Biographies

Jeff Bernstein –  Jeff is a CPA practicing for over 25 years. Current business is Bernstein Rosen & Company CPAs, an accounting firm in Midtown Manhattan. Prior to starting this Firm, Jeff was a partner for 15 years at a medium sized NYC firm. Jeff also has been investing in residential real estate in Cape Cod, MA for the last 10 years.  (Personal) Jeff lives in Westchester NY and has been married almost 30 years. He has 2 boys currently 24 and 22 years old.  Interests include hiking, biking, wine collecting and spending quality time with friends and family.

Vincent Cannariato – Known as Vinny to his close friends, he founded his company in 1985 and named it Vincent Limousine after his father.  Having started with one car, the company maintains the ideal that size does not matter, but consistency and quality are vital.  Recently engaged and a father to a three year old son, Joseph, Vincent has never been happier in his life.

Andy Cohen – Andy is President of Rock Properties, an owner and provider of rental housing for over 2,000 people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  In 1995 he founded Rock Properties with the mission “Inspiring Our NeighborsTM.” Throughout his career, Andy has stressed teaching and volunteerism.  He is founder of TGreen.org, an organization co-sponsored with Wells Fargo Bank that develops a good credit rating for inner city young adults while learning financial literacy.   Andy graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986 with a BA in Economics.  He lives in Millburn, New Jersey with his three children.

Kevin Gilbert – Kevin is Founder and President of Gilbert International Group, facilities support company that operates in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  With over 250 employees, the Group covers all the facilities support needs of large institutional and Fortune 100 clients, from Janitorial to engineering to call centers.

Kevin is a graduate of the New York University Leonard Stern School of Business, having studied Psychology, Accounting, and Finance.  In her prior career, Kevin worked as a CPA for a medium-size firm in Manhattan, focusing on small businesses and their owners.

Kevin believes ‘paying it forward’ is the only way to live, and therefore has sat on the Board of several non-profit institutions, and takes pride in coaching budding entrepreneurs on their way to success. She is also Secretary of the Accident Prevention and Safety League Group 45 of The New York State Insurance Fund.   She lives in Long Island, NY with her husband Robert, daughter Sonia Sky, mom Helen and Golden Retriever Hoover.

Dana Haddad – Dana is the founder of New York Admissions, assisting parents and children from 10 months to 17 years old in all aspects of education and the admissions process (including assessing and creating appropriate school lists, improving grades and standardized test scores, application assistance, interview preparation, and essay consultation).  Dana has been involved in education for more than a decade working as a teacher, Director of Admissions at Claremont Preparatory School in Manhattan, and the Associate Director of Admissions at Horace Mann School.  Dana has helped over 6,000 families achieve their educational goals.

Dave Kerpen  – Dave is the the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, the cofounder  and Chairman of Likeable Media, the NYTimes Bestselling author of 3 books, the #1 LinkedIn Influencer of all time in pageviews, ahead of Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Mark Cuban and Barack Obama, and the devoted husband of Carrie and proud father of Charlotte, Kate, and Seth Kerpen.

Ryan Payne – Ryan is the co-founder of Payne Capital Management,  a comprehensive wealth management firm specializing in goal-based financial planning. Started in 2008, PCM is a proven ongoing success story.  Forbes named Payne Capital a top-50 fastest-growing registered investment advisory firm in the country.  Prior to co-founding Payne Capital, Ryan was a standout financial advisor at Merrill Lynch for seven years.

Ben Rosner – Ben lives in Westchester with his wife, two teenagers, a dog, and seven chickens. His firm e-home designs technology for luxury residences. His other company, eSommelier, develops software for managing large wine collections. Ben also founded a number of social media startups which could change the world, including GoLive and 17 Seconds.