Adam Galinsky is currently the chair of the management division at Columbia Business School. He co-authored the critically acclaimed and best-selling book, Friend & Foe, which distills his two decades of research on leadership, negotiations, diversity, decision-making and ethics. The New York Times says the book performed "a significant public service" and the Financial Times declared that Friend & Foe "fulfills its promise of handing the reader tools to be a better friend and a more formidable foe."
Galinsky has received numerous national and international awards for his teaching and research. He is only the
second psychologist to ever to receive the two most important mid-career Awards in Social Psychology. In 2015, he was named one of the top 50 Thinkers on Talent by Thinkers50. In recognition of the quality of his teaching and research, he was selected as one of the World's 50 Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants (2012).
Galinsky has consulted with and conducted executive workshops for clients across the globe, including Fortune 100 firms, non-profits and local and national governments. He has served as a legal expert in multiple defamation
lawsuits, including a trial where he was the sole expert witness for a plaintiff awarded $37 million in damages.
His Ted Talk; “How to Speak Up for Yourself” has garnered over 1.8 million views in the month since it has been
Outside of his professional life, Galinsky is the associate producer on four award-winning documentaries, including Horns and Halos and Battle for Brooklyn, which were both short-listed for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards.
As President & Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch & Co. and a highly accomplished heavyweight on Wall Street, Ahmass Fakahany was ready for change. After 20 years in the finance industry and at the helm of one of the most esteemed global financial institutions in the world where he was responsible for over 63,000 employees in 40 different countries, Fakahany decided to take on anew challenge: the hospitality and restaurant industry.
In 2003, Fakahany met Chef Michael White, the Executive Chef of Fiamma Osteria. They immediately felt a unique chemistry and mutual respect - and a mutual vision on how to build an extraordinary hospitality group. White had received a glowing three-star review from The New York Times along with being named Esquire's Best New Chef, and Fakahany recognized his extraordinary talent early on. They committed to working together in the near future.
Wanting to explore a potential partnership, Fakahany approached White about opening Due Terre, a vibrant, modern Italian restaurant in Bernardsville, New Jersey. It was the pair's first restaurant project together and was quickly followed by Due Mari, a seafood-focused concept in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 2008, both restaurants received rave reviews and are currently in the top #20 of New Jersey restaurant rankings. The success of these two projects would lay the groundwork for what would be the foundation to Fakahany and White's burgeoning Italian restaurant empire, commencing in New York.
Fakahany and White set their sights on Central Park South, and in 2009, opened their first Manhattan restaurant, Marea. Highlighting cuisine from the Italian coast, Mareahas received two Michelin stars, the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2010, three stars from The New York Times, and a nod as Best New Restaurant from Bon Appetit, Esquire, and GQ Magazine. In 2010, Fakahany and White created the Altamarea Group, uniting their award-winning restaurants under the umbrella of one event and hospitality company.
Together they flourished, opening Osteria Morini, their tribute to the rustic cuisine and convivial atmosphere of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region in SoHo, followed by Ai Fiori, located at the Langham Place Hotel. The 175-seat restaurant in Midtown Manhattan focuses on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with strong culinary influences from the south of France and is the group's first in-hotel restaurant project. Ai Fiori has one Michelin star as well as three stars from The New York Times.
Looking ahead, Fakahany set his sights on the international market and clientele. Having spent a large part of his career building Merrill Lynch's International Organization in Asia, Fakahany used his know how with White to create Al Molo, a 200-seat Italian venue in Hong Kong with a magnificent view of Victoria Harbor. This was the pair's first step in the international arena. Back in New York, Altamarea Group opened Nicoletta, an East Village pizzeria in June 2012 and another in New Jersey. Shortly after, Altamarea Group opened its second international location, Chop Shop - a butcher shop-inspired restaurant offering steaks, chops and much more, in London's Haymarket district in August 2013 and later opened their third international location, Ristorante Morini, located in Istanbul. By the end of the year, the Altamarea Group opened Osteria Morini in Washington, D.C., and Ristorante Morini on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Later, Fakahany & Michael White partnered with Richard Gere to takeover the food and beverage operations at The Bedford Post Innin Bedford, New York, a Relais & Chateaux property. The Barn and Campagna opened in the fall of 2014. Vaucluse, their elevated French Brasserie opened on Park Avenue in Fall 2015.
In the fall of 2014, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce recognized Fakahany as Manhattan's Restaurateur of the Year. Most recently, he was named a 2015 Finalist in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year, a recipient of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor award, and winner of the 2015 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year award.
Through the Altamarea Group, Fakahany and White marry business acumen and global thinking with a unique vision centered on the food & beverage experience.
Alberto Peisach is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience implementing and executing business strategies.
Mr. Peisach currently serves as the CEO of Grupo Phoenix, an organization with presence in the Americas that manufactures consumer packaging solutions for industries such as yogurt, ice cream, single serve coffee systems, foods service, among others. The company owns sixteen manufacturing plants located in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, and the United States. Mr. Peisach is credited with driving the growth of the company from US$5 million to US$750 million in revenues.
At the same time, Mr. Peisach is spear heading various entrepreneurial start up investments in Fintech lending, Energy, and health beverages.
On a personal note, Alberto holds an Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Miami, Florida with his wife, has three children and recently became a grandfather. He enjoys various sports, and is a passionate fisherman and boating enthusiast.
Mirza has over 20 years of professional experience in hospitality development and management consulting in the hospitality, travel and government sectors.
He was previously on the Senior Management Team at Hilton Worldwide. While at Hilton, he was responsible for overseeing $2BN in food and beverage revenues as well as the spa and fitness divisions, and was a part of the team that launched the Waldorf Astoria luxury brand. He was also the Chairman's Chief of Staff and SVP at Caesars Entertainment, where he developed U.S. non-gaming assets and worked on the company's Asian expansion. Mirza was also head of Strategic Planning at Starwood Hotels Worldwide, where he reported to the CFO and CEO and worked on the W Hotels brand and the Sheraton turnaround.
Mirza spent almost a decade in management consulting firms. He was a Partner at Accenture's travel and transportation practice, where his clients included hotels, airlines, and transportation and logistics companies. He also worked as a Senior Principal in Strategos, Professor Gary Hamel's innovation consultancy, where he worked with national governments and multinational corporations such as Royal Dutch Shell on launching game-changing innovations.
He started his business career at Deloitte Consulting's New York Offce at 2 World Financial Center, where his biggest assignment was working on the World Economic Forum's Innovative Leaders in Globalization initiative, engaging CEOs, heads of state and thought leaders of international organizations.
Education and Awards
Mirza has a First Class Bachelor of Arts Honors and a master's degree in International Relations from Queen's University in Canada, where he was an Aga Khan Foundation Scholar (AFKS) in economic development. He was also the founder of the Queen's International Affairs Association (QIAA), one of the largest student organizations on campus. In 1993, he published his master's thesis on reforming international organizations, including the United Nations, to meet the new security challenges of the post-Cold War era.
Mirza subsequently completed an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of 1997) and is a frequent speaker at Harvard's real estate and travel industry conferences.
In 2005, while on the senior operating team at Hilton Worldwide, he was profiled in the magazine Canadian Business as one of the country's top international business leaders under 40.
In 1992, he received the City of Toronto Mayor's Volunteer Creed for his work successfully integrating immigrant families into Canadian communities.
Mirza was raised in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ontario, Canada. After attending Harvard Business School, he lived in New York for almost ten years and now splits his time between Los Angeles and Shanghai.
Non Profit Activities
Mirza recently partnered with Professor Stefanie Von Hlatky, an expert in counter-radicalization and counter-terrorism, to launch the Global Security Innovation Council (GSIC), whose mission is to work with governments, businesses and non-profits to help the world travel safely. GSIC's members include the defense industry, government agencies and technology, hospitality and travel companies.
Prior to becoming President of Infrastructure, Alexander Hockman managed all company operations as President and COO of NV5 since 2014. Mr. Hockman served as Executive Vice President of NV5 since September 2011 and President of NV5 - Southeast since February 2010. He has more than 27 years of diverse experience in the fields of engineering, construction, and construction-related litigation. Mr. Hockman is a licensed engineer in Florida and additionally he has also provided expert witness services on over 300 cases.
For the past three years, Mr. Amit Dror has served as CEO and Co-founder of Nano Dimension (NASDAQ/TASE: NNDM), a leading 3D printed electronics company developing advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing that enable new ways of making electronics. Nano Dimension's unique products combine three technologies: 3D inkjet, 3D software and nanomaterials.
Previously, Mr. Dror co-founded Eternegy Ltd. in 2010 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and a director from 2010-2013. Mr. Dror also co-founded the Milk & Honey Distillery Ltd. in 2012. Over the course of his career, he has developed vast experience in project, account and sales management while serving in a variety of roles with ECI Telecom Ltd., Comverse Technology, Inc., Eternegy Ltd., and Milk & Honey Distillery Ltd.
Mr. Dror has a background that covers technology management, software, business development, fundraising and complex project execution. Mr. Dror is a Merage Institute Graduate.
Antonio Pietri is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AspenTech, and also serves on the company's Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment to President and CEO, Pietri served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, where he led global Sales, Sales Operations, Professional Services, and Customer Support & Training. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Regional Operations, Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and Beijing, China.
Pietri joined AspenTech through the company’s acquisition of Setpoint, Inc. in 1996. At Setpoint, Pietri held a range of sales, services implementation, and consulting roles, where he oversaw integration of AspenTech solutions at European refinery and process manufacturing sites. In 2002, he relocated to Singapore as Vice President, Business Consulting, and was subsequently promoted to Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region.
Pietri began his career at ABB Simcon as an applications engineer focused on advanced control and multi-variable controllers for refining. Pietri holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.
Barbara Humpton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., a federally-compliant U.S. organization and leading integrator of Siemens' innovative products, technologies and services for programs and requirements at federal government agencies and departments in the areas of energy generation, transmission, distribution and efficiency, infrastructure modernization, industrial applications and healthcare. Mrs. Humpton is also an Officer/Director member of the Board of Directors of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
Prior to joining Siemens, Humpton served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA's Transportation Workers' Identification Credential.
Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Mathematics. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband David.
Bert E. Brodsky is a leading entrepreneur, and an active philanthropist and member of the community.
Mr. Brodsky's entrepreneurship was evident as far back as 1970. At that time, he founded his first company, Medical Arts Office Services, Inc., a bookkeeping service for hospital-based physicians. Just three years later, under his direction, the Company became the first to offer computer-automated billing and management services for this market. His innovative leadership was further evidenced when he developed the first program for hospital-based physicians to submit claims electronically to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare and Medicaid. This business became the forerunner of what is today known as Sandata Technologies, LLC, one of the nation's premier providers of advanced computer, telephony and internet-based technologies for the healthcare industry. Mr. Brodsky is Chairman of Sandata Technologies, LLC, the largest processor of home care claims in the United States.
Mr. Brodsky's other business holdings include managing partner in Mobile Health Management Services, Inc., a high-quality, low-cost employee health service offering medical assessments/screenings to the homecare industry and primary care to the underserved. He is managing partner in Didit.com, the largest independent search marketing agency in the United States. He also has a real estate portfolio consisting of 300 apartments in the New York - Metropolitan areas and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space on Long Island and in Long Island City. Mr. Brodsky was the sponsor of two Cooperative Apartment ventures in the New York area. He owns two successful restaurants, The Island Mermaid on Fire Island and City Cellar in Westbury.
In 1981, Mr. Brodsky founded National Medical Health Card Systems, Inc. (NMHC), a national leader in pharmacy benefit management services to both the consumer and business markets, now known as NMHCRX. In 1999, NMHCRX successfully completed an initial public offering. Mr. Brodsky served as Chairman of NMHCRX until March 2003.
Mr. Brodsky attended City College of New York during the years 1960 - 1964 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Economics. He is the 3rd CCNY alumnus to receive the prestigious Finley Award from that institution. He was also President of Lock & Key (University Leadership Society). He attended Bronx High School of Science during the years 1956 - 1960.
2012 City College John H. Finley Award
2011 City College of New York honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters
2011 recipient of the Home Care Association of New York State's (HCA) Vendor Advocacy Recognition Award
2008 City College of New York Presidential Award
2008 Stony Brook University's LI Technology Hall of Fame "LITHF Entrepreneur Award"
Selected for Theodor Herzel Award
LI Business News's Top 100 Most Influential Long Islanders of 2005 and 2006
2005 Townsend Harris Medal presented by The Alumni Association of The City College of New York
2000 Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Honoree for Gurwin Classic 2000
1999 Israel Bond Presidents Club Award
New York Institute of Technology's "Business Vision Award"
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Nassau County's "Leadership Award"
Itel Award, "Outstanding Executive"
Bonni has cultivated a culture that provides the service of a boutique agency holding 45 patents plus constant innovation with the capabilities of a large scale supplier. She is an industry leader well known for her abilities in product development.
2016 Award for International Women's Leadership Association
2012 Award PPAI Women of Distinction
2009 Counselor International Person of the Year Award
2004 Entrepreneur of the Year for Innovation Award.
Porter Novelli CEO Brad MacAfee is a highly respected business and communications leader who has spent the past 25 years harnessing his expertise and insights to drive business results, competitive advantage and deeper levels of stakeholder engagement for a wide variety of brands, businesses and organizations. He is widely recognized for his strong knowledge of the real needs and challenges of small businesses and global brands and multinationals alike, as well as his practical deployment of innovative technologies to create opportunities in a changing, digitally driven business and media landscape.
MacAfee joined Porter Novelli in 2000 as partner, global technology leader and managing director of the Atlanta office, after nearly a decade of leadership positions at Alexander Communications, Copithorne & Bellows and Peachtree Software.
During his tenure as managing director, the Atlanta office became one of the most consistently profitable and recognized throughout the agency's entire global network. His passionate belief in the power of the Service Profit Chain model that puts employees first earned the office year-after-year recognition as a best place to work, while also earning the reputation as an industry leader, and model, for excellence in client service.
Brendan Bell is the Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Diamond Corporation, the world's third largest producer of rough diamonds by value, and Canada's largest independent diamond producer. Dominion Diamond owns and operates Canada's first diamond mine, the Ekati mine, and owns 40% of the nearby Diavik Diamond Mine.
Brendan is a leader in Canada's North, running the largest company in Canada's North, which employs more Aboriginal people than any other mining company in Canada. He oversees a team of almost 1,820 employees and contractors at Dominion Diamond, getting high-grade Canadian diamonds to market.
Joining the company in July 2013 as Executive Vice President, Brendan was appointed Acting CEO in November 2014, and confirmed as CEO in July 2015. He has seen the company through an exciting time in the growth and expansion of the mine, including the recently-approved Jay Project, which will add up to 13 years to the Ekati mine life. Dominion Diamond markets its diamonds under the CanadaMarkTM hallmark, which assures customers that the diamonds are responsibly mined, natural and untreated, and tracked throughout the sorting and polishing process.
Prior to joining Dominion Diamond, Brendan served eight years in the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly after being elected in the 1999 general election. His tenure with the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories included terms as the Minister for Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development; Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment; Minister of the Environment; Minister of Justice; and Attorney General. Since his retirement from politics Brendan has continued his public service in other ways. He was a member of the Alberta Provincial Energy Strategy Advisory Committee, which advised the Alberta Government on its energy strategy and from 2010-2015 served as Chair of the Territorial Crown Electric Utility with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation.
Brendan and his wife Jill Taylor, an elementary school teacher, live in Yellowknife with their daughters Emily and Madison.
