Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, & Marketing Forum
Adam Rothenberg is a Co-founder and Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based early stage venture capital fund. BoxGroup invests in pre-seed and seed rounds with the goal of backing talented entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies and with visions to create the next generation of category defining businesses. Investments include Blue Apron, Trello, PillPack, Flatiron Health, Sunrise, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Behance, Smart Things, Stripe and more.
Adam was previously the Director of TechStars in New York City. TechStars is a mentorship-driven seed stage accelerator program.
Prior to joining TechStars, Adam spent 4 years investing in the public markets at a hedge fund in New York City.
Adam attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated in Finance and minored in Fine Arts.
Adam is a native New Yorker.
Adina is a founding partner of Brandgenuity, an award-winning, global brand licensing agency. Her areas of expertise include brand strategy, licensing planning and the development of products, packaging and marketing materials. She was classically trained in brand management at Kraft Foods and as a licensing agency has worked with renowned corporate and entertainment brands, including BMW, Anheuser Busch-InBev, Food Network, ARM & HAMMER, MGM, Viacom, Playtex, and many others.
Adina was named as one of the Top 18 Influential Women in Licensing by License! Global, and has been a guest lecturer at NYU, the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and The Ohio State University. She is a frequent speaker at the Licensing Expo, the Licensing Industry trade show. Adina is an alumna of Princeton University and Columbia Business School. She sits on several non-profit boards.
Gautam Puranik is vice president of marketing and analysis at CarMax. CarMax is nation’s largest used car retailer, a FORTUNE 500 company, and has been named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for fourteen consecutive years. Mr. Puranik is responsible for advancing marketing strategies and platforms for CarMax. He leads the marketing consumer insights and analytics teams and is spearheading efforts to improve customer relationships and drive bottom-line results through his knowledge of data, analytics, digital and technology.
Prior to joining CarMax, Mr. Puranik served as vice president of marketing strategy and customer experience at Capital One. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing marketing programs and systems designed to meet aggressive growth targets and goals.
Mr. Puranik received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pune, India, and his Masters of Science in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gustavo never liked the idea that people could be defined by one word.
He believes that everyone has multiple personalities that play different roles throughout their lives, their days. It fascinates Gustavo to think about how that affects people’s behavior and particularly how the entertainment business can influence and benefit from these patterns.
At the NBA, he put that in practice by overseeing the brand’s global strategy, advertising, media, youth engagement and Integration, bringing together 600 million fans from the USA, China, Europe, Latin America, Africa and other international markets.
With a team of 40 people worldwide, his collaborative and performance driven management style fit well in a fast paced business thriving in the Digital Era where reach, immediacy and velocity are key.
Born in Rio, Gustavo graduated in journalism and advertising in Sao Paulo and run his own content marketing company for years before coming to the US. Here, he received a masters in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) at Northwestern University, IL, before joining Leo Burnett’s Lápiz Multicultural division and - afterwards - DDB Advertising, where he led Strategy for the agency’s two largest accounts State Farm and McDonald’s Global.
Proving his multiple personalities theory, Gustavo has his own things too…he’s a serious wine lover, a former National Team Rugby player and addicted to politics and sports. He has two beautiful kids and lives in Manhattan with his wife, that doesn’t love the fact that he rides a motorcycle in the city…
Leading commerce strategy, sales, marketing, and consulting teams for over 20 years, Russell has worked with hundreds of organizations in shaping go-to-market strategies and execution plans. With a passion for technology’s socio-economic impact, Russell is known for expertly fusing economics, strategy, humor, and leadership into a deeply relevant, and entertaining message.
Russell holds an MBA from NYU and a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton. His expertise in AI is continually reshaped as he “trains” his 7 and 3 year old sons.
Shira Goodman is the former CEO of Staples Inc. Goodman joined Staples in 1992 and was the first director of Marketing and Merchandising for the B2B delivery business. Her experience over 26 years with Staples includes leading the marketing, human resources and global growth functions. Prior to Staples, she was a manager at Bain and Company where she helped develop the initial business plan for the Staples delivery business, now a $10B+ company.
