2018 Speakers

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Speaker info for the 2018 Long Island Business Expo & Conference

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2018 Keynotes

Scott Duffy

Partner at S1Media Studios

Scott Duffy

Partner at S1Media Studios

Scott Duffy is a Partner at S1Media Studios, a keynote speaker, and best-selling author. He began his career working for best-selling author and speaker, Tony Robbins, and went on to help launch several big media brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FOXSports.com. Next, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

Today, Scott is a champion for entrepreneurship. He has been listed as a “Top 10 Keynote Speaker” by Entrepreneur and Forbes. He has spoken at the NYSE and provided commentary in numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio. He is the Host of “Day In The Life” in partnership with Entrepreneur Magazine, Co-Host of Business & Burgers “Presented by Microsoft”, and Best-Selling Author of Launch!, a roadmap for building great companies.

From Tony Robbins to Richard Branson - Keys to Building an AMAZING Business

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Keynote Theater

Jen Groover

Serial Entrepreneur, Author, International Speaker

Jen Groover

Serial Entrepreneur, Author, International Speaker

Jen Groover has been tagged by SUCCESS MAGAZINE as a “One-Woman Brand,” a “ Creativity and Innovation Guru” and a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked #8 by SAP in the Top 51 Influencers of Human Potential. Jen Groover’s name has become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship, evolution and human potential. She was recently nominated as a UN delegate to the first ever Global Accelerator for the Global Entrepreneurs Council. She also made history at the NYSE, as a member of the first all-female group to ring the opening bell, made Forbes’ list of “50 Founders You Need to Follow on Twitter” and was nominated “TV Personality of The Year Award” in 2013 by Savor the Success.

As a successful serial entrepreneur, author and thought leader in human potential, as well as a retired National Level Fitness Competitor, Jen Groover’s energy and multi-faceted, diverse wisdom and experiences have made her a highly sought after International speaker for over 20 years on topics ranging from: Optimizing Human Potential for increased Success and Happiness, Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Branding Wellness and Energy Management, Effective Communication Skills, through to Mindful Parenting. She has keynoted to audiences up to 30,000 people in stadiums, to leading intimate workshops for smaller groups, as well as online symposiums. Her clients have ranged anywhere from Fortune 500 Companies to top Universities, Business and Wellness Organizations, Chamber of Commerces, Women’s Groups, High Schools to Non-Profits.

Jen has been a top business and lifestyle contributor and content creator for major television networks such as ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, and the The CW. She and her products have also been featured on QVC. Jen also has regularly contributed editorial pieces to several prominent business magazines and online resources including The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Positively Positive, and The Story Exchange. Her products, brand and work have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including O! The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, People, US Weekly, SUCCESS and Entrepreneur.

Her influence and leadership has aligned her with amazing brands, such as USANA Health Sciences, Avon, Verizon and SkyMall, for which Jen has had various roles as a spokeswoman and consultant for business development. She is also a leading business and performance coach from CEO’s, top business executives, Entrepreneurs to Professional and Olympic Athletes.

Her success skyrocketed with the creation of the Butler Bag, the world’s first compartmentalized handbag, that became a multi-million dollar brand, and has not stopped since. Jen springboarded the Butler Bag’s success into an entire lifestyle brand, found at a variety of price points and well known retailers, which led to the creation of subsequent lifestyle brands, Leader Girlz, and Empowered by Jen Groover. Leader Girlz teaches young girls the importance of empowerment through play, while the recently launched “Empowered by Jen Groover” brand, including her one-hour PBS special and forthcoming book, comprises a variety of consumer products that encompass her quotes and inspire people to live life with passion and purpose. The success and momentum of Jen Groover’s empowerment movement has led to the vision and launch of the Empowered Economy Initiative, which encourages corporations and universities to combine efforts in order to educate and support small business owners and entrepreneurs in their communities, thereby stimulating the economy.

Most recently, to support the Empowered Economy Initiative, Jen launched the innovative economic and innovation movement for entrepreneurs and small business owners Jumpstart Connect, a first of its kind pop-up shop where all the business services small business owners need, are curated under one roof. JumpStart Connect officially launched in Philadelphia in October, 2016, and is currently scaling to cities nationwide. The groundbreaking venture features a curated matchmaking model of business experts, global brands and entrepreneurs to creating an unique educational and resource driven experience to support small business growth and accelerate brands. This movement has been supported by brands like Comcast Business, UPS, Insperity and many more.