Brian Cytrynbaum is the current Executive Chairman of Majestic Filatures, a vertical spinning and knitting premium luxury apparel manufacturer currently producing full package finished garments and knitwear for more than 175 luxury designer and fine apparel brands. Majestic's house brand, Majestic Filatures, sells in 54 countries to more than 17,000 customers globally. Based in Montreal, Canada, 25-year-old Majestic employs north of 1,700 people in 4 countries.
In addition to Majestic, Brian has founded and invested in a number of other consumer and apparel brands and acts in an advisory capacity within several of these businesses. His in-depth expertise in branding, with primary focus on brand building, and exceptional knowledge of the global retail landscape has made him the point-person in the garment industry for top-end licensed apparel.
Brian is a graduate of HEC Hautes Études Commerciales and earned his MBA from the Wharton School. Brian has received numerous industry awards including Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year, in 2012.
Cheryl Stallworth-Hooper is chief executive officer of Firefly, Kantar Millward Brown's North American qualitative research division and chairs the Firefly global board.
Cheryl brings over 25 years' global business experience to Firefly. Her marketing and research expertise spans the package goods, retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, and technology sectors. Cheryl previously worked at Firefly as managing director from 1997-2001.
Between 2002 and 2008 Cheryl held several senior marketing and general management positions at Colgate-Palmolive, including worldwide director, Palmolive skin cleansing; general manager, Guatemala; and most recently vice president & general manager, multicultural marketing. At an early stage in her career she also served in the Latin America division of Colgate-Palmolive as marketing director, Costa Rica.
Cheryl also worked for The Coca-Cola Company in sports and entertainment marketing in Atlanta as well as in the company's Central America and Caribbean division.
Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a past Board member of the Center for Brand & Product Management, University of Wisconsin MBA Program. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Dan Rosensweig joined Chegg in 2010 with a vision for transforming the popular textbook rental service into a leading provider of digital learning services for high school and college students. By leveraging technology, mobility, and connected networks, Chegg today offers a suite of high quality, low cost, personalized and on-demand educational resources that help students pursue, control and improve their own outcomes.
As Chairman and CEO of Chegg, Dan commits the company to fulfilling its mission of putting students first and helping them save time, save money and get smarter. Under Dan's direction, Chegg has become the Student Hub®, a connected learning platform that brings together people who want to learn with the tools and resources that accelerate the achievement of their educational and career goals.
Prior to Chegg, Dan served as CEO of Guitar Hero, COO of Yahoo!, and CEO of ZDNet. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York.
When Dan isn't attending a Springsteen concert or enjoying quality time with his wife and two daughters, he sits on the Board of Trustees of Colgate University, the Board of Directors for Adobe Systems, Inc., Rent-the-Runway, Fender Guitars, Birchbox and the Advisory Board of the nonprofit DonorsChoose.org. Dan also serves as a Senior Advisor for TPG Growth Ventures.
Mr. Richards has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Rescue since he founded the company in 2004. He also serves as the President of Crisis Services Company, a Vermont-based captive insurance company.
In these roles, he has implemented and led risk management and crisis response services for hundreds of organizations during thousands of events worldwide. Mr. Richards has been a featured speaker on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and other major media outlets regarding crisis response, mitigation and travel risk management topics.
Prior to founding Global Rescue, Mr. Richards spent a decade in the private equity and financial services industries. He previously worked at the $1.3 billion private equity affiliate of Thomas Weisel Partners and in various positions at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown. Over the last two decades, he has been involved in financings and private equity investments for more than 30 companies.
Mr. Richards is a graduate of Middlebury College where he played football, rugby, and was a competitive power lifter. He received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He currently serves on the board of Global Wildlife Conservation, a science-based environmental conservation organization.
David built AnchorFree into the world's largest Internet Freedom & Privacy Platform with more than 400 million users downloading AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield app globally.
David has been profiled among America's Most Promising CEO's by Forbes, selected by Inc magazine among the top 30 CEO's Under 30 years old, profiled by Fortune, nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.
David has raised $63M in funding for AnchorFree from bluechip investors including Goldman Sachs.
Passionate about AnchorFree's mission to provide secure access to all of the world's information for every person on the planet, David's goal is to provide these important human rights to citizens of the world, reaching a billion users in the coming years.
David is an active investor passionate about start-ups with a social mission focused on solving real world billion person problems.
Dheeraj Pandey is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix.
Prior to founding Nutanix in 2009, Dheeraj served as the VP of Engineering at Aster Data (now Teradata), where he helped build the product and its engineering team from the ground up. At Oracle Corporation, he managed the storage engine group for Oracle Database/Exadata and co-authored numerous patents for distributed databases.
Dheeraj's entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including Dell's Founders 50, EY's Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Valley, and CRN’s "Top 25 Innovators" lists 2015-2016.
He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kanpur), where he was named "Best All-Rounder Student Among All Graduating Students in All Disciplines" and bestowed with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dilawar is President at Freshdesk, heading up the cloud-based software company's North America business overseeing enterprise sales, marketing, customer success and partnerships. Backed by Tiger Global, Accel Partners and Google Capital, Freshdesk has rapidly grown to more than 80,000 customers globally and has raised $149 million in funding.
Prior to joining Freshdesk, Dilawar was C.E.O at Yonja Media Group and launched social and digital brands in the Turkish market. Earlier, Dilawar was head of platform strategy and operations at Yahoo!. Previously, Dilawar spent several years in product management in enterprise software at SAP and Siebel Systems (now part of Oracle).
In parallel to his entrepreneurial track, Dilawar has been a leader in civic innovation globally. Most recently, he served on the Platform Committee at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In 2010, President Obama appointed Dilawar to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Dilawar led the White House's engagement with the AAPI entrepreneurs across the U.S. and advocated for access to capital, patent reform, Health IT and immigration reform. Dilawar was also a surrogate in President Obama's 2012 campaign, and engaged with immigrant communities in Virginia and Ohio. Dilawar is President of OPEN Global, an entrepreneurship non-profit with a mission of supporting entrepreneurs in diaspora communities across the globe.
Dilawar holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned Bachelors in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dinesh Paliwal is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harman International (NYSE:HAR).
To transform the company from a founder-run, top down culture to one that is customer-centric and innovation driven, Dinesh has instituted significant changes since his tenure at Harman began in 2007, including building a diverse board and strong leadership team, expanding the company's business in high growth emerging markets and instituting best in class operating processes that have resulted in top-and bottom line growth.
Dinesh has worked and lived in six countries on four continents, including the United States, China, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and India. Prior to joining Harman, he spent 22 years with ABB Group (NYSE:ABB, a $50 billion global energy and industrial leader), where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group with responsibility for the company's global P&L, and Chairman/CEO - ABB North America. Most notably, he eliminated the cultural and organizational silos among multiple P&L operations globally to achieve profitable growth for the multi-billion North American operation following 18 years of losses.
Moving to Beijing in 1994, Dinesh established ABB's operations in China and North Asia, where he subsequently grew the region's business ten-fold in four years. From the company's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, he reversed losses at - and grew - its large global industrial automation business. After becoming the youngest executive to join the ABB Group Management Board in 2001, Dinesh was tapped by the company's Board to run the global Automation division, representing more than half of ABB's sales. As president of the division reporting directly to the Chairman, Dinesh posted 14 consecutive quarters of top-line and earnings growth.
Dinesh earned a Master's degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Roorkee). He also earned a Master's degree in Applied Science and engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration both from Miami University of Ohio.
In addition to the Harman Board, Dinesh serves on the Board of Directors for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and for the Raytheon Company. He also serves on the board of the Business Advisory Council of the Farmer School of Business, Miami University. Dinesh served on the board of directors of Tyco, ADT and Embarq, now Century Link Telecom and served as Chairman of ABB India Ltd. (a publicly-listed company with a multi-billion-dollar market capitalization). He is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, and the U.S. India Business CEO Forum, as well as the US India Business Council (USIBC) Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chairman of the US National Foreign Trade Council and on the boards of the US China Business Council, National Symphony Orchestra and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He also served for three years as Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China.
In 2010, E&Y named Dinesh 'Entrepreneur of the Year' for the New York region, and Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) honored him with 'Indian American Achiever' Award. In 2011, American India Foundation (AIF) honored him for 'Corporate Leadership'. In 2012, Dinesh was inducted in the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma and the Asian American Business Development Center presented him with the 'Pinnacle Award.' In 2014, Dinesh was named to Fortune's Business Person of the Year list.
Alan Kadish, M.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Touro, The largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution in the United States.
Before succeeding Dr. Bernard Lander as Touro’s second president In March 2010, Dr. Kadish distinguished himself as a prominent cardiologist, dedicated teacher and researcher, and experienced administrator.
From the Classroom to the Boardroom
A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Dr. Kadish received postdoctoral training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a fellow in cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cardiac electrophysiology.
Prior to joining Touro in 2009 as Senior Provost and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Kadish taught at the University of Michigan and held a 19-year tenure at Northwestern University. He served Northwestern as the Chester and Deborah Cooley Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Chief of the Cardiology division, Director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials unit, and sat on the finance and investment committees of the Northwestern clinical practice plan.
An accomplished and prolific research scientist as well, he has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, received numerous grants, including from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and contributed to several textbooks.
Dr. Kadish is a past chair of the Clinical Cardiology Program Committee of the American Heart Association, and has been elected to prestigious scientific research and education societies including the American Association of Professors, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Society of Physicians.
Jewish Values, Global Vision
As a deeply committed observant Jew and a forward thinker, Dr. Kadish was a natural fit with our mission to serve the educational needs of our varied constituencies throughout the country and around the world.
He has helped Touro expand its unique offerings for Jewish and underserved communities while becoming a top-tier institution for the study of health sciences and medicine. Our distinct medical programs - two colleges of pharmacy, four colleges of medicine, and graduate schools and programs in health sciences - serve increasingly large and dynamic student populations. As one of the largest healthcare educational systems in the US, Dr. Kadish has positioned Touro to lead a new era in medicine.
In providing educational opportunities that are rigorous, accessible, and - perhaps most of all - relevant, Dr. Kadish keeps our vision clear and progressing ever forward. Under his leadership, we continue to prepare a new generation of scholars, entrepreneurs, and leaders for the world ahead.
Dr. Kadish, who was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and educated in yeshivas in New York, is married with four children.
As chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of WD-40 Company, Garry Ridge is responsible for developing and implementing high-level strategies, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships for the company.
Garry is passionate about the learning and empowering organizational culture he has helped establish at the WD-40 Company, and his vision and leadership have positively impacted the WD-40 Company in both measurable and immeasurable ways.
Garry joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and has held various management positions in the company, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, and vice president of international. He has worked directly with WD-40 Company in over 50 countries. In 1997, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of WD-40 Company.
A native of Australia, Garry served in advisory roles for the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of governors of The San Diego Foundation, and the advisory boards of TrendSource Inc. and the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration.
Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management and succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled "Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called 'Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.' "
Garry holds a diploma in retail and wholesale distribution from Sydney Technical College and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Gary A. Griffiths is president and chief executive officer of iPass Inc. His goal is to drive Wi-Fi adoption to accelerate the company's growth. Griffiths has been described as a natural leader with a strong operational background and a wealth of relevant experience. Previously a member of iPass' Board of Directors, Griffiths was also co-founder and CEO of Trapit, Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based applications for sales and marketing automation.
A 35-year veteran of the high-tech industry, Griffiths has led some of the Web's most innovative companies. He has held leadership positions at a number of large and prominent software companies. Prior to founding Trapit, Griffiths was president of products and operations at WebEx, acquired for $3B by Cisco Systems, Inc. Griffiths was also co-founder and chief executive officer at Everdream Corporation, a SaaS company, from 1999 to 2005, as well as chief executive officer at HEAT.net from 1996 until its acquisition by Sega, Inc. in 1999.
In addition, Griffiths has extensive experience overseeing financial and accounting matters as well as strategic initiatives at small technology companies. Griffiths currently serves on the board of directors of Silicon Graphics International Corp., (NASDAQ: SGI), and Janrain, Inc., a customer identity management SaaS company.
Griffiths holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the US Naval Academy, as well as a Masters of Science in business administration from the George Washington University School of Business.
George is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neuberger Berman, a private, independent employee-owned investment manager founded in 1939. The firm manages $255 billion of equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for global institutions, advisors and individuals. With offices in 19 countries, Neuberger Berman has been named by Pensions & Investments as a Best Place to Work in Money Management every year beginning in 2013.
Prior to Neuberger Berman re-emerging as an independent firm in 2009, George was Global Head of the Investment Management Division at Neuberger Berman's former corporate parent, Lehman Brothers. Previously, George spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a partner and a member of the firm's Partnership Committee. George's additional Board Service includes: Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Partnership for New York City. George earned a BA, BS and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Moller has more than 20 years of experience leading public and private high-growth healthcare companies. In 2011, he took the helm of ArroHealth, which today is one of the nation's fastest-growing innovators in the healthcare services sector.
ArroHealth partners with health plans and provider organizations to contain their healthcare costs, improve efficiency and enhance revenue. Under Mr. Moller's leadership, and the top management team he has assembled, the company is consistently leveraging its proprietary technology and applying innovative thinking to its client-centric business model.
The result is a strong and sustainable growth trajectory, as well as industry-leading technology and transparency.
In 2016, the company's rapid rise was recognized for the second time by the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., ranking No. 386 overall and among the top 40 healthcare companies. In its home state, Crain's Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing companies in New York placed it at No. 22, citing its 990 percent revenue increase from 2012 to 2015.
Among Mr. Moller's key initiatives at ArroHealth: the consolidation of five companies into one in 2012; attracting investment capital to fund the company’s ongoing growth and innovation in 2013; the successful spinoff of the company's international business unit in 2014; and rebranding the company from MedSave USA to ArroHealth in 2015.
Prior to joining ArroHealth, Mr. Moller was interim Medicare CEO at Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), where he achieved a profitable business turnaround amid significant revenue growth. Before Centene, he was Health Plan President for Fidelis SeniorCare, where he achieved a financial turnaround from chronic losses to profitability. Prior to Fidelis, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Express Scripts Insurance company (NASDAQ: ESRX), where he launched and grew its national Prescription Drug Plan, now a multi-billion dollar business.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Moller held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at consumer-directed pioneer, HealthMarkets Inc., and at regional operating units of Oxford Health Plans, where he started his career.
Mr. Moller earned dual B.A.'s from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Harry Nathan Gottlieb founded Jellyvision in 1989. The company had a different name then and the international headquarters was in his bedroom, in the corner, over by the closet.
Around 1993, he programmed a little trivia game where the host read off all the questions and shot back smart-ass remarks when a player got the answers wrong. That eventually became a hit game franchise called "YOU DON’T KNOW JACK.” Around 2001, as the CD-ROM business wound down, Harry moved a core team
into a new company called Jellyvision Lab, leveraging their mad interactive entertainment skills into client-based communications with the goal of taking topics that are complex and boring and making them simple and delightful. Clients included Salesforce, Verizon, Microsoft and Netflix.
In 2009, medical insurance caught Harry’s eye - because, well, it seemed so confusing and dreadful (and for Harry, that’s sort of a turn-on…in a “My Fair Lady” kind of way) - and that led to the birth of ALEX® - the most
engaging employee benefits communications platform in the universe (which it totally is). Today, more
than 5 million employees from 800 companies use ALEX every year to select their medical insurance and
other benefits without feeling like they want to light their hair on fire.
Meantime, Harry pulled the old games company down from the attic, renamed it Jackbox, and has a team that is killing it in the party game space with a new hit franchise: The Jackbox Party Packs. Thanks to those games, Harry’s kids think he is cool…at least when they are playing the games. Sometimes. Otherwise, no.
