Alex Abelin - Alex is  Co-Founder and CEO of  LiquidTalent.  He comes from a background rooted in internet policy, external relations and community affairs, and digital sales and marketing.  Prior to starting LiquidTalent, Alex worked for Google for over 7 years, from 2005 to 2013. His career was divided between the Sales and Policy departments. In Sales, Alex worked with Fortune 500 companies under the Financial Services vertical. In Policy, Alex held the sought-after position of External Affairs Manager. His duties included building relationships with government officials, managing an investment fund for nonprofit entities, acting as the intermediary between external membership organizations and schools, and producing Google focused seminars and events for key stakeholders. Alex served as the chief architect in developing eight Google sponsored outdoor WiFi networks; the most notable being the Chelsea CIC WiFi network, the largest contiguous NYC WiFi network ever created.  Alex is a proud member of the World Economic Forum Shapers, Dot2Dot, Summit Series, Nexus Summit and StartingBloc. Alex loves traveling and exploring the world; he studied abroad in Florence, Italy and worked abroad for Google in Dublin, Ireland. He founded GoogleCaresSF to provide philanthropic opportunities for Google employees to serve the local Bay Area community. He’s an avid fundraiser and supporter of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall charity and leads teams of runners. He is a proud alumni of UC Berkeley and the Haas School of Business. Alex was born San Diego, and currently lives in New York City., comes from a background rooted in internet policy, external relations and community affairs, and digital sales and marketing.  Prior to starting LiquidTalent, Alex worked for Google for over 7 years, from 2005 to 2013. His career was divided between the Sales and Policy departments. In Sales, Alex worked with Fortune 500 companies under the Financial Services vertical. In Policy, Alex held the sought-after position of External Affairs Manager. His duties included building relationships with government officials, managing an investment fund for nonprofit entities, acting as the intermediary between external membership organizations and schools, and producing Google focused seminars and events for key stakeholders. Alex served as the chief architect in developing eight Google sponsored outdoor WiFi networks; the most notable being the Chelsea CIC WiFi network, the largest contiguous NYC WiFi network ever created.  Listen to Alex's interviews on VMB:  FINDING A JOB WITH YOUR PHONE: TRENDS IN MOBILE RECRUITING AND FREELANCING; THE FUTURE OF WORK.

Kuldeepak (KD) Acharya, CPA - KD is an accounting and audit partner at  Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP.  He advises clients on a wide range of industries including manufacturing and distribution, construction, apparel and textile, and entertainment and advertising. As a founding member of the Citi-Anchin Indian Business Initiative, KD works with Indian businesses on foreign trade and tax issues, helping them to navigate complicated international tax challenges.  KD also lends his experience and expertise to the Firm’s mergers and acquisitions team, Anchin Capital Advisors. In this capacity, KD has helped owners develop and execute an advantageous merger or acquisition strategy that allowed them to meet their business and personal goals. Throughout his career, KD has been involved in many acquisitions and sales of businesses, performing the due diligence work, evaluating the business’s strengths and weaknesses, reviewing the financial and business terms of the legal documents, developing tax structures, advising management, and other aspects of mergers and acquisition transactions. He is an an active member of various community networking organizations and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Listen to KD's interview on VMB:  POST SANDY RESTORATION: WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW.

Andrea Adler - My guest will be Andrea Adler.  Andrea, referred to as the “Metaphysical Marketer” is an international speaker and workshop presenter. She is the founder of HolisticPR.com, the author of The Science of Spiritual Marketing: Initiation into Magnetism, Creating an Abundant Practice and her breakout novel, Pushing Upward, published by Hay House.  Andrea has been a Broadway and TV actress, developed videos for The American Film Institute and recently presented at the Open Center in New York City.  For the last 30 years she has traveled the world offering workshops, consultations and coaching, demonstrating how to integrate spiritual practice and psychological self-inquiry into a fundamental transformation of people’s lives and their marketing approaches.  She is currently creating The Holistic PR and Marketing Institute to support entrepreneurs with their websites, presentations and overall marketing materials. Listen to Andrea's interview on VMB: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND HOLISTIC/SPIRITUAL MARKETING

Maria Aiolova, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA -  Maria is the Founding Co-President of Terreform ONE, a non-profit ecological urban design hub for infrastructure, building, planning and art.  An educator, architect and urban designer in New York City, her work is focused on the theory, science and application of ecological design. She is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE and a Partner at Planetary ONE.  Presently, Maria chairs the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science and the One Prize Design and Science Award. Most recently, Maria was faculty at Pratt Institute, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design and Parsons the New School for Design. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Boston Architectural Center and has been a visiting lecturer and critic at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Cornell University, CUNY, Washington University, the Cooper Union and Rhode Island School of Design. She was the winner of the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in 2011. She has had a number of winning competitions including first place in the CHARLES/MGH Station, Boston and the Izmir Post District International Competition, Turkey.  Maria won the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity and the Build Boston Award. She received her M.Arch. in Urban Design from Harvard University,  B.Arch. from Wentworth IT with Honors, Dipl.-Ing. from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria.  Listen to Maria's interview on VMB: THE CITY AND INVENTION: PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE.

Ibsen Alexandre - Ibsen’s professional career experiences include equity research at Bank of America in Boston where he worked in investment banking and wealth management aiding senior members with alternative investments and portfolio management. While at Dumann Associates he managed more than 4,700 retail and office spaces using proprietary real estate technology software, Agorafy. He represented both tenants and landlords, conducted due diligence, market research, and pro-forma analysis for value-add retail assets acquisition from $10M to $76M.  Prior joining Silverthread Capital LLC, Capital Markets team, where he is responsible for originating and structuring commercial real estate finance transactions nationally, primarily multifamily and health care real estate, Ibsen worked as a Financial Analyst at Equiventure Capital LLC. There, he was primarily involved in underwriting debt and equity for a variety of commercial real estate assets classes ranging from $3M to $150M. Ibsen assisted senior management with clients’ business plan analysis, credit analysis, in-depth due diligence materials, rewrote executive summary investment memorandum, advising the Project Feasibility Committee and participated in every major facet of financing.  Ibsen obtained a B.S in Physiology with a concentration in pre-medical studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.S in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University. He lives in New York and loves staying active, attending Broadway and Opera shows. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering for causes to eradicate homelessness, cognitive behavioral disability, and illiteracy.  Listen to Ibsen's intervie on VMB:  MULTIFAMILY PROPERTIES AND FINANCING.

Robert Allen - Robert is an academic and business professional with a diverse background of knowledge and wealth of experience in teaching online, traditional, and certificate courses at colleges and universities on the East Coast.  As an Online Instructional Designer and Faculty Development Specialist, Robert consults with academic leaders to train their staff & faculty, as well as help develop and implement blended learning courses and fully online programs. He has an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology, a B.S. in Organizational Management, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, and is currently in the process of completing his Doctorate’s Degree in Business Administration this year.  Since 2003, Robert has been an adjunct professor teaching both graduate & undergraduate level  marketing and management courses at institutions such as William Paterson University, Baruch College, College of Staten Island, Plaza College, Pillar College, LIM College, St. Johns University, Montclair State, Seton Hall, Mountain State University, Alabama A & M University, Oakwood University, and Athens State University. He served 12 years in the U.S. Army as an Air Defense Artillery Missile and Weapons System Instructor and Technician. His professional corporate affiliations include key management and/or marketing positions with organizations such as ADTRAN, Inc., ABC television station affiliate WAAYTV News, Cumulus Broadcasting, Broadcast One Radio, and SCH & Co. Consulting. Organizations in which Robert has provided either corporate training, workshops & seminars, marketing, management or instructional design consulting services to includes: The NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYC Department of Buildings, The United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA), The Smile Factory Wellness Dental Clinic, Plaza College, Shear Happiness Styling Salon, Baruch College’s CAPS Department, and William Paterson’s CPE Department.Listen to Robert's interview on VMB: VETERANS' DAY SPECIAL: THE IMPORTANCE OF VETERANS RECEIVING A COLLEGE DEGREE.

Wendy Alvarez-Reynoso - Wendy is an international speaker and workshop facilitator. She is the founder and president of W Education & Consulting, LLC, as well as the creator of the “Winning Mindset” adult learning method, specializing in Leadership Communication. Listen to Wendy's interview on VMB: MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014.

Scott Annan -  Scott is co-founder and COO of  Liquid Talent. He brings a strong background in finance and entrepreneurship to Liquid Talent. Having begun his career as a financial analyst, Scott swiftly transitioned to the start-up world having co-founded three companies and authored the personal-development book, AIMbitious, which has enjoyed success in startup and college communities.  Scott has a deep interest in mobile technology and the development of mobile applications to make professional and social interactions more frequent and valuable. Through his experience as a student, artist, author, and finance professional, he has developed a keen sense for the ways to integrate design, technology, marketing and financial viability to establish and grow compelling brands.  Through AIMbitious, Scott is endorsed by Zappos.com and their CEO, Tony Hsieh, and by Chip Conley, best-selling author of the books PEAK and Emotional Equations and Head of Global Hospitality at Airbnb.  Scott grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Colgate University in 2005 with a BA in History. He currently resides in New York City.  Listen to Scott's interviews on VMB:  FINDING A JOB WITH YOUR PHONE: TRENDING IN MOBILE RECRUITING AND FREELANCING; THE FUTURE OF WORK.


Nicholas Appice - Nicholas is from New Jersey originally, has four sisters, and is a proud uncle. When he is not working he enjoys staying healthy and fit, enjoys all sports (participant and spectator), is an avid NY Yankee and Giant fan. He currently resides in NYC. His education background has taken him to earn a MBA in Finance, which he hopes to use to further his finance career as a business analyst for Manhattan Mini Storage to help the company grow and develop into the premier full service storage company.  Listen to Nicholas's interview on VMB:  A MARKETING STRATEGY TO BUILD AN ICONIC BRAND.


Andre Archimbaud  -  Andre is an Internet Media Consultant at ReachLocal.  A 24-year media professional., for ten years he was in hard news as a producer for Monitor Radio (the broadcast edition of The Christian Science Monitor) and CBS News.  He then transitioned into media sales and has worked for CBS Radio, Yahoo!, JL Media and, for the last three years, ReachLocal.  In his free time, he does creative writing and hosts New York Standard, a weekly music podcast dedicated to The American Songbook.  Listen to Andre's interview on VMB:  ON-LINE ADVERTISING.

Nagwa Awad - Nagwa graduated as a Computer Engineer with a minor in Business Administration at a time when the graduating class in technology was predominantly men.  She started her career as a programmer and eventually was promoted to System Project Manager.  She left a successful career in technology because of a passion for investing.  She survived three stock market crashes with a healthy portfolio in tech stocks.  Nagwa is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems.  Her hobbies include hiking, traveling and hiking while traveling.  She launched Dawan Global in 2013 and enjoyed unanticipated success because there is a need for mobility and green energy.  Everyone needs their phone wherever they go.  There is a real demand to find something that really keeps everyone mobile and unplugged.  Because she has been at the forefront of technology and innovation, she has made it her mission to only offer products that have three facets (solar, mobile, practical) to save the environment for our future generations while maintaining independence. Listen to Nagwa's interviews on VMB: HOW TO USE SOLAR ENERGY TO STAY MOBILE AND ACTIVE; ZERO TO BUSINESS SUCCESS IN UNDER TWO YEARS.

Renée Azoulay - Renée, the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Promotions at Ventura Associates International,  is renowned as a marketing and promotional consultant to leading companies based on her talent, high energy "make it happen" professionalism coupled with her strategic marketing focus and passion for what she does. Her ability to generate substantial new business for her agency and surpass client objectives while providing on-going added value is what makes her such a success. She is a proven leader and self starter with a multi-disciplinary skill set across a broad range of categories. One of her fortés is in relationship building, where her keen sense of practicality and diplomat’s approach enable her to navigate complex interactions. In addition, Renee uses her research background, disciplined bottom-line orientation, creativity, and smarts to develop and manage fully integrated promotion initiatives for many Ventura clients she brought to the agency, including the NBA, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, Spalding, SAP, A.O. Smith, TD Ameritrade, among others. Renee comes to Ventura with a ten year marketing and research background. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, she was part of multiple marketing teams for leading OTC brands including Excedrin, Bufferin, Nuprin and Comtrex. Prior to that, Renee worked at BBDO for three years on the DuPont and Scott Paper accounts and new business for BBDO (direct marketing). Renee holds a B.S. from Cornell University.  She is a professional motivational speaker and has presented for organizations that include The NY Emmys, American Women in Radio & Television, Columbia University, the Professional Insurance Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association (BAA, formerly the PMA), the eMarketing Association, the NY Builders Show, among others.  Listen to Renée's interview on VMB: THE ART OF CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT; MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014. 

Frank Bastone - Frank, the Founder and Owner of Pinnacle Trips, LLC, has worked in sales, marketing and retail for a few years after college. Frank then changed careers and received his MBA in Information Systems from Pace University. He spent the next 33 years in Corporate IT Management for Merrill Lynch, NBC, GE and Aetna. In 2013, Frank fulfilled his lifetime dream of becoming an entrepreneur when he founded Pinnacle Trips, LLC.  He is known in the travel industry as “The Vacation Therapist”. Frank collaborates with busy successful professionals and active retirees who desire a concierge level of service in planning their dream vacations so that they can relax and enjoy a “WOW” experience on their journeys around the world. Since Frank travels extensively, he can provide his unique perspective and expert travel recommendations for hotels, cruises, restaurants, tours, etc. His company motto is: We Plan – You Relax.  Pinnacle Trips specializes in ocean/river cruises, all-inclusive resorts and tour packages. Frank just partnered with a $20 billion travel consortium which purchases large blocks of space for all types of travel. He provides his clients the best pricing, accommodations and bonus amenities not available to the general public. Frank also meticulously arranges complete travel packages including your airport transportation, pre/post cruise hotels, local tours, shore excursions, spa appointments, wine tasting, and culinary experiences.  Listen to Frank's interview on VMB:  RIVER CRUISING.

Rachel Batish - Rachel is Chief Revenue Officer at ZUZNOW.  She is an accomplished, hands-on, entrepreneurial front-runner, with great experience and success in developing and executing of strategies for growing business and revenue from inception to large scale success. She thrives in high pressure, rapidly changing environments pursuing success.  After devoting the first part of her professional life to NPOs and NGOs, Rachel was privileged to co-found Zuznow together with Ken Levkovich. Responsible for building the company's sales and business development strategy, she successfully lead the growth of the company's revenues X5 in less than 2 years.  Over time Rachel have gained great expertise in the field of mobile and enterprise mobility. She brings creativity and boldness to processes of product formation, design and pricing along with uncompromising delivery and customer satisfaction.   Listen to Rachel's interview on VMB:  TIMELY PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN A MOBILE WORLD.

Benjamin Berlin - Ben is the President and Founder of the Lucky Hedgehog Company, Inc. a patient advocacy firm.  After 20 years of being a courtroom litigator, Ben found himself helping families get what they needed from the fractured health care system by advocating to insurance companies, medical providers, coordinating care, helping clients manage the finances and bills for themselves or elderly loved ones and more.  He has been successful in helping people achieve smoother transitions including hospital discharges, establish the care necessary to return to appropriate settings in the community or at home and negotiate significant reductions in surprise medical bills.  Ben graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in Economics and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law with a J.D.  He also holds a Masters in Media and Communication from the Fordham Graduate School of Business and has worked for Archie Comics Entertainment, CBS, and Sony Music.For the past several years Ben has worked exclusively as a patient advocate for private clients who realize that the system tends to put patients and their concerns last.  It is fragmented and often one group is not communicating well with the other groups.  With someone looking at the larger picture from the patients perspective, often times solutions can be found that are beneficial to all sides.  Ben is a strong proponent of Shared Decision Making and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine as well as the Walking Gallery of Healthcare.Listen to Ben's interview on VMB: PATIENT ADVOCACY.

Ken Biberaj - Ken, the Chairman of the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, was born in New York City, a first generation American after his parents emigrated from Albania in 1968. He received his Bachelor’s in political science at American University, his Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a JD from New York Law School.  Since 2005, he has served as an executive at his family’s real estate company. The firm is active in Manhattan and the Bronx and also owns and operates the iconic Russian Tea Room.  His work in real estate includes investment sales and retail brokerage. On the brokerage side, Ken has carved out a niche advising restaurants and small businesses on their expansion around the City. At the Russian Tea Room, he oversaw the restoration and reopening of the restaurant in 2006 and continues to handle public relations and business development.  As part of his role with The Russian Tea Room, Ken has become an advocate for the hospitality industry. He sits on the Restaurant Committee for NYC & Company and also on the Local Leadership Council of Business Forward. This activism in support of small businesses and the hospitality sector motivated Ken to run for City Council on the Upper West Side in 2013.  His campaign focused on bringing new energy and a fresh perspective to the Council, with a particular commitment to advocate for the small and medium size businesses that make our City so unique. His presence on the political scene was quickly recognized. He was recognized by City & State Magazine as a “40 under 40” upcoming political leader. Moreover, he received endorsements from the Small Business Coalition, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Governor David Paterson, the League of Conservation Voters and the League of Independent Theaters.  Listen to Ken's interview on VMB: RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.

David F. Bomke - David is a Member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and its Vice President of Diversity.  He is the Executive Director of the New York Energy Consumers Council.   The Council is the largest energy customer advocacy organization in New York State. Its heritage includes a half-century of successful regulatory intervention as the Owners’ Committee on Electric Rates, Inc. and nearly two decades of education, regulatory intervention, and members’ representation as the New York Energy Buyers Forum, Inc. Members of NYECC represent a broad spectrum of energy buyers, including hospitals, universities, financial institutions, residential and commercial property managers, public benefit corporations, energy service companies, and energy consumers or groups of consumers in Con Edison’s service territory. Listen to David’s interview on VMB: REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND COSTS.

Anne Bonfiglio -Ann is founder and executive director of Partnership for Student Advancement.  Her life-long goal has been to help underprivileged minority youth improve their future through a career. She has taught high school students preparing girls for the New York State Regents exams, and has tutored in remedial English classes at Kingsborough College. To quote Ann, “All my life I have been concerned and sympathetic towards young people who are members of families in the poorer segment of our society, and who do not have the financial ability to support the education of their children. In bringing up and educating my five children here in New York City ‘s public schools, I was constantly aware of this problem. One major factor that prompted me to start this charity was the pro bono work of my late husband, an attorney. He was an inspiration to me since he was always giving legal advice to poor families and representing them at little or no charge. Personally, I believe that every child here in America deserves the opportunity for a bright future. I am passionate about helping as many young people as possible through PSA to identify jobs and careers, find personal fulfillment and make a life for themselves.”  Listen to Ann's interview on VMB: HELPING THE UNDERSERVED BECOME CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.

Stephany Bonney -  Stephany is the American Cancer Society's Eastern Division Interim Senior Director, Community Events.   In that capacity, Stephany serves as the senior manager of community events for the Division.She provides vision, leadership and strategic direction to a 30-member team responsible for the Society’s top fundraising and community engagement event, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Prior to this role, Stephany served as Director for New York metro, responsible for all aspects of income development surrounding their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer portfolio. In that role, Stephany led the first ever Making Strides event to break $3 million dollars in fundraising. Stephany has always been involved in the fight against breast cancer, leading the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for 4 years prior to joining the American Cancer Society. In total, Stephany has raised more than $50 million in the fight. The proud niece of breast cancer survivors, she earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from SUNY Cortland but decided to use her passion for fundraising to drive her career within the non-profit sector.  Listen to Stephany's interview on VMB: MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER.

Beth Bronfman - Beth, the Managing Partner at New York City advertising firm View, is known for her hands-on approach to developing revenue-rich advertising, marketing and retail programs for luxury clients and top-tier businesses. Prior to forming View, she co-owned LBLD Advertising with Kevin Downey. Previously, Beth was VP of Advertising at Macy’s during the retail giant’s greatest period of profit generation and expansive growth.  Over the years, she has remained vigilant in tracking and interpreting the shopping habits of the luxury consumer and has translated that knowledge to clients to help them succeed in the constantly shifting retail landscape.   Beth serves on the board of the Women Presidents’ Organization and is a member of the WPO Platinum group. She is on the Governing Board of The Committee of 200, and is the Northeast Chair of C200.  Beth is an active member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and its Bronze Forum. She is member of the F.I.T. Advertising/Marketing Committee Advisory Board. In addition, Beth sits on the board of Dancing in the Streets, a prominent non-profit dance group and Racemark International. Beth’s professional achievements have been recognized with the President’s Award for the Women Presidents’ Organization, Office Depot Businessman of the Year Award, and the Enterprising Women of the Year Award.  Listen to Beth's interview on VMB: 21ST CENTURY ADVERTISING; STARTING A NEW WEBSITE.   

Laura Bucko - Laura is the VP/Director of Communications for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and founder of their Green Business Committee. She has been employed with the Chamber since June, 2004. Laura has been instrumental in changing the focus of the Chamber from a small community organization to a far-reaching, robust organization that serves many levels of the business community. By focusing on partner and member relations, recruitment, strategic partnerships, event coordination and outreach, this organization has flourished and has increased its relevancy by being a champion to NYC businesses during an economic downturn. Laura founded the Chamber’s Green Business Committee in June, 2008 which has since grown to be the Chamber’s largest most successful initiative. Laura has also worked to create sub-groups in the chamber for technology/digital media, healthcare, education and young professionals. Previously, she worked as a junior agent and non-print permissions manager at Harold Ober Associates, a boutique literary agency that represents such authors as J.D. Salinger, Lois Lowry and the Estates of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Langston Hughes. She also taught at a small private school in Western Massachusetts for several years. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from Smith College and her Master's degree in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Listen to Laura's interview on VMB: MCC MEMBER COOPERATION: NEW JERSEY BIKESHARE.


Adriana Cara - Life Coach Adriana Cara was born in Communist Romania, fled to Austria where she was a political refugee for seven years, finally achieving her goal of immigrating to the United States.  A medical/beauty industry professional of 30 years, she is the recipient of several awards, a three-time nominee in Time Out New York, and she was declared "The Best Esthetician" by Frederik Fekkai.  Following her passion, she changed careers and became a Life Personal Coach after graduating from The Orange County Institute for Life Coaching.  As a Life Coach, she has encountered multiple situations and has helped people find ways to overcome obstacles, stop old habits, and embrace a new fulfilling life.  She coaches people to become more confident in their inner power, change their life perspective, and overcome difficulties to achieve their dreams.  Listen to Adriana's interview on VMB: TIME MANAGEMENT.

