Jon Zeltsman sees business as a force for change, noting: “Unless we build sustainable businesses, the changes we’re working towards won’t be sustainable.” An instinctive entrepreneur, he began his first company, Zeltsman Woodworking and Design, in 1974 and managed it for 18 years. Taking from his experience as both a designer and business owner, he went on to start a consulting firm for small manufacturing companies. His consulting projects included the opportunity to advise a group of displaced employees from the Ethan Allen company to start their own worker-owned furniture business in Vermont. During this time, he also grew his involvement with Community Markets (now Down to Earth Market), a farmers market management company founded in 1991 by his wife, Miriam Haas. His interest in food led him to complete a culinary certificate at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, a proven enhancement to his daily work with regional farmers and food producers. Today he is President of Down to Earth Market and oversees the company’s financial operations and business development. Jon serves on the Board of Slow Money NYC and the Downtown Development Fund Council in his home Village of Ossining, NY.