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  • Social Security Strategies

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    On June 15, my guest will be Noal Goldfarb from National Financial Network, LLC.  He advises individuals, families and businesses on how to obtain financial balance by challenging conventional wisdom.  He helps people who are very busy with their careers and personal lives organize their financial lives. Noal educates his clients on  how to build comprehensive holistic uncommon financial strategies with the goal that they are better protected from loss entering their balance sheet. 
    Noal ‘s career in finance began over 25 years ago after earning a BS in Finance and Information Systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  While managing an international equity portfolio at Mackay Shields, he earned his MS in Investment Management at Pace University and shortly thereafter obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Association of Investment Management and Research.   He is currently on schedule to add a new designation to his credit, The RICP, Retirement Income Certified Professional, offered by the American College.  As a financial professional with 10 years of experience, he has skills in investment management along with a sound philosophy of building a strong foundation of protection and dedicated himself to helping his clients understand how the macro-economic strategies he created helps them eliminate the 5 major risks that face them in life and retirement: Longevity Risk, Inflation Risk, Market Risk, Sequence of Return Risks, and Taxes. 

  • Surfing the Changing Tide of Commercial Real Estate

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    On June 29, my guest will be Ann Kayman, Founder and CEO of the New York Grant Company.  Before starting her own company, Ann served in the Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations as Chief of Business Development for the City of New York as Senior Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Voted 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year, she has 14 years' experience in economic development and 27 years' experience as a lawyer, with expertise in commercial leasing, tax, statutory and regulatory compliance, and the administrative process.  Ms. Kayman serves on the Boards of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Intelligent Communities Association, and Envirolution.org. She is also Co-Chair of the Manhattan Chamber's Green Finance Subcommittee and serves as an active advocate and spokesperson for many local causes. Ann earned her BA magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her JD cum laude from Case Western Reserve.

  • How to Access Capital to Grow or Start Your Business

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    On July 6, my guest will be OC Isaac, Vice President of National Strategic Initiatives at VEDC.  As the VP of NSI, OC is responsible for managing the national rollout of VEDC’s lending and servicing platform alongside the key strategic relationships with funding, lending, referral and technical assistance partners nationwide.
    Prior to joining VEDC, OC served as the Vice President of Economic Development and Strategic Projects for New York Business Development Corp. (NYBDC) and its affiliates, The 504 Company, The Excelsior Growth Fund and Prudent Lenders. His daily responsibilities included working with the President across a range of strategic targeted lending initiatives across all four entities. Mr. Isaac created and managed two $10 million loan funds focused on underserved small businesses in Brooklyn, NY and the Bronx, NY. While at NYBDC, Mr. Isaac also served as the administrator for the Goldman Sachs & NYCEDC’s $10 million NYC Food and Beverage Manufacturer’s Growth Fund. Lastly, Mr. Isaac worked closely with the President of Prudent Lenders, NYBDC’s Lender Service Provider (“LSP”) affiliate, to procure new business and oversee the ongoing portfolio servicing needs of key clients.
    At the SBA, OC, a Presidential Appointee of President Obama, served as a Special Advisor to the Associate Administrator of the Office of Capital Access. His core responsibilities included policy and outreach surrounding SBA's Community Advantage, Small Loan Advantage and Microloan programs. He has performed extensive quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify market gaps in capital availability nationwide. As a result, he was instrumental in the recent redesign and re-launch of SBA’s Community Advantage and Small Loan Advantage Loan Programs, two major SBA initiatives to increase non-bank and commercial small business lending nationwide.

  • The Current State of Young Entrepreneurship in the United States

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    On July my guest will be J. Alejandro Estrella is Founder & CEO at Consul Group, where he excels as a visionary, advisor, and mentor to his growing team.  
    Before founding Consul Group, Alejandro spent years focusing on one question: What does a new generation of entrepreneurs need to succeed? The answer presented itself in the form of a unique working philosophy and business environment that fosters value-driven, cooperative enterprise. His background in psychology and business, along with passion for a variety of creative mediums (as well as his insatiable curiosity), led him to found Consul Group, with this collaborative leadership style as its foundation.
    With impassioned interest in the development of millennial entrepreneurs around the world, Alejandro believes Consul Group’s cooperative business model sets the precedent for a generation of aspiring business mavericks; remembering that success is not merely a matter of having, but more importantly, a manner of living.
    When Alejandro is not leading his team, he spends his time rock climbing, experimenting with new foods, developing contemplative writing pieces, scribbling poetry, and sharpening his mastery of other languages.

  • River Cruising

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    On August 3 my guest will be Frank Bastone, the Founder and Owner of Pinnacle Trips, LLC. He has worked in sales, marketing and retail for a few years after college. Frank then changed careers and received his MBA in Information Systems from Pace University. He spent the next 33 years in Corporate IT Management for Merrill Lynch, NBC, GE and Aetna. In 2013, Frank fulfilled his lifetime dream of becoming an entrepreneur when he founded Pinnacle Trips, LLC.
    He is known in the travel industry as “The Vacation Therapist”. Frank collaborates with busy successful professionals and active retirees who desire a concierge level of service in planning their dream vacations so that they can relax and enjoy a “WOW” experience on their journeys around the world. Since Frank travels extensively, he can provide his unique perspective and expert travel recommendations for hotels, cruises, restaurants, tours, etc. His company motto is: We Plan – You Relax.
    Pinnacle Trips specializes in ocean/river cruises, all-inclusive resorts and tour packages. Frank just partnered with a $20 billion travel consortium which purchases large blocks of space for all types of travel. He provides his clients the best pricing, accommodations and bonus amenities not available to the general public. Frank also meticulously arranges complete travel packages including your airport transportation, pre/post cruise hotels, local tours, shore excursions, spa appointments, wine tasting, and culinary experiences.

