JULIE SUBOTKY PAPADOPOULOS
CHRISTAL J CAPUTO
Social & MYEO Chair
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.
Forum & Forum Moderator Chair
Strategic Alliance Co-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.
Strategic Alliance Partner Co-Chair
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.
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.
SAMANTHA L DIGENNARO
Member Integration Chair
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
President Elect 2017/208
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!"