Chris Bryant is a digital marketing pioneer, successful entrepreneur and President at Predict, a marketing consultancy and integrator that specializes in developing and activating advanced data-driven use cases for media companies.
Chris has more than 20 years of digital marketing experience, having founded one of the first big dot com agencies in 1995. T3 Media was born and quickly grew into the leading provider of interactive marketing services for Broadway’s biggest shows, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats and many others.
By 1997, T3 Media became the Interactive Agency of Record for major Fortune 500 brands like Microsoft, Deutsche Bank and American Express. In just five years, Chris successfully built the company into a national presence, and ultimately sold the company in 1999. Chris was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.
Since 2003 Chris has been involved as a partner, board member or adviser to 10 highly varied businesses including Elizabeth Street Gallery, importing 18th and 19th Century European carved stone statuary, garden ornaments and architectural elements; Rhino Mobile, a leading mobile advertising network; and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. A member for 15+ years, he has served on the New York City chapter board including two years as President from 2005-2007. He also served on EO’s Global Board, overseeing the organization's 116 chapters in 42 countries.
Now with Predict, Chris helps media companies and consumer brands build their consumer-data infrastructure to power smart decision-making. Bringing a blend of digital marketing and technology expertise, Predict leads the industry in data innovation.
BURAK N ALPASLAN, CFP
Burak was educated at the internationally accredited Middle East Technical University (ODTU) and Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. While he utilizes his civil engineering background to solve problems, he uses his extensive knowledge in economics and finance to manage his client's expectations. He worked as a civil engineer for 3 years prior to changing careers in 1995.
He joined the financial services industry at Global Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup in Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 where he worked as the Assistant Country Financial Controller. He was sponsored by Citigroup to join their team in New York in 1996. He held several positions as an officer with Citigroup prior to starting his financial planning practice in 2004.
As a fellow business owner, Burak's focus has been helping business owners in creating, managing and protecting family wealth, devising succession, exit and transition strategies for their business. He helps an entrepreneur choose the right retirement and benefit plans for their workforce and work with their tax and legal advisors by putting together estate planning strategies to pass their wealth to next generations in a tax efficient manner.
Burak is the founder and Managing Partner of Vital Planning Group LLC (www.VitalPlanning.com). He is continuously expanding his operations in NY and NJ, and is interested in speaking with candidates about the opportunity to join Vital Planning Group. Financial Professionals of Vital Planning Group are contracted with MetLife Securities Inc Equal opportunity employer -- M/F/D/V.
He serves on the Board of Directors for Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) as membership chair, also is a Member of Mercer County Estate Planning Council, Turkish American Business Forum and The American Turkish Society. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his loving wife and three adorable children in Mercer County, NJ.
Specialties: Financial Planning such as Estate Planning Strategies, Business and Succession Planning, Retirement and Income Distribution Planning, Wealth Management and Corporate Benefits.
CHRISTAL J CAPUTO
Since the inception of CouchBusters I have been inspired by a mentor who belongs to YPO. I have few colleagues, family and friends who have attained my level of financial and entrepreneurial success. As such, it is challenging to find support in sharing my success and frustrations. I expect that EO will provide a tactical and emotional sounding board for my experiences as an entrepreneur. I also hope to share my experiences and be that sounding board for others. My journey thus far has been rich and I have much to contribute.
Erin Wicomb, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of THE MAVRIX GROUP
He has led the firm through the transition from residential to commercial acquisition and development from California to New York. He is a leader and visionary and acutely understands market conditions and trends. Erin co-founded the firm in 2008 and has helped build the company into a real estate power house.
Mr Wicomb’s strengths lie in his ability to identify, negotiate and capture real estate opportunities that are off market and provide downside protection as well as significant upside potential in multiple markets. He builds great relationships with stakeholders, brokers and developers.
While focusing on investment opportunities across the country, Mr Wicomb is actively involved in the business, from contract negotiating to debt and equity relationships.
Originally from South Africa, Erin attended the University of Cape Town where he studied management consulting. Erin now lectures and is a sought out speaker across the country speaking at High Schools and Universities as well various private investment groups and panels on life, success and his passion, real estate investing and development.
Mr Wicomb is a long time member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization and currently serves as a board member of the New York Chapter. Specifically forming strategic partnerships with various corporate brands in the entrepreneurial community. He is also a volunteer at the New York City department of Small Business where he mentors underprivileged business owners in scaling and growing their companies.
He has been featured in numerous press releases and has made numerous television appearances including Channel 6 news and the New York Post. He was also featured in Tony Alvarez’s book: Breaking into the REO business as one of the top young real estate entrepreneurs in the country.
Julia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language and author of the upcoming book Million Dollar Women: Raise Capital and Take Your Business Further, Faster(Simon & Schuster, October 2015).
The Little Pim language learning program has won 25 awards and features the proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method®. Pimsleur grew up in the language teaching business; she is the daughter of language teaching pioneer, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, as well as an award-winning filmmaker and mother of two. She has also raised over $6M in Angel and Venture funding and $20M in philanthropic dollars. For the past three years she has been teaching women to raise angel and venture capital via her Double Digit Academy in New York.
