(in alphabetical order)
Brett is an innovative and highly talented digital media entrepreneur with experience in mobile software and entertainment. He is the Founder and Head of Operations of Panelfly Inc., a company he started in 2008 with two friends while studying for his MBA at Pace University. Panelfly is a leader in creating the ultimate digital fan experience. Dubbed SuperMedia, our unique transmedia storytelling approach, coupled with deep content discovery and social interactivity, Panelfly takes traditional on-screen experiences to a whole new level. Beyond the Internet, we are driven to deliver the world’s most immersive, interactive digital fanfest, whether at home or on the go.
Prior to starting Panelfly, Brett spent time with Telemetry Investments, where he focused on distressed mortgage assets. Brett received an MBA from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University.
Lenny Kharitonov has always been involved in various entrepreneurial ventures and did a brief stint in banking at Lehman Brothers, now Barclays. He is the President of Unlimited Furniture Group. Unlimited Furniture Group Inc is an 8 year old parent company to various furniture related entities covering retail, ecommerce, and international distribution. Its global team speaks 10 languages and lives and works on 4 continents.He loves people and enjoy meeting them. Lenny’s hobbies include reading and traveling and more recently ice hockey and biking.
Lenny received his BBA from Pace University in 2002 and Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School in 2012.
Best described as an entrepreneur and digital strategist, Aaron is the founder of Icebreaker Consulting which creates technology, social media, ecommerce, marketing and SEO strategies for businesses and individuals. Icebreaker specializes in boosting efficiency and productivity through customized technology education.
After graduating from Pace University with an MBA in strategic management he began working for a prominent social media agency as a senior account director and later as the ROI and metrics specialist. He oversaw clients of all sizes including Netflix, Pepsi, Starbucks, Forbes, ExpoTV, Pandora, Coolio, Nextune and multiple film launches.
The foundation of Icebreaker Consulting came after years of work with individual clients. Since 2002 Aaron has been working with businesses and individuals to help them get the most use from their technology resources.
Icebreaker Consulting brings together a large network of connections in agencies, service providers, developers and other consultants who all work together to create and fulfill new possibilities for clients and the world. Icebreaker donates 5% of net profits to Netimpact.org
Born in Kenya of Indian descent & raised in Tanzania, Rumit Mehta has a love for Africa that is unmatched. Despite living in the urban jungle of New York City, he still manages to return to Africa and India both for family visits and by request from many of his clients. Rumit grew up leading safaris for friends and colleagues where he refined his keen wildlife spotting skills in the bush.
Originally trained as an architect, Rumit worked in the design and construction industry for 13 years while at the same time dabbling in travel planning for select clients. Very soon, the travel bug caught on and after much deliberation he decided to do it on a full time basis as it was more exciting than visiting muddy construction sites. As they say, the rest is history…
An avid thrill seeker, Rumit plays a pivotal role in developing custom itineraries for luxury and academic clients leveraging a wealth of knowledge and professional networks in both Africa and South Asia to design complex itineraries. With his deep knowledge of the hospitality industry, he is frequently invited as a guest speaker at business and academic forums. Rumit is also Vice President of the Association of the Promotion of Tourism in Africa (APTA)- Northeast Chapter.
Nicholas is the Accounting Director at AltResources where he creates accounting, financial and operational solutions that help grow businesses. Prior to AltResources, Nicholas served as a Controller with PineBridge Investments (formerly AIG Investments) and was responsible for direct, fund of funds and secondary funds. Nicholas oversaw back, middle, and front office functions, and was a key player with front office personnel. Earlier in his career, he held key positions at another alternative investment administrator, consulting firms and financial services companies where he expanded his client service, analytical and industry skill set. Nicholas started his career in the Financial Services Audit Practice at KPMG. His front, middle and back office experience – and client centric approach – equip him to effectively support fund business strategies, individual General Partner visions while understanding portfolio company matters.
Nicholas is a CPA and received his BBA in Accounting from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in 1984. He has a MBA in Finance/International Business from NYU Stern School of Business. Nicholas is a Board Member and Treasurer of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York.
Sara Shikhman is the President of BedroomFurnitureDiscounts.com, a leading online retailer of home furnishings in New York. Under Sara’s leadership Bedroom Furniture Discounts was able to turn a $20,000 investment into nearly $10 million in revenue despite being 576th to market. Sara earned her B.B.A. in Finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and her law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to Bedroom Furniture Discounts Sara taught Business Law at Pace University, was a portfolio manager at Deutsche Asset Management and practiced corporate law at a top law firm in New York. In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling, tennis and writing. Sara is a board member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School alumni board and the Lubin School of Business Alumni Board.
Alan Siege is the principal of Small Business Management Consulting, a consulting firm that helps small businesses refine their market niche and non-profit organizations expand their sources of contributed income. Along with an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Pace University, he has a Masters degree in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), an instructor of Business Basics for the New York City Department of Small Business Services, and has led workshops on marketing and business development through the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. He is also a professional storyteller, having performed at venues throughout the NYC metropolitan area.