Harry Kargman is the founder and CEO of Kargo, the leading mobile advertising platform where he leads the day-to-day strategic vision of the company. Harry was named a 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Founded in 2003, Kargo's technology powers the mobile advertising across the majority of the most recognized media properties - including the The New York Times, Time Inc, Hearst, NBC, Scripps, Viacom, Turner and more. Kargo powers the mobile advertising campaigns for many of the Fortune 100's largest advertisers. Kargo has won both Mobi and OMMA awards for creativity and innovation. Kargo was also recognized as a Crain's Fast 50 Winner in 2016 and was honored to make the Inc. 500 list in 2015 and 2016.
Harry has been a guest on CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, and the Today show and has spoken at CES, IAB, and Advertising Week. He has been featured in The New York Times, AdAge, Adweek, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider and The Wall Street Journal.
Harry is the host of the upcoming PBS show Above the Strand featuring some of the most renowned entrepreneurs and brand builders. Harry holds over 50 patents and lives in New York City with his wife and three children having graduated with honors from Harvard College.
Dr. Kressel served as a senior partner and managing director at Warburg Pincus, a major international private equity firm, for over thirty years where he focused on technology and communications investments. He has led investments in over thirty companies, many of which became publicly traded. These have ranged from startups to multibillion revenue enterprises and have established themselves as leaders in their industries.
Before joining Warburg Pincus, he was the vice president at RCA Laboratories responsible for the worldwide research and development of microelectronics, power electronics and associated software. Dr. Kressel holds 31 U.S. patents covering various electronic and optoelectronic devices. He pioneered the development and commercial introduction of the first semiconductor lasers, which are the basis of fiber optic communications systems, DVDs and other consumer, industrial and military products. He is the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) David Sarnoff Award for contributions to electronic devices. A graduate of Yeshiva College, Dr. Kressel received an M.S. from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a doctorate in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Yeshiva University. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and is the founding president of IEEE Photonics Society. Dr. Kressel has served in an advisory capacity to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the National Science Foundation. He is on the board of Enstorage, Inc. and is Chairman Emeritus of Yeshiva University.
Dr. Kressel is the author of four recent books: Competing for the Future: How Digital Innovations are Changing the World (Cambridge University Press, 2007) is an inside look on the significance of going digital and the drivers behind the technology. Investing in Dynamic Markets: Venture Capital in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press, July 2010) which draws on his extensive experience to show how venture capital works, why venture capitalists fund certain companies and not others, and what factors influence the success or failure of their high-risk, high-reward investments. His book, Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Engine for Economic Growth (Cambridge University Press, 2012), focuses on the factors that determine global economic growth. And, his most recent book, If You Really Want to Change the World (Harvard Business Review Press, October 2015), leads entrepreneurs through the critical stages of building successful businesses.
Howard Liberson is currently the CEO of ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital Group. The company offers a variety of emergency and specialty services for pets including surgery, interventional radiology, neurology, cardiology, and critical care. ACCESS is a recognized leader in the Southern California veterinary market.
Mr. Liberson has over 20 years of experience in business, finance, law, and accounting. Prior to joining ACCESS, he founded a private equity firm and was responsible for the company's financial and operating functions. Previously, Mr. Liberson worked as an investment banker and attorney with companies ranging from large multinationals to startups in a variety of industries. He worked on over 40 transactions totaling more than $25 billion.
Mr. Liberson received his MBA from the Wharton School. He also graduated from Loyola Law School and holds an economics degree from UCLA. He is a member of the California State Bar and is a CPA.
In the past 6 years Igal served as the executive chairman and now is the CEO of Credorax Inc. a global financial institution active in the eCommerce space. Igal led all private financing in the company and positioned Credorax as a global leader in the payment industry.
Between 2007 till end of 2009, Igal was part of Microsemi Inc (MSCC) who acquired PowerDsine (PDSN). Igal co-founded PowerDsine (PDSN) in 1995 and served as CEO and director from inception till January 2007. PowerDsine pioneered the innovative Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology and is the global leader of this space. Igal led all private funding rounds as well as successful NASDAQ IPO in June 2004. In October 2006, he led the acquisition of PowerDsine by Microsemi Corp (MSCC) for $250M.
Prior to co-founding PDSN Igal managed Butterfly Communication that was later sold to TI for $50M. The company was one of the world pioneers in providing Bluetooth semiconductors.
From 1981 until 1992, Mr. Rotem served as a Major in an elite R&D center within Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence Corps.
Igal was chosen as Ernst & Young 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year, representing Israel in Monaco that year.
Igal was born in Israel in 1961. He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University specializing in industrial management, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Ms. Matricciani is the Chief Executive Officer of World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD). World Acceptance is one of the largest small-loan consumer finance companies in the United States and Mexico, with 4500 employees and 1200+ branches. World offers short-term small loans, medium-term larger loans, related credit insurance products, and tax preparation services.
Ms. Matricciani is also a Board Member of the company, and sits on the Audit, Disclosure and Compliance Committees.
Prior to her work at World Acceptance, Ms. Matricciani was the Chief Executive Officer of Antenna International, a private equity portfolio company and the global market leader in the audio tour industry. Antenna creates and manages audio and multimedia tours at 1200 sites in 53 countries, serving more than 63 million people a year.
Ms. Matricciani has held a variety of senior executive positions in her professional career. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at K12 Inc., a global education technology company and the world's leading provider of full-time online education for children. She has also held executive-level positions at Countrywide Bank as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Strategic Planning; and at Capital One Financial Corporation, where she was Director of International Corporate Development and later lead the multi-billion- dollar Installment Loans business focused on super-prime customers.
With over a decade of experience in management consulting, Ms. Matricciani was most recently with McKinsey & Company, and, earlier in her career, worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York.
As a global leader, Ms. Matricciani speaks six languages and has work experience in over twenty countries. She has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences, and has been quoted in the Harvard Business Review.
Ms. Matricciani holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania with an international fellowship and London Chamber of Commerce scholarship, and a B.A. and M.A. with honors in engineering from Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of an Ove Arup scholarship.
Current Board Member at the American Financial Services Association (AFSA); the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce & Artisphere (Top Ten U.S. Arts Festival).
Member of Young Presidents' Organization.
Member of the Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world's most successful women business leaders.
Member of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and Women Corporate Directors (WCD).
As a millennial innovator / entrepreneur Jason officially took over the Speedmaster reins in 2005, a typical bricks-and-mortar family business established since 1979.
Know for as a Visionary Second Generation Entrepreneur with a First Generation Work ethic
'My main focus to reinvent the offline business by growing Online footprint whilst building one of the most Innovate brands not just in the Automotive Space.' Establishing AT Racing World in 2003 with the aim to sell Automotive components on eBay.
Implementing an online business model from non existent in 2003 to a become Australia's number one online reseller of Automotive car spare parts by 2006.
Over the next 5 years the focus moved away from increasing the product offering or adding extra fluff that can't be sustained in the long run. Instead focusing on pushing the internal Eco-system to the limit, to ensure it could facilitate the growing online demand and future grow was sustainable.
With almost 10 years of proven results he had set its sites on rolling out the same business model in its Global facility in the USA, along with a strong Brand Integrity into a highly competitive automotive industry.
This instant overnight success build on years of experience lead to becoming Number 1 in 12 categories on eBay Motors and Amazon.
In 2016 ATRW has grown to become the 3rd largest aftermarket automotive online store offering over 100,000 items and shipping over 5 million products worldwide.
Growing the Brand DNA visually distinctive, that is not only visually innovative but is a blend of old and new technology. Ensuring it is a patent design and has award winning functionality. Pushing for our innovation goals, had led to us conquering 8 SEMA Awards in the last Seven Years (never achieved before) whilst competing with FORD, GM and Chrysler; Australia's Top 100 Retailers for 2016, 2017.
Officially Australia's #1 Automotive Aftermarket Brand.
Top 5 Privately Owned Automotive Aftermarket Companies.
Shipping over 5 million items worldwide.
SEMA 35 top Executives
Top 50 People in Australian e-commerce.
These Achievements have been based around the visionaries three pillar approach:
Our People, Our Products and Our Approach.
Jay Kaplan is the CEO and co-founder of Synack, a VC-backed startup focused on helping enterprises gain a hacker-perspective of their technology footprint. Synack was ranked #20 on CNBC's annual list of the 50 Most Disruptive Companies for the second year in a row.
Prior to Synack Jay served in multiple cyber-related capacities at the Department of Defense, including the DoD's Incident Response and Red Team. Most recently, Jay was a Senior Analyst at the National Security Agency where he supported cyber intelligence operations. Jay received multiple accolades for classified work conducted while at the NSA.
Jay was selected as one of Forbes "30 Under 30" in Enterprise Technology.
Jay holds a BS and MS from George Washington University studying under a NSA-funded fellowship program, in addition to a number industry certifications.
Jay Parker is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario located in London Ontario Canada, where he received his B.A. He had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Tel Aviv where he completed the overseas student program for one year. He continued his studies at the University of Miami, School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in May of 1998.
Jay began his career at the Law Firm of Gunster Yoakley Valdez Fauli & Stewart in both the Miami and Palm Beach Real Estate Departments. In his first years as an attorney, Parker was fundamental to one of the firms client's international rollout handling over $300mm in mergers and acquisitions, finally leading the client to an IPO.
In 2000, Parker moved to New York City where he was General Counsel for LandTel Communications. He oversaw the implementation of a Pan-European fixed wireless market, raising over $375mm from numerous private equity firms. Parker recognized a funding gap at a time when the industry was in distress, and successfully worked to restructure the companys assets thereby avoiding bankruptcy.
In late 2001, Jay moved back to Miami Beach to form Clear Title Group, LLC a boutique real estate title insurance company focused on offering closing services to luxury condominium and home buyers. Parker was able to distinguish Clear Title Group as the leading Closing Agent for distinguished buyers, sellers and clients refinancing luxury properties by capitalizing on his extensive real estate relations and broker network as well as the knowledgeable Clear Title staff which he hired, trained and mentored.
After developing stronger roots in the South Florida Market as well as representing Titan Capital in the capacity as the company's local counsel Parker sought a joint venture with Titan Capital and in 2006 founded Titan Capital Florida, LLC. Parker is now the Managing Partner of Titan Capital Florida, a Direct Lender with offices in New York, Connecticut and Miami. In the first year of Titan's Florida operations, Titan Capital Florida closed on over $100mm in transactions.
In 2010, Parker formed Beloff Parker which grew to Beloff Parker Jacobs, a real estate and transactional law firm based in Miami Beach. Building off Parker and Beloff's long standing relationships in the Miami Market, Clear Title Group quickly distinguished itself as one of the largest and most successful real estate law firms in Miami Beach, representing many of Miami Beach's most respected developers, landlords, tenants and handling some of the most significant real estate transactions.
In 2013, Parker accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman's Florida Brokerage, where he will capitalize on his extensive brokerage relationships and realtor contacts to grow Douglas Elliman's presence in Miami, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Aventura, Boca Raton and Palm Beach.
Jay lives with his wife Laura Cresto and twin Boys in Miami. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, serves on the Pillar Trustee Board for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Parker is President of the Executive Board of Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Jay is also active in Miami Beach politics and sits on the City of Miami Beach Community Development Board.
Jeff has more than 25 years’ experience in management, business process transformation, and sales and marketing strategy development and implementation. As CEO and co-founder of N3, Jeff sets the course for the company’s vision and strategy for ensuring revenue impact for clients.
Under Jeff’s leadership, N3 has experienced significant growth over the last 10 years, expanding globally and serving leading technology, software and manufacturing companies. He has significant experience in P&L management, operations, strategy formation, and channel and sales operations.
Prior to founding N3, Jeff was a consulting group partner at Computer Science Corporation where he led large implementation delivery, sales and strategy teams. Jeff also served as an executive with Siemens Business Services responsible for software implementation and application hosting around SAP. Earlier in his career Jeff worked in channel development for Sun Microsystems, as well as for several technology start-ups.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama, and is an Eagle Scout.
Jennifer Olayon brings 15 years of experience working in the diversity and inclusion space in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Starting with her successful advocacy at the University of Connecticut to make diversity related courses eligible for core credit, she has worked with numerous organizations to increase the presence of diversity and to create inclusive environments, including American Association of Advertising Agencies, Asian Diversity Inc., Columbia Business School, Institute of International Education, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Women Builders Council, and Working Mother Media. Most recently, at the Council of Urban Professionals, Jenn helped bolster CUP’s membership base.
Jenn is a coauthor of a policy memo, Maximizing the Gains and Minimizing the Pains of Diversity, to the U.S. President for a hypothesized Council of Psychological Advisors in the scientifically prestigious Perspectives on Psychological Science journal.
Jenn started her career overseas in Japan with a focus on education. She later served as the President and Board Member of the JET New York Alumni Association.
Jenn graduated from UConn with an Individualized Major: Transnational Perspectives in Design. She was the recipient of two student awards for her contributions to the curriculum and was a student assistant for Men’s Basketball office during their first championship.
Jerome joined Sealed Air Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer in September of 2012 and is also a director of the Company. In March 2013, Jerome assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, which is a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection that generated revenue of approximately $7.0 billion in 2015, and has approximately 23,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.
Jerome is a 35-year veteran of The Dow Chemical Company and has worked throughout the world in a variety of leadership roles. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Dow Advanced Materials, a $12 billion revenue unit of Dow serving customers in more than 130 countries. Previously, Jerome spent most of his career in Dow AgroSciences where he contributed to advanced food production through crop yield improvements.
Jerome serves on the Board of Directors of Xylem Incorporated (a water technology solutions company) and the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jerome previously served on the Board of Directors of BMO Financial Corporation.
Jerome graduated from L'Institut d'études politiques de Paris.
Jon Iwata leads IBM's marketing, communications and citizenship organization. His team is responsible for marketing IBM's product and services in more than 170 countries, market intelligence, communications, and stewardship of the IBM brand, recognized as one of the most valuable in the world. Jon is the architect of IBM's strategic brand platforms, including Watson, Smarter Planet and e-business. He is co-inventor of a U.S. patent for advanced semiconductor lithography technology.
East Chicago, Indiana native Joseph Alvarado graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) in 1974 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1976.
Mr. Alvarado has spent his entire career in the steel industry, beginning with his first job after completing his Master's degree. He was hired by Inland Steel Company in 1976 to serve in the finance department. In 1979, he moved to Inland's sales department where he progressed through increasingly responsible management positions in sales and customer service. Following assignments in strategic planning, plate production, automotive marketing and international development, in 1988 he was appointed Vice President and General Manager, Sales and Marketing for Inland Bar Company and was promoted to President in 1995.
Mr. Alvarado assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Commercial at Birmingham Steel Company in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1997 and joined Ispat North America Inc. in 1998 as Vice President, Long Products Sales and Marketing. In 2004, Mr. Alvarado accepted the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer at Dallas, Texas-based Lone Star Technologies, Inc. and held them until U.S. Steel named him President, U.S. Steel Tubular Products in June 2007 after completing its acquisition of Lone Star Technologies, Inc. and its related companies.
In April 2010, Mr. Alvarado joined Commercial Metals Company (CMC) as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. On September 1, 2011, he was named President & Chief Executive Officer and on January 1, 2013, he became Chairman of CMC.
Mr. Alvarado is currently a director of Spectra Energy and has served as a director of two privately owned companies. He has also served on the board of directors of various industry trade associations and community organizations.
Justin Rosenberg is the Founder and CEO of honeygrow, a wholesome-casual restaurant concept focused on vibrant, healthy, and dynamic foods through its stirfry and salad programs. Justin opened the first honeygrow in June 2012 and has since opened 12 locations, with four more opening by early 2017.
