JOHN E. AISIEN
John joined Thor in 2000 and is one of the most experienced executives in the identity
and access management market, predicted by Datamonitor to grow to $6.2 billion by
2007. John drives Thor's marketing and business development strategies and was
instrumental in the establishment of Thor's roster of strategic partnerships, including
those with Accenture, RSA Security and others. Prior to joining Thor, John Aisien held
various business development and strategy positions at Deloitte Consulting and Gemini
Consulting. John received his MBA with distinction from New York University's Stern
School of Business, where he received the maiden Harold Price Entrepreneurship Award.
He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of
SCOTT D. BERRIE
Scott Berrie co-founded Scojo Vision, LLC (www.scojo.com) with the expressed mission
of bringing up-close vision to everyone. Scojo Vision designs and distributes fashionable
and affordable reading glasses under the Scojo brand. Scojo Vision, LLC donates 5% of
its pre-tax profits to the effective distribution of reading glasses in under served
Mr. Berrie serves as Vice President of the Russell Berrie Foundation and trustee with the
Shalom Hartman Institute, PAX and Helen Keller International.
Mr. Berrie earned a Master’s of Business Administration from New York University’s
Stern Executive MBA Program in 1999. He also earned a Master in International Affairs
and a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, where he was also
a SIPA International Affairs Fellow in 1994. Mr. Berrie served in the Israel Defence
Al Berrios is Managing Director and President of al berrios & company inc, a
management consulting firm researching the behavior of consumers, workforces,
shareholders, and other constituents to advise senior executives on how behavior impacts
the profitability and costs of their business strategies & tactics. Mr. Berrios has been
featured and published in Brandchannel, Crain's New York Business, Advertising Age,
and most recently in RFL Communications' Research Department Report and NV
Magazine, a minority business publication, for his work into behavior. Mr. Berrios
currently serves as Managing Editor for the Consumer Strategies Report, an al berrios &
co. newsletter & portal that regularly publishes firm research, insights & ideas and
coordinator for al berrios & co. Events, hosts of academic events relevant to the firm's
areas of research.
Mr. Berrios was an adjunct professor in the marketing department at Baruch College's
Zicklin School of Business in New York and continues to contribute his time as counselor
to student entrepreneurs. Mr. Berrios also contributes his time as instructor at The
American Woman's Economic Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization
training and counseling women business owners. He received his Bachelors of Science
from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University with a double major
in Economics & Marketing.
Andrew graduated from The Stern School of Business in 1999. Previously, he was an
associate in investment banking at HSBC Investment Bank plc in London and also co-
founded a mail-order & online specialty retailer, which is now a public company in the
UK. After Stern, Andrew became an Equity Research analyst at Morgan Stanley
covering Financial Services & Technology. In 2001, Andrew entered the Venture Capital
& Private Equity world by joining MMC Capital, the investment arm of Marsh &
McLennan, with a focus on Financial Services. In 2004, Andrew started another
company, Carbon Funding LLC, to purchase distressed healthcare receivables.
Sarah Chiles is the Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship and
an adjunct professor at Stern, co-teaching Social Enterprise Development with Billy
Shore in Spring 2005. Sarah brings a unique perspective to the Satter Program, as a
social entrepreneur and an alumna of the Stern School. As the Director, Sarah oversees all
aspects of the Satter Program including the Satter Fund, curriculum development, the
Social Venture Track of the Business Plan Competition, and the Social Entrepreneurship
Conference. While pursuing her MBA, Sarah focused her studies on finance and
entrepreneurship and was the co-president of the Entrepreneurs’ Exchange, the student
interest group dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship on campus. She played an integral
role in organizing the Maximum Exposure Business Plan Competition as well as two
annual conferences, speaker series, and sponsorship recruitment. Previously, she worked
as the Director of Operations for the social purpose business, Earth Tones, a long distance
reseller that gives 100% of its profits to nonprofit groups and with the Public Interest
Research Group (PIRG) as a lobbyist and community organizer for campaign finance
reform. She also worked as an Associate with the Private Equity Group at SoundView
Technology Group, an investment banking firm acquired by Charles Schwab.
