President 2017-2018


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!"


Membership Chair


Lauren possesses a deep knowledge of strategy and measurement, brand advertising and direct response. She has earned respect from clients for her emphasis on driving business results through her ability to inspire creative thinking and collaboration across large multi-disciplinary interactive teams. Over her career, Lauren has been involved in several entrepreneurial ventures including Underscore Marketing,, one of the first professional social networks and marketplaces, and a seven year independent consulting practice. Lauren has developed multi-channel media programs, direct mail, websites, eCRM programs, and e-business models for a variety of industries, particularly pharma and OTC. Before Underscore Marketing, Lauren led interactive media and e-marketing efforts for 14 brands across Wyeth including Advil, Centrum, Robitussin, ChapStick and PreparationH. Previous experience includes: interactive marketing and strategy consulting for Pfizer, Wunderman, Ethicon, Consumer Reports, and others; and leadership roles at two boutique agencies. Lauren holds a degree in Specialized Technology from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, has taught e-marketing for the Manhattan Institute of Management, and is a marketing coach for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.


Social Chair


I was created with heart, passion and dedication to overcome challenges which result into my opportunities. I make visions & dream’s a reality and multiple it! With EO, I will be doubling up on pushing myself to keep up with new technologies, other business owners and strategies so that I don’t get to comfortable in my own ways, like most owners do. My goal is to build and create together with the community around me. To excel and do what no one has done before!


Learning Chair


I founded Edulence in 2002 and have since grown the company into a digital media solutions provider with a specific expertise in the financial services industry. We offer two subscription software products that help insurance companies and investment firms increase salesforce efficiencies through online education and content publishing. We enjoy solving traditional industry problems with digital media solutions and our talented team is committed to our clients' success. I am looking forward to participating in an active community of entrepreneurs who are like-minded and enjoy learning from the leadership and growth experiences of our fellow members.


Forum Chair


I am a highly motivated Entrepreneur. I started my own Visual Marketing Company and we just celebrated our 16th year.


Accelerator Chair & President Elect 2018/2019


My career spans almost twenty years of amazing opportunities that have contributed to my unique vision of business strategy and product development methodology. I am a creative problem solver and strategist who loves learning new domains and solving interesting challenges. I’ve had the fortune to work with many companies, from freshly-minted startups to some of the worlds most established and complex enterprises such as Motorola, Boeing, and the Department of Defense. I began in architecture, where I realized the principles of building design and construction could apply to interactive product design and user experience. A switch to software design in 1998 infused me with a love for tech-based problem-solving, and led to my founding Cyrus Innovation in 2003 to focus on Agile and Extreme Programming (XP). The raw materials at hand? $500. A website. And a cornerstone vision: Provide Lean/Agile software development services (Agile, XP, SCRUM, Kanban) to companies looking to build complex, innovative software products. Today, Cyrus continues to provide top-shelf Agile development and coaching services and I serve as VP Enterprise Development developing long-term relationships and strategic partnerships. In early 2014 I joined Psynet Group as CEO. Psynet is a management consulting firm comprised of business psychologists and human resource professionals. We specialize in helping companies select better people and develop their thinking, leadership, and management skills. Outside of Psynet, I serve as a strategic advisor and team coach to several companies helping them with business strategy and operations, digital marketing and customer research, product design and development, product testing and innovation, process coaching for design/development teams, and product management and delivery. I specialize in architecting complex enterprise web and mobile applications and developing high-performance innovation teams.


Coaching Chair


David Schnurman is the CEO of Lawline, the leading provider of online Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in the country. The company recently celebrated serving over 150,000 attorneys with over 3,000,000 courses completed.

David's success has been recognized by his peers both in entrepreneurship and the legal industry. Most recently, he was given a Rockies Award for Resourcefulness by the Entrepreneurs Organization in NY. David was also a finalist for SmartCEO's Deals of Distinction Award for his acquisition of an Illinois CLE provider. He was recognized as a Fastcase 50 winner when Lawline opened up its courses for free viewing for a period of 2 years.

David actively speaks at high schools, colleges, and businesses on topics ranging from marketing, leadership, culture, and entrepreneurship and he has also published articles in Forbes on all of these topics garnering thousands of views for each one. He is currently on the board of Entrepreneurs Organization NY as the Coaching Chair and is managing their first college student entrepreneur competition to be held in January of 2018.

Lastly, David has a love for adventure and discovery. He has run several marathons. He has hiked the mountains of Patagonia, paraglided in the Colorado, gone skydiving, and taken flying lessons. He currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife Kelli and three beautiful children.


Finance Chair


Jeff Bernstein, CPA is the Founder and CEO of Bernstein Rosen & Company, CPAs, PC, a full service public accounting firm serving SMBs and high net worth individuals since 2006.

With a passion for business and the entrepreneur, Jeff has proudly served on the EO New York Board for over 10 years


MYEO Chair


Daniella Koren is the founder and CEO of Arches Technology. Leading Arches for almost two decades, Daniella has overseen the company as it partnered with more than 50 of the leading pharmaceutical, biotech, and healthcare provider organizations. Her passion for patient education, direct response marketing, technology and analytics has been the driving force in her career, and she has been honored with awards such as Top 50 NJBIZ Women. The company has also been recognized as one of the NJBIZ Top Workplaces and has earned over 60 industry awards for innovative work in the digital patient engagement sector. Arches has provided technology services in a wide array of healthcare verticals including oncology, women's health, cardiology, rare disease and specialty surgery. Daniella has been a columnist for Market Health since 2012 and enjoys speaking about Patient Engagement at industry conferences. She also has found volunteering very rewarding, and was named 2010 Woman of the Year by the Westchester New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for her fundraising effort, "Dancing for a Cure." Over the past couple of years, Daniella has mentored many young entrepreneurs and startups, and sits on the NY Chapter board of Entrepreneur Organization (EO) while leading the NYC Accelerator Program (EOA). She recently joined the Board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is looking forward to being a member of the technology committee. Daniella has had a life-long passion for dance, and is a two-time Pro/AM American Smooth Ballroom World Champion.


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


Joel Greenwald is the Founder and Managing Partner of Greenwald Doherty LLP, a management side employment law firm. In addition, Joel is also an international speaker, lecturing frequently before a variety of business groups and industry organizations on a wide range of employment law topics. Joel is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, and earned his B.A. at Johns Hopkins University. He also studied at the London School of Economics. Joel has been an active member of EO for 13 years.


Communications 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.


Moderator Chair


My purpose is to create deep and meaningful relationships through shared experiences. There have been many amazing aspects of growth that have added to my life and who I have become while on this journey.

Some of the most notable stops on the path of learning have been as a father of my two son's Jacob and Trevor. They give my life tremendous meaning and inspire me to take the role of being their father very seriously.

As a business owner, my company "The Golden Box Inc." has provided ample challenges and opportunities for success. I have always felt a responsibility to where I live, and suppose this led me to another notable stop. My role as Village of Hewlett Harbor Deputy Mayor,(Currently elected to my 6th consecutive term). Supporting the environment has also been important and with it includes my role as the Commissioner of Willow Pond Park (14 years and counting).

The key to unlocking almost all of this amazing opportunity revolves around my 22 year tenure in EO NY and as a Board Member of this great organization. My hobbies include Travel, Kite Surfing, Triathlons, Biking, Skiing, Camping, golf and a willingness to partake in any adventure. I'm pretty good at just relaxing on a beach as well. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about some of the things that inspire me and have helped shape who I have become.


Chapter Manager





Candy Schachat