Wendi Caplan-Carroll – Wendi is the Area Director-Northeastern United States, for Constant Contact.  A marketing expert with over 25 years’ experience developing and implementing marketing strategies for businesses and organizations spanning a variety of industries, in her role at Constant Contact, Wendi uses her expertise to provide coaching for small businesses and organizations on best practices of email and social media marketing.  As an Area Director for Constant Contact, she also manages a field team of Regional Development Directors and Authorized Local Experts through-out the Northeastern USA.  Wendi also creates powerful business alliances and initiatives to help empower Constant Contact customers and its partners.  Wendi is a popular speaker and educator. She delivers real-world tools and strategies that drive stellar results immediately! And although the topics and strategies may be cutting edge, it doesn’t take an interactive guru to “get it.” Wendi simplifies the information and provides essential basics, secrets, and shortcuts that make it easy for seminar attendees to get on their way fast.  Wendi gives her groups the “Know How” to boost business, awareness, and customer loyalty. Listen to Wendi’s interview on VMB: GROWING YOUR BUSINESS WITH E-MAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

Chloe Carmichael  -  Dr. Chloe Carmichael of Carmichael Psychology.  Dr. Carmichael attended Columbia University for a BA in Psychology, and graduated summa cum laude with Departmental Honors in Psychology. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University in Brooklyn; the LIU Clinical Psychology Program admits fewer than 10% of applicants and is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Carmichael completed her clinical training at Lenox Hill Hospital and Kings County Hospital, as well as other settings such as community clinics and academic centers. She has published work on issues related to psychotherapy through academic sources such as Guilford, and presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Dr. Carmichael has instructed undergraduate courses at Long Island University and has served as adjunct faculty at the City University of New York. In addition, she has been a certified yoga instructor since 2001; she has also completed coursework in Buddhism and meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction designed. She was recently named as the psychologist for the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. In her role at the NYCPM, Dr. Carmichael provides support to faculty and students in the form of individual counseling as well as the creation and delivery of stress-management and goal-attainment workshops. Dr. Carmichael has also been featured on VH1, Inside Edition, and other media. Dr. Carmichael is an active member and co-chair of a committee for the New York Junior League and provides volunteer services to underserved populations including the homeless, veterans, and poverty-level immigrants.  Listen to Chloe's interview on VMB: EXECUTIVE COACHING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS.

Anthony Carro - Anthony is a Managing Partner at Point Vantage.  An independent employee benefits specialist, he has specialized in group retirement and pension plans since 2005.  Listen to Anthony's interview on VMB:  YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND NETWORKING.

Joan Cavanaugh - Joan is the founder and CEO of Boardroom Golf.   The mission of Boardroom Golf is to empower women to use golf to further their careers and eventually reach a place in the boardroom.  As a certified business golf expert with 25 years of experience playing golf for business on American and international courses, Joan coaches business women showing them how to maximize the social networking skills of the golf game. Since business golf is not an end in itself but a means to building strategic relationships it becomes a tool for building a successful career.  Joan is a popular speaker and master teacher and simplifies the game play for new golfers and experienced golfers alike who need relationship skills to be effective. Through one-to-one coaching sessions, interactive workshops and in-house corporate forums, she provides a step-by-step skill building process that prepares participants to develop rapport with power brokers and decision makers. She also demonstrates how the lessons of leadership and business savvy practiced on the golf course work to enhance a business career.   Joan received the 2003 USA Canon Businesswoman of the Year award and the following year was named Office Depot Businesswoman of the Year. She has been a master teacher in academia, a corporate administrator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the founder and CEO of an international publishing company. She served on the national board of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, a women’s committee for the USGA and was the founder and site director of several LPGA/USGA girls’ golf programs. She is a member of the EWGA, USGA, and Women in the Golf Industry. Listen to Joan's interview on VMB: GOLF: A FORUM FOR BUILDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS.


Ramona Cedeno -  Ramona  is a CPA with over 15 years of experience as a Financial Controller for Fortune 500 firms, pre-IPO startups and small companies, with a track record of successfully devising and deploying innovative strategies that enhance operational and financial performance. In 2015, she founded FiBrick Financial Services, a full-service accounting and consulting firm working primarily with fast growing tech startups. Ramona earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Baruch College, a Master’s in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from Boston University.  Listen to Ramona's interview on VMB:  HOW STARTUPS CAN INTEGRATING ACCOUNTING AS PAR T OF THEIR LAUNCH.

Michael Chaly  -  A veteran of the United States Navy, and a former analyst with the Department of Justice, Michael has over 20 years of business continuity, threat analysis, and crisis management experience. Michael has an MPA in Emergency & Disaster Management (Pi Alpha Alpha), and an MA in Military History, specializing in low-intensity conflicts.  He has earned several industry certifications, including a BS-25999 from the Business Continuity Institute and an Emergency and Crisis Management certification from the Israeli Military Industries Academy for Security and Anti-Terror Training. He has professional experience with both large and small consulting firms focusing on business continuity and crisis management engagements across a range of industries at all levels of service.  Listen to Michael's interview on VMB: WHY BUSINESS CONTINUITY.

Arlene Ciccone -  Arlene's long career began at Rand McNally, in the book manufacturing division as the first woman in an executive position, and then became a salesperson. With that experience, was a mentor to many young women interested in selling. An innovative business owner for the past 35 years, specializing in custom high end promotion and marketing products. Launched Pinnacle Promotions 13 years ago offering logo imprinted advertising specialties. Working from a home office, with a plan to wind down and exit successfully and gracefully. Starting out in an all male world, always willing to share insights and ideas to other people starting out. Listen to Arlene's interview on VMB:  A SALESWOMAN'S ODYSSEY: FROM THE LATE 60S TO TODAY.

Sandra Clayton - Sandra is a marketing and branding professional who has spent over 20 years working with Fortune 500 clients in the financial, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Her recent clients include worldwide brands such as Jefferies, Metlife, ADP and Stryker. Sandra’s expertise and interests include all aspects of the marketing process from initial branding and identity design to the development of integrated marketing campaigns for company and new product launches. By taking ownership of all aspects of a company’s brand image she is able to effectively manage the interaction between the company and its target audience, ensuring a seamless union of business objectives and the needs of the consumer. As founder and creative director of  Yellowdot, Sandra provides a comprehensive suite of services to her clients including web design, web development, print and digital marketing, SEO and tracking metrics to evaluate the success of her marketing programs. Sandra works with firms of all sizes, and as a small business owner herself she enjoys working with fellow entrepreneurs looking to expand their business reach and break into new markets. She is a graduate of Rutgers University. Listen to Sandra's interview on VMB: LINKEDIN FOR SALES AND MARKETING.

Stacey Cohen - Stacey founded Co-Communications, Inc. in 1997, an award-winning full service marketing and public relations firm with offices in Westchester County, NY, Farmington, CT and midtown Manhattan. She began her career at Marsteller Inc. (a division of Young & Rubicam), where she was responsible for expanding the corporate communications program for advertising executives. She then held senior positions in both public relations and marketing over a six-year period at CBS/FOX Video, then the world’s largest home video company. Under Stacey’s leadership, Co-Communications has been awarded the  Advertising Club’s "Best of Show" (2002, 2010, 2012) sponsored by Gannett/The Journal News, Forbes Enterprise Award (2006), and was inducted into the Westchester County Business Hall of Fame (2008).  She was recently named PRSA Practitioner of the Year (2013) in recognition of her professional achievements, experience, and reputation in the profession.  She chairs the Business Council of Westchester’s Marketing and Communications Council and currently serves on the board of The Business Council of Westchester and United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. Previous board positions include Association for Women in Communications and The Volunteer Center. Stacey speaks often at industry conferences and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Crain’s, Sales & Marketing and other leading national publications. She holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and a MBA from Fordham University.  Listen to Stacey's interview on VMB:  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CONTENT.

Hiawatha Colbert  -  Hiawatha has grown up surrounding computers since the age of 5, and so with loving the edge of technology, he went on to American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Ga., earning a Bachelor’s of Science concentration in Criminal Justice, with an Associate of Science concentration in Business Administration in 2007. Taking what he has learned over the years with experience in security and technology, he entered in the Credit Card Processing Industry becoming a Certified Payment Professional with the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) in 2009. Being an experienced payment professional, he has teamed up with payment industry leaders to create a company called Colbert Marketing Group LLC which is based in Queens NY, Doing-Business-As  Capital Bankcard of New York in 2012. Capital Bankcard of New York is a hybrid payment solutions provider that enables businesses to take full advantage of future payment options aggregated with traditional cash and credit all at the point of sale. “We love to make businesses and the people of the community say Ooh and Ah!” Through education is how we empower our minds and businesses. With empowerment, we experience growth!  Listen to Hiawatha's interview on VMB: IS YOUR POS SYSTEM HELPING YOU INCREASE SALES?.

Ken Conn  - Affectionately known to his friends as Cajun Ken, Ken was born and raised in the deep South, spending most of his formative years in the port cities of Mississippi and Louisiana. While having a strong love for the South and appreciation for his Southern roots, he also has had a lifelong fascination with New York City. So strong was the lure, that at age twelve he ran away, making it as far as the Port Authority before New York City police found him and put him on a bus back to the dusty roads of Mississippi. Ken found his love for cooking at age twenty while working aboard an offshore tugboat. There he learned hands-on from the boat’s cook and developed a passion for the Cajun style and food experimentation. Ken is mostly self-taught and thinks that not having been professionally trained as a chef is an advantage. It gives him credibility when he tells people who say they can’t boil water that he’ll have them cooking a true Southern down home meal in no time. Fulfilling his dream, Ken moved to New York City from Biloxi Mississippi in 2004. He loves the city as much as he thought he would as a kid, but also takes frequent trips home to see family and immerse himself in Southern ambiance. Changing cities didn’t change his passion for food. What began as an informal instruction for friends developed into a series of cooking classes taught and organized by Cajun Ken. Looking to reach more people, Ken began to develop and produce a network cooking show. Cajun in the City now airs to over 1 million New Yorkers each week and is slated to air in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx in Fall 2014.  Listen to Ken's interview on VMB: CREATING A TV SHOW TO PROMOTE A NEW BUSINESS.

Gregory Cotton - Greg, who holds a Ph.D. from Capella University, is a 23-year veteran of the US Army.  The President and CEO of COTTON7 Global Enterprises, located in New York City, he is a driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in high-risk competitive markets. He has over 35 years of military and commercial experience in the areas of Logistics, Risk & Opportunity Management, Intelligence, Anti-Terrorism, Lean/Six-Sigma, Crisis Management, and Global Business Development. Greg is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Global and Green Business Committees, and is frequently called upon to meet with delegations from Russia, Brazil, India, Turkey, Colombia, as well as with high-ranking foreign officials, in an effort to establish international trade within New York City. He sits on many boards and committees; he is most active with the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), A Billion Plus Change initiative, and with developing clean technology infrastructure initiatives in Frontier Markets.  Listen to Greg's interview on VMB: CREATING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES; SUCCESSFUL BILLION DOLLAR HIGH-RISK INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

Michael  J. Crooke  - Michael is a career commercial banking professional with experience in structured conventional bank financing, real estate finance and cash management for small to middle market private Companies.  He relocated to New York City in 2013 where he joined the Wells Fargo Business Banking Group in Manhattan as a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager.  In early 2014, Michael accepted the role of Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo’s New York City and Long Island Business Banking team.  In this position, he is responsible for leading a commercial banking team including relationship managers, associates and commercial credit analysts in the acquisition, management, and growth of profitable complex commercial relationships primarily with gross annual revenues over $5,000,000.  Michael's territory includes New York City, the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island as well as the entire Long Island market.  He maintains strong experience and focus on credit and cash management for operating companies including manufacturing, professional services, wholesale/retail trade, transportation, construction, commercial/investment real estate and healthcare/medical.  Michael began his career in the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina market as a commercial credit analyst for a regional commercial bank prior to moving to Wells Fargo.  He served in various risk/portfolio management and commercial credit roles responsible for underwriting, review and analysis of complex business and real estate credits in the North Carolina market.  As a career commercial banker, he has experience that includes management/leadership as the NYC and Long Island market leader as well as commercial relationship management (Senior RM), credit analysis (Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager) and retail (CSR and Branch Manager).  Listen to Michael's interview on VMB:  FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

Henry Cross - Henry is Assistant Director of Hosh Yoga and Founder and Director of Hosh Kids. He blends his experience in education, yoga, and business to better serve the New York City community. He is a member of several community boards and enjoys ballroom dancing.  Hosh Yoga and Hosh Kids, are health and wellness non-profit programs based in Brooklyn, New York, committed to making people's lives better by healing bodies and minds through yoga reaching over 4000 people every week in New York and Vermont. Listen to Henry's interview on VMB: DO HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRACTICES IMPROVE YOUR BOTTOM LINE.

Justin Croxton - My guest will be Justin Croxton.  Justin runs the digital marketing agency, Que Commerce, which helps their clients grow through Search Engine Optimization and Pay-Per-Click advertising. Its goal is to increase sales and brand awareness for their clients by increasing their organic rankings, getting them more relevant online traffic, and measuring performance so that clients are achieving a strong Return on Investment on their marketing investment.  They work in several industries including legal, medical/ healthcare, technology, e-commerce, and retail.    Listen to Justin's interview on VMB:  SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING AND OPTIMIZATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS.

Michael Cush - Michael is currently the Director of Workforce Development at VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. His responsibilities include insuring that quality employment, vocational and technology skills training and information services are provided to VISIONS’ consumers in the most efficient manner possible. This entails oversight of all vocational training and adult work readiness programs, job placement services, as well as the Blindline® Information & Referral Service.  Prior to joining VISIONS in 2005, Michael spent over eight years working in Human Services as a Case Manager, Customer Service Representative and Information and Referral Specialist.   He graduated from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Dual Degree, Psychology and Sociology..  Listen to Michael’s interview on VMB: HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

Alphonso David - Mr. David was appointed New York State Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State, in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for a full range of legal, policy, legislative and operational matters affecting civil rights and labor state-wide. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mr. David served as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he supervised Assistant Attorneys General and managed strategic planning, case development, and policy analysis. He also served previously as Deputy Commissioner and Special Counselor at the New York State Division of Human Rights, a litigation associate at the law firm Blank Rome LLP, and a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund. At Lambda, Mr. David prosecuted and defended precedent-setting civil rights cases across the country affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and those living with HIV including marriage, parenting rights, discrimination in schools and access to health care. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and Fordham University Law School, where he teaches ‘‘Constitutional Law: Sexuality and the Law.’’ Mr. David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Temple University School of Law and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Listen to his interview on VMB:  WORK FOR SUCCESS.

Melissa DeLise -  Melissa DeLise is a regional manager with StemCyte Inc. She has worked in the stem cell and regenerative medicine field for three years. Located in New York, Melissa provides information and resources on cord blood banking and umbilical cord lining  to doctors, hospitals, and families in the tristate area.  to Melissa's interview on VMB: CORD BLOOD BANKING.

Nora Maria Diaz-Bretherton - Nora, co-founder of Casa Latina, graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She started her career as a sales associate at WCBS-TV in NY, the CBS flagship station. Nora’s strong communication skills earned her a position as a production assistant for the CBS Weekend Evening News. She was then promoted to broadcast associate for the CBS Weekend Evening News, providing editorial support for the national editor and the domestic bureau chief. After honing her skills at CBS, Nora moved on to become a sales executive for Tapestry International, a US based production and distribution company. She left Tapestry International to launch Dos Damas Enterprises. Nora then became Vice President of Sales for the US and Latin America at Beyond Distribution, an Australian television production and distribution company. She is now devoting her time to CasaLatina.com and collaborating with Telemundo on the Casa Latina branded news segment series.  Listen to Nora's interview on VMB: AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE HOME OWNERSHIP.

Lani Doctori  - Lani is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Colorfast, a full service printer doing traditional offset, digital, and large format printing.  She counts among her clients large, mid-size and small for-profit corporations, as well as non-profits. Her clients currently include companies in the health and fitness industry, professional doctors and lawyers, public relations and advertising companies, artists, restaurants, media companies as well as manufacturing firms to name a few.  In her current position she oversees the on-line social media outreach, as well as the sales strategies, of Colorfast.  Lani was the founder and owner of Accurate Printing and Graphics for 23 years until 2010 at which time she joined forces with Colorfast.  She has a BA and a Juris Doctorate, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce heading up their Women’s Committee.  She and is very involved in their initiative: the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, a worldwide initiative designed to bring women in business together to share best practices, exchange business contacts and mentor younger women in business.  She also is a founder of a giving group in New York that facilitates grants to local grassroots organizations mostly but not limited to organizations involved in education,  women’s and children’s issues.   Listen to Lani’s interview on VMB: PRINT IS NOT DEAD, IT’S JUST MORE COLORFUL.


Maralyn Dolan - Maralyn is Founder and President of Integrated Printing and Graphics. IPG is an award-winning full service printing and graphic design company with a blue ribbon client list that includes J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Eileen Fisher, Hudson News and the NY Mets.  She began her career in the printing industry at the Massachusetts Envelope Co. followed by General Business Envelope, and then the Quality House of Graphics, gaining an industry-wide reputation for integrity and customer service.  She repeatedly earned sales awards at each of these companies.  Maralyn founded IPG in 1999, the same year that she entered and completed the New York City Marathon. She participates in the Friendly Visitor Program at St. Malachy’s Church, where she is a past Vice Chair of their Board of Directors. Maralyn is a member of the Lambs Club having served on their Board of Directors, is a member of the New York City Direct Marketing Association, Legal Marketing Association, Association of Accounting Marketers and was the past Chair of the Corporate Partnership Committee of NAWBO-NYC, having also served on their Board of Directors.  She serves on the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.  Listen to Maralyn's interviews on VMB: PRINT VS ELECTRONIC MEDIA; DIRECT MAIL MARKETING CAMPAIGNS IN 2013; THE HAPTIC BRAIN AND THE SCIENCE OF TOUCH.

Kevin M. Downey - Kevin, the Creative Partner at New York City advertising firm View, utilizes his award-winning luxury product and retail design experience to help clients rethink their brands both strategically and creatively.  Kevin is an expert at diffusing a brand message down to its purest essence.  Before joining View, Kevin was senior creative designer and design director at Tourneau where he established the luxury timepiece store as a destination.  He previously lent his creative talents to several top-tier companies, including Siegel+Gale for Renaissance Hotels and David Yurman.  Kevin was also creative director at the Movado Group Brands, which include Coach, Movado, Concord and EQS.  The industry's many testaments to his success include the Emerging Media Award, the Summit International Creative Awards/Silver and Bronze, the InDesign Magazine First Prize and The Advertising Show Best of Newspaper Ads Retail Division.  Kevin holds a BFA with honors from the Art Center School of Design and was a candidate for a Masters in Architecture from Parsons School of Design.  Listen to Kevin's interviews on VMB: 21ST CENTURY ADVERTISING; STARTING A NEW WEBSITE.

Christopher Duffy  - Chris, the founder of The CDH Group Inc., was born into a well-known restaurant and catering family in Philadelphia, PA. This is where he received his formal training in all styles of service. During this time he waited on Pope John Paul II, Jackie Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco.  In 1984 he left the family business to pursue other dreams, and moved to the hotel industry. He first worked at a big name hotel in Wilmington, DE, and then for one in Pittsburgh, PA.  After Pittsburgh he decided to get out of catering altogether to pursue other interests. It was then he went into retailing and started to work for a big name department store.  It was with that company he moved to NYC to become an assistant buyer. It was in this job that he discovered he had a knack for reconciliations. From there he went from one retailer to another learning what he could and always giving his best. He got to a point in retailing where it just wasn’t him, so he looked for different horizons and took a job answering phones at a credit union in Times Square. This is where his business sense blossomed, and he became an assistant loan manager and then the Director of Lending. As he grew so did the credit union; he took them to all-time heights. He reorganized the department and grew the department from a $14 million on the books to, after 5 years, $50 million on the books, and at the same being responsible for the ATM’s in all the McDonalds. He left the credit union to become a real estate agent for a couple of years where he decided to get back into the mortgage industry in July 2007. During the crash of the industry he stayed strong but after some time had enough and came to a decision to get back to his roots. He then worked for 5 different staffing companies where he got to a point where he had enough.  Listen to Chris's interview on VMB: THE STATE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Gil Effron - In addition to serving on its Board of Directors, Gil is an active chamber member. His most recent contribution was envisioning and spearheading MCC's MarketingWeekNYC. Previously, he was head of  the Chamber’s Ambassador program. An experienced business marketing strategist, Gil is the Founder and CEO of New York City-based Strategies for Growth. He works with established businesses, as well as startups, to help them avoid critical mistakes and maximize opportunities. Additionally, Gil helps owners of small to medium-sized businesses increase sales and profitability by streamlining and shortening their sales process and installing the most appropriate and effective marketing to support their sales process. He is the author of two recently published books: How to Close More Business in Less Time (2014) and How to Give Your Business an Extreme Marketing Makeover (2010).   Listen to Gil’s interview on VMB: MARKETING TECHNIQUES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES; POST SANDY RESTORATION: WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW;BUILDING A CULTURE OF DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION; VOLUNTEERISM; BUILDING A CULTURE OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE;MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014; AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR OF HOW TO CLOSE MORE BUSINESS IN LESS TIME.

Michael Einbinder -Michael is a founding member of Einbinder & Dunn. He is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association, and other prominent franchise organizations. An author in numerous publications, he has recently contributed a chapter to the “Franchise Litigation Handbook” published by the ABA Forum on Franchising, co-authored “A Franchisee’s Guide to Franchisor Bankruptcy” which was published in the Fall 2011 edition of the Franchise Law Journal and he has contributed a chapter in the ABA Forum Publication titled "Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements," which is scheduled to be published this Fall 2012. He also handles litigation, arbitration, and mediation nationwide for both franchisors and franchisees (including associations).  Michael has been listed among the top franchise lawyers by Franchise Times for the past six years and is a frequent speaker on franchise issues at events hosted by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising as well as the New York City Bar Association CLE program in which he has presented papers on franchise issues for other attorneys.  Listen to Michael's interview on VMB: INTRODUCTION TO FRANCHISING.