When creating the concept, Rosenberg sought to utilize technology as an agent to streamline the ordering process via its touchscreen platform. Since then, honeygrow continues to leverage useful tech to subtly enhance the concept in areas ranging from training, operations, development, branding, and accounting.
Rosenberg founded honeygrow after working at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) as a Manager of Energy Services and as an Asset Manager where he oversaw a portfolio of approximately 25 regional shopping malls. Tired of sitting in a cubicle and with a passion to create a sustainable, long-term company modeled after some of his favorites (Starbucks, Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Whole Foods), Justin combined his interests in plant-based eating with that of music, design, and business to create a business plan in hopes of raising capital for the first location. After 2.5 years of looking for investors and pitching 94 people, Rosenberg acquired the capital and subsequently opened the first store in 2012. Since then, honeygrow has raised over $25MM in equity financing to foster growth and technology driven projects.
Previous leadership roles include leading an acquisition team in purchasing multifamily apartments in Baltimore, MD and Denver, CO markets and successfully leading an Israeli-based tech firm in identifying its niche demographic and penetrating the North American market. While developing honeygrow, Justin spent his weekends working in the kitchen of a fine-dining restaurant located in the Washington DC area in an effort to gain a solid foundation to properly run his own restaurant (still then a pipedream!).
Justin resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, two (2) daughters, and son.
Kenneth Cutshaw is an accomplished globalist assuming career leadership assignments in hospitality, business, law, academia and government. Cutshaw has functioned in leadership positions from the C-suite to the Boardroom to Operations to unit level Management. Cutshaw is currently Interim President and CEO of Garden City Group LLC, the leading legal claims administrator. He was formerly President of a global restaurant chain. He was a partner with a global law firm for more than a decade where his practice focused on international transactions. He taught a graduate global business and law courses at three universities over two decades. He was a key participant in the international development of export control policies after the dissolution of the Soviet Union while working as a Senior Executive with the USA Government. Cutshaw was an executive of a successful World Exposition. He is a co-founder of a post-Soviet private university in the Country of Georgia where he served as its Dean of Law and Provost. Cutshaw has excelled in a wide spectrum of work and leadership environments including C-level business management, law partnership, academics, entrepreneurial ventures, government management, political management and foreign policy.
Cutshaw is Interim President and CEO of Garden City Group (GCG) which is recognized as the largest legal claims administrator. GCG has processed billions of dollars of legal settlements since its founding in 1994. Prior to GCG, Cutshaw was President of Quiznos, a premium sandwich restaurant concept. Further, he served as the Chief Development Officer and Chief Legal Officer. Under Cutshaw leadership, Quiznos tripled its global footprint and secured the largest franchise transaction in franchising history with a commitment of 1500 units in China. Before Quiznos, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Cajun Operating Company d/b/a Church’s/ Texas Chicken restaurants where he led global expansion of the Church’s/ Texas Brands.
In the Restaurant Industry, Cutshaw was co-founder of Cheers Funeatery, a causal dining restaurant group in Tennessee; a founding partner of the Red, Hot & Blue (BBQ) restaurant chain formerly based in Washington DC; and a co-founder of Let's Go Back, LLC, the first franchisee of Flying Biscuit. He has been active with the International Franchise Association, National Restaurant Association and National Retail Federation among others. In the hospitality industry, he was a principal in the 1982 World’s Fair held in Tennessee (USA) and consulted with the World Expos in New Orleans (1984) and in Vancouver (1986).
Cutshaw is a co-founder and shareholder of Georgian American University (GAU) and the past Provost and Dean of GAU. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Duke University, Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University teaching global business and law to graduate students. He served as non-executive Chairman of a 60-year-old waste incineration company, Simanco Pyrolytic Engineering. He was a co-founder of KLexServe, an Indian legal process outsourcing business.
In the law profession, he was a law partner with Holland & Knight, LLP and his law practice over 15 years focused on global business transactions. He served as Legal Counsel for the 1982 World's Exposition approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (Paris, France). He was a senior attorney for the Tennessee Legislature and a law clerk for a Tennessee District Attorney General. He is a member of the International Bar, American Bar, District of Columbia Bar, Georgia Bar, Tennessee Bar, and pending North Carolina Bar, Indian Bar Association in India, and the Inter-Pacific Bar, and he has chaired several committees in these Bar organizations.
Cutshaw served in the US Government from 1985 to 1991 with appointments in the Administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush at the U.S. Commerce Department. Cutshaw served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Export Enforcement where he managed a global law enforcement and intelligence agency with Federal agents posted around the world. His other US Government assignments were the Advisory Committee for International Economic Policy and Industry Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade. Before joining the US Government, he was a campaign manager of a 1984 U.S. Senate Campaign and served as the Vice Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party (1982-84).
These lifetime work experiences began while building a "work ethic" in his family's milling business in rural Tennessee during high school by delivering food products to customers in the East Tennessee area.
His civic and professional affiliations are extensive. He was appointed Honorary Consul of India in 2000 and retired as Honorary Consul Emeritus in 2011. He served as Chairman, as President and as a continuous Board Member from 1990 to 2015 for The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), an NGO established in 1966 that has introduced thousands of young political leaders in over 70 countries to the political process. He is a board member of the International Foundation for Elections (IFES) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is a founding Director for the non-profit ICA (India, China, America) Institute based in Atlanta. He is Chairman of Advisory Committee for the India Council of Political Leaders. His service includes several non-profit Boards of Directors such as the World Trade Center Atlanta. He is a co-founder of Awakening, a policy group. He was a government representative to the Vietnam 1996 Olympic team. Several Who's Who organizations have recognized Cutshaw.
Cutshaw has lectured and published on global business and legal issues and has testified on multiple occasions before U.S. Congress. He is co-author of three books by Thomson Reuters West: Doing Business in China (1995, 2001, 2010, 2013, 2016), Doing Business in India (2000, 2007, 2012, 2016) and Doing Business in Russia (2001, 2009, 2013). He wrote a monthly column entitled "Outsource Resource" for the Association of Corporate Counsel magazine for five years and has been published in many publications.
Cutshaw academic degrees include a Master of Laws in international studies from American University (1987) and he continues to serve on the Dean's Advisory Council. His law degree (JD) is from The University of Tennessee (1978) and Bachelor (BA) in public administration is also from The University of Tennessee (1975). While at UT, Cutshaw was a Sigma Chi Fraternity member and received its highest distinction in 2011 being named a Significant Sig. Cutshaw graduated from a Global Leaders Management course at India Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Duke University in 2007. Cutshaw received two academic scholarships during College. He has taught graduate MBA and Law courses for two decades.
Cutshaw is married to Diane Dracos Cutshaw. She is President of Family Wealth Services LLC. They have three children and reside in Durham, NC. His 17-year old daughter (adopted from China) is a competitive tower diver with aspirations for the Olympics. His 23-year old son is a graduate of Duke University with a Neuroscience degree and was the Drum Major of the Duke Marching Band. He will enter Medical School in 2016. His oldest daughter works as a financial analyst, is married and resides in Nashville, TN. He is a native of the state of Tennessee. Mr. Cutshaw is an avid outdoorsman with experience in high-adventure sports such as mountaineering expeditions on six continents, flying, skiing, scuba diving and golf. He was active in Boy Scouts with his son, an Eagle Scout. He is a global enthusiast; enjoys cultural events and a frequent traveler having visited over 60 countries.
Ken Frieze is the Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Brothers and sets the strategic vision for the firm across 25 offices worldwide. Ken has over 25 years of leadership experience in restructuring, consulting, brand redevelopment, appraisal and asset disposition. For over 15 years he has served in executive positions at Gordon Brothers, including as President and leading the firm's brand and appraisal practices. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers, Ken served as CEO of RetailExchange.com, a management consultant with Bain & Company and a turnaround consultant with The Recovery Group, now part of Deloitte CRG. Ken currently serves on the Polaroid board, is a former board member of The Sharper Image and served on the board of the Turnaround Management Association for six years.
He holds a BA from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Kim Lubel serves as the Chairman, President & CEO of CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST), one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America.
Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs close to 14,000 Team Members at nearly 2,200 locations throughout the United States and Eastern Canada. CST Brands was spun-off from Valero Energy Corporation on May 1, 2013.
Prior to her role at CST Brands, Kim had over 15 years of service with Valero Energy Corporation, having served as Valero's Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2007 until joining CST in 2013.
Kim also serves as Chairman of the Board of the general partner of CrossAmerica Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CAPL), an Allentown, Pennsylvania based, branded motor fuels distributor in the United States. CrossAmerica distributes fuel to more than 1,200 locations and owns or leases more than 800 sites in 25 states.
Kim also serves on the Board of Directors of Tulsa-based WPX Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WPX).
Kirill Tatarinov was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer for Citrix in January 2016. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Tatarinov previously served as Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division (MBS) with responsibility for the Microsoft Dynamics business across development, sales, marketing, and operations.
Prior to joining MBS in 2007, Tatarinov led the Management and Solutions Division at Microsoft, where he was in charge of the Microsoft Windows management technologies and products, including Microsoft System Center, as well as Windows Server solutions.
Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Tatarinov was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for BMC. Before BMC, Tatarinov was co-founder, chief architect, and head of Research and Development for Patrol Software, the developer of innovative software solutions for systems and network management acquired by BMC in 1994.
Before co-founding Patrol Software, Tatarinov worked in several systems, networking and consulting companies in Russia, Israel and Australia. Additionally, Tatarinov holds two patents for managing computer resources and related technologies.
Tatarinov grew up in Moscow, Russia, and earned a master's degree in systems engineering from Moscow University of Transport Engineering and a master's in business administration from Houston Baptist University.
Leighton Carroll is the President of Quadgen, a telecommunications software and services firm.
Previously he was the CEO of Squan Holdings where he oversaw the business' transition from telecommunications construction into a full engineering services firm, growing the business from 2 Northeast offices to 11 in 10 states.
Leighton is the past merger integration executive leader for AT&T Mobility where he most recently oversaw the Cricket Wireless and Alltel acquisitions. He is also the past CEO and Chairman of Wireless Maritime Services, having grown that business from $3m to over $100m in revenue in under 3 years.
Leighton is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has taken executive education at Harvard, Wharton, and MIT.
Lynn R. Charytan serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast Cable. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the full range of legal affairs of Comcast Cable and the wide array of technologies, products, and services delivered to both consumers and businesses in 39 states and Washington, DC. Additionally, in her continuing role as Senior Vice President and Senior Deputy General Counsel for Comcast Corporation, Lynn oversees the Company’s regulatory compliance with the NBCUniversal transaction requirements.
Lynn previously served as Senior Vice President of Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel of Comcast Corporation, responsible for providing corporate-wide legal advice on regulatory matters and overseeing the Company's legal regulatory advocacy, including filings in federal and state regulatory proceedings and related litigation and appeals.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2010, Lynn spent more than 17 years at WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where she served as the chair of its Communications, Privacy and Internet Law Practice Group. During her tenure at the firm, she counseled clients in all sectors of the communications industry on law matters pertaining to telecommunications, privacy, security, and the Internet. Prior to joining WilmerHale in 1993, Ms. Charytan spent two years as in-house counsel to The Washington Post. She also clerked for Judge Stanley Sporkin on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Lynn has received many accolades for her exceptional legal skills, having been ranked in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, included in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of communications law, and ranked for several years running with the highest possible rating in Martindale-Hubbel's Top Rated Lawyers list. She has also been widely recognized for her leadership and achievements in the cable industry, having been named one of the "Most Powerful Women in Cable" by CableFax Magazine in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and a "Wonder Woman" by Multichannel News in 2015.
Lynn earned a B.A. degree from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, and graduated from both institutions with honors.
Marie Moody established Stella & Chewy's in 2003, combining her passion for animals with her entrepreneurial spirit, and recognizing an underserved market within the large and growing pet food industry. Moody created a family of distinctive pet foods, and named the Company after her own two pets adopted from animal rescue shelters. Today she leads Stella & Chewy's, a business which has become one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the nation.
Prior to establishing S&C, Moody's original career focus was in fashion. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she became a sales representative for Three Dots, a design firm whose garments are available at upscale retailers such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. In 1998, Moody's career took her to Los Angeles, where she rescued Chewy who had severe health problems. Upon a veterinarian's recommendation, Moody put Chewy on a raw meat/vegetable diet. Within a short period of time he made a complete recovery which inspired her to learn more about the benefits of less-processed food for animals.
In 2003 Moody decided to take a leap of faith, and left the fashion industry to focus on the manufacturing and sales of her line of raw natural pet food. Moody dedicated herself to creating exceptional products using only wholesome ingredients like raw, natural meat and organic fruits and vegetables. Stella & Chewy's products are made without added hormones or antibiotics, grains, fillers, artificial preservatives or colorings. For the first few years, the business was run out of Moody's New York City apartment, and Stella & Chewy's products were found primarily in Manhattan.
With orders steadily increasing, Moody outgrew her apartment kitchen production space. In 2007 she made another leap, relocating her family to Muskego, WI to open a 13,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Moody consulted with a leading food safety scientist to develop a proprietary SecureByNature® food safety process, which includes the use of High Pressure Processing (HPP). Stella and Chewy's was the first pet food company to implement HPP technology, a safeguard that is readily used today in the human food market.
Additionally, Marie and Stella & Chewy's are committed not only to improving the health and happiness of pets, but to saving the lives of less fortunate animals. Each year, the Company makes in-kind donations representing hundreds of thousands of dollars to animal rescue groups and no-kill shelters.
Moody has been recognized for her success and dedication to entrepreneurship. She received the 2006 American Express sponsored "Make Mine a Million" award. In 2010 she was honored with The Milwaukee Business Journal's Wisconsin Woman of Influence award and she was selected as a program mentor by The Tory Burch Foundation. Moody has appeared on CNBC's "How I Made My Millions", NBC Philly's "The 10! Show" and has been interviewed on DarynKagan.com and NPR. She's been featured on the cover of INC. Magazine, and has received coverage in magazines such as Forbes, Success, Working Mother, and More. As a result of her efforts Stella & Chewy's has been included in in INC. Magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies for six straight years (2011-2016).
Currently S&C dog and cat products are available in almost 5,000+ neighborhood pet stores nationwide in the United States and Canada, is available on-line for purchase on leading websites such as Amazon and Chewy.com, and most recently has expanded internationally to Singapore and Hong Kong. The Company's corporate office is located in a 164,000 square foot facility in metro Milwaukee, built in 2015 to support the Company's growth. Outside of S&C, Moody is also dedicated to her young son, and of course her dogs and cat.
Mark A. Turner, 53, has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Mr. Turner was previously both the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of WSFS. Prior to joining WSFS in 1996, he worked at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp and at the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP.
WSFS is a multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded financial organization (NASDAQ:WSFS), the largest bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley, and the 7th oldest bank in the U.S. Mr. Turner is privileged to be leading a Company that has been named by an independent survey as a "Top Workplace" in Delaware for the last 11 years in a row (with special recognitions for the Company's leadership, ethics, and career development), and has also been voted as the "#1 Bank" in Delaware for six years in a row.
Mr. Turner received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his Master's Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Management from LaSalle University (Philadelphia). Among other executive leadership programs, Mr. Turner has studied at National Training Labs, Aspen Institute, Gallup University, Toyota University, Center for Creative Leadership, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Buckley School for Public Speaking.
Mr. Turner is an active leader in his communities. Among others activities, he has served as: Chairman of the Board of Delaware Business Roundtable (DBRT); a member of U.S. Federal Reserve Board's Advisory Council (FAC); Chairman of the Board of Delaware Bankers Association (DBA); a member of Executive Committee of the Board of Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC); a member of the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University (DSU); was a member of the Board of Directors of Delaware Alliance for Non-Profit Advancement (DANA); a member of the Board of Advisors of Teach for America (TFA), Delaware; and a founding member of both Delaware Talent Live (DTL) and Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA).
