Our Staff

Our Staff

All staff at Borders.org are volunteers. There are no salaries and no staff member gets paid for any work related to the organization which makes us unique among non-profits. Our team and volunteers hail from diverse backgrounds and are recognized in their fields as accomplished entrepreneurs. Each member is also socially active in philanthropy.

Paul Azous

Paul is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Borders.org.  For over 15 years Paul has assisted companies launch their businesses, including developing their financial and business models, as well as conducting company valuations, assisted with debt or equity offerings and general business consulting for startup and later stage companies. He has assisted more than 3,000 companies with their business plans and offering documents worldwide, spanning a wide spectrum of industries in over 50 countries.

Paul is the Founder and CEO of numerous financial and consulting ventures, including Prosepctus.com, Raisemoney.com and Brokerdealer.com, among many others, all of which assist startups and later stage companies with their business needs. He has assisted companies with such diverse product offerings that range from underwater hotel developments in the South Pacific Ocean to space debris collection technology outside the Earth’s atmosphere.  From the planning of one’s business to the drafting of the company’s documents to investors resources, these isn’t an aspect of Paul’s daily business life that doesn’t surround the core company document: the business plan.

Paul is first and foremost a student of history and writer. He is the author of two books.

Tamar Azous

Tamar is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Borders.org.  She is a successful “momtrepreneur”.  Tamar is the CEO of Grubby Wear LLC, (www.grubbywear.com), a venture dedicated to creating baby and toddler clothes for the outdoors. Prior to Grubby Wear, Tamar worked for 6 years in Microfinance, providing business consulting and strategic planning services to Microfinance Banks providing microloans ($50 to $500 in loans) to the poorest demographic in the world. Tamar worked for several years at MicroEnergy Credits (www.microenergycredits.com), a social enterprise which links microfinance institutions to the carbon markets when they lend for clean energy. She has travelled extensively throughout the developing world, including Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Mongolia and seen firsthand the abilities – and capabilities – of the world’s poorest to innovate and create jobs.

Tamar has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.

Jason Berkman

For over 20 years Jay has operated a strategic advisory and corporate marcom boutique. Jay began his career as an options trader on the CBOE and then became a general partner of a NYSE and Amex specialist firm; roles that required constant filtering of information and profit-focused, thoughtful-decision making. Jay later migrated to the world of business leadership and brand marketing, and has held leadership roles in various industries, including CEO of a public entertainment company best known for operating one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. Jay is a serial entrepreneur who, during the past ten years alone has been credited with jumpstarting and/or reinvigorating a cross-section of innovative and disruptive companies operating within the financial services, technology, professional services, media and consumer product silos. He is active in various philanthropic initiatives, including advising organizations focused on improving the lives of Service-Disabled Veterans and their families.

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