Entrepreneur in Residence

Entrepreneur in Residence

The RCIE Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program connects experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders to student entrepreneurs at Rowan University. RCIE EIRs have a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise and play a critical role within the Rowan community by helping startups succeed by providing guidance, mentorship, and access to resources and networks.

How can an EIR help me?

Guidance and Mentorship. EIRs provide valuable guidance and mentorship to new, current and seasoned entrepreneurs, helping them navigate the challenges of starting and scaling a business.
Industry Expertise. EIRs bring a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, providing valuable insights into market trends and emerging technologies.
Network Building. EIRs have extensive networks of contacts in their industries, which they can leverage to help Rowan students and startups connect with potential investors, partners and customers.
Access to Resources. EIRs often have access to a wide range of resources, such as funding, office space, and legal and accounting services, which can be invaluable to student startups.
Recruiting Talent. EIRs can help student startups recruit top talent by providing guidance on hiring and talent management, as well as by tapping into their own networks to identify promising candidates.

Know Before You Go

Meetings are scheduled in 30 minutes intervals and are one on one between the EIR and student. Meetings are reserved for students interested in discussing their startup, business ideas, entrepreneurial goals, and more. Students should come prepared with an idea of what they would like to discuss, questions for the EIR, their pitch deck, etc. While casual attire is acceptable, we encourage students to dress to impress for their meetings and refrain from sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.

Please email RCIE Assistant Director Jessica Vattima with any specific questions.

Meet Rowan University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence

Joseph Cosgrove | President & Chief Executive Officer, Leiters Health

Empowering leader who can build and inspire high-performance teams to meet or exceed stretch goals.  

Skills & Areas of Expertise

Building a Team, Company Culture, Scaling Ventures, Social Impact, Strategic Partnerships, Healthcare, Marketing, Market Strategies, Business Development, Branding

Joseph Cosgrove headshot


Joseph Cosgrove is a forward-looking, pioneering, and transformative senior executive offering authentic leadership skills and progressive experience in diversified life sciences at small to Fortune 500 companies. Cosgrove excels at crafting innovative strategies, creating a shared vision, and architecting organizations for explosive profitable growth in ultra-competitive markets.

Cosgrove is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Pentec Health, an industry leader in providing patient-specific medications in dialysis centers and in-home settings. Presently, Mr. Cosgrove is President and Chief Executive Officer of Leiters Health, a leading provider of pharmaceutical outsourcing services. Throughout his career, Cosgrove has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and excellence in healthcare and passion for giving back to the next generation.

Neal Asbury | Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Legacy Companies

A global leader in the manufacture and distribution of kitchen appliances and food service equipment.


Neal Asbury headshot

When it comes to advocating on behalf of entrepreneurship and free enterprise, there is no one more passionate about these topics than Neal Asbury, chief executive of The Legacy Companies.  He was the 2008 recipient of the coveted United States National Champion Exporter of the Year Award and has received the President’s E-Star Export Award and the Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has published over 200 articles on global trade issues, and writes a weekly column for Newsmax.  He has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LeMonde, and frequently appears on cable television nationally and internationally, often seen on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC and RT Network.

Each week Neal hosts the nationally syndicated talk radio show “Neal Asbury’s Made In America”, produced by Radio America. This has become a nationally respected forum for reinvigorating the entrepreneurial spirit that has made U.S. businesses the envy of the world in their pursuit of the “American Dream.”  “Made In America” features leading political and industry experts and is carried by more than 40 affiliates from coast-to-coast.

Mr. Asbury has been an entrepreneur involved in global business since graduating from Rowan State University in New Jersey in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Shortly afterwards he was recruited by Inchcape PLC and moved to Asia to represent the interests of a number of U.S. manufacturers throughout the region.

The Legacy Companies is a diversified group of businesses either founded by or acquired by Mr. Asbury that includes Greenfield World Trade, a global trading company selling and servicing American manufactured products in over 130 countries.  Leading brands represented by The Legacy Companies include: Blakeslee, a leading world manufacturer of commercial food preparation and ware washing equipment; Excalibur, the world’s largest manufacturer of food dehydrators; General, a manufacturer of food preparation equipment; Zeroll, a manufacturer of high end kitchen gadgets; Omega, a leading manufacturer of electrical kitchen appliances and Maxximum a leading brand of commercial refrigeration and ice machines.