Shira serves on the Board of Directors of CarMax and Henry Schein. She was included in Fortune’s list of “Most Powerful Women” in 2017.
Shira just completed nine years on the CJP (the Boston Jewish Federation) Board of Directors. During that time she co-chaired the CJP Strategic Planning Committee and the recent CEO Search Committee. She has served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Gann Academy, Director of the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale and President of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. Shira received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, an MBA from MIT & Sloan School of Management and a JD from Harvard Law School.
She is married to Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz, and they have three children: Nat, Sam, and Jordana.
Adam is the VP of Marketing at Jun Group, overseeing sales enablement, content production, research & insights, sponsorships, and business partnerships. He previously worked at Altman Vilandrie and Company as a technology, media, and telecom consultant. Prior to that, Adam spent several years at The MeetMe Group (MeetMe, Tagged, Hi5, Skout), where he ran marketing and operations. He is originally from Montreal, and attended McGill University for undergraduate studies, and earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University. Adam is an ad tech thought leader and has been published in TechCrunch, The Drum, Venturebeat, and Digiday to name a few.
In 2011, Chris founded Pure Group, a company that creates, invests in, and advises businesses that change the status quo. Pure is the parent company of Pure Growth, an independent marketing, innovation, creative and media company with a focus on business growth and ROI; and of Pure Ventures, a division designed to build sustainable businesses.
Along with Co-Founder and President Dani Simpson, Pure Growth was founded to fill a whitespace in the agency world which was lacking partners who took a holistic look at solving business problems, not simply answering a creative brief. Pure leads with business growth in mind, marketing and communications to follow. Through client collaboration, Pure uses equal parts strategy and creativity to ignite growth, reshaping the process and identifying untapped marketing and innovation opportunities.
Pure Growth are big believers in building long term and trusted relationships with clients. Because of this commitment to partnership, brands like Jockey, Mars, Sanofi and Time Warner Cable, are long-standing clients who leverage them to achieve their business and marketing goals. From leading practical innovation to creating content marketing and media buying, Pure builds programs to fit the unique needs of each client.
Prior to founding Pure Group, Chris founded Nitro in Shanghai in 2001, redefining the advertising industry by vertically integrating industry offerings: innovation, brand strategy, traditional advertising, and digital advertising. Nitro quickly became a global network with seven offices around the world with a client base that included Mars, Nike, Unilever and Coca-Cola. In 2009, Nitro merged with Sapient, creating SapientNitro, which became the largest independent advertising and digital agency in the world. When Chris left SapientNitro it had 9,500 employees, 35 offices around the world and a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion. In December 2014, SapientNitro was sold to Publicis Groupe for $3.7 Billion.
In 1993, Chris founded Pure Creative. It quickly expanded into seven offices, from Melbourne to Beijing, and became one of the hottest creative agencies in the world. Clients included Mars Inc., Procter and Gamble, Coca-Cola, and the Australian Tourist Commission. Pure Creative was sold to Leo Burnett in 2000.
Chris is also passionate about philanthropy and is on the board of Children of Fallen Patriots, Covenant House, and MindUp.
Mallory Rosen is the Digital Director for Prysm Brands, a division of KBL Group International. Prysm Brands partners with celebrities, artists, athletes and influencers to bring their personal brands to life by establishing stand alone DTC E-commerce platforms. KBL Group International supports Prysm Brands on the backend with design, production, manufacturing, sourcing, shipping, logitstics, etc. Prior to her role with Prysm Brands, Mallory was the E-Commerce Manager at LeSportsac, the iconic lifestyle brand owned by the Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corporation. She has been recognized for her work in the successful replatforming of LeSportsac.com in January of 2018. She began her career in E-Commerce at Saks Fifth Avenue after graduating from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. During her tenure at Saks Fifth Avenue, Mallory worked in e-merchandising across all product categories. As the business needs grew, Mallory worked alongside the corporate strategy team to develop and roll out omni-channel business practices. Saks Fifth Avenue went on to become the first major retailer fulfilling web orders with store inventory. During this project, Mallory's work was recognized with the receipt of a Most Valuable Employee award. Mallory went on to become the E-Commerce Manager, and later Senior Manager, for Roaman's.com, a Fullbeauty Brand. Mallory is excited to be recognized as the adult honoree for the 2019 Walk To Cure Arthritis, and she serves on the committee for the walk. She is a former committee member of Sunrise On The Rocks, an annual fundraising event for Sunrise Day Camp - a free day camp for children and their siblings with cancer.