Dina Elardo - Dina is the founder and CEO of Notary Public Central, Inc., a corporate training firm  based out of Long Island NY.  The company has had enormous success conducting Notary Public preparation courses for over a decade.  Their growing list of clients includes Fortune 500 companies, governmental institutions as well as numerous community businesses and organizations.  Their expanding regions of service take in all of Long Island, the greater New York metropolitan area, Westchester and Buffalo counties.  Dina graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Business Management from NYIT.  As an active member of several related associations, she keeps current on all pertinent legal issues pertaining to Notary Public Laws.  She received national recognition for her work from my colleagues in the National Notary Association where she was selected “Special Honoree.”  This was a prestigious honor from “the country’s primary informational resource on notarization”.  This level of excellence is reflected in her courses, research, and activism at the legislative level.  She has been interviewed by WRNW1 – Woman’s Radio Network, a local radio station pertaining to local woman owned businesses.  Additionally, she has been written up in Working Mother Magazine, The Women’s Venture Fund and published in Long Island Business News.  Furthermore, she has been hired as an expert witness on several fraud cases and continues to do her due diligence for the public at large.  Listen to Dina's interview on VMB:  THE MISUSE OF THE NOTARY PUBLIC OFFICE AND FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS.

J. Alejandro Estrella - Alejandro is Founder & CEO at Wax Seal Marketing, where he excels as a visionary, advisor, and mentor to his growing team.  Before founding Wax Seal Marketing, Alejandro spent years focusing on one question: What does a new generation of entrepreneurs need to succeed? The answer presented itself in the form of a unique working philosophy and business environment that fosters value-driven, cooperative enterprise. His background in psychology and business, along with passion for a variety of creative mediums (as well as his insatiable curiosity), led him to found Wax Seal Marketing, with this collaborative leadership style as its foundation.  With impassioned interest in the development of millennial entrepreneurs around the world, Alejandro believes Wax Seal Marketing’s cooperative business model sets the precedent for a generation of aspiring business mavericks; remembering that success is not merely a matter of having, but more importantly, a manner of living.  When Alejandro is not leading his team, he spends his time rock climbing, experimenting with new foods, developing contemplative writing pieces, scribbling poetry, and sharpening his mastery of other languages.  Listen to Alejandro's interview on VMB: THE CURRENT STATE OF YOUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES.

Charles Euchner - Charles is a writer and teacher. He is the creator of The Elements of Writing, the only brain-based system for mastering writing and editing in all fields. He has taught at Yale, Holy Cross, Northeastern, and Penn, and he was the founding executive director of the Rappaport Institute at Harvard. His latest book is Keep It Short: A Practical Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, He is also the author of The Elements of Writing, a comprehensive guide to writing in all fields. He has also published books on civil rights (Nobody Turn Me Around), baseball (The Last Nine Innings), city pollutics (Urban Policy Reconsidered, with Steven McGovern), and the politics of sports (Playing the Field), among other works.  Listen to Charles's interview on VMB: HOW NEUROSCIENCE TEACHES ABOUT THE BEST WRITING STRATEGIES.

Janet Falk -  Janet is a communications professional with more than 20 years experience in-house. at public relations agencies and as a consultant. She manages pro-active media outreach and has secured placement of executives and companies in local, national and international print and broadcast media. Janet is a versatile writer who prepares newsletters, speeches, presentations and website copy, as well as marketing literature. She will help put your company on the map to attract new clients and move ahead to achieve your business goals.  Listen to Janet's interview on VMB: MAXIMIZE YOUR MEDIA REALTIONS SUCCESSS.

Susan Farina - Susan, the owner of Luxury Leash of Lower Manhattan. Luxury Leash offers dog walking, pet sitting, house sitting, light grooming, vet runs and just about any help clients may need to care for their pet. The business was born out of a passion to make a difference in the lives of animals.  Located on East 22nd Street they serve mainly Lower Manhattan up to Midtown, however there are always exceptions.  Listen to Susan's interview on VMB: THE ADVANTAGE OF PAYING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE TO CARE FOR YOUR PET.

Deborah Farkash - Deborah is an educator, consultant and entrepreneur with a business in health and wellness.  Utilizing her education, experience, and following her passion for quality of life, Deborah started Living Well Inside and Outside in 2011.  Deborah holds a Master's degree in Recreation and Rehabilitation Therapy from LIU. During her first career spanning 28 years in long term care and community services she specialized in working with the frail elderly, people with dementia including Alzheimer's.   She understood intimately what happens when we age.   Through her recovery from a devastating illness she realized that she could impact more people in prevention.  Deborah partnered with a science based company that uses innovative technologies to  address aging at it's source. Working with people one-on-one Deborah is able to offer unique solutions.  The focus is on people over 40, usually they have had a devastating illness and are now open and ready to take alternative steps to preserve their youth and stay healthy.  Deborah offers people solutions for a health span not just life span.Listen to Debbie's interview on VMB: LIVING YOUNG: PRESERVING YOUR YOUTH.

Marty Finkle, CPT - Marty is a renowned industry expert and sought-after speaker, leads the team of Scotwork NA  negotiators, who work with more than 100 companies in various industries. Through his work on negotiation strategy, process and behaviors, many organizations have achieved an exceptional return on investment, while participants have been able to adapt the skills to other workplace and personal situations.  Before joining Scotwork in 2003, Marty held various sales and executive roles, where he helped increase revenues for firms including Lever Brothers, Franklin Quest, AT&T, General Mill, and Oxford Health Plans. To a large degree, Marty’s success comes from his ability to think strategically and holistically about issues in order to develop long-term solutions. His strengths include creating and exploring ideas for clients as well as for Scotwork, which have helped maximize their potential. Throughout his career, Marty has been able to develop meaningful connections with customers while helping them nurture their own relationships.  Marty received his Bachelors in Business Administration and Communication from Rochester Institute of Technology and earned his Masters in Human Resource Education from Fordham University. He is one of fewer than 1,000 Certified Performance Technologists worldwide.  Listen to Marty's interviews on VMB: MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014;GAINING POWER IN NEGOTIATIONS.

Phil Fram -  Phil is Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Quadlogic, which develops and sells electric submeter & energy monitoring products and systems for tenant billing  He has over 30 years of experience in Industrial Sales and Marketing. Prior to Quadlogic Phil was employed by Marinco Corp. first  as VP Sales and Marketing for the Industrial Group and later as VP Marketing for Marinco Electrical Group.  Marinco is an international manufacturer and marketer of recreational marine equipment and industrial components. During that time, Phil and the team, at Marinco, grew the business from $30,000,000 with one product line to over $80,000,000 with 7 product lines and 5 locations.  Phil has developed effective sales and marketing teams, has experience in identifying technical product opportunities and product design, development, and manufacturing solutions. At Quadlogic, Phil is responsible for new product roll-outs, marketing and sales in North America. Phil holds an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administrations, and an MBA in Marketing. Listen to Phil's interview on VMB: LOWERING ENERGY USAGE.

Angela Marie Franco -  Angela started her career as a graphic designer, and then move onto agency owner, corporate marketing manager/strategist, copywriter and new business developer.  She is dedicated to a green environment and lifestyle and promotes "sustainable communications."  The founder and CEO of  AMF Direct, LLC, she specializing in direct marketing strategies, corporate communications, branding, public relations, lead generation and business development.  An advocate of continuing education, Franco returned to school as an adult to earn another degree.  Influenced by her parents and grandmother, while raising her own three children, Franco saw the need to heighten awareness of the necessity for manners, common courtesy, respect for oneself and others, self-reliance and healthy choices. In 2004 she founded The Table Manners Coach - a service that offered American table manners training for children and adults. The consultancy now presents The Table Manners Coach in a how-to publication that provides instructional guidelines on the discovery of poise and comfort in any food-centric social situation. Listen to Angela's interviews on VMB: TABLE MANNERS; HOW TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION; MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014; Television: Business's Newly Accessible Direct Marketing Channel.

Michael Frankel - Michael is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on business to consumer (B2C) companies.  His companies focus on driving acquisition, both on a local and national level in a way that simultaneously acquires new customers, increases spend from existing customers, and grows brand loyalty.  His most recent endeavor, HULEDET, enables companies to reach out to consumers around their birthday and other personal milestones, enabling these companies to acquire not just a customer, but a brand loyalist.  Listenn to Michael's interview on VMB: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT BIRTHDAYS.

Tommy Galan - Tommy is a performer with over 20 years of stage and presentation experience.  He is also an accomplished attorney and the current Director of Corporate Programming at The Peoples Improv Theater where he teaches Improv(ed) Legal Skills, a 3-credit Continuing Legal Education Course, in addition to small business improv courses and corporate workshops for clients such as Google, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, AMC Networks, Avrett Free Ginsberg, Medallion Retail, MAC Cosmetics, Yahoo, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Benchmark Hospitality, Microsoft, Rabobank, New York University, Columbia University, Hofstra Law School, The American Bar Association, and Baruch College.  Listen to Tommy's interview on VMB: COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION AMONG TEAMS AND THE DYNAMIC OF TURNING WORK INTO PLAY

Ruth Gantman - Ruth is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and a member the Association of Drugless Practitioners. Ruth has successfully transformed many lives through her coaching practice, Nurtured By Nature.  She has helped clients reverse high cholesterol, reduce diabetes medication, lower high blood pressure, and lose weight and keep it off.  Ruth has worked with doctors to create Menopause Symptoms and Solutions, a website offering women advice about the changes to the body during menopause. She has an MFA from NYU and has counseled and taught for over 20 years.  Listen to Ruth's interview on VMB: WHY DIETS DON'T WORK.

Melanie Gass - Melanie Gass serves as Chair of the Chamber’s Technology Committee and Business Referral Group One.  She is President ofCenterPoint Solution, a worldwide computer-training firm that teaches its clients time saving workday techniques utilizing Microsoft products.  Referred to as "The Microsoft Princess," Melanie oversees the creation of industry-specific reference guides, as well as online and on-site training by certified instructors.  She hosts the first radio show dedicated solely to Microsoft products on VoiceAmerica.  Listen to Melanie's interview on VMB: SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES; USING INTERNET RADIO TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS.

Paul Gevertzman, JD – Paul is a tax partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and a leader of the firm’s Tax Credits and Incentives Group. His practice focuses on all types of clients including many hedge funds, investment partnerships and construction companies. Paul has extensive tax and business experience with corporations, individuals, and partnerships. He assists companies obtain economic development benefits such as tax reduction credits, real property tax credits, sales tax exemptions, wage tax credits, and utility rate reductions, minimizing or often eliminating a company's New York State tax liability.  Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), having served on its Employee Benefits Committee for ten years. Paul, who is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, is admitted to the United States Tax Court.  Listen to Paul’s interview on VMB:  POST SANDY RESTORATION: WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW.

Ramon Gil - Ramon is marketing business coach and the managing and creative director of Fresh Concentrate, a multicultural graphic design company in Manhattan's Turtle Bay.   Prior to launching Fresh Concentrate, he was creative director at the Earth Pledge Foundation, a non-profit organization on the cutting edge of environmental technology. He is an active community organizer and was the publisher of Asians in America Magazine and president of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival.  He is a membership ambassador for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of directors for National Minority Business Council and is the founder of the Asian-American Entrepreneurs Network.  Listen to Ramon's interview on VMB:  THE FOURTH ANNUAL ASIAN AMERICAN EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE AND MULTICULTURALISM .

Jon Gilbert - Jon has over 30 years of experience in the global telecommunications and Internet industries, developing a variety of successful online business-to-business services.  He is currently Chief Operating Officer of EnovativeTV, Inc., an IPTV distributor of global, multi-cultural television and radio.  He is the founder of Videotex, a provider of ecommerce, news, entertainment and other interactive applications.   In the past, he was Chief Technology Officer at IBNET, Ltd, a startup that built in partnership with IBM and a consortium of international Chambers of Commerce, a secure, business-to-business international marketplace.   He was also the publisher of a seasonal online entertainment magazine.   As a long term supporter of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Jon is a member of several committees and recently organized the successful Diversity in the Workplace panel discussion hosted by Microsoft.  Listen to Jon's interview on VMB: INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION.

Eddie Gindi - Eddie, who is a co-owner of Century 21 department stores and front man and guitarist for the alternative rock and funk band Men In My Head, has worked across the street from the World Trade Center since 1979.  On 9/11, one of his stores was severely damaged and had to be closed six months after the attack.  Unable to reflect on the tragedy of the terrorist attacks, Eddie withheld all emotion until a 2012 tour of the 9/11 Memorial when he saw the Survivor Tree.  A stump that had survived the attack and had been replanted in the Bronx in the hope that it could be nursed back to health, the Tree is now the living centerpiece of the Memorial, in the shadow of the Freedom Tower.  Witnessing the rebirth of the Tree, Eddie's emotions flowed in a stream of creativity resulting in The Survivor Tree Song and in a partnership with Tuesday's Children, a non-profit dedicated to helping the children of the victims of 9/11, including first responders and their families.   Listen to Eddie's interview on VMB: IN COMMEMORATION OF 9/11.

Tom Glendening - Tom, from E3Think, specializes in cities, buildings, transit and energy. He has successfully created hundreds of millions in investment value from complicated assignments worldwide. He has worked on major transportation-oriented developments in New York, London, Leipzig and other key markets.  Tom has worked in the public sector with the NYC Department of City Planning, has developed facilities strategies for two Fortune 25 companies to enable the global roll-out of alternatively powered vehicles (fuel cell, electric), and captained a Harvard Alumni study on the revenues, risks and economic development potential of a NYC bikeshare program.  He has participated on a government-sponsored Chinese Energy Technology Trade Mission,  been invited to think tanks on cities at Harvard and most recently a forum on transportation at the White House.  Most notably, working with the Chamber, Con Ed, NYIT and many leading transportation concerns, he created and managed the highly successful Transportation Transformation series.  His newest project is Inventropolis, which stands for invention metropolis.  He is a graduate of Harvard, Yale and the University of Virginia.  Listen to Tom's interviews on VMB: CLEAN ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION; BIKESHARE IN NEW YORK CITY; THE CITY AND INVENTION: PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE; EVs: WHERE ARE YOU JOE SCHUMPETER?  BIKESHARE DISRUPTED?  TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: FERRIES OR SUBWAYS? BE SMART: THE IMPORTANCE OF SMART SYSTEMSTHE BUSINESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE; URBAN INNOVATION REVISITED; WATER WEEK; MCC MEMBER COOPERATION: NEW JERSEY BIKESHARE.

Bryan Goettel – Bryan is director of communications for the Hiring Our Heroes Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He manages all aspects of the program’s communications, including media, corporate partner communications, and internal communications and strategy.  Bryan joined the Chamber in 2009 as a member of media relations. He managed the Chamber’s broadcast outreach and served as the main point of contact for financial regulation, energy and the environment, political communications, and Hiring Our Heroes. Before joining the Chamber, he was a broadcast journalist for eight years working as a sports anchor and news reporter at KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa; sports director at WNCF-TV in Montgomery, Alabama; and sports anchor and reporter at KOTA-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bryan has interviewed Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Charles Barkley, Pete Carroll, Peyton Manning, and Ryne Sandberg, among others.  He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.  Listen to Bryan’s interview on VMB: HIRE OUR HEROES.

Alan Goldberg - Alan is a business builder, coach, and dynamic speaker.   As a Franchise Consultant to Fran-LINK Franchise Advisory & Consulting Group,   Alan works with executives in transition from the corporate world, entrepreneurs, newly minted MBA’s and career-switchers looking to re-boot and spin their careers in new directions.  He advises on the benefits of entrepreneurship and helps individuals interested in business ownership navigate the constellation of opportunities to identify businesses that match their skill set, interests, business objectives and financial resources. Alan also advises small business owners looking to scale on the franchise model as a core part of a growth strategy.  Listen to Alan's interview on VMB: LEARN ABOUT FRANCHISES.


Noal Goldfarb - Noal Goldfarb is a Financial Advisor at National Financial Network, LLC.  Noal advises individuals, families and businesses on how to obtain financial balance by challenging conventional wisdom.  He helps people who are very busy with their careers and personal lives organize their financial lives. Noal educates his clients on  how to build comprehensive holistic uncommon financial strategies with the goal that they are better protected from loss entering their balance sheet.  Noal ‘s career in finance began over 25 years ago after earning a BS in Finance and Information Systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  While managing an international equity portfolio at Mackay Shields, he earned his MS in Investment Management at Pace University and shortly thereafter obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Association of Investment Management and Research.   He is currently on schedule to add a new designation to his credit, The RICP, Retirement Income Certified Professional, offered by the American College.  As a financial professional with 10 years of experience, he has skills in investment management along with a sound philosophy of building a strong foundation of protection and dedicated himself to helping his clients understand how the macro-economic strategies he created helps them eliminate the 5 major risks that face them in life and retirement: Longevity Risk, Inflation Risk, Market Risk, Sequence of Return Risks, and Taxes.  Listen to Noal's interviews on VMB: FINANCIAL BALANCE; SOCIAL SECURITY STRATEGIES.


Dan Griesmeyer - Dan is a Financial Advisor and Certified Investment Management Analyst with a global investment bank.  Drawing on his extensive wealth management experience, Dan works with a select group of families and institutions to help address their advanced planning needs and personally educate them about and guide them through the myriad of financial choices so they can make smart decisions about their money.  Prior to his current position, Dan was a Certified Public Accountant and partner in a public accounting and financial advisory firm.  In his role, Dan managed over $300 million of endowment assets for several international not-for-profit institutions.  Dan advised and educated his clients’ management, boards and investment committees on investment policy and strategy, portfolio construction, manager due diligence and selection, and performance analysis.  Dan graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Certified Investment Management Analyst program and summa cum laude and top of his class from C.W. Post University with a BS in Accounting.  Dan is the co-chair of the Chamber's Young Professionals Committee.  Listen to Dan's interview on VMB:  YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND NETWORKING.

Karyn Gunnet-Shoval, Ph.D., of the Gunnet-Shoval Group, coaches companies, executives, Human Resources professionals, groups, individuals and couples to learn how to better manage and enhance stress management skills.  With fellowship experience in stress-related issues and coaching interventions at Yale School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Karyn understands stress and stress management.   Stress is the combination of a negative interpretation of an event and a perceived inability to overcome it in an easy or comfortable way. You can find ways to address the stress that arises in your work, professional life, family and other settings.  As an executive coach, Karyn coaches attorneys, business executives, professors and other professionals and their clients to better manage the stress of time management, clients and colleagues, communications, among other issues.  Working as a Group Leader with employees of a company or nonprofit, Karyn tailors stress management coaching to fit individual and company needs. Participants develop skills to enhance confidence, happiness, productivity and effectiveness.  And as a Human Resources trainer, she works with HR professional in the area of stress management in order to lead workshops and coach individuals.  Supervisors report improved employee happiness, attendance and productivity.  Listen to Karyn's interview on VMB:  EXECUTIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT.


Monica Hammond - Monica is the Director of Marketing for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School.  She has been working in the theater for over a decade as a performer and marketing professional for Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond.  In 2007 Monica became a founding member of The Attic Theater Company, which continues to produce new plays and relevant classics that examine the American experience with compassion and conviction. It was through the Attic Theater Company that Monica began working in marketing, and has since worked on Broadway shows such as Spring Awakening and It's Only a Play, and Off-Broadway shows Daddy Long Legs (Davenport Theatre), That Bachelorette Show (42West), A Better Place (The Duke), Awesome 80s Prom (42West), Strictly Dishonorable (The Flea), and many more. Listen to Monica's interview on VMB:  AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP MARKETING.


Sarah Harris - Sarah is the Founder of Incite, a marketing and communications firm that specializes in marketing that motivates positive behavior change.Sarah leads the growth and strategic direction of Incite, overseeing all five Incite offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, St. Louis and Indianapolis. Her work is dedicated to forging corporate-community alliances and developing partnerships that use marketing for good. Sarah serves as the strategic advisor on nearly all Incite campaigns to ensure client goals are routinely exceeded. Her experience in public health outreach and education includes leading social impact marketing campaigns for clients such as The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Seton Hospital and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Listen to Sarah's interview on VMB: CAUSE MARKETING.


Leyland Hazelwood - Leyland has managed and implemented development projects and market entry for companies in 44 African countries, during the last 40 years. He guides corporate market entry strategies, brand positioning, foreign partner selection and cross-border distribution into African markets. He was a member of the first United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Mission to Africa in search of investment and trade opportunities for American businesses. Leyland, as Senior Advisor, Trade and Manufacturing to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) recently spent a year in Kigali identifying and promoting manufacturing opportunities for foreign investors. Hazlewood managed the groundwork for establishing the $100 million Southern African Enterprise Development Fund to promote business expansion and organizing the first International Franchise Opportunity Conference in Africa.  He structured the cross-border investment involving Nike and advised other Fortune 500 companies on African market entry. As Consul in South Africa for the Republic of Guyana, Leyland participated as a delegate in high level international meetings and conferences relating to investment, trade and economic development. He lectured in Economics at Baruch College, CUNY, New York. and he has been a panelist and presenter at business conferences, internationally.  Listen to Leyland's interview on VMB: EXPANDING INTO AFRICAN GROWTH MARKETS.


Asdrúbal Hernández -  Asdrúbal  is a publisher, writer and photographer.   He did his undergraduate studies in Communications Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Master's Degree in Publishing from Pace University. He has worked for several newspapers, magazines and many other media in Venezuela and U.S.A. On 2011, together his wife María Angélica García, he co- founded Sudaquia Group, a venture that aims to promote and offer products and services in Spanish for the US market, through its divisions Sudaquia Editores (www.sudaquia.net), a publishing house of books in Spanish in the U.S. and Sudaquia Publishing Services (www.sudaquiaps.com), a consultant agency for all types of publishing and in-Spanish projects.  Listen to Asdrúbal's interview on VMB: SPANISH LANGUAGE AND IMMIGRATION IN THE US.


Mark Hofmaier - Mark is a sales performance, business coach.  He currently works with IT and technical professionals who are managers or product developers, to enhance and improve their management skills, specifically in the presentation and communications arenas.  Additionally, he continues to work with sales professionals to increase their productivity, and improve time management - in other words, make more money in less time.  Mark has a performer's background, extensive experience in public speaking and training large audiences of sales consultants.  He incorporates his coach training in Energy Leadership in all his work. Listen to Mark's interviews on VMB: INTEGRITY WITHIN THE COACHING PROFESSION.


