Paul is currently the CEO of ProConvos Inc., an internet technology company that provides an innovative platform that unleashes the power of alumni networks. In a prior life, he was a 15 year veteran of the finance industry specializing in the global technology, media, and telecom sectors in prominent hedge funds such as SAC Capital and Omega Advisors, and in equity research departments in the investment banking divisions of Bank of America and PaineWebber (now UBS). During this time, he also started a boutique financial firm, which was eventually transitioned into a European-based global financial institution. Prior to his experience in the finance industry, Paul worked in the publishing industry for a boutique magazine publisher that specializes in the beer, wine, and distilled spirits industry. Paul received a BS double majoring in Marketing and Management and an MBA majoring in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business where he was the co-captain of the men’s varsity tennis team. Paul is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designate.Mike Rothman – Co-Chairman Owner, First Money Media
Mike Rothman is currently the owner of First Money Media (FM2), a firm specializing in monetization, operations and strategy for early-stage tech and digital media companies. Clients include over a dozen venture-backed start-ups across the country including Betaworks, Contently, Newsle, Scoutmob and Yipit among others. FM2 also incubates several new business ideas focused at the intersection of digital content, commerce and advertising.
Over the last seven years, Mike Rothman built Thrillist’s advertising sales team, from a one-person operation to a staff of 20+ and a Fortune 500 roster of clients. Rothman most recently founded Thrillist Rewards, Thrillist’s e-commerce platform that provides editorialized experiences for consumers and customized promotional opportunities for national advertisers.Prior to Thrillist, Rothman worked at Digitas and in custom publishing, developing content programs for clients such as Starwood and Purina.In 2005, Rothman bicycled over 4,800 miles, from New York City to Los Angeles, over the course of 55-days to raise money for a high school scholarship targeting NYC students (“The Susan Himmelman Shapiro Memorial Scholarship”) in honor of his aunt. In his free time, Rothman also volunteers with inner-city youth mentoring programs Big Brothers Big Sisters and the TEAK Fellowship in addition to Career Gear, an organization providing life and career counseling to men in need.Rothman is also an avid supporter of The Moth, a MacArthur “genius” grant recipient and Peabody Award-winning organization that promotes the craft of storytelling via live events, podcasts, radio shows and community outreach programs.Angus Dobbie – Treasurer Director – Recruiting Manager of Global Banking & Markets, Global Asset Management and Global Private Bank HSBC
Angus is a senior finance executive with 20 years professional experience working in international securities operations. He has worked across Asia, the US and Latin America and has extensive academic training in both Finance and Political Science (He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Masters Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in International Relations).
Since 2010, Angus has worked in the Recruitment field, specializing in Financial Services personnel. Prior to this Angus’s background was in Equity Sales and management, with his most recent position in finance as a Senior Managing Director of The Macquarie Group (heading the Equity Derivatives group within the US operations). Angus was on the Board of the bank’s US subsidiary, and served on the Finance, Compliance and 401k Advisory Board committees. Angus was also part of the Macquarie Foundation’s launch in the US and an active participant in its strategic direction and volunteer activities.
Angus’s work with Career Gear started in 2009, and in addition to his role as Treasurer, he has participated in our Professional Development Series as both a presenter and a mentor.Kristine Stallone – Secretary Vice President for Finance and Administration, American Jewish World Service
Kristine Stallone is currently the Vice President for Finance and Administration at American Jewish World Service. She brings her commitment to social justice and years of international experience in finance to her role. She was the former CFO of Arcus Foundation and the former controller of Americas and of Global Functional teams for Bloomberg LP, the global information service, news and media giant, where she led a team that worked on financial reporting and development of the enterprise-wide financial system. As an independent consultant to nonprofits, she served as controller for Teach for America and Ithaka Harbors, an organization working to accelerate the use of information technologies in higher education worldwide. Ms. Stallone supports and volunteers for several charitable organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a BS in accounting from Mercy College, New York.Jonathan M. Bergman Managing Director, TAG Associates
Jonathan serves as Managing Director of TAG Associates, a $7 billion multi-family office. Jonathan has over 16 years of investment management experience, exclusively managing assets for high net worth families. He serves as portfolio manager to client accounts and conducts investment manager due diligence. Jonathan helps TAG portfolio management clients and their advisors integrate all aspects of their personal financial life, including investments, philanthropy, estate, insurance, and income tax planning. He is a member of TAG’s Investment Committee. Additionally, Jonathan serves as a member of the advisory board of a private equity partnership.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. He is past Chairman of The Wisconsin Business Alumni Board of the Wisconsin School of Business.Ken Giddon Founder and President of Rothmans
Founder & President of Rothmans a NYC based men’s clothing store with a second location in Scarsdale.
Ken was also the Founder and honorary board member of NY Cares. One of five co-founders in 1986, Ken served on the board from 1986-2014. He also served as Interim Executive Director. He chaired the Nominating Committee, Real Estate Committee and multiple Executive Director search committees.
Gilonne is currently Development Director for New Harvest, a non profit organization that advances the technology behind making animal products without animals, with an aim to end factory farming and provide the world with safer, cheaper, more reliable, and more delicious sources of animal proteins. Previously, she was an EVP at On Demand Book. She has also served as a consultant in corporate responsibility, marketing and communications, and in growth strategy. Gilonne has worked in law, finance, business, peace building, and film. She has also been involved in projects and organizations from financing landmine clearance to decolonization to human trafficking.
