Thought Leading Speakers
Boole Microcap Fund
Jason BondManaging Partner, Boole Microcap Fund
- Launched the Boole Microcap Fund in June 2020.
- Founded the Boole Fund in January 2014.
- Taught Managerial Economics and Investments as an adjunct professor at Seattle University, 2013-2015 (4 courses).
- Earned a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University with an Honors B.A. in Philosophy.
Fun fact, I got to play professional basketball in Belgium for two years!
Founder and CEO
Calabrese Consulting LLC
Jenn CalabreseFounder and CEO, Calabrese Consulting LLC
Jenn Calabrese began her career at KPMG, LLP specializing in the Information, Communications and Entertainment industry, and amassing knowledge and experience that would guide her life's work.
Jenn also spent several years working for publicly traded companies, serving as Corporate Controller, Director of Accounting and SEC Reporting, Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
She specializes in SEC financial reporting, compliance, and consulting services to facilitate the reporting between auditors and public companies on behalf of clients. Jenn founded Calabrese Consulting, LLC ("CCL") in 2012, a minority/woman-owned, full-service accounting and advisory firm which currently employs over 50 employees, serving more than 350 clients around the world. She applies a hands-on approach that stems from her tenure on both the client and audit sides, and exemplifies her dedication to her craft.
Sean CallagyFounder, Unblinded Mastery
Sean Callagy is the Chief Visionary Officer and Co-Founder of Unblinded. He is Founder and President of his 100+ person law firm, Callagy Law, and he built and sold his first 40-person law firm in a little over a year in his twenties when he was only two years out of law school. Sean is one of only two attorneys out of 1,220,000 attorneys in America to achieve 2 Top 100 National Jury Verdicts between 2014 and 2016, and the only one who was blind. He has also collected more than half a billion dollars on behalf of his healthcare clients.
As an international speaker, Sean has broken sales records on Tony Robbins stage, and speaks for Fortune 10-500 companies like T-Mobile, Disney, Bristol Myers Squibb, Salesforce, as well as for National News Networks and Legal Associations and raised over 10 million dollars for charity on stage in 2022.
Sean is also the founder of his own charitable foundation, the Callagy Christian Foundation, which he funded up front with a personal donation of over 7 figures. While creating his professional successes, he coached and attended virtually all of his three children’s more than 1,000 sporting events and activities over the past 15 years and he is a blind warrior and adventurer, skiing, surfing and scuba diving in the most extreme of conditions. His mission is to serve professionals and entrepreneurs to see what they do not see about integrously expanding their financial abundance, time freedom and magic.
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Andrea CataneoPartner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Andrea Cataneo is a partner in MSK's Corporate & Business Transactions Practice Group in the firm's New York office, and a member of the Capital Markets & Securities and Crypto Assets & Blockchain Technology teams as well.
Andrea’s practice focuses on preparing companies for capital raises, structuring secured and unsecured equity and debt financing transactions for early and late stage companies, and taking private companies public via self-registration statements and IPOs. Additionally, through her extensive relationships in the investment banking community, Andrea offers her clients introductions to targeted sources of capital.
She represents publicly-held companies with respect to 1934 Act reporting obligations to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and performs a variety of corporate transactions for her clients, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, proxy contests, restructurings and corporate governance, NASDAQ and NYSE-American listing applications and all related compliance matters. Her practice covers domestic and international transactions, and she has been active in Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, China, Israel and Kenya. Andrea has also been a leading voice in the Cannabis space, helping private and public clients navigate the developing legal landscape.
Andrea serves on the Boards of Together1Heart Foundation and the National Investment Banking Association.
Jamie CatherwoodFounder, Investor Amnesia
My name is Jamie Catherwood, and I launched Investor Amnesia in 2019 with the aim to merge two of my passions: finance and history.
I majored in History at King’s College London, and entered the financial services industry after graduating in 2017. After discovering the abundance of high-quality finance content (blogs, podcasts, etc.) online via Twitter, I noticed a gap in content solely devoted to financial history.
In 2018 I began writing a short series of articles on financial history that aimed to place current market events in historical context. To my surprise, they were well-received. From there I began posting my Financial History: Sunday Reads newsletter, which now hits some 14,000 inboxes each week.
Since these early beginnings I’ve gone on to give guest lectures for Jim Chanos’ course at the Yale School of Management, and had my work featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Financial Times, CNBC and more. I’ve also made multiple appearances on both BloombergTV and Bloomberg Odd Lots podcast to discuss historical research.
Most recently, I launched an online financial history course (Bubbles, Manias & Fraud) that offers six hours of content taught by seven experts like Jim Chanos, William Goetzmann, etc.