Steve Holt - Steve is Managing Partner ofre:Write, a strategic communications consultancy that helps businesses improve the bottom line through effective storytelling. He has nearly four decades of experience in the news business, as a writer, reporter, critic, editor, and manager in radio, television, and print, both here and abroad. He has taught writing, both one-on-one and to large groups, including leading writing seminars for BBC London. Listen to Steve's interview on VMB: HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST. Adie Horowitz - Adie, the founder of Licenders, is a mother who felt like she had nowhere to turn when her children were diagnosed as “having lice.”  As an informed mother, Adie insisted that there must be alternative methods for removing lice without using highly toxic products that were in the marketplace.  Adie created her own lice removal process and product line.  Within  three months, Adie’s services were in such high demand, she recognized the business potential.  With a resurgence of lice throughout Europe and the US, Licenders was in the right place at the right time.  Licenders is the premier lice-ending company in the USA, specializing in head lice removal. Our line of all natural products are used to kill the lice, and the AirAlle Device, created by Larada Sciences,  is used to dehydrate every nit.  The interview will focus on their unique franchising business model.Listen to Adie's interview on VMB:A UNIQUE FRANCHISING BUSINESS MODEL.Liza Horan - Liza is a digital strategy executive whose media career switched from print editorial to the online space in 1995, when she launched TENNIS.com for The New York Times Co. After leading the creative and business sides for 10 years, she founded Media Moxie to provide digital strategy and communications for a variety of clients in consumer and B2B sectors across several industries. Employers and clients include ESPN, software companies, retailers, and entertainment brands. Her specialty is aligning content strategy and digital product development with business goals. The ultimate win, she says, is building audience size, quality and engagement (quality interactions). Liza earned her master's degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and her bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Mary's University. She  can be reached at Liza@MediaMoxie.com. Listen to Liza's interview on VMB: BEST PRACTICES FOR BOOSTING AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Evan Horowitz - Evan is a business advisor with Evan Horowitz Advising.  He empowers entrepreneurs and business owners to grow their businesses faster and smarter.  Working with talented, driven business owners whose dreams are bigger than their business experience, Evan helps his clients make smarter plans to achieve their goals faster.  Clients benefit from Evan’s Harvard MBA and 10+ years of achieving extraordinary growth, managing hundred-million dollar businesses in multiple industries.   Before dedicating himself to small businesses, Evan worked with global giants including Samsung, Macy’s, Walmart and Costco.  In addition to his MBA from Harvard he holds a BS in Engineering from Stanford.  Listen to Evan's interview on VMB: GROWING A BUSINESS FASTER AND SMARTER.

C. Willem Houck - Willem is an executive leader with international, general management, and business development expertise, both in corporate and start-up environments. As Senior VP and Head of Strategy and Business Development at Philips Electronics, Willem led the “One Philips” transformation from a product-driven to a customer-driven company and the first customer centric cross-divisional business unit. With a particular passion for energy saving technologies, Willem was an early leader of Philips’ activities in energy management and launched the North American expansion of Plugwise, a designer and manufacturer of advanced energy management solutions for commercial buildings and residences. He joined the founders of ParkPod as president and COO. ParkPod is an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure company that installed the first commercial level II charger in the US. ParkPod's mission is to provide the most innovative, customer-oriented solutions for businesses that view EV charging as a new opportunity to serve their customers and employees more profitably. He also is a member of the senior team of iValue, an independent multidisciplinary leader in methods for creating shareholder value from technology. The track record for iValue is impressive, ranging from triggering the deployment of a new billion-dollar broadband service, to licensing an innovative technology platform, to the turnaround of a major software company. A lawyer by training, he holds a bilingual MBA from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and several senior executive degrees from IMD and INSEAD.  Listen to Willem's interview on VMB: EVs: WHERE ARE YOU JOE SCHUMPETER?

Yasin Jackson - Yasin is the Project Coordinator at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is the Chamber’s Mission ContinuesSquad Leader and Fellow.  Yasin joined the Mission Continues NYC Platoon in January 2014.  The Mission Continues “empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions.”  They “redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.”  Yasin’s responsibilities have helped her serve her community by volunteering, making connections with other veterans and professionals, and building herself as a leader and manager.  Formerly, Yasin was a Sergeant in the United States Army, and worked as a Senior Intelligence Analyst.  She served in Incheon, South Korea; Doha, Qatar; and Atlanta, Georgia. In those positions, she gained valuable experience as a Strategic and Operational Manager, Organizational Planner, and Information Security Officer.  She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Business.   Listen to Yasin's interview on VMB: THE MISSION CONTINUES - IN HONOR OF VETERANS' DAY.

Ruggy Joesten -  As Yelp NYC's fun-lovin' Community Director, Ruggy  takes pride in working with Yelp's local community of users and NYC business owners.  He brings the online community together offline by hosting fun events, writing a weekly newsletter that highlights hidden gems and all around encouraging locals to get out and discover the best their city has to offer.  As one of Yelp's most tenured employees (just south of six years), Ruggy has been around to see Yelp grow from an acorn into a giant oak that's become the leader in in local exploration,  In his downtime, Ruggy enjoys Luzzo's Pizza, 2-for-1 East Village happy hours and Boo the World's Cutest Dog.  Listen to Ruggy's interview on VMB:  PROTECTING YOUR ON-LINE REPUTATION.

Craig Kasper  - Dr. Craig Kasper, Founder & Chief Audiology Officer of NYHD - New York Hearing Doctors. Recognized as one of the Future Leaders of Audiology by his colleagues and the American Academy of Audiology, Dr. Kasper has been at the front lines of public education and hearing healthcare service for over 17 years. He completed his Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Florida and earned his Master’s degree with clinical honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Kasper is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). He has appeared on numerous media outlets throughout the years serving as a resource on hearing health, technology and wellness.  Listen to Craig's interview on VMB:  HEALTH LOSS AND THE CONNECTION TO CHRONIC HEALTH AILMENTS.

Ann Kayman -   Ann is Founder and CEO of the New York Grant Company.  Before starting her own company, Ann served in the Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations as Chief of Business Development for the City of New York, and as Senior Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Voted 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year, she has 14 years' experience in economic development and 27 years' experience as a lawyer, with expertise in commercial leasing, tax, statutory and regulatory compliance, and the administrative process.  Ann serves on the Boards of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Intelligent Communities Association, and Envirolution.org. She is also Co-Chair of the Manhattan Chamber's Green Finance Subcommittee and serves as an active advocate and spokesperson for many local causes. Ann earned her BA magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her JD cum laude from Case Western Reserve. Listen to Ann's interview on VMB:  OBTAINING GRANTS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS; SMALL BUSINESS AND "CLEAN TECH;" WOMEN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIPTHE EB-5 GREEN CARD EXCHANGE; GREEN FINANCE; THE BUSINESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE;  IS MANHATTAN GROWING? STATISTICS AND INSIGHTS TO OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY; GET CONNECTED: THE POWER OF REFERRALS PART I; DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; SURFING THE CHANGING TIDE OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE; GET CONNECTED: THE POWER OF REFERRALS PART II; MILLENNIALS.

Mark Kessler  - Mark joined HealthPass New York in 2010 where he serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives. He has spent the last four decades helping to build strong, effective and efficient organizations. Three of those decades have been devoted to the development of mission driven not-for-profits. From start-ups to complete transformations, Mark has supplemented innovative strategic and program planning with disciplined implementation to foster the growth of such diverse organizations as New York Cares (now New York City's largest volunteer organization), the CLEARPOOL Schools (an early Beacon, then Charter School model), St. Luke's LifeWorks (supportive housing in Stamford, CT) and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.  The last 14 years of work with the Brooklyn Chamber and the Business Council of New York State (the NYS State Chamber of Commerce) have provided Mark with additional experience in issue advocacy and government affairs focused on small business development in general, and more specifically, issues related to affordable small group health insurance. Currently, Mark is leading HealthPass' campaign to ensure that the NYS SHOP Exchange is designed in a manner that best serves the needs of NYS small businesses. Mark refers to his two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of the Philippines as the most defining factor in the evolution of both his career and personal life.  Listen to Mark's interview on VMB:  HEALTH INSURANCE CONSIDERATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES.

Elizabeth Kienher - Elizabeth believes in setting people up to succeed; that includes clients, colleagues and as a mother of two -- future generations. With a focus on strategy, Elizabeth is expert at adapting to the perpetually changing media landscape.  She is a one-of-a-kind collaborative force with a passion for design and digital storytelling.  With three and a half years of agency experience in Chicago and LA, Elizabeth jumped head first into the entertainment industry with Trollback + Co in New York, helming rebrands and campaigns for HBO, Showtime, AMC, CBS and AOL, as well as project-based work for Nike, Sony and Fidelity.  After doubling the revenue of design studio, Freestyle Collective, she, along with partners Scott Matz and Justin Meredith, created the vision for Thornberg & Forester which has grown to a bicoastal studio with clients worldwide.  Elizabeth's talents have paved the way to speaking engagements at global conferences including Cannes, SxSW, CES and Promax BDA.  She is a contributing writer for Women 2.0 and an active board member in several industry organizations.  Listen to Elizabeth's interview on VMB: THE IMPORTANCE OF USING DESIGN TO MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION.

Elizabeth Kim -  Elizabeth is the franchise owner of Welcomemat Services of NYC, a provider of turnkey marketing solutions which connect local businesses to new affluent neighbors moving into the area every month.  She was formerly a VP of Business Development at Thesys Technologies, a financial technology provider in the high frequency trading marketplace.  Prior to Thesys, she was an equities trader at Jefferies.  Elizabeth graduated from MIT with a dual degree in Economics and Management Science, with a concentration in finance.  She is currently a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and lives in Union Square, Manhattan.  She enjoys yoga, dancing, and figure skating.  Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @welcomematnyc.  Listen to Elizabeth's interview on VMB: GROW YOUR BUSINESS BY MARKETING TO NEW NEIGHBORS.

Desiree' Kinney - Desiree' is the Agency Recruiter and Relationship Director for MassMutual New Jersey-NYC  where she is hiring and developing top talent in financial services. She began her career at the likes of Merrill Lynch and TD Ameritrade. After obtaining her Series 7 and 66 licenses in 2008, she discovered her passion for financial services.  Desiree’ is proactive in women’s non-profit work, mentors college students, and has aided a few start-up businesses with strategy and relationship building. She is a Special Committee Member of Savvy Ladies and a Career Panelist for Rutgers. Desiree’ has a passion for giving back to the community and currently is an active member of the MassMutual New Jersey-NYC local charity Bikes 4 Kids where she has passionately supported sponsorship and fundraising efforts.  Desiree’ was highlighted in a SEI Investments feature entitled “Why Your Firm Needs a Full-Time Marketing Professional” on the significance of marketing in the financial industry to build your brand recognition and to remain a competitive leader. Desiree’ was also interviewed by Candid Career in association with Rutgers University on personal branding, relationship building, and career development. She was also interviewed by NJ.com for the feature “From Rutgers to Wall Street” on her transition from Rutgers University to working on Wall Street today. Most recently, Investment News conducted an interview on women investors for INTV. Desiree’ also is a regular co-host on Brooklyn Savvy TV and Princeton TV. She hopes to inspire people to be the best “you” possible and to empower women to be the future leaders of our generation.  Listen to Desiree's interview on VMB:  CREATING A PERSONAL BRAND.

Faith Kinslow - Faith is a Clio finalist award-winning Copywriter/Brand Strategist who has been writing advertising and marketing communications for business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients for over 30 years.  Having worked on a broad range of categories for large and small companies, she brings a wealth of experience as well as strong creative and strategic skills to every project. What makes her work so effective is her diligence and penetrating ability to dig deeper, learning about all facets of a product or service until she uncovers something that is truly unique. She then develops targeted messaging that is both strategic and compelling.  As she notes, “It’s essential to determine and communicate an attribute or benefit that a product or service can own. This is what creates a true identity and enables a brand to stand out in the marketplace."  Her company, True Identity Branding, helps businesses target their true prospects with a variety of marketing initiatives. Listen to Faith's interview on VMB:  HOW TO BRAND YOUR BUSINESS.

Gary Klencheski - Gary is president of Fitcorp Private Fitness Centers, A Division of Town Sports, Inc. (TSI).  TSI operates over 160 fitness clubs under its four regional brand names; New York Sports Clubs (NYSC), Boston Sports Clubs (BSC), Philadelphia Sports Clubs (PSC) and Washington Sports Clubs (WSC).  TSI is a publicly traded company with 510,000 members and annual revenues of $479,000,000.  As president, Gary specializes in the management of corporate based fitness centers.  He is directly responsible for developing and overseeing the Division in TSI’s four major geographical areas. Gary was instrumental in the development of the American College of Sports Medicine Standards and Guidlelines for the health club industry and was the recipient of the Boston Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Merit Award.  Listen to Gary's interview on VMB: THE IMPACT OF WELLNESS PROGRAMS ON A COMPANY'S BOTTOM LINE.

Jason Kliwinski AI
A, LEED Fellow - Jason is principal at Designs for Life LLC and CEO and Founder of the Green Building Center.  Jason is a highly recognized and accredited professional in the field of Sustainable Design. As a practicing Architect with over 20 years of experience, he has been greatly involved in the restoration, preservation, and adaptive reuse/renovation of existing facilities as well as the creation of new environmentally responsible buildings. In 2012 Jason was named a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Fellow by the US Green Building Council, one of only 200 in the country, which is the highest professional accreditation through peer review of an applicant's work by the US Green Building Council.   Jason’s approach to architecture and green building is holistic, with a focus on incorporating the principles of green building on-time and within budget. Jason founded his own architectural design firm in 2003 and more recently the Green Building Center in 2010 which focuses on providing owners, developers, property managers, and real estate professionals a convenient ‘one-stop’ location that brings green design, construction, products and education together under one roof using a unique integrative project delivery approach. He has been responsible for the design and construction of dozens of green buildings, many of which have achieved LEED™ certification in various markets, several carbon neutrality master plans for major institutions, and development and implementation of many educational programs focused on greening the built environment.  Listen to Jason’s interviews on VMB: THE INTEGRATED DESIGN BUILD PROCESS; PLAN NYC: 80% REDUCTION IN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 2050.


Sabina Klimek -    Ms. Klimek is Consul, Trade Commissioner, and Head of  the Trade and Investment Section of the Polish Consulate in New York City.  A former TV journalist, business trainer and entrepreneur, Ms. Klimek holds a postgraduate Master's Degree in Marketing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  She also earned a Master's degree in International Economic Relations from the University of Economics in Katowice and graduated from the Mikkeli University of Applied Science in Finland where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. An alumni of the School of Political and Social Leaders, she is a certified trainer (specializing in negotiations, self-development, communication and public speaking training), and Co-founder and President of the Supervisory Board of the European Institute "Pro Futuro Europae". She served as a Member of the European Commission Business Forum for Multilingualism, Expert for European Office of Crafts, Trades and Small and Medium sized Enterprises for Standardization (NORMAPME) in the field of Innovation Management. She is author of many publications in the field of SMEs and is the author of the book Entrepreneurship without Secrets.  Listen to Sabina's interview on VMB: POLISH-AMERICAN TRADE.


Deborah Koenigsberger - Deborah is the founder of Noir et Blanc, a women's clothing boutique in Manhattan featuring fashion-forward yet classic European collections. Since 1989, her focus has been on providing personal attention to New York City's most selective and demanding clients.  In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Deborah has raised more than $1 million for New York City’s homeless mothers and children.  She founded the non-profit organization Hearts of Gold in 1996 as a responsible way for her business to give back to the community.  Hearts of Gold’s mission is to help the women and children at three city shelters by preparing them to exit the shelter system and thrive on their own.  In the past 11 years, Hearts of Gold has helped thousands of homeless families by providing everything from diapers, winter coats, and summer camps for the children; to mammograms, career counseling and landlord negotiations for the mothers. Listen to Deborah's interview on VMB: FASHION MAKING STRIDES AGAINST HOMELESSNESS.

Christopher Kogler - Chris is founder and CEO of NarrativeIQ.  Chris mentors some of the world’s top business leaders helping them discover & tell strategic business stories that inspire their employees and customers to action. Leaders’ strategies don’t just spring to life, they stick.  Early in his career Chris worked in television as the Creative Director for New York City’s world class cultural institution, Thirteen/WNET. During his 16 award-winning years at WNET, he developed his love of stories and his storytelling skills garnered 5 Emmy Awards and numerous international kudos. Clients included GE, GM, ABC and HBO.  In 2006, he founded STI Consulting. His goal was to build on his TV storytelling experience and work with companies changing the world. In 8 years, he has spearheaded change management initiatives, helped create a web design agency, led a state recognized business incubator & counseled clean tech entrepreneurs in such diverse areas as smart grid technology, food waste recycling & tidal energy. He enjoys helping companies succeed by teaching them how to discover and narrate their unique value proposition.  Today, he’s building upon this work and his love of storytelling by partnering with the international consulting firm, Anecdote, and incorporating their outstanding 6 month programs, Storytelling for Leaders and Storytelling for Sales, into his consulting practice. These programs help leaders in large and small organizations develop their story skills so they can effectively inspire and engage their troops to take action. In the process, their personal business stories humanize the corporation.  Listen to Chris's interview on VMB:  STORYTELLING FOR LEADERS: THE SCIENCE AND POWER OF BUSINESS STORIES.

Scott Kolber  - Scott is COO at Roadify, a platform for real-time mass transit data. Scott’s background is in marketing and business development focused on content and related technology. At Viacom, he marketed syndicated television series and developed an international satellite distribution strategy for MTV Networks. At Loral Space & Communications, Scott expanded the company's global satellite reach and services. Recently, he introduced Linkstorm's digital advertising format to advertisers, ad networks and publishers. Scott is a University of Virginia graduate with a BS in International Relations.  Listen to Scott's interview on VMB: BE SMART: THE IMPORTANCE OF SMART SYSTEMS.

Oguz Konar - Oguz is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker, lead generation and marketing expert who started his first business at age 7 selling water in the flea markets in his local town.  After witnessing his father’s small business fall apart due to financial and marketing illiteracy, right after September 11, he decided to take action and learn the secrets of sales and marketing to keep other small business owners from making the same mistakes.  He’s the author of two best-selling books on Online Marketing and Marketing Automation.  Oguz is the founder of four  different companies that he’s currently running and he spends most of his time consulting his clients on implementing effective, productive and no-nonsense marketing strategies to maximize their income in the shortest amount of time.  He’s in love with automating lead generation and sales process, so the business owners can focus on what they do best instead of worrying about where the next sale will be coming from.  Besides his best-selling books, Oguz received many awards and accolades and has been featured on numerous publications and major media channels for his time-tested and results driven marketing strategies.  He has generated more than $4 million for his clients and has been coaching both small mom and pop businesses, as well as multi=mullion dollar corporation on business development and marketing automation.  He is a non-fiction book worm, loves fishing and traveling.  He can be reached at info@localmarketingstars.com or www.localmarketingstars.com.  Listen to Oguz's interviews on VMB:  ONLINE MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES; LEAD GENERATION AND TARGETING YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS.

Barry Korn - Barry is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 30 years of direct lending and consulting experience. As Founder and Managing Director of Barrett Capital Corporation, he is responsible for and oversees client relationships and assignments. Barrett is a banking and financial consulting firm, specializing in debt and equity placement with an emphasis on asset based financing. It maintains strategic relationships with a number of bank and non-bank lenders, private equity sources and consultants in order to offer a complete range of corporate and real estate financing options and advisory services. Barrett Capital, which has owned and managed in excess of $125 million of loans, leases and real estate, serves small and middle market companies. With respect to its niche in real estate finance, Barrett Capital focuses on financing energy efficiency upgrade contracts.  Prior to founding Barrett, Barry was Vice President of Webster Business Credit Corporation; the asset based lending division of Webster Bank, and at New York City-based Sterling National Bank. He is a founding Board Member and President of Energy Infotech NYC, Inc., a not-for-profit, established to leverage NYC’s unique capabilities in information technology, internet applications, media, and finance and to foster a leading innovation ecosystem to position New York City as a global leader at the intersection of IT and clean tech. He also serves as a Board Member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York Chapter and is a Vice President and Chair of its Sponsorship Committee. Listen to Barry's interview on VMB: SAVINGS FROM ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH NO UP-FRONT COSTS.

Caroline Latterman - Caroline is Ivy-League educated and has a PhD in Linguistics and a Masters in Intercultural Communication. She enables professionals to attain clear, confident communication. This allows executives and employees to clearly communicate their message and allows companies to excel.  Listen to Caroline's interview on VMB: ACCENT REDUCTION/NEUTRALIZATION: ACHIEVING CLEAR, CONFIDENT SPEECH.

Joanna Leefer -  Joanna has been as a senior care advisor/advocate for over 10 years.  She is the founder of ElderCareGiving, a service that finds and gets the best care for aging loved ones. She writes a monthly column on eldercare for the Community Newspaper Group, has a bi-monthly blog on senior issues and speaks to professionals and families. Her book Almost Like Home: A Family Guide to Navigating the Nursing Home Maze was featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column for two weeks running.   Joanna has both personal and professional experience in elder care. She was the primary caregiver for both her parents in their final years, overseeing them through home care, assisted living, nursing home care and hospice care.  She worked for FRIA, New York City’s foremost advocacy organization of the elderly for over 5 years.  Joanna is the Program Committee Chair & Recording Secretary for the East Side Council for the Aging (ESCOTA), and is a member of the Affordable Housing Committee for the New York City League of Women Voters. She received an MBA from Long Island University and a Geriatric Scholar Certificate from the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. Listern to Joanna's interview on VMB:  THREE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS FAMILIES HAVE ABOUT ELDERCARE OPTIONS.

Richard Levychin, CPA CGMA - Richard is a Partnerwith KBL, LLP.  KBL is a CPA and Advisory firm with offices located in New York. KBL was the winner of the 2014 SmartCEO Magazine Accounting Firm of the Year.  Richard is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has over 25 years of accounting, auditing, business advisory services, and tax experience working with both privately owned and publicly held entities in various industries including financial services, media, entertainment, sports, real estate, not-for-profit, technology, and professional services. His experience also includes expertise with SEC filings, and initial public offerings.  As a business advisor he advises companies, helping them to identify and define their business and financial objectives, and then provides them with the on-going personal attention necessary to help them achieve their established goals.  In 2013 Richard received the title of Best Accountant from The New York Enterprise Report and is a past winner of The Network Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” award.  He has written articles on a wide range of topics, which have been featured in several periodicals including Dollars and Sense, New York Enterprise Report, Black Enterprise Magazine, Forbes, and The Network Journal.  He has also conducted seminars on a wide range of business topics including SEC matters and taxation for several organizations including the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and the Learning Annex.  Listen to Richard's interview on VMB: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ACCOUNTING AND TAXES.

