Dan Balzora – Chairman
Vice President, Pouschine Cook Capital Management
Daniel is a Vice President at Pouschine Cook Capital Management, a middle-market private equity firm. He has served as a board director of three of Pouschine Cook’s portfolio companies – International Graphics, Great Lakes Caring and World of Tile. Daniel was previously in the M&A Group at Jefferies and Company where he provided financial advisory to technology companies. Prior to this position, he worked in the Supply Chain Operations Division at General Mills. Daniel also serves on the Technical Advisory Board of Leopard Capital Haiti, a private equity firm focused on making socially impactful investments in Haiti. Daniel graduated with a degree in Economics from Yale University.Angus Dobbie – Treasurer
Director – Human Resources, Sunrise Brokers
Angus is a senior finance executive with 20 years professional experience working in international securities operations. He has worked across Asia, the US and Latin America and has extensive academic training in both Finance and Political Science (He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Masters Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in International Relations).
Since 2010, Angus has worked in the Recruitment field, specializing in Financial Services personnel. Prior to this Angus’s background was 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 US subsidiary, and served on the Finance, Compliance and 401k Advisory Board committees. Angus was also part of the Macquarie Foundation’s launch in the US and an active participant in its strategic direction and volunteer activities.
Angus’s 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.Kristine Stallone – Secretary Vice President for Finance and Administration, American Jewish World Service
Kristine Stallone is currently the Vice President for Finance and Administration at American Jewish World Service. She brings her commitment to social justice and years of international experience in finance to her role. She was the former CFO of Arcus Foundation and the former controller of Americas and of Global Functional teams for Bloomberg LP, the global information service, news and media giant, where she led a team that worked on financial reporting and development of the enterprise-wide financial system. As an independent consultant to nonprofits, she served as controller for Teach for America and Ithaka Harbors, an organization working to accelerate the use of information technologies in higher education worldwide. Ms. Stallone supports and volunteers for several charitable organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a BS in accounting from Mercy College, New York.
A self proclaimed “recovering corporate attorney,” Michael donned a suit and tie to a law firm every day for nearly eight years. When he could not find off-the-rack suits cut to his liking, he began having his clothes custom made. After trying over a dozen tailors without finding exactly what he wanted, he decided to open his own tailor shop.
Since doing his homework had become second nature – Michael received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech, where he was a prestigious President’s Scholar, and his JD/MBA from Northwestern Law School and the Kellogg School of Management – he began taking tailoring classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology to understand professional tailoring techniques first-hand.
In 2006, Michael Andrews Bespoke was launched with the vision of crafting high-end yet approachable menswear with a modern flare. Since then, Michael Andrews has become New York’s premier custom clothier and has been named to “Best of” lists by New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Bloomberg Markets, AM New York and JW Marriott Magazine.Kereena Blake – Director Vice President Investment Bank Technology & Operations- JPMorgan Chase
Kereena Blake holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. In addition, Kereena is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Perhaps most importantly, she is a very proud wife & mom of three.
Matt Canner is a Senior PCA at Wilmington Trust with responsibilities including wealth transfer planning, investment management and business development. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Matt was a Director of Sales and Trading for Knight Capital Group. Before Knight, Matt was a senior wealth management officer in the High Net Worth Financial Planning Group of U.S. Trust. Prior to U.S. Trust, Matt was a Personal Financial Counselor and Senior Associate at Ernst & Young, LP in New York and an associate with the Cowan Financial Group.
Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and has the honor of serving as his elected Class President. Matt is a long-standing member of the Penn Alumni Leadership Council, and serves on Penn’s Secondary School Committee Board. Matt also currently serves on the board of Game7 Sports. Additionally, Matt serves on the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Lifeguard Alumni Association where he is responsible for event-planning, fundraising and philanthropic scholarship activities. Matt resides in Long Beach with his beautiful family, his wife Lauren and their two children Brian and Alison.
Courtney Corleto is currently an investor in and consultant to Flywheel Sports, a NY‐based fitness company. In addition to Career Gear, she is also a member of the Founders Circle of The Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research. Previously, Courtney worked as a Relationship Manager focusing on financial data products at Thomson Reuters and as an associate at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Private Client Services Group. Courtney is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Manhattan with her husband, David and their one year old twins.Gilonne D’Origny – Director EVP, On Demand Books
Gilonne is a consultant in corporate responsibility, marketing and communications, and in growth strategy. She has worked in law, finance, business, peace building, and film. She has also been involved in projects and organizations from financing landmine clearance to decolonization to human trafficking.