Partner and Director of Quantitative Research
Brian ChingonoPartner and Director of Quantitative Research, Verdad
Before joining Verdad, Brian worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors and Credit Suisse. Brian earned an AB from Harvard College and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As a graduate student, Brian co-authored two research papers related to Verdad’s investment strategy: Leveraged Small Value Equities and Forecasting Debt Paydown Among Leveraged Equities.
Kreit & Chiu CPA LLP
Joanne ChiuCOO/Chairperson, Kreit & Chiu CPA LLP
Joanne has over twenty years of experience in public accounting. Most recently, she served as Managing Director of the Asia Practice at a National Firm. Prior to that, she served as a Director and Founding Member of the China Desk at a large national firm. She specializes in EB5, e-commerce, estate & trusts, high-net-worth individuals, import & export, coordination of public offerings, and mergers & acquisitions.
The clients she serves operate in the family office, private equity, VC, not-for-profit, life science, cannabis, professional services, entertainment, technology, manufacturing, and real estate.
Joanne is a frequent presenter of international tax and real estate-related topics at events hosted by the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), China Real Estate Association, and NYC Real Estate Expo. Joanne also serves on the advisory board of AREAA Manhattan.
Churchwell Insurance Agency
Chaz ChurchwellAgency Owner, Churchwell Insurance Agency
Chaz, the Principal of Churchwell Insurance Agency and RestaurantBarInsurance.net, has offices in both Charlotte, NC, and Wilmington, NC. Originally from Dallas, TX, he earned a BA from the University of North Texas before pursuing his MA in Apologetics (with honors) at BIOLA University in Los Angeles, CA. A U.S. Army veteran, Chaz embarked on his journey to establish this boutique insurance agency in 2014, built on the foundations of honor, integrity, and discipline, with a mission to safeguard what his clients work hard to build.
Currently working hard for over 1,200 clients, Churchwell Insurance Agency has proven to be a comprehensive solution, tailored to address each client's unique needs effectively. With nearly two decades of experience in the insurance industry, Chaz is currently on track to attain the highest industry certification, specializing in executive liability insurance lines - the ExecPLP designation. When it comes to protecting what your team is building, whether your entity is currently trading on NASDAQ or NYSE, preparing for an IPO, SPAC, deSPAC, DPO, uplist, or cross-list, you can rely on Chaz and his Executive Liability Team. They possess the markets, knowledge, and determination needed to provide you with the utmost protection and honor.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Chaz cherishes life's journey alongside his incredible wife and daughter. He remains dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, pushing himself in the gym and at Crossfit, as well as enjoying his new boat. An avid reader, he finds solace in engaging with captivating non-fiction books and dedicates time to serve in his church. Sports are a passion for Chaz, and he takes great joy in attending his daughter's basketball games. Despite the disappointments, he continues to lie to himself saying, "this will be the year the Cowboys make it back to the Super Bowl”.
Digital Consultant and Data Scientist
Pillar Digital Marketing Agency
Joe DarraghDigital Consultant and Data Scientist, Pillar Digital Marketing Agency
Joe Darragh is a Certified Fraud Examiner, data scientist and Microcap Fraud Subject Matter Expert. From 2013-2022 Joe served as the principal investigator for the SEC's Microcap Fraud Task Force.
During his tenure at the SEC, Joe helped to reinvent methods for detecting and analyzing pump and dump schemes, while partnering closely with the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and foreign regulators to combat Microcap fraud around the globe.
Joe has worked on 100s of trading suspensions and dozens of investigations totaling over $700 million in fraud. Most notably those resulting in litigation against:
● IPC Corporate Services,
● Legacy Global Markets,
● Beaufort Securities &
● Blacklight S.A.
Joe also served as a Microcap specialist for the development of the Consolidated Audit Trail, the Microcap Fraud Early Alert Tool, Amendments to Rule 15c-211 and DARPA's Memex project among others.
In 2022, Joe left the SEC to fight a different type of fraud - scams against homeowners. As the co-founder of Pillar Digital Marketing, Joe is working to reduce fraud in the home services industry by helping the most qualified local businesses stand out over their unqualified competitors.
Joe also continues to work in the Microcap space as an independent investigator, and is working to simplify investor education while harnessing the potential of AI in the fight against fraud.
Oppenheimer & Co.
Chris DeFalcoManaging Director, Oppenheimer & Co.
Chris DeFalco is a Managing Director in Equity Capital Markets, specializing in capital markets advisory for Technology and Consumer growth companies. He also serves as the Head of the SPAC ECM practice at Oppenheimer & Co., where he has been since 2015. Chris has executed over 240 bookrun/lead-managed equity and equity-linked offerings, raising over $4.3 billion in gross proceeds. He has extensive experience with Follow-Ons, Registered Directs, PIPEs, IPOs, SPACs (front-and back-end), and Convertible Offerings.