She is also an advisor/partner for a new company called Thuzio, started by Tiki Barber and Mark Gerson, that has been noted as an disruptive business model blending sports management, sports entertainment and Influencer marketing and has become one of the leading Influencer platforms.

Launching in 2018, Jen will be releasing three books - a relaunch of her best-selling What If? & Why Not?, with update resources, The Operators Manual for Life, and #Empowered (based on her PBS Special), with Make this Matter & CO Publishing.

Jen’s passion for inspiring others to realize their greatest potential on all levels, which was originally realized in her first business right out of college in the fitness industry and as a National level fitness competitor, continues as the driving force behind her many successful brands. Jen’s diverse experiences and businesses span many different industries and she has no desire to slow down anytime soon. Jen continues to strive toward her ultimate goal, which is to innovate in every industry she is inspired to play in, while empowering others to achieve their goals. Jen is more than a multi-faceted, multi-talented individual - she is, undoubtedly, a force to be reckoned with. Jen believes in active participation and lives by the belief that “if you are going to complain about something you better be willing to inspire change.”

Zero to a Million in One Year: 7 Habits for Ultimate Success

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Keynote Theater

2018 Speakers

Richard Amsterdam

Senior VP & LI Regional Manager at NYBDC & Empire State CDC

Richard Amsterdam
Richard Amsterdam

Richard Amsterdam

Senior VP & LI Regional Manager at NYBDC & Empire State CDC

Rich is a Senior Vice President and Long Island Regional Manager at the New York Business Development Corp and Empire State CDC, overseeing all loan production in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the support staff. He joined NYBDC in May 2006 as a Commercial Loan Officer, responsible for providing SBA 504 loans throughout New York and New Jersey as well as conventional and SBA 7a loans throughout New York.

Rich has worked in banking and finance since the mid-1990s, having most recently worked for M&T Bank as the Managing Officer of the Garden City Business and Professional Banking Center. Prior to that, Rich worked in Fleet Bank’s Small Business Services group and at Citibank in the Management Associate program and retail branch banking.

Rich regularly participates as a panelist and performs direct speaking engagements for numerous civic, economic development and business trade organizations as well as for elected officials.

He obtained a Masters of Science degree in Banking from Mercy College in New York, NY and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Rich is an Executive Board Member and Assistant Treasurer of the Long Island Business Development Council, the President of the Suffolk County Small Business Advisory Council, and an active member of the Risk Management Association.

Access to Capital: Get the Money You Need to Grow Your Business

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Business Growth Room

George Andriopoulos

CEO at Launchpad Five One Six

George Andriopoulos
George Andriopoulos

George Andriopoulos

CEO at Launchpad Five One Six

George is the award-winning founder and CEO of Launchpad Five One Six, a New York based management consulting firm whose mission is to provide organizations with the tools and resources to innovate and thrive. Corporate turnaround artist, innovative disruptor, and self-proclaimed "Chief Inspiration Officer." After a major pivot in his life and career, George realized his potential as a change-maker and a source of inspiration to businesses and individuals who were stuck in the mindset of defining themselves by their mistakes. His mantra in business and in life revolves around turning the weaknesses of who you thought you were into the strengths of who you want to become. He has taken his unique journey and industry experience to the stage as a public speaker for conferences, seminars, and most recently a TED Talk at a TEDx event.

Additionally, George also owns a digital marketing agency and a think-tank company. One of the founders of Shannon's Fight, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to financially aiding families in medical crisis, he also volunteers as a member of the speaker’s bureau at Ronald McDonald House Long Island and is a Director of Basketball for his local Police Athletic League. Charitable missions have always resonated with George, which is why his company launched their “Not JUST for Profit” consulting initiative earlier this year, bringing outreach programs and trainings to successful companies who would like to increase their charitable outreach and strive for more than their “for-profit” designations.

Organic Business Growth: Why Less Advertising Budget and More Digital Creativity Will Change Your Sales Numbers

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Marketing Room

Liz Burke

Vice President of Account Services at Didit

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Liz Burke Head Shot

Liz Burke

Vice President of Account Services at Didit

Liz Burke is a trusted communications professional with experience across a host of industries, including travel, law, health care, pharmaceutical, non-profit, retail, automotive and public safety. She is responsible for effectively communicating her clients’ brand, vision and news to internal and external parties to generate positive results as well as nurture leads. Liz’s specialties include traditional and digital public relations and marketing, content marketing, search engine optimization, media training, strategic communications, writing, storytelling, blogging, crisis management, account management and client services.