Luana K. Lewis - Luana is Senior Vice President, Programs and Services at the Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York.  She oversees marketing communications and content development activities for the BBB and its affiliated Foundation; develops educational programs and services; directs fundraising activities; participates in policy and strategy development; and oversees the Foundation’s Charity Accountability Program.  Previously she was Senior Vice President-Membership Marketing for the Metro New York BBB.  Ms. Lewis has managed programming for ten BBB Charity Effectiveness Symposium events and many more associated workshops in the series; and she has spearheaded development of nine BBB Forum on Corporate Responsibility programs.  She leads content development and has produced eight Spanish language “BBB Live” outreach broadcast and call-in programs, on consumer topics such as medical debt, auto loans, student loans, identity theft, debt management and foreclosure prevention.  In addition, she has published several articles on charity accountability topics in the New York State Society of CPAs newsletter, TaxStringer, most recently about cause marketing.  Listen to Luana's interview on VMB:  CAUSE MARKETING : BRINGING BUSINESSES AND CHARITIES TOGETHER.

Shelley Lindauer - Shelley provides her clients with superior, professional service. Communication, integrity, and honesty are the bywords she operates by. For sellers, her goal is to achieve the highest price, in the shortest time, with the least stress. A property that meets her clients’ needs, priced right, and in the right location, is what she will accomplish for her buyers. She oversees every aspect of the transaction, from beginning the search or listing through a satisfactory negotiation and closing. Shelley has been selling and listing millions of dollars of real estate at Keller Williams over the past two years. She understands the complex business side of every transaction, and more importantly, she understands the emotions of her buyers and sellers. Prior to her real estate career, Shelley was a Certified Public Accountant, marketing business owner, and non-profit executive (immediate past Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism).  Shelley is a native of Brooklyn who has spent most of her adult life in Manhattan.  She is a graduate of Hunter College, and has completed certification as a Certified Negotiation Expert and Certified Buyer Representative.  Listen to Shelley's interview on VMB: NAVIGATING THE MANHATTAN REAL ESTATE MARKET.

Mark Macias - Mark is President of Macias PR, LLC.  His career has taken him places few publicists will ever see. As an Executive Producer with WNBC and Senior Producer with WCBS in New York, he has worked inside the newsrooms and legal departments of NBC, CBS and King World Productions. He has discussed with corporate legal counsel why news stories should be killed, aired or altered, giving him a unique insider perspective for crisis communications. As an Executive Producer, he vetted and approved story ideas from publicists, producers and reporters, giving him a first-person perspective into how stories get on TV. As a Senior Producer, Markhoned his ability to identify the narrative behind a story, which is essential when it comes to finding the element to pitch to the media.  Mark now runs a public relations agency in New York City. He has worked with a diverse group of clients, including international nonprofits, politicians, retailers, medical centers and technology start-ups. He has gotten these clients publicity with the most influential news organizations, including the New York Times, CBS, Good Morning America, the New York Post, CNN, Fox News and others. Mark is the author of Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media, which teaches business owners and entrepreneurs how to get publicity in the media. Listen to Mark's interview on VMB:GETTING NOTICED BY THE MEDIA.

Benjamin Macklowe -  Ben joined Macklowe Gallery in 1994, was appointed Managing Director in 2002 and became its President in 2012. Under his leadership Macklowe Gallery has become the world’s most respected dealer of Antique and Estate Jewelry, French Art Nouveau decorative arts and the entire oeuvre of Louis Comfort Tiffany, increasing yearly sales from $4,000,000 in 1995 to over $15,000,000 in 2013. He has brought a client-centered approach to a field that has traditionally viewed the customer merely as an ill-informed source of revenue, and has sought to educate the collecting public through one-on-one interactions, personal appearances and gallery publications. Ben is a sought-after expert in his field and has served as a lecturer for museum groups and scholarly organizations throughout the nation. He has appeared on television to discuss Tiffany lamps with Martha Stewart, lectured on the art glass of Emile Gallé at the Taft Museum of Art and has taught about Art Nouveau jewelry at Christie’s auction house on multiple occasions. University programs in art and design are regular visitors to the gallery, bringing graduate-level students and their professors to hear Ben talk about Art Nouveau and see the gallery’s collection.  Ben is dedicated to upholding the highest integrity in his approach to business, and has established warm and mutually beneficial relationships with his peers in the field. He has helped expand the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, selling important decorative works of art to each. He has also been instrumental in lending pieces to the National Gallery of Art, to the recent exhibition of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry at the Musée des arts Décoratifs in Paris and “Jewelry in the Space Age” at the Forbes Galleries.  Listen to Ben's interview on VMB:  TURNING BUYERS INTO LIFELONG CLIENTS.

Tirlok Malik -  Tirlok is a New York Emmy-nominated filmmaker, actor, restaurateur, and speaker. Mr. Malik is the also the founder of www.NRITVFILMCLUB.com which streams Indian American movies online and promotes multi-cultural talents. Mr. Malik’s films concern the emotional and cultural conflicts immigrants undergo while making America their home. He contributes to the society and community through his work. His work has won many awards internationally and has been claimed in national and international media including The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and others. He is also a restaurateur bringing Ayurveda through his restaurant Ayurevda Café in Manhattan. In 2014, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presented him a citation for his work as a filmmaker and a restaurateur and declared November 1, 2014 as Tirlok Malik Appreciation Day.  Listen to Tirlok's interview on VMB:  AN INDIAN IMMIGRANT'S SUCCESS STORY.

Heather Markel - Heather, founder of  BullBuster Café®, offers small business owners food for thought to boost their potential via creative and individualized marketing strategies.  Both a certified life coach and an associate certified coach (ACC), she has gained valuable experience from her 22 years corporate experience in sales, marketing and customer service, working with Fortune 500 companies.  She speaks 6 languages and has lived, worked, and studied in 4 countries, which helped her develop a deep connection with Expatriates that continues to this day.  Before starting The BullBuster Café, she ran Culture Transition Coaching to help Expats transition to new cultures.  She then founded, and still leads, The Expat Coach Association and The Expat Coach Directory, both of which help to market and increase the exposure of Expat Coaches around the globe. In addition to a degree from George Washington University, focusing on International Relations, Heather studied at the London School of Economics, La Sorbonne, and Centro di Cultura Italiana in Italy.  Her first business was Heather’s Handbags®, created roughly 10 years ago. She has served on the Board of Directors of The International Coach Federation since 2009, and recently became President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Business Referral Group (BRG1).  She periodically volunteers with the ASPCA, and with Big Apple Greeter, giving foreign tourists a New Yorker’s perspective of The Big Apple. Listen to Heather's interview on VMB:  BREAKING THE COOKIE-CUTTER MARKETING CONCEPT; PASSION, PERSONALITY AND MARKETING; MARKETING WEEK NYC.

Susan Mazonson - Susan, an independent associate with Viridian Energy, is an expert at building wealth by spotting trends and industry developments.  Her career began as one of the first female college hires at AT&T, part of the “high potential” management program.   Subsequently, she was recruited to lead the charge of New Business Development for the second largest US telecom equipment manufacturer.  There, she created the business plan for the infrastructure to power the emerging U.S. cellular radio networks, referred to today as mobile or wireless.  When deregulation of the telecom industry occurred, Susan leveraged that by starting two boutique consulting firms, advising incumbent carriers on how to compete in this new paradigm shift of competition, innovation, and technological advancement.  Among her clients were AT&T, Verizon, Alcatel-Lucent, all the Bell Operating Companies, and many other market entrants creating new niches.  After riding the telecom deregulation wave for nearly 30 years, Susan recognized that the deregulation of the energy sector was the next “once ever” opportunity to not only create substantial wealth, but at the same time, do good for the environment.   She now offers simple, innovative, renewable energy solutions for consumers and businesses.  And she trains, mentors and coaches business professionals and entrepreneurs to create a part-time, recession-proof, passive, residual income, by sharing the benefits of choosing renewable energy options.  Susan has a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  Listen to Susan's Interview on VMB:  THE IMPACT ON BUSINESS OF DEREGULATION: THE CASE OF ENERGY.

Alexander Mazza  - Alex ,from Team Alex Mazza Health Coaching.  Alex is a health coach in Hell’s Kitchen. He has clients all over the city and throughout the country. He finds out what his clients want to change regarding their health and their life and then he guides them to it.  He is in command of his own mind and body and that is exactly what he helps his clients achieve. He goes alongside and helps them create a life of their own design, whether they want to lose 100 lbs, sleep better, exercise more, or stress less.  Alex has been featured in W42ST magazine, Fitness Magazine, in publications throughout Hawaii and the Big Island, and in the international magazine IDEAL Magazine.  Listen to Alex's interview on VMB: HEALTH AND GOAL SETTING.

Carl Mazzanti - Carl is the founder and CEO of eMazzanti Technologies, one of the premier IT consulting services for businesses ranging from home office and retail clients to multinational corporations throughout the New York metropolitan area and numerous international locations.  He is also the Chief Marketing Office at digital marketing firm Liqui-Site.com.  With Carl's guidance, eMazzanti Technologies has recognized double-digit growth every year since they opened their doors in 2001.  After a decade of experience consulting with his various clients to make certain their networks are secure, Carl has accumulated a nearly unparalleled knowledge of the numerous methods that a business owner can take to protect their network and secure the integrity of their client and personal data.  Listen to Carl's interviews on VMB: THE UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS FOR RETAIL BUSINESS; PAYMENT CARD INDUSTRIES AND THE TARGET BREACH; FROM WINDOWS XP TO WINDOWS 8.1: CHANGES, DIFFERENCES, TRENDS, BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY; WHAT'S NEW IN TECHNOLOGY AND HOW TO SIMPLIFY STAYING CURRENT; RANSOMWARE; DIGITAL MARKETING.

Peggy McHale - Peggy is the co-founder of Consultants 2 Go®, a consulting firm that provides marketing and analytic solutions to Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, telecom and insurance industries.  She is the co-author of Black and White Strike Gold: Practical Nuggets to Grow Your Business from the Women Who Launched Consultants 2 Go, a Multi-Million Dollar Company.  Peggy was a vice president of Marketing at American Express, where she launched their Automatic Bill Payment Service.  She holds an MBA in Finance from St. John's University and a BA from the College of Mount St. Vincent.  She currently serves on the board of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Interdisciplinary Design Studio.  Listen to Peggy's interviews on VMB:  THE BENEFITS OF AN ADVISORY BOARD; FROM CORPORATE TO WHAT? OPTIONS FOR PERSONS LEAVING THE CORPORATE SECTOR.


Anil Melwani - Anil is President of 212 Tax & Accounting Services.  Prior to founding the firm in 2008, Anil saw business from both the inside and out. He served as Vice President at Armel Enterprises Inc., an importer & distributor of home furnishings, where he oversaw the finances and operations of a successful small business for five years. His duties included budgeting, forecasting, and inventory control, meeting with merchandise managers of major retailers, and traveling to Asia to develop and source new products. Prior to that, Anil, a graduate of Babson College, worked for the accounting firms Deloitte & Touche and Weiser LLP. During that time he was an integral part of the audit engagement team for several clients including Forever 21, India Abroad & Rediff.com, LensCrafters, Merrill Lynch, and the Rockefeller Investment Group. Listen to Anil's interview on VMB:  2012 TAX PREPARATION AND PLANNING; ACCOUNTING AND TAX ISSUES FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY; PREPARING TO FILE 2013 TAXES; FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS, INCOME AND TAXES; ACCOUNTING AND TAX ISSUES FOR NYC STARTUPS; DEALING WITH TAX AUDITS AND OTHER IRS ISSUES; MYTHS ABOUT TAX DEDUCTIONS: WHAT YOU CAN LEGALLY WRITE-OFF;YEAR END TAX PLANNING.
 
Eric Mendelsohn - Eric is an Associate Broker at Warburg Realty and has been a part of over 200 real estate transactions. Having leased and sold apartments numerous times, Eric understands the importance of having a very knowledgeable agent on your side. Honest, reliable, personable and patient, Eric finds enjoyment in his career by offering clients the best possible customer service with a tireless work ethic and legendary knowledge of the market.  Knowledge is power in the real estate industry and he has become an expert in helping his clients make educated and appropriate decisions. He has an outstanding reputation for providing his real estate clients with exceptional responsive service. Many apartment owners and landlords rely upon his sharp knowledge of the market plus negotiating expertise and innovative marketing to sell or rent their homes quickly at the best price.  After spending five and a half years at a major investment bank where he held positions in client valuations, financial analysis and project management, Eric had a seamless transition to Residential Real Estate.  Eric is a native New Yorker who holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Emory University.  Listen to Eric's interview on VMB:  THE STATE OF THE MANHATTAN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE MARKET.

Nancy Miller - Nancy has worked with people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired and multidisabled since 1971, and has been Executive Director/CEO of VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1987.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.  A member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, she is Co-founder and current Board Member of the Disabilities Network of New York City and Founding and Current President of the New York Vision Rehabilitation Association, and a Board member and Secretary of the New York City Chapter of NASW. She is a founding member of the Aging and Vision Coalition of NYC under the Aging in New York Fund.  Nancy is the recipient of numerous community awards including the Rehabilitation Practitioner of Distinction Award from the Metro NY Chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Maggie Kuhn Advocacy Award from Presbyterian Senior Services, the Senator John E. Flynn Recognition Award from the American Council of the Blind and the VisionServe Alliance Excellence in Leadership Award.  Listen to Nancy’s interview on VMB: THE BENEFITS OF HIRING DIFFERENTLY-ABLED EMPLOYEES; HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.


Alexander Mirvis - An Army Veteran who served in Iraq from 2004-2005 as an Infantryman, Alexander is the CEO of Phoenix Legal Support Inc., as well as founder of Phoenix Merchant Services. He is an entrepreneur focusing on legal negations for personal injury cases as well as business nNegotiations.  His main focus is now shifting towards Phoenix Merchant Services. Phoenix Merchant Services is a startup company, which is now officially the lowest rate processing company in the nation with rates at 0.05% (above interchange) or lower.  Phoenix Merchant Services is the only payment processing company in the nation which offers the same low rates regardless of how much a client processes or what equipment they use. They offer the most complete package, which includes 24/7 US-based Live Person Support as well as the most advanced analytics and online sSystem to monitor transactions. Listen to Alexander's interview on VMB: CREDIT CARD PROCESSING (RETAIL AND E-COMMERCE).


Marc Mishthal - Marc, a partner at the law firm of Gottlieb, Rackman and Reisman, specializes in all areas of trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution, and has extensive familiarity with domain name and Internet issues. He has contributed to the Aspen Law & Business treatise, Trademark Counterfeiting, (George W. Abbott, Jr. and Lee S. S, eds. 1999); and he is the author of Reigning in the Paparazzi (10 International Legal Perspectives 287, Northwestern School of Law [2000]).  More recently Marc, along with George Gottlieb, contributed an extensive chapter on intellectual property to the newly released book Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys. The book takes a practical approach to addressing legal issues. It is the first book to comprehensively examine, in one volume, those areas of the law implicated in the fashion business (including, in addition to intellectual property issues, franchising, distribution, rentals, leasing and import/export). Fashion Law, published by Fairchild Books, is available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.   Listen to Marc's intevIew on VMB: THINGS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD DO TO PROTECT THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

Colleen Molter - Colleen is President of QED National, an award winning Information Technology Service provider dedicated to quality and cost containment.  For close to 20 years, QED National, a certified Women Owned Businesses Enterprise, has been a leader in IT staffing, servicing both the public and private sectors.  Colleen is an advocate on behalf of Minority and Women Owned Businesses in New York State.  She serves on the New York City Small Business Advisory Board, is an active Board Member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and serves on a US Senate committee dealing with small business legislation and as a certification advisor to the Women President's Educational Organization for Women Owned Business Certifications.  Listen to Colleen's interviews on VMBs: TRENDS IN IT STAFFING; PAID SICK DAYS.

Brett Morash, Ph.D. - Brett is the Vice President of Veterans Services at Services for the UnderServedin New York City and a retired U.S. Naval Officer.  His programs focus on the needs and supports for the veteran community including homeless prevention, unemployment, health and wellness.  He was awarded his doctorate in the Humanities, at Salve Regina University in 2015; his dissertation is entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Union of Islamic Courts.”  He has been an adjunct professor at Norwich University since 2012, where he teaches courses on Project Management and Intelligence Operations in the Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program.  He is also a director on the board of the Josephine Herrick Project, a New York City based non-profit specializing in bringing photography to underserved communities.  Brett is a 1993 Marine Transportation graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.   Following graduation he served his first division officer tour as the Communications Officer aboard USS HARLAN COUNTY (LST 1196) from October 1993 till April 1995.  Following HARLAN COUNTY he served aboard USS DETROIT (AOE 4) as Damage Control Assistant and Navigator before transferring to NROTC Unit College of the Holy Cross.  His military decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Naval Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and service awards.  Lieutenant Commander Morash also has been awarded the 2004 Atlantic Fleet Tactician of the Year Award, 2003 Surface Navy Association Arleigh Burke Award for Operational Excellence, and 1994 Atlantic Fleet Shiphandler of the Year Award.  Listen to Brett's interview on VMB: HIRING VETERANS.

Bec Morse  - Bec,Founder and CEO ofBec Morse Consulting, helps purpose-driven businesses achieve their growth potential.   Using her proprietary method, the Simple Profits Matrix, Bec's proven approach helps businesses to discover the path from strategy to competitive growth without compromising unique company culture.  With a focus on sustainable solutions, Bec offer practical advice that aligns every business activity towards profit.  A Program Manager by trade and a business transformation agent by vocation, Bec spent almost 20 years building capability and improving efficiency in small businesses, medium-sized companies and global enterprises.  She has learned the hard way that growth isn't easy, but it can be simple.  When Bec is not getting businesses into alignment, she is doing yoga, enjoying her husband's culinary creations, or piloting age-appropriate lessons on the value of communicating well with her four-year old and two-year old sons.  Liaten to Bec's interview on VMB: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION.

Chris Moschovitis - Chris is CEO of TMG-eMedia.  Chris was born and raised in Athens, Greece and moved to the United States in 1979. Here, he studied Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics, receiving his Bachelors of Science degree from The College at Brockport in 1983. His follow‐up graduate studies at the University of Rochester, and New York University include advanced courses in technology, management, and education. Following his move to New York City in 1985, Chris was appointed Director of Academic Computing at Pratt Institute, and in 1987 he was recruited by the O’Connor Group for the position of Vice President of Information Technology. In 1989 Chris started his own company — the Technology Management Group. (“TMG” ) — focused on providing independent technology management expertise and outsourcing services. TMG further expanded its Internet offerings in 2004 by investing in emedia – a prominent, award winning, and internationally acclaimed interactive agency, forming tmg‐emedia. Today, over a quarter century later, TMG‐eMedia is one of the premier independent consulting firms in the country. Over his career at tmg‐emedia Chris has personally led a wide array of projects including: Due Diligence, Business Transformation, and Strategic Consulting assignments; Framework implementations (e.g. Balanced Scorecard, BCG, COBIT, ITIL, etc.); Content and Document Management (ECM/WCM) initiatives; ERP and CRM assessments, and rollouts ; Systems Architecture design and Cyber Security audits. Chris is co‐author of the critically acclaimed “History of the Internet: 1843 to the Present” as well as a contributor to the “Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer History” and the “Encyclopedia of New Media.” In addition Chris is a member of several industry organizations (e.g. ISACA, IEEE, AMA) frequently writes articles, is an active speaker, and delivers lectures and workshops on a variety of topics, including Business Transformation Strategies, Content Management, Information Technology Best Practices, and Business Management in the Information Age.  Listen to Chris's interview on VMB: CYBER SECURITY.

Robbi Muir -  Robbi is a creative director/graphic designer with extensive experience in corporate communications, branding /identity programs, print and web concepts and brand management.   She has been responsible for the creative development of visual identities and brand oversight in a variety of environments, including professional & financial service firms, real estate companies, corporate, publishing and luxury/hospitality accounts.  Robbi has worked both on the client side and the agency side of the creative business in New York City since 1985.  Her clients have included American Express, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, the AKF Group and Douglas Elliman Real Estate, and her agency experience includes Ogilvy Direct, Pace Advertising, RODE,  RTC Relationship Marketing and CDMi.   More recently she has worked directly as a design consultant with corporate clients, designing corporate identity packages, marketing print projects and websites.  Throughout her career she has been responsible for daily brand oversight as well as the continued evolution of a visual brand across print materials and digital media.   She has supervised the roll-out of branding efforts to ensure consistency and brand integrity.  Her experience includes a broad range of disciplines: print and web concept design and production, integrated marketing programs, client relationships, art direction of photography, scheduling and print production management to insure the highest quality in all the projects.  Although her professional design career began in print, for the last several years she has been designing websites for her clients as part of an overall integrated branding process.  Robbi holds a  BA in 20th Century Art from the University of British Columbia and a degree from the Vancouver School of Art in photography and graphic design. Listen to Robbi's interview on VMB:  HOW GOOD DESIGN IMPROVES MARKETING.

Anna Murray - Anna is President of TMG-eMedia.  Anna is a nationally recognized technology consultant, speaker and blogger. One of an extraordinarily rare species—a woman who owns a successful softwaredevelopment company— she loves to combine her two passions, technology and writing. Anna writes on technology from a variety of vantage points, including its humorous impact on daily life, its serious business applications, and its role in changing the way people relate to one another. After spending several years as a teacher and journalist, Anna founded one of the earliest web‐development firms, eMedia, in 1996. Over the years emedia has been privileged to partner with many national and international firms such as The Kellogg Corporation, Keebler, Del Monte, Bayer, Spire Capital, Wind Point Partners, National Cancer Institute, The National Institutes of Health, International Creative Management, Consumer Reports, Summit Business Media, Time Out, Harvard Business Publishing, Slate, and The Atlantic Group in developing strategy, implementing solutions, and developing cutting edge applications. Anna is a double winner of the Stevie Award for Women in Business, a recipient of a Mobile Marketing Association award for mobile app development, several Kellogg top agency awards, and most recently Folioʹs Top Women in Media Award. She also serves as the President of the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild, a non‐profit organization devoted to the development of women’s voices in professional writing. In addition to numerous articles for web sites and magazines, Anna has written several full‐length books, including two business titles, Resume Builder & Career Counselor (Simon & Schuster, 1997), The eMarketing Guidebook (Marketing Sherpa, 2004), and a novel, Sarah’s Page (Sleeping Bear Press, 1998). Anna makes her home in New York City, with her husband and business partner Chris Moschovitis and their dog Plato. Hobbies include travel, writing and horseback riding. Anna holds a B.A. from Yale and a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.  Listen to Anna's interview on VMB: WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY.

