Bill Abram has been serving as Chair of the G2E Advisory Board since 2014. Bill has been the driving force behind a broad range of high quality technology solutions designed for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. A thought leader in information technology (IT) for more than 20 years, Bill is an industrial engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds an MBA in finance from Pace University. Bill is a passionate volunteer in a number of organizations in his community and has served as president of the of The Volunteer Center, a clearinghouse that recruits and refers over 10,000 volunteers a year. Bill is a spokesperson for the press and contributes regularly to business publications on important technology issues.
Kalynn Amadio is a professional speaker and Internet marketing consultant who is passionate about helping you harness the power of social media. Her firm, ikalynn.com specializes in helping smart, savvy and motivated business owners how to kick it up online; even if you’ve tried and been disappointed before or technology just isn’t your thing. You can hear Kalynn, on air live, every Monday at 9am ET on ACT LOCAL — Marketing for Small Business broadcasting from RockstarRadioNetwork.com.
Principal, 2CBig Ventures
Calvin Chin heads his own strategic advisory firm, 2C Big Ventures, which serves small to medium size organizations in the for profit and not-for-profit sectors. He provides organizational development and design services and fundraising strategy.
Prior to starting his own firm, he spent six years as the first Director of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NY) Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program or (EI) in Manhattan. This innovative not-for-profit program uses the volunteer resources of the 6,000 member church community to support the growth of entrepreneurs, their ventures and their stakeholders, to contribute to the greater good of New York City and beyond.
Prior to helping launch the EI Program in 2007, Calvin worked in the finance industry for seventeen years. He was an Associate Managing Director in the investment banking group of Burnham Securities, Inc., a venerable firm founded by I.W. Burnham. His clients were mostly small to medium size private companies. He began his career in the investment advisory arena at Chase Manhattan and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., where he served high net worth individuals and small businesses by managing their credit, stock, and bond portfolios.
Calvin was born and bred in New York City. He holds a B.A. from the University of Buffalo and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business. Calvin serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Buffalo and the advisory board of Hope for New York. He has been an adjunct professor of corporate finance at The King’s College.
President, NY Hospitality Group
Peter Herrero began his career in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher at the age of 15. His love for every aspect of the business inspired him to learn all he could, from the art of waiting tables to the intricacies of business management. At 19, he was already managing Grandma’s Restaurant in Yorktown Heights, and at 21, became the youngest Maitre’D in Westchester County. At 24, Peter realized his dream of becoming a restaurateur when he purchased the restaurant now known as Sam’s of Gedney Way in White Plains.
In 1986, Peter founded the New York Hospitality Group, consisting of four subsidiaries, with a staff of 15. Today, the White Plains-based firm, which consists of the same four companies servicing the Tri-State area, employs 51 full-time and 150 part-time staff members. The New York Hospitality Group includes Sam’s of Gedney Way, formerly Sam’s Saloon and Dining Emporium, established in 1932, now an upscale neighborhood American Bistro and catering facility; The Great American BBQ Co., a barbecue restaurant and off-premise picnic catering company; Caperberry Events, a full-service catering and events company; and C.V. Rich Mansion, a Victorian home built in 1910 that was converted into an exclusive catering facility for weddings and a growing corporate clientele.
Peter’s success has earned him the recognition of his colleagues in the industry. He has served as speaker and panelist for Catersource, an annual trade conference, and he is an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Peter was elected to the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Westchester in 2004, and he serves on the Board of Westchester ARC. He is a proud member of the Foundation Board of Directors of his alma mater, Westchester Community College.
Director, Special Projects, Westchester Community College
Jeanne Maloney is Director of Special Projects in the Division of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY. She has been in higher education for over 25 years, serving as both a faculty member and administrator. She came to Westchester Community College in 2003 and was appointed the Assistant Director of the college’s Ossining Extension Center. Jeanne served in this position until 2008; at that time, she became the Director of Special Projects in the Division of Continuing Education. In this capacity, she coordinates a variety of ongoing and grant-funded initiatives. Jeanne also actively collaborates with other members of the Division and the Foundation Grant Team to develop funding proposals.
Jeanne holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to coming to Westchester Community College, Jeanne was a faculty member and program director in allied health programs at the University of Minnesota and both the University of Bridgeport and University of New Haven in Connecticut.
Partner, Leason Ellis, LLP
Yuval H. Marcus is a Partner with Leason Ellis, LLP, a rapidly growing law firm in White Plains that specializes in patent, trademark and copyright law. Working with a global network of law firms, Leason Ellis obtains and enforces worldwide intellectual property rights for clients that include local, national and international companies, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
A Westchester native who grew up in New Rochelle, Yuval is a litigator with more than 15 years of experience in federal courts throughout the country. He specializes in all types of intellectual property disputes, including litigating copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent, false advertising, domain name and trade secret matters, and has consistently achieved favorable results for his clients. Working closely with his clients, he also offers them practical strategies to strengthen their intellectual property rights and to avoid potential conflicts. He represents clients from many different fields, including the telecommunications, software, publishing, entertainment, restaurant, food and beverage, hotel, apparel, toy, jewelry, luxury goods, furniture, cosmetics and consumer goods industries.