She has had the opportunity to execute campaigns on behalf of numerous clients, including Aer Lingus; Blythedale Children’s Hospital; CIE Tours; Decof, Decof & Barry law firm; Delta Air Lines; NDA Kitchens; Precipart; ScandiDos; Westfield Shopping Centers; West-Ward Pharmaceuticals; and Yahoo!.

After working 10 years as an on-air news reporter, Liz transitioned to the field of public relations and spent five years as an account supervisor for a major Manhattan-based PR agency, before joining Didit in 2013. Her public relations and marketing experience, writing skills, news background, and strategic thinking position her as a well-rounded practitioner and a valuable asset to her clients.

How to Amplify Your Social Media Voice

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Social Media Lab

Laura Cheek

Founder of Insperience It

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Laura Cheek Headshot

Laura Cheek

Founder of Insperience It

Laura Cheek is a social media strategist, brander choreographer, and business savvy millennial. After graduating from Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, Laura bustled her way through freelancing gigs in NYC in the events and fashion industries. During that time, Laura was deemed "the social media girl." Laura made the shift from "social media girl" to "social media agency Founder" in 2016 after launching Insperience It.

Laura's business studies and knack for branding allots a unique approach while structuring her clients' brands. She excels in launching and executing effective social media and content strategies for her clients. Her full potential is unleashed when partnering with brands she adores; particularly those who share their stories to inspire.

Laura believes in connecting and community. Laura gives back to the local Long Island Community through volunteer work as the Marketing Chair for The LiiNCS Organization. LiiNCS is a 501c3 Young Professional Networking organization that aims to cultivate a platform for young professionals on Long Island to better their community and careers through new connections, professional development, civic engagement, and social impact.

As a Long Island native, Manhattan moved, Long Island repatriate you can find Laura dining at Long Island hot spots, tending to her organic garden, or attending Long Island events.

To connect with Laura, please email at laura@insperienceit.com or reach out on social media @insperienceit.

Social Branding 101: An in depth introduction to branding your business on social media

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Social Media Lab (on Show Floor)

John Colascione

CEO of Longisland.com

John Colascione
John Colascione

John Colascione

CEO of Longisland.com

John Colascione, author and acknowledged expert in Search Engine Optimization, is the Chief Executive Officer of LongIsland.com/Long Island Media, Inc.

Qualifications: Twelve years of website management and marketing experience on the Internet involving development, management, advertising, marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing, server administration, brand development and content advertising.

Education: Studies at Hendricks Institute of Technology, a trade school which prepares students for the information technology world. John uses his advanced understanding of search engine algorithms, site optimization, social media marketing and the internet to plan and develop online based services which provide a genuine consumer purpose, while maintaining a foundation for generating revenue, experiencing growth and building brand value.

SEO: What's Changed? Why? And How to Leverage This to Succeed

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Marketing Room

Rob Fishman

Partner at Sandler Training

Rob Fishman Headshot
Rob Fishman Headshot

Rob Fishman

Partner at Sandler Training

Rob Fishman is a partner at Sandler Training of Hauppauge, a Long Island-based consulting firm that specializes in sales and sales management process improvement. The Sandler Selling System, with over 270 other affiliates worldwide, is a no-nonsense sales method that gets results and preserves the sales professional’s self-respect.

Rob possesses a varied business and management background gained over 35 years in the business world. He holds a degree in Fine Arts and is a former President and CEO in the jewelry industry. After running a successful Long Island based business, Rob sold his company and joined forces with Rich Isaac at Sandler. In addition to his local, national and international sales and client development training, coaching and consulting, Rob is also a Certified Facilitator for the Alternative Board, a peer-to-peer business owner and CEO group.

In his many years at the helm of his company, Rob was a member of a peer accountability group with intense focus on leadership, marketing, management and sales development.

This has helped Rob in his passion for helping firms large and small, in more than 60 industries, to significantly improve their sales and business results through a unique and effective process of reinforcement training and attitudinal and behavioral change.

