CEO Innovation, Growth & Diversity Symposium
Alan I. Annex is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Corporate Practice. He leads multi-disciplinary deal teams in a wide variety of large-cap and middle-market domestic and cross-border transactions. Alan has broad experience in corporate and securities matters, and regularly advises public company boards, special committees and executive management regarding their fiduciary duties; corporate governance best practices; and M&A deal strategies, structures and techniques. In addition, Alan has an active practice representing SPACs and UK Cash Shells in their IPO and business combinations.
Alan van Capelle is a nationally recognized leader in the field of civil rights and social justice. As CEO of Educational Alliance, he leads a network of community centers offering social, educational, cultural and recreational services, programs, and events to the diverse population of downtown Manhattan.
Selected by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of the “Forward 50,” Mr. van Capelle catapulted Bend the Arc into the forefront of the national progressive landscape as CEO and represented the American Jewish community in his speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Also chosen by the New York Observer as one of New York’s top “power gays,” Mr. van Capelle won major victories for LGBT rights as Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. In forming partnerships with labor unions and faith communities, he paved the way for marriage equality in New York, while more than tripling Pride Agenda’s budget.
Mr. van Capelle began his career as an organizer and contract negotiator in the labor movement, eventually running the day-to-day political operations of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, the largest and most powerful building service union in the country. He served as Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York, where he advised the agency on all matters involving public policy, media, and community relations. He has also served as a member of the New York City Banking Commission.
Mr. van Capelle has been named to the National Leadership Council’s “40 under 40” list, and has been quoted by The New York Times, CNN, New York 1, Newsweek and New York Magazine. Mr. van Capelle has served on the transition committees for Governor Eliot Spitzer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He was also selected as an elector of the 2008 New York Electoral College.
A lover of all things New York, Mr. van Capelle serves on the Board for the Association of a Better New York (ABNY) and the Association for a Better New York Foundation. He is also a member of Manhattan's Community Board 3, where he will advise on a variety of matters affecting the Lower East Side. In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Committee.
Mr. van Capelle earned his MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor and teaches on organizational culture. He holds Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York.
Mr. van Capelle lives with his partner, Matthew Morningstar, on the Lower East Side where they are raising their two children, Ethan and Patrick.
Alastair Borthwick is head of Global Commercial Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
The Commercial Bank delivers integrated banking solutions to clients across Middle Market Banking, Real Estate,
Specialized Industries, Dealer Financial Services and Business Capital.
Prior to being named to his current role in December 2012, Borthwick was a managing director and co-head of
Global Capital Markets. In that role, he had responsibility for Equity Capital Markets, Investment Grade Debt
Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance, and Global Origination for Rates & Currencies.
Previously, Borthwick was head of Global Investment Grade Debt Capital Markets, a position he held since joining
the company in October 2005. Borthwick spent the prior 12 years at Goldman Sachs.
Borthwick is a member of the board of directors of the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and
renowned college access and youth development programs in the United States.
Borthwick holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College,
and he graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where he majored in economics and statistics.
He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Tuck.
As CEO, Andy leads PCH’s evolution from direct marketer to a leading interactive media company with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue supported by the company’s unique free-to-play, chance-to-win value proposition offered in two major areas of business – shopping and advertising/search.
During his 30-plus year career at Publishers Clearing House, Andy has held a number of leadership positions in the Marketing and Merchandise areas where his earlier work most notably facilitated the Company’s development and
diversification into a wide range of general interest and affinity-driven product categories including general merchandise, housewares, jewelry, home entertainment, personal care, pets, gift foods and collectible items.
An inspiration to over 600 employees, he has extended the PCH brand by successfully integrating several acquisitions in the search, casual games and mobile advertising markets to fuel the company’s future growth.
Andy is a member of the PCH Board of Directors and is a past member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The Direct Marketing Association. Recognized for excellence in the industry, he has been honored with a Silver Apple Award from the Direct Marketing Club of New York. He earned his BS in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Andy Pforzheimer is the co-founder and Chairman of Barteca Restaurant Group, overseeing overall growth and execution of the group’s two concepts, Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant and bartaco.
A restaurant professional for over three decades, Pforzheimer initially became interested in the industry after taking time off from attending Harvard University to live in France, serving a classic two-year apprenticeship in Burgundy. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked in kitchens across America under numerous notable chefs throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Jeremiah Tower at Stars (San Francisco, CA); for Anne Rosenzweig at both Arcadia and the “21” Club (New York, NY); and for Patrick Healy at Colette (Los Angeles, CA). He eventually moved to Connecticut, moving out the kitchen but still keeping a foot in the food world by serving as the original food editor for Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Pforzheimer eventually started his own catering and consulting business, which is how he met his Barteca partner, Sasa Mahr-Batuz, who presented him with the idea of opening a tapas restaurant. The two opened the first Barcelona Wine Bar location in 1996, featuring seasonally-inspired tapas using the finest ingredients from local markets, and specialties from Spain and the Mediterranean. In 2010, Pforzheimer and Mahr-Batuz started a new taqueria concept, bartaco, which serves upscale street food with a coastal beach vibe. Both Barcelona and bartaco have expanded considerably within a decade, with multiple locations across Connecticut, New York, Georgia, the DC area, and Florida, with plans for additional expansion.
Angela Brown has been President and Chief Executive Officer since 2013 of Moneris Solutions Corporation the Canadian Leader in innovative payments solutions for business.
Angela is an experienced executive with more than 25 years in the payments industry, including merchant acquiring, consumer and commercial payment products and payment processing.
Prior to joining Moneris, Angela was Group Executive at MasterCard Worldwide where she was responsible for developing MasterCard’s merchant strategies. Previously, Angela was President, Financial Institutions at Fifth Third Processing Solutions and spent 13 years at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) within the ATM and Cards divisions.
In addition, Angela sits on the Boards of Altus Group, the leading provider of independent advisory services and software, to the global real estate industry, and ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada.
Angela graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. She resides in Orlando with her husband and two children.
Tony Kuczinski is president and CEO of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., (Munich Re). He has overall responsibility for Munich Re’s property and casualty reinsurance and specialty insurance businesses in the US. He has over 35 years of industry experience and has been with Munich Re since 1989.
Tony serves the insurance industry through participation in a number of organizations including The Institutes, Reinsurance Association of America, American Insurance Association and St. John’s University School of Risk Management Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants.
Benjamin Fink is President and CEO of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) and Western
Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP). From May 2009 - February 2017 Benjamin was Senior
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of WES and WGP, during which time he
was named as one of “America’s Best CFOs” by Institutional Investor Magazine in five of the
past six years, and in 2016 was named to its “All America Executive Team” as a result of being
voted top CFO in his sector. Prior to coming to Houston, Benjamin worked for Anadarko
Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) in its Beijing, Rio de Janeiro and London offices.
Benjamin served as President and CEO of Prosoft Learning Corporation, an educational content
company, from November 2004 until its sale in June 2006, during which period he was noted
as one of the youngest CEOs of a NASDAQ-listed company. Prior to joining Prosoft, Benjamin
spent the majority of his career in Asia, co-founding and serving as COO and CFO of Meta4
Group Limited, an online direct marketer based in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. From
1993-2000, Mr. Fink held positions of increasing responsibility at Prudential Asset
Management Asia and Prudential Capital Group, where he focused on the negotiation,
structuring and execution of private equity and debt investments.
Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and serves on the Board of Directors of the
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and the Houston Grand Opera. Benjamin married his
wife Jennifer in 2008 and together they have two children: Noa (age 5) and Max (age 4). He
was born and raised in New York, and enjoys playing basketball, solving and constructing
crossword puzzles, participating in the culinary arts, and spending time with his family.
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.
Brian brings a unique view to the industry - -built around global brands, digital transformation, and the power of talent.
In a career spanning over 25 years, Brian has worked hands-on with many of the world’s leading brands including IBM, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, IKEA, Unilever, and Nestlé. For 12 years he was CEO of Ogilvy’s global direct and digital marketing network OgilvyOne – named by Gartner Research in 2016 and 2017 as a leader among global digital agencies.
In recent years, Brian has increasingly focused on talent. He has lectured on career strategy at institutions including Yale, Harvard, MIT Sloan School, Columbia, and McGill. Brian’s book on career strategy, The Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High and Go Far, was released in September 2016. (www.thelongviewcareer.com) It was named Best Book of 2016 in the business career category. In November 2017, Brian was named Worldwide Chief Talent Officer for the Ogilvy Group, responsible for a global team of 20,000.
He is also the executive sponsor for Ogilvy’s Young Professional Network and is an advisor to several start-ups run by millennials. Brian has been a board member of Goodwill Industries for over 20-years and is a passionate supporter of its mission to help people gain independence through the power of work.
Brian was born and raised in Montréal, Canada and now resides in New York. He plays hockey every Sunday night, and plays guitar and harmonica in a rock band, aptly named Plan B.
Bruce has an unwavering dedication to the vision of a firm built on growing people to their fullest potential. Despite industry skeptics suggesting such a firm could never succeed being so different, Bruce pushed forward building an organization that provided something different and unique to its employees and clients.
Bruce founded Pariveda in October 2003 during the worst IT recession in history. An idea drove Bruce that in any professional practice, talent represents the best sustainable hope for long-term success.
Bruce financed the company with his assets, crafting a unique but sustainable business model based on talent development. The business model is built on concepts counter to conventional industry wisdom; a) Recruit for passion, character, and potential versus skills and experience, b) Focus on small, short duration projects, not large, long projects c) Seek long-term client relationships instead of transactions, d) Develop people as solution architects, not specialists e) Teach everyone sales and relationship skills f) Focus on geographies and communities, not industries or technologies, g) Bring new ideas to clients to consider as you look holistically at their business h) Build a firm to last forever (ESOP), not a company to be sold.
Bruce’s initial vision to create a different kind of consultancy is driving force of our success today. Pariveda has grown to over 525 people based in 9 offices in major U.S. cities with 2016 revenue of $97 million.Our consultants seek to be more than problem-solvers. They aspire to become trusted advisors and partners to our clients with novel solutions to enduring problems, seeking knowledge to benefit our clients while building their careers. Bruce created a company based on the idea that talent can be differentiating. This differentiation through talent is essential to Pariveda in developing a highly adaptable, sustainable enterprise on the premise that the only constants in business are complexity and change, especially in IT consulting.
Bruce champions Pariveda’s commitment to giving back to the communities we serve. We’ve given nearly 130,000 hours of community service since inception. We consider this an essential part of our culture and is a pillar of each employee’s career development pathway. It also allows us to join freely in with our communities, provide opportunities for improvement and service to the people around us. Achieving one’s fullest potential has everything to do with our cultural commitment to philanthropy.
Bruce serves many organizations. He is a member of the Baylor University Angel Network and the Stewardship Board Chairman of the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. He is also a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Native Prairie Association of Texas, and certified as Master Naturalist in the North Texas chapter (NTMN).