  • Alternate Sources of Funding

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    On August 17 my guest will be Isaac Rodriguez, President & CEO of The Provident Loan Society of New York.  A Modern Renaissance Man, heis an expert in banking, business consulting and the performing arts.
    Isaac’s professional experience includes senior banking officer positions for major financial institutions including Banco Santander, Sovereign Bank, General Electric Capital Corporation, JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York.  He was also the President of a wholesale durable goods company and was twice elected President of the Parent Assembly #1 of the Society of American Magicians.  He is currently  America’s only not-for-profit collateral lender, established in 1894.
    Isaac is an active volunteer to many community and charitable organizations and serves on the boards of Artistic New Directions and The Stationers Golf Association.  In addition, he is an accomplished actor in theater, television and radio.  He currently stars in a series of very popular TV & radio ads for Provident Loan which can viewed on the PLS YouTube Channel.

  • Spanish Language and Immigration in the US

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    On August 24 my guest will be Asdrúbal Hernández, publisher, writer and photographer.   Asdrúbal did his undergraduate studies in Communications Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Master's Degree in Publishing from Pace University. He has worked for several newspapers, magazines and many other media in Venezuela and U.S.A. On 2011, together his wife María Angélica García, he co- founded Sudaquia Group, a venture that aims to promote and offer products and services in Spanish for the US market, through its divisions Sudaquia Editores (www.sudaquia.net), a publishing house of books in Spanish in the U.S. and Sudaquia Publishing Services (www.sudaquiaps.com), a consultant agency for all types of publishing and in-Spanish projects.  

  • Get Connected: The Power of Referrals Part II

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    On September 14, my guest will be Ann Kayman, Founder and CEO of the New York Grant Company.  Before starting her own company, Ann served in the Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations as Chief of Business Development for the City of New York as Senior Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Voted 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year, she has 14 years' experience in economic development and 27 years' experience as a lawyer, with expertise in commercial leasing, tax, statutory and regulatory compliance, and the administrative process.  Ms. Kayman serves on the Boards of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Intelligent Communities Association, and Envirolution.org. She is also Co-Chair of the Manhattan Chamber's Green Finance Subcommittee and serves as an active advocate and spokesperson for many local causes. Ann earned her BA magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her JD cum laude from Case Western Reserve.

  • Timely Project Management in a Mobile World

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    On September 21 my guest will be Rachel Batish, Chief Revenue Officer at ZUZNOW. 
    Rachel is an accomplished, hands-on, entrepreneurial front-runner, with great experience and success in developing and executing of strategies for growing business and revenue from inception to large scale success. She thrives in high pressure, rapidly changing environments pursuing success. 
    After devoting the first part of her professional life to NPOs and NGOs, Rachel was privileged to co-found Zuznow together with Ken Levkovich. Responsible for building the company's sales and business development strategy, she successfully lead the growth of the company's revenues X5 in less than 2 years.
    Over time Rachel have gained great expertise in the field of mobile and enterprise mobility. She brings creativity and boldness to processes of product formation, design and pricing along with uncompromising delivery and customer satisfaction.

  • Millennials

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    On October 19, my guest will be Ann Kayman, Founder and CEO of the New York Grant Company.  Before starting her own company, Ann served in the Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations as Chief of Business Development for the City of New York as Senior Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Voted 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year, she has 14 years' experience in economic development and 27 years' experience as a lawyer, with expertise in commercial leasing, tax, statutory and regulatory compliance, and the administrative process.  Ms. Kayman serves on the Boards of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Intelligent Communities Association, and Envirolution.org. She is also Co-Chair of the Manhattan Chamber's Green Finance Subcommittee and serves as an active advocate and spokesperson for many local causes. Ann earned her BA magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her JD cum laude from Case Western Reserve.

  • Advancement of Minorities and Women in the Workplace

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    On October 26 my guest will be Desiree' Kinney, the Agency Recruiter and Relationship Director for MassMutual New Jersey-NYC  where she is hiring and developing top talent in financial services. She began her career at the likes of Merrill Lynch and TD Ameritrade. After obtaining her Series 7 and 66 licenses in 2008, she discovered her passion for financial services.
    Desiree’ is proactive in women’s non-profit work, mentors college students, and has aided a few start-up businesses with strategy and relationship building. She is a Special Committee Member of Savvy Ladies and a Career Panelist for Rutgers. Desiree’ has a passion for giving back to the community and currently is an active member of the MassMutual New Jersey-NYC local charity Bikes 4 Kids where she has passionately supported sponsorship and fundraising efforts.
    Desiree’ was highlighted in a SEI Investments feature entitled “Why Your Firm Needs a Full-Time Marketing Professional” on the significance of marketing in the financial industry to build your brand recognition and to remain a competitive leader. Desiree’ was also interviewed by Candid Career in association with Rutgers University on personal branding, relationship building, and career development. She was also interviewed by NJ.com for the feature “From Rutgers to Wall Street” on her transition from Rutgers University to working on Wall Street today. Most recently, Investment News conducted an interview on women investors for INTV. Desiree’ also is a regular co-host on Brooklyn Savvy TV and Princeton TV. She hopes to inspire people to be the best “you” possible and to empower women to be the future leaders of our generation.

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