Rob lives in Huntington, Long Island, New York with his wife, Lisa, who is a Psychoanalyst. They have two sons, Ben and Alex. In addition to Rob’s business activities, he is also a conservatory trained musician and music director in and around the metro New York and Long Island areas.

Rob speaks often to companies and organizations on a wide variety of topics related to:

1. Sales and Client Development
2. The Power of a Selling System
3. he Formula for Success
4. Referrals Strategies
5. Networking
6. Linked in Prospecting and Selling
7. Enterprise and Large Account Selling
8. Retail Selling

Changing the Game - Seven Essential Elements of “Legendary” Selling!

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Sales Strategies Room

Sue Glenn

Owner of Diverse Marketing & Web Design

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Sue Glenn Headshot New

Sue Glenn

Owner of Diverse Marketing & Web Design

Sue Glenn is the owner of Diverse Marketing & Web Design, a digital marketing agency that she runs with her Husband, Joe in Long Island, NY. The company specializes in helping businesses create and increase brand awareness. They do this through effective email, social media and website marketing. Sue is the Marketing Director. She consults with businesses on marketing strategies and then creates email and social media campaigns for them. Sue also provides one-on-one private and group trainings on how to use social media.

Sue is a Certified Speaker & Expert for Constant Contact, a leading email marketing software and educational company. Constant Contact recruited Sue because of her commitment to helping local small businesses communities and for her expertise in marketing. It was a perfect fit for their program. She presents interactive marketing workshops to inspire and engage her audience. She also guides attendees to take the necessary steps to boost their business. Workshops are content rich and interactive. You can connect with Sue on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to her email list for marketing tips and workshop dates at http://bit.ly/2Dspfaa or text the word DIVERSE to 22828.

Sue is a member of the Long Island Speakers Bureau, the Local Experts Speakers Association and many local networking groups.

Sue is also a co-chair of the LI-based Independent Business Women’s Circle (IBWC.org), a membership organization founded in 1999. Its mission is to help women launch and/or build their businesses through sponsored networking events, brainstorming sessions, speaker programs, panel discussions and member spotlight presentations. They meet monthly in Nassau and Suffolk locations.

Power of the Inbox: Email Marketing Trends for 2018

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Marketing Room

Beth Goldberg

District Director of the U.S. SBA’s NY District Office

Beth Goldberg
Beth Goldberg

Beth Goldberg

District Director of the U.S. SBA’s NY District Office

There are approximately 1.6 million small businesses in the district that employ over five million people, with a payroll of $322.7 billion. In addition to the main office in New York City, the district has a branch office in Long Island.

Beth Goldberg was appointed District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New York district office on January 26, 2015.

As District Director, Ms. Goldberg is responsible for overseeing the delivery and efficiency of all SBA programs and services to the greater New York small business community, which includes the 14 counties of New York City, Long Island and the lower Mid-Hudson Valley.

Before joining the federal government, Ms. Goldberg specialized in the field of economic development and founded Auric Ventures, Ltd., a firm dedicated to facilitating the relationship between corporate America and government. She later formed two subsidiary corporations -- Auric Properties, Inc. and Auric Healthcare Solutions, LLC-- in order to provide more specific consulting services to clients.

Prior, Ms. Goldberg served as Director of Finance and Development and later as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), where she was the lead consultant on economic development matters to the President of the Borough of Brooklyn, the Mayor of the City of New York and the Governor of the State of New York. Under her leadership, BEDC became the model for economic development.

In addition to developing the corporate structure for BEDC, Ms. Goldberg participated in the structuring of several billions of dollars of commercial and industrial development, including real estate, leveraged buy-outs, and mergers and acquisitions, among many other projects.

Considered as one of the architects of New York City’s economic development program, Ms. Goldberg has been called upon by U.S. and foreign-based organizations to assess and evaluate economic incentive and investment programs. She has served on the Board of Directors of various non-profit organizations and currently participates in a global green energy committee that analyzes alternative energy projects from around the world.

Ms. Goldberg earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work, with a specialization in Industrial Social Welfare from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Psychology and Political Science from Brooklyn College.

The daughter of trade magazine publishers, Ms. Goldberg is married and has two children.

