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 GiddonBoard / Founder & 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.
Susanna MoyerBoard / Entrepreneurial Designer, Adjunct Professor
Susanna Moyer is an entrepreneurial designer, educator and creative consultant. Her experience in the fashion industry in both women’s and menswear has led her to work for a number of high profile brands including Christian Dior, Liz Claiborne and Hickey Freeman. She created her namesake brand of women’s designer sportswear that was sold to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s and over 250 specialty stores. Susanna currently is a New York based consultant specializing in brand strategy and design development and an Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the founder of Global Student Mentorship which provides support for students in creative strategies for a future in fashion. She also co-created an after school program for underserved youth at the Manny Cantor Center for Educational Alliance. Susanna received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and will complete her MPS at The Fashion Institute of Technology in Global Fashion Management in the Spring of 2020.
Peter TannenbaumBoard / Fashion Executive
Peter Tannenbaum, a New York City native and veteran Fashion Executive with over 35 years’ experience joins the Career Gear Board of Directors in June 2019. He recently completed a 22-year tenure rising the corporate ranks as North American C.O.O. of Tod’s Group, the exclusive Italian Luxury Footwear and Accessories company comprised also of the Roger Vivier, Calvin Klein, Diego Della Valle, Hogan and Fay fashion collections. Prior, Tannenbaum held a variety of business management/brand building roles in the Outerwear and Underwear market after beginning his career as an Executive Trainee at Bloomingdale’s. He attended The Collegiate School in New York prior to attending Lake Forest College graduating with a BA majoring in Psychology. He attributes his success to an integrity-based, strategic and pragmatic leadership approach adding value to the CareerGear team as it further develops its business model and innovation plan.
Rob LevinBoard Member / CEO, RSL Media
Rob is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of RSL Media, which builds programs for enterprise companies that attract, engage, nurture, convert and retains small and midsize businesses. He is also the Chairman of Work Better Now which provides virtual assistants for business owners and other busy people. Previously, Rob was the founder and publisher of The New York Enterprise Report, a media company that served 100,000 owners and managers of small and midsize businesses. Rob has been nationally recognized for his small business leadership. He began his career as a “Big 6” CPA and has also held senior positions in several fast-growth entrepreneurial companies. Rob is also a Trustee of The Corporate Source, an outsource provider that employs individuals with developmental disabilities.
Jesseca KendallDirector of Community Engagement
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.
Kimberly is the face of Career Gear whether it is coordinating appointments to assisting Jourdan in the day to day operations, she makes sure that the office is running smoothly and efficiently. Kimberly has the customer service skills to make sure Career Gear's clients feel welcome and taken care of. Kimberly is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Queens College.
Ivan has a serious passion for helping people! He works one on one with our clients and is dedicated to making sure everyone looks and feels their best when they walk out our doors. Ivan is working towards his degree in Computer Technology at BMCC. When he isn't at work or school, you can find Ivan exploring NYC and capturing moments for his many social media shares.
Toby “BooBoo” LemiequeMorale Officer
Meet Career Gear's latest staffing addition! Toby is ADA certified in service and emotional support and takes his job very seriously. When he's not greeting clients, you can find Toby seriously investigating the treat situation. He loves greeting our guests and making everyone feel welcome.
Jourdan Lemieque-DinkinsChief Operating Officer
Jourdan is the go-to for daily operations of Career Gear! Aside from managing all office functions, Jourdan cultivates and maintains our ever evolving Referral Partner relationships and the staff and resources associated with our many initiatives. 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 Google, Disney, Marriott, and Universal Studios. Jourdan received his BS in Communications/Public Relations from UCF and received his PMI in Project Management at NYU.
CHRIS BALJITOffice Manager
Chris is Career Gear's go to for all front office administrative operations! Chris recently earned his AA in Liberal Arts and now is embarking on the road to a BA in Business Management. When not interacting with interns and donors, he keeps our inventory up-to-date and office clutter and drama free! Chris is also responsible for creating and establishing our "CutsForward Initiative" which provides free hair cuts to our participants!