Mark is a lifelong native of the Delaware Valley area. He is married to Regina, VMD, PhD, and they have two daughters, Becky, 15, and Katie, 13.
Mike DeCata brings more than 35 years' experience to Lawson Products' management team. He joined the Company in 2012 after serving in executive leadership roles at United Rentals, Inc., W.W. Grainger, Inc., General Electric and Chef's Warehouse, a $300 million specialty food distributor, where he served as President. From 2008-2013, Mike also served on the Board of Directors of Crescent Electric Supply, one of the largest electrical distributors in the U.S. with $1 billion in sales.
At United Rentals, a $4 billion construction equipment rental company, Mike led the Contractor Supplies Division where he and his team increased annual revenues for the division by 138% to $430 million in three years. His experience also includes leading Fleet Operations at United Rentals and the entire eastern region of W.W. Grainger. Mike began his career at General Electric and worked in a variety of cross-functional and cross-business positions, including industrial sales, from 1979 until 1997.
Under Mike's leadership, Lawson Products has moved through major transformation and is now focused on growing sales. The company has added over 250 new sales reps since the beginning of 2013 and completed 3 acquisitions in the past year. In addition, Lawson opened a 300,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center and implemented the Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and completed General Electric's rigorous management development course work, which included attending the prestigious Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Michael McKelvy joined Gilbane Building Company in 2014 as president and chief operating officer. In 2016, Mr. McKelvy now serves as the president and chief executive officer. He has spent his entire career in the architecture and construction industry, bringing a broad-based background in both domestic and international markets, and vertical and horizontal construction. He has expertise in a variety of delivery methods including design-build and also brings expertise in a wide range of market segments, many that parallel Gilbane's current markets and others that present opportunities for future growth.
As the president and chief executive off cer, Mr. McKelvy is responsible for developing and executing the company's annual business plan in support of Gilbane's strategic plan. Gilbane Building Company's executive vice presidents and president of Gilbane Federal and Global report to Mr. McKelvy, giving him oversight of profit and loss company-wide.
Prior to joining Gilbane, Mr. McKelvy was the chief delivery officer (CDO) of CH2M HILL which has 26,000 employees working on six continents. He also served as executive vice president for all of CH2M HILL's U.S. Federal delivery. In addition, he served as a member of CH2M HILL's Board of Directors. In his role as CDO he was responsible for profit/loss and delivery for global regions (including the United States), global construction, global Operations and Maintenance and Strategic Consulting. He served as director of corporate risk, safety, security, procurement, project controls, design and quality. He also supported the firm's leadership in strategy, sustainability, ethics, safety, quality and diversity.
He joined CH2M HILL in 1988 and served as president and group chief executive for the Government, Environment, Nuclear and Transportation divisions. In addition, he served as president and group chief executive for the Industrial Client Group and president for the Manufacturing and Life Sciences Business Group. He has project execution and construction experience worldwide in more than 20 countries and in a variety of industries.
Mr. McKelvy began his career with AAM Architects in Shreveport, Louisiana and then joined C.H Guernsey & Co. in Oklahoma City as a project manager and project architect working with many federal agencies. He also served in a variety of roles for Lockwood Greene, such as Geschäftsführer for Lockwood Greene GmbH in Germany.
Mr. McKelvy is an active supporter of diversity in the construction industry. He was awarded the Gene Washington Champion of Champions Award by the National Society of Black Engineers in 2013 and the SEEK Award in 2014 for his support of Summer Engineering camps for African American and Hispanic Children. Mr. McKelvy is also a supporter of Meeting Street in Providence, Rhode Island where he is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. McKelvy holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Oklahoma University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University. He is a Registered Architect in 16 U.S. states and a member of multiple professional societies and organizations. For more information on Gilbane Building Company, visit www.gilbaneco.com.
Mr. Flinker is a co-founder and President of FLS. He has served in his position since the Company was founded in 1987. Together with Mr. Di Girolamo, Mr. Flinker manages the firm's day-to-day operations and is actively involved in commercial activities with key customers.
In addition to his responsibilities in the Company and as a member of the Board of Directors of PROCURE, Mr. Flinker sits on the board of the Jewish General Hospital, on the Board of Mount Sinai Hospital and has sat on the boards of Solomon Schechter Academy and the Israel Cancer Research Foundation. He has also been actively involved in the Federation of Combined Jewish Appeal.
Mr. Flinker graduated from Concordia University in 1977 with a B.Comm., majoring in accounting. Mr. Flinker currently resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife and four children.
Michael Mother is a serial entrepreneur and Internet pioneer, having founded his first software company at the age of fourteen. In 2001, out of his dorm room at Dartmouth College, Michael started Wpromote where he is currently the Founder & CEO. Wpromote, one of the world's leading digital marketing firms, with a team of 300 in six offices nationwide, has mastered the technique of combining human expertise with technology to successfully manage ROI-centric SEO, paid search, social media, and email marketing campaigns. Wpromote is proud to be a eight-time Inc. 500 honoree, two-time winner of Best Place to Work in the U.S. by Ad Age, and a top-tier Google partner.
Michael is a seasoned leader within the world of global management and innovation consulting, with years of experience designing and implementing solutions for early-stage, growth, and Fortune-size companies spanning a multitude of industry and solution domains.
Michael's passion is for seeing great ideas make it into rapidly scaling, commercially successful ventures.
Michele Sodi has been the CEO of Versace, USA since 2009, where he steered its North America business from 15 consecutive years of net losses, to profitability in just four years. He was born in Florence, Italy, and graduated from Georgetown University. His career has been dedicated to the strategic development, turnaround and growth of numerous fashion brands. He enjoys utilizing his creative and analytical abilities to drive business and increase profitability while moving towards a strategic goal.
Prior to working at Versace, he held positions at Helmut Lang-Vienna, Balenciaga, and Jil Sander. He also founded Fuel, a Consulting firm that provides strategic sales and brand development, helping clients such as Balenciaga, Frette, Zero Maria Cornejo, Husseing Chalayan, Victor & Rolf, and Onward Kashiyama achieve their goals. Michele is now launching his own Consulting firm - Crispian Consulting - focusing on the next generation of talent in the fashion business.
Najeeb Ghauri is the founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of NetSol Technologies, Inc. "NetSol", a U.S. corporation providing global business services and enterprise application solutions to private and public sector organizations worldwide. In the early years of the Company, Mr. Ghauri was responsible for restructuring the company's business model into that of an IT company and was instrumental in the completion of the NetSol Technologies IPO in 1998, at that time NetSol was the first IT Company with operations in Pakistan to be listed on NASDAQ. He also spearheaded the successful listing of NetSol (NTWK) on the NASDAQ Capital Market (formerly known as Mirage Holdings, Inc.) in December 1999.
NetSol grew from just five people to 1,800 employees worldwide. NetSol Pakistan Ltd., a subsidiary of NetSol Technologies, Inc. has over 1500 programmers and engineers in Lahore and Karachi offices. NetSol revenue grew $100K revenue in 1998 to $65MN in 2016 and tracking $100MN by 2017. NetSol has a global footprint with subsidiaries in Pakistan, US, UK, China, Thailand, Germany, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Today, NetSol has nearly 300 plus customers worldwide mostly fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Ghauri was also instrumental in listing NetSol’s Pakistani subsidiary on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE). In addition, Mr. Ghauri helped establish the first U.S. company listed on both NASDAQ Capital Market (NASDAQ CM: NTWK) and (NASDAQ DUBAI: NTWK).
Mr. Ghauri represented NetSol as he presided over ringing of the bell ceremonies several times on the NASDAQ Exchange platform in New York City. He has been twice nominated in the United States for the Ernst & Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year', once in 2001 and again in 2008.
Prior to launching NetSol in the U.S., Mr. Ghauri had over 15 years of combined marketing and management experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Unilever and Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO). He received his bachelor's degree from Forman Christian College, a B.S from Eastern Illinois University and earned an MBA in marketing from the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California.
Mr. Ghauri is also active in various charitable and educational non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide. He is a founding board member of the Pakistan Human Development Fund, which provides educational tools to children in underdeveloped areas of Pakistan. He is also a founding board member and is a former Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Pakistan Business Council in Washington, D.C., a U.S. Chamber of Commerce body and the leading private sector association in the United States promoting trade and investment between the United States and Pakistan.
Mr. Ghauri is a Pakistan born US citizen. He is based in NetSol Technologies Headquarters in Los Angeles, California and Lahore, Pakistan simultaneously.
Effective on January 1, 2015, Nataline was named CEO and President, although she has played an integral role in Giroux Glass' financial strategies in both of her previous roles as Controller/Treasurer, then as CFO. From 2000 to 2014, Nataline was responsible for all financial aspects of Giroux Glass, including financial and risk management, and overseeing human resources, accounting and IT. During her 16 years at Giroux Glass, the WBE company has completed over $475 million in revenue, and maintained its status as one of the nation's largest glazing contractors, as well as one of LA Business Journal's "Best Places to Work."
Nataline's career started in construction out of convenience, but grew from a career into a passion for construction. She has worked in the construction industry in finance and accounting roles for over 25 years, mostly within executive management roles. Nataline has served as Controller to large corporations as well as run her own small business, all of it adding to her wealth of valuable industry expertise. She holds a B.A. in Finance from California State University, Fullerton and completed upper division accounting and executive management courses at UCI and USC.
Nataline has played a pivotal role in the success and growth of Giroux Glass, as an inspirational leader and as the driving force behind plans to transition Giroux Glass to full employee-ownership, with a strong culture of accountability and ownership. In the past year, Nataline was invited to represent Midsized Market Companies at the White House in D.C. She has spoken at NYU at the Inner City Capital Connections Conference, hosted by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICCC) as well as various construction related conferences advocating for the promotion of women to executive roles within the industry. Nataline's and Giroux Glass' passion for mentoring and managing with transparency has led to Giroux Glass feature articles on Forbes.com, in ENR Magazine, AGC California Constructor Magazine, Glass Magazine, US Glass, and others.
A native Californian, Nataline has been happily married for 14 years to husband, Tony Lomedico, of the Los Angeles Police Department. Nataline is also the proud and busy mother of 3 sons, aged 11, 12 and 24, and one daughter, aged 26. She is a current member of NAWIC, CFMA, and Vistage.
Based in New York, Tiger is credited as one of the industry leaders who pioneered a new global business model and transformed a division of GE (formerly GE Capital International Services) into Genpact, a global leader in digitally-powered business process management and services with $2.46 billion in annual revenues. With more than 70,000 employees across 25 countries, Genpact architects the Lean DigitalSM enterprise that reimagines our clients' operating models end-to-end, including the middle and back offices. The company generates impact for a few hundred strategic clients, including approximately one-fifth of the Fortune Global 500 representing key vertical industries. Based on the company's GE heritage and Lean and Six Sigma DNA, Tiger spearheaded the development of Genpact's patented Smart Enterprise Processes (SEPSM) framework for making business processes more effective and driving transformation for global enterprises. Genpact is publicly listed on the NYSE under the symbol 'G.'
Tiger frequently writes and speaks about global talent issues, continuous skill development, and the importance of building a strong corporate culture. He is also passionate about diversity, serving on the Board of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and as one of the founding supporters of the US chapter of the 30% Club, an organization of CXOs focused on achieving better gender balance at US companies. Tiger is also a member of the WSJ CEO Council.
In the past, Tiger has worked with the Unilever Group, Citibank and GE Capital before he joined Genpact in February 2005 as EVP of Sales, Marketing and M&A, was promoted to the position of COO in 2009, and was named President and CEO in June 2011.
Tiger has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and an MBA, majoring in finance and marketing, from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Or Shani is CEO and founder of Adgorithms, creators of Albert, the world's first and only self-driven marketing and advertising platform. Albert is used by top brands, including Harley-Davidson, EVISU, Made.com, and others.
Or and Adgorithms' team of 80 data scientists, engineers, and mathematicians spent the last 6+ years "reverse engineering the logic and intuition" of brands and retailers to intimately understand marketers' thought processes at every step of a multi-channel digital campaign. The result is a fully automated, digital marketing solution that doesn't just replicate what human marketers do, but increases prospects, conversions and trasactions (online or in-store) at a scale not previously possible by even the largest marketing teams.
Or took Adgorithms public in 2015, raising $42 million on the London Stock Exchange (after having previously declined offers from VCs, Private Equity and other investors). In 2016, Adgorithms ranked #98 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 - a list of the country's fastest-growing companies - with an annual growth rate of 992%. Adogrithms attributes its growth to overwhelming demand for Albert and "his" ability to alleviate legacy marketing complexities for top brands.
Harley-Davidson, for example, announced in 2016 that it credits 40% of its New York City sales to Albert, which subsequently spurred further adoption by a number of its U.S. and global franchises. And iconic global jeans designer EVISU recently revealed that Albert increased its digital sales ROI by 500% through its year-long, fully automated digital efforts in the U.S., UK, Canada Australia and Singapore.
Or Shani is Chairman and Founder of the AI Marketing Association. He's also a member of the Forbes Technology Council and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He regularly contributes to publications, including Forbes, Wired, AdExchanger, CMO.com, Marketing Land, and others.
Paul Lombardo is CEO of Ness Digital Engineering, whose customer experience designers, software engineers and data experts partner with clients to design and build digital platforms that help their organizations engage customers, differentiate their brands, and drive revenue growth.
Paul has more than thirty years of IT services and entrepreneurial experience across business management, delivery, and sales. He has a long and successful track record driving IT-enabled business transformation for clients, working for Tier 1 global companies such as Andersen Consulting, Logica and EDS/Mphasis, as well as early stage, venture-capital backed pursuits. He has also served on the client side, having been head of software development for a leading Insurance industry information company.
Paul has worked and lived across North America, Europe and Asia and considers Ness' truly multi-cultural environment to be one of its greatest strengths. Paul has been with Ness since 2009, growing the European business ten-fold prior to taking on the CEO role for the global business. As Chief Executive, Paul holds end-to-end strategic and operational responsibility for Ness Digital Engineering.
Mr. Bain has an impressive and accomplished track record as an enterprise software entrepreneur and executive. Since Mr. Bain was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July of 2009, he has built a solid record of success with PrimeRevenue receiving numerous awards for growth, customer service, and innovation, along with being recognized as a top employer, while consistently growing revenues over his nearly seven-year tenure.
Mr. Bain is a life-long software and technology entrepreneur having been involved in numerous firms in a founder, executive, advisor or investor role. Immediately prior to PrimeRevenue, Mr. Bain was the VP and General Manager of Exact Holding N.V. (NYSE/AMS: EXACT), a leading global provider of business software solutions. He was previously founder and CEO of Inspired Solutions, an Atlanta-based, B2B software and services firm that grew to be the largest reseller of Exact Software in North America, later acquired by Exact.
Mr. Bain holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
As chief executive officer of ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.), Raj Gupta implements the strategic vision focused on long-term client relationships, emerging global markets, and future trends. ESD is a proactive and passionate market leader that commits to being the most innovative, knowledgeable, and creative consulting engineering firm. Raj has spearheaded award-winning engineering projects that emphasize high-performance and sustainable design concepts. He has been instrumental in providing the highest level of client service and leadership and brings a level of integrity that can also be witnessed by his professional and civic contributions in his 32 years at the firm.
