Henry Silverman is Chief Executive Officer of Cain Hoy Enterprises, LLC, a private investment company financed with permanent capital that owns a diversified portfolio of operating businesses and financial assets across industries and capital structures with major areas of focus in global real estate and consumer interests such as entertainment, media and retail. Mr. Silverman has a long and distinguished career in finance and real estate, including positions as Global Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure at Guggenheim Partners, LLC, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Corporation and Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Apollo Global Management. Mr. Silverman serves as the Chairman of the New York Convention Center Development Corporation and has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He graduated from Williams College and earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Robert Azeke founded Farol Asset Management, LP after leading the private equity co-investment business for Parish Capital, where he was responsible for managing the New York State Common Retirement relationship. Prior to Parish Capital, Mr. Azeke founded The Sunday Group, a boutique advisory and investment firm providing advisory and capital raising services for small and middle market companies. With over 20 years of investment banking and private equity experience, Mr. Azeke has enjoyed a long and distinguished career on Wall Street, having held senior positions at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Lazard Freres and Compass Partners. Mr. Azeke is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he won a Division I National Championship in Men’s Lacrosse. He is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.
Sara Berman is the Vice Chair of the Board of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Charter School Center and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY and Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Manhattan. From 2004 to 2008, she was a weekly columnist for The New York Sun focusing on raising children in New York City. She has been a regular guest on CBS Morning News and FOX News, as well as a frequent guest lecturer at local schools and community centers throughout the city. Before this, she was the Features Editor and then the News Editor at the Forward, America’s national Jewish newspaper. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Berman chaired the board of one of the eight centers of the 92nd Street Y, the Makor/Steinhardt Center. She also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Areivim Philanthropic Group. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she studied history. Ms. Berman lives in New York City with her husband and six children.
Hugh L. Carey II serves as a public-sector restructuring and bankruptcy consultant for Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in advising financially troubled companies. He previously served as a trader at Samuel A. Ramirez & Co. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
John Lee Compton serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake PERL, Inc., a privately owned biotechnology company dedicated to providing high quality protein reagents. Mr. Compton also is the co-founder, CEO and CFO of BioAgriCultural Enterprises, LLC, in Bethany, Connecticut. Since 2010, Mr. Compton became chair of the executive committee of New York Biodiversity Research Institute (New York State Museum). Mr. Compton serves on several community-focused committees and their related organizations, including Community Board 4, the New York Convention Center Development Cooperation, the Moynihan Station Development Cooperation, the Hudson Yards Development Cooperation and the High Line Steering Committee. Mr. Compton received his A.B in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Yale College, a M.S in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Chemistry from California Institute of Technology. He also earned a M.B.A in management strategy from New York University.
David Emil is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University Law School. He joined the law firm of Willkie Farr and Gallagher after graduating from law school . In 1979 he was appointed Assistant Counsel to Governor Hugh L. Carey. After leaving the Governor Counsel’s office he returned to Willkie Farr and Gallagher before becoming Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel to New York State Department of Social Services under Governor Mario Cuomo. In 1988 Mr. Emil was appointed President of the Battery Park City Authority where he served until 1994. After leaving the Battery Park City Authority Mr. Emil was an operator of the Rainbow Room Restaurant and an owner of Windows on the World, as well as other restaurants. In 2001 after the attacks of Sept. 11th Mr. Emil was a co-founder of the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund. In 2007 Mr. Emil was appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer to be President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. In 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him as a senior consultant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition to his work on the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, Mr. Emil was a member of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Montefiore Medical Center for 10 years, and a board member of the Poetry Society of America, as well as other charitable and educational boards.
Christy Ferer founded Vidicom a multi-media agency creating branded content and connecting consumers and brands through digital video communities. Its subsidiary, Citybuzz, is a travel channel that is broadcast on the web, in taxis, elevators and in NYC hotels.
Ferer began her career as an Emmy award- winning political news reporter and as a lifestyle contributor for the network morning news shows. She also served as a special assistant to Mayor Bloomberg on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site after the 9-11 attacks. Ferer served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for five year. She has served on boards of The World Trade Center Performing Arts Center and American Corporate Partners. She currently serves on the boards of American Corporate Partners, the 92nd Street Y and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan. In 2010 she was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
Ronald Goldstock is the New York State Commissioner of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. He served for thirteen years as Director of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force where he designed and developed the Independent Private-Sector Inspector General (IPSIG) program. In addition to currently providing IPSIG services to a number of corporate clients, Mr. Goldstock is on the faculties of the Cornell, Columbia and New York University Law Schools. Mr. Goldstock is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, has served as Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor, Director of the Cornell Institute on Organized Crime, and Chief of the Rackets Bureau in the New York County District Attorney's office. He is a Past Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, Past Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee, and Chair of the Investigative Function of the Prosecutor Task Force. Mr. Goldstock was a member of the Advisory Board of Project Rise of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He has recently served three Northern Ireland Secretaries of State as advisor on matters relating to international organized crime. Mr. Goldstock is of counsel to the minority-owned, Chicago-based law firm, Pugh, Jones and Johnson, P.C.
Edward Kane is the Director of Catering and Convention Services for the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. He oversees the operations, development, sales and marketing of an $18 million catering organization. Mr. Kane has been with the famous hotel on Seventh Avenue since 1969, when it was known as the Americana, holding positions of increasing levels of responsibility in the banquet and catering areas. When the property was purchased by ITT Sheraton Corporation in 1978, he joined the new organization and was appointed to his present post. Mr. Kane is very active in travel industry organizations, as well as in community activities. He has served as Chairman of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council, Commissioner for Long Island State Parks and a member of New York City Sports Development Corporation.