Growing up, Carey lived in 8 different states and attended 17 different schools. Entrepreneurial from a young age, his first job was selling greeting cards door-to-door. Carey obtained a B.S. in Economics from Hood College and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. In 1982, after 5 years as an insurance and reinsurance underwriter, Carey started his own business, Sprinkool Systems, an industrial evaporative roof cooling company, despite having no background whatsoever in the area.
Carey’s tenacity and a good eye for great products led him to create Big Ass Fans in 1999 to market and later manufacture high volume, low speed ceiling fans for industrial, agricultural, commercial and institutional applications. The development of more cutting-edge products, including LED lighting for industry, and ceiling fans, lights, and switches for the connected home under the Haiku Home division, transformed a Big Ass Fan company into Big Ass Solutions.
Since 1999, BAS has grown from 15 to 915 employees and from $700,000 to $270 million in revenue, and continues to grow by double digits by developing innovative, award-winning products in the commercial and residential appliance space.
Carey has won numerous awards for leadership, including Inc. Magazine’s Economy Hero, and was a 2011 regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine and is regularly interviewed as an expert in start-up businesses by such publications as Forbes, Inc., Bloomberg Business and the Wall Street Journal, even though he’s been self-employed for 35 years.
Carey sold Big Ass Solutions in December, 2017 half a billion dollars. This amount was shared among himself as sole owner and various taxing authorities. More than 10 percent went to over 100 of his employees who had stock appreciation rights, 15 of whom became millionaires.
Carey has been married to the same incredibly tolerant woman for 40 years and has one exceptional son whom he managed to bamboozle into the business and who is now the managing director of the BAS office in Brisbane, AU. Carey is now exploring other business opportunities in the big ass universe
Chaim Katzman is the founder, controlling shareholder and Chairman of Gazit-Globe Ltd, a leading international real estate company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE:GZT), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GZT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: GZT). As Chairman, Mr. Katzman leads global operations, manages affiliate and subsidiary activities and oversees more than $US19 billion in assets in over 20 countries.
Mr. Katzman is also the founder, controlling shareholder and Chairman of Norstar Holdings (formerly Gazit Inc.), the parent company of Gazit-Globe, the Chairman of Equity One, Inc. (NYSE: EQY), a leading shopping center developer and owner focused on urban communities, U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) he founded in 1992. He served as EQY Chairman & CEO from 1992 to 2006. Mr. Katzman also serves on the Board of First Capital Realty Inc. (TSX: FCR), Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket- and pharmacy-anchored shopping centers. He served as FCR Chairman from 2000 to 2015. In 2008, following an investment by the Gazit Group, Mr. Katzman was appointed as Chairman of Atrium European Real Estate (VSX/Euronext Amsterdam: ATR), a leading real estate company that owns, operates and develops shopping centers in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2010, Mr. Katzman was appointed Chairman of Citycon Oyj (OMX: CTY), an owner, developer and operator of shopping centers in the Nordic and Baltic and the market leader in the Nordic shopping center sector.
A pioneer of the retail investment and development industry, Mr. Katzman is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Real Estate Roundtable and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), and a trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
He received an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University Law School and serves as a trustee on the Board of Governors at Tel-Aviv University.
Mr. Katzman was the recipient and winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in the Real Estate and Construction Services Category in Florida.
Mr. Katzman is a well-known civic leader, philanthropist and supporter of numerous organizations. In 2011, he founded the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, a novel academic and research program focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in the real estate sector that will eventually offer a master’s degree in real estate with concentrations in housing, land use and real estate financing.
Chris is IntegraMed Fertility’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for overseeing all strategic, business, and operational aspects of the largest network of fertility practices across North America. Chris leads a team of dedicated executives and physician partners to foster operational excellence in patient care for new and existing practices within the IntegraMed network.
Chris brings many years of healthcare experience to his role as CEO. Prior to joining IntegraMed, he served as the Group President and Chief Operating Officer of Surgery Partners LLC. While there, he had significant operational and strategic responsibilities, holding lead responsibility for Surgery Partners ASC operations. From 1998-2007 he worked at HealthSouth Corporation in various operational roles, becoming Senior Vice President of Operations for the Outpatient Division. After successfully assisting in the sale of the Outpatient Division to Select Medical Corporation in May 2007, he served as Division President of the West Region overseeing 350+ locations. Beginning in 2009, he served as Divisional President of the Network Division at Select Medical. During his tenure, he developed and grew a new Worker’s Compensation Specialty Network Product, enabling the practice to compete for greater market share in the $80B marketplace.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar. He earned his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University, graduating with honors. Chris and his family currently reside in Westchester County, NY. A father of five children, his interests include spending time with family, golf, tennis, reading and music.
Chris Hansen is the founder, president and CEO of Fifty Door Partners, LLC and the CEO of AJW Architectural Products. In this capacity, he drives strategy and vision for Fifty Door Partners and its holdings.
Prior to founding Fifty Door Partners, Chris spent a decade immersed in the telecom industry, where he held a series of progressively demanding roles at some of the industry's leading companies, including Allegiance, Sprint and Qwest. In each organization, he was tasked with taking over underperforming teams, evaluating their shortcomings and engineering turn-around strategies. He founded Fifty Door Partners in 2007, and has since employed those same strategies and techniques to the group's holdings in the commercial building products industry.
A former All American, Chris still applies the discipline and principles he learned on the wrestling mat to the business world. It's that focus on high-performance results that propelled him from his first role in the telecom industry to a spot on the company's executive leadership team. And it remains his fuel as an entrepreneur.
Born and raised in Central New York, Chris and his family divide their time between Garrison, NY and New York City. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters
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 serves as a Colgate University Emeritus Trustee and sits on the Board of Directors for Time Inc., 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.
One of nation’s top-rated CEOs by Glassdoor, Darius Mirshahzadeh, has cultivated a company renowned for “Growing Happiness.” He has led a cultural revolution in this industry that reverberates well beyond its scope, and has been recognized in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine for innovation in corporate culture. He was recently named one of HousingWire’s Rising Stars and prior to his time at The Money Source, Darius founded Twin Capital Mortgage which was ranked as the “40th fastest-growing privately held company in America” by Inc. Magazine. His business insights have been published in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, and Forbes online.
David Li is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director at Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, a US publicly traded semiconductor materials company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois (NASDAQ: CCMP). David joined Cabot
Microelectronics in 1997 and over the past 20 years, has held a number of different roles within the company including leading the company’s Asia Pacific business where he was based in Shanghai, China as well as numerous other leadership positions in Product Line Management, Investor Relations, and Operations. David started his career
as a chemical engineer working at UOP, a petrochemical technology company.
David earned a BS in Chemical Engineer from Purdue in 1995 and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg University in 2003.
David and his family including wife, Sophia, and sons Ethan and Henry split their time between Shanghai and Chicago. In his free time, David enjoys golf, reading, and travel.
David Nathaniel is CEO of Standard, a major manufacturer and supplier of lighting products to the professional market in Canada primarily selling through electrical and lighting wholesalers and lighting showrooms . Our major product categories include LED Lighting Fixtures, Lighting Control Products, Lamps, & Power Supplies. We are able to facilitate turn-key lighting solution projects that offer improved lighting performance and energy savings with excellent investment payback.
Standard is part of a larger family owned group of independently operated lighting businesses including Stanpro Lighting Systems Inc. & Aimlite Corp. all headquartered in the Montreal area.
Standard has achieved "Platinum" status and is a 8 time winner of the "Canada's Best Managed Companies" program managed by Deloitte.
Mr. Schulte is a co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CORR). CorEnergy qualified as the first listed energy infrastructure REIT in 2013. The company has built a portfolio of pipeline and storage assets, subject to leases and mortgage interests. CORR financed its $650 million portfolio through building a strong balance sheet with publicly issued common stock, perpetual preferred stock, and convertible debt.
Previously, Mr. Schulte was a co-founder and a Managing Director of Tortoise Capital Advisors where, from 2002 until 2015, he served on the investment committee and as a leader of new product development. With $16 billion AUM, Tortoise is a pioneer in developing funds focused on listed energy infrastructure debt and equity securities, including developing the first listed MLP fund in 2004. The primary fund’s performance has been recognized with “5 Stars” by Morningstar, attracting retail and institutional accounts.
Prior to Tortoise, Mr. Schulte had professional experience in private equity and investment banking, and began his career as a securities lawyer. Mr. Schulte earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University. He is a CFA charter holder and a CPA. In 2017, Mr. Schulte was voted into the Alerian Hall of Fame for Asset Management.
David is the Co-President and CEO of Hunter Douglas NV, a family controlled company that is the world leader in window-coverings and a major manufacturer of architectural products.
David earned his B.A from Harvard College, class of '90.
Federico A. Tripodi was appointed CEO of Calyxt in May 2016. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University’s Olin Business School, as well as an agronomic engineering degree from Buenos Aires University. Federico has gathered extensive experience in agricultural R&D and product development during his nearly two-decade career in the ag biotech and seed industry. Prior to joining Calyxt, he worked as General Manager for Monsanto Company’s Sugarcane Division in Brazil for three years. He held other roles for Monsanto in Saint Louis, Missouri, spanning Corporate Strategy (2011-2013), Omega-3 Program Lead (2009-2011), Oilseeds Global Quality Management Lead (2008-2009) and multiple other roles that involved managing multidisciplinary research teams in the technology organization between 2001 and 2008. During his tenure at Monsanto, Mr. Tripodi led or participated with early discovery and late commercialization phase product launches across the Americas, which included biotech consumer traits (improved composition soybean oils) and farmer traits (high yield, drought tolerance, insect protection and herbicide tolerance). Mr. Tripodi started his career in Argentina in 1998 in field research of biotechnology traits and chemistry formulations until he moved to Saint Louis in 2001. Mr. Tripodi also has experience as a director of a startup and serves on the board of directors for a not-for profit.
As a Visionary Entrepreneur and CEO within World Financial Group entrepreneurial platform, Fradel Barber is an example of success and an inspiration to all who come in contact with her. From humble beginnings; Fradel accidentally found herself in the financial services industry while attempting to pay her way thru college for fashion design. In a short period of time, she became one of the youngest, and most recognized trailblazers within World Financial Group. With her passion for success and will to overcome all obstacles, Ms. Barber has opened and operates offices throughout the United States. Some of the locations are; New York City NY, Long Island NY, White Plains NY, Orlando FL, Kissimmee FL, Ft Lauderdale FL, Miami FL, Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, and Encino CA.
Her influence is far reaching by her ability to educate and assist families, individuals and businesses in the planning of their financial future; as well as mentor and coach future leaders within the industry to do the same. Fradel is very passionate about helping people build and protect their wealth, as well as in the business and personal growth of the people she mentors.
In 2011, she was honored, alongside NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at the 145th Annual Celebration for Brooklyn Community Services as someone who makes an impact in her community. Ms. Barber is an alumni member of the Pipeline Angels which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice. As a female entrepreneur she empowers other women to succeed in business.
Fradel has served on the Advisory Board for World Financial Group Headquarters, where her advice and expertise were used to assist entrepreneurs’ utilizing the WFG entrepreneurial platform nationwide. She also served on the Advisory Board for Transamerica Life Insurance Company where she advised on product development and new agent engagement.