Dr. Gabriel Nadel - Gabe attended Yeshiva University in New York City where he majored in psychology and biology. For chiropractic school he moved westward to Saint Louis, Missouri, where he attended Logan College of Chiropractic. Following his education, he practiced in Seattle, where he began his chiropractic career running a Premier Chiropractic office. From there, he moved on to practice at Ballard Wellness in Ballard, Washington. In 2012, he relocated to NYC and began working at Xcalibur Chiropractic in the Bronx. In June of 2013, he founded Everest Chiropractic, and the real fun began. In addition to managing his own private practice, he gives back to the community by conducting complimentary health fairs, spinal screenings, and ergonomic assessments. He also offers complimentary ”lunch and learns” for local corporations in the midtown Manhattan area, where he brings in lunch and gives a short lecture on “How to Stay Young the First 100 Years.” His goal is to get out and educate the community to make informed, smart decisions about their health.  Listen to Gabe's interview on VMB: PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE.

Jimmy Newson -  Jimmy has over 21 years’ experience in the entertainment and digital media industries. The founder and director of A Billion Entrepreneurs Foundation, Mobile Market Apps.com and JLN Media, he has worked with organizations such as the National Association of Recording Arts & Science, TV Japan, Gibson Guitar, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, St. Mary’s Foundation for Children, Sony Music, and Music Under New York, as well as higher leaning institutions including NYIT, UMASS, William Paterson University, Pace University, St. Johns University and local public schools and youth organizations.  Jimmy is a current member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Marketing Committee. He majored in Business at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) and later continued his education at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.  He developed a mobile app in conjunction with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Shop Second Avenue initiative involving 150 local businesses on the Second Avenue strip affected by the construction of the future 2nd Avenue subway line.   Listen to his interview on VMB: CREATING A MOBILE STRATEGY WITH APPS; MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014; AN ENTREPRENEUR IN EVERY HOME.

Mark Neiman - Mark is the Vice President of Marketing at the legendary Copacabana night club.  He is responsible for developing and executing marketing and sales strategies as well as drive public awareness of this world famous entertainment venue located in the heart of Times Square, New York City.  His additional responsibilities include the creation of all media partnerships, new business events, corporate sales & banquets as well as targeted advertising and promotional campaigns to increase bottom line sales.  Mark is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in  corporate sales/sponsorship, new business development,  event marketing, sales management and nonprofit fundraising.  He was formerly Director of Event Marketing for New York City radio stations KISS-FM, WBLS, WYNY and Radio Disney.  While at WBLS he created and executed the, “Circle of Sisters,” the largest event reaching African American Women in the country drawing over 50,000 attendees per year.  Listen to Mark's interview on VMB:MARKETING A LEGENDARY INTERNATIONAL BRAND.

Marcia Okon -  Marcia is the Healthcare Exchange Counselor at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.  She has extensive experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors in the areas of business development, sales, finance, strategic positioning/planning and management.  Prior to joining the Chamber, she spent more than a decade in the Legal Technology vertical.   In 1992, Marcia established Okon/Labatt-Simon, Inc., a consulting firm.  She advised executives in entrepreneurial companies on relevant business issues such as management, financing, competitive intelligence, sales, marketing, public relations, product/service pricing, and compensation plans. She specialized in new business development and created strategic business alliances for clients to accelerate business growth.  Marcia has delivered presentations and seminars for entities such as Inc. magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Exec-U-Net, the Law Firm Marketing Association and other professional organizations. She has been interviewed by Crain's New York Business, Sales & Marketing Management, Small Business Journal and Economic Press’ Strategic Edge, among others. Listen to Marcia’s interview on VMB: THE NEW YORK HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE.

Jeanne Omlor - Jeanne is a Business and Life Coach, whose passion is helping entrepreneurs to remove the roadblocks standing in the way of their highest success and fulfillment, to help them skyrocket their businesses and create the life they really want. She has lived and worked in many different countries and has a varied background as a fashion designer, actress, filmmaker and top executive recruiter for high-level Wall Street professionals.  Listen to Jeanne's interview on VMB: PRODUCTIVITY.

Ronald I. Paltrowitz – Ronald is the Chamber’s Interim Chair and General Counsel; and Principal at the Law Offices of Ronald I. Paltrowitz.  He serves as an outsourced General Counsel for small and mid-size closely owned businesses, individual entrepreneurs, and start-up companies.  As General Counsel, Ronald provides business and issue identification counseling on the wide range of legal issues that face every growing business including entity choice and formation; owner, vendor and customer agreements; intellectual property; employer/employee relations; and leasing.  He also offers a full range of dispute resolution services.  He is a veteran of the US Army where he was assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 8th Infantry Division, in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.  Listen to Ronald's interviews on VMB: LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN STARTING A BUSINESS; THE BENEFITS OF AN ADVISORY BOARD; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS; POST SANDY RESTORATION: WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW.

Holly Parker - Holly has been an advocate and manager of sustainable transportation programs for the past fifteen years.  Her current position, as director of Sustainable Transportation Systems atYale University, focuses on the development, marketing and implementation of programs that allow and encourage the university community to use human-powered or high-occupancy modes of transportation.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Holly managed Harvard University's "CommuterChoice" program for six years.  Listen to Holly's interview on VMB: BE SMART: THE IMPORTANCE OF SMART SYSTEMS.

Robert Patterson - Robb is a leading technology consultant to small- and medium-sized businesses.  For almost a decade Robb has mixed his passion for technology with his desire to educate and entertain. He strives to demystify the tech landscape for his clients while providing “right-sized” solutions to enable productivity and growth.  He is founder of the NY Small Business Server Group and Vice Chair of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. Robb works as a Business Development Manager for Progressive Computing, Inc. Progressive designs, installs and maintains computer networks for small- and medium-sized businesses in the New York metro area. They provide technical support for the Chamber and are proud Silver Sponsors.  Listen to Robb's interview on VMB: INSIGHTS INTO TECHNOLOGY.

Deborah K. Pawlowski, IRC -  Ms. Pawloski is Chairman & CEO of Kei Advisors LLC which she founded in July 2000.  A graduate of West Point, where she received her B.S. in General Engineering, she served five years in the US Army, rising to the rank of Captain.  Professionally, she has more than thirty years of experience in investor relations, marketing, strategic planning and management.  Investor relations programs she has managed have been awarded the prestigious Association for Investment Management and Research Award for Excellence in Corporate Reporting and Investor Relations.  She has experience with numerous debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic shifts, as well as a wide variety of corporate crisis events.  Her experience base comes from both the corporate perspective, while leading the investor relations program at National Fuel Gas Company (NFG), a diversified energy company, and American Precision Industries Inc., a diversified manufacturing company, and as a consultant with more than fifteen years as founder of Kei Advisors LLC.  Ms. Pawlowski’s breadth of experience and dynamic energy combine to provide counsel to executive management and Boards of Directors in investor relations initiatives and capital markets positioning. She also develops plans for crisis situations while coaching management through challenging issues.  Ms. Pawlowski received her M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), past President of the NIRI Virtual Chapter, and current member of the Advisory Committee to the NIRI Virtual Chapter Board.  She serves as President of the West Point Society of Western New York and leads the Founding Committee of the Western New York Investors Conference.  Listen to her interview on VMB: WOMEN IN THE MILITARY.

Chelsey Pendock - Chelsey is the co-founder and president of Innovision Advertising, a New York City certified M/WBE. With a background in local and national advertising sales, Chelsey has an insider’s perspective of the media industry and uses her expertise to maximize her client’s advertising exposure, providing them with optimal placement and pricing. It is her mission to help non-profit organizations, government agencies and companies succeed in their marketing efforts. Chelsey is also the founder and leader of the NYC Marketing Resource Group, a team of experienced professionals engaged in a broad array of marketing disciplines offering clients ready access to a wealth of talent and services. Listen to Chelsey's interview on VMB: MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014

Joseph Perello - Joseph is the managing partner at Catch New York, a marketing, technology and management consulting agency focused on growth. Catch clients include Loews Hotels, Hewlett-Packard, Quiksilver, AND 1, AARP, United Healthcare and the Partnership for A Healthier America.  Previously, Joe was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as the first chief marketing officer of the City of New York.  He was a principal in UltraStar, a music and internet venture with David Bowie; a vice president of the New York Yankees; and a vice president at MBNA America, now Bank of America.  He has spoken about marketing at Harvard, Stanford and NYU and has written for Brandweek, the Sports Business Journal and the Daily News.  Joe serves on the boards of the Armory Foundation and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.  Listen to Joseph's interview on VMB:  INNOVATION IN MARKETINGADVERTISING AND THE DIGITAL WORLD.

Marquesa Pettway,DTM - Marquessa is a Business Reinvention Expert, Professional speaker, SpeakerTalk Radio host and the founder and chief coach of The National Center for Speaker Training. She helps entrepreneurs attract clients and earn income by using their voice to grow their business. She’s coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and professionals to profitable businesses since 2005. Marquesa provides the “how” in her Reinvention Roadmap™ and SpeakerBlueprint Roadmap and many other business boosting programs via THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR SPEAKER TRAINING. She’s recognized an as expert by New York Newsday. Les Brown, the internationally renowned motivational speaker, calls her a brilliant speaker and business coach. Associate producer for CNN small business show, “Managing with Lou Dobbs” turned Biz Reinvention Coach to hundreds of entrepreneurs and hundreds of organizations since 1993. The New York Daily News quoted her as a “guru”. New York based expert, Marquesa Pettway also reinvents organizations. Listen to Marquessa's interview on VMB: MARKETING WEEK NYC 2014.

Robert Picone -  As Co-founder and Vice President of Keppler Title Agency LLC, Bob has more than 20 years serving the title industry. During this time, Bob has developed solid professional relationships with clients, partners and legal professionals. Educated at Bentley University where he attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Finance, as well as Iona College, where he earned his MBA, Bob has the professional and personal knowledge to assist all his clients seeking guidance with their title insurance needs. Listen to Robert's interview on VMB: TITLE INSURANCE "101".

Nancy Ploeger - Nancy is President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and its Community Benefit Fund which has provided over $3 million in grants to New York City non-profits. Since joining the Chamber in 1994 as the Executive Director, Nancy has represented the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably those involving health insurance for SMEs, MWBE certification, government procurement, small businesses globalization, diversity and business resources for services sectors, among other issues.  She has  developed MCC's membership from 250+ to over 10,000 members and subscribers, launched a variety of economic development initiatives and committees and established the Chamber's relationships with officials at all levels of government.  Nancy is also one of the Founders of the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC).  Nancy was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Committee of the MWBE Advisory Board in 2006.  She also serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including U.S. Chamber of Commerce (BCLC),  September Concert, New York District Export Council, Parent Jobnet, Health Advocates, New York City Department of Small Business Services and the Small Business Task Force of the Manhattan Borough President’s Office.  Listen to Nancy's interview on VMB:  PAID SICK DAYS; POST SANDY RESTORATION: WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW; SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY AND SMALL BUSINESESS;IN COMMEMORATION OF 9/11; NANCY PLOEGER: A CELEBRATION OF 20 YEARS OF SERVICE; RETAIL'S LOST FUTURE:MANHATTAN'S TAXES, RENTS, REQUIREMENTS AND THE INTERNET.

Robert Politzer – Robert is president of Greenstreet Construction and Consulting, Inc., which specializes in green construction and green building consulting. A LEED accredited professional, Robert is chair of the Sustainable Business Task Force of the Environmental Business Association of New York State and a member of its Green Building Task Force.  He is a Planning Committee member of New Roofs for a New Century Conference and a board member of the Harlem River Valley Development Corporation.  He co-chairs the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Green Design and Construction Subcommittee.  He is the author of “Industrial Wastewater Treatment,” in the Handbook of Environmental Management and Technology (John Wiley & Sons, 1993).  THE INTEGRATED DESIGN BUILD PROCESS; SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION REVISITED.

Jim Posner - Jim launched The Mindful Advantage in 2015 to help busy professionals decrease stress, increase focus and improve productivity.  He has been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for over 10 years. Prior to starting The Mindful Advantage he worked as a commercial real estate executive, owned and sold a successful construction company, and held high stress jobs on Wall Street.  In an effort to find his own work/life/family balance while juggling a demanding career, he began studying Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation (MBSR). MBSR helped him so much that he felt compelled to teach others how to master and apply these techniques to enhance their own work/life/family balance.  Jim earned a BA in Government at Cornell University, class of ‘91, completed the Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Professionals at Jefferson Myrna-Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, and also completed the Mindful Schools Curriculum Teaching Qualification Program.  He recently guided a meditation session on Capitol Hill as a guest of Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan.  Listen to Jim's interview on VMB: MINDFULNESS MEDITATION AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU.

Marlene Pratt - Marlene, co-founder of Casa Latina,  has more than a decade of interior design and architectural experience. After studying architecture at New York City’s Pratt Institute, Marlene earned a degree in design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a renovation expert and an interior designer with extensive on-air media experience in both English and Spanish language television, print and radio. Marlene has regularly appeared as a Home Economist/Home Improvement Expert on Fox, CBS, WB’s WPIX-TV and WNBC. She also co-hosted The Fix It Line, a home improvement series that aired on Discovery Channel. Marlene also appeared on a weekly home improvement/interior design segment on the Spanish language television network Telemundo. In addition, she served as a spokesperson for Georgia Pacific and traveled extensively to major Latino 6 markets around the country, appearing on local Spanish language television and radio stations to promote Georgia Pacific sponsored safety tips.  Listen to Marlene's interview on VMB: AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE HOME OWNERSHIP.

Harry Prichett  - Harry'scurrent career as a certified professional coach is built on his far-ranging experience as a creative force and communicator in several media.  He was a member of the main-stage and touring companies of Chicago City Limits, one of NY’s premier comedy improv groups, and has taught improvisation to both children and adults.  His one-man show, “Work=Pain=Success,” has been performed in NYC, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. The New York Post called it “one of the funniest and most insightful solo vehicles mounted this year.”  He has written and performed comedy for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and co-authored the New York Times bestselling humor books, Bad Cat, Bad Dog and Bad President.  As a voice actor, he has been heard on countless national radio and TV commercials (among them, Dunkin’ Donuts and DirecTV), narrated numerous documentaries, and for 10 years was the voice of The History Channel.  His television comedy pilot, “BSI,” which he starred in, produced, and wrote, won the Hoboken International Film Festival’s “Best TV Pilot.”  In the corporate world Harry has written, produced, directed, and appeared in industrial videos and live presentations for companies such as IBM, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Coldwell Banker.  Listen to Harry's interview on VMB: REINVENTING YOURSELF IN MIDLIFE.

Jon Quinn - Jon is a five-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a Certified Personal Trainer.  The founder of Quinn Essential Fitness, he will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Education and Training Committee's special symposium for veterans, Veterans: Do You Want to Start Your Own Business?From his initial weeks of basic training, to graduating first in his Reserve Officer Training Program at Syracuse University and throughout his career as an Air Force officer, Jon experienced the benefits of group exercise.  He designed and led programs to develop the strength, endurance, confidence, and discipline essential to active duty military service and leadership.  Listen to Jon's interview on VMB: VETERANS STARTING BUSINESSES.

Ted Rabinowitz - Ted is the owner of WordPoint Communications. A graduate of Columbia University and USC Film School, Ted has been a business writer for more than a decade. Formerly a creative executive in film, he also writes young-adult fiction under a pseudonym. Recent clients include NewYork.com, Proflowers and Grainger.com. Listen to Ted's interview on VMB: GETTING YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS TO CLIENTS AND COWORKERS.

Brian Rauer - Brian is Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson (NY) Better Business Bureau and General Counsel of the Better Business Bureau serving Metropolitan New York.  Earlier experience includes the Manhattan based law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe, P.C.   He serves on the Westchester County Consumer Advisory Council and was formerly on the Administrative Law Judge/Hearing Officer roster for the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of the NY County Lawyers’ Assn. (NYCLA) and on the House of Delegates of the NY State Bar Association. He is a past Chair of the NYCLA Cyberspace Law Committee. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution-Greater NY Chapter and the Board of Directors of the NY State Dispute Resolution Assn.  Brian formerly hosted/presented a regular segment on a nationally syndicated radio show and has presented an extensive array of programs on hot topics of public interest, including privacy/security, ID theft prevention and ethical business practice.  He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tulane Law School, receiving the Tulane Law Dean's Medal and selection for the Order of the Coif.  He earned his B.S. degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Business Administration. Listen to Brian's interviews on VMB: ADVERTISING PITFALLS; DATA SECURITY; MANAGING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE; RISK MANAGEMENT: BUSINESS CONTINUITY, CYBER SECURITY, PRIVACY AND MORE.

Ramon Ray - Ramon is the Marketing and Technology Evangelist at Infusionsoft and Smallbiztechnology.com. He is passionate about helping small businesses grow their businesses using technology as a strategic asset.  A journalist, free lance writer, event producer (Small Business Summit, Small Business Technology Tour, Small Business Influencer Awards), speaker and author, his third book is “Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing” (Wiley, Winter 2013).  As a journalist and writer, Ramon has written thousands of articles (product reviews, interviews and more) about technology for small businesses. His work appears in Smallbiztechnology and also in Allbusiness.com, Entrepreneur, Inc. OPEN Forum and Black Enterprise, among many other publications.  Listen to Ramon's interview on VMB: PERSONAL BRANDING.

Rick Raymond - Rick is founder and president of The Family Business Leader™,  consulting, coaching and mentoring organization helping family businesses facing challenges with succession planning, family harmony, next generation leadership and human capital development, business professionalism, and family-business-ownership governance issues. He is also co-founder of The Growth Team, a consulting and coaching firm working with closely-held small- to mid-cap businesses.  Rick grew up in a third-generation family construction business.  He founded and sold an environmental management business, as well as helped establish two not-for-profit organizations.  He is on the faculty of the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and New York University.  He teaches courses on family business management, leadership and entrepreneurism.  Listen to Rick's interview on VMB: FAMILY BUSINESSES;BUILDING A CULTURE OF DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION; BUILDING A CULTURE OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

Amanda Regueiro -  Amanda manages the daily operations of the Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Agency in New York City.  She began her career in Florida, where health care regulations are the strictest in the country.   She gained extensive experience with many home care agencies in operational organization as well as scheduling and developing custom Plans of Care for over 320 patients. She worked closely with the doctors as well as the Director of Nursing to ensure proper treatment was provided for all clients.  She also prepared for state audits achieving grades of 100% compliance in extremely difficult environments.  She worked her way up eventually moving to New York to help grow and refine a startup agency servicing the 5 Boroughs of New York City.  Being raised in a family of 2 Registered Nurses, she knew this was her calling.  Listen to Amanda's interview on VMB:  IN-HOME CARE FOR AN AGING POPULATION.

Lauren Banyar Reich  -  For over a dozen years, Lauren has been helping luxury and lifestyle consumer brands, sophisticated non-profits and business thought leaders tell their stories to key audiences and influencers.  In 2015 Lauren foundedLBR PR, a boutique agency that combines high-touch service and impactful results with a transparency and authenticity that is unique to the PR world.  With this distinctive approach to public relations and strategic communications, Lauren has helped her clients heighten brand awareness, increase donations, drive website traffic, grow market share, sell products and services and develop thought leadership platforms.  Her expertise spans positioning, traditional publicity, social media planning and execution, content strategy and development, influencer outreach, celebrity endorsements, partnerships, product launches, managing event logistics and booking speaking opportunities.  Lauren has worked with a variety of brands and businesses including ‘21’ Club, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS and National BRA Day), CARGO Cosmetics, The Committee of 200 (C200), Del Mar Development, gDine, Holland & Holland, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Literacy Partners, Luxury Portfolio International, Ovation Corporate Travel, Pen and Brush, Pinkberry, Prudential, Skinner, Inc., Swann Auction Galleries, The Weizmann Institute of Science and YouGov/Time Inc. (Survey of Affluence & Wealth in America).  Previously, Lauren was a Director at Peppercomm, an award-winning integrated marketing firm, serving as the lead luxury specialist within the agency’s consumer group, JGA Peppercomm.  Lauren also spent four years at Jane Wesman Public Relations, a respected book publicity agency.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Journalism. Listen to Lauren's interview on VMB:  HOW TO USE PR AND STRATEGIC  COMMUNICATIONS TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS.

Brisciel Rey - Brisciel is the Marketing Director and Financial Blogger for Jakob Pek Fund. With over eight years of combined professional experience in business management and marketing, she has cultivated a unique skill set along with defined expertise throughout the course of her creative, yet business-oriented career. Along with managing the marketing strategy and branding initiatives for Jakob Pek Fund, she also keeps readers informed on matters related to personal finance through her witty, yet refreshing writing style found on the Jakob Pek Fund blog.  Her knowledge has been a direct result of working with multiple industries such as retail, home services, premium brands, e-commerce (B2B & B2C), manufacturing and distribution, and financial services. During her role as a Marketing Director for an Apple Specialist in Florida, Brisciel worked closely with Apple, Inc. to implement marketing campaigns and business development strategies for several retail locations. At this point in her career is where she acquired much of the marketing and design experience she now applies in her work today.  Brisciel double-majored in International Business and Marketing and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Florida International University’s Landon School of Business. To increase her understanding in the field of Marketing, she also earned a certificate in Web Design by The University of Miami. Brisciel also continues her education and training through local seminars related to finance, compliance and marketing.  Aside from her professional endeavors, Brisciel is strongly dedicated to her philanthropic work in the community and is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the New York Junior League, and other non-profit organizations.  Listen to Brisciel's interviews on VMB: THREE WAYS TO INVEST FOR YOUR TOMORROW TODAY; ALTERNATIVE INVESTING: EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS AS A WISE INVESTOR.

Andrew Rigie - Andrew is the Executive Director of the  New York City Hospitality Alliance, a trade association formed in 2012 to foster the growth and vitality of the industry that has made New York City the hospitality capital of the world.  Growing up working at his family’s fourth generation bakery and cafe in Queens, NY, Andrew was destined for a career in the hospitality industry. He later “got his apron dirty” by working multiple positions within the industry, before joining the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) in 2004.  At NYSRA he recruited and served members by providing a myriad of resources and consulting services to New York City's restaurant operators, chefs and industry providers.  In 2009, Andrew took the helm as Executive Vice President of the New York City operations for the 75+ year old organization.  In 2012, he accepted a position to launch the independent New York City Hospitality Alliance, which is quickly growing into the premier organization representing all facets of this diverse industry: restaurants, bars, lounges, destination hotels and major industry suppliers.  In addition to his executive duties, he serves on multiple committees relating to hospitality, is a vocal industry advocate and recognized commentator for local, national and international media inquiries relating to New York City’s hospitality industry, and a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.  Listen to Andrew's interviews on VMB: PAID SICK DAYS; NEW YORK CITY'S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY.

