Meet The Mentors

Meet some of our mentors

Below is a sampling of some of the many dedicated individuals
that have agreed to work with us to help businesses grow and succeed.***
Duvi Perkowski
Founder: DuvysMedia

With over 15 years at the forefront of the industry, Duvi has broad-based expertise in all areas of web development and marketing and has won various national awards for outstanding achievement. His work has been featured on prominent media outlets such as CBS Radio and TimeOutNY Magazine.

Howard Tzvi Friedman
Founding Partner: Lanx Capital Management

Howard is the Founding Partner at LanxCapital Management-a hedge “fund of funds”. Founded in 2002, it now has over $500 Million under management. The company is headquartered in New York. Howard is also past President and Chairman of the Board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Elly Kleinman
President and CEO: Americare Companies

As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Americare Companies in Brooklyn, New York, Elly Kleinman oversees the general business operations of the various divisions of the company. The Americare Companies aim to assist individuals seeking high-quality, compassionate home care, rehabilitation and therapy services, as well as healthcare staffing programs.

Isaac ‘Zevy’ Wolman
CEO at Make It Real

Isaac is currently the CEO at Make It Real, a multi-national toy company. He has been involved in the import and distribution of toy and gift products to the US and Canadian market for close to ten years and has mentored numerous start ups in the manufacturing and distribution space.

Aaron Kotler
CEO: Bais Medrash Govoha

Aaron Kotler is currently the CEO of Bais Medrash Govoha-the largest institution of Jewish Learning in the United States. He is also the Director of the Cedarbridge Development Corporation.
Aaron concurrently serves on the board of numerous businesses and organizations including the Monmouth Medical Center, Acute Care Health System, NJ Presidents Council, NJ Hand, CHEMED, Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, among others.

Joseph ‘Itche’ Rosenbaum
President: Madison Title

Joseph Rosenbaum is the President of Madison Commercial Real Estate Services™ (MCRES) is an umbrella organization that provides an array of specialty services for the commercial real estate market through a group of independent, but related. MCRES also serves as the trusted advisor to attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, brokers and other professionals in assisting their clients with the acquisition, management and disposition of commercial real estate.
Jospeh is also involved in numerous non-profit organizations, both nationally, as well as in New Jersey.

Andrew Singer
Vice President: Constellation New Energy

As senior vice-president of Constellation New Energy, Andrew Singer is a leading expert in today’s most discussed energy-related issues. With over 10 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated energy consumers, Mr. Singer is a nationally recognized speaker on timely topics.
Andrew has also counseled hundreds of individuals entering the workforce and was a board member of Job Link of Maryland.

Shmuel ‘Sam’ Schnitzer
CEO: The Therapy Spot

Shmuel is the CEO of The Therapy Spot, a pediatric therapy center and agency, located in Baltimore, MD.
Shmuel consults with small businesses dealing with operational issues. In addition to his experience in service based business, Shmuel has held executive positions within the wholesale distribution and e-commerce industries.

Abba Poliakoff
Partner Gordon, Feinblatt LLC

Abba is active in a variety of areas in the law. Abba’s business law practice includes corporate and securities law, venture capital, and intellectual property. Abba’s practice has focused on technology, biotech, intellectual property, and he represents venture capital funds as well as private investors.
Abba is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, a joint venture between the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Between his law career and pro-bono work, Abba has counseled hundreds of businesses at all stages in their development.
In various capacities, Abba has also served Maryland governors Robert Ehrlich, Martin O’Malley, and current Governor Larry Hogan.

Ezra Friedberg
Founding Partner: Multiplier Capital

Ezra is a seasoned investor with over twenty years of investing experience across public and private companies.His investments include classic private equity, venture capital, distressed opportunities/assets and property throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.
Ezra serves as founder and general partner of Multiplier Capital, a fund focused on lending opportunities to sponsor-backed growth companies, and is a member of the fund’s credit committee. Separately, Ezra owns and operates other financial services businesses.
Ezra is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.He has founded and is an active member of several community and civic organizations, including a non-profit employment agency. Ezra also serves as an advisor to his family’s global charitable foundations.