Fradel has always had a hunger to improve her own and her society’s future. Her strong belief, that by impacting a child who can one day grow up and give back will continue the cycle of doing good for others, led her to take on the role of serving on the advisory board of All For One; a non-profit organization that is dedicated to changing the lives of children around the world by improving social conditions, educational opportunities, and healthcare availability.
Most recently Fradel is the Associate Producer and Cast Member on "THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich"; a feature length film based on the book Think and Grow Rich (officially sanctioned by the Napoleon Hill Foundation).
Ms. Barber currently works out of her office on Wall Street and is constantly expanding to new areas within the United States and Canada.
As the CEO, Frank Møllerop leads the Global Business, which serves more than 5000 customers in 20 countries. Møllerop oversees an international organization with around 250 employees in addition also the franchise business. QuestBack is one of the leading global players in Enterprise Feedback application market, and is helping enterprises capturing wisdom from customers and employees to grow their top-line, improve organizational efficiency and drive loyalty.
Before joining QuestBack in February 2013, Frank Møllerop was leading the Global Energy Business unit for SAS Inc, which serves more than +200 energy customers in 35 countries. SAS is the global leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.
In addition, he was a member of the Global Executive team for EMEA & AP region covering almost 60% of the global revenue for SAS Inc. As a board member, Møllerop brought his business acumen and experience to help establish and drive innovative strategies for increased organizational effectiveness, efficiency and performance. Focus areas for the Board include recognizing and fostering innovation, motivating and retaining employees, strengthening customer relationships and providing exceptional customer value. After five years under Møllerop’s leadership, SAS Norway doubled its revenues and received the prestigious “Great place to Work” award in 2007. That same year, Møllerop won the Rosing Award for Norway, which described him as “this year’s IT-executive.”
Before joining SAS in June 2002, Møllerop spent three years for Manamind/Infostream, covering e-Trading solutions and hosting of large websites in the Nordics. Before that Møllerop spent 5 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers heading up the Strategic Changes unit and 5 years with Statoil in Upstream and Downstream and had also 5 years with the Norwegian Armed Forces in Procurement.
Møllerop studied at the Norwegian School of Management and holds a Master’s degree in General Business Administration. To his customer interactions and leadership roles, Møllerop brings extensive experience in the areas of:
IT strategy, Business Analytics and ERP
Corporate strategy development.
Enterprise-wide cost reduction.
Mergers and acquisitions integration.
Supply chain and procurement.
Møllerop is based at the QuestBack USA/New York office. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past 25 years Mr. Cook has been at the forefront of Internet-based entrepreneurial businesses. Under his leadership he founded and grew SuperNet into one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the country, and then proceeded to scale this further by transitioning Internet-based services into telecommunications carriers. He has helped build SAAS service companies, and most recently as CEO at 10EQS has focused on developing and scaling business models for the knowledge-based attributes of the Internet. 10EQS currently serves the Global 1000 and numerous professional services firms.
Harry is the founder and CEO of Kargo, the leading mobile brand advertising marketplace. Named as one of EY Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2016, he is the chief architect of Kargo’s strategy. Under his leadership over the past fifteen years, Harry has transformed Kargo into one of the advertising industry’s most innovative technology companies. His experience building Kargo from the ground up has given him a deep understanding of the latest trends. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at CES, IAB, Advertising Week, Websummit, Cannes and other advertising and technology conferences, and has been featured in The NYTimes, The Today Show, AdAge, Bloomberg, Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and dozens of other media outlets. Harry graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he is now an advisor to young entrepreneurs through the Harvard Innovation Lab. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Hemi Zucker as of Jan 1st is a Managing Principal of OCV Partners. OCV is a Los Angeles-based venture fund that invests in, owns, and operates companies in the information technology, e-commerce, media & telecommunications, life sciences & healthcare, and clean technology sectors with the objective of creating sustainable long-term value.
Prior to OCV, Hemi served as the Chief Executive Officer of j2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM), a company he helped found in 1996. During his tenure, he led the company's IPO in 1999 and grew the company’s annual revenue to over $1bn. Under Hemi's leadership, j2 Global acquired over 160 cloud technology / media companies and assets around the world, making the company one of the most acquisitive tech companies in the U.S.
Before joining j2, Hemi worked at Motorola in the U.S. and Israel, where he is originally from. He helped launched Israel’s first (and one of the world’s first) cellular companies, consolidated Israel’s paging industry through M&A, and later also worked on an early wireless data commercial network in the U.S.
Hemi has served on multiple boards, including LegalZoom, CloudShare, and SmartClixx, and is also invested in several funds, whose focus span IoT, big data, adtech, and student housing.
Ira Zlotowitz took the commercial real estate industry by storm at the age of 21. His story starts at Meridian Capital, where he integrated mastery of the cold call into the company’s business model, trained several large teams of callers and was responsible for the launch of new offices nationwide. This campaign, the success of which would repeat itself, expedited unprecedented growth for the company. A year prior to his first at Meridian, the company closed $300 million in loans. Just four years later, in his final year there, they closed over $2 billion.
In 2001, Mr. Zlotowitz formed Eastern Union Funding. Together with Abraham Bergman, he built Eastern from a four-person office in Brooklyn into a national firm, with over 100 real estate professionals. Meanwhile, the company has taken off. In a three year cycle beginning in 2010, Eastern Union achieved 253 percent growth, according to data from Crain’s New York Business Journal. Further, Eastern Union closed $3 billion in 2014. Mr. Zlotowitz and his team at Eastern established their presence and amplified their impact by working actively with a growing network of roughly 85 lenders. Eastern stays ahead of the pack by developing its data resources and employing the talent of brokers who remain in command of the often fast-paced and challenging evolution of the market.
For this, Mr. Zlotowitz and the company he founded have won numerous accolades. The New York Times recently featured Mr. Zlotowitz for Eastern Union’s successful navigation of the industry. That story was inspired by the unmatched growth of Eastern Union and Mr. Zlotowitz’s results-driven, tenacious and sometimes contagious attitude to the business of which he is a scholar. His story has proved interesting to others as well. In 2005, the then-29-year-old real estate professional, Mr. Zlotowitz, earned coveted placement on Crain’s New York Business’s “Forty-Under-40” annual feature. More recently, Eastern Union was listed by Inc. Magazine as the number one fastest growing real estate company in the United States. Crain’s, meanwhile, revisited Mr. Zlotowitz’s activity when Eastern Union was listed in the publication’s “2014 Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in New York City.”
Mr. Zlotowitz has offered numerous real estate courses to the public and remains deeply involved with furthering education. Actively participating in, and contributing to several curriculum-related charities and programs, one of which he founded himself at age 19 and is still massively successful today. Mr. Zlotowitz resides with his family in Lakewood, New Jersey.
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.
As founder and CEO of Signature Consultants, Jay Cohen leads the company’s strategic vision and distinct culture. He also has a hands-on role in the development of Signature’s emerging and regional leaders.
Cohen, having an entrepreneurial drive, established Signature Consultants after owning and successfully operating various businesses, predominately in the medical field.
He began his career in the medical profession and is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Background & Experience
Jay Olshonsky is the President of NAI Global. With over 35 years in commercial real estate he has worked for: CBRE (15 years), Manekin, HBW Group, JBG Smith, Helmsley Spear and Greenhoot.
Arizona State University
Professional Associations & Designations
Current Member of RICS, SIOR, ICSC, NAR and ULI. National Association of Realtors Commercial Alliance - 2003 Chairman. Washington DC Association of Realtors - 2000 Chairman. Greater Washington DC Commercial Association of Realtors - 1998 President. Realtor of the Year: Greater Washington DC Commercial Association of Realtors - 1998
Since 2013, Jay Parker has been the Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman Florida Brokerage where he has capitalized on his extensive brokerage relationships and realtor contacts to grow Douglas Elliman’s presence in Miami, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Aventura, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Beach and Jupiter.
Jay has shown a propensity for leadership throughout his career. His fundamental role in handling over $300 million in mergers and acquisitions at the Law Firm of Gunster Yoakley Valdez Fauli & Stewart in the Miami and Palm Beach Real Estate Departments ultimately led his client to an IPO. Then, as General Counsel for LandTel Communications in New York, he oversaw the implementation of a Pan-European fixed wireless market. In this role, he raised over $375 million from numerous private equity firms and restructured the company’s assets after recognizing a funding gap at a time when the industry was in distress, thereby avoiding bankruptcy.
In late 2001, Jay returned 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. After strengthening his brokerage roots in South Florida while also representing Titan Capital as the company’s local counsel, Jay sought a joint venture, founding Titan Capital Florida, LLC in 2006. Jay continues to serve as Managing Partner of Titan Capital Florida, a Direct Lender with offices in New York, Connecticut and Miami. In its first year of operations, Titan Capital Florida closed on over $100 million in transactions.
In 2010, Jay 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 the area, representing many of Miami Beach’s most respected developers, landlords and tenants, as well as handling some of their most significant real estate transactions.
Jay received a Bachleor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario located in London Ontario Canada. During this time, he spent a year studying abroad in Tel Aviv. Jay completed his studies at the University of Miami, School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1998.
Today, Jay lives with his twin boys in Miami where he is a member of the Florida Bar Association and serves on the Board of Governors for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Jay is also President of the Executive Board of Mt. Sinai Medical Center Foundation and sits on the Miami Association of Realtors Leadership Board.
Jerry Blaine is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of LDI Color ToolBox, with over 40 years of experience in the office technology industry. Jerry is a member of various sales, networking and industry organizations and holds board positions in national provider organizations representing the multibillion dollar digital office technology marketplace. Mr. Blaine has been recognized for his leadership role at LDI as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He has championed several causes, not-for-profit and charity organizations, has actively volunteered with Big Brothers, has acted as a trustee for the National Institute for People with Disabilities and has a been chairman of The Corporate Source, a not-for-profit providing competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities, for the past nine years.
Joe Caserta is an internationally recognized public speaker, entrepreneur, technologist, and founding President of Caserta. Joe co-authored The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit, an industry bestselling book that has become the standard for preparing data for analytics. Joe is recognized as an authority on enterprise data analytics and continues to innovate and expand his role in the industry. Joe’s consulting rm, Caserta, remains at the forefront of the data analytics revolution, devising the most unique and advanced analytics environments in use today.
Joel Silver is President & CEO of DAVIDsTEA, a specialty tea retailer offering a differentiated selection of proprietary loose-leaf tea and accessories, primarily through over 236 company-operated DAVIDsTEA stores throughout Canada and the United States, and davidstea.com. With over 20 years of consumer brand experience, Joel most recently served as General Partner Director of TrilogyGrowth, a venture capital fund he co-founded, which focuses on consumer-centric brands including Poppin, iStore and Indeed Laboratories. Prior to TrilogyGrowth, from 2003 to 2011, he held several positions of increasing responsibility at Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX:IDG), Canada's largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer, most recently as President. Joel has sat on Indigo Books & Music’s Board of Directors since 2011. He was also a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of SalesDriver.com Inc., an on-line e-commerce platform based out of Boston & Toronto that was sold to Carlson Marketing Group Inc. He began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble.