Access to Capital: Get the Money You Need to Grow Your Business

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Business Growth Room

Carl Gould

President at 7 Stage Advisors

Carl Gould
Carl Gould

Carl Gould

President at 7 Stage Advisors

Carl Gould is the President at 7 Stage Advisors- Business Consulting as well as a Published Author, Keynote Speaker, Business Mentor and Trainer. He is the Award-Winning Coach and Platinum Member or Manchester’s Who’s Who, who has assisted the launch of > 5,000 businesses since 2002. Carl has been seen, heard and read at….Newark Star Ledger, The Wall Street Journal, Cape Business, Performance Magazine, News 12 NJ, CBS WINK-TV. Follow him on Twitter…www.twitter.com/carlgould

Using a proprietary methodology based on the best-selling book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success, we are the world’s leading business growth experts. He and his team members help companies and organizations ALIGN their people and processes, TURNAROUND any situation they find themselves in, and GROW their revenues exponentially.

CARL GOULD’s STORY: Carl Gould has spent the last 18 years in the personal and professional development field. He has studied under masters in the field of personal and professional development. In 2002, Carl founded CMT International, the farthest reaching “Business Mentoring” organization in the world.

Carl’s innovative approach to Business Mentoring and Business Coaching has received acclaim from both his clients and his peers. With more then 90 independently owned and operated offices worldwide, Carl Gould and his world-class teams of mentors and coaches have guided their clients to significant results using their proven methods. What’s more, they all have fun in the process!

Carl’s training includes Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Neuro-Associative Conditioning (NAC), certification in the Adizes Methodology for Organizational Therapy and Turnaround. Carl is a Behavior and Values Analyst. In his 2001 book, “With the Light On,” Carl offers empowering life strategies in an anecdotal format. Carl is the Managing Director of an International Business Mentoring Program, as well as a “Master Coach.”

Carl created and perfected the 7-Stages program through his work with Adizes Methodology and thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Carl’s work with these companies inspired him to realize that there was a model for success, and so, the 7-Stages method was born.

Carl explains that he is a true entrepreneur because, “I can’t work for anyone else.” Carl learned from an early age that he had the ability to see a larger vision and that everything is an opportunity. This was the foundation on which he built his reputation as an International Entrepreneur, growing successful companies across six continents.

Carl is happily married with three children Courtney, Sean and Vonya. He resides with his family in Riverdale, NJ.

5 Ways to Generate Revenue in Your Business in the Next 90 Days

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sales Strategies Room

Beth Granger

CEO of Beth Granger Consulting

Beth Granger
Beth Granger

Beth Granger

CEO of Beth Granger Consulting

Beth Granger is a social media, social selling, and LinkedIn consultant, trainer, and speaker who works with organizations, small business owners, and individuals who know they should be using social media to:

*Extend their networking
*Find more prospects and book more meetings
*Build their personal and professional brand

Beth loves helping people who may not be comfortable with technology to embrace its power. Beth uses her unique blend of creative, technical, and business communications expertise to help accelerate your learning curve.

Beth is the Secretary and Twitter Chair on the board of National Speakers Association, New York Chapter, Co-VP and Secretary on the board of directors of the Social Media Association, and a member of the board of directors of Landmark on Main Street, a not-for-profit theater within a community center.

Beth can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and more — and is probably already researching the new platform that you will hear about tomorrow!

Social Selling: Filling your Sales Funnel Using Social Media

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sales Strategies Room

David Gussin

Co-Founder at 516Ads.com

David Gussin Headshot
David Gussin Headshot

David Gussin

Co-Founder at 516Ads.com

David Gussin has a passion for what he does. Founded July 20, 2007, 516Ads.com & 631Ads.com has become a true asset to the Long Island business community. Especially those trying to grow their businesses. Using a mixture of web & warmth, David works to promote business on a daily basis throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In addition to business, 516Ads/ 631Ads uses it’s many platforms to help raise awareness and supplies for charity.

When it comes to advertising, networking and marketing, David is a wiz! Creator of ‘The Everything Bagel’, founder of LEARN, David is a dynamic marketing expert, who is relentless and truly an innovator when it comes to networking and getting your message into the public eye.

David has a growing popularity; his positive energy is contagious. If you follow David’s lead you will surely find your path to success.

Facilitated Networking Session 2 - IGNITING BUSINESS w/ David Gussin: Better Your Business, Start Networking

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Facilitated Networking Room

Albert Hakim

M&A Specialist at The Kensington Company

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Albert Hakim

M&A Specialist at The Kensington Company

Albert is an Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience across many different business segments. He has owned successful retail business, wholesale & distribution, web-based businesses as well as spent time in the corporate world as head of corporate sales at a publicly traded company and a business consultant. He is uniquely qualified to assist in all aspects of business transactions and brings that talent to the Kensington Company.