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Master of Science, Communications, 1991
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 1984
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, Bachelor of Arts, Management Engineering, 1984
Professional Engineer in over 30 states, including Illinois
LEED AP (LEED Accredited Professional)
Professional / Civic Affiliations
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers)
BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association International)
WPO (World Presidents' Organization)
Adler Planetarium Board of Directors
The Economic Club of Chicago, Member
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Member
IIT Board of Trustees, Trustee
ESD is a global consulting engineering firm that focuses on the delivery of high-performance buildings. ESD delivers value by creating healthy and productive environments and designing more cost effective, flexible, reliable, and sustainable facilities. Utilizing an integrative design process, ESD's engineering and design professionals (275+) apply innovative technologies such as energy modeling and building information modeling to address owners' needs.
Ram Vasudevan is founder and CEO of QuisLex, a leading Legal Services Provider and has led the company from the initial 3 employees in 2004 to more than 1,200 today. Ram was named a Legal Trailblazer and Pioneer by the National Law Journal in 2013. Prior to QuisLex, Ram spent eight years advising clients on corporate and M&A transactions with Skadden Arps and Sidley Austin in New York. Prior to his legal career, Ram worked as a consultant for a multi-national consulting company, managing projects for large financial services clients. He received his Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law, his MBA from Cornell University, and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Madras.
QuisLex is an award-winning legal services provider that specializes in delivering the benefits of operational excellence, process rigor, and measurable quality to complex legal work. Our expertise in managed document review, contract and compliance management, legal spend management, and legal operations consulting enables clients to focus on the issues that demand their substantive expertise while we solve the challenges of resource constraints, cost management, flexibility, and scale.
Since its founding in 2004, QuisLex has been a pioneer in the legal services industry. With more than 1,000 attorneys, process experts, statisticians and linguists, QuisLex continues that tradition today by delivering solutions that reduce costs, mitigate risks, and enhance quality. The company's expertise in providing these benefits has been acknowledged by both clients and the legal industry at large, including being recognized by Chambers & Partners as a 'Band 1 Legal Outsourcing Provider,' New York Law Journal as a 'Top Managed Document Review Provider,' and the IACCM as its 'Outstanding Service Provider for Contract Management Solutions.'
Rebecca R. Rubin is the founder, president, and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC, an international environmental consultancy that she established in 2002 to provide expertise to public and private sector organizations in the areas of climate change, habitat, open space, water, energy, land use and natural resource conservation issues.
Named by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change for Community Resilience, she currently leads a 5-locality initiative on Climate, Environment, and Resilience (CLEAR). She also serves as Board Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a non-profit dedicated exclusively to protecting America's wildlife heritage across the 150 million acres of the National Wildlife Refuge System. She serves on the boards of numerous other non-profit organizations, including as a General Board member of Virginia Forever, and was named by Virginia's governor to the State Air Pollution Control Board.
Her articles have appeared in Roll Call, LiveBetter magazine, and other periodicals. She has been interviewed by leading publications and websites, including Environmental Business Journal and CleanTechnica.com. She launched Marstel-Day's Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign and hosts its Vital Voices of the Environment interview series featuring environmental thought leaders. She is a participant in and co-author of National Academy of Sciences studies, including the recently-released Review of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
Ms. Rubin and her company have garnered a host of awards, including being named to the INC 500/5000 list and HOTFIRM list for the past eight consecutive years and the Alliance for Workplace Excellence EcoLeadership Award for the past five consecutive years. Other accolades include the Rappahannock Sierra Club's Living Green award, the Environmental Business Journal's Gold Medal award, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business' Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Fantastic 50, the Association of Defense Communities' Private Sector Leader of the Year, and the American Planning Association's Outstanding Federal Planning Program Award.
Ms. Rubin has a BA in history from Harvard College and an MA in international security from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to founding Marstel-Day, Ms. Rubin was the director of the Army's Environmental Policy Institute, after leading a variety of environmental studies and analyses at the not-for-profit Institute for Defense Analyses.
Rich McBee brings more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications to his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitel, leading Mitel's strategy, business performance, and global execution. Appointed to the role in January 2011, Rich is responsible for advancing Mitel's evolution and leadership in the business communications market, driving revenue growth and profitability, and devising and executing business strategies. Under his leadership, Mitel has doubled revenue to more than US$1.1 billion and has emerged as a global leader in the business communications market with #1 market share in Europe.
Prior to joining Mitel, Rich served as President of the Communications and Enterprise Group of Danaher Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for leading the companies serving the communications and enterprise markets, with combined total revenue of more than US$700 million annually. Rich joined Danaher in 2007 as President, Tektronix Communications, following the acquisition by Danaher of Tektronix. During his 15 years with Tektronix, he held a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communications Business Unit; Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Service and Marketing; and Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives.
Rich holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Chapman School of Business and Economics (California, US) and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 1986. Rich also serves on the board of the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) in Texas and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Richard Neff is Interim-CEO at Vitalyst, a Baird Capital technical services company. He is also an independent consultant who has been providing expert advice to Baird Capital since 2015, working with its private equity Technology and Healthcare Services teams. Richard assists with the evaluation of investment opportunities and works to build value within the existing portfolio.
Prior to aligning with Baird Capital, Richard contributed in a diversified GE career, serving most recently as the Vice President and General Manager for GE Healthcare's U.S. and Canada Service organization, a multi-billion segment delivering market leading diagnostic imaging, clinical device and biomedical service, through >4500 field professionals.
Richard started at GE Corporate and moved through a range of progressive marketing, product management, operational and business leadership positions at GE Healthcare and GE Capital. Key operating roles included serving as General Manager for GE Fleet's North America Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) business, and almost a decade internationally with GE Capital's consumer lending businesses, initially as Managing Director, Branch & Mortgage businesses, Melbourne, Australia and subsequently as CEO GE Money Bank, Zurich, Switzerland and COO, GE Capital Global Banking, London, U.K.
Richard’s experience spans financial, technical and healthcare services, ranging from new product development, such as launching the first private label credit card in Switzerland (HBS case # N9-410- 052), to business turnarounds with GE Money Australia's mortgage business, as well as acquiring, running and divesting of large, diversified service organizations in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.
Richard holds a BA in Business from Rutgers College and an MBA in Marketing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has served on multiple bank, service company and association boards and has achieved Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
Richard Young is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Teranga Gold. In this role, Mr. Young culminates 25-years of extensive experience in the gold industry.
A Chartered Professional Accountant, Mr. Young joined Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX-T) in 1991 and served in a series of positions of increasing responsibility in finance, corporate development, investor relations and mine development. Prior to joining Teranga in 2010, Mr. Young served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gabriel Resources Ltd. for five years.
Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University.
Since 2010, Rich Napoli has helped lead OFS through a dramatic growth period and has positioned OFS as a leading provider of software and digital product engineering services for F1000 companies.
Rich has over 35 years of experience in the software industry running product development for five different software firms, including Voxware (NASDAQ: VOXW) and two others that he helped grow and then sell to Oracle and State Street. In recent years, Rich served as CEO of Fusion Technologies, an offshore software services firm that he grew and sold to Alliance Consulting in 2006. Rich also served as CIO for a division of State Street where he led an IT staff of 250 people.
In his earlier career, Rich held positions as Vice President of Development at Manga Software, Vice President of IT at Citicorp, and as Manager of Application Software at Mobius Management Systems, Inc.
Rich has won several awards for his work, including the 2014 SmartCEO Award from Voltage for Innovative Medium-Sized Technology Company CEO and the 2014 CEO of the Year Award for a privately held company from the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC).
In 2013, Rich published the white paper, "The Death of Custom Software," which highlights how CIOs can meet the need to design internal software products. Napoli now serves as a board member for the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN), and he also served as a board member of the New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC) for 9 years.
Rich has his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University.
Rick Stollmeyer co-founded MINDBODY in his garage in 2001, and today serves as the company's CEO and principle visionary, ensuring that everything the company embraces - from product line to business development to team member enrichment - serves the company's vision: Leveraging Technology to Improve the Wellness of the World.
In 2005, Rick led the industry when he took MINDBODY's business management solution fully to the cloud. Today, the company remains the leading SaaS platform for the wellness services industry, streamlining business management for wellness practitioners and making it easier for them to do what they love - improve the lives of their customers. MINDBODY is also the creator of an online marketplace connecting health, wellness and beauty professionals to millions of wellness seekers worldwide, helping practitioners reach more people in their communities and beyond. Today, MINDBODY powers over 58,000 wellness businesses in over 130 countries, and connects over 326,000 wellness practitioners with millions of people seeking healthier, happier lives.
Throughout the company's steady growth, Rick's dedication to maintaining a vibrant work culture has consistently earned the company spots on several of the nation's Best Places to Work lists, including Glassdoor's Employee's Choice Award in 2013, 2014 and 2015, ranking among the "Top 50 Best Places to Work" each year.
Rick lives with his wife, Jill, and four children near the company headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California.
Rob Myers has been President & CEO of Ipsos Canada since July 2015 with responsibility for the company's activities across its five specializations and a broad range of clients. Prior to Ipsos Canada, Rob was responsible for several Ipsos divisions in the UK and US working with a broad spectrum of multinational clients.
He brings a wealth of international experience having started his career with PwC in Canada and then moving on to various strategy roles at American Express, United Business Media and Aegis Plc in London, UK.
Rob holds a Sociology degree from UWO and an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France.
Roger Berkowitz is President & CEO of Legal Sea Foods, a seafood company with over thirty restaurant locations, a wholesale business and mail order division.
Roger is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and has been on the Regional Selection Panel for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships since 2001. He was appointed to the Special Commission Relative to Seafood Marketing by the Governor of Massachusetts and he is a member of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Advisory Committee. He is a member and past president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Roger is co-host of NECN's new program, Inside the Brand.
In addition, Roger serves on many non-profit Boards including: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the leadership council at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Roger graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and attended the OPM program at Harvard Business School. In addition, he is the recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees.
Ryan Urban is the Co-Founder and CEO at BounceX - the leader in cloud-based behavioral marketing and the Inc. 5000 fastest growing software company in America.
In 2015 he was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. In the same year, under his leadership, BounceX was ranked #1 overall for both employee retention and career development by ComputerWorld, named one of the best places to work in NYC by Crain's New York and honored as one of Fortune's best places to work.
A veteran of the ecommerce space, Ryan was formerly Director of Acquisition at Bonobos and prior to that, Brickhouse Security. He has served on the advisory boards of both BabyAge.com and Bonobos.
Ryan holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and spends most of his free time working on the behavior of his dog - Telemundo.
Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He was previously vice president and general manager of Global Customer Support & Software-as- a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware, where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. In this role, Scott had global responsibility for the company's professional services, technical pre-sales, and customer support organizations. Scott joined Opsware shortly after the company's founding and held numerous executive management positions including vice president of financial planning and vice president of corporate development. In these roles, he led the company's private financing activities as well as its initial public offering in 2001. Scott also started the company's Asia Pacific operations via strategic partnerships with NEC, NTT, and Samsung, and led the execution of the company's acquisitions of Tangram, Rendition, Creekpath, and iConclude. Prior to Opsware, Scott represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.
Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in public policy. He also graduated Order of the Coif and with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association. Scott is chair-elect of the National Venture Capital Association, chairman of the board of Genesys Works, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director's College, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Rock Center's Guide to Venture-Backed Board Membership, and Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law. Scott also serves on the investment committees of St. Jude's Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Lick Wilmerding High School.
Scott was a founder and has been Chairman of Signature Bank since its formation which has grown organically from $43 million in assets and equity at its inception to $37 billion in assets. Presently, Signature Bank ranks as the 49th largest U. S. commercial bank by deposits, based on total assets. Since its IPO in 2004, Signature is the top-performing U. S. bank, based on stock market performance and total return. It also ranks as the fifth best performing company among all types of businesses throughout New York City based on stock performance (source: Barclays). Signature was ranked as the Best Bank in America for 2015 by Forbes and has been among the top ten banks for the last six years.
Scott is a founder and chair of the Investment Committee of the Elah Fund.
Scott is actively involved in a Jewish formal and informal education. As part of his involvement, he serves or has recently served as a board member of the UJA - Jewish Federation of New York, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, the Jewish Agency, the Birthright Israel Steering Committee and the American Hebrew Academy. He is past chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA - Jewish Federation and the Fund for Jewish Education (a joint venture of UJA and the Gruss Life Monument Fund). Mr. Shay is the President of Chai Mitzvah and is the Chairman of Lapid Advisory Board Coalition of non-profit Israel Teen trip groups. He, and his wife Susan, are the founders of the Jewish Youth Connection. He is the author of "Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry" (Devora, 2nd Edition 2008).
He is a seasoned speaker and recently participated in TEDx Wall Street in NYC as well as The Economist's World Summit, among many others. He has appeared on the CNBC and Fox television networks.
Shay is considered an expert and respected commentator on lending to small and medium sized businesses.
Shay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University in 1979 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1980, he received a Master of Management degree from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Shawn Nelson is the founder and CEO of Lovesac, a technology disruptor in the furniture category that boasts the only drop-shippable sectional couch solution amongst other patented furniture designs. With 60+ high-end mall-based product demonstration "Lovesac" showrooms from LA to Boston, their largest store is still online at www.lovesac.com. From humble beginnings, Shawn began making Lovesac giant beanbags by hand in 1995 out of his parent's basement. In 1996 he served as a church service volunteer in Taiwan for two years, becoming fluent in Mandarin Chinese, only to return to work in China delivering leadership and team-building seminars in Chinese for Fortune 500 companies in the year 2000. Shawn graduated from the University of Utah with honors and bachelor's degrees in Chinese and Asian Studies emphasizing business in 2001, the same year Lovesac opened its first retail location in Salt Lake City, Utah, with dozens more to follow. In 2005 Shawn won a 1 million dollar investment from Virgin's Richard Branson on Fox Network's hit show "The Rebel Billionaire," and was made acting President of Virgin Worldwide for a time. Raising VC funding and eventually Private Equity financing to drive growth, Lovesac became the fastest growing furniture retailer in the U.S. in 2013, mostly on sales of Shawn's patented invention: Sactionals - an indestructible and adaptable couch meant to grow and change with you for the rest of your life. Lovesac continues to scale at a rapid pace today. Shawn holds multiple patents on product inventions that have produced hundreds of millions in sales to-date. He now holds a Masters degree in Strategic Design and Management, and is an instructor in the Master's Program at the top design school in the nation: Parson's, The New School for Design, in NYC. He currently resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife, 2 dogs, and 4 children. See www.lovesac.com or his online daily CEO vlog on YouTube called "Get Off the Couch," or his personal blog at www.designedforlife.org for more information.
JUST THE FACTS:
Founder & CEO of LoveSac, since 1995 - Instructor at Parson's New School for Design in NYC teaching Masters courses in Sustainable Business Models, Leadership, and Design Innovation. - Working sabbatical in China 1996, 2000 first as a church service volunteer, then as a management coach delivering leadership and team-building seminars for Fortune 500 companies speaking Chinese - Won a $1 million investment on Fox's "Rebel Billionaire" show in 2005 and became President of Virgin Worldwide with Richard Branson's companies for a time - Grew Lovesac to a 60+ store chain, recognized in Furniture Today as America's fastest growing furniture retailer in 2013 - Invented and launched Sactionals® Lovesac's industry-disruptive sofa invention - Holds multiple patents on product inventions producing hundreds of millions in sales to-date - MS Masters of Strategic Design and Management from Parsons - BA in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Utah - Currently resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife, 2 dogs, and 4 children. Refer to YouTube: Get Off the Couch vlog, Lovesac.com or his personal blog at Lifeonacouch.org
LOVESAC began in 1995 when 18 year-old founder, Shawn Nelson, created the world's largest beanbag and filled it with shredded foam instead of beads. The company has since evolved to become a design-led lifestyle brand, opening its first "Lovesac" store in 2001, now with 60 company-owned stores in high-end shopping malls across America. Lovesac's meteoric sales growth is now primarily driven by Lovesac's patented 2-piece sofa system called Sactionals, the couch for life.
