Steve Distante is CEO, as he likes to say, “Chief Entrepreneurial Officer” of Vanderbilt Financial Group, a broker dealer and registered investment advisory that manages over $1 billion in assets. Steve prides himself on being a Social Entrepreneur with a focus on Impact Investing –investments that have either a Social and/or Environmental Impact. Vanderbilt's headquarters, located in Woodbury, NY, recently became Long Island’s first LEED Platinum Office Building, which is powered by a 295 panel solar array that provides 10-20% more electric than their energy needs, and Steve owns 3 electric cars. Steve not only "talks the talk", he "walks the walk".
Steve sits on the board of EO or the Entrepreneurs Organization where he serves the NYC members as the President as well as mentoring budding entrepreneurs. In 2014 Vanderbilt was recognized as being one of the finest run companies by the M.A.P. organization (Management Action Programs), an employee owned company formed over 50 years ago, with Coca Cola as their first client.
Steve shares, "I found my purpose, my passion, in making a difference through sustainability and solving cultural problems with an entrepreneurial mind through Impact Investing.
Along the journey, I discovered that Billionaires and Millennials shared a very important desire, the desire for businesses to have more than a "Profit Motive", they must also solve a problem while making a profit to truly have IMPACT!"
Accelerator Chair & President Elect 2018/2019
Strategic Alliance Chair
Keith Schwebel is founder of KSNY, an owner, operator, developer and builder. KSNY creates value by analyzing markets, identifying unmet demand, and creating differentiated products to meet that demand. KSNY is currently developing a 31 story, 250 room micro-hotel in mid-town Manhattan which will be part of the new “tommie” micro-brand by Commune Hotels. KSNY is also developing a 122 key Micro Apartment project in Journal Square and navigating a 67,500 sf , water front site in Greenpoint Brooklyn through ULURP . Mr. Schwebel previously founded and led KSNY Construction. Mr. Schwebel also founded and led Banana Bungalow, a niche hospitality concept with locations in Maui, Waikiki, San Diego, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, New York and Miami. Mr. Schwebel has a BS in Physiology from UC Davis
Member Integration Chair
Michael A. Batalha is the Founder and CEO of Emercury, LLC., a web based email marketing automation platform that assists with optimal delivery of email messages, automation of messages for lead generation, and the insight on the activity of those messages. Emercury allows you to create a campaign, manage your lists and segments, view reporting on sent campaigns, manage your delivery performance, and measure your ROI. The company has won awards in Best Email Marketing software in 2011 and 2012.
Michael is the Founder of Admailr a web based email advertising and monetization platform that helps publishers/content owners to monetize & manage their email communications and advertisers to get in front a new and more engaged audience.
Michael is the Founder of Prestige Technologies LLC., a web development company that specializes on building out applications and websites for startups that provides hosting for those sites as well as optimized landing pages to acquire leads from visitors.
His entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in internet technologies continues to provide small, mid-sized, and large businesses with invaluable tools and resources to allow their visions to become realities.
Michael serves as the Communications Chair on the Board of Directors for the Entrepreneur Organization of New York Chapter.