Chapter President 2020-2021
Dave is a serial entrepreneur, New York Times best selling author of Likeable Social Media and The Art of People and global keynote speaker. Dave is the Founder and Chairman of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, as well as the chairman and co-founder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency for big brands. Dave also recently founded Apprentice, a platform that matches entrepreneur's with the best assistants while providing world-class mentorship for college students. Dave's latest initiative Remembering.Live was built after he lost his mom during the pandemic and offers live memorial services and tribute website to grieving families like his own.
Vice President/Learning Chair
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.
She is a member of Cosmetic Executive Woman and The International Women's Leadership Association. She is a founding board member of the Digital Innovation in Marketing Advisory Council at the Fox School at Temple University. Recent awards include: 2017 Women to Watch in Retail Disruption; 2016 Smart CEO for Corporate Culture and Luxury Daily's top 25 women to watch in luxury for 2015. Debbie joined EO in 2014.
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.
Internal Communications Chair
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.
External Communications Chair
Tom Conlon is founder of the NYC-based creative services agency, North Street, where his work has been recognized by Pepin Press, Awwwards, HSMAI, and the Society of Business Editors and Writers.
Taylor Trusty is an entrepreneur, speaker, and strategist who's passionate about business and technology. He is co-founder of Signal Insights, founder of Trusty Index, and board member of Entrepreneurs' Organization NYC.
Taylor has started several companies, most notably Blackstone Media -- a digital creative and marketing agency that helps brands such as Toyota Forklifts, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Mercer grow their businesses online. In 2018, he sold Blackstone to Boston-based ADK Group.
Taylor was named an Emerging Entrepreneur into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, selected as one of the Hot Dozen by the American Advertising Federation, and Business First recognized him as one of 20 People to Know in Technology.
He has spoken to over 100 groups about entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and usability, including the American Advertising Federation, Vistage, D2 Cincinnati, Indiana Tourism Association, Direct Marketing Association of Long Island, Code PaLOUsa, and World Trade Center Kentucky.
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.
Member Integration Chair
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.
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.
Social Impact Chair
Alexandra is Chief Investment and Operating Officer of Greenworks Lending, a Commercial PACE originator, where she oversees capital markets, underwriting and financial operations. In her current and prior roles, she has structured and overseen over $1b in debt and equity financings across the residential, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. In 2015 Cooley co-founded Greenworks Lending to scale C-PACE financing nationally. Since launching the firm, based in Darien CT, has entered 13 states and established the asset class for commercial PACE by leading the first securitization of commercial PACE assets in late 2017. Cooley holds an MBA and a MEM from Yale and a BA from University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded Fairfield County CFO of the year in 2017.
Born in Nigeria, and has livedin Bolivia, Washington D.C., Seattle, Montana, Boston, Martha's Vineyard, New Haven, New York City, and Willow NY. Majored in Fine Art, but had an advertising career focused on Consumer Insights and Brand Strategy. First business was Mad Dogs & Englishmen, which won creative and strategic awards, with Partner Nick Cohen, followed by Big Picture Strategy, focusing on strategic research for media companies, then a period as Managing Partner of the communications agency KB+P. Opened current company, Open Mind Strategy, LLC, in 2010. Started with qual research and strategic consulting; added quant research in 2013. OMS has become a thought leading company in generational insights, and a leading expert in media research, with clients such as Amazon, ESPN, Food Network, General Mills, Viacom. Graduating from Yale Divinity School with an M.Div. degree in 2017.
Special Projects Chair
Flaviu was born and grew up in Nasaud, Bistrita-Nasaud. He went to the US to play tennis when he was 14, continued his education there and received a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College and an M.S. in Software Design and Engineering from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He loves solving challenging problems in innovative ways and has previously founded a web-based social entrepreneurship to revolutionize the survey industry. He is now the CEO of Amplicare, a software that helps 4,000 pharmacies in the US make healthcare simpler for their senior citizens. Outside of the office, Flaviu has taught AP Computer Science at his high-school, played on the professional tennis tour, and volunteers with the Rotary Club, of which he is a past-president. As part of the Rotary outreach, Flaviu spearheaded a $40,000 project to equip a computer lab in his hometown of Nasaud, Romania with brand new equipment.