Ken Jacobi works on the Capital Markets team at PepsiCo. There he is responsible for helping create and manage the optimal capital structure for PepsiCo Inc.
He is also author of “Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School and Life as a Division I College Athlete” (Second Edition). Ken is also a graduate of NYU Stern’s MBA program and has completed 8 marathons.
Sam Kestenbaum is an Account Executive at York International Agency, a private insurance brokerage located in Harrison, NY. At York Sam is responsible for procuring new clients, managing their insurance portfolio, and advising them on various risk management protocols. Sam graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and lives in Stamford, CT.
Jim Shattuck has over 30 years experience providing transition counseling, coaching, and retained search services for organizations and individuals. In the 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a Human Resources executive for Exxon – Mobil Corporation in the U.S. and abroad. After leaving Mobil in 1991, Jim started consulting with Fortune 100 companies and not-for-profit organizations impacted by Board and senior management decisions to bring greater efficiencies and profitability to their work force.
Andrew Roe is a proven energy/power technology marketing and business development professional with extensive experience in the electric power industry for a technical consulting group specializing in large capital project development support.
Recently co-founded a “green tech” startup that won the Columbia Venture Challenge – Global Technology Track (#StartupColumbia) in 2016. As co-founder I am the lead for business and sustainability strategy. Additionally, I have experience in the venture capital industry with an emphasis on clean technology including energy, water and related sustainable industries.
Skilled in both technology and economics aspects of the power generation and related industries, with my professional career covering 10+ years at Burns and Roe, an engineering design firm in the metro NYC area. Recently completed a Masters of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University where I focused on energy and water.
Passionate about green project development and the role sustainability strategy will play in future business decision making. As an experienced professional I can drive value-added green strategy development across multiple industry sectors focusing on the intersection of economic viability and sustainable returns.
Tanya Popolizio grew up in Milford, CT and now resides in East Norwalk. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology and just recently graduated with her MBA, with a concentration in Marketing from Sacred Heart University.
Tanya has more than 8 years of management experience and works at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a Senior Campaign Manager. She oversees the Special Events department, and specifically works on their Man & Woman of the Year campaign. She enjoys giving back to the community and tries to volunteer her time whenever possible.
Tanya enjoys meeting new people and building relationships, and strives to hit goals. She enjoys watching sports, running, and bikram yoga. She has completed a total of three half marathons and completed the NYC Marathon last November. She was also recognized this summer as one of the winners for Fairfield County’s 40 Under 40.
Ian McAuley is a Managing Partner at Anchor House Builders, LLC, a residential and commercial general contracting firm operating in Fairfield County CT.
Prior, Ian worked for a private equity investment firm located in Greenwich CT, where he managed a large real estate portfolio. This included property acquisition and management, repurposing, renovations, and the sale of commercial, residential, and industrial property. Ian earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management and a Master’s in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Clark University.
Alison Levitch is a Marketing Specialist. Alison has 10+ years of experience. Her industry experience includes: Marketing, Real Estate, Nonprofit, Banking, Brokerage, Operations, Investment, Finance, Energy, and Commodities. She has a B.S.B.A in Marketing from The University of Hartford. In her spare time Alison enjoys softball and painting.
With 22 years of experience consulting clients in the Life Sciences, Healthcare and Non-Profit industries, Matt leads organizations in the upfront strategy and planning development that results in the successful implementation of CRM and analytics applications. Results-driven, detailed and a process-oriented leader managing strategy, business process and technology implementation projects, Matt has successfully managed and delivered 40+ commercial projects (including Salesforce) with 20 to 2,500 users and teams of 2 to 25 staff. Recently Matt has experience coaching healthcare-related start-ups at NYU’s Berkeley Center. Matt has an MBA in International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business, a BA from Connecticut College and has studied at London School of Economics and U. of Vienna. Matt is very passionate about leading social groups with the main purpose of benefiting the community and fundraising for good causes.
Bo Zhang came to the United States in 2010 as an international student from China. He got his MPA from Pace University and proceeded to work for a prestigious For-Purpose Organization, United Way, where he got to work with top executives from Fortune 500 companies and local business/community leaders. Passionate about learning, innovation and creating values, Bo’s been involved in a wide range of businesses. He also sits on the boards of three young professional groups and started a mastermind discussion group which will soon become TEDx of Stamford. Bo is a fast learner, hustler, relationship builder, volleyball player &coach, the worst trivia player and a strong advocate of unconventional thinking.
Handy is an accounting and financial management professional with 8 years of experience working with small business owners and their employees. He has represented the investment and insurance division of Fortune 500 companies such as Mass Mutual, Transamerica, Pacific Life, Prudential and Metlife just to name a few. He is currently with New York Life Securities LLC offering business, estate, employee benefits and retirement planning services in the Greater New York Area.