Joel earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and his Master’s degree of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Currently holds the position of CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER at AGROFRESH SOLUTIONS, INC. (NASDAQ AGFS) a global leader in Food Waste Prevention and Fruit Quality preservation. Member of the Board of Directors, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and executing it accordingly.
Prior to holding the position of Chief Executive Officer at AgroFresh Solutions, he held the role of CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER at PURECIRCLE LIMITED (LON PURE), from 2008 until 2016. PureCircle Limited is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high purity Stevia, where he applied his long experience in sweetener and consumer products to natural zero calorie sweetener, Stevia. During his tenure at PureCircle, he established sales, marketing, product application, agriculture development and operational disciplines, as well as built a first class management team to support the company’s growth and lead the expansion of the Stevia market worldwide.
Previous to PureCircle, from 2005-2008 he held the position of VICE PRESIDENT - SALES & MARKETING for Tate & Lyle (LON TATE) SPLENDA® Sucralose Division, promoting adoption of U.S. leading sweetener at the time, across leading food and beverage Brands around the world.
From 2004-2005, Jordi held the position of VICE PRESIDENT - SALES & MARKETING for WISE FOODS INC., a leading East Coast manufacturer and distributor of salty snacks which strategic approach helped build a value-added strategy based on ethnic marketing, core Brand focus and distributor integrated programs.
From 2000-2003, he held the position of VICE PRESIDENT - “MARKETING/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AMERICAS” for the Chupa Chups Group based in Atlanta, Georgia. His responsibilities included North American Marketing strategy in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and managed new strategic alliance with M&M Mars. He originally joined Chupa Chups in October, 1996 as AREA MARKETING DIRECTOR.
From 1991-1996, he held the position of MARKETING MANAGER for Trident Sugar Free for Warner Lambert Co., and his earlier experiences include IBM Singapore, Henkel and the Indo International Group in Miami, Florida.
Native of Barcelona, Jordi speaks five languages and has an MBA by ESADE Business School and PMD by IESE business schools. Chosen “2001 Marketer of the Next Generation” by Brandweek Magazine.
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.
Ken Haderer is the President of North America at Mercer, a leading global consulting firm that helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth, and careers of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC).
Mr. Haderer leads more than 5,000 colleagues who deliver consulting, broking, and other solutions to clients and their employees around their Health, Wealth, and Career. Mr.Haderer has significant experience in the professional services industry and a proven track record in helping to facilitate improvements in a sustainable manner across a variety of organizations.
Prior to this role, Mr. Haderer served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mercer, leading 9,000 global Operations and Technology colleagues. Mr. Haderer joined Mercer in May 2013 to lead the Benefits Administration business. Prior to joining Mercer, Mr. Haderer was an Executive Vice President overseeing Aon Hewitt’s Global Benefits Solution. Prior to that, he led Aon’s Benefits Administration business and served on the Americas Executive Committee. His extensive customer service, technology and professional services background also includes Operations Leader at Mellon/PWC and various customer service and operational roles at Prudential and Verizon.
Mr. Haderer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Management from Drew University and his MBA in Finance degree from Seton Hall University.
Krish brings more than 20 years of successful leadership and innovation to BlueJeans Network. Krish has been founder and CEO of several successful startup ventures, including Topspin, a datacenter virtualization player (acquired by Cisco in 2005) and Internet Junction (acquired by Cisco in 1995). Prior to BlueJeans, Krish was Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Accel Partners, where he explored HD video technologies including the current idea behind BlueJeans and the GM for the Server Virtualization business unit at Cisco Systems, responsible for architecting Cisco's datacenter and desktop virtualization solutions.
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.
As CEO, Les Hiscoe provides the leadership and vision required to drive
the continued growth and success of Shawmut Design and Construction,
a $1.3 billion national construction management firm. His focus is on
creating the most differentiated customer experience in our industry by
driving exceptional levels of client service, developing teams of remarkably talented people, and embracing the latest technologies and implementing them across every aspect of the business.
As a hands-on leader, Hiscoe works closely with his senior management
team to build long-standing relationships with clients such as Harvard
University, Louis Vuitton, and Apple. Hiscoe has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, including 19 years at Shawmut. He has been instrumental in the expansion and growth of the company’s New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago offices. He is a six-year Pan-Mass Challenge rider, a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for ACE Mentor Program New York, and Rebuilding Together NYC, where he was recently named Board Member of the Year.
Hiscoe graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor
of Science in Civil Engineering, is a graduate of the Executive Leadership
Institute at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and is a registered
Marc Cenedella is the Founder and CEO of Ladders, Inc., a leading professional careers site. He is the author of the largest career advice newsletter in the United States, reaching an audience of nearly 10 million weekly.
A nationally renowned thought leader on job search, career management and recruiting, Marc is frequently sought out by national media organizations for his expert commentary on employment and entrepreneurialism. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Wired, and Businessweek, appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Bloomberg and has spoken at Ignition, SHRM, and Internet Summit as well as Harvard Business School, Columbia University, and Yale.
Marc is also the Founder and Organizer of iOSoho, New York City’s largest iOS Engineer Meetup, as well as a mentor at TechStars. Before founding Ladders, Marc was a Senior Vice President at HotJobs.com, where he served as lead on its sale to Yahoo in 2002 for $436 million.
Melissa began with WEX in 1997 as a senior financial analyst and worked her way through numerous roles, progressively gaining greater responsibilities and building a strong track record of execution. As CFO, Melissa led the company’s highly successful IPO in 2005. Then, as president of the Americas, she was responsible for the company’s growth in the Americas, both organically and through acquisitions. And, today, as CEO, Melissa has responsibility for the company’s day-to- day global operations and its long-term strategic growth. She also serves as a WEX board member.
Born and raised in Maine, Melissa was recognized as Mainebiz 2012 Woman to Watch and won the tribute to Women in Industry Award from the Maine Women’s Fund in 2015. In 2017 she was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and was named Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year. She was also named PYMNTS.com’s Most Innovative Woman in Payments in 2014 and PaymentsSource’s Most Influential Woman in Payments in 2014. Respected as much for her style as her ability to balance strategic thinking with tactical execution, Melissa’s relationship philosophy is this: if you are going to say something about someone else, say it directly to that person.
Active in non-profit work, Melissa is co-founder of the Executive Women’s Forum as well as co-founder of sheJAMS, an all-women training club that allows women to train together in a non-competitive spirit. She also is a sponsor of and participant in Tri for a Cure. Additionally, Melissa serves on the Maine Health Board of Directors, Dead River Company Board of Directors and is a former board member of the Center for Grieving Children.
Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine.
Mike Federle is CEO of Forbes Media and a Director on the Forbes Media, LLC, Board, where he oversees the organization and drives the company’s performance, strategic planning and worldwide growth.
Since July of 2016, Mr. Federle served as Forbes Media’s President and COO with responsibility for the company’s media business, its intersection with new businesses, content creation, editorial, product development, sales, marketing and corporate functions.
Prior to joining Forbes Media in 2011, he was a co-founder, President and COO of Techonomy Media Inc, a multimedia company based in New York, in which Forbes acquired an equity interest in July, 2011.
He is a 25-year veteran of the media industry, where he has held top positions as Publisher of Fortune magazine, Group Publisher of the Time Inc. Business & Finance Network that included media properties such as Fortune, Money, Business2.0 and CNNMoney.
Michael McKelvy is president and chief executive officer of Gilbane Building Company. He joined the
company in 2014 as president and chief operating officer. Mr. McKelvy 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
As the president and chief executive officer, 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. Mr. McKelvy also serves as a board
member for Gilbane, Inc.
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 2003 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 CH
Guernsey & Co. in Oklahoma City as a project manager and project architect working with many
federal agencies. From 1988 to 2003 he worked 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 chairman 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.
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.
Myles Peacock, the CEO of CreativeDrive, a leading global content creation and production studio network, is a recognized leader and innovator of industry processes, technology and cost management.
Myles heads CreativeDrive’s global executive team’s strategy, client service and performance offerings, continuously seeking to simplify the content creation cycle for the benefit of clients and brands.
Under Myles’s leadership, CreativeDrive has gained industry recognition as a new business model that is challenging the advertising agency status quo with content ideation, creation, and production that is best of class yet easy, agile and affordable. CreativeDrive ideates, produces and delivers high-quality content quickly, at a massive scale, in any language across any channel or trend.
CreativeDrive’s collective of artists has quickly grown to include over 1,000 talented photographers, filmmakers, motion graphic designers, app developers and many other makers, creators and doers. Located in 100 studios across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia, the company is strategically based in economically and culturally smart cities that inspire a fresh, creative point of view for unmatched content in any format.
Myles joined CreativeDrive from eg+ Wordwide, Omnicom's global implementation and production agency, where he was President, Americas, Global Brand Leader and original Worldwide COO and Co-Founder. He has more than 20 years of marketing communications experience across Asia, Europe and North America.
Nicolas Topiol began his career as a bond trader and a treasurer for the French subsidiary of the Standard Chartered Bank. Subsequent to obtaining his graduate Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the private equity and mergers and acquisition departments at Société Générale before joining the French offices of Apax Partners.
Nicolas Topiol moved to the United States in 1994 to pursue his private equity expertise in developing a commodities investment and trading holding Company with a fellow Wharton alumnus. In 1999, Nicolas Topiol
made a direct investment and subsequently operationally joined the founders of two watch and jewellery e-commerce businesses in their inception (Timezone.com and then Ashford.com, Diamond.com and
Worldofwatches.com) to lead the fund-raising and development of those Internet ventures organically and thru further acquisitions.
Nicolas Topiol joined with the Family office of the Falic Family in 2002, when he was retained to restructure one of the family controlled portfolio company. The relationship expanded to the establishment of subsidiary duty free retail and distribution operations in Central and South America, the acquisition from LVMH of Hard Candy and Urban Decay Cosmetics and the subsequent restructuring and development of those companies. Urban Decay was sold to Castanea Partners in March 2009 and is now owned by L’Oreal.
In early 2005, Nicolas Topiol negotiated the purchase of the House of Christian Lacroix from LVMH and became its President. Under his leadership, the House of Christian Lacroix established stand alone back-office, sales, IT, warehousing and logistical infrastructures previously integrated within an LVMH subsidiary. A complete brand and product repositioning strategy was initiated to position the Company as a pure play luxury brand close to its Haute Couture roots. In May of 2009, as a result of the worldwide financial crisis, the Company was forced to seek protection under the French Commerce court. Nicolas Topiol took the leadership in driving this process which was successfully managed with an exit preserving ownership and with a restructured organization, refinanced debts and setting the basis for the redevelopment of the Company under a newly designed business model focusing on managing the “Christian Lacroix” brand through licensing contracts and partnerships. The Brand is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and has now expanded into multiple product categories worldwide.
Throughout his career, Nicolas Topiol has developed international expertise in various industries, as well as in acquisitions and direct investments in private companies and has further complemented this expertise with hands-on operational work in the United States and Europe and worldwide business development.
