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The "Put Your Passion to Work" Entrepreneurship Initiative is a well-defined, results-driven program that will give Lake Erie College students the opportunity to meet the challenges of the 21st century, not only in their chosen work, but in their personal commitments to society as well.



Jeff Eakin

Jeff Eakin was President of Marquis Financial Services LLC, providing investment banking services to middle-market companies, with a focus on raising debt and equity capital and advising buyers and sellers of businesses.

He co-founded three equipment leasing companies serving as the chief credit officer. These included a captive company for a major manufacturer of medical equipment; a wholesale company for a national equipment lessor; and a private, independent equipment lessor.

Prior to this, he was a general partner of Prescott, Ball & Turben, where he arranged debt financings for a variety of corporate, governmental and non-profit enterprises. Jeff began his finance career as an investment analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance after serving in the United States Army.

He has served on the board and as chairman of a non-profit children’s hospital and as an independent director of a public company.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Lafayette College and a Master of Business Administration in finance with Honors from Boston University.

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Peter Apicella

Peter Apicella returns to Lake Erie College where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a focus in marketing in 1990. At that time, he was also heading up sales for Famous Value Brands, a division of Philip Morris USA in New York City.

He has owned and managed Feren Gift Baskets & Wine, distributing gourmet gift baskets, fine wine and beer gift baskets, flowers and plants, fancy pastries and wines of Italy throughout the United States since 1993.

In addition to his service at Lake Erie College, Apicella provides marketing support for the Downtown Painesville Economic Development Group and is a trustee and board member of the Italian American Cultural Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

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