Prior to joining Oppenheimer & Co., Chris was an industry investment banker focused on small-cap Healthcare companies for Roth Capital Partners. Chris graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Finance.
Outside of work, Chris is an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoys being outdoors. You can find him most weekends at his favorite group workout class, Barry's Bootcamp. He also enjoys playing board games and puzzles, such as Settlers of Catan which is his preferred game of choice. Chris is a Co-Creator of the table-top game Pop Under Pressure™ and the viral plush toy, Emotional Support Fries™. These interests outside of work highlight Chris's creativity and passion for bringing people together through fun and unique experiences.
Mark ElenowitzManaging Director, Digital Offering
Mark Elenowitz is a Wall Street veteran with over 30 years’ experience. He co-founded a boutique investment bank and its online capital formation platform BANQ® (www.banq.co), both which have been instrumental in laying down the framework for Regulation A+ offerings. The methodology Mark structed is what led the first successful Reg A + IPO to list on a National Securities Exchange-the NYSE- with other Reg A+ offerings following the blazing trail. He is a noted speaker at Small Cap and Reg A events, including the SEC Small Business Forum, and has been profiled in BusinessWeek, CNBC, and several other publications. Mark also is a member of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) Private Markets Executive Advisory Board tasked with developing DTCC’s new Digital Securities Management (DSM) platform. In addition, Mark is a member of the board of directors of the Long Island Capital Alliance and the National Investment Banking Association. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Business and Management with a B.S. in Finance. He holds Series 24, 62, 63, 79, 82 and 99 licenses
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole
Doug EllenoffPartner, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole
Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in alternative financings, including, SPACs, M&A, PIPEs, RDs and Crowdfunding. In the last 10 years, he has been involved at various stages in numerous registered public offerings, including more than 100 financings and, hundreds of private placements into public companies. Since 2002, Mr. Ellenoff has been involved with over 250 SPAC IPOs and 60 business combinations.
Digital Niche Agency
Jason FishmanCEO, Digital Niche Agency
Jason Fishman has 10+ years experience as a “New Media Enthusiast”, who genuinely enjoys planning, activating, and managing scalable marketing strategies across the full-spectrum of verticals and goals. He is an expert in digital channels including Search Engines, Social Media Platforms, Programmatic Ad Exchanges, Influencer Networks, Email Automation, Content Marketing, and Partnerships. He has held leadership roles at all sides of the marketing table: Agency, Brand, and Vendor, which explains his ability to structure unique opportunities for DNA clients.
Jason managed the Product Marketing Division of a major Mobile Ad Network who exclusively represented ad inventory for 1,500+ Print Publishers Tablet apps and worked with many Top 100 Advertisers. Leveraging traffic algorithms, Jason now takes this knowledge and applies it to scale brands with effective marketing tactics.
Since launching DNA in 2014, Jason and the team have worked with over 500 brands and deliver industry-leading results across eCommerce, Lead Generation and Digital Funding campaigns. DNA worked with over 200 Reg CF, Reg A+, Reg D, and Digital Asset campaigns that have produced 9-figures of funding.
Jason has been showcased in Panel and Individual presentations at a high volume of Tech and Marketing conferences, along with his “Test. Optimize. Scale.” Podcast. He is also committed to a number of Thought Leadership content projects for 2021/22, including the Forbes Agency Council. Jason manages a Los Angeles team with experience in all aspects of the user journey.
Jacob FrenkelAttorney/Partner, Dickinson Wright
Clients hire Jacob because his aggressive, tenacious, creative and proactive strategies often put the other side on its heels, and because he gets successful results in investigations and litigation. Jacob has secured superior results for his securities enforcement, white-collar criminal defense, FCPA and internal and government investigations clients. Jacob brings his experience and outstanding reputation, including for creative strategies and solutions, to the defense of investigations, litigation strategy and governance counseling. Jacob's clients view him as a trusted advisor who understands the needs of their business.
Teton Advisors Inc.
Marc GabelliChairman, Teton Advisors Inc.
Mr. Gabelli serves as a member of our Board of Directors and Chairman since 2019 and served as interim Chief Executive Officer from October 2021 to April 2023 until Mr. Bondi's election. He also serves in various executive roles across affiliates. Since its formation, Mr. Gabelli has served as President and Director of GGCP, Inc., the parent company of the Gabelli organization. Among GGCP's investment advisory businesses, GGCP is the controlling shareholder of Teton Advisors, the controlling shareholder of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