Sactionals are not only built to last a lifetime, but designed to adapt to a lifetime of change. It can be expanded, contracted, reconfigured, recovered, easily moved, shipped, and even washed in the washing machine - Sactionals can take whatever life brings. Sactionals consist of 2 simple pieces, "Seats" and "Sides," that can be rearranged and expanded endlessly using the simple patented connectors included with each piece. Once connected, the furniture is rock solid, demonstrating a classic modernity. It takes no tools, and no special talent to create a limitless array of configurations - all available in hundreds of 100% machine-washable fabrics and changeable cover styles.
On top of this, Lovesac still honors its roots by continuing to sell its original Sac, which is filled with shredded Durafoam that is recycled from new sofa manufacturer's foam tailings. Unlike your typical stiff bean bag, this enables Sacs to be one of the most comfortable pieces of furniture in the world, and even be shrunken down to 1/8 its original volume for delivery anywhere in the world.
In 2013 Lovesac was recognized in Furniture Today as the fastest growing furniture retailer in the U.S. and continues to disrupt the furniture industry with new Lovesac stores continuously popping up all over the country. With dozens of new products in the pipeline, and multiple patents pending on new and disruptive furniture designs, Lovesac has no plans of slowing down - with intentions on becoming a leader in the entire furniture category by 2020.
To liberate mankind from the tyranny of the conventional zombie couch...Lovesac frees you to live the life you love.
Stanley C. Middleman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a national, full-service mortgage banker headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ. The company is ranked in the top 10 mortgage originators nationally.
In addition to his role leading Freedom Mortgage, Mr. Middleman is a prominent business strategist within the industry and an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association. He is also a member of the Housing Policy Executive Council (HPEC), an affiliate of the Financial Services Roundtable. The Council advocates for the benefits of a fully competitive and integrated housing market and represents dozens of leading national mortgage finance companies. Mr. Middleman has served on numerous advisory boards, including Freddie Mac, Ellie Mae, Inc., and Fannie Mae and has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry.
Mr. Middleman is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation ("Cherry Hill"), a real estate investment trust. The stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CHMI." Cherry Hill raised approximately $150 million in its initial public offering in October 2013. Cherry Hill acquires, invests in, and manages, residential mortgage-related assets in the United States. It is externally managed and advised by Cherry Hill Mortgage Management, LLC, which is an affiliate of Freedom Mortgage Corporation.
Mr. Middleman is a graduate of Temple University with a BS in Accounting. He currently resides in Cherry Hill.
As co-founder and Chief Executive Peacemaker of Million Peacemakers, Stephen brings over 30 years of personal and business experience to the field of conflict resolution. Along with Dr. Amir Kfir, he co-authored an Amazon #1 Best Seller, Nonflict: The Art of Everyday Peacemaking.
Much of his experience is in family businesses, private and public in four different industries. During this time, he has dealt with conflicts dealing with growth and recessions, family issues, unions, strikes, retailing, domestic and off shore manufacturing. He co-founded Million Peacemakers as a non-profit organization to spread the tools of constructive conflict resolution to business, families and communities worldwide. Over 139,000 people were trained in the first two years.
Stephen served as the youngest and first Canadian president of the International Formalwear Association; the same year he joined the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) at age 30. He is a winner of the Canada Award for Business Excellence, presented by the Prime Minister of Canada.
In YPO, Stephen served as Chapter Chair of YPO Gold- Quebec and during his prior tenure as Education Chair; won 3 Regional Awards and an International Best of Best Award for Leadership Development; and as YPO Gold Canada's Regional Education Chair won the Best Leadership Development Award for Canada and the world for the Art of Peace event, which led to the Nonflict experiential workshop.
Stephen served 4 years as a member of the YPO International Education Committee, as Chair for YPO Gold education worldwide and was responsible for the training of all the incoming YPO Gold Education Chairs for four Global Leadership Conferences. He also served as a member of the Leadership and the Collaborations subcommittees and a judge for YPO's Best of Best awards. He is chair of the Faculty to Global Leaders partnership with Columbia University in the field of behavioral science and decision making and co-chaired two full day events at Columbia Business School. He will be co-leading a conflict resolution workshop with Columbia's Business School faculty chair at the YPO Global Edge conference in March 2017.
Stephen is Chair of the Advisory Board of McGill University's International Community Action Network, which brings MSW students from the Middle East. Stephen trained the students in Nonflict in 2014-2015 and they have returned to community centres in their homes to pass on the much-needed training to the grass roots.
Stephen has an MBA from Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada and a B.Comm from McGill University where he also taught organizational behaviour.
Married to Naomi, Stephen has 4 adult children, 3 step-children and a daughter-in- law.
Between January 2002 and November 2013, Stephen I. Sadove held positions of increasing responsibility with Saks Incorporated. In January 2002, Sadove joined the management team of Saks as Vice Chairman. In March 2004, he assumed the additional post of Chief Operating Officer of the Company and in January 2006 he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer. He held the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks between May 2007 and November 2013. In November 2013, Saks Incorporated was sold to Hudson's Bay Company for a price of $16 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion.
Prior to joining Saks, Sadove built a distinguished marketing and consumer products career spanning over 25 years. Between 1975 and 1991, Sadove held various positions of increasing responsibility with General Foods USA, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Desserts Division.
Sadove joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 1991 as President of Clairol. In 1994, he was appointed President, Worldwide Clairol, having direct responsibility for the Clairol business in the United States as well as all of the consumer businesses in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. In 1996, he was appointed to the post of President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Worldwide Beauty Care, with responsibility for Clairol Worldwide and Matrix Essentials. In 1997, he was appointed President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Worldwide Beauty Care and Nutritionals, adding Mead Johnson Nutritionals to his duties.
During his tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sadove led Clairol to become the number one hair care business in the United States, relaunched the Herbal Essences brand into a $700 million business, and completed the sale of the beauty care business to Procter & Gamble for approximately $5 billion.
Sadove is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree from LIM College. He currently serves on numerous community and civic boards including Hamilton College as Chairman of the Board and the National Retail Federation as Chairman of the Board as well as the public company boards of Colgate-Palmolive, JCPenney, Aramark and Ruby Tuesday.
Steven Montross has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CPI Card Group since January 2009.
Prior to joining CPI, Mr. Montross was a founding shareholder and Managing Director of FirstLight Financial Corporation, a business that invests senior debt capital in private-equity owned businesses, from 2007 to 2008. Prior to forming FirstLight, Montross had a 17-year career at General Electric Company, where he held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership within GE's financial service businesses, including a business that financed private equity-owned enterprises.
Mr. Montross holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Stewart A. Kohl is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm founded to invest in premier companies at the smaller end of the middle market. Since 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 440 companies in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The firm's investors include leading pension funds, endowments, funds-of-funds, insurance companies and banks.
Mr. Kohl joined Riverside in 1993. Prior to that, he was a vice president of Citicorp Venture Capital, Ltd., the private equity arm of Citibank. Under the guidance of Mr. Kohl and Co-CEO Béla Szigethy, Riverside has grown to manage more than $5.5 billion in assets. The firm employs more than 200 people in offices across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to his work with Riverside, Mr. Kohl is engaged in the following civic activities: Oberlin College Board of Trustees; Co-Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Board of Trustees; the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, Wellness Institute Leadership Board, and Co-Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Capital Campaign. Mr. Kohl is also the founding donor of VeloSano, a charity cycling event that has raised $8 million for cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute since 2014.
Mr. Kohl was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2009. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Building for Hope Capital Campaign of the Center for Families and Children. For 16 years, he was a "Heavy Hitter" participant in the Pan-Mass Challenge bicycle fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Mr. Kohl holds a BA from Oberlin College (1977) and resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife, Donna, where they enjoy spending time with their daughter and six grandchildren.
Tom is an experienced Turnaround/Transformational CEO with over 25 years of experience leading companies that have ranged from $50M to $2.4B in consumer products, retail and restaurant industries and in the United States, Puerto Rico and Australia. He has deep background in Corporate Strategy - working at Bain and Company, on the Corporate Planning staff at PepsiCo and heading Strategic Planning at Frito Lay - coupled with strong operational skill leading PepsiCo business units in the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. In addition he has many years of retail experience at Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Home Depot, Cartridge World and most recently as the CEO of HMSHost, the $2.4B market leader in airport and motorway concessions.
Tom currently is currently the President of Fricke Consulting, on the Board of Directors of XpresSpa, O2Living as well as the Atlanta History Center and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association - Athletic and Academic Excellence . He is a strong history of delivering significant improvement to top line growth, operating margins and company morale and culture, and his businesses have been recognized as leaders in their industries winning numerous internal and external awards. Tom is a passionate leader of team effort who believes that leaders need to be visible and engaged at all levels in the organization.
He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy and MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Spiegel is co-president and a founding partner of Pine Brook, and is responsible for managing Pine Brook's financial services investing activities. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Spiegel currently represents Pine Brook as a director of Aurigen Capital Limited, Essent Group Ltd., Fair Square Financial Holdings LLC, Fidelis Insurance Holdings Ltd., Global Atlantic Financial Group, Syndicate Holding Corp. and Tunbridge Partners LLC.
Mr. Spiegel has 26 years of private equity investment experience. Prior to joining Pine Brook, he was with the Cypress Group from its inception in 1994 until 2006, managing its financial services and healthcare investing activities. Before joining the Cypress Group, Mr. Spiegel worked in the Merchant Banking Group at Lehman Brothers. He has served on the boards of directors of 19 companies, including seven publicly traded corporations.
Mr. Spiegel holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Alexander is a Founder and CTO of ERPScan. Member of Forbes Technology Council. He is the President of EAS-SEC.org, an organization focused on enterprise application security. He has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year at 2013 Golden Bridge Awards and R&D Professional of the Year by 2013 Hot Companies. His expertise covers the security of enterprise business-critical software like ERP, CRM, SRM, and industry specific solutions from enterprise software companies such as SAP and Oracle.
Under his inspiring command, the research team has grown many fold to a seasoned team of 25 over the last three years, it has published several whitepapers on SAP security, and they include the golden award-winning "SAP Security in Figures" at the Global Excellence Awards by InfoSecurity Product Guide. It is the first research ever about the current situation of SAP security. Alexander has authored books and trainings about SAP and Oracle Database security and has presented his research on SAP at more than 80 conferences held in 27 countries across all continents. He has held customized trainings for the CISOs of Fortune 2000 companies, including private trainings for SAP SE.
Having more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry has broadened my experience to many diverse areas in the industry. I have continued to guide our business in a manner that raises value and quality to our client base, while streamlining all areas of process flow, with a heavy emphasis on personalized customer service.
We have systematically been bringing more and more of our production facilities to the domestic front, and providing jobs for our employees with futures for them and their families. All the while, I am actively involved in my community synagogue, children's schools, I coach my daughters high school softball team, and I continue to play in active ice hockey and softball leagues.
I am a 2nd generation Owner/Manager at a domestic textile company based in the NY area. I put a lot of effort into helping others, and looking out for my employees. I want to keep growing our business, while never missing the critical elements of being connected to my family and kids.
Edward Solomon is the Co-founder of Net@Work, an award winning, nationally-recognized technology consulting firm. Edward believes that business owners should be the CEO's of their businesses and not the CTO's, and are best served when they're able to focus more of their time, talent and resources on executing their business vision..while Net@Work provides and administers the enabling tools and technologies.
Over the years, Edward has shown dynamic and inspired leadership, most obviously in helping drive Net@Work's rapid growth, but also in his work with a number of for profit and non-profit organizations. Edward has led Net@Work's national expansion by developing a scalable, sustainable business model that allows for organic growth, formal alliances and strategic acquisitions.
Edward is also co-founder of Docutrend Imaging Solutions, a managed print services and document management software and hardware company, Swype Integrated Technologies, offering credit and debit card processing solutions, and Pixafy, an eCommerce agency.
Eugene Holtzman is the founder and President of Mitchell Martin. Eugene founded the company in 1984 after he recognized the ever rising demand for professional staff in the field of Information Technology. Gene has a background in operating non-profit organizations and in the field of social work. Just two years before establishing Mitchell Martin, Eugene entered into the staffing industry. Gene's commitment and passion for helping people is what drove him toward the recruiting field; his aim was to improve the hiring process for companies in need, while simultaneously helping qualified professionals discover outstanding, one-of-a-kind, employment opportunities.
Gene is also the co -founder of Talent Tech Labs, an Accelerator for startups who are building new technology in the area of "talent acquisition technology." TTL's goal is to educate Talent Acquisition leaders in new ways to attract, evaluate, deploy and retrain great talent.
A native of Bronx, New York, Eugene earned a Sociology/Political/Science degree at Queens College. He later earned his Masters degree from C.W. Post College in Public Administration. Eugene is commonly cited by a variety of trade publications as an innovate in staffing; he has consulted with numerous CIO's in relation to compensation, recruiting, retention and on the utilization of various professional search technologies. Gene's profound knowledge of the industry, his insights, and his personal views are what has led to the ultimate success of Mitchell Martin: a company which is now a leading staffing provider in the fields of Healthcare and Information Technology.
Mr. Davis has been an executive in the electric power industry for over 32 years. In January 2017, he stepped down as President and CEO of RES Americas, a leading developer and constructor of wind, solar and energy storage projects. Mr. Davis also sat on the executive board of RES Group. Joining RES in 2013, Mr. Davis served as the Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for leading commercial activities, including corporate strategy, technical and financial analysis, M&A, transactions, transmission, and new business.
Prior to RES, Mr. Davis was Chief Executive Officer of Agile Energy, which he co-founded in 2004. The company developed utility-scale solar generation projects in North America with financial backing from Good Energies, Inc. During 2007 and 2008, Mr. Davis served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Ausra, Inc.
Mr. Davis spent the first 18 years of his career with the AES Corporation, helping build it into one of the leading global independent power producers. At AES, he led numerous activities including development, financing, acquisition, and sale of power generating projects on four continents.
Mr. Davis was a board member of the American Wind Energy Association from 2015 until his departure from RES in 2017. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council from 1998 through 2002. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Sc.B. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University.
Years ago, retailers engaged with shoppers one-on-one to understand their needs and preferences. As the industry grew, personal dialogues were replaced with automated systems. Today, many retailers and brands have lost touch with who their customers are and what they truly want.
Greg Petro is passionate about removing the distance between consumers and retailers. During his 25-year career in the retail industry and with one of the world's leading supply chain technology firms, Greg saw a need for retailers and brands to re-engage with consumers to determine how products will perform before costly investment decisions are made.
In 2007, Greg founded First Insight to deliver what is now the world's leading platform empowering retailers and brands to introduce the right products at the right price. Greg is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and speaks at the graduate business schools of Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh on how retailers can use technology to identify and deliver what their customers really want.
Greg has received numerous industry awards including EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2015. He also made the NRF Foundation's The List as one of 5 Disruptors in 2016. Greg holds both MBA and Bachelor's Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
Joseph Gendelman is President and CEO of Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services. Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services is a nationwide property and casualty insurance brokerage firm that specializes on high net worth personal insurance and commercial insurance for businesses.
Larry has been President and CEO of Axis since he founded it in 1991. A graduate of Duke University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Larry quickly realized that his entrepreneurial spirit and creative energies were not being harnessed working in law-related fields. With a few good ideas, a lot of enthusiasm and a share of naiveté, Larry began Axis with a mission to develop a full-service promotional products company that focused on delivering creative solutions and not merely selling products. It is all about the strategy behind the products. Our tag line says a lot about what drives us - 180 Degrees From Ordinary.
