Chapter President 2019-2020
I am a highly motivated entrepreneur with an appreciation and passion for art and design. In 2001 I founded my dream job: SPS Worldwide, LLC, a visual display and promotional products marketing company. This is where I get to do what I love. Be an entrepreneur and CEO of a business that encompasses my passions, and challenges me to unlock and elevate my business skills and creativity on a daily basis.
However, my two greatest rewards in life would be my father, who was my biggest fan and my greatest inspiration, and my 3 year old son, who brightens my day every time he smiles. Playing with my son is my hobby!
I have had the honor and privilege to serve on the EONY Board for the past two years, and well as serve as the 2018-2019 North East Regional Forum Expert. I am extremely grateful to have found Entrepreneurs' Organization, and have a passion to explore EO at a deeper level. This has allowed me to create so many incredible relationships and provided me with experiences that I never would have imagined possible. However, what I love most is the amazing membership of highly talented and diverse individuals who struggle and celebrate, and more importantly, understand the tough challenges and wonderful rewards I experience on a daily basis. I am fortunate to not have found a "networking" group, but an incredible community to be a part of.
Richard Shinnick, former NSA advisor and Air Force veteran, is the Founder of Touchstone Security. Mr. Shinnick has 35+ years of experience in the computer security industry providing advice on the risks associated with information technology with a specialty focus on cloud technology.
In 1998, Mr. Shinnick founded his first company, Shinnick Consulting. In 2000 he co-founded a second company, STIGroup, Ltd., and grew the company to 40+ employees. He worked in the Information Security group at Goldman Sachs, where he played a key role in the development of corporate standards for the design and implementation of cybersecurity technologies. Prior to Goldman, he developed and headed the Information Security Consulting Division at Digital Network Associates, a premier Wall Street systems integration company.
For a decade Mr. Shinnick developed and taught Cyber Security courses at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Barcelona, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is a proud volunteer at American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. He became a first responder as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown after 9/11. Mr. Shinnick served in the United States Air Force Electronic Security Command as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist in the Rivet Joint Program during the Cold War. He holds a B.S. degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a 11+ year member of Entrepreneurs Organization.
Member Integration 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 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 12 year 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.
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, iAnswers.com, 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.
Prior to 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.
Liz brings over 25 years of professional art direction and diverse creative communications to the team, sets the studio’s vision and oversees all client relationships and team output. Prior to establishing reitdesign in 1995, Liz held design management roles at Macmillan and HarperCollins Publishers and served as Art Director for Advertising and Promotions at John Wiley & Sons. Liz holds a BFA from the University of Michigan (magna cum laude), and attended the prestigious Business Perspective for Creative Leaders at the Yale School of Management.
Liz completed the Strategic Steps for Growth Program, presented in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and NYU Stern School of Business. She now serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and is a member of the Parent's Council for Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She is also a member of the Type Directors Club, AIGA, and Graphic Artists’ Guild.
Liz is involved in a number of community volunteer efforts in New York City, including AIGA’s mentoring program for the High School of Art and Design, yearly portfolio reviews for the Design Department at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and pro bono work for local schools and parks. During her time off, Liz is with her family, very often exploring a museum or on a road trip adventure.
Nat Milner is a husband, father, and entrepreneur who brings his unparallel experiences in the NYC restaurant scene to his current endeavors, Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Gabriela’s Taqueria and other projects in the works. Growing up and working in his uncles restaurant empire (Carmine’s, Virgils, Dock’s, Ollies, Haru, etc), he had a front row seat to the development of the current NYC restaurant industry and uses that experience to guide his ongoing strategy and growth.
Nat Milner’s entrepreneurial journey has taken a winding path. From travels through Asia, to managing ski shops in the mountains of Colorado. From being a wilderness guide and commercial fisherman in Alaska, to becoming the Residential director of programs serving delinquent and runaway youth and a leading expert in Tequila, Nat has a wealth of experiences that allows him to see beyond the present situation.
As a ten year member of EO’s NYC chapter, Nat sees EO as a trusted community of friends and colleagues. The instant ability to connect and share with other EOers is what makes the chapter so great. Nat has joined the board to lend his voice and hands to help foster this rich community of leaders that have provided him so much benefit over the years.
Tedd Drattell is Founder and CEO of The A Team. Tedd’s take-charge attitude combined with his extensive background in operations and finance, both in the private and public sectors, helps ensure that The A Team provides the best talent and business recommendations to effectively and successfully meet each client’s needs.