Gilonne has a BA from Brown University, MA and LL.M from the University of London, and law degree from the College of Law.Scott Lehmann Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Events, Esquire Magazine
Scott Lehmann is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events for Esquire magazine, a unit of the Hearst Corporation. In this role, he is a key member of Esquire’s team that identifies, creates and implements sales and marketing programs to drive sales revenue for the magazine, Esquire.com and Esquire’s iPad applications. He has extensive experience in the development of national marketing and promotional campaigns within the fashion, retail, entertainment, liquor and grooming industries, adeptly managing strategic partnerships for highly complex marketing campaigns. Prior to Esquire, Mr. Lehmann worked at Rolling Stone magazine, a unit of Wenner Media. His first job in magazine publishing was with men’s lifestyle magazine P.O.V. Magazine (Point of View) where he was part of a team that was named Adweek’s ‘Start-Up of the Year’ and ‘Top 10 Up & Coming Magazines.’
Scott graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature with a concentration on Film Studies and Film Analysis. In addition to Career Gear, Mr. Lehmann serves on the New York City ‘Young Executive Committee’ for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Kristen.Gene Manheim Managing Director, Herbert Mines Associates
Managing Director at Herbert Mines Associates; focus C-level executive search in retail, fashion, and consumer products and services. Previously, he was a principal in a private real estate firm, which specialized in commercial real estate development, consulting, and leasing in the retail sector. In addition, Gene co-founded an international apparel manufacturing company that employed 800 people producing goods for major U.S. retailers. He practiced law and was also appointed by Governor Lowell Weicker to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Development Authority.Deepen Parikh Partner, Interplay Ventures
Deepen is a Partner at Interplay Ventures, a New York based incubator and early stage investor. He is also a Founding Member of NextGen Angels NYC, the New York extension of a group focused on bringing together like-minded investors under the age of 40, to fund early-stage ventures. In addition, he co-founded NYVC Sports (part of the New York Venture Community) with the mission of bridging the gap between sports leagues, teams, investors, entrepreneurs, and media companies.Sean Pica Executive Director, Hudson Link
Sean is the Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a not-for-profit organization that provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women. Sean’s responsibilities include program management, business development, fundraising and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of Hudson Link. Prior to Hudson Link, Sean was the Director of Club Access, a psychosocial clubhouse or adults with mental health disabilities, and a tenant advocate for the James Weldon Housing Projects in East Harlem.
Sean serves as a Senior Fellow with Mercy College’s Center for Social and Criminal Justice, on the Service Providers Advisory Committee (SPAC) which collaborates on policy issues in the NYS Department of Corrections, on the Board of Saving Our Society re-entry services organization and as a facilitator for STRIVE Fatherhood Programs. Sean earned a Master of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary, a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College and is currently an MBA candidate at Mercy College. Sean lives in Westchester with his wife, Lori.Noah Sorkin Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Advisor Group
Noah Sorkin serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Advisor Group as of April 2008. His is responsible for managing all legal and regulatory functions impacting the independent broker-dealers of Advisor Group.
He joined Advisor Group from Fidelity National Financial, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President, with responsibility for supervising all litigation matters and regulatory investigations involving the firm’s direct operations and independent agents.
Sorkin began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the King’s County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, as Senior Trial Counsel, prosecuting felony cases. He then joined Prudential Financial, Inc. where he assumed additional responsibility and was named Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President. At Prudential, Sorkin managed a geographically diverse group of legal professionals and was instrumental in guiding the company through numerous regulatory settlements. He also worked with regulators and sales professionals in coordinating the implementation of new processes. Following Wachovia’s merger with Prudential Securities Division, Sorkin joined Oppenheimer & Company, Inc., a full-service broker-dealer and investment
Sorkin received his B.A. from Connecticut College in 1979, his J.D. degree from George Washington University-National Law Center in 1982 and his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2002. He and his wife Stephanie live in Chappaqua, NY with their two children, Dana and Matthew.Andrew Stein Partner, Vicus Partners, LLC
Andrew is a founding Principal of Vicus Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate Firm dedicated exclusively to representing tenants in commercial transactions. As a senior member of Vicus’s management team, Mr. Stein oversees the firm’s strategic direction as well as serving as a consultant, strategic planner and provider of specialized brokerage services to his roster of public and private sector clients. Mr. Stein’s ability to find strategic and creative solutions to both quantitative and qualitative issues makes him a valuable real estate advisor. Some of his recent accomplishments include negotiating on behalf of RW Baird, the World Lung Foundation for their U.S. headquarters in lower Manhattan, representing the Children’s Defense Fund with respect to their New York headquarters, representing multiple embassy’s, law firms, schools, non-profits and other businesses in leasing transactions throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He is a graduate of Brown University and is currently a member of the Young Men’s/Womens Real Estate Association & the International Tenant Representative Alliance.Anthony Vaughn Associate, Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC
Anthony focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions in the mortgage banking industry. He also represents architects and engineers providing litigation and general counsel. He has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, specifically real estate, construction and professional liability matters. Additionally, Anthony’s experience includes handling transactional matters for commercial clients and individuals. He is currently serving as a mentor in Career Gear’s MAST Mentoring Program where he provides advise and emotional support to assist participants in achieving life / work balance.Warwick Williams Partner Coordinator, FedCap Employment Works
Warwick holds a Master of Social Work from Lehman College and a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary. He currently serves as Partner Coordinator for Fedcap Employment Works as well as a Clinical Therapist at Fedcap Behavioral Health Services. He has 18 years of professional experience in the social services and financial services sectors.
Warwick is a former client of Career Gear.