MARC A. COLE
Marc is a Partner and Co-founder of Hamilton Investment Partners, LLC, a private
investment firm that makes equity and subordinated debt investments. Marc is
responsible for evaluating private equity investments and investment strategies for the
Prior to joining the firm, Marc was a Vice President at Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion
private equity partnership. Over a five year period at Mellon Ventures, Marc structured
venture capital, subordinated debt and leveraged buyout transactions across a broad range
of industries. Prior to joining Mellon Ventures, Marc worked in the Investment Banking
group of Legg Mason, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for middle market
and emerging growth companies.
Marc graduated magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University where he
received a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Marc is a Co-founder of the New York Private
Equity Network (NYPEN), the definitive private equity leadership and networking
organization in New York City.
MARC D. GITLITZ
Marc D. Gitlitz has 32 years of strategic, operational, and financial planning experience.
He is a management consultant to vendors and users of information technology. He has
helped Eastern European governments attract direct foreign investment. He has
participated in new ventures in the cellular telephone and Internet industries. And he has
been an investment banker serving small information technology businesses.
Mr. Gitlitz started his management consulting career in 1973 with The Diebold Group,
Inc. (now part of Daimler Benz Information Systems), and from 1982 to 1985 headed the
firm’s Business Planning Division. Then for three years he headed the United States
practice of Butler Cox & Partners, Ltd. (now part of Computer Sciences Corporation), a
leading British consultant specializing in the strategy-driven application of information
technology. At both firms he lead consulting organizations that helped senior
management develop business strategies and assess new business opportunities. Clients
included leading vendors and users of information technology such as AT&T, Apple,
Bosch, Citicorp, Ericsson, Knight Ritter, GE, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, IBM, NEC,
From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Gitlitz was a partner in Edge Development Group, where he
headed a consulting practice focused at helping Eastern European nations attract direct
investment from United States and European corporations and financial institutions.
Mr. Gitlitz has also participated in the creation and management of new ventures in the
cellular telephone and Internet industries. During the 1970s he was an advisor to the
Diebold Venture Capital Fund. In the mid-1980’s, he was affiliated with Connecticut
Corridor Cellular Telephone, Inc. From 1999 to 2001, he was affiliated with Advocast
Inc., a manager of Internet-based business communities. He was a member of both
ventures’ initial management team, heading planning and business development
From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Gitlitz was a Managing Director of Connecticut Capital Markets,
LLC, an investment banker serving small vendors of information technology products
Mr. Gitlitz holds a BS in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in
finance from New York University.
Taru Goel is co-founder and Principal of Broadreach Capital Partners, a new private
equity firm focused on early stage companies. Taru has also recently assisted corporate
turn-around efforts and technology due diligences for certain portfolio companies at
Hudson Venture Partners. Previously he had co-founded XLNce Software, a Bombay
based outsourced software services company. In 1997, Taru joined the founding team of
PaylinX Corp. where he managed the product engineering efforts to become leaders in
Enterprise Payment Solutions. On July 2000, PaylinX announced the sale to CyberSource
valued at over $130 million. In 1995, Taru managed a joint venture with Mercantile Bank
(acquired by US Bank) and DigiCash to pioneer and launch eCash, a secure and instant
payment system that protects privacy. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from
Washington University, has served as an Advisor to several companies including
Everbank.com, Incogniti Inc., CashEdge, MyService Corp. and Opti-Port LLC, and has
also been a frequent speaker on Electronic Commerce, including at Comdex, DCI,
UCLA. Currently, Taru is a member of the BCUN (Business Council of United Nations)
and a Director of NYPEN (New York Private Equity Network).
M. Scott Havens
M. Scott Havens, Business Development Manager, Yahoo! – Mr. Havens recently joined
the business development group within Yahoo! Finance, the leading financial Web site
within the Yahoo! network, specializing in the personal finance and business news areas.