Gary J. Lavine is counsel to Bousquet Holstein PLLC on administrative law. Previously, Mr. Lavine was senior vice president & chief legal officer of Niagara Mohawk Holdings, Inc. and senior vice president, legal & corporate relations of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. He served in the U.S. Department of Energy as Deputy General Counsel for Environment & Nuclear Programs managing a portfolio including Assistant General Counsel for International & National Security Programs, Assistant General Counsel for Environment, and Assistant General Counsel for Civilian Nuclear Programs. Mr. Lavine served in a number of staff positions with the New York State Legislature, including Legislative Counsel to the Minority Leader of the Assembly, Counsel to the Senate Committee on Insurance, Executive Director of the Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, and Assistant to the Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment.
Andrew M. Murstein is a founder, Board Member, and President of Medallion Financial Corp., a publicly traded investment Company (NASDAQ:TAXI). His family is also the largest shareholder. Medallion's predecessor company was started in 1937 and has invested over $5 billion since its I.P.O. in 1996. Mr. Murstein and Medallion Financial Corp. have been featured in articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, American Banker, U.S. Banker, Forbes and many others. Mr. Murstein received a B.A. graduating cum laude from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Lee H. Perlman is a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated his career to serving others. Since 1983, Mr. Perlman has been the driving force behind GNYHA Ventures, the for-profit business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). As President, Mr. Perlman has been responsible for the development of the GNYHA Ventures companies, which serve nearly 40,000 customers across the healthcare continuum as well as non-healthcare industries in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. These subsidiaries engage in more than $10 billion of commerce annually through group purchasing, management outsourcing, and healthcare consulting. GNYHA is a longtime business partner and the largest shareholder in Premier, Inc. (PINC). Mr. Perlman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Sloan Program at Cornell University.
Marc Ricks serves as Senior Vice President, Development for Vornado Realty Trust. Before joining Vornado, Mr. Ricks served as Head of Commercial Strategy, Industry Verticals, at Bloomberg LP, bringing the company’s capabilities and content to new markets outside of its core finance audience. Mr. Ricks also has served as Vice President/Associate, Infrastructure Investment Group at Goldman Sachs and took a leave of absence in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to serve as Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Chief Operating Officer, Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, to help lead an effort to make New York City more resilient to coastal storms and other climate change impacts. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Ricks served as Chief of Staff/Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding where he assisted the Deputy Mayor with oversight of all City economic development staff and agencies. He also served as an Engagement Manager/Associate/Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company. Mr. Ricks serves as Board Member and Chairman of the Governors Island Alliance and graduated with an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. He earned a M.B.A. in Management from Harvard Business School.
Mark Schienberg serves as President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA). Under Mr. Schienberg’s leadership, the organization has become the largest regional automobile dealer network in the United States, representing 650 retail automobile franchises in New York, Westchester, Long Island, Suffolk, Nassau, and Rockland Counties. Mr. Schienberg has developed numerous programs that have refined the automotive dealer business, as well as improved consumer-dealer relations. Before joining GNYADA, Mr. Schienberg headed his own broadcasting and political consulting business. He was appointed to the Board of the Flushing Meadow Corona Park Corporation in 2002, serves as a member of the Hudson Yard Coalition and sits on the Board of Daytop, an organization for individuals with substance abuse problems. He is Chair of the NYC Department of Education Automotive Advisory Council and has won awards from Northwood University and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mr. Schienberg joined GNYADA in 1985 as one of three staff members and has been running this 100-year-old automotive trade organization since 1987.
Andrew D. Stone is the Managing Partner and CEO of Petra Capital Management, and he has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding. Prior to founding Petra, Mr. Stone was a Managing Director and head of the Principal Transactions Group (“PTG”) at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was responsible for the firm’s worldwide real estate effort, including debt origination, equity investments and securitization. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Stone was Senior Managing Director in charge of the Mortgage, Asset- Backed and Real Estate Securities Group at Daiwa Securities America. Mr. Stone founded the department and was responsible for managing the origination, trading, structuring and sales of all mortgage and asset-backed securities. Prior to Daiwa, Mr. Stone was Managing Director and head of the Mortgage and Asset-Backed Group at Prudential Bache. Mr. Stone received his B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with dual majors in finance and entrepreneurial management and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with a double concentration in finance and marketing.
Joseph E. Spinnato is President and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., which represents over 200 hotels, employs over 30,000 people and generates billions of dollars in revenues for the City. He served as Fire Commissioner of New York City during the Koch administration, as First Assistant to the Special Prosecutor for Nursing Homes, and First Assistant to the District Attorney at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of City Harvest, the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity, Board of Directors of Just One Break, Inc., Board of Directors of the Big Apple Greeters, Inc., and the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan. A quintessential New Yorker, Mr. Spinnato was born in Queens and attended public schools there until he entered LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University and received his law degree from the University of Miami Law School in Coral Gables, Florida.
George James Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels, LLC; which owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott and Intercontinental hotels throughout the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Prior to founding Chartwell Hotels, Mr. Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP, Long Island's largest law firm, representing both private clients and municipalities in the practice areas of land use and zoning, real estate, corporate, municipal law and commercial litigation. Mr. Tsunis' public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington Environmental Open Space Committee, and as Counsel to the Dix Hills Water District. Mr. Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law. Mr. Tsunis is married to his wife Olga and they live on Long Island, New York with their three children.