Janice Rimler - Janice has been involved in the New York City Deaf Community socially and professionally since 1981.  She has been an Executive Board member of New York Deaf Theatre, held several Board positions in the local chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (METRO R.I.D.) including President; Board member of the New York City chapter of American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA), and has volunteered in many other areas of the Community.  She is an active member of the local RID, and NY City chapter of the National Association of Professional Woman, member of National RID, National Association of the Deaf (NAD), ASLTA, and supporting member of the National Alliance Of Black Interpreters (NAOBI).  In 1986, Janice was asked by a prominent member of the Deaf community to teach American Sign Language (ASL).  This honor led to teaching ASL for agencies, privately and for credit bearing classes at colleges.  Janice wrote curriculum and instated that curriculum at New York City College of Technology/CUNY where she was the Coordinator of Interpreter Services for 17 years before resigning in 2006 when she established All HANDS IN MOTION Professional Sign Language Interpreters, LLC.  All HANDS IN MOTION provides in-services to client companies focusing on American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture. Listen to Janice’s interview on VMB: THE BENEFITS OF HIRING DIFFERENTLY-ABLED EMPLOYEES.

Russell Rivera, CFA.  Russell is the founder and President of Voice Wealth Management.  He attended Harvard University where he was granted his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.  After college, Russell joined Goldman Sachs & Co., where he worked through several of the firm’s trading areas including bonds, options, and equity trading before joining the ETF Specialist Group.  While in that group, he helped develop the first fixed income, silver, and leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Additionally, he functioned as the specialist in the S&P 500 ETF, SPY, trading millions of shares each day.  After leaving Goldman Sachs, Russell briefly joined the Stern Group at Merrill Lynch, a wealth management team specializing in hedge strategies for customer portfolios.  Before founding Voice Wealth Management, Russell worked at The Abernathy Group II, LP as Head Trader and Market Strategist for the institutional brokerage, hedge fund, and family office units.  Among his responsibilities, he sought tactical trading opportunities for the firm’s hedge fund and institutional clients as well as helping the family office develop and update models on asset allocation for family office clients.  Russell became a CFA Charterholder in 2007.  Voice Wealth Management was founded in 2013 with the aim of helping individuals and families simplify their financial lives. Listen to Russell's interviews on VMB: FINANCIAL STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE; THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S NEW RULES AND YOUR BUSINESS'S RETIREMENT PLAN.


Eric Robinson - Eric started his career in healthcare in 1983 with the Medical Management Company that operated hundreds of dialysis clinics throughout the country. Fifteen years and three different corporate owners later, he went out on his own and founded what would eventually become PSC Insurance in 2000.  Just three years later, Eric was appointed as the Manhattan Chamber’s Selected Benefits Provider and still retains that designation.  Eric recently created TeamEricRobinson to accommodate his expanding practice. While still an independent agent, Eric has joined National Life and NL Financial Alliance which adds considerable resources and capabilities to his practice. While health insurance continues to keep Eric the busiest, planning for people's health and wealth during retirement is a natural and holistic bridge for Eric's clientele.  Listen to Eric's interview on VMB: HEALTH INSURANCE.

Isaac Rodriguez  - Isaac is President & CEO of The Provident Loan Society of New York.  A Modern Renaissance Man, heis an expert in banking, business consulting and the performing arts.  Isaac’s professional experience includes senior banking officer positions for major financial institutions including Banco Santander, Sovereign Bank, General Electric Capital Corporation, JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York.  He was also the President of a wholesale durable goods company and was twice elected President of the Parent Assembly #1 of the Society of American Magicians.  He is currently  America’s only not-for-profit collateral lender, established in 1894.  Isaac is an active volunteer to many community and charitable organizations and serves on the boards of Artistic New Directions and The Stationers Golf Association.  In addition, he is an accomplished actor in theater, television and radio.  He currently stars in a series of very popular TV & radio ads for Provident Loan which can viewed on the PLS YouTube Channel.  Listen to Isaac's interview on VMB: ALTERNATE SOURCES OF FUNDING.

Janet Rogers - Dr. Janet Rogers is a Chiropractor at Living Well Balanced, a one-stop shop for stress reduction located on Manhattan’s upper west side.  Living Well Balanced incorporates chiropractic, nutrition, clinical massage therapy, yoga, personal training, and MindFit (a cutting edge technology which balances brain wave function).  She brings a wealth of cutting edge knowledge and training to her mission:  “Empowering People to Achieve Optimal Health through Natural Means.”  Janet is uniquely qualified to provide the exceptional wellness care Living Well Balanced is known for. Since graduating with honors from Life West Chiropractic College in California, she has continually researched the effects of combining chiropractic care with clinical nutrition, functional wellness principles, and detoxification/weight loss programs. She is a certified Eat to Perform coach, specializing in nutrition and training for fat loss and enhanced athletic performance, certified in Nutrition Response Testing, and is completing her Diplomate in Applied Clinical Nutrition. Janet recently competed in the 2015 CrossFit Games, where she placed 6th in her Division. Listen to Janet's interviews on VMB: STRESS: IT CAN KILL YOU!; WHY EVERYTHING YOU'VE LEARNED ABOUT EATING RIGHT MAY BE WRONG.

Claire Rosenzweig - Claire is President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York (BBB), a leading privately-funded not-for-profit 501(c)(6)  organization serving the Metropolitan New York, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island regions of New York State, and The Education and Research Foundation of the BBB, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  She leads the BBB and its Foundation, working with the Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Trustees to drive the mission.  She works to create an environment that encourages innovation; where relevant and robust programs and services are developed to meet the ever-changing needs of each organization’s stakeholders.  She is a member of the Council of Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Board, a member of the Bureau Operating Committee (BOC) a subcommittee of the Council of Better Business Bureau Board of Directors, and a former member of the CBBB Board of Directors. Ms. Rosenzweig is a member and Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the New York Society of Association Executives and currently serves as Co-Chair of their Non-Profit CEO Forum. She is also the 2008 recipient of their Outstanding Association Executive Award. In addition, she is a member of the Advertising Women of New York and previously served two terms on its board. Ms. Rosenzweig presently serves as an adjunct member of the Consumer Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar, a mentor for Executives on Campus Mentoring Program at Baruch College/City University of NY, and was a member of the 2011 NYS Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization.  Listen to Claire's interview of VMB: REPUTATION MANAGEMENT; CUSTOMER SERVICE; EMPLOYEES AS PART OF YOUR BRAND: BRAND BUILDERS OR DETRACTORS?  CAUSE MARKETING: BRINGING BUSINESSES AND CHARITIES TOGETHER.

Ryan Rzepecki - Ryan, the CEO of Social Bicycles holds a B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College.  The bicycle has been his primary mode of transportation for the last four years, and bicycle advocacy has been both his passion and profession.  Prior to developing SoBi, Ryan worked for the NYC Department of Transportation in the bicycle program.  At the DOT, he sited bike racks, edited the bike map, conducted fields research on bike facilities, and organizing cycling promotions.  Listen to Ryan's interview on VMB: BIKESHARE DISRUPTED?

Rose Sager - Rose is the Trade Representative for the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Born and raised in Bahrain, Rose immigrated to the US where she received a BS Degree in Mathematics and Business from City University of New York.  Her career has included positions in the Financial and Insurance industries and Training Director at a major US Airline.   Rose joined the Economic Office as Trade Representative for the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2006.  Under the auspices of the Trade/Economic Office at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, her role is to facilitate and promote the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement since its implementation in August, 2006.  Besides establishing major business/government contacts and increasing bilateral trade, she has promoted the Kingdom of Bahrain at various Trade Shows, Business-to-Business Networking events, Chambers of Commerce, World Trade Center Forums, Women’s Associations, Universities, etc.  Based in New York, Rose continuously seeks to establish Bahrain as the ideal investment choice for the US business market, as well as an exotic tourist destination.  Listen to Rose's interview on VMB: THE US-BAHRAIN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT.

Yasushi Sasaki - Yasushi is president of Two Rivers Associates, a market-access consulting firm that assists small- and medium-size business owners grow their businesses between Asian and North American markets. In addition to functioning as a business broker, Two Rivers Associates provides a wide range of services that includes translation, business promotions, and events coordination and promotion. Prior to establishing Two Rivers, Yasushi worked at several key NYC business organizations including the weekly Japanese paper, US Japan Business News, Nomura Securities International, Prudential Securities, Bannockburn Partners, and Bowne Translation Services. He received a BA in Social Science from Rikkyo University in Tokyo and earned MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Listen to Yasushi's VMB interview:  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MATCHING.

Thorsten Schmidt  -  Thorsten Schmidt, co-founder and managing partner of Schmidt LLC, focuses his practice on intellectual property law with emphases in patent, trademark and unfair competition litigation, trademark prosecution and oppositions before the USPTO, IP licensing and IP due diligence. He supports his US and international clients in national and cross-border transactions, especially where such activities pertain to their intellectual property. Further, Thorsten is engaged in general corporate counseling, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitration.  Prior to founding Schmidt LLC, Thorsten worked for over a decade for an international law firm in its Washington, D.C., London and New York offices. He is a frequent speaker at legal and business conventions, seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and China.  Listen to Thorsten's interview on VMB: WHAT CAN IP LAW DO FOR YOUR SMALL OR MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESS: A PRIMER IN IP LAW.

Maureen Schreyer - Maureen is a communication professional, commentator and freelance reporter. She uses her experience in on-air and on-line media to develop a presence for her clientele. She successfully represents clients in commercial/residential real estate, sports, and fashion campaigns, as well as, contributing to the growth and development of nascent new media enterprises. Schreyer has covered multiple newsworthy events (as highlighted below). This coverage ranges from exclusive interviews at sporting events, such as the Kemper Open, to interviews of with leading “fashionistas” during Fashion Week. She has worked and appeared on the George Michaels Sports Machine; Vera Wang, PR/Creative; Transwestern and Coakley Realty in both commercial and residential transactions. She has been licensed in real estate in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia and is currently focusing her attention to the New York City area and “changing skyline”.  Schreyer has served as an expert witness in tenant commercial real estate cases.  Notable reports include: Former President of the CFDA Fern Mallis, Emmy Award winning stylist Rebecca Weinberg, W Magazine and Vogue Magazine Stylist Sarah Gore Reeves, J. Alexander, Commentator: Mary Alice Stephenson, Designers: Chris Benz, Catherine Malandrino, Gilles Mendel, Olclay Olsen of SUPERTRASH and Paul Carroll. Comedians: Chevy Chase, Dane Cook, Jimmy Fallon; Actress: Dakota Fanning.  Listen to Maureen's interview on VMB:  THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF MANHATTAN HOUSING.


Barbara Schwartz -  For almost 11 years, Barbara Schwartz has been AccuWeight’s lead Consultant. She is now the proud owner, CEO and President of Accu Weight-Loss. One of her greatest accomplishments is the hands-on development of propriety software and algorithms that have made AccuWeight the only company to offer this type of weight loss program by mail.  The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) inducted her into their 2016-2017 VIP Woman of the Year Circle.  Listen to Barbara's interview on VMB: MANAGING STRESS WITHOUT FOOD.


Robert S. Schwartz - Robert is president and CEO of Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises, Inc, which operates Eneslow, The Foot Comfort Center, Eneslow Pedorthic Institute (EPI) and www.eneslow.com.  Eneslow, which was founded in 1909, has provided over 100,000 pairs of free shoes for the needy.  EPI, which opened in 1995 as an educational institute, offers courses on conservative foot care, foot health and overall wellbeing.  Additionally, it conducts events on the art and science of pedorthics and how it relates to improving people's lives. Eneslow trains third year podiatry students at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where Robert serves as an adjuct instructor in the department of Orthopedic Sciences. In 2009 Eneslow was named "Retailer of the Year" by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.  The following year Robert was named "Corporate Hero" by the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and in 2012 he was recognized by Tender Care Human Services for his generosity. Listen to Robert's interview on VMB:  SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION AND SMALL BUSINESSES; CUSTOMER RETENTION; RETAIL'S LOST FUTURE: MANHATTAN TAXES, RENTS, REQUIREMENTS AND THE INTERNET.

Bruce Segall - Bruce is president of Marketing Sense for Business, LLC, which helps smaller firms build awareness and grow leads. He writes frequently on LinkedIn and marketing, for example “A Wish List for LinkedIn Groups in 2015,” “To Networking Group Members: Use LinkedIn to Help One Another, “LinkedIn: 10 Tips for Everyone,” “Risky Business: Monitoring Your Employees on LinkedIn,” and “Five Easy, Effective Ways to Market Your Practice in 2014.” He has recently trained over 50 clients and dozens of professional associations on LinkedIn. Bruce has 30 years of experience in Marketing, including 10 at MasterCard and six at Citibank. He has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University. Listen to Bruce's interview on VMB:  HOW LINKEDIN CAN HELP SMALL BUSINESSES.

Shoko Sekiguchi  -  Shoko is a recognized leader of the Urban Green Living movement in New York City.  She launched Ampleen, a NY based sustainability consulting firm in 2012 and has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations, green start-ups and companies including Solar One Energy, Columbia University (Earth Institute), Green America, White Roof, and Real Food Works.   As a certified LEED Green Associate and a holder of GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and ITIL (formally known as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certifications, Shoko has in-depth knowledge about green buildings, corporate sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, community building, cause marketing and IT Service Management.  She launched a “Sustainability Employee Engagement” initiative to help companies engage employees through harnessing sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives.   Shoko has more than 15 years of success in marketing and sales, sustainability assessment and strategy.  During her career, she has built a reputation for becoming a trusted advisor to clients and for quickly adapting to new business environments and trends.  She has also proven herself a forward-thinking problem solver who leverages technical savvy and C-level management expertise to address enterprise-wide issues.  Listen to Shoko’s interview on VMB: WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE YOU MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEES HAPPY.

Scott Seltzer - Scott is an entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience in founding and managing successful service oriented companies. He is currently the President/founder of ConnectMe, LLC, a leading provider of cloud-based telecommunications services to the small to medium sized business communities. In the past, he has served as Chief Technology officer for GoSolo Technlogies, and founder/President of American Voicemail Network inc. (a pioneer in outsourced voicemail and custom IVR services). Prior to founding American Voicemail Network, he held various engineering, sales and management positions with IBM corporation.  Listen to Scott's interview on VMB: CLOUD-BASED PHONE SERVICES.

Ron Shah - Ron is founder and CEO of Bizly.   An entrepreneur from an early age, Ron’s life has been deeply intertwined into what makes a successful meeting. He spent the last decade as the founder and head of Jina Ventures, a venture capital firm which developed a long & successful track record of technology investing and eventually became a pioneer in emerging market secondaries.  To make ends meet while attaining his MBA at New York University, Ron worked part-time at New York Seminar and Conference center where he sold meeting space to large companies across the country. When he moved on to Jina Ventures, many of his early investments were in the travel and hospitality industry. This unique combination of experiences set the stage for his innovation with Bizly.  Listen to Ron's interview on VMB:  CREATIVE DISRUPTION IN THE MEETING PLACE INDUSTRY.

Stephanie Shalofsky - Stephanie, founder of The Organizing Zone, brings to her work the discipline, professionalism and project management skills that comes from years of corporate employment, where she managed teams and budgets of $2.5 million.  She combines that with her organizing credentials, which includes membership in the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and training as a Certified Productive Environment Specialist, and her non-judgmental and empathetic style to create functional and organized workspaces for clients.  Stephanie works with solopreneurs in their home offices and companies with up to 25 employees to gain control over their work environment, improving productivity and profits. Her clients find that going from disorganized to organized also clears the mind, allowing them to focus better on work, accomplish more in less time and freeing them to do the things that are most important.   Listen to Stephanie's interviews on VMB: ORGANIZING FOR PRODUCTIVITY; TAKING BACK CONTROL OF THE WORKDAY FROM YOUR EMAIL.


Nancy A. Shenker  - Nancy who is founder and CEO of theONswitch, has developed and honed her superpowers as a marketing leader through decades of experience and innovation.  She is the exclusive digital consultant to Colorfast, handling social media, e-mail marketing, and web enhancements for the company and its clients.  As one of the field’s most experienced, pragmatic, and thorough strategists, she considers herself a “dual citizen” of both the traditional marketing world and the ever-evolving digital planet. Although she was trained as a classic brand marketer, she is fluent in all manner of social media marketing. Personally, she’s a Tweeter, a Linker, a Pinner, and a Facebook friend to legions.  Professionally, she knows how and where and when (and when not) to use social media as powerful and essential marketing tools.  Nancy has held senior marketing positions at major brand companies – Citibank, MasterCard International, and Reed Exhibitions.  In both her corporate career and at theONswitch®, she has helped businesses, both small and large, launch, re-brand, and flourish.  Her experience and expertise spans a wide range of industries, including retail, food, fashion, kids and education, health and wellness, packaged goods, real estate and shelter, marketing services, technology, service businesses, and the event industry.  Nancy is a Huffington Post blogger and has been published and quoted in the New York Times, Crain’s New York, Businessweek, Enterpreneur.com, the Associated Press, Inc., AOL Small Business, Smart Money TV, Inc., Forbes, and other media.  She holds an AB in English and Psychology from of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Graduate Diploma in Book Publishing from New York University. She also completed Kellogg’s Executive Communications program.  She loves to mentor young people in their careers. The mother of two grown daughters, she is also the author of Don’t Hook Up with the Dude in the Next Cube: 200+ Career Secrets for 20-Somethings, and is involved in several non-profits championing mentorship and education.  Listen to Lani’s interview on VMB: PRINT IS NOT DEAD, IT’S JUST MORE COLORFUL.


Alan Siege - Alan has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Pace University and a Master’s degree in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.  He has led business workshops through the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Support Center of New York, the Brooklyn Business Outreach Center and the Business Division of the Brooklyn Public Library. He is an instructor for the FastTrac Program, (part of the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the State University of New York SUNY) and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University and the City University of New York. In addition, he is the Principal of Small Business Management Consulting - a business coaching company - and has been assisting small businesses for over 20 years by improving the way they tell their business story. His comments on marketing and branding have been featured in Crain’s New York, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The New York Enterprise Report and Good Housekeeping. Listen to Alan's interview on VMB:WANT A STRONG BRAND? YOU HAVE TO HAVE A POWERFUL STORY.


Jen Slaw - Jen is a speaker, educator, and host.  She has presented at TEDx, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and been called an “expert juggler” by the New York Times for her work co-producing and performing in the Off-Broadway show Perfect Catch, hailed as “the forward guard of an entirely new and captivating approach to the craft.”  A recovering structural engineer and professional juggler, Jen now designs custom keynotes and interactive training sessions for clients including Fortune 500 companies, associations and non-profit organizations to provide them with tools for fostering work-life balance, teamwork, creative thinking, growth and change creation, achievement and innovation. She utilizes principles of juggling to teach strategies that result in more balanced, productive, motivated, creative problem solvers and effective collaborators.  Jen holds three World Records and has shared her special mix of juggling and inspiration on Good Morning America, Good Day Philadelphia, Huffington Post Live, the Food Network, and the Today Show’s plaza, where she received a personal endorsement from Al Roker and Matt Lauer. Jen serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit Juggling Life Inc, an organization with a mission to engage, inspire and emotionally heal ill and disadvantaged youth through unique juggling and circus arts programs. She holds degrees in Engineering and Art from Swarthmore College.  She can be found on the web at: www.JenSlawSpeaks.com.  LIsten to Jen's interview on VMB: THE POWER OF PRACTICE: BUILDING SYSTEMS FOR SUCCESS.


Jacob SmithJacob is CEO and Principle Recycling Campaign Trainer at Sac (Service and Commodities) Holdings Inc.  Incorporate in 2011 Sac is an international training and development corporation dedicated to enhancing the environmental footprint of corporations, small business, non-profit organizations, universities, community colleges, or schools through 1) recycling campaign training and 2) eco-friendly real estate development and construction management.  Jacob’s primary responsibility is to facilitate the company’s recycling campaigns and corporate vision and strategies.  Prior to Sac Holdings Inc., Jacob was Corporate Vision Strategist of Streetology Production’s Inc, an entertainment production service and online television corporation. He has facilitated numerous production coordination functions with high-performance teams across various entertainment and non-profit lines, resulting in an “Emmy Award Nomination,” “Bronze Apple Award,” “Vision Award,” “Sidney Award” in Media ,and a “Reebok Human Rights Award Nomination”, for his Human Rights Services.  Jacob  is a senior executive with a 15 + year track record and has co-raised capital for various organizations like the “P.E.A.C.E. Project,” “Children of War Youth Organization” and “Andrew Goodman Foundation.”  He was featured in the “Your Dreams Can Come True” book on hope, perseverance, and triumph, “L Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program” with the “NAMIC” organization, and “Facing History and Ourselves Speaker’s Bureau,“ discussing modern day civil rights issues.” Listen to Jacob's interview on VMB: USING RECYCLING AS A SUSTAINABILITY MODEL.


Margie Smith Holt - Margie is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has reported for broadcast, print, and digital media. After leaving the news business, she worked in non-profit communications, then moved to the Caribbean where the editor of the local newspaper stalked her at her waitressing job until she agreed to start writing again. Now, as Managing Partner of re:Write, she teaches business owners how to use their websites and other written materials to connect with their customers and clients.  Listen to Steve's interview on VMB: HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST.

Mindy Solkin - Mindy is founder, owner and head coach of The Running Center LLC.  She began her coaching career in 1992 and since then has coached over 12,000 runners helping them to achieve their goals whether it is running their first mile or pursuing their personal best in the marathon. Mindy is certified by USA Track & Field as a running coach, (with Level 3 education) and by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer. Her innovative and personalized training programs for groups and private clients combine a keen understanding of both the sport of running and the principles of health and fitness. In 1999 Mindy founded The Running Center from a home-based office and in 2006 she fulfilled her dream and opened New York City’s first and only training studio for runners. With her 22 years of experience, she expanded her services to include her signature Runditioning™ classes, running clinics, heart rate monitor testing and corporate wellness  programs. She is an original, as she has successfully combined her knowledge of both the running world and the fitness world to develop runners into all-around healthy individuals.  Once a frequent age-group award winner running in the top 5% to 10% of the field, she has dedicated herself to her runners and the running community-at-large, becoming a knowledgeable resource to a generation of runners. As one of the country’s leading running coaches, she has coached runners near and far to cross the finish lines of marathons as well as shorter distances in Anchorage, Berlin, Bermuda, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, London, New York City, Paris, Prague, San Diego and Vancouver.  Listen to Mindy's interview on VMB: THE WELLNESS LIFESTYLE.