Prior to founding Little Pim, Julia was the co-founder and CEO of a film production company which produced independent documentaries sold to HBO, Cinemax Reellife and PBS. Julia has a background in fundraising as well as filmmaking, and drove contributions to international human rights organizations, including Echoing Green, CPJ and Witness. She currently serves as Accelerator Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) a program to help entrepreneurs get to $1M in revenues. Julia earned her B.A. from Yale University, an M.F.A from the French National Film School in Paris and attended Harvard’s Executive Education Program. Julia is fluent in French and lives in New York City. Pimsleur blogs forForbes.com about entrepreneurship.
JULIE SUBOTKY PAPADOPOULOS
President Elect 2016/17
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.
Building a business is like jumping on a superbike for the first time: it doesn't matter how anyone describes it to you, there is absolutely no way to understand the thrill until you jump on and hit the throttle.
I am deeply passionate about what my company does. We are a strategy consulting group with a very clear understanding of what we do best: we work alongside business leaders to develop strategy by the numbers. We build decision models to help business leaders choose with path to take next. I have reason to believe we are world-class in this specific field.
Most recently we have been applying our expertise in the mining and energy industries with a focus on developing sustainable (triple bottom line) business models for large infrastructure projects.
EO is an authentic community of entrepreneurs who have been validated by the market. My desire to join EO is to participate in the conversation with other entrepreneurs about how to build our businesses and magnify our impact. It's the kind of conversation you can only add value to if you are doing it yourself. I want to share what I know, and learn from the experience of others. EO is a unique community in this regard and I'm keen to build meaningful relationships with others who are experiencing the same thrill ride that I am.
Husband and Father of 2 boys
CEO Golden Box Inc.
EO NYC Board Member
Village of Hewlett Harbor Deputy Mayor, Willow Pond Park Commissioner
Kite Surfer, Triathlons, Biking, Ski, Camping-hike, golf and willing to partake in any outdoor sports. I'm Pretty good a relaxing on a beach as well.
Michael A. Batalha is the Founder and CEO of Emercury, LLC., a web based email marketing system that assists with optimal delivery of email messages 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 portal that helps publishers/content owners to monetize their email communications.
Michael is the Founder of Prestige Technologies LLC., an online B2B marketing company which increases visibility for products and services.
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 realties.
Michael serves as the Communications Chair on the Board of Directors for the Entrepreneur Organization of New York Chapter.
Noah is the co-founder and CEO of Voray.com. Voray can be best described as "AIRBNB for Events" -- a curated marketplace helping small events monetize their gatherings via sponsorship. As a result, Voray also helps business-development professionals connect with their prospects by sponsoring small events. Clients on the Voray platform range from large enterprises such as KPMG, BMW and Morgan Stanley, to smaller companies such as ElevenJames.com and Brockman’s Gin.
Noah is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada) where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and went on to receive his CPA designation in his early career with KPMG.
Noah’s past entrepreneurial endeavors include founding an international investment firm focused on structuring tax-efficient investment vehicles for the deployment and management of investor capital, and serving as CEO and founder of a specialty chocolate company with manufacturing and retail operations in the United States and Japan. Through his chocolate company, Noah first became a member of the EO Dallas chapter, where he served on the board in the capacities of Membership and Forum Chair.
Most recently, before founding Voray, Noah served as Executive Director of Strategic Alliances/Sponsorships for YPO (Young Presidents' Organization).
Noah is passionate about entrepreneurship and is especially excited about joining the NY Chapter to learn from his peers. He is actively involved and supports several non-profit organizations, including NFTE - Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship, and EFNT - Entrepreneurs For North Texas and United Hatzalah. In his spare time, Noah enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
SAMANTHA L DIGENNARO
Sam DiGennaro, a sought-after communications strategist, is the founder and CEO of DGC. Since opening the agency in January 2006, Sam has built a highly reputable go-to B2B and B2C shop.
As the leader of DGC, Sam's energy, creativity and vision drive the agency's culture and set the tone for deep and longstanding client, press, industry and influencer relationships.
Sam has been an integral force in managing the public image of CEOs and the strategic messaging of some well-known executives throughout the advertising, media, marketing, and technology spaces. She has served as counselor to many independent companies to increase enterprise value on their road to acquisition.
From 1998-2005, Sam built and oversaw the New York, North American, and Global Communications teams at J. Walter Thompson, the world's first ad agency. During her tenure, Sam helped reposition JWT as a more nimble creative agency. Prior to that, she was public relations manager at DMB&B. Sam holds degrees from The University of Chicago and has studied etching at The School of Visual Arts.
She is on the Board of Poly Prep Country Day School and the Art Directors Club. Sam is an avid adventure traveler and plays competitive softball in her spare time.
STEPHEN A DISTANTE
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 Learning Chair 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!"
A 12 year Licensed Aircraft Mechanic turned Serial Entrepreneur and never looked back
Starting from 1994 to 2001 opened 4 "Cigar Landings" a premium cigar retailer with locations in Fanueil Hall, Boston, Inner Harbor in Baltimore and Times Square and South Street Seaport NYC. Create "a bite to eat" home of the "Slamwich" a trademark that was later sold to Denny's.
Current creations include SUteiShi Japanese Restaurant and the most recent Sushi-teria both in NYC.