At Axis, we are passionate about helping the best brands in the world tell stories. Stories that solve problems. Stories that change behaviors. Stories that are told on tangible products that leave a lasting impression.
From humble beginnings around his kitchen table, Axis’ has grown to over 70 employees with offices in New York City, White Plains, New York, Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois. AXIS’ client base covers an exceptionally broad cross-section of industries (Pharmaceutical, Entertainment, Financial, Beauty and Fashion, Publishing and Sports) including companies such as American Express (under contract nationally). Axis has been named Counselor Magazine’s Top 40 Distributors five years in a row, Promo Marketing Magazine Top 40 Distributor, 4 Gold 2015 PPAI Awards, SAAGNY Distributor of the Year, and PPB’s Greatest Companies to Work For. Axis now ranks as one of the top promotional merchandising agencies in the United States.
When Larry is not busy growing Axis, he is lending his expertise serving on the board of the Promotional Products Association International, PromoKitchen Advisory Board, Peernet Marketing Committee, and former chair of the North American Leadership Conference.
Michael leads the New York office of Manchester Capital Management. He is a member of the Investment Committee and the Executive Team and provides customized portfolio management and advisory services to Manchester Capital’s clients.
Michael is the former CEO of Bank Hapoalim Switzerland, a Private Bank with $10B of assets under management. Prior to that, Michael was CEO of PAM Global Investments, an asset management firm. He has held several executive positions at the Citibank Private Bank, was a co-founder of the Citibank Family Office, and has established or directed investment advisory, asset management and trust businesses in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Jersey, Luxembourg, Israel, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Michael earned a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. with honors from Columbia University. He is a CFA charter holder, a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, and a founding member of the YJP CEO Forum and of the Chairman’s Council of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard.
Manchester Capital Management (MCM) is, and has been since its inception, a Private Family Office dedicated to helping families sustain their wealth, values, and legacy from generation to generation. MCM’s thirty three experienced professionals care for three billion dollars on behalf of forty families. MCM diligently establishes and oversees tailored global investment portfolios, including traditional securities, alternative strategies and directly-owned real estate. MCM’s expertise extends to trust and estate work, financial education and planning, philanthropic endeavors and family meetings. MCM families value authenticity, sincerity and commitment.
Mitch launched Vitals in 2008 after personally experiencing the complexity of finding a qualified physician for his knee surgery. For its first seven years, Mitch served as CEO, growing Vitals.com to over 10 million monthly visitors and a 65 percent compounded annual revenue growth rate. He now serves as Chairman of the company.
Prior to Vitals, Mitch started more than a half-dozen businesses, including Raspberry Red Marketing, NetWorks, Tuff Rhino, Awards.com, RUSS CandyBears and Time Warner Viewer's Edge. He has also been involved in the rapid growth of Popcorn Indiana, Blue Moon Mexican Cafe and IT'SUGAR.
Mitch has an MBA, with honors, from Columbia University and an MA (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) from Queens College in New York.
Paul Neuman, President, is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the food business in NYC. His great grandfather, Sandel Lowenthal, was a chef and restaurant owner in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His grandfather Cornelius and father Robert owned and operated the Rosedale Fish Market on the Upper East Side from 1906 until 2003. Paul currently serves as the chair of the board of HOPE Program, is a Past President of both the NY Metro Chapter of ISES, The International Special Events Society as well as the EANYC, The Executives Association of New York City. He is a regular speaker at the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Program, and mentors H.S. students through the Exploring and PENCIL programs. When he’s not working he is busy in Connecticut being an artist - www.paulneumanartist.com
Perry S. Fine has been working for Triangle Services, Inc. since 1980 where he is currently a principal owner with his brother, Lonnie Fine. Triangle Services, Inc. is part of the umbrella of Triangle companies, which is uniquely qualified to provide managed support services with a focus in the Facilities, Aviation, and Transit industries. With over 3,000 employees, Triangle's comprehensive umbrella provides site specific service delivery approaches for:
Integrated Facility Support Services: operations and maintenance, janitorial services, security services, conveyance systems, HVAC, electrical, lighting and plumbing systems, facility equipment, heavy cargo equipment, building access systems, dimensioning systems, bar code systems and automated building controls;
Aviation Support Services: above wing services such as passenger agent services, wheelchair; and below wing services such as loading of commercial aircrafts;
Transit Support Services: cleaning and maintenance of bus shelters, Maintenance of ground level advertising along roadside, and maintenance and protection of traffic (MPT);
Technology-based solutions provider assisting a broad range of clients with a unique blend of production, mailing & fulfillment services supporting a diverse portfolio of clients throughout the United States.
Perry started a real estate company in 1995 which has acquired properties ranging from 6-story walk-ups in New York City, office buildings on Long Island, ground-up development of condominiums, and investments with leading real estate owners.
Perry holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation from the Building and Owners Management Association (BOMA), a Certified Property Management (CPM) designation from The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and a Masters in Real Estate from New York University (NYU). His undergraduate studies focused on Accounting and Computer Science. He has continued his education by attending the YPO-Harvard program for 4 years, and completed both Particle College and Singularity University.
Additionally, he holds coaching certifications in Soccer and Ice Hockey, and has played with many former NHL players.
Perry has served as the chair for the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) division of Young Real Estate Executives (REX). He has also served on the boards of the Air Society, which benefits Denver Hospital's Asthma research; Israel Bonds; March of Dimes; and The Pyramid Ball, which benefits the Diabetes Foundation and U.S. Chairman for the Israel National Ice Hockey Federation. He is the former chair of the BOMA Pinnacle Awards committee for Historical & Government Buildings and the current chair of the Earth Award category. Additionally, Perry has been actively involved in NYU through the Alumni Association, he has arranged and escorted students from NYU in visits to Colombia and Panama and was the recipient of The Most Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.
Perry is a member of the Young President Organization (YPO-WPO), where he has served as a leader in the Real Estate Round Table, A Highly Rated educational event tiled, Inside FedEx and the Ice Hockey Focus group.
Perry spends his free time enjoying Skiing, Ice Hockey, traveling and spending time with his three kids, Alexandra (26), Zachary (23), Michael (20), and his wife of 29 years, Dianne.
Roman Vinfield entered the Fin-Tech space several years ago, bringing his extensive experience in digital marketing, lead acquisition, and enterprise sales systems with him. Quickly, Roman identified a tremendous pain point for the overwhelming majority of direct lenders and brokerages involved with the marketing and sales of these products: creating an environment to ensure consistent and persistent lead follow up. By building a use case in tandem with Conversica, Roman was able to develop an easily accessible and cost effective method of lead outreach and qualification using technology that, up until that point, had never came across the financial services industry before. AI Assist, founded this year, is now dedicated to bringing the best technology solutions available to Financial Services market, with an emphasis on connecting the Right Opportunities, to the Right People, at the Right Time
Born in London, and educated in Finance at the City of London University, Simon Kaye founded Jaguar Freight in
1993 alongside his father Percy Kaye.
As a third-generation transportation professional, Simon inherently understood the intricacies of logistics and
supply-chain management. Jaguar Freight was founded with a clear vision to provide a level of customer service
unsurpassed in the industry. As technology progressed, Simon set out to create a suite of unique and bespoke
technology products previously unavailable.
Today, Simon is the President and CEO of the company, which continues to provide the same level of unsurpassed customer service and technological innovation to a diverse and prestigious customer base. Over the past 23 years Jaguar Freight continues to push the envelope for world class customer service and technological innovation.
Simon strives everyday to create an innovative work environment; it is this innovation, along with a deep
commitment to exceeding industry standards in customer service, expertise, and technological faculty that keeps
Jaguar Freight at the apex of the industry.
In 2002, Simon relocated to New York with his wife and two sons to establish Jaguar Freight’s new headquarters
in the United States. Eager to maintain a bit of home, Simon maintained his lifelong season ticket holder status at
Tottenham Hotspur, a team known to its fans as “the greatest team the world has ever seen” - a characterization that mirrors his passion for excellence through Jaguar.
Founding principal of InfoHedge Technologies. B.S. in public accounting and computer science from City University of New York. Alumni of several executive education programs from Harvard & MIT.
Mr. Kouperman has 20 years of experience in the alternative investment industry. He built a number of high availability infrastructures for financial services firms. Mr. Kouperman has extensive expertise in architecting, building, and implementing financial systems ranging from the Real Time Trading & Risk Management Systems to robust reference data products such as Security Master Databases.
Prior to founding InfoHedge, served as Chief Information Officer of Alexandra Investment Management, a multi-strategy, multi-billion dollar hedge fund as well as worked with over 360 various alternative investment firms. Some of his products are currently used by Credit Suisse, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Kouperman is a frequent speaker at industry events, leadership forums, and is a passionate supporter of YJP.
Born into Communism, reared under Socialism, and now thriving under Capitalism, Alex Mashinsky has become one of the most recognized figures in the New York entrepreneurial scene. As the Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics, an early stage venture capital firm, Alex founded several companies including GroundLink in 2005, Transit Wireless in 2004, Elematics in 2000, and Arbinet in 1996. Combining the unique talents of business strategist and technological innovator Alex is continuing to invent new web & communications technologies. A featured speaker at over 120 international communications conferences and TV interviews, and the author of over 50 patents relating to exchanges, VOIP, messaging and communication.
Alex served as CEO of Novatel Wireless (MIFI) Arbinet (ARBX) and Groundlink which pioneered the transportation mobile app before Uber.
Alex has received numerous awards for innovation including being nominated twice by E&Y as entrepreneur of the year in 2002 & 2011, Crain's 2010 Top Entrepreneur and the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).
Since beginning a professional career in 1987, Doug Rose has worked with middle-market and emerging growth companies in various senior executive capacities related to general and strategic management, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and finance.
In 2002 Doug founded Gardner Webster Capital Partners, where he has served as Managing Partner sourcing, structuring, financing, and overseeing acquisitions and investments of companies with EBITDA typically below $10 million. Since 2003, Doug has served as an active
Chairman of OccuNomix International LLC, a leading manufacturer of industrial safety products, guiding the company's 300%+ organic growth, and recruiting and directing the company’s senior leadership team. In Sept. 2013, Doug stepped in as interim CEO of OccuNomix and continues to serve in that role today.
Prior to forming GWCP, Doug was Vice President of Corporate Development of CMGI, Inc., an “epicenter” of the Internet. Prior to joining CMGI, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of Genesis Direct, Inc., a catalog and e-commerce company that grew from start-up when he joined to $400 million revenues. Prior to Genesis Direct, Doug was Vice President of Niederhoffer and Niederhoffer, Inc., an investment banking firm specializing in middle-market mergers and acquisitions. Earlier Doug was an acquisition analyst at Manhattan Venture Company, a boutique merger and acquisition advisory firm focused on originating proprietary transactions for corporate and financial buyers.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political and economic philosophy at the University of Vermont, where he also studied corporate finance and business strategy.
Entrepreneur, marketing expert and technology pioneer, Ephraim Rabin, over the past 15 years, has established Parchem - fine & specialty chemicals as the leading global chemical company marketing specialty raw materials. Ephraim has launched three other successful enterprises: Parchem Nutrition, Navux Commerce Solutions and Mahlstedt Art Gallery. He is committed to utilizing advanced business technologies that ensure efficiency and expert strategic solutions that result in sustainability.
Jay served as Chairman and CEO of Cache, Inc., a publicly-held specialty chain of women’s apparel store headquartered in New York. Prior to joining Cache in February 2013, he was Chairman of Intuit Consulting LLC, a consulting firm specializing in retail, fashion, and consumer products located in Watermill, New York. From October 2005 through July 2007, Jay served as the President and CEO of Apparel Group of Limited Brands located in Ohio. Before assuming that position, he had been President and COO of Massachusetts-based Reebok International since 2001, where he also served as a Director. Jay has served on numerous Boards and as an executive officer of other well-known clothing brands.
Jay has significant knowledge in consumer products retailing, merchandising, consumer insights, strategic planning, and public company corporate governance.
Bain Strategic Finance Inc. - September 2016
Boston Beer Company - January 2006 - Present
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. - August 2008 - April 2014
Burlington Coat Factory - December 2009 - April 2013
B.A. from Queens College, a part of The City University of New York
Joel Greenwald is a dynamic attorney and a Managing Partner at the law firm of, Greenwald Doherty LLP. Greenwald Doherty is often considered management’s in-house employment law firm. They are not only preventative counselors, but also seasoned litigators. Altogether, they advocate, protect, and partner - so your focus is your business.
Focusing on labor relations and employment law, Joel advises and represents management on a myriad of legal issues. His educational and accessible style endears him to clients and colleagues alike.
While he fiercely defends his clients from employee claims and aggressively pursues actions on their behalf as a litigator, Joel believes in helping employers avoid litigation from the start. With a wide range of innovative legal services and engaging training sessions for management and human resources, Joel establishes clear strategies to achieve compliance with federal, state, and local workplace laws and regulations. Joel has also pioneered The Values Effect, a toolset that helps companies use their values to discipline and terminate high-performing, yet toxic employees, while also ensuring a positive and productive work culture for the future.
Joel has been recognized with numerous awards, including by Martindale Hubbell with their prestigious “AV” rating. He has also repeatedly been named as a Super Lawyer™, including in 2016.
He routinely saves clients significant expenses with his efficient and effective representation. A frequent lecturer to trade and professional groups, as well as a contributing columnist to business journals, his audiences value his depth of experience with mediators, arbitrators, federal courts, and major agencies like the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Joel earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Lawrence Obstfeld is CEO of Image Navigation which has developed the FDA-approved IGI system for CT-navigated oral-maxillofacial surgery and the DentSim - augmented reality dental simulator. Also a founder of BetaGene, Inc. and Gladius Pharmaceuticals.
Ron is managing partner of Held, Kranzler, McCosker & Pulice, LLP, Certified Public Accountants (HKMP) as well as the Managing Partner of HKMP Technologies, LLC. He has extensive experience serving a wide range of corporate and individual clients in numerous industries. Ron began his career at Deloitte and Touche (DT) before moving on as a controller for both a public and private company. In 1976, Ron found his home at HKMP.
As a partner at HKMP, Ron brings his technical skills acquired from his public and private experience. In addition, Ron brings a commitment, stemming from his experience on both the performance and receiving side of audits and tax, to provide personalized service to each and every client. Since becoming managing partner in
1985, Ron has been instrumental in contributing to the firm’s growth through his emphasis on quality and customized service.
Ron earned a B.S. degree from Long Island University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and currently serves on its Closely Held & S Corporations Committee.
In today's fast-paced and competitive world, the job of CEO can be daunting. Any CEO knows that running a company - regardless of size and industry - requires incredibly long hours under stressful conditions with ever-increasing pressure from all sides to succeed and grow. To address these challenges, YJP will convene business thought-leaders and experts for the CEO Leadership, Innovation & Diversity Symposium, taking place on January 30-31 in New York City.
The Symposium will bring together CEOs from across the country and representing a variety of professional sectors to provide a leadership platform in order to cultivate the forging of new relationships and encourage discussion and debate on topics and challenges that are of universal concern to all CEOs.
This is more than just a typical leadership conference - it is a dynamic event designed to foster a productive and innovative environment in which candid, in-depth conversations can take place. The intimate and confidential setting will provide participants the opportunity to ask industry leaders difficult questions, identify new avenues for collaboration, brainstorm on best practices and explore potential solutions to challenges.
In today's ever-evolving business landscape, a company's success is contingent on high levels of innovation and the establishment of strong relationships and networks. YJP's CEO Leadership, Innovation & Diversity Symposium will serve as a powerful catalyst to develop new strategies and ideas, solutions to challenges and fuel collaborations so that participants can return to the companies they lead better equipped to ensure success.