Prior to founding The A Team, Tedd worked as a CPA with a Big 4 accounting firm, and as a CFO at privately held corporations in the apparel, manufacturing, wholesaling, and importing industries. He received his degree in Accounting, with honors, from The University of Maryland. Tedd’s boundless energy is not confined to his work. He also enjoys exercising daily, whether it be running, lifting, or spinning. Travel is another passion that Tedd and his wife, Debra share. Tedd has been an EO member since 2004 and previously served on the board.
SAP (Sponsorship) Chair
Dave is a father, husband, serial entrepreneur, New York Times best selling author, and global keynote speaker. Dave recently started as the interim CEO of UMA Health, an online mental health and executive coaching marketplace which connects clients to top providers to help them become happier, more productive, self-actualized members of society, achieving peak performance in their careers and lives. He is the Founder and Chairman of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, as well as the chairman and cofounder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency for big brands. His newest book, The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want, is out now.
Following Kerpen’s sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, he and his wife Carrie started and transformed theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable Media, one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine for three consecutive years.
Kerpen is among the most popular writers in LinkedIn’s Influencer program, one of the most-read contributors for Inc.com, and has been featured by CNBC, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the TODAY Show, the New York Times, and more. He has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe including Singapore, Athens, Dubai, San Francisco, Bangkok and Mexico City. Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and Other Social Networks, was Kerpen’s first New York Times bestselling book.
Global Student Entrepreneur Award Chair (GSEA)
Debbie Kiederer is a veteran of the retail industry with more than two decades of experience positioning luxury and premium consumer brands in the digital space with a strong global ecommerce sensibility and program management expertise. In 2001 she founded ChalkDust Consulting, a strategic digital consulting practice and quickly developed a client list of Fortune 500 companies in the beauty, fashion, luxury consumer products, consumer electronics, media companies, not-for-profits and start-up industries. Debbie’s newest venture is founder of Vanishing Hanger®️, a retail technology platform launching in 2018.
Before founding Romano Law in 2003, a boutique law firm focused on business and entertainment law, Domenic was an international corporate attorney at a large Manhattan law firm. Prior to that, he served as in-house legal counsel at an established biotech company. He has appeared as a legal commentator on television networks such as NBC, CBS, CNN, HLN, FOX Business News and Bloomberg TV. Called upon to discuss business, sports and entertainment legal issues. Legal observations have also been quoted in the New York Times, The Independent, Entertainment Weekly, International Business Times and Adweek.
Born in Toronto, Canada to Italian parents. Tri-national (citizen of U.S., Canada and E.U. – Italy) and tri-lingual (English, Italian and French). Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (TV Academy). Completed 8 marathons (including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Vermont and Rome) and over 30 half-marathons. Favorite concert is a private performance by Chicago. A history buff who regularly enjoys a good laugh, but takes pizza seriously. A professional sports fan, especially when it comes to hockey (Maple Leafs) and baseball (Blue Jays).
Domenic lives in Manhattan with his wife and law partner, Shaliz Sadig, and newborn daughter.
Chris Wilkerson is the founder of High Bar Capital. High Bar Capital serves as the investment arm for start-ups and buyouts of niche businesses that are, or have a clear path to being, cash-flow positive. Portfolio companies include opportunities in real-estate, property management, talent management, hospital services and creative marketing. Chris focuses on the overall vision and strategy and executes on the growth plans.
High Bar Capital's initial investment was EquipSystems, a hospital equipment management company. Since acquiring this business, EquipSystems has been named six times to the Fortune 5000 List of Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. More recently Chris helped found AugustWinter, a creative marketing firm focused on action sport athletes – specifically in the snow, surf, skate and gravity sports verticals.
Chris' passion for entrepreneurship started in middle school when he started and grew a plant nursery and learned his first business lessons of customer service, people, and cash management. He is now an active advisory board member for the Cornell Entrepreneurship Network and the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Chris is also the treasurer for ACTUS, a charitable organization focused on the arts, nature preservation and health initiatives, and recently joined the board of Entrepreneurs’ Organization focused on turning its members into raving fans.
Chris earned a BS in Business Administration from Cornell University and a MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, he led the team that created Wharton 54, an event that is often cited as one of the craziest business school parties. Outside work, Chris is an avid telemark skier, photography collector and supporter of a TNT (Try New Things) approach to life.
Assistant Chapter Administrator