Nicolas Topiol is a member of the Alumni Executive Board of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently the CEO of TIGBUR LTD. Tigbur group has experience in the staffing, recruiting and outsourcing industry including two more division, Homecare & Nursing care, and Security & Defense. The company's shares have been traded in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since June 2007, and is among Israel's top three largest companies dealing in human resources and nursing services, and was listed among Israel's 100 biggest companies, according to Dun The company has a turnover of approximately 700M ILS.
Ran is a Brigadier General (Res.) who founded the leading edge cybersecurity program of the Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence branch. After 27 years of service, Ran had multiple leadership roles in the private sector. Prior to co-founding HolistiCyber, Ran was the founder and the Co-CEO of Focal Energy – a clean energy
power plant developer and owner. Previous to Focal Energy, Ran was a Managing Partner of Star Ventures, a $1 billion global venture capital group. Ran started his career in the elite IDF special forces unit “Sayeret Matkal” and later became the Commander of that unit.
Richard A. “Dick” Ehst is president and chief operating officer and a founder, along with Chairman and
CEO, Jay S. Sidhu, of the $10 billion-asset Customers Bank headquartered in Wyomissing, PA with offices
in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Dick previously served as executive vice president, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division of
Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion-asset financial institution serving eight states in Northeast U.S. He served
as Sovereign’s regional president for Berks County from 2004-2009 and as managing director of
corporate communications from 2000-2004.
Prior to joining Sovereign Bank, Dick was an independent consultant to more than 70 financial
institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sovereign, where he provided guidance on regulatory
matters, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
As a consultant to Sovereign, Dick worked with the Commercial Development Group to identify and
develop corporate and municipal relationships for the bank.
Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service as a United States Marine during the Vietnam
War. He attended Albright College, is a member of the Albright Board of Trustees and chairs the
Enrollment Management Committee. Dick is a graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program
at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
He is often asked to speak to national and international audiences on the financial landscape. He was
the keynote speaker at the 21st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar was
sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network. He has also been the featured speaker at financial
conferences in the United Kingdom.
Dick currently serves as an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and
Industry, and is Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He has been a guest at the White
House regarding education-related issues.
He also serves as a Director of the Reading Hospital Health System Foundation and has served over 40
years on several professional and not-for-profit boards in eastern Pennsylvania.
Dick and his wife, Angela, reside in Reading, PA. They have five daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Bob brings over 20 years of IP networking industry leadership, sales and financial management experience. Prior to co-founding Single Digits, Bob built and managed another successful startup, RGS Communications Inc., where he quickly implemented a channel-driven sales and marketing strategy to grow structured cabling solution sales to over $2 million annually. Since 2003, Bob has led Single Digits organic sales growth initiatives to become one of the fastest growing companies in NH, now employing over 400 people. Additionally, Bob has driven several rounds of fund raising and has successfully closed and integrated seven acquisitions. Bob received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Southern Maine, at which he played four years of varsity tennis, and later earned an M.B.A. from Plymouth State College.
Roy Slack is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in
underground mine construction, design, and development, on projects
throughout North America and around the world.
In 1998 he started Cementation’s operations in North America as President. Cementation is a mine contracting and engineering firm that provides design- build and construction management services to the mining sector. Today Cementation is one of the largest mine contractors in North America and part of one of the largest mine contracting organizations in the world, the Cementation Group. In 2017 the company was recognized as a Gold Winner of Safest Employer in Canada in the natural resources sector. Roy is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with a degree in Mining Engineering.
In 2008 Roy was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario and in 2009 he was given the Metal Mining Society Award by the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM). In 2012 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2017 he was appointed Incoming President Elect of the CIM. Also in 2017 Nipissing University bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate.
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.
Siby Vadakekkara is the founder and CEO of Marlabs, a software services firm headquartered in New Jersey. Under Siby’s leadership the firm grew from a three employee startup in 1997 to over 2000 employees globally and over 120 million in revenues. Marlabs is ranked number one in the application development category in CMP media’s Fast Growth 100 and rated as the “Ten software experts you should know”. The company was also recognized as one of the “50 Best Places to Work in New Jersey” among large businesses. For the past six years Marlabs is a winner of Deloitte & Touché Fast 50 program, a program that recognizes 50 fastest growing technology companies in New Jersey. Marlabs is ranked among top 100 privately held businesses in New Jersey. Marlabs is ranked among Global Services 100 – ranking of top 100 companies that define outsourcing. Marlabs is also chosen among Software 500 – ranking of largest software providers globally.
Mr. Siby was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was the sole inductee in the (INC Magazine's) INC 500 Hall of Fame, for having made the INC 500 list (fastest growing privately held companies in United States) each of 5 years in the past. Fortune Business Magazine (FSB) and winning work places conferred him with the “Best Boss” distinguished finalist award in 2006. Siby holds a masters’ degree in Engineering from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from college of engineering Trivandrum, India. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
Siby is a member of (YPO) Young Presidents Organization, charter member of TIE (The Indus entrepreneurs). Siby had mentored several startups as part of the TIE mentoring program and also mentored MBA students at Harvard as part of the YPO/HBS mentoring program. He is a mentor and digital advisor for the Columbia executive master’s program in Technology Management.
Sivan Ya’ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a NY-based nonprofit that brings
Israeli solar, agricultural and water technologies to African villages. She was born in Israel,
raised in France, educated in the United States with degrees in Finance from Pace University
and a masters in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University.
At the mere age of 20, Sivan identified an opportunity for a more sustainable energy solution,
and developed the groundwork for what would become Innovation: Africa. Having worked
in Africa for over 18 years and running Innovation: Africa for the past 9 years, Sivan has vast
knowledge, understanding and love for the African continent. Through her work, over
1,000,000 lives in Africa have been impacted, thanks to Israeli innovation and multiple
awards have been received including the Innovation Award from the United Nations.
Sivan had been recognized as one of the “40 Under 40 Most Promising Israelis” by Globes
magazine, one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Israel" by Forbes Israel and one of the
“Top 10 most Influential Israelis in International Business, Science, and Culture 2017” by
Aside from Innovation: Africa, Sivan also is a prominent business woman in Israel, owning multiple businesses and employs 140 women across the country. Sivan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and 3 children.
Stephen C. Taylor is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Natural Gas
Services Group, Inc. a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:NGS).
Taylor joined NGS in 2005, bringing 30 years of oil and gas and executive management
experience to his role with the company.
Prior to joining Natural Gas Services Group, Taylor held the position of General Manager-US
Operations for Trican Production Services, Inc. from 2002 through 2004. In 1976, Taylor joined
Halliburton Resource Management, a division of Halliburton Company, becoming its Vice
President-Operations in 1989. Beginning in 1993, he held multiple senior level operational and
management positions with Halliburton Energy Services until 2000 when he was elected Senior
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Enventure Global Technology, LLC, joint venture deep
water drilling-technology company owned by Halliburton Company and Shell Oil Company.
Taylor elected early retirement from Halliburton Company in 2002 to join Trican Production
Services, Inc. Taylor joined NGS as President and CEO in January 2005, was elected to the
Board of Directors and appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2006.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University
and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
In 2016, Taylor was honored by Texas Tech University with an election to the engineering
college’s Academy of Mechanical Engineers, in recognition of his professional achievements
and leadership in the oil and gas industry.
Taylor’s senior management experience in the natural resources industry provides Natural Gas
Services Group with significant insight into the Company and industry. Taylor’s engineering and
advanced business training uniquely suits him to provide the leadership, technical expertise and
financial acumen to successfully drive growth and provide positive returns to the Company’s
Mr. Goldman has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Star Group since October 2013. Previous to his present role, Mr. Goldman was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Star Group from May 2010 until September 2013. He joined Petro Home Services, a subsidiary of Star Group in February 2000. Mr. Goldman held various and escalating positions within the organization.
Prior to joining Star Group, Mr. Goldman worked United Parcel Service, where he began as a driver and worked his way up through management in roles in both Operational Management and Industrial Engineering. Mr. Goldman was also involved in United Parcel Service’s international expansion as well as its introduction of the use of mobile technology in the delivery industry.
Mr. Goldman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Goldman is a Board Member of AERTC, which is a business incubation group looking for innovation in energy related technology.
Mr. Goldman has led Star Group through a period of significant expansion with a strong focus on developing employees, operation excellence, community service, outstanding customer service and improving the financial strength of the business.
Mr. Goldman resides in Lloyd Harbor, New York with his wife, Rosemarie and daughters, Erica and Sarah. When not working, Mr. Goldman is actively involved in several organizations focused on helping the
Steven Goldsmith was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookstone Inc. in June, 2016. Mr. Goldsmith brings to Brookstone more than 25 years of success in retail, merchandising and marketing across multiple distribution platforms including internet, catalog, department stores, television, retail, and wholesale. Mr. Goldsmith is leading Brookstone during a time of expansion into domestic and international retail markets and increased product development.
Prior to joining Brookstone, Mr. Goldsmith served as President of The Shopping Channel, Canada’s leading multi-channel retailer, from 2012 to 2016. He was Executive Vice President, Merchandising at Sears Canada Inc. from 2011 to 2012. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President, Limited Brands Direct, where he led the marketing, merchandising, and eCommerce for Victoria’s Secret Direct and Bath & Body Works Direct from 2007 to 2011.
Throughout his career, Goldsmith has held leadership positions for major brands, including Amazon, SmartBargains (now RueLaLa), and ShopNBC, where the eCommerce business increased six-fold over the two-year period he was there. After graduating in 1988 from The State University of New York, Albany, Goldsmith joined the May Department Stores Company, spending the first decade of his retail career in the Lord & Taylor, Filene’s, and Foley’s divisions.
Sumeet Chabria is the Global Delivery Center of Expertise (GDCE) executive, leading the firm’s large-scale enterprise delivery organization. His team provides technology and operations capabilities to all of Bank of America’s businesses through global employees and the world-class capabilities of our strategic partners.
As GDCE executive, Sumeet is the single point of contact for all Global Technology and Operations (GT&O’s) contracting vendors. The GDCE model provides an integrated framework for delivery across both employees and vendors. A key part of the Sumeet’s role includes leadership of the Shared Technology Services (STS) program, which is building shared capabilities across application development, production support and testing.
Prior to joining Bank of America in May 2015, Sumeet spent 20 years in various leadership roles at HSBC. Most recently, he spent eight years in London in dual global roles as CIO and Head of the Services Organization for Global Banking & Markets (GBM), overseeing teams across more than 10 countries.
Before Sumeet’s tenure as CIO, he was the Global Head of One HSBC Securities and Wealth. This broad-reaching transformational initiative was aimed at streamlining HSBC’s securities distribution and processing capabilities across all lines of business, with a focus on enhancing the Retail Wealth customer proposition in Asia.
Prior to Sumeet’s tenure in London, he was based in New York in a series of leadership roles including Global Head of Fixed Income, Emerging Markets & Electronic Trading Technology; Co-Head of Derivatives Technology; CIO of Corporate Investment Banking Markets technology for the Americas; and Global Head of Credit, MBS & Emerging Markets technology.