Gilonne has a BA from Brown University, MA and LL.M from the University of London, and law degree from the College of Law.Paul Kim – Director CEO, ProConvos, Inc
Paul is currently the CEO of ProConvos Inc., an internet technology company that provides an innovative platform that unleashes the power of alumni networks. In a prior life, he was a 15 year veteran of the finance industry specializing in the global technology, media, and telecom sectors in 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). During this time, he also started a boutique financial firm, which was eventually transitioned into a European-based global financial institution. Prior to his experience in the finance industry, Paul worked in the publishing industry for a boutique magazine publisher that specializes in the beer, wine, and distilled spirits industry. 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. Paul is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designate.Scott Lehman – Director Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Events, Esquire Magazine
Scott Lehmann is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events for Esquire magazine, a unit of the Hearst Corporation. In this role, he is a key member of Esquire’s team that identifies, creates and implements sales and marketing programs to drive sales revenue for the magazine, Esquire.com and Esquire’s iPad applications. He has extensive experience in the development of national marketing and promotional campaigns within the fashion, retail, entertainment, liquor and grooming industries, adeptly managing strategic partnerships for highly complex marketing campaigns. Prior to Esquire, Mr. Lehmann worked at Rolling Stone magazine, a unit of Wenner Media. His first job in magazine publishing was with men’s lifestyle magazine P.O.V. Magazine (Point of View) where he was part of a team that was named Adweek’s ‘Start-Up of the Year’ and ‘Top 10 Up & Coming Magazines.’
Scott graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature with a concentration on Film Studies and Film Analysis. In addition to Career Gear, Mr. Lehmann serves on the New York City ‘Young Executive Committee’ for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Kristen.Bruce Pask – Director Men’s Fashion Director, T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Bruce Pask has served as a fashion editor and stylist at notable fashion publications for almost two decades, holding fashion directorial posts at GQ and Cargo magazines. He is currently the Men’s Fashion Director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. His extensive styling work with Annie Leibovitz included numerous celebrity covers for Vanity Fair and memorable advertising campaigns for The Sopranos.
His debut as a costume designer for the stage was for Joe Mantello’s Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s Design for Living. He first collaborated with his twin brother in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of The Zoo Story/The Dumbwaiter.Sean Pica – Director Executive Director, Hudson Link
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 men and women. Sean’s responsibilities include program management, business development, fundraising and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of Hudson Link.Prior to Hudson Lin, Sean was the Director of Club Access, a psychosocial clubhouse or adults with mental health disabilities, and a tenant advocate for the James Weldon Housing Projects in East Harlem.
Sean serves 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, on the Board of Saving Our Society re-entry services organization 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 an MBA candidate at Mercy College. Sean lives in Westchester with his wife, Lori.John Saroff – Director Lead of Strategic Partnership Development for Google TV, Google
John Saroff is Vice-President, Digital Factory and Sales Production for vente-privee USA. In this role, he is responsible for leading the creative development and physical production of each of vente-privee’s sale events. John joined vente-privee in September 2011 as a member of the launch team.
In 2011, John was named one of the forty most influential media executives under the age of 40 by industry publication Multichannel News. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, the Board of Directors of both Career Gear and the International Radio and Television Society and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. John obtained a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society. Perhaps most importantly, he is a very proud graduate of Haverford College.Noah Sorkin – Director Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Advisor Group
Noah Sorkin serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Advisor Group as of April 2008. His is responsible for managing all legal and regulatory functions impacting the independent broker-dealers of Advisor Group.
He joined Advisor Group from Fidelity National Financial, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President, with responsibility for supervising all litigation matters and regulatory investigations involving the firm’s direct operations and independent agents.
Sorkin began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the King’s County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, as Senior Trial Counsel, prosecuting felony cases. He then joined Prudential Financial, Inc. where he assumed additional responsibility and was named Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President. At Prudential, Sorkin managed a geographically diverse group of legal professionals and was instrumental in guiding the company through numerous regulatory settlements. He also worked with regulators and sales professionals in coordinating the implementation of new processes. Following Wachovia’s merger with Prudential Securities Division, Sorkin joined Oppenheimer & Company, Inc., a full-service broker-dealer and investment
Sorkin received his B.A. from Connecticut College in 1979, his J.D. degree from George Washington University-National Law Center in 1982 and his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2002. He and his wife Stephanie live in Chappaqua, NY with their two children, Dana and Matthew.Andrew Stein Partner, Vicus Partners, LLC
Andrew is a founding Principal of Vicus Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate Firm dedicated exclusively to representing tenants in commercial transactions. As a senior member of Vicus’s management team, Mr. Stein oversees the firm’s strategic direction as well as serving as a consultant, strategic planner and provider of specialized brokerage services to his roster of public and private sector clients. Mr. Stein’s ability to find strategic and creative solutions to both quantitative and qualitative issues makes him a valuable real estate advisor. Some of his recent accomplishments include negotiating on behalf of RW Baird, the World Lung Foundation for their U.S. headquarters in lower Manhattan, representing the Children’s Defense Fund with respect to their New York headquarters, representing multiple embassy’s, law firms, schools, non-profits and other businesses in leasing transactions throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He is a graduate of Brown University and is currently a member of the Young Men’s/Womens Real Estate Association & the International Tenant Representative Alliance.Anthony Vaughn – Director Associate, Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC
Anthony 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. He has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, specifically real estate, construction and professional liability matters. Additionally, Anthony’s experience includes handling transactional matters for commercial clients and individuals. He is currently serving as a mentor in Career Gear’s MAST Mentoring Program where he provides advise and emotional support to assist participants in achieving life / work balance.