He is focused on managing and negotiating business relationships with content and
service providers in the financial services industry, in addition to his involvement in
strategic planning initiatives for the site.
Mr. Havens is the former Director of Technology Ventures of Lighthouse International
where he directed several technology-based enterprises for the leading non-profit in the
field of vision impairment and vision rehabilitation. Specifically, he launched and
managed a consulting business that works with corporations, organizations or
government agencies to modify or develop products that are accessible to people with
disabilities. Additionally, he managed the sales and marketing efforts of
VisionConnection, an innovative Web site on vision impairment for both professionals
Mr. Havens is the former Vice President of Business Development for
NursingHands.com, the leading Web portal for the nursing profession, which was sold to
Jobson Publishing, LLC. Mr. Havens joined NursingHands several months before the
Web site launch and was instrumental in getting the business off the ground. In his role,
Mr. Havens was a key figure in developing and executing the sales and marketing
strategy, conceptualizing and launching site features and functionality, hiring and
managing staff, and establishing the financial and administrative infrastructure.
Prior to joining NursingHands, his Internet initiation occurred after he agreed to join the
leading portal for the foodservice industry, Foodservice.com, which was sold to FoodBuy
in early 2000. As Vice President of Finance and Strategy of Foodservice.com, Mr.
Havens played a vital role by writing the business plan and developing the financial
model, sourcing and negotiating venture capital financing, managing the strategic
direction of the company and overseeing the financial side of the business. Mr. Havens
began his career at Guy Carpenter and Company, the world’s leading reinsurance
intermediary and a subsidiary of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, creating and
managing financial programs designed to help large multinational insurance companies
diversify their risk and manage their balance sheets more effectively. Mr. Havens
graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Economics and received an MBA in
finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Susan Klieman is a marketing and business development professional and entrepreneur
with a track record of significant achievement in the development and execution of
consumer retention programs, including rewards/partnership alliances and new product
development. Her depth of expertise also includes management of complex integrated
marketing communications, including online, direct mail and outbound/inbound
Since 1988 she has been providing marketing program and project management to
diverse organizations. She has been retained as an on-site interim staff member, blending
economic efficiency of outsourcing with expertise of in-house staff. A select list of client
assignments with top tier financial services, telecommunications, association and direct
marketing industry leaders includes: Cablevision, Citigroup, JPMorganChase,
MasterCard, PSEG, OgilvyOne and Reuben H. Donnelley.
Prior to starting her consulting firm, Susan was a marketer for Citigroup, building and
executing customer acquisition and retention programs for their credit card portfolios.
Previous positions include management of direct mail programs for American Express,
and a career in retailing.
Susan holds degrees from New York University, where she received a BA and an MBA
from Stern in Marketing and Finance. She also has a certificate from the School of
Continuing and Professional Studies in E-Commerce.
Earlier work with NYU includes serving as an elected director on the Alumni Board of
Directors, Chairperson of the Management Decision Laboratory, a capstone program for
graduate students, and President of the Women’s Career Forum.
GLENN A. OKUN
Glenn A. Okun is a Clinical Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at New York
University Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship,
private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and investment management. He
advises corporations on financial and investment matters. Professor Okun was President
of Mitchum, Jones & Templeton, a merchant bank and broker dealer headquartered in
San Francisco, California from 1998 to 2001. He previously served as a Director of
Allen & Company Incorporated in New York. Professor Okun invested in early and later
stage financings of private companies in various industries. He also ran a small
capitalization emerging growth stock hedge fund and a special situations portfolio.
Professor Okun has advised corporate clients on mergers, acquisitions and restructurings
and has underwritten public offerings and private placements of securities. He began his
investment career at the IBM Retirement Fund where he invested in mezzanine private
placements, real estate, public emerging growth equities and oil and gas assets. He holds
JD and MBA degrees from Harvard University and a BA degree from Wesleyan
JEFFREY A. ROBINSON, PH.D.
