Cross Industry Development Forum
This event starts on January 17th at 6:00 PM.
Renowned for its robust networks of young professionals, leaders, and industry speakers, YJP is proud to announce our fist cross-industry development event!
David Gallo is the Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager, and founder of Valinor Management, a $3+ billion equity long/short hedge fund. Prior to founding Valinor in 2007, Mr. Gallo was a Senior Analyst at Bridger Capital, LLC, which he joined in 2002 as the fourth member of its investment team. From 2000 through 2002, Mr. Gallo was a Vice President at Francisco Partners, a multi-billion dollar technology-focused private equity firm. During the summer of 1999, Mr. Gallo was an Associate at Tiger Management. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Analyst at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and prior to that he was an Analyst at The Blackstone Group.
Mr. Gallo received his Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, where he graduated first in his class as both a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. Mr. Gallo received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Fellow.
Dave Miller is a Senior Portfolio Manager and the Head of U.S. Restructuring at Elliott Management Corporation, a New York-based investment fund with over $33 billion in assets under management, where he is responsible for investments across the capital structure and spanning multiple industries. Dave joined Elliott in 2003 after working in M&A and financing advisory roles at Peter J. Solomon Company. Dave received an A.B. degree, magna cum laude with high honors in field, from Harvard University. He is currently a director of the Brazil American Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive dealership groups in Latin America, and various non-profit organizations. Previously, Dave served on the boards of JCIM, LLC, an automotive component supply joint-venture affiliated with Johnson Controls, Inc, ISCO International, LLC, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and SemGroup Energy Partners GP, the general partner of a publicly traded midstream energy company.
Itzhak Fisher is the Founder and General Partner of Pereg Ventures, a Nielsen and Tata backed private equity fund focused on
investing in companies with ambitious ideas that can transform world markets, and operate around marketing intelligence, advertising
solutions, online solutions and mobile enabling.
Fisher served as Executive Vice President, Global Business Development for Nielsen. His responsibilities included strategic business
development initiatives as well as all Mergers & Acquisitions and overseeing the Sports Practice. Previously, Fisher led the global
product division, guiding the development and delivery of all Nielsen product solutions to the marketplace. In addition to his having
full responsibility over the P&L, he oversaw global strategy, and business development.
As co-founder and Chairman of Trendum, Fisher took the technologies of this small internet data mining company joined them with
VNU, Intelliseek and BuzzMetrics, and sold the new entity to the Nielsen company. Throughout his tenure at Trendum and Nielsen,
Fisher continued to lead a private venture capital group, through a slew of high-tech investments such as Matomy, Counect and the
purchase of several European Telcos and Internet companies.
In the nineties, Fisher founded and headed RSL Communications (NASDAQ: RSLC) a Telco company operating in over 20 countries
across four continents with over $1.5 billion in revenues. Under his tenure as President and CEO, RSL raised over $1.7 billion in
equity and high yield bonds, bought all the shares of a start-up IP telephony company, Delta Three, for $10 million, which after only
three years, had a successful IPO, with a valuation of $1 billion. While at RSL, Fisher bought a 25% stake in Telegate, a German
international directory assistance company, for $35 million, which RSL sold 2 years later to Tiscali for $450 million.
Specialties: Itzhak maintains a long track record in creating new companies and developing them into operationally excellent
businesses. He has been a prominent and serial entrepreneur in high technology businesses for three decades. Fisher also serves on the
Board of Trustees of New York Institute of Technology and on the Advisory Board of NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical
Sciences. He is also a member of the Tufts University President’s Council.
Kent Swig is a President of Swig Equities, LLC, an investment and development company dealing with the purchase and development of real estate in New York City and California. Since 2001, Swig Equities has purchased and/or is in the process of developing more than $3 billion of properties, including holdings in Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District (FiDi). This neighborhood comprises the following office buildings: 110 William Street; 80 Broad Street; 90 Broad Street; 44 Wall Street; 48 Wall Street; 5 Hanover Square; 770 Lexington Avenue among others. Swig Equities residential investments include The Sheffield, 322 West 57th Street, a 58-story mixed-use building consisting of 582 residential units, 109,000 square feet of commercial office, 8,840 square feet of retail, and a 372-car parking garage; 58 apartments within the 198 unit residential building located at 401 East 89th Street and others.
Shimon Shkury is the Founder and President of Ariel Property Advisors. As President he oversees all investment sales, capital services and research initiatives that the company undertakes. Mr. Shkury also co-manages Arlington Equity Group, an international debt and equity platform which has a focus on Joint Venture Equity and Debt Advisory. Arlington specializes in advising clients through the bond issuance process in Israel.
Since 2002, Mr. Shkury has advised private clients, institutions, operators, equity providers and lenders on pricing, positioning and selling assets throughout New York City. This experience has enabled Mr. Shkury to emerge as an expert within the various asset classes, city, state and federal regulatory agreements and market indicators.
Mr. Shkury is routinely sought out as a resource for the industry, being featured in the Commercial Observer, The Wall Street Journal, NY Observer, New York Post and many other industry publications. In 2009, he was recognized by Real Estate New York as one of the “40 under 40” in the industry.
His philanthropic and civic contributions are numerous as Mr. Shkury regularly supports dozens of professional and not-for-profit organizations such as: American Friends of the Open University, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, AIPAC, Israel Bonds, Legal Outreach, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors (BMAR) and many others.