David Schreff
President: Bedare Sports & Entertainment

David Schreffis is currently the President of Bedare Sports & Entertainment, which specializes in Digital Media Rights Management, M&A deals, Sponsorship and Licensing.
Previously, he served as President, Worldwide Marketing and Media Group for the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he grew and managed over $1 billion of the company’s commercial content businesses, ranging from broadcast and cable network sales to global sponsorships and international content syndication.
He served as President, Chief Operating Officer (and a member of the Board of Directors) of Marvel Entertainment, the superhero based comic content publisher and licensor. At Marvel he was P&L leader for a $1+ billion , 3500+ character library and its worldwide licensed consumer products businesses.
David also served for five years as a Vice-President of Walt Disney Company and served for 3 years as National Director of Affiliate Marketing (and National Market Strategy) for Showtime Networks (owned by Viacom).

Haskel Weiss
COO: Fun & Function

As COO of Fun and Function, Haskelis a business jack of all trades and then some. He nurtures the overall business strategy for Fun and Function, manages technology and workflow operations, and has oversight of financial, import, and legal operations. Haskel has the rare gift of being able to take care of business hyper efficiently: he listens to stakeholders, gains consensus, and takes action all within the span of a two minute conference call. Haskelis always seeking out and utilizing only the top vendors and suppliers for Fun and Function products, as he is passionate about his role of scouting and managing product sourcing. His background in education and his involvement in real estate (the supervision of acquisitions, financing and management of properties) has given him the focus, acuity, and vision necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of Fun and Function. All that experience also helps make him a superbly talented father of six, too!

Aviva Weiss
CEO: Fun and Function

Aviva Weiss is the co-founder and CEO of Fun and Function, the award-winning company dedicated to realizing each child’s fullest potential. As the CEO and Creative Director, Aviva works with a team of therapists, educators and artists and designs the company’s innovative toys, games, clothing and therapy equipment to build skills and self-esteem for children of every ability. Each design integrates high quality and play value at an affordable price.
Aviva serves on the advisory board of Salus University’s Occupational Therapy Program, and mentors occupational therapy students and entrepreneurs.

Sara Gibber Wolman
Vice President of Operations: CEO at Make It Real

Sara is the Vice President of US Operations for Make It Real, a US-based toy manufacturer. She founded her first company together with her husband at age 20 and has overseen the operational growth of multiple toy brands in the United States market.
As the person responsible for the day to day to relationship with both independent gift and toy stores and major retailers like Walmart, Target, and Toys R’ Us, Sara has gained an intimate working knowledge of the wholesale and distribution business in particular, as well as an understanding of what is required to make a business successful, both operationally and financially.

Anne Neuberger
Chief Risk Officer: National Security Agency

Ms. Anne Neuberger serves as NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer and a member of NSA’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to her assignment as Chief Risk Officer, Anne served as the Director of NSA’s Commercial Solutions Center, responsible for NSA’s interface and partnerships with the private sector. Prior to that, she served as Special Assistant to the Director, NSA. Prior to joining NSA, Anne served as the Navy’s Deputy Chief Management Officer and a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, with responsibility for guiding Navy enterprise IT programs.
Anne first joined government service in 2007 as a White House Fellow, working for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The nonpartisan White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 and is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.
Prior to joining government service, Anne was Senior Vice President of Operations at American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), where she was responsible for directing operations, including dividend distributions, and complex mergers, and acquisitions processing, for approximately 2,000 publicly traded companies. Anne joined AST in 1994 as a software programmer, was promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2003 and Senior VP of Operations in 2005. As Senior VP of Operations, she managed the acquisition and integration of the corporate trust operations of Wachovia Bank, NA.
Anne earned a MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. She graduated from TouroCollege, summa cum laude, where she was awarded the Hannah Lander Award for Academic Excellence and a Merit Scholarship.

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