Sellers of businesses are comfortable speaking to someone who truly understands business, both the complexities and the emotional part of selling one’s business and buyers appreciate his ability to understand the real needs and match a buyer’s skill set to the right business opportunity.

Buyers - People buy businesses for many reasons, they are in career transition, they have been laid off, they want to hedge against a shaky employment market or they just want to take more control over their future. Albert helps his clients identify the real reasons they are looking at business ownership and match them with businesses that fit their objectives.

Sellers - If you are a small to mid-sized company (1-10 million in sales), you really want Albert representing you because he knows how to price, promote and market your business to meet your selling objectives.

Albert has many references from all kinds of industries that he can supply but the most important thing to remember is that he is committed to happy buyers and happy sellers. That is the secret of his success.

SHARK TANK: Sit Back Relax & Learn About 45 Great Businesses for Sale in Under 1 Hour

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Business Growth Room

Stuart Levenberg

Franchise Specialist at The Kensington Company

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Stuart_Levenberg_New

Stuart Levenberg

Franchise Specialist at The Kensington Company

Stuart Levenberg has been a Business Intermediary and Franchise Consultant with The Kensington Company since 2005. Since then he has helped 100’s of buyers and sellers complete transactions utilizing his own life experiences of building a retail store, operating it and selling it. His personal experience as a franchise owner and years of transactional experience working with over 100 franchisors gives him the knowledge to help move transactions forward while understanding all sides of a transaction.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Stu went to work for a multi-unit food service operator, managing in store operations for 3 years in Cleveland. He then moved back to Long Island to work in the franchisors corporate office as a Franchise Development Manager. In this role, Stu helped buyers through the company’s sales process. He loved helping people learn about business and buying a franchise, but did not love the company’s pushy sales culture. This led him to make the move to The Kensington Company in 2005, where he has been able to serve as a Franchise Development Manager for numerous emerging franchise brands as part of Kensington’s Franchise Sales and Development Division.

Over the years at Kensington Company Stu has been personally involved with 100’s of business transactions both of franchises and independent businesses. He is a guest lecturer at local Universities, Small Business Development Centers, Department of Labor and other venues.

“I am fortunate to love what I do and find great fulfilment in helping others compete their business goals and often a life dream. More so then that, I am fortunate to have the support and love of my amazing wife and sweetheart Rachel and my two daughters Sloane and Audrey.”

SHARK TANK: Sit Back Relax & Learn About 45 Great Businesses for Sale in Under 1 Hour

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Business Growth Room

Adrian Miller

President of Adrian Miller Sales Training

Adrian Miller
Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller

President of Adrian Miller Sales Training

Adrian Miller is President and Founder of Adrian Miller Sales Training, a sales consulting organization that she launched 27 years ago.

She is also a professional speaker, trainer and author (“The Blatant Truth: 50 Ways to Sales Success” and “The Blatant Truth: How to Not Screw Up the Customer Service Game”). Adrian’s byline also appears in many business publications.

Adrian specializes in designing and delivering highly customized sales and customer service skills training programs that are practical, results-driven and provide real world solutions for real world situations.

Her expertise includes working with the owners and “C” level executives of companies ranging in size from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 firms across a vast diversity of industries, helping them to develop successful sales strategies, develop new and results-driven sales processes, implement CRM programs and identify and overcome obstacles to sales growth and increased revenues.

Adrian’s highly enthusiastic and energetic approach has won her raving fans nationwide and her program design is always extremely interactive and engaging.

Leveraging her love of writing, Adrian also develops content for her clients and creates and maintains newsletters, blogs and social media all designed to increase her client’s visibility, credibility and market penetration.

Adrian is also the creator of Adrian’s Network, a highly successful business networking community comprised of 400 members who help each other with contacts and introductions that result in revenue producing business.

Adrian’s degree in sociology and love of helping people has been fundamental to her success as a sales consultant. When not working with clients or on the road for speaking engagements, Adrian pursues her other passions: walking the streets of Manhattan camera at the ready, indulging in her love of the theater, getting ready to board a plane to travel and explore a new culture or simply hanging out with her husband and two adult sons, enjoying food, friends and hockey.