Yuval is actively involved in the Westchester County business community and has demonstrated his leadership through his affiliation with a number of different business organizations in Westchester County, including the Business Council of Westchester, where he is a member of the Coalition for Business Development and was the Chair of the Quality of Life Subcommittee. He was selected to the New York Metro 2011 Super Lawyers in the category of Intellectual Property Litigation.
As Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property, Computer and Telecommunications Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, Yuval has provided interesting and diverse legal education programs for Westchester attorneys on a variety of topics. He has published articles in the Westchester County Bar Association’s Newsletter and raised money for the Westchester County Bar Association by serving on the committee for the Past Presidents’ Dinner.
Yuval is a graduate of Yale University where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a member of the Cardozo Law Review and received his law degree. An avid Mets fan and photographer, Yuval and his family live in White Plains.
Director – English Language Institute, Westchester Community College
Robert Nechols is the Director of the English Language Institute at Westchester Community College. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Korea, he speaks Korean and worked in university and corporate settings in South Korea for 17 years. In another former position, he was Assistant Professor, and Director of English Language Institute, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont. He has an M.A. degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
President, Market Grub Media, LLC
Nickay Piper is a Speaker, Instructor and President of NYC based Digital Marketing Agency, Market Grub Media LLC. Nickay has wowed companies small and large with her already paramount accomplishments and impressive know how within the Social Media Marketing arenas. She currently serves Fortune 500 and middle market companies in the New York Metropolitan.
Nickay is able to share her passion for education and small business development as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Westchester Community College, where she has developed one of the college’s first “Social Media Marketing for Businesses” certification courses.
Nickay’s is a recipient of the “National Academic Award of Excellence’ from former President Bill Clinton, The JP Morgan Chase Urban Debate League Scholarship. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in New Media Communications from SUNY Purchase.
Executive Vice President, The Business Council of Westchester
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, John oversees the Business Council’s legislative, government affairs and community relations, and plays a key role in developing and expanding membership services.
Prior to joining the Business Council team, John, who is a former New York State Assemblyman, was Chief Operating Officer of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in Westchester County. He also once served as Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections.
John was elected six times to the State Assembly representing the East Side of Manhattan. In his 12 years as a state legislator, he was ranking member of the Health Committee, and served on the Higher Education, Education, Mental Health and Children and Families committees. As Assistant Minority Leader he coordinated key legislation before the Assembly and as Assistant Minority Whip he directed floor debate for the 52 members of the Assembly Minority Conference.
As a community advocate, John has organized more than 60 town hall meetings on a wide range of issues. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Action Committee’s Legislative Recognition Award, the New York City Council’s Community Service Award, the New York State Conference of Mayor’s Good Government Legislative Award and the Burden Center for Aging’s Lifetime Recognition Award.
Professor and Managing Principal, Entrepreneurial consultants, LLC
Scorpio Rogers is a Professor in the Business Department at Westchester Community College who teaches Entrepreneurship, Business and Marketing. Additionally he teaches the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum to high school students and teaches a non-credit Entrepreneurship to seniors.
Scorpio Rogers is the founder and Managing Principal of Entrepreneurial Consultants, LLC, a management-consulting firm for start-up and growing entrepreneurial business. In this capacity he provides consulting services in the areas of: strategy and business plan creation; business principles training; technology evaluation and implementation; tactical management; business valuation; and financing facilitation. He has partnered with and consulted for various entrepreneurial organizations including the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the Women’s Venture Fund, the Harlem Venture Group, and the William Jefferson Clinton Small Business Initiative where he was recognized by former President Clinton for his service.
Mr. Rogers has a BA in Computer Science and Technology from Dartmouth College and a MBA in Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Also, he is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He mentors youth in business at WCC, as a NFTE consultant and as an active Life Member of the Harlem New York chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Assistant Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Westchester Community College
Ann Rubenzahl is Assistant Dean of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College and oversees the College’s Professional Development Center; its extension location at Yonkers Cross County; Collegium; and is the liaison with the Westchester and Putnam One Stop Employment Centers. Ms. Rubenzahl is a specialist in workforce development and has been involved in writing a number of grant proposals and is currently overseeing several grant-funded initiatives. In addition, she has helped develop programs for entrepreneurs including the Academy for Entrepreneurial Excellence, a program run jointly by The Business Council of Westchester and Westchester Community College for current business owners who want to take their businesses to the next level.
Ms. Rubenzahl has a strong background in adult education, curriculum development, corporate training and development and co-authored a chapter in Malcolm Knowles’ Andragogy in Action. In addition she has considerable experience in workforce development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College.
Prior to joining Westchester Community College, Ms. Rubenzahl was Director of Human Resources Development and Quality at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Director of Training at Atlantic Bank of New York, Director of Continuing Education at Mercy College, and Director of Education at the Westchester Chapter of the American Institute of Banking.