CEO Leadership and Innovation Symposium
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
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.
Drew Green is an award winning entrepreneur and expert in managing fast-paced, high-growth companies. A visionary leader, Green has created one of the world's fastest growing apparel brands. Since 2015, he has established over $90M CDN in strategic capital commitments for INDOCHINO, with less than 27% shareholder dilution via these transactions.
Green’s focus, dedication and decisiveness has tripled the size of the company, helped it achieve profitability in 2017 and improved EBITDA by just under $8 million USD year-over-year. Through a commitment to an experience-based Omni channel commerce strategy the past three years, INDOCHINO has expanded its retail network across North America to include 22 showrooms as of March 2018, with as many as 37 showrooms by year end and dramatically increased its product assortment to become the undisputed global leader in custom apparel.
Prior to INDOCHINO, Green founded and was Chief Executive Officer of SHOP.CA, Canada’s first multi-merchant marketplace, which is now owned by EMERGE COMMERCE, which he leads as Chairman and major shareholder. EMERGE has successfully combined several eCommerce brands globally over the past two years. Throughout his career, Drew has helped create billions in shareholder value through leadership roles at DoubleClick (acquired by Google), SHOP.COM (acquired by Market America) and Flonetwork (acquired by DoubleClick).
Green is a shareholder, mentor and/or member of 15 Canadian private company boards across Technology, Commerce, Ed-Tech, FinTech, Block Chain and Real Estate and is also a proud to be a member of the Board of Directors at The Scarborough Hospital Foundation, which oversees a network of hospitals in one of the most underprivileged and underfunded urban areas in Canada. This is an area he plans to significantly develop in the decades ahead.
A sought after Technology, eCommerce and Retail expert, Green has presented to hundreds of thousands of industry peers, leaders, students and entrepreneurs globally through events, conferences and educational forums and customarily gets the audience to high five before he begins. In 2017, he gave the keynote presentation at National Retail Federation's BIG SHOW which was attended by 35,000 retail executives and was the keynote speaker at Internet Retailer in Australia in August 2017. Drew has been quoted in more than 1,000 news outlets over the course of his career, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Yahoo, BusinessWeek, BNN, CNN and CBC.
Gordon is CEO of Sport Clips, which he founded in 1995. Sport Clips has over 1,700 stores open in all fifty states and Canada, and is expanding at a rate of 100-150 stores/year. Sales at the store level were approximately $650M in 2017.
Gordon currently serves on the Board of the VFW Foundation, which directs the charitable efforts of the VFW. The Sport Clips Help A Hero program has raised over $6 Million to provide funding for free phone calls home for troops overseas and in hospitals, and has provided over 1,000 scholarships to veterans transitioning to civilian careers. He also serves on the Board of the International Franchise Association, and is past Chairman of the IFA VetFran Committee, which is dedicated to helping veterans get into franchising. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Southwest Research Institute.
Gordon received the VFW Citizenship Award 2013; an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas 2015; Best CEO (Large Company) by Austin Business Journal 2015; Vetrepreneur of the Year 2015; 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Salon/Spa Business Network (ISBN) in 2016; Fastest Growing Company-owned business in Texas 2017, Baylor University Family Business Center; Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Philanthropic and Best Large Business Awards.
Prior to becoming involved in the salon industry, Gordon served as an Aircraft Commander in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 aircraft (1969-1976), and worked as a financial planning and control consultant with Price Waterhouse & Co. in Houston (1976 - 1980). Gordon is a graduate of MIT (BS, '68), and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA with Honors, '76), and is a “retired” CPA in the State of Texas. His primary hobby is The Sport Clips Collection of classic cars.
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.
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.
As executive chairman of ESD, Raj Gupta leads the company's mission to improve society through the built environment. He works on long-term initiatives to support the company’s future, including building ESD’s board of directors, pursuing the acquisition of small- and medium-sized firms, developing career development paths for employees and promoting the ESD brand. He champions ESD's embrace of globalization and positions the firm to compete in our digital economy. Raj is actively involved with charitable organizations and is highly regarded as both a speaker and an author.
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
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.
Having more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry has broadened my experience to many diverse areas in the industry. I have continued to guide our business in a manner that raises value and quality to our client base, while streamlining all areas of process flow, with a heavy emphasis on personalized customer service.
We have systematically been bringing more and more of our production facilities to the domestic front, and providing jobs for our employees with futures for them and their families. All the while, I am actively involved in my community synagogue, children's schools, I coach my daughters high school softball team, and I continue to play in active ice hockey and softball leagues.
I am a 2nd generation Owner/Manager at a domestic textile company based in the NY area. I put a lot of effort into helping others, and looking out for my employees. I want to keep growing our business, while never missing the critical elements of being connected to my family and kids.
Eugene Babenko is an established pharmaceutical executive with more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical arena. Eugene brings an extensive wealth of knowledge in specialty pharmaceuticals and in various niche therapeutic areas.
Eugene spent 12 years working in a variety of capacities at various major pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Gilead Sciences, Inc. Ten years ago, he along with 2 partners, founded Quality Specialty Pharmacy (QSP), a successful retail specialty pharmacy chain focusing on disease states such as dermatology, HIV, and hepatitis B and C. QSP's focus is customer-driven and provides affordable, high-quality care for complex chronic conditions. The company prides itself on its commitment to compassion, integrity and quality - measuring its success through healthy outcomes, satisfied clients and clarity of vision to support the hundreds of new life-changing biopharmaceutical drugs that will help patients in the decades to come. QSP is currently licensed and operating in 45 states.
Rich Cohen is President and General Counsel of Corporate Creations International Inc., the 3rd 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 Power.
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.
This event starts on July 25th at 4:30 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 Leadership and Innovation 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 Leadership and Innovation 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, and executive peers.
*In order to be considered a member, applicants must be a CEO, president or a recognized authority in their given industry*