Sunny Nunan, Founder and Chairman
Sunny Nunan is President and Founder of Core24, a Dallas-based company founded in 2009 that provides mid market companies with instant access to exceptional, vetted business resources through Core24.com, a single source business resource platform. Sunny is also founder of The Admin Awards, a program inspired by her Mother, a career admin, which was launched in 2012 that is the first of its kind to publicly recognize and celebrate administrative excellence among the Dallas business community. The program expanded to Fort Worth in 2014, with plans to expand nationally.
Sunny’s mission is simple, yet revolutionary. Provide the only local vetted business resource platform to executives and entrepreneurs searching for exceptional business resources and in the process, infuse some fun, excitement and uniqueness into the commoditized world of business to business services.
Prior to Core24, Sunny helped launch D CEO Magazine, a regional business magazine from The Publishers of D Magazine and the first of its kind in the region. Prior to D CEO, Sunny was a District Sales Manager for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) and was responsible for growing an $18M territory which she re-energized from a ranking of 86th nationwide to seventh – in less than two years.
A graduate from The University of North Texas, Sunny began her career in database marketing with Epsilon, a leading customer relationship marketing firm. As an Account Executive, Sunny supported mid market to Fortune 500 clients who relied on Epsilon to create and execute successful customer relationship & loyalty marketing programs.
Sunny is the recipient of the 2011 Entrepreneurs for North Texas North Star Award, a 2013 recipient of The Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award and has been published on Forbes.com, covered by Dallasnews.com and in The Dallas Business Journal for her work as an entrepreneur. Sunny is a passionate supporter of various non-profit organizations including Entrepreneurs for North Texas, The Prison Entrepreneurship Program, Dress for Success, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Texas Tough, The North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Fire & Rescue, The YWCA (Dallas and Fort Worth) and is the founder of Poker for PTSD benefiting The FITCO Foundation’s Heroes Project Organization.
Sunny lives in Dallas with her husband Ben and two kids, Sydney and Scout.
Colleen Schwake, Market Leader – Denver
Colleen is a sales and marketing guru who brings to Core24 her decade long experience in business development in a variety of industries. Her innovative and unparalleled ability to professionally connect people in order to increase their bottom line has made her a sought after marketing expert.
Colleen is a native of The Windy City and is most comfortable hailing a cab on Michigan Avenue in negative degree weather. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Journalism and Marketing, Colleen jumped into the advertising industry as a Senior Broadcast Negotiator with J. Walter Thompson-Chicago. There she negotiated 2 year media deals for companies such as: Ford Dealers Association, Domino’s Pizza, Kraft, Kohl’s, Warner-Lambert, Kodak, Kellogg’s, 20th Century Fox, Sprint, DeBeers, Midas, Motorola Cellular, and countless others.
Although, she thrived at J. Walter Thompson, Colleen felt it necessary to branch out and expand her horizons. She accepted the position of Account Executive at Blair Television and utilized her negotiating skills by representing the major television networks and over 50 of their affiliates, along with 100+ radio stations, all over the United States. Here she honed her skills in business development and marketing.
Then 10 years ago, the mountains beckoned and Colleen traded hailing cabs for skiing and hiking. She immediately got to work and accepted a position at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce as Account Manager and then became their Director of Business Development. At the chamber, Colleen was responsible for sales, developing and delivering marketing opportunities for over 400 clients, and management of the sales team. Colleen also spearheaded the chamber’s Young Professionals Group and served as the Director of the chamber’s Rocky Mountain Energy Council and Women in Business Group.
She considers herself very lucky to have been able to have such a lush career that fuels her passion for developing people and seeing others reach their full potential.
Colleen’s greatest accomplishment is her children, Emily and William. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with friends and family, taking in a comedy show, any and all fitness classes, and traveling.