Sumeet began his career as a technology consultant in New York, leading the end-to-end development and implementation of applications for buy-side firms trading in derivatives, fixed income and equities. In 2014, Sumeet’s organization received the “Best Wholesale Banking IT Innovation” award from Euromoney magazine.
Taj Haslani is an accomplished leader, pioneering business transformation within the staffing industry.
Demonstrating ability to strategize, lead teams and provide on-time, cost effective business solutions.
His unique strength lies in building, buying and selling staffing companies from scratch. As the founder of premier staffing company ApTask, and as a designated expert in the staffing industry. His background of being a software developer for several years has ensured that ApTask builds its own sophisticated software tools for automation within the staffing industry.
His latest initiative is to disrupt how people launch their staffing business, which are packaged as franchises. Through this endeavor, he hopes to empower experienced salespeople into being their own boss, starting their own businesses, enjoying the freedom that comes with making their own choices, and making more money than they were before.
ApTask has been known industry-wide for its impeccable treatment of clients, collaborators and competitors. Its strength lies in its ability to draw upon its geographically diverse talent pool hungry and eager to serve clients with efficiency and transparency. Anyone with great sales experience can start their own business under ApTask’s franchise for under a thousand dollars.
Taj’s core strengths lie in the following arenas:
• Curating and nurturing global talent
• Crafting business solutions within the staffing industry
• Developing cutting-edge technologies and innovative software to increase efficacy within my industry
• Leading and managing a global workforce
Taj is also involved in investing in HR Technology related start-ups specializing in artificial intelligence.
Within the industry, he am known to be genial to his colleagues and competitors and he treats them
with the same degree of respect and camaraderie.
Tim Lewko is the CEO and Managing Partner of Thinking Dimensions Global (TDG) and managing director of the global strategy practice. He works primarily with senior leaders of private equity, Fortune 1000 and multi-national businesses to impact sustainable strategic growth and profitability challenges. In his 15 years of international experience he has had the unique opportunity to assist over 35 CEO’s and Managing Directors across four continents with their strategic transformational issues. Tim is also a member of the board for Thomson Power Inc. (www.thomsonpower.com), a Canadian developmental stage “Cleantech” company specializing in bringing next generation hybrid electric and pure electric solutions to the marketplace for the transit industry and beyond.
Todd Becker is president, chief executive officer and director of Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains is a publicly traded company, focused on risk management, operational excellence, and safety, operating at the intersection of agriculture and energy. Since 2007, Mr. Becker has led the company through rapid growth to become the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production capacity in the world, with nearly 1.5 billion gallons of operating capacity. Green Plains is also the fourth largest cattle feeder in the United States and the world’s largest industrial vinegar producer with the recent acquisition of the Fleishmann’s Vinegar Company.
Mr. Becker has 30 years of extensive experience in risk management, supply chain management and numerous commodity processing businesses, along with significant international trading experience in agricultural markets. He spent ten years with ConAgra Foods in various management positions, including vice president of International Marketing for ConAgra Trade Group and president of ConAgra Grain Canada.
Mr. Becker currently serves as chairman, CEO and director of Green Plains Partners, a first-of-its-kind master limited partnership focused on ethanol storage, handling and transportation assets, which went public in June of 2015. He served on the Board of Directors, including its Audit and Compensation committees, for Hillshire Brands Company from 2012 to 2014. He earned a Master’s degree in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Kansas.
Xavier Ochoa was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended college in the United States at the University of Arizona where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering with Departmental Honors.
He started his career in Northern Nevada where he started working at the now-closed Echo Bay Mines’ McCoy-Cove Mine in various roles. He then worked for American Barrick at Goldstrike administering the Joint Operating Agreement between Barrick and Newmont.
In the late 90’s he joined The Winters Company in Tucson, Arizona, where he started working in consulting. His activities work in various metals commodities in different locations with cross cultural needs domestically and internationally.
SME’s Mining and Exploration Division awarded Xavier with the Outstanding Young Professional Award in 1998.
In 1999, he moved to Peru as Engineering Superintendent for Barrick Gold for the successful startup and expansion of the Pierina Mine.
In 2002, he moved to San Juan, Argentina as Project Manager for Barrick’s Veladero Mine where he participated of the permitting process, construction and commissioning in late 2005.
In 2006 he joined Falconbridge in Chile, later Xstrata, as Engineering Manager for the El Pachon binational project spanning Argentina and Chile, becoming General Manager.
In 2012 Xavier was assigned to lead, as General Manager, the shutdown of the historic Tintaya Mine in Southern Peru and transition into a new 70,000 tpd Antapaccay Operation next door.
In 2014 he initiated a venture in solid biofuels called Bio Thermal Solutions with projects in Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
In mid-2014, Xavier became General Manager of the Cerro Negro Mine in the Argentinean Patagonia with Goldcorp. During his tenure there he commissioned underground mining operations and milling with an outstanding safety record.
In early 2016, Xavier became a senior partner and consultant in JXE Consulting.
In September 2016, Xavier was appointed Chief Operating Officer with McEwen Mining Inc. subsequently being promoted to President of the company in November of 2016. McEwen Mining operates gold and silver mines and projects across the Americas.
He currently is a member of the Society for Mining and Exploration Inc., where he holds a seat at a strategic committee, and the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.
He is also a member of the University of Arizona’s Mining and Geological Engineering Department’s Industry Leadership Board.
Adam L. Schwartz is a direct marketer and supply chain executive. Along with his brother he leads S&S
Worldwide, their family business. S&S serves education and recreation professionals with products that
help people play and learn. For over 100 years and four generations of family management, the
company has worked to design develop and distribute tools for teachers, counselors, coaches and
activity directors. Today the firm is an omni-chanel marketer with over 200 employees at their
Connecticut based corporate campus. S&S also has offices in Shanghai. Adam has led the company's
supply chain, IT, finance and administration departments, managed acquisitions and run international
business development. Today he and his brother serve as Co-Presidents of the company. He is a
graduate of Harvard University (AB, magna cum laude) , holds a degree in literature from Oxford
University (M. Phil., Wadham College) and a J.D. From The University of Connecticut School of Law,
where he was Editor-in- Chief of the Law Review.
S&S began when two immigrant brothers, Aaron and Abraham Schwartz, started a scrap leather
business in New York in 1906. The company traded leather, and manufactured small leather items for
sale to the trade. Under Adam's grandfather, Hyman, the business transitioned into DIY leather craft in
the 1930's, and came to rely on direct-mail catalog selling. This allowed the company to grow profitably,
serving niche markets in recreation, education, and physical therapy. S&S increased its manufacturing
capacity, and also began to distribute a number of national brands to its loyal and growing institutional
customer base. Adam's father Stephen continued the company's growth, adding infrastructure such as
warehousing and fulfillment systems, business computing capacity, and catalog publishing software.
Eventually, Adam and his younger brother Hy followed their father into the business, learning from him
as they developed their own skills, balancing their roles as owners and managers of the company.
As a teenager, Adam worked at S&S in a variety of positions including receiving, fulfillment and
accounting. He learned the business from the ground up.
In 1997, after passing the Bar Exam, Adam joined S&S full time, with responsibility for legal and HR. Over
the years his portfolio expanded. He worked with outside consultants to develop the company's first
website, and continued to direct e-commerce strategy for a number of years. Adam took over
distribution and operations management for the company following a troubled software integration,
and guided the supply chain to increased accuracy and efficiency.
In 1999, Adam moved the company's manufacturing division to Asia, and subsequently spent a number
of years building out the China-side supply chain for S&S. Today he oversees three China business units,
including an arts and crafts factory in Shenzhen, a 3PL warehouse and distribution company in Taizhou,
Zhejiang, and a Shanghai-based school curriculum company serving kindergartens and early childhood
centers throughout East China. Each firm is controlled or managed by S&S and organized through
offshore joint venture partnerships with local managers and investors. This business structure provides
flexibility of operation, but also allows fine point control of each company by the US office. It also
requires substantial commitment of time and attention to individual relationships on the ground.
Stateside, Adam has managed a number of US business acquisitions in order to drive S&S' growth in new
markets and new product lines. Adding a sporting goods company gave the firm a serious presence in
playground supplies and athletics. A second company in the party and novelty category allowed S&S to
develop a substantial presence in the reward and recognition space for schools and camps. Adam and
his brother have collaborated with a number of internet start -ups in the education space in order to
build out a network of websites serving teachers and school administrators. This network has allowed
S&S to reach millions of educators annually and serve them curriculum materials and resources. The
network is also a powerful advertising platform for firms seeking reach and "discover-ability" in the
online education space.
Today S&S serves over 100,000 institutional customers in the US, shipping over 350,000 orders per year.
Profitable and family owned for over 100 years, S&S sells in 20 countries, and has 200 distributors in
China, its key foreign market. Adam and his brother oversee 200 employees in the US and China, and
look forward to expand their company on an aggressive growth plan over the next several years.
For well over a decade, Alen Gershkovich has personally brought success to countless construction projects in the greater New York City area. Alen began his career in construction management as a project manager, where he gained the hands on knowledge needed to grow a successful company. After his experience as a project executive, Alen founded his company, Inspiron Construction Management. Alen was personally in charge of overseeing the construction of Luna Park, an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn as well as, Luna Park – Site B, Scream Zone which were Inspiron’s first projects. Now complete, They both stand as a symbols of great success, both for Inspiron Construction Management and the City of New York.
Alen has led Inspiron Construction Management to the completion of numerous renowned projects throughout the city and outer boroughs. Some of Inspiron’s most notable projects include the 80,000 square foot interior renovation for Fashion company Eileen Fisher’s corporate offices. Phase I of the Brooklyn Mirage, an 80,000 square-foot night club and event space in East Williamsburg where Alen has been personally responsible for leading the team to an extremely fast pace successful opening which was covered by the New York Times. An interior gut renovation on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations. And Inspiron’s first Passive House certified residential project in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem.
Alen’s Accomplishments Include:
— BA in Industrial Economics from Union College
— MBA in Construction Management from New York University
— MA in Business Administration from Union College
— Wexner Fellowship member
— R.A.J.E. Board member
— New York Real Estate Journal Executive of the month
— Recipient of the Russian American Jewish Experience Leadership Award
— Adjunct Lecturer at Union College Graduate School
Dan Schneider is a serial entrepreneur whose unconventional style has built multiple
companies into success stories. He is founder and CEO of the SIB family of companies, all of which provide money-saving services to companies in a variety of industries.
At age 16, Schneider dropped out of high school and began working in retail sales for the mobile phone industry. Sensing an opportunity in a rapidly-growing industry, Schneider struck out on his own and founded his first business, Main Street Cellular, at age 18. In doing so, he became the youngest person ever to be signed to a direct retailer contract by any mobile phone company. Main Street Cellular quickly expanded to 12 retail locations in the greater Philadelphia region. Schneider later formed Main Street Assets, an international wholesaler working with major cellular companies to liquidate excess inventory. After two years, the new venture grossed more than $35 million in total revenue.
