Abe Kasbo '94/M.P.A. '99, founder and CEO of Verasoni Worldwide, will be honored at Seton Hall University's 12th annual Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on September 27.
Kasbo is founder and CEO of Verasoni Worldwide, an integrated marketing and public relations advisory firm in Fairfield, NJ. The firm delivers integrated marketing, branding, digital strategies, advertising, and reputation management across platforms and markets. Verasoni Worldwide has a range of clients from Fortune 500 to mid-market and start-ups. Kasbo is also chair of Verasoni Ventures, which incubates and advises startups, including his latest startup, Dentourage.com.
A gifted and multifaceted entrepreneur, Kasbo is the executive-producer and director of the award-winning documentary The Arab-Americans, distributed nationally by PBS; the first feature-length, broadcast quality documentary chronicling the rich yet silent history and contributions of Arab Americans to the American fabric. He also founded OnlyOneToothBrush.com, a philanthropic effort that brought more than 250,000 toothbrushes to support the oral health of Syrian refugees to Germany, Canada and the United States. The project gained national and international attention, generated about 160,000 toothbrush donations in the first five days of its launch, and reached 250,000 toothbrushes within two months.
In 2015, Kasbo was recognized as Economic Bridge Builder of Year by the American-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Governor and Legislative Branch of the State of Michigan. Wayne County, Michigan also bestowed the same honor.
Kasbo is a sought-after public speaker and is quoted widely in the press. He emigrated from Syria at the age of 10 and settled in Paterson, NJ. He earned a B.A. in political science and a master's degree in public administration from Seton Hall University.
Ralph Evangelista, M.S. '98 and his wife, Marylee R. Evangelista, co-managing members, Frazer, Evangelista and Company, LLC are also being inducted, making this the first time the Hall of Fame has honored a husband and wife team of entrepreneurs.
In addition, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will honor the latest recipients of the Emerging Entrepreneur Award: Luciana Contuzzi '13, owner of zest, an organic food catering business and café in Fairfield, NJ, and Victor Ricci '17, founder and CEO of Trend Pie, a social media company he started while a student at the Stillman School. Scholarships will also be awarded to three entrepreneurship students.