Paul KimCo-Chairman / Founder, know.capital LLC
Paul is an investor, educator, social entrepreneur, and filmmaker. He is a 20-year veteran of Wall Street specializing in the global technology, media, and telecom sectors in prominent hedge funds such as SAC Capital (now Point72) and Omega Advisors, and in equity research departments in the investment banking divisions of Bank of America and PaineWebber (now UBS). Paul is the founder of know.capital LLC, an innovative investment fund that partners with universities to execute its core mission of creating and implementing solutions for social good. Previously in the finance sector, he also started a boutique financial firm, which was eventually transitioned into a European-based global financial institution, and he led a data analytics firm that focused on providing insights from unique datasets for leading institutional investors. Paul is also a co-founder of know.careers, a career fair technology platform provider for colleges/universities and workforce programs. Prior to his experience in finance and technology, Paul worked for a boutique publisher of magazines such as The Wine Spectator that specializes in the beer, wine, and distilled spirits industries. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York and he is a Research Scholar at Manhattan College, where he teaches an innovative finance curriculum in both institutions. He has directed and produced a documentary titled Dog Camp, which is about a dedicated community of people who rescue golden retrievers, and he is pursuing other projects that focus on unique communities. 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. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designate.
Mike RothmanCo-Chairman / Owner, First Money Media
Mike Rothman is the Co-Founder of Fatherly, a digital lifestyle guide for men entering parenthood. Rothman previously led First Money Media (FM2), a firm specializing in monetization, operations and strategy for early-stage tech and digital media companies. Clients included over a dozen venture-backed start-ups across the country including Bark & Co., Betaworks, Contently, Digg, Giphy, Moviepilot, Newsle, Scoutmob and Yipit among others. FM2 also incubates several new businesses focused at the intersection of digital content, commerce and advertising. Starting in early 2006, Rothman was one of the founding employees at Thrillist, responsible for all sales and revenue operations. Under Rothman, Thrillist's business team grew from zero to a staff of 20+ and a Fortune 500 roster of clients. Rothman later founded Thrillist Rewards, Thrillist’s e-commerce platform that provides editorialized experiences for consumers and customized promotional opportunities for national advertisers.
Angus Dobbie is a senior finance executive with 20 years of professional experience working in international securities operations. He has worked across Asia, the U.S. and Latin America and has extensive academic training in both Finance and Political Science. Since 2010, Angus has worked in the recruitment field, specializing in Financial Services personnel. He was previously 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 U.S. subsidiary, and served on the Finance, Compliance and 401k Advisory Board committees. He was also part of the Macquarie Foundation’s launch in the U.S. and an active participant in its strategic direction and volunteer activities. Angus holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Masters Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in International Relations. His 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.
Ken GiddonFounder & President, Rothmans
Ken Giddon is founder & president of Rothmans, a NYC-based men’s clothing store with a second location in Scarsdale. He 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 and also served as Interim Executive Director. He chaired the Nominating Committee, Real Estate Committee and multiple Executive Director search committees.
Warwick WilliamsPartner Coordinator, FedCap Employment Works
A former client of Career Gear, Warwick Williams holds an MSW from Lehman College and a BA 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. Warwick has 18 years of professional experience in the social services and financial services sectors.
Gene ManheimManaging Director, Herbert Mines Associates
As Managing Director at Herbert Mines Associates, Gene Manheim focuses on C-level executive search in retail, fashion, and consumer products and services. Previously, he was a principal in a private real estate firm that 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. Gene practiced law and was also appointed by then-Governor Lowell Weicker to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Development Authority.
Christina CallasDirector / Marketing Executive
Christina Callas is a dynamic retail executive with a proven track record of developing digital capabilities and driving rapid, profitable growth for iconic omnichannel retailers. As the Senior Vice President of Ecommerce and Digital Marketing for Hudson’s Bay Company, Christina built the online marketing and retail capabilities for Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay, driving a 50-fold increase in demand sales to $400MM and growing an eight-member team to over 150 employees in two countries. She also spearheaded significant advancements in the company's digital technology infrastructure, user experience and omnichannel strategies. Prior to HBC, she conceptualized and launched the digital business for Aeropostale, a national teen retailer. Most recently, as Chief Digital Officer at the Children’s Place, she was responsible for leading the company’s marketing and ecommerce efforts. Christina also held the position of President and COO of Lolly Wolly Doodle, an innovative children’s wear start-up, where she oversaw a turnaround of the company’s operations, marketing and customer experience to prepare the company for a future sale. Christina earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from Denison University. Prior to attending business school, she spent ten years in Boston managing various fiduciary support functions for Bank of America’s private wealth management group.
Jourdan LemiequeDirector of Operations
Jourdan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Career Gear, managing all office functions such as donations, human resources and scheduling. He also oversees the programs, administering the partners, staff and resources associated with Career Gear's many initiatives. He works directly with the Executive Director on donations and giving, handling all correspondence with donors. Prior to Career Gear, Jourdan owned and managed JL Solutions, Inc, an IT consulting firm, which he sold in 2012. He has also worked for Disney, Marriott, and Universal Studios. Jourdan received his BS in Communications/Public Relations and received his PMI certification in Project Management at NYU.
Patrice Diaz-MigoyoExecutive Director
Patrice is the Executive Director of Career Gear, responsible for the vision, mission and financial management of the organization, as well as partnerships and strategic growth. Patrice is a former advertising and marketing executive with two decades of experience, most recently the Director of Technology for GREY Global. He has previously worked for Ruder-Finn, Oracle, and with many Hollywood studios on film launches and gaming initiatives. Patrice received his MBA from MIT Sloan and his MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design.
Jesseca KendallMedia and Events Coordinator
Jesseca has worked at such brands as Ralph Lauren, Calypso St. Barth, and Saatchi&Saatchi before setting her sights on media, events and donor outreach a Career Gear. Using her BFA from Yale and MA from Parsons, Jesseca works directly with corporate sponsors and the Career Gear team to create innovative content, brand recognition and donor retention to our ever-growing organization.