Jeffrey A. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Stern School of
Business, New York University. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.A. in
Urban Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; a M.S. in Civil
Engineering Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He joined the Stern Faculty in the
Fall of 2003.
Professor Robinson spends much of his time these days writing and researching about the
role of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in society, communities, and in developing the
competitive advantage of regions and nations. He is committed to research and informed
policy making in the areas of community economic development, social venturing, and
social and institutional barriers to markets. He believes that long lasting change for inner
city communities is stimulated when religious institutions, community leaders and
business people work together toward the common goal of community revitalization. He
has several research projects covering the areas of social entrepreneurship, African
American women entrepreneurs and social and institutional barriers to markets.
Professor Robinson is a 3rd generation entrepreneur. As graduate students in 2001,
Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson, and three other co-founders launched BCT
Partners, a firm that provides management, technology and policy consulting to non-
profits, foundations, corporations and various government entities as they plan and
implement change strategies and improve organizational effectiveness. Through BCT he
has worked on numerous public policy, community technology and community building
projects in the State of New Jersey, and the cities of New York, Baltimore, and Atlanta.
Robinson now serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board.
SANDRA M. SCHUBEL
Sandra Schubel is president of Acompas, Inc., a New Jersey consulting and training firm
specializing in strategic planning and change management.
A former director of financial analysis at Merial, Ltd. and of divisional strategic planning
at Merck & Co., Inc., Sandra has led international computer, financial, marketing, and
training projects, including extended overseas assignments in Holland and Germany and
two years of merger activities for a 50/50 French/US joint venture.
Since founding Acompas in 2001, she has facilitated strategic retreats, conducted thought
leader interviews, and created and led training events focused around putting strategic
ideas into action. Most recently, she has begun offering computer security services,
including trouble shooting, assessment, policy and process development, and employee
Sandra received an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from New York
University in 1982, a B.A. with honors from Douglass College, Rutgers University, in
1973, and studied at the Universität zu Köln in Germany. She is an adjunct professor in
Software Engineering / Information Technology at Monmouth University. In her leisure
time, Sandra enjoys foreign languages, ballroom dancing, and playing conga drums,
though she appears to be gifted only in the former.
Marc Wancer: Managing Associate, Financial Services
Marc Wancer joined NFF in 2000. As a lender for the New York Area Program, he is
responsible for the underwriting, closing and monitoring of loans, in addition to
marketing the program and maintaining relationships with clients. Mr. Wancer is also a
co-manager of NFF's working capital program providing low-cost working capital loans
to nonprofits in Manhattan south of 14th Street. Prior to joining NFF, Mr. Wancer
worked in RZB Finance, LLC, a subsidiary of a small European bank, lending to
international customers and their subsidiaries here in the U.S. In addition, Mr. Wancer
has worked as a consultant for International Executive Service Corps and in development
for companies expanding into foreign markets. Mr. Wancer holds an MA in International
Political and Economic Development from Fordham University, and a BA from
University of Minnesota.
WENDY L. YANOWITCH
Wendy Yanowitch is a management consultant to start-ups and non-profit organizations.
Wendy is also launching an after-school program that teaches career exploration and
workplace readiness to underserved high school students.
Prior to consulting, Wendy served as the Vice President/Business Operations for
BigVine.com. Wendy was responsible for building and growing the product management,
customer service and strategic partnership management groups.
Before BigVine.com, Wendy Yanowitch served as Vice President/Member Services and
Business Operations for Yahoo. Wendy built Yahoo's customer service department to
serve Yahoo's visitors, members, advertisers and strategic partners. She developed the
organization to manage differentiated customer service delivery and launched a direct e-
mail service. Wendy also ran advertising operations and managed all facets of Internet
privacy issues for Yahoo.
Prior to Yahoo, Wendy served as Director/Information Technologies at ITT/Sheraton
Corporation and was Director/Special Advertising Sales at USA Today. Wendy holds a
BA in political science from Brandeis University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg
Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Wendy is on the Board of the Just Think Foundation (San Francisco, CA) and the Board