Anthony started with Agency Within two years ago in July 2016 and is currently the Director of Partnerships for the agency, as well as a team lead overseeing $20M+ in budget across e-commerce, retail-oriented and B2B clients. Anthony’s expertise is in the execution, attribution, and management of search, social, display, affiliate, influencer, and podcast platforms. Prior to joining Agency Within, Anthony was a Project Manager for US Energy Group, where he spearheaded the development of a real estate energy efficiency analytics dashboard that resulted in millions of dollars saved for property owners nationwide. Anthony received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Fordham University.
Ben Birnbaum is the Co-Founder of Repower Group (www.RepowerGroup.com). Repower Group finances, owns, and operates infrastructure for new mobility and renewable energy. Prior to starting Repower Group, Ben was Head of Growth for MV Transportation, and Director of Growth Strategy for McGraw Hill Education. He was a Birthright Excel Fellow in 2011, served as the Fellowship’s North American Chairman from 2013-2017, and remains a board member today. Ben grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
Ben Hindman is Co-Founder and CEO of Splash, the event marketing software used by over half of the Fortune 500. Prior to Splash Hindman was head of events for publishing giant Thrillist, where he produced everything from mystery fly-aways to full-scale concerts. He is also a co-founder of Summit Series, the renowned invite-only destination event for the greatest minds in tech.
Jay started with Agency Within in January 2016 and is currently Director of Digital Strategy, as well as a team lead overseeing a $50+ million budget across e-commerce, event focused and B2B clients. This includes one brand whose revenue rose from $6M to $120MM+ run rate in 16 months under his management. Jay’s expertise is in marketing strategy, attribution, and management of both online and offline media channels. Examples of channel expertise include search, social, display, affiliate, influencer, and podcast platforms. Prior to joining Agency Within, Jay was a Customer Acquisition Specialist for the Vitamin Shoppe, responsible for managing digital marketing channels to support the e-commerce business and 700+ retail stores. Jay received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Economics from the University of Miami.
Jonathan founded a number of successful eCommerce companies and is regarded as a pioneer and expert in the fields of online sales and eCommerce. As the chief executive of Gaffos Inc. he brings an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to his ventures to maximize customer engagement, sales and overall efficiency. Jonathan is the Founder and current CEO of Gaffos Inc, runs all Gaffos related businesses and day to day operations. Jonathan grew Gaffos from $50K in sales in 2008 to over $12 million in 2018. Jonathan holds a BS in finance from Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business.
Stephen has spent the last 10 years building online advertising technology companies from start-up to success.
In his current start-up as Co-Founder and CEO of display.io he is responsible for growing the companies footprint in mobile advertising across 4 offices globally.
Stephen has a degree in Philosophy and was a securities trader for Bank of New York and Bank of Ireland in a previous life. A citizen of both Ireland and Israel, he is now based in NYC with his wife and daughter.
This event starts on September 13th at 6:00 PM.
The evening kicks off with dinner, drinks, and networking, where you’ll find fresh faces and reconnect with some familiar ones. Afterward, you will take a seat at a roundtable discussion where you will join in on a meaningful conversation regarding the current market trends and various venture capital philosophies. The roundtable format is designed to create an open atmosphere for valuable group discussion. This your opportunity to personally connect with and get to know some of the most talented and successful professionals within the industry.