Mentors

Aaron Foss

Aaron Foss is a modern day renaissance man. Well rounded is an understatement. Where do you find a programmer that has an MBA? Who else do you know that has single-handedly taken his invention from idea to prototype to manufacture to full business venture? Aaron looks at everything as a problem that can be solved.

Education? He’s got that. Aaron received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (2000) and his MBA (2001) from Rochester Institute of Technology. Instead of taking 7 years like a normal person, Aaron completed it in just 5 years.

Technical skills? He’s got that too. As an award winning software developer, Aaron regularly shares his knowledge at users group meetings. He’s developed applications for start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and various non-profits. No joke – the Pope has looked at data that was generated from an application Aaron developed.

Business knowledge? Aaron’s your guy. In 2003, he started Alegean, a boutique software development firm that brings start-up thinking to organizations both small and large. In 2005, he started West End Ventures to develop and promote his numerous inventions. Most recently, he co-founded Smart Medical Solutions and created SmartChemo – software designed to help physicians create and keep track of complex chemotherapy order sets.

If a business were like an orchestra, Aaron can conduct it, play every instrument, and would add 2 turntables and a microphone to the performance just for fun.

Andrew Hazen

Bobblehead Boss, Domain Name Addict, Angel Investor & Attorney

Andrew is a successful entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in Domain Name Investing & Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Paid Search (PPC), eMail Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Custom Bobbleheads (yes, bobbleheads!). In both 2007 & 2008 the company he founded was listed on the INC List of Fastest Growing Companies in the US. Thereafter Andrew sold the business in 2007 to private investors and again in 2011 to a public company. In 2012, Andrew founded Angel Dough Ventures (www.AngelDough.com), which is a startup accelerator for new business ideas and opportunities that are identified, internally developed, and launch new products & services. Angel Dough Ventures presently has a dozen Portfolio companies including AllBobbleheads.com (the world’s largest custom bobblehead retailer), BagelOfTheMonth.com (largest online retailer of NY bagels), eGifter, LaunchPad, BSafe Electrix, 4 Hour Protection & more.

Brian Turchin

Brian Turchin is CEO/Founder of Cape Horn Strategies, a consultancy devoted to helping technology CEOs create vibrant and flourishing businesses. Turchin has helped dozens of CEOs successfully proceed from one business life cycle stage to another: helping start-up become growing profitable businesses; helps more mature businesses scale into a much larger business dealing with topics like business strategy, sales, leadership, organization, funding and acquisitions; and helping CEOs sell their businesses. Complementing this work, Brian Turchin is an Executive Coach helping CEOs and other “C” level executives do what they do better.

He is a requested speaker both nationally and internationally speaking on a wide variety of topics, including the following: “Pitfalls Of First-Time Start-Up CEOs–And How To Overcome Them,” “Blasting Through Growth Chokepoints: How To Avoid The Deadly Growth Plateaus Brought On My Your Own Success,” and “Secrets of Sustained Success: What The Elite 3% Know About Creating Year Of Profitable Growth.”

He has moderated a wide variety of conference panels dealing with topics such as the following: “Effectively Raising And Efficiently Spending Private Equity,” “Growth Challenges: Thriving and Surviving in Good Times—And Bad,” “New Opportunities For The First Institutional Round,” “Tech M&A: Buyer, CEO And Banker Perspectives On Maximizing Value In The Post Bailout Economy,” and “Leveraging Trends in The Global Ecosystem.”

He authored a series of articles investigating how a few software companies manage to grow and be profitable for many, many years in a row. He interviewed CEOs like Dr. Jim Goodnight of SAS Institute, the largest private software company in the world and Mark Ain, founder and chairman of Kronos, the company that had the longest run of consecutive years of profitable growth, second only to Microsoft.

He runs two CEO peer advisory groups, the NYTECH CEO Roundtable, part of the New York Technology Council and the LISTnet CEO Council, part of LISTnet.