Originally from Israel, he came to the United States in 1999 to earn an MBA in finance at the Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute. He previously served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces. Prior to starting Ariel Property Advisors, Mr. Shkury was a Partner with Massey Knakal Realty Services, now Cushman & Wakefield.
Mr. Shkury lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.
With my Wall Street background, I am often asked why I would want to be the CEO of a specialty pharma company like ProPhase Labs.
The answer is simple: turning around companies, increasing shareholder value and protecting shareholder interests are my passion.
I financed and advised ID Biomedical, a biotech/vaccine company, when it was valued at $25 million and headed for bankruptcy. I successfully persuaded the board of directors into making difficult but necessary changes to management, including the replacement of the CEO, and helped to redirect their strategic focus. Seven years later, the company was sold to GlaxoSmithKline for more than $1.4 billion.
While advising ID Biomedical, I began a similar decade-long engagement with ProPhase Labs. After years of declining revenues, increasing losses and questionable activities, the company’s direction was in dire need of change--and the shareholders’ interests in need of protection. I initiated a risky but incredibly successful proxy contest that led to my position as CEO.
In 2010/2011, I restructured and streamlined all operations. Despite a declining category and a weak economy at that time, sales and margins of our flagship Cold-EEZE brand subsequently improved dramatically. The net result: in 2017 we sold Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy for $50 million to Mylan, a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company.
I approach business relationships with candor and honesty--whether I'm talking to potential investors, vendors, shareholders or employees. I motivate my team by example and get enormous satisfaction out of working hard. I believe in winning--by earning it. And most importantly, I think about what’s best for our shareholders' long-term interests in everything I do.
Specialties: Turnarounds, corporate finance & strategy, sales & marketing expertise, consumer products, biotech & pharmaceutical industries, investment strategies, securities analysis, data-driven, entrepreneurial.
Eric Hantman is the CEO & Founder of Prime NY. He started Prime NY at the end of 2008 after many years experience in the industry. Eric has a passion for making introductions, building relationships and putting large deals together. Prime NYC is a Commercial and Residential Brokerage specializing in investment sales properties throughout the 5 Boroughs. Eric has lived in Fort Greene Brooklyn since 2013 and has a vast knowledge of Brooklyn’s gentrifying areas. Eric and his company not only broker deals, but participate in deals as well, either raising equity, rolling commissions into deals, or providing professional services for the deals by adding value in terms of leasing and management. Eric has been involved in over $200 M of real estate transactions. Please see below for a few recent deals of note and level of participation. Sold: 322-324 Myrtle Ave- $4.850 M (Fort Greene) 798 St Johns Pl- $3.5 M (Crown Heights) 244 Troutman- $1.330 M (Bushwick) 1137 Dean St- $1.970 M (Crown Heights) 2107 Bedford Ave- $480k (Flatbush) Continued Deals of Note: 54 Bond St- $11.6 M (Noho) 32 W 18th st & 18 W 20th st- $10 M (Flatiron) 420 12th St- $1.850 M (Park Slope) 317 Arlington- $400k (East New York) 310 Lenox Rd- $250k (Flatbush) 222 N 8th st- $3 M Development Site- (Williamsburg) 255 Scholes- $800k Development Site- (East Williamsburg) Minority Equity Interest: 10-12 East 33rd st- $36 M Purchase- Office/Retail 22 West 38th st- $38 M Purchase- Office/Retail 51 Irving Pl- $58 M Purchase- Multi/ Retail 376 Bleecker- $16 M Purchase- Multi/Retail 300 E 46th st- $50 M Purchase- Multi/Retail 3187 Grand Concourse- $500k Development Purchase- Co-GP
Jared Sorin is an associate of the firm. He concentrates his practice on advising entrepreneurial clients in a broad range of technology-driven industries in the areas of general corporate, finance, transactional, including mergers and acquisitions, and securities law matters. Jared drafts and negotiates documents for, and counsels with respect to, choice of business entity, public and private equity financing transactions, securities law compliance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt financings for private and public companies, business formation, strategic alliances, consulting agreements and due diligence on transactional matters.
Jared began his legal career as a law clerk and summer associate at SorinRand. He attended Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, and of the Blog Team. Jared earned his undergraduate degree in Government from Hamilton College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Jared is active at the Jersey Shore Tech Meetup as a speaker and advisor. He also serves as a mentor in the Rutgers Preparatory School Business and Entrepreneurship Program, which helps students develop their own business plans and offers them the chance to present them to peers, mentors, and potential backers. In addition, in 2016, he co-founded entreprenYOURS, Inc., a new accelerator program for startup tech and tech-enabled companies in New York and New Jersey, characterized by a unique system of cross-equity ownership designed to foster collaboration and community among the accelerator’s portfolio companies. Jared also helped to co-found a new venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage and emerging growth companies in New Jersey and the surrounding region that have demonstrated early traction in consumer-facing technologies and Internet-of-Things (IoT) verticals, among other tech and tech-enabled industry sectors.
Jared was named a 2017 Strtup Boost "33 Under 33" winner in the Legal & Accounting Firm category. He has also been recognized as a New Jersey Rising Star for 2017, an honor that recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Click here for their methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.