Recognizing the importance of minimizing overhead costs, Schneider founded SIB Fixed Cost Reduction in 2008. With a diverse client base ranging from universities and hospitals to restaurant groups and Fortune 20 companies, SIB works to comprehensively reviewcompanies’ fixed monthly costs, getting compensated with a portion of the resulting savings on a contingency basis.
After acquiring a Florida lighting company in 2015, Schneider launched SIB Lighting, a full-service LED lighting consultancy that specializes in saving money for large facilities through the installation of energy-efficient lighting and lighting control systems.
In 2016, Schneider co-founded his latest venture, mōvī healthcare. mōvī is a software application to help hospitals and senior living facilities to better manage and track their patients’ non-emergency medical transport services, preventing billing errors and saving money.
Known for his straightforward candor and his non-traditional approach to business, Schneider and his companies have been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Fox News,MSNBC, Forbes, Business News Daily, Investor’s Business Daily, NPR, and CBS Radio. He splits his time between New York, NY and Charleston, SC, where he is actively involved in the community as a board member for Push-Up & Up, a charity promoting physical fitness and raising funds for educational programs targeting at-risk youth, and Operation Home, a charity devoted to increasing home safety and accessibility for the elderly and disabled.
Dan Schneider’s LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/danielaaronschneider
Partial client list: Walmart, Divisions of Berkshire Hathaway, Sharp HealthCare, GenesisHealthCare, Toys ‘R’ Us, Pep Boys, Coach, Hyatt Hotels.
David Bagatelle, Executive Vice President and President of New York Metro Markets for
Sterling National Bank, which specializes in the delivery of highly personalized banking
services for small to mid-size businesses, professional service firms, not-for- profits,
governmental entities as well as business owners, their families, and consumers in
communities within the New York Metropolitan area. On March 3, 2017, Sterling
Bancorp and Astoria Financial Corp announced a definitive merger agreement, which
will result in a diversified commercial lending bank, with approximately $29 billion in
assets, a solid capital foundation, and a broad footprint in the marketplace. Expected
closing date is 4 th quarter 2017.
David is responsible for all of the bank's business activities in New York City and New
Jersey. He actively manages the commercial teams in those regions in line with
Sterling’s team-based relationship banking model, in which compact teams provide full
service to their clients and are led by a relationship manager who acts as a single point
David is the Founder and CIO of Honeycomb Asset Management LP, a New York-based investment management firm. Prior to establishing Honeycomb, David was a Portfolio Manager at EverPoint Asset Management, a family office and division of Point72 Asset Management. Prior to Everpoint, David was the Founding Partner of Rhombus Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to founding Rhombus, David worked as a financial analyst at Omega Advisors before becoming a Portfolio Manager at S.A.C. Capital in 2000.
David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and from Stuyvesant High School in New York City. David serves on the advisory board of the NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care. He and his wife Sarah are both from New York City, where they reside with their four children.
Ed is responsible for overall agency leadership and has been instrumental in both driving Peppercomm’s business success over the last 20 years and securing its position as the No. 1 Workplace in New York, 2012 by Crain’s New York Business. He continues to lead the agency in its evolution from a strategic public relations firm to an integrated communications and marketing agency. Ed has led the firm’s acquisition strategy over the last five years and continues to provide overall direction to operations, finances, new services development, client service, new business and broader strategy.
Ed was named on B2B Magazine’s Who’s Who list and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ed provides expert commentary for such media as: CNN, FOX News, Marketing News, BrandWeek, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc., PRNews and PRWeek. His passion for continual innovation led to Peppercomm’s creation and growth of its measurement and research offerings. He serves as a trustee for Drew University, is a board member of the Council of PR Firms Counselors Academy, and sits on the planning committee of the Council of PR Firms. His nonprofit work includes board positions with Little Kids Rock and My Good Deed.org.
Edward has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the technology and services industry. In 1996, Edward co-founded Net@Work, offering a service oriented approach to IT and network support. As an owner of an emerging business, Edward completely understands the value of executive level involvement-and its contribution to a project’s ultimate success-from the earliest planning stages through completion and beyond. Before starting Net@Work Edward worked in commercial and investment banking for Republic National Bank and Natwest Markets where he managed accounting for real-estate properties and restructured Chart of Accounts respectively. Edward received his MBA in Finance from Baruch College, NY.
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.
Gregory Solometo co-founded Alliance Homecare in 2006 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer where he oversees the day-to-day operations and strategy. Gregory started the company after he took care of his grandmother for five years when she was suffering from Alzheimers and created The Grandma Rule? hiring philosophy. Gregorys firsthand experience of searching for caregivers showed him that there were limited resources that met his high level of standards of client care and customer satisfaction. Since that time, Gregory has been committed to providing all clients with an elite and highly qualified team of healthcare professionals that exceed industry standards. Prior to starting Alliance Homecare, Gregory has worked primarily in the financial services industry. Most recently, he worked as a Lean Process Engineer at Deutsche Bank where he provided strategic consulting services to various divisions of the Investment Banking structure and its operations in the US and abroad. Gregory graduated from Emory University in 1995.
Harley Lippman is the Founder and CEO of Genesis10 which provides staffing, workforce optimization and domestic outsourcing solutions. Recognized by Gartner as a Top 20 IT Staffing Firm in the U.S., the company is dedicated to helping companies implement business and technology initiatives cost-effectively. Genesis10's unique hybrid service model adapts and scales to deliver proven business and technology professionals how, when and where needed. Clients include some of the world’s most recognized public and private companies in industries including financial services, energy, healthcare, insurance, communications, consumer products, manufacturing and technology. Based in New York, Genesis10 has grown organically at an annualized rate of 20 percent with revenue of $175 million and has more than 2,000 employees and consultants and more than 20 sales and recruiting offices throughout North America, including six domestic delivery centers.
Harley serves on the boards of many business, educational and cultural organizations. He is an Executive Committee member on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He serves by Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation as a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Yale’s Business School. Harley is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. He is President of The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He was President of the America Israel Friendship League and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Congress. Harley was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the consulting category.
A dedicated philanthropist, Harley is the owner and sole financier of the Center for Cultural Development and Popular Khmer Arts (CDPak) orphanage near Siem Reap, Cambodia, a home to nearly 40 children since 2004. He has put 6 of these children through college. He has funded efforts since 2009 to explore an overlooked aspect of the Holocaust. He works to find mass graves where Jews were murdered and buried in shallow graves before the Holocaust’s final solution became industrialized with extermination camps like Auschwitz. Throughout the year, Harley has memorials to honor and preserve the memory of those murdered. He funds the staff and the cost of these memorials in which a monument is erected for every massacre to give these people some honor and dignity in their deaths. He made a documentary on this, Safeguarding Memory, which appeared on PBS and won two awards. Here in the U.S., Harley has dedicated his professional life to helping people find meaningful employment, the most worthy of them being our nation’s military veterans.
Harley earned a master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University, receiving their highest scholarship award and graduating third in his class. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York, Stony Brook, graduating with highest honors. He studied in Poland on a Fulbright Program.
Harris began his career as an analyst with the Cisneros Group – a $5 billion media company. Harris advised and led a variety of strategic transactions in the US and Latin America. Harris designed and implemented the first pan-regional distance learning project focused on teacher training called AME (Actualización de Maestros en Educación).
With the bust of the first dot-com bubble, Harris watched companies throw away and auction off large lots Information Technology (IT) equipment. Harris realized how much more could be done with used and out-of-service IT equipment with a team who cared about more than just top-line growth.
From a garage in Brooklyn, Harris formed Ombligo ("bellybutton" in Spanish). Harris believed that economic, environmental, and community goals were not mutually exclusive but inextricably linked. Ombligo's policies and practices consider all three of these aspects to create shared value for its clients, employees, and community.
Ombligo maximizes value and minimizes risks, e.g., data security and environmental, from used and out-of-service IT equipment. Corporations are acutely aware of the data security risks associated with their “online” IT infrastructure. However, these same corporations liquidated their used and out-of-service IT equipment to the highest bidder without consideration of the costs associated with sanitizing electronic and physical information as well as responsible recycling.
USA CEO Jerry Elliott, brings broad operating and financial experience from working in private-equity owned and Fortune 500 companies, within the areas of wireless/wireline data, communications services, data security, broadband & wireless infrastructure.
Prior to BAI Communications, Jerry held several C-level roles at Cricket Wireless, Virgin Media, Global Signal, and Frontier Communications. In these roles, he built and realised significant shareholder value, particularly at delivering rapid growth, and helped companies navigate through substantial transformation.
Jerry joined BAI Communications in January 2017 and is based in New York City.
Mr. Gantz is a founding partner, a senior advisor and a member of the Investment Committee.
Mr. Gantz has extensive experience in corporate senior management and is an experienced and successful investor. In 1996 and 1997, respectively, he played an integral role in the successful turnaround of Seymour Housewares Corp., a portfolio company of Chase Capital Partners, and Fitz & Floyd, Inc., a portfolio company of ML-Lee Acquisition Funds II, LP, a joint fund managed by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Merrill Lynch. He served as the chairman and/or CEO of Empire Brushes, Inc., Seymour Housewares Corp. and PECO Pallet. In 1998, he became a founding partner of an SBIC fund focused on investing in creative retail concepts, consumer products and financial services companies.
Mr. Gantz holds a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
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.
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.
Mr. Cohen is President of the Tri-State Region. When the firm operated as GVA Williams, Mr. Cohen was the third generation of his family to head the firm, which was founded in 1926. He chaired GVA Williams’ Executive Committee and was the founding partner and Chairman of GVA Worldwide Ltd., GVA Williams’ strategic partnership of leading real estate firms serving 120 business capitals on five continents.
Mr. Cohen is a partner in the ownership of numerous New York City office buildings, including 57 West 57th Street, 28 West 23rd Street and 655 Madison Avenue. In this capacity his responsibilities include overseeing leasing, management, and, in some cases, the restoration, redevelopment and repositioning of properties. In his capacity as GP, Mr. Cohen has overseen numerous construction projects including:
• New Lobbies, HVAC plant and historic restoration of 28 & 40 West 23rd Street
• Pre-built office suites ranging from 1,000 to 12,000 rsf at 57 West 57th Street and 655 Madison Avenue
• Base building demolition and white box infrastructure (bathrooms, HVAC, windows, flooring, etc) of hundreds of thousands of square feet
Mr. Cohen also represents a wide range of clients regionally and nationally. He represents SS&C Technologies on a global basis. For SS&C, Mr. Cohen and Colliers provide a wide range of project management and construction services and has overseen tenant installations totaling over 100,000 rsf.
Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cohen is on the Board of Directors of several organizations. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and also serves on the Boards of: The Roundabout Theatre
Company, the Jewish National Fund of Greater New York and YPO Metro NY/YPO Gold Big Apple. He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Housing and Services Inc. and past President of Young Presidents’
Organization NY Metro Chapter. Mr. Cohen is also a Tony Award winning Producer of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”.
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.
