founded ROI3, Inc., a company that empowers people in emerging economies through innovative, technology-based solutions. As ROI3's president and chief executive officer, he is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the company.
Aaron co-founded Get Fit With Heath, Inc. in 2013, a Colorado-based company whose mission is to promote a healthier and happier lifestyle. He also co-founded Yeeko Inc. in 2016, a Seattle, Wash.-based company that publishes Yeeko Magazine, a periodical that produces content on culture and literature for Chinese readers worldwide. As chairman of both companies, Aaron advises executive management on establishing the companies' strategic direction and achieving their long-term goals. And most recently in 2017, Aaron co-founded CareerLight, LLC, a Seattle, Wash.-based company that provides customized career training for international students to help prepare them for a successful career.
2013年,罗安伦先生联合创办了Get Fit With Heath, Inc., 总部位于科罗拉多, 旨在促进更健康、更快乐的生活方式。另外, 罗安伦先生于2016年在华盛顿西雅图联合创办了异客杂志(Yeeko Inc.),一个为全球中文读者提供文化和文学内容的期刊杂志。作为两个公司的非执行主席,他在管理建立公司的战略方向和实现其长期目标方面提供咨询。
Aaron has been managing Global Tactics, LLC (formerly known as Rose Consulting) since 1999, a consultancy that advises Fortune 500 companies, along with startup ventures, on global strategic planning and business development, international growth management, and knowledge management. Moreover, he evaluates market readiness, barriers of entry, and strategic alignment of business operations and product development. The firm's client work includes Microsoft, Starbucks, and Yahoo.
自从1999年，罗安伦先生创办管理的Global Tactics有限责任公司(前称是Rose Consulting)为许多500强企业以及初创公司提供全球战略规划和业务发展、国际发展管理、和知识管理等多方面的咨询服务。此外，他还为客户提供曾评估市场准备妥当性、市场准入门槛、以及战略联盟的业务操作和产品发展的咨询服务。咨询服务的客户包括微软、星巴克、和雅虎等。
In the public sector, Aaron advises governments to promote comparative national advantages to attract foreign direct investment to stimulate private sector development. He communicates investment opportunities to prospective investors while creating public-private partnerships. His client work includes The World Bank, United Nations, and the governments of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Haiti, Spain, South Africa, Uganda, United States, and Uzbekistan.
Aaron launched his entrepreneurial career with the founding of Rose Financial Holdings, a private investment and holding company that provides financial and advisory support to early-stage companies. Portfolio companies reside in the information and communication technology, renewable energy and clean technology sectors.
罗安伦先生早先成立了Rose Financial Holdings, 开始了其创业生涯。这是一家为公司早期阶段提供金融与咨询支持的私人投资股份制公司。投资组合公司专注于信息和通信技术，可再生能源和清洁技术行业。
Aaron, who studied philosophy at Seattle University, is engaged with various professional and nonprofit organizations. He is the founding president of FURSA Africa, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for girls and women in Africa through education and entrepreneurship. Aaron is also an advisor to the Center for Global Business at Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics and Global Investment Leadership Capital Management (Seattle, Wash.).
罗安伦先生曾就读西雅图大学攻读哲学, 并从事各种不同的专业组织和非营利组织。他是FURSA Africa的创始总裁。FURSA Africa是一个提供非洲女童和妇女教育和创业机会的非营利组织。担任理事会要职,在西雅图大学阿尔伯斯贸易与经济学院全球商业中心、全球投资领导资本管理（华盛顿西雅图）、以及大西雅图经济和贸易发展联盟中担任顾问。
Aaron teaches seminars on entrepreneurship and international business development, and he regularly lectures on the role of the private sector in nation recovery and reconstruction. He served as a delegate to the United Nations World Summit in 2005 and continues to advise world leaders on economic, technology, and trade development matters. Connect with Aaron on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Steven E. Drake, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary
As executive vice president and corporate secretary of ROI3, Inc., Steve Drake oversees the company's marketing, communications and public affairs.
He also serves as principal of Steven Drake Associates, LLC, a communications consulting firm which provides corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies with targeted, expert and cost-effective communications, marketing and business development strategy and implementation.
Drawing on his more than 25 years of experience developing and leading strategic, global communications programs for some of the world’s most recognizable and influential organizations, Drake provides services designed to help ROI3 and his Steven Drake Associates clients effectively communicate with audiences most important to their success, influence or reinforce perceptions and opinions, and achieve their organizational objectives.
Before launching Steven Drake Associates, L.L.C., in 2003, Steve Drake held senior executive positions in the corporate and public relations agency sectors. As vice president, communications with Laureate Education, Inc., formerly Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., Drake built and managed the first comprehensive corporate communications function for the $1 billion, then-publicly traded global provider of education services. His responsibilities included oversight and direction for Laureate’s marketing communications, public affairs/government relations, investor relations, and charitable giving activities.
Drake also held positions of increasing responsibility with Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most-recognized public relations firms. There, over a 12-year span, he served the marketing and public affairs needs of clients in many sectors, including telecommunications, financial services, consumer products, transportation and retail. In the mid- to late-1990s, he launched and managed the firm's presence in China, opening offices and serving clients in Beijing, Shanghai, and throughout Asia. Upon his return to Washington, DC, Drake directed Fleishman-Hillard's international practice.
Drake has also held management positions with two small high technology marketing communications firms, and an account position with Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations.
He holds both a Master's and Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication. He teaches, speaks and writes on a range of communications topics, including public relations in China, international public relations, and strategic thinking. Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.