Facilitated Networking Session 1 - An Interactive Session: Fun and Games and Networking Tools That Can Help You Get More Business

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Facilitated Networking Room

Bob Mittleman

Facilitator, ABA-NY

Bob Mittleman
Bob Mittleman

Bob Mittleman

Facilitator, ABA-NY

Bob Mittleman is a Facilitator with ABA-NY. After a highly successful 18 year career as a NASDAQ Market Maker on Wall Street, he has been an entrepreneur and outstanding business owner for the past fifteen years. He now is creating business communities within the ABA model where he helps others with professional and personal development. In addition, he is currently the CEO of Fitness Together Cold Spring Hills, Surge Biz Bookkeeping and Run Bob Run.

Network Your Way to Growth: An Exercise in Business Development

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Facilitated Networking Room

Anthony Murnaghan

Business Growth Consultant, ProctorGallagher Institute

Anthony Murnaghan
Anthony Murnaghan

Anthony Murnaghan

Business Growth Consultant, ProctorGallagher Institute

Anthony Murnaghan is a Business Growth Consultant at the ProctorGallagher Institute, where he transitions businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to exceeding their ultimate potential by clarifying their goals with absolute precision making success thee inevitable through focus and accountability.
Prior to becoming a certified consultant for the worlds leading teacher in human potential and success Bob Proctor, Anthony applied these great teachings to his own businesses in Construction and Forex Trading, where the results were life changing. It was then his desire was sparked to join the ProctorGallagher team and become a passionate Consultant.

His unwavering determination and ambition to instil a successful mindset in his clients has placed him a leader in his industry.

Today Anthony offers a wide range of programs and services to Corporate Coaching, Seminars and Key note speeches globally.

To contact, Anthony please visit his webpage at www.am.thinkingintoresults.com or reach him on Social media at https://m.facebook.com/TIRlifesuccesscoaching/ , https://instagram.com/p/BgBgKGfByu7/

Business Growth Formula for Success: Increase Profits Through Productivity & Goal Setting

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Business Growth Room

Michael Ogus

Senior VP & Director of SBA Lending at BNB Bank

Michael Ogus
Michael Ogus

Michael Ogus

Senior VP & Director of SBA Lending at BNB Bank

Michael Ogus, Senior Vice President and Director of SBA Lending, came to BNB Bank with over thirty years of diversified bank lending experience. He started his career at Lincoln Savings Bank in deposit accounting and worked in various capacities at Chemical Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Astoria Federal Savings, and IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust Company.

Mike started an SBA Lending Team at Community National Bank (CNB) at their inception and built it to be one of the top PLP lenders in the Long Island and New York Regions throughout that bank’s 10 year history. Mike joined BNB as part of the acquisition of CNB and is committed to expanding SBA lending at BNB to cover the bank’s Montauk to Manhattan market as the leader in serving the small business market.

Access to Capital: Get the Money You Need to Grow Your Business

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Business Growth Room

Gina Slater Parker

President & CEO of LIDC & LISBAC

Gina Slater Parker Headshot
Gina Slater Parker Headshot

Gina Slater Parker

President & CEO of LIDC & LISBAC

Bio coming soon

Access to Capital: Get the Money You Need to Grow Your Business

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Business Growth Room

Joan Pelzer

Founder, CEO & President of Joan Pelzer Social

Joan Pelzer headshot
Joan Pelzer headshot

Joan Pelzer

Founder, CEO & President of Joan Pelzer Social

Joan Pelzer is an Entrepreneur, and Founder, CEO & President of Joan Pelzer Social, a social media marketing agency, and a radio show Host of FollowMeFriday with Joan + Priya on TalkRadio.NYC. Joan is a connector and helps create & build relationships online that you can take offline as a social media marketing and online engagement strategist with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses, to musicals, to a UN-based NGO. Joan is National Social Media Strategist + NYC Chapter Director of What Women Want Networking, and is VP Marketing of The New York Association, a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization. Joan holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Fordham University Graduate School of Business, and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Russia. Through her company, Joan helps create value-driven interactions that accelerate the connections between clients and their target markets.

Please do reach out - you never know where a connection will lead! www.JoanPelzerSocial.com

How Do You Create Relationships- Not Just Connections- on Social Media?