Norm Merritt is Founder and CEO of MAP: Merritt Advisory Practice, a consultancy with a unique business model – making investments in businesses that MAP then helps through hands-on, operationally intensive consulting and advisement. MAP is currently working with several companies, advising, investing and leading efforts to disrupt the status quo by applying technology in innovative ways. Norm and his team have extensive operating experience: Prior to MAP, Norm was President and CEO of ShopKeep, a software-as-a-service business that is transforming small business retailing, where, under his leadership, the company tripled its revenue in 18 months while retooling for scale and growth. The company also acquired and integrated two bolt-on acquisitions.
Prior to ShopKeep, Norm was CEO and President of iQor, a $500M business process outsourcing firm made up of 17,000 employees working across 39 centers in 7 countries. As CEO and earlier as COO and CFO, Norm oversaw the technology driven turnaround of the firm, taking a company that was losing money in 2003 and turning it into one that earned over $68M in EBITDA in 2013. This overhaul involved a re-branding of the company, as well as a restructuring of the business using technology to drive change to even mundane processes. Norm also spearheaded several acquisitions and integrations.
Prior to iQor, Norm was President of MortgageIT, an online mortgage company . He founded and launched SkillGames, a Walker Digital / Disney collaboration. Norm was President of Universal Studios Travel and EVP of Sales and Travel Operations for Universal Studios Florida and head of Strategic Planning for Walt Disney Attractions. Norm also served as Chief Financial Officer of publicly-traded Quality Systems, Inc., a turnkey systems provider focused on the medical and dental markets. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of D.A. Porter Advertising and Marketing where he helped turn the struggling company around.
After graduating cum laude from Brigham Young University, Norm worked as a Senior Accountant in the Emerging Business group at Arthur Andersen & Co., during which time he received his CPA certificate, and later, his MBA from Harvard University.
Rich Cohen is President and General Counsel of Corporate Creations International Inc., the
3 rd largest Registered Agent. Rich has more than 30 years of legal, business and consulting
experience focused on providing the most efficient legal services to clients. Prior to joining
Corporate Creations, Rich served as a Managing Director of Duff & Phelps and President of
RenewData Corp. He has also held senior positions with The Garden City Group and
LexisNexis, and he has served as General Counsel of Ohio Power and Columbus Southern
Rich has been recognized as an AV Preeminent rated attorney every year since
1998. Rich serves on the Corporate Counsel Advisory Board of The Metropolitan Corporate
Counsel and as Editor in Chief of The Electricity Journal. He is a recipient of the Corporate
Legal Times Distinguished Legal Service Award. He has served as President of Association
of Corporate Counsel Central Ohio, on the Board of Advisors for Bryan University, and as
Co-Chair of the Mass Tort Subcommittee of American Bankruptcy Institute and is currently
President of B’nai Aviv Synagogue in Weston, Florida.
Rich is a member of Ohio State Bar and Authorized House Counsel in Florida. He graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo and from University of Akron School of Law. Rich and his family reside in Weston, Florida.
Mr. Oved is Chairman of the firm’s Real Estate and Transactional department. He routinely represents, counsels and advises start up and emerging e-commerce businesses as well as well-established private and public corporations in various industries as well as several prominent real estate owners, operators, developers and landlords. He is an accomplished public speaker often providing Continuing Legal Education courses to members of the Bar as well as in house corporate legal departments.
Mr. Oved is a published writer who has had numerous articles published in the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association Journal as well as Image Magazine. His work has been featured in both Crain’s Magazine as well as Community Magazine.
Mr. Oved was previously associated with the prestigious New York City Law firm of Phillips, Nizer and the boutique entertainment law firm of Franklin Weinrib where he co-authored several legal articles with name partner Michael Rudell, Esq.
Mr. Oved graduated with honors from New York University’s School of Business as well as Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he served on the renowned Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Mr. Oved also clerked for federal Judge Robert Ward in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Oved is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies as well as being active in the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Oved is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York as well as the State Courts of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Oved serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America and as a Faculty Member of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law, and serves as legal counsel to the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP).
His favorite saying: It’s nice to be important – but more important to be nice.
Zvika Netter is a career-long entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in digital media and is the co-founder and CEO of Innovid—the world’s leading video marketing platform that empowers advertisers to create, deliver and measure video experiences on any device. Zvika leads the day-to-day operations and product innovation, focusing on strengthening the company’s industry position, strategic partnerships, business development and investor relations.
Zvika also co-founded the non-profit organization GarageGeeks, an innovation hub with more than 8,000 members.and one of Israel's largest hacker spaces. Zvika was selected by TIME as one of the “Tech Pioneers Who Will Change Your Life,” named as a World Economic Forum "Technology Pioneer,” and as one of "Europe's Young Entrepreneurs" by Businessweek. Most recently, Zvika was named as a 2016 SmartCEO Magazine Fast 50 CEO.
Zvika has spoken on stage at several prestigious industry events including IAB Innovation Days at Internet Week, IAB Digital Video Marketplace, The Israel Conference, and ILovation.
Dave Kerpen is the founder and CEO of and the co-founder and Chairman of Likeable Media. Dave is the New York Times bestselling author of 4 books: The Art of People, Likeable Social Media, Likeable Business, and Likeable Leadership and the most read LinkedIn Influencer of all time, ahead of Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Mark Cuban. Dave is also a global keynote speaker, having appeared in Singapore, Athens, Bangkok, and Mexico City, to name a few. When Dave is not working, he can be found wearing lots of orange and spending time with his wife, Carrie, and children, Charlotte, Kate and Seth.
After a decade representing buyers at top-tier agencies and Fortune 500 companies, Joe Zawadzki saw the need to reshape the online marketing landscape by integrating technology, data, analytics and marketing best practices into a single media platform. He founded MediaMath in 2007, launching a technological revolution with the first demand side platform (DSP) that today powers the marketing practice of more than 4,000 marketers around the world.
Previously, Joe was founder, president and chairman of Poindexter Systems / [x+1], incubated Right Media, and as managing member of Occam’s Razor, shaped AOL’s yield management and DoubleClick’s buy-side optimization strategy. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Kevin Gilbert is a woman on a mission to empower
individuals to improve their lives, families and communities
through personal growth and income self-sufficiency.
She is the Founder and CEO of GILBERT INTERNATIONAL, a
Property Management and Facilities Support company that operates in New York and New Jersey, providing all aspects of Facilities Support to mid-size and large institutions. From Property Management to Janitorial, a seamless cooperation with clients produces outstanding results and a very cost effective solution. The clients, some of them Fortune 100, recognize her focus on providing Facilities Managers with peace of mind in an ever stressful world, and providing employees with stable jobs and benefits to support their families’ well-being and personal growth.
She is a graduate of the New York University Leonard Stern School of Business with a degree in Accounting and Finance.
In her prior career, Kevin worked as a CPA for a medium-size firm in Manhattan, focusing on growing and adding value to privately-owned small businesses and their entrepreneurial owners.
Kevin feels immensely blessed and believes ‘paying it forward’ is the only way to live, and therefore has sat on the Board of non-profit institutions and/or volunteered in their ranks. As globalization and technology changes in the workforce landscape continue to make many traditional jobs obsolete, she is relentless in coaching budding entrepreneurs on their way to success and self-sufficiency for the benefit of their families and communities.
She is an avid learner, always looking to improve things around her, and lives in Long Island, NY, with husband Robert, daughter Sonia Sky, mom Helen and pet Peggy.
Mahe Bayireddi is the CEO and co-founder of Phenom People, the leader in Talent Relationship Marketing (TRM), helping organization provides a content-rich, highly personalized career site candidate experience from the job search through to the application journey. A passionate entrepreneur, Bayireddi has founded several successful technology companies, including SnipSnap, BijaHealth and BHSP Nexus Software, prior to launching Phenom People. Bayireddi leverages an extensive background in computer science, having served as a software consultant and web developer earlier in his career, and holds expertise in predictive intelligence and machine learning.
With more than 25 years of leadership in Silicon Valley, Rick Wilmer brings extensive experience to the CEO role at Mojo Networks. With headquarters in Silicon Valley and a large staff in Pune, India, Rick oversees both offices, providing leadership and vision. Prior to joining Mojo, Rick held CEO roles at Leyden Energy and Pliant Technology (acquired by Sandisk in 2011), and he was an Entrepreneur-in- Residence at Lightspeed Ventures. Rick’s 25+ year career in Silicon Valley has been focused in storage and networking. He has held executive roles in Engineering and/or Business Operations at Santur Corporation, Aruba Wireless Networks, 2Wire, Maxtor, and Seagate. Rick has extensive international experience, especially in Asia, where he resided for two years. Rick received his BS in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a patent in data storage technology.
Robyn Streisand is a 30-year veteran in the world of marketing. Her full-service agency The Mixx just celebrated its 20th anniversary of delivering creative that ignites emotion and causes action, across Fortune 500 brands. She works with industry leaders who appreciate the business savvy she brings to the table, along with the top-level strategy, creative, and execution her team provides. Her clients have her on speed-dial and appreciate that they can always count on her for ideation sessions; among them are Mercedes-Benz, Disney, and Deloitte.
Robyn is a recognized figure in the LGBT community, recently being honored into 2016’s most influential OUT 100 people in the United States. Her commitment to working with diverse-owned businesses has always been a passion point, focusing on leveraging the business potential of independent, diverse companies for her wide array of clients, across all industries.
Her entrepreneurial instinct and her passion for diversity led her to found a second venture, Titanium Worldwide. The world’s first collective of certified-diverse agencies in the marketing, media, and communications space launched in 2014 and offers integrated solutions for today’s business needs. Her knack for connecting the right people and her strong belief in finding ways to work better together paid off when the collective landed contracts with Fortune 500 companies within its first year.
Robyn and her wife Linda have raised two beautiful girls together and reside in New York City.
An innovative and creative marketer, Sean Muzzy oversees product development for Neo Worldwide. In addition to keeping Neo future focused, he acts as a key liaison across GroupM and is a member of WPP’s Digital Advisory Board. From 2012-2017, Muzzy was Chief Executive Officer for Neo North America, guiding the organization through a prolific period of growth. During his 20+ year career, Sean has worked with such brands as American Express, Caesars Entertainment, Cisco, IBM, MetLife, Motorola, Six Flags, Sprint, TD Ameritrade, Ticketmaster and UPS. He specializes in developing transformative cross platform marketing experiences; connecting brands and consumers to deliver superior business results. He has extensive experience with digital/traditional media, as well as, Social, CRM, and Programmatic Marketing.
He has a B.A. from University at Albany, and an M.B.A from Long Island University.
Sean lives with his wife and three boys in Larchmont, NY.
This event starts on January 30th at 4:00 PM.
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 is convening business thought-leaders and experts for the CEO Innovation, Growth & Diversity Symposium.
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 Innovation, Growth & 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. The Young Jewish Presidents is an exclusive network dedicated to connecting the world's top Jewish business leaders with each other. Our forum opens its doors for CEOs to forge long-lasting, sincere relationships in upscale, comfortable, small group settings with top talent, andexecutive peers.
*In order to be considered a member, applicants must be a CEO, president or a recognized authority in their given industry*