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  1. 1. 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 Benin, Nigeria.
  2. 2. 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 communities worldwide. 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 Forces.
  3. 3. AL BERRIOS 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.
  4. 4. ANDREW BROWN 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.
  5. 5. SARAH CHILES 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.
  6. 6. 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 firm. 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.
  7. 7. 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, and Siemens. 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 functions. 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 and services. Mr. Gitlitz holds a BS in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in finance from New York University.
  8. 8. TARU GOEL 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).
  9. 9. 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 and consumers. 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.
  10. 10. SUSAN KLIEMAN 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 telemarketing. 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.
  11. 11. 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 University.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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 awareness training. 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.
  14. 14. MARC WANCER 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.
  15. 15. 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 of YouthNoise,com.