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Social Media Lab

Larry Pontillo

Lender Relations Specialist, New York District Office, SBA

Larry Pontillo
Larry Pontillo

Larry Pontillo

Lender Relations Specialist, New York District Office, SBA

Larry Pontillo has worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration for 38 years. He has served in Washington D.C. as a “Technical Expert” and consultant to Federal Agencies for the awarding of Government contracts totaling as much as $19 million dollars.

He is currently a Lender Relations Specialist in the Finance Division of SBA’s New York Office. He provides training to lenders in loan processing, servicing, purchase, and liquidation while representing the District office in matters relating to financial institutions and the operational procedures necessary for use of the SBA’s Loan Programs.

Access to Capital: Get the Money You Need to Grow Your Business

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Business Growth Room

Ken Stein

Managing Director at The Kensington Company

Ken Stein
Ken Stein

Ken Stein

Managing Director at The Kensington Company

Ken Stein founded Kensington in 1997 after owning and operating numerous drug stores and home health care companies for 18 years. He opened his first drug store at only 18 and built his small chain into a well-respected healthcare company on Long Island. In 1995 when he sold his Drug Stores to Revco Drug Stores which at the time was the second largest chain in the country with 2,500 stores, one of his store’s was ranked 3rd in sales volume out of the entire chain.

Ken’s guiding core principle in creating Kensington was out of his sheer frustration with the process of trying to purchase a small to mid-size company after he sold his drugstores. He was confident that he could “do it better” and created the Kensington Company with a promise to himself and to all his clients to always act with uncompromising integrity. The goal was to build a “Re-Mark-Able” Company. The work is not completed however in the past 20 years Ken with his team has built a company that has successfully completed several million dollars’ worth of transaction across a broad range of industries. Ken’s real life experiences of owning and operating small to multi-million dollar businesses helps facilitate successful transactions for his clients. His passion and integrity drives constructive solutions to the various challenges that business transactions face. No matter what the founding core principles of Kensington 20 years later is still the driving force for the success of Kensington.

Founding Core Principle:
To help our clients achieve THEIR objectives whether they are looking to acquire a business, change their career, or sell their business in a professional manner. Our process is based on integrity and we are committed to serving THEIR needs to the best of our ability no matter our investment of time or what our financial gain is.

Ken is married for 32 years and when not working spends his time with his wife Donna and 3 kids, ideally on the beach, jet skiing, hiking, playing tennis or barbequing.

SHARK TANK: Sit Back Relax & Learn About 45 Great Businesses for Sale in Under 1 Hour

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Business Growth Room

Adam Stein

M&A Specialist at The Kensington Company

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Adam Stein

M&A Specialist at The Kensington Company

Adam began working at The Kensington Company as a summer intern in 2008. He joined the company full time in 2012. Adam is a Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor and graduated magna cum laude from Baruch University with a BBA in Finance. Outside of the office, Adam enjoys playing and watching sports. He is a long suffering fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Islanders.

SHARK TANK: Sit Back Relax & Learn About 45 Great Businesses for Sale in Under 1 Hour

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Business Growth Room

Lauren Tarantino

Account Manager of Social Media/Content Marketing at Didit

Lauren Tarantino
Lauren Tarantino

Lauren Tarantino

Account Manager of Social Media/Content Marketing at Didit

Lauren Tarantino is a well-versed social media practitioner with experience across a host of industries, including fashion, retail, health care, non-profit, automotive and education. Lauren specializes in crafting unique campaigns to create buzz around her clients’ brands and ensure they are relevant and top of mind in the online landscape. She makes sure that her clients are active on the most appropriate social media platforms to spread brand awareness to broad and relevant audiences while ensuring the right messaging is being portrayed to each audience. Lauren’s specialties include organic and paid social media, digital public relations and marketing, content marketing, blogging, reputation management, and account management.

She has had the opportunity to execute campaigns on behalf of numerous clients, including Ellos; Nassau University Medical Center; Manhattan Jeep, Alfa Romeo & Fiat; Salk Inc.; The Bristal; and JDS Therapeutics.

After graduating college, Lauren jumped into the social media marketing world by working at marketing agencies in California and Manhattan, and on Long Island, before joining Didit in 2017. Her social media and content marketing skills, as well as her team-oriented background position her as a capable specialist to her clients.

How to Amplify Your Social Media Voice

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Social Media Lab

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