Florence Sommer - Florence is the premier New York City real estate and lifestyle expert specializing in the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, with a focus on properties in Manhattan’s elegant and historic Upper East Side. Florence has lived in the Upper East Side for more than 25 years and is the top broker in the building in which she lives – having sold more than 120 units there. While her specialty lies in the Upper East Side, Florence loves all that the city has to offer and will work to find buyers their perfect property throughout its many diverse neighborhoods, including Tribeca, Midtown and the Upper West Side. Clients benefit from her hallmark 18 point sales strategy, which includes the use of innovative and personalized marketing techniques like custom video walk-throughs of the property and real-time social media integration.  Florence’s real estate philosophy is simple: listen, educate, communicate and deliver. She works closely with her clients to learn about their unique needs; she educates them throughout the process so there are no surprises and no missteps; she is dedicated to a quick response time; and she delivers on promises and exceptional service. In order to get to that final point – delivery – Florence has to be her client’s strongest advocate. As a certified negotiation expert, Florence is not hesitant to use her expertise or business acumen to ensure success. Described as professional, caring, smart, honest and thorough, she receives rave reviews and referrals from her clients who know that as their real estate broker, Florence is their ally.  Listen to Florence 's interview on VMB:  STEPS TO IMPROVE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME.

Rohit Sood - Rohit is the Founder and Co-President of InAJiffy.com. InAJiffy offers a free, no-obligation service for businesses to request, receive, and evaluate proposals on a wide variety of products and services. They aim to give small businesses access to the same procurement tools and resources that are used effectively by larger organizations.  Prior to founding InAJiffy.com, Rohit spent eight years in investment banking, advising financial institutions as a Senior Vice President at FBR, a Vice President at Bear Stearns and an Associate Director at UBS. Before his career in investment banking, Rohit was a Vice President in risk management at JPMorgan Chase. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MS in manufacturing engineering from UMass Amherst and a BE in mechanical engineering from Gujarat University.  Listen to Rohit's interview on VMB:  CUSTOMER ACQUISITION.

Daniel Stermer - Daniel is a non-profit professional focusing primarily on event-based development for the American Heart and Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) in New York City.  Daniel has over five years of experience working in the non-profit sector throughout the tri-state area, with an emphasis on building relationships with companies in order to achieve shared goals of awareness and fundraising, brand recognition, employee engagement, and interactive networking across different markets.  The AHA/ASA’s mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, New York City’s #1 and #5 most frequent causes of death.  The NYC chapter works with over 150 companies, including top financial institutions, hospitals, and professional service firms.  There are countless opportunities to get involved in their life-saving mission, either from a personal or professional standpoint.  Listen to Daniel's interview on VMB:  EVENT FUNDRAISING: THE WALL STREET RUN AND HEART WALK.

John Tantillo - Dr. John Tantillois the Branding Editor for Fridge Magazine, the business magazine all about practical guides and strategies for small business owners and entrepreneurs, author of the popular book, “People Buy Brands Not Companies,”  and Udemy on-line course: “Go Brand Yourself with Dr. John Tantillo: The secrets of branding for personal and professional success!”  He is the former radio talk show host of BrandTalk, contributor to the Fox News Opinion Page, a go-to expert for BBC on a range of marketing issues and frequently appears in the national media, which includes Cavuto, Fox & Friends, MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt, ABC News Live and Fox News Live.  He is widely known as “The Marketing Doctor for his outspoken adherence to the marketing concept, which has been defined as the essential role of marketing as a vehicle to identifying and satisfying consumer needs. He has been particularly outspoken about what he perceives as the money wasted on Super Bowl advertising.  Dr. Tantillo has been called the “Howard Cosell” of marketing for his distinctive voice, mannerisms and clothing. He is credited with coining the term The O'Reilly Factor, which later became the title of Bill O'Reilly’s television show.  He is currently working on his second book: “Go Brand Yourself: How the secrets of real marketing will change your life, business and work no matter what the economy is doing.  Listen to John's interview on VMB:  GO BRAND YOURSELF: 5 SECRETS TO MAKING YOUR BUSINESS ATTRACTIVE TO NEW CUSTOMERS.

Mindy Tarlow - Mindy is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a New York-based nonprofit corporation that provides employment services to men and women with criminal convictions in New York, and since 2011, in Oklahoma and California.  CEO was created by the Vera Institute of Justice in the late 1970s and has been operating as an independent corporation since 1996.   Prior to joining CEO, she spent close to ten years at the New York City Office of Management and Budget where she rose from Senior Analyst in 1984 to Deputy Director in 1992.  She guided many criminal justice projects during her tenure in government including co-authoring the Mayor’s Safe Streets, Safe City Omnibus Criminal Justice Program.  Mindy serves on the executive committee of the National Transitional Jobs Network and the New York City Employment & Training Coalition, and served on Mayor Bloomberg's Commission for Economic Opportunity. Most recently, she was named Chair of Governor Cuomo's Work for Success Committee, a statewide task force devoted to meeting the employment needs of formerly incarcerated people.  Listen to Mindy’s interview on VMB: EMPLOYMENT AND RECIDIVISM.

Sarah Tennyson - With a background in business psychology, Sarah has coached and facilitated workshops with over 10,000 people in 20 different countries.  Her clients range from graduate to C-level across financial services, professional services, technology, corporate and non-profit sectors.  Sarah holds an MSc Occupational Psychology and a BSc (Hons) Psychology.  She is accredited to use a number of psychometric assessments and holds the British Psychological Society Qualified Test User Occupational Ability and Personality certificates.  Sarah has written for the UK’s leading training journal and regularly publishes articles on current hot topics such as accelerating the development of future leaders, building high performing virtual teams, and managing generational differences.  Prior to founding her own talent development practice, Sarah was Senior Director at Moody’s Analytics where she led a global team of talent development consultants. She co-chaired Moody’s UK women’s network and played an active part in promoting gender diversity within the company. Sarah began her career with ENB Consulting, a UK-based firm providing training for banks worldwide.  Sarah volunteers for the ATD NYC Chapter as a Board Member and is an active member of SIOP and SHRM.   Listen to Sarah's interview on VMB: HOW TO PREPARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

Claudia Toback - Claudia is Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of Cititrek Tour and Guide Services.  The Staten Island-based company specializes in customized tour packages throughout the five Boroughs.  A native of Brooklyn and graduate of two New York City colleges, Claudia enjoys introducing both locals and visitors to the City's vastly diverse experiences.  Presently, Claudia serves as Recording Secretary of the Guides Association of New York City.  Cititrek is a member of both the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.  Additionally, it is a member of NYC & Company and has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau.  Listen to Claudia's interviews on VMB: NEW YORK CITY'S TOURISM INDUSTRY; UNLICENSED NEW YORK CITY TOUR GUIDES.

Martin B. Torre, RA AIA - Martin is a registered architect with twenty years of experience in architecture and interior design, zoning feasibility studies and urban design. He has a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Pratt Institute and a Master’s degree in Business Management from CUNY.  His strengths include maximizing his client’s development potential in mixed-use high-rise projects and resolving ECB Violations issued by the Department of Buildings in compliance with the city’s zoning regulations and building code which will be a focus of the interview.  Listen to Martin's interview on VMB: RESOLVING MUNICIPAL VIOLATIONS.

Taylor Trusty - Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Media. Since the company’s inception, Taylor has been the guiding force that drives the team to continue cranking out the best web and digital marketing solutions around.  Under his leadership, Blackstone has blossomed from a 3-person operation to a team of 15+, and still growing. Taylor challenges his team to not only use the latest and greatest cutting-edge tools and technologies; he encourages them to create them, and make them better…and better. The firm’s thirst for perfection starts with the ever-optimist Taylor who is always on the lookout for what is possible, what impossibilities can be conquered. The genuine excitement that he instills is palpable when you step into the Blackstone office.  With deep knowledge of coding and web development, Taylor is able to understand all of the working parts of each project, and is able to speak to clients about both the technical and logical aspects of Blackstone’s proposed solutions. He has a unique ability to see the big picture and understand the business issues at play, providing clients with solutions and advisory services that go well beyond a website.  Taylor’s background is anything but traditional. A self-proclaimed computer nerd, Taylor was working as a computer programmer by age 15. By 17, he was the head of customer service and webmaster for a sports memorabilia ecommerce company. By 20, Taylor had started and sold his shares of an upstart sports collectibles company before founding a new web design/development agency, Blackstone Media.  Taylor has been at the helm at Blackstone since 2006.  Listen to Taylor's interview on VMB:  THE IMPORTANCE OF A DISCOVERY PROCESS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARKETING CAMPAIGN.

Christopher Trahan, O.M.D.,L.Ac - Dr. Christopher Trahan, from Olympus Center, holds a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine, is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and is nationally board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine; he is a classically trained Homeopathic physician registered with the National Center for Homeopathy. He integrates Chinese and Western herbs, homeopathy, and nutrition with his practice of Acupuncture in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.  He has over thirty years of clinical practice and trained in China and Sri Lanka, as well as in the United States (California, New Mexico, and New York). Dr. Trahan has served on the faculty of the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (Santa Fe, NM) and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NYC).  He has also taught courses in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine, Classical Homeopathy, and Acupressure and Tui Na at the Olympus Center.   He served as lead acupuncturist in an asthma research study headed by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona in association with Beth-Israel Hospital. Dr. Trahan has appeared on TV, radio, in print, and continues to lecture.  The Olympus Center in New York City maintains a comprehensive  western and Chinese herbal and homeopathic pharmacy along with three treatment rooms for acupuncture and other therapies.  Listen to Christopher's interview on VMB:  HOLISTIC NATURAL THERAPIES: TREATING AND PREVENTING DISEASE.

Isabel Varela -  Isabel stands at the forefront of fashion as a true conservationist who glorifies the art of design by continuously redefining the craft behind draping, pattern making, sketching and sewing. Isabel’s eye for meticulous tailoring detail and use of sustainable fabrics continues to influence the fashion realm, impact the environment and empower women across the globe.  Isabel’s versatility and proficient knowledge in tailoring, belief in transparent manufacturing, and reducing waste policy ignited the brand’s identity.  Behind the architectural-inspired patterns mixed with fashion-forward aesthetic stands the holistic designer, fueling the American label. The creative use of neutral colors encompasses the designer’s intuitive capability to transform street fashion into a ready-to-wear intrinsic lifestyle.  Isabel has made her mark in the fashion industry by leveraging her proficiency in bespoke tailoring. Convinced from a very early age that fashion design was her calling, she began immersing herself into the fundamentals of fashion, studying at Louisiana State College where she completed a global fashion field study in China, earning a degree in Apparel Design. Fueled by her interest for pushing the needle with the intention to make design more meaningful, she took an extensive Master Class At Dupperre Mode and Textile Ecole in Paris, France.  After gaining insights into the inner workings of retail, she followed her passion to New York City where the premature concept for Izabel Varela, Inc. began to spark. Determined to turn her eco-friendly fashion fantasy into reality, she began working at Suit Supply as a Tailoring Manager in Manhattan to help fund this dream. The sustainable brand is determined to re-address the natural fundamentals that enhance and redefine the standards of beauty.  Listen to Isabel's interview on VMB:  THE HIDDEN SIDE OF FASHION.

Michele Waldman - Michele is the president of Max Your Media, a full-service online marketing and advertising company, which develops and implements targeted Internet marketing campaigns.  After graduating from Syracuse University with a Textile Design degree, and working as a textile designer for two years, Michele was given the opportunity to work for an Internet startup.  Subsequently, she went on to work for Citysearch selling online advertising which was pre-Google and, at the time, the main online directory for local businesses. Eventually she left the local industry and went to work for Doubleclick/Google and then Microsoft selling to major publishers technology and Rich Media. Due to the mergers and acquisitions that hit the Internet industry over the years she altered her career path and to pursue her longtime dream of building a business to satisfy the growing need of small businesses for online marketing.  Listen to Michele's interview on VMB: LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ONLINE MARKETING. 

Jessica Walker -  Jessica is the President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. She is a public policy expert who has advocated on behalf of New York City residents, neighborhoods and businesses for more than 15 years -- with successes in every role taken on. Her work has left an indelible imprint on the city that she loves.  Before joining the Chamber in 2016 she served as Vice President for Government Affairs at the Partnership for New York City, which represents the city’s major corporate employers. Jessica served as the chief liaison between elected officials and the city’s business leaders and as a policy analyst/advisor/writer for the organization's influential CEO. The objective was to advance pro-growth policies and forge public-private partnerships that strengthen New York City’s economy and create jobs.  Prior to that, Jessica was a leading advocate for elderly New Yorkers.  At the New York Academy of Medicine she oversaw the launch of Age-friendly New York City, a public-private initiative designed to make the city a better place in which to grow old. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg implemented 59 policy improvements based on this work such as lengthening the time allotted for pedestrians to cross street intersections.  Jessica also served as a policy expert at United Neighborhood Houses of New York, an association of settlement houses and community centers throughout the five boroughs. There, she led the organization's research, advocacy and policy work on issues relating to older adults and their social service needs.  She also led a successful pilot initiative to increase utilization of geriatric mental health services and authored an influential report that dramatically heightened the city’s response to the high numbers of New York seniors aging alone and “at risk” of becoming socially isolated.  Listen to Jessica's interview on VMB:  200TH SHOW SPECIAL WITH MCC PRESIDENT JESSICA WALKER.

Sandi Webster - Sandi is one of the principals of Consultants 2 Go®, a consulting firm that provides marketing and analytic solutions to Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, telecom and insurance industries.  She has spent years advising clients on the latest trends and strategies in marketing.  She has almost 30 years' experience and has managed all facets of new product launches, created and executive national marketing campaigns, website launches and telemarketing programs.  Her career spans American Express, Saks Fifth Avenue and the New York City Board of Education.  Co-author of Black and White Strike Gold, she holds an MBA in Management and Marketing and belongs to such organizations as Women Presidents' Organization, NAWBO, and NAFE.  Listen to Sandi's interviews on VMB:  THE BENEFITS OF AN ADVISORY BOARD; FROM CORPORATE TO WHAT? OPTIONS FOR PERSONS LEAVING THE CORPORATE SECTOR.

Sebastian Weiss - Sebastian is a Corporate and Tax Attorney and Registered Tax Return Preparer who helps businesses and business owners with fundamental legal and tax matters. He has been practicing law in New York State since 2004. He has two law degrees – a J.D. with a Concentration in Corporate Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  Sebastian represents new and established businesses in a variety of industries, including but not limited to: information technology, consulting, fashion, and food. His expertise includes: Preparing and negotiating different types of legal documents, including contracts for domestic and international business transactions; Preparing state and federal tax returns for business and individual taxpayers; Representing taxpayers with state and federal tax controversies, including U.S. Tax Court proceedings; Entity formation; Representing U.S. based clients with business activities in the People’s Republic of China; and Representing French speaking clients.  Listen to Sebastian's interview on VMB:  LEGAL AND TAX ISSUES FACING SMALL BUSINESSES

Alan Winnikoff -  Alan is co-principal of Sayles & Winnikoff Communications, the boutique public relations firm he co-founded in 2003, along with his partner, Carina Sayles.  Alan shares in the strategic direction and overall management of the company. The agency’s focus is primarily, though not exclusively, on companies, product and content for the children’s and family market.  Sayles & Winnikoff also works with a wide range of arts, media and entertainment companies, as well as non-profits and start-ups. Alan is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the company and the account team.  With a recognized expertise in branding and messaging, he sets the agenda for, and manages, the agency’s client relationships. Alan was one of the founding executives of Sony Wonder, the family entertainment division of Sony Music. He helped launch the label in 1993 and directed all PR efforts there for seven years, working with such high profile brands as Sesame Street and Nickelodeon Home Video.  He left Sony Wonder in 2000 to join the children’s Internet company MaMaMedia.  He has also held executive PR and marketing positions at the cable news channel MSNBC and at IDG Books, the publishers of the For Dummies series and Frommer's Travel Guides, among other brands. Alan began his career in Los Angeles with The Lippin Group Public Relations. He moved to New York and ran the firm’s New York office, then joined Worldvision Enterprises, a worldwide television syndication company, owned by Aaron Spelling Productions.  As Vice President, Communications, he was involved with the Hanna Barbera library, as well as with shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Twin Peaks.  Listen to Alan's interviews on VMB: THE EVOLVING FACE OF PR; SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING.


Don Winter -  In 1988, Don founded Resident Publications, which grew to become Manhattan's largest weekly community newspaper, and was the featured cover story in Inc. Magazine as one of the “500 Fastest Growing Companies.”  As Co-President and Co-Publisher of Resident Publications, Don and his partner were responsible for the day-to-day operations of each of the newspaper's four local editions. His activities included managing a staff of fifty employees, overseeing editorial content, directing sales efforts, as well as authoring his own political opinion column each week.  In 2001, he formed Encompass Media Group, one of the leading companies for non-traditional out of home advertising. His is actively involved in the day to day operations, and serves as President, with primary responsibilities in new partnership development. Encompass Media Group has also been recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the country’s fastest growing companies. Since its inception Encompass Media Group has expanding rapidly into multiple platforms which include; events, digital, and social media. Encompass Media Group currently executes over 400 programs a year. Among the clients that have worked with Encompass this past year include American Express, Coke, GE, Metro PCS, NBC, Oracle, Swatch, Wells Fargo, and many other Fortune 500 companies.  Don has served as Chairman of The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and is currently serving on their executive board. The recipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his continued dedication and service to the business community, he received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Blue Ribbon Small Business Award for excellence in financial performance, business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service, and business planning.   Listen to Don's interview on VMB:BREAKING THROUGH THE CLUTTER OF MASS ADVERTISING.


Michael Wolff - Michael is a Principal in Marketing at the accounting and advisory firm of EisnerAmper.  He has an extensive background in management consulting, organizational effectiveness, personal development, motivation and creativity.  Michael spent five years as President of InteleTravel International, an organization he co-founded, where he capitalized on his knowledge of travel industry management and organizational effectiveness to create a revolutionary travel agency concept providing a totally new distribution channel for travel.  Previously, he was President of Productivity and Profit Improvement Associates, an international organization of training and performance management consultants. He has been a Partner and Associate National Director of Client Services for Touche Ross & Co., and Retail Industry Manager and Sales and Marketing Manager for Control Data Corporation, holding a similar position with the IBM Service Bureau Company.  As a proven leader and positive role model, he has designed and implemented many of the soft skill training and development programs within EisnerAmper University as well as customizing them for clients. Michael received his B.A. from New York University and has completed advanced programs in organization effectiveness at Harvard University.  He serves on the International Business Development Committee of PKF International.  Listen to Michael's interview on VMB:  BUILDING A BRAND CALLED YOU; EFFECTIVE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT; DEVELOPING EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE.


Jomarie Zeleznik - Dr. Zeleznik is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. From 1995 until 2004 she trained geriatric fellows, internal medicine and family medicine residents, and medical students at Montefiore Medical Center. She is published in the geriatric and palliative care literature on subjects including pressure ulcers, communication between doctors and health care proxies and aging physiology. Dr. Zeleznik established Comprehensive Geriatric Care in 2004 as an office-based solo medical practice with home visits to for those patients who because they became homebound could no longer travel for primary medical care in the office. Informed by the experience of being one of the many hands-on caregivers for her own home-bound mother who died at home of complications of Parkinson's disease and the challenges of obtaining care in the home, Dr. Zeleznik remade Comprehensive Geriatric Care as direct primary care practice which provides accessible and individualized primary and palliative care to those elderly who cannot leave their homes.  Dr. Zeleznik is a co-founder of The CareGivers’ Project, a not for profit which is an on and off-line organization where caregivers for elderly can express and reflect about the complexities of being a caregiver through written and visual material and get-togethers.  Listen to Jomarie's interview on VMB: WHAT IS PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE FOR THE HOMEBOUND ELDERLY?


 Reginald W. Zephyrin - Reginald, who is with Jade Dragon Kung Fu, is an exceptionally skilled Shiao Szu martial artist at a 12th degree black belt level in Chinese Kung Fu Wu Su with 25 years of experience. He has vast knowledge in QiGong, Chi Na Fa, Internal and External styles of Chinese Kung Fu as well as specialized discipline techniques. Moreover, he possesses great instruction abilities for all ages and skill levels. Reginald holds 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree ranking in Chinese Kung Fu Wu Su. He has exceptional understanding of avoidance techniques using breath and mind force techniques and gives thorough knowledge with focused and engaging hands-on instruction and provides clear instruction in kicks, blocks, punches, longevity, health and skillful breathing.  Reginald attended New York Institute of Technology and Polytechnic University obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Information System Engineering.  Listen to Reginald's interview on VMB: HEALTH BENEFITS OF KUNG FU.


Ezekiel (Zeke) Zimmerman - Zeke is a Financial Advisor whose practice – Special Needs Family Planning –  specializes in the unique needs of families where an individual has a disability. This planning is done with an emphasis on ensuring that care can be provided for the entire lifetime of a family member, regardless of whether that individual has a physical, mental, intellectual or developmental disability. As the parent of an autistic child, Zeke appreciates firsthand the pressures that special needs families face in order to understand and provide for all of their children’s needs while at the same time finding balance and sanity in every other aspect of their lives. To that effect, Zeke often presents to other special needs parents, professionals and community groups on topics related to special needs planning and his process has helped many families to strategize productively around these otherwise overwhelming challenges and to achieve optimal outcomes.  Zeke is also fully bilingual in Spanish. As Director of SNFP en español he has made it his mission to expand awareness, education and planning opportunities to traditionally underserved linguistic minority communities throughout the tri-state area.  Listen to Zeke's interview on VMB:  LIFE PLANNING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH A DISABILITY.





Guests

Bruce A. Hurwitz, Ph.D., is the host of The Voice of Manhattan Business.  Appointed one of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors in November, 2011, he is a member of the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Entrepreneurship Council.  Bruce is the President of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Ltd.  HSS offers executive recruitment and career counseling services.  Its mission is to promote the hiring of veterans of the US Armed Forces and Merchant Marine.  An honors graduate of the Department of International Relations of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he obtained his doctoral degree, Bruce is a recognized authority on employment and career issues, having been cited in over 700 articles, appearing in some 500 publications across the United States and in some 30 foreign countries. Additionally, his posts on LinkedIn have been read over 330,00 times and have garnered national and international attention, including appearances on Fox Business Network, Headline News (CNN), the local New York Fox affiliate, and a mention on Good Morning America.

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