Paul KimCo-Chairman / CEO, ProConvos Inc
Paul Kim is currently the CEO of ProConvos Inc., an Internet technology company that provides an innovative platform to unleash the power of alumni networks. He was previously a 15-year veteran of the finance industry specializing in the global technology, media and telecom sectors for 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). Paul also started a boutique financial firm that was eventually transitioned into a European-based global financial institution. Prior to his experience in in finance, Paul worked for a boutique magazine publisher specializing in the beer, wine and distilled spirits industry. He received a BS in Marketing and Management and an MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU’s 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).
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 DobbieTreasurer / Director, HSBC
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.
Jonathan BergmanManaging Director, TAG Associates
As Managing Director of TAG Associates, Jonathan Bergman oversees a $7 billion multi-family office and is a member of TAG’s Investment Committee. He has over 16 years of investment management experience, exclusively managing assets for high-net-worth families. Jonathan serves as portfolio manager to client accounts and conducts investment manager due diligence. He 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. Additionally, Jonathan serves as a member of the advisory board of a private equity partnership. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, Jonathan is past chairman of The Wisconsin Business Alumni Board of the Wisconsin School of Business.
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.
Sean PicaExecutive Director, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
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 and formerly incarcerated men and women. His responsibilities include operations and program management, business development, fundraising and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of Hudson Link. Sean was the Director of Club Access, a psychosocial clubhouse for adults with mental health disabilities, and a tenant advocate for the James Weldon Housing Projects in East Harlem. Sean serves on the Governor’s Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration, 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, 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 pursuing his MBA at Mercy College.
Anthony VaughnAssociate, Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC
Anthony Vaughn 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. Anthony has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, specifically in real estate, construction and professional liability matters. His experience also includes handling transactional matters for commercial clients and individuals. Anthony is currently serving as a mentor in Career Gear’s MAST Mentoring Program, where he provides advice and emotional support to assist participants in achieving life/work balance.
Norris CannonExecutive Director
Norris is the Executive Director of Career Gear, responsible for the vision, mission and financial management of the organization, a role he assumed in late 2016, when the founder and former Executive Director Gary Field stepped down. He has been involved with Career Gear since its inception in 1999. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing the job readiness and mentorship programs; employee and volunteer relations and performance evaluations; and the business operation of the organization. Norris started his 35 years career as an interior design consultant for architectural, construction and interior design firms. He also has 15 years experience in education as a professor at (FIT) Fashion Institute of Technology, The New York Institute of Technology and Berkeley College. At Berkeley College, Paramus, he won several awards including the 2006 Professor of the Year Award. Norris has been a guest panelist on local cable television programs in Queens, discussing various topics regarding the economy, housing and unemployment and its effects on low-income minority families. Norris graduated from The New York Institute of Technology where he was an adjunct professor.
Alison Nager, MFADevelopment Officer
Alison is responsible for raising money to support the general operating costs and programs at Career Gear so that we can continue to provide our valuable services free of charge to those in need. She writes grant proposals for federal, state, city, corporate and foundation funds and is also responsible for researching new avenues of funding. Additionally, Alison works with current funders, updating them on Career Gear’s program achievements, statistics and current funding outlook and provides subsequent reporting requirements. She also cultivates relationships with individual donors and manages the Annual Appeal as well as various special promotions throughout the year including cause-marketing campaigns aimed at increasing Career Gear’s profile. Alison started her career at Amnesty International, where she worked on fundraising and media coordination for the Human Rights Now! world tour. She later went to NBC, starting as a page and later working as a production coordinator in the news division. Alison went on to develop film and TV projects for a small Los Angeles-based film company and ran the talent management company Ellin Management before becoming a professional actress herself. She is a member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association, as well as Women in Development. Alison holds a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Actors Studio at the New School University.
Jourdan LemiequeOperations Manager
Jourdan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Career Gear, managing all office functions such as donations, human resources and scheduling. He oversees the internship program as well as the facilitators and presenters for the Professional Development Series. He works directly with the Executive Director and the Director of Corporate Development 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-MigoyoDirector of Corporate Development
Patrice is in charge of corporate partnerships, media, events and marketing for Career Gear. In this capacity, he works with corporate partners and the many generous organizations and people that support Career Gears mission. Patrice is an 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.
Gary Field, LCSWFounder
Fifteen years ago, Gary fit the profile of many of Career Gear’s clients—unemployed, recovering substance abuser, having just completed a job-readiness program. He scraped together $50, bought a used suit for his interviews and successfully landed a job. Within five years, he completed his undergraduate studies, received a Master’s degree in social work and set about the business of helping men in similar positions get and keep satisfying jobs. Prior to founding Career Gear, Gary worked as the Director of Services at the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NYC, with formerly homeless mentally ill adults. A psychiatric social worker by profession, Gary earned a BA with distinction and an MSW from New York University and an LCSW from the State of New York.