And he has been a judge in the Software and Information Industry Associations (SIIA) CODiE Awards for the past seven years, judging the best software product in a variety of categories such as “Best Business or Competitive Intelligence Solution,” “Best Software As A Service Solution, “Best Collaboration Solution,” and “Best Application Management Solution.”

He is on board of advisors for several startups and for the New York Technology Council.

Lastly, he co-founded the LISTnet Lean Startup Meetup. This meetup is for Long Island, NY area startup entrepreneurs who are interested in following and developing thier businesses around the principles of Lean Startup.

Adam Famularo

As vice president of Global Channels at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Adam Famularo is responsible for overseeing Verizon’s indirect enterprise distribution channels — partners, value-added resellers and systems integrators — across the U.S., EMEA, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. He drives customer growth through best-in-class engagement of the enterprise channel, applying more than 16 years of leadership experience in sales, channels and general management.

In his previous role at enterprise software and SaaS management provider CA Technologies, Adam served as senior vice president of Partner Sales, responsible for developing new business partnerships and growing the company’s penetration and revenue by driving go-to-market activities with partners.

As SVP and General Manager for business units in Cloud Computing, as well as the Recovery Management and Data Modeling, Adam has held complete ownership of product lines from initial product strategy to product development, marketing and all sales channels.

Receiving several honors, including CRN Magazine’s Top 30 Executive in their 30s (2012), Long Island Business News Top 40 Executives Under 40 (2012), CRN Magazine’s Top 10 Channel Strategists (2011) and ranking 1st in Top 25 Most Innovative Executives (2010). Adam has also been recognized as a CRN Channel Chief from 2009 thru 2014.

Adam serves on the National Advisory Council for Donorschoose.org, a charity focused on helping children find success in the classroom. Previously, he served as a Commissioner for the Obama Administration’s TechAmerica Foundation CLOUD2 Commission. As a technology investor, he is a member of HBS Alumni Angels and the LI Angel Network, helping to build up the technology market in the NY area while staying in front of what’s new in technology.

A graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School, Adam earned an MBA from Dowling College and a BS in Business Economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Adam Silvers

Adam Silvers is the managing partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where he is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Department, as well as Chair of the firm’s Technology Practice Group.  Adam’s long record of accomplishments as a sophisticated corporate and securities attorney resulted in his being named a partner of the law firm in 2003; he is one of the youngest associates ever named as partner with the firm.  Adam regularly counsels both private and publicly-traded companies on a wide variety of legal issues.  Over his career, Adam has successfully handled a wide range of complex transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and venture capital financing, joint venture and partnership agreements, as well as software licensing and development agreements, among other areas.

Alan Garten

Alan Garten is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Trump Organization where he oversees litigation worldwide involving the companies’ residential developments, hotel and office properties, golf courses, winery, member clubs, product licensing and endorsement business lines, entertainment endeavors and other business ventures. Previously, Alan served as Assistant General Counsel for the Trump Organization

Ann Marie Scheidt

Ann Marie is the Executive Director of the Long Island Angel Network and the Director of Economic Development and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. Immediate past chair, Business Incubator Association of New York State. Director, Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, Hauppauge Industrial Association and Long Island High Technology Incubator Inc. Past President, Women Economic Developers of Long Island. Ph.D. in American history, Stony Brook; A.B., Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa)

Dr. Bob Brill

Founding Managing Partner of Newlight Management

Dr. Brill is a founding Managing Partner of Newlight Management and was previously a General Partner of PolyVentures. Newlight Management manages venture capital funds whose principal investment focus is on early stage investments in technology companies. Before joining Polyventures, Dr. Brill was a successful turn-around CEO at two technology companies, Algorex Corporation and Sipex Corporation. Previously, Dr. Brill served as General Manager of Harris Corporation’s CMOS Semiconductor Division, where he was responsible for launching the world’s first two commercial 16-bit CMOS microprocessors. From 1972 to 1980 he was employed by the IBM Corporation where he held various positions in engineering and management. Dr. Brill was a founding member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Dr. Brill holds a PH.D in Physics from Brown University and a B.A. and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University, both with honors. Dr. Brill holds multiple patents and invention disclosures.

John Dnyprowsky

Over the past decade, John Dnyprowsky has created numerous relationships within the New York marketplace. Dnyprowsky has an extensive background in business development and sales management. He is an experienced, knowledgeable and innovative sales management & business development leader with a proven track record in business sales oversight and sales operations. He has been consistently recognized for building strong client and customer relationships while leveraging superior negotiating skills to achieve brand success and revenue goals. Dnyprowsky possesses extensive experience in accounting and product knowledge; adept at identifying emerging trends and additional sales opportunities. Dnyprowsky actively participates with several charitable organizations and has also participated in the Long Island Fight For Charity three times and was instrumental in helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for local charities on Long Island. In 2006, Dnyprowsky was recognized by Long Island Business Newsas a 40 under 40 recipient by way of his proven track record of career success and his involvement mentoring fellow business members and his desire to give back to the local business community.

Larry Waldman

Lawrence Waldman, Treasurer of Long Island Angel Network, is the Partner-in-charge of Eisner Amper’s Long Island Office Audit Practice Development with more than 35 years of experience in public accounting serving a wide range of public and private clients, including several multi- nationals.  As part of his role, he supports the firm’s ongoing initiatives in growing the Long Island marketplace.  Previously, Larry was Audit Practice Partner-in-Charge and then Managing Partner of the Long Island office of a Big 4 firm where he was responsible for the direction and management of the Long Island marketplace.

Larry is active in the business community and serves as Treasurer of the Long Island Association (LIA) and a Trustee of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).  He also serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Long Island Angel Network and the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University.  He also serves as the Chairman of the selection committee for the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame (LITHF).

Larry earned both his MBA and B.S. from Hofstra University.  He is actively involved with the university serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business graduate program.

A devoted volunteer for a broad array of charitable and civic organizations, Larry served as President of the Nassau Chapter of the NYSSCPAS.  He was the President of the East Williston Union Free School District and was the Treasurer of the Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association.  He also served on the Board of the United Way of Long Island.  

Michael Faltischek

Michael Faltischek is a senior partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where he has played a key role in the success and growth of the firm since graduating from law school at the top of his class. He served as Managing Partner from 1982 until 2006, leading the firm from its roots as a small local firm to its current prominence as a major regional firm with more than 60 professionals and 130 staff members. Since 2001, Mr. Faltischek has been consistently recognized as one of the leading members of the legal profession by Long Island Business News in its annual “Who’s Who in Law.”As a member of the Corporate and Securities Department, he advises entrepreneurs and business enterprises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning and international business transactions. Mr. Faltischek has been a frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association in various areas of corporate and business law, including Forming and Advising Businesses, Limited Liability Companies and Law Firm Management. Michael is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Angel Network. He received the J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and the BA from Pace University.

Ron Greenstone

Referred to as Long Island’s “Marketing Guru”, and certainly the “Dean” of the Long Island Advertising industry, Ron Greenstone has helped clients large and small achieve exponential growth and profitability with big marketing ideas that deliver big results. Greenstone transformed his own one-man ad agency in 1972 into the largestand most successful agency in the area with 150 talented professionals and almost $100 million in billings. His campaigns have earned national and international creative recognition, as well asmore local awards than any other agency. Through the years, Greenstone’s clients have included Avis, Nikon, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, IBM, Astoria Federal Savings, Hofstra, Twin Labs, Disney, Hohner Harmonicas, Grumman Trucks, LILCO, Audiovox, Standard Microsystems and a hundred more. Ron Greenstone’s latest venture, Greenstone Marketing, was founded in 2009, and he’s brought the same passion for excellence that made him an advertising icon. The Greenstone way stresses strong strategic thinking, standout creative, a deepcommitment to superior client service and, above all else, results. Greenstone Marketing uses an outsourcing model, tapping into the best-in-class talent to offer strategic counsel, online and traditional marketing, advertising and public relations to its clients. This approach ensures that the ideas are fresh and solid, and the methods of executing those ideas are cutting-edge. Through this model, clients experience limited expenditures, heightened awareness and substantial revenue gains.

Vivian Breier

Vivian Breier is a Partner at Levy, Stopol & Camelo, LLP

For over 20 years, Ms. Breier has concentrated her practice in corporate law, international business law, employment law, privacy law, intellectual property rights/protection, licensing and other matters pertinent to a diverse business.  She has over ten years of experience as a corporate officer and senior-level executive, contributing to high-level strategic and tactical business and legal matters for a US technology company with foreign-affiliated entities.  She handled all legal matters for this company structuring and drafting corporate and commercial agreements including master agreements for technology products and services, and for domestic and international start-ups.  As the General Counsel of a US privately-held technology company, she created a global law practice within the business after previously serving as Director of Legal Affairs for a publically-traded toy company, where she focused on technology licensing and SEC filings of that company.

Prior to her in-house accomplishments, Ms. Breier was a Senior Corporate Associate for Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where she focused on corporate transactional and commercial matters, including financings, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing agreements and commercial negotiations.

Ms. Breier maintains a broad knowledge of international business activities, commercial trends, regulatory matters and legal affairs.  Given her background, she is acutely aware of competitive and geopolitical business issues, policies, ethics and corporate responsibilities of conducting business internationally.

Ms. Breier is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Stephen E. Fox

Stephen E. Fox is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where he is a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Department.

Mr. Fox has nearly 20 years of experience as a corporate and securities lawyer, acting as a trusted counselor and adviser to companies, individuals and investment funds. He has advised both strategic and financial clients across numerous industries, including technology and internet, medical device, manufacturing, entertainment, energy, food and beverage, media, and financial services. Additionally, as transaction counsel, Mr. Fox has led or has taken an active role in hundreds of transactions, ranging from less than $1 million to more than $1 billion. He prides himself in his application of practical and real-world guidance and solutions to client issues, not simply reciting the law or falling-back to “customary” practice.

Russell Artzt

Vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Angel Network. Russell M. Artzt is vice chairman and founder at CA, responsible for the evolution of the company’s Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision, the development of its Mid-Market Business Unit, and the definition of long-term growth strategy.Previously, Russ served as executive vice president of products, managing all product business units at CA, with particular focus on the integration of the company’s industry-leading management software portfolio.Russ co-founded CA in 1976 with former CA Chairman Charles B. Wang and wrote the code for some of CA’s first products. Throughout much of his career at CA, Russ served as executive vice president of research and development where he was instrumental in building CA’s Research and Development and Field Services organizations. Prior to his current position, Russ led CA’s eTrust security brand, overseeing all aspects of the company’s award-winning eTrust security product line. Earlier, he ran CA’s BrightStor storage product line, successfully spearheading an organizational model that unified development, support and marketing within a brand unit.With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry as a technology leader, consultant and executive, Russ is a recognized expert in software development and project management. He has driven major communications, database, distributed processing, application development, storage and security management projects on heterogeneous platforms. Russ has been a keynote speaker at leading technical and business conferences worldwide.Russ is active with many charitable organizations. He is the founder/sponsor of a research group at Mount Sinai Hospital involved in researching cures for liver diseases, is a major sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes organization and is a major supporter of North Shore University Hospital. In addition, he is a member of the Queens College Foundation Board of Trustees. Russ received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Queens College and a master’s degree in computer science from New York University.

Tyler Roye

Launch Director Huntington, CEO eGifter.com

After co-founding and growing Invision.com, Inc., one of the first and most innovative Managed Service Providers (MSP) in the country, Tyler and team successfully sold the fast-growing venture-backed company in 2007. The company was a pioneer in what has today become the omnipresent cloud services business. In his role as CEO of eGifter, Tyler has resumed his hands-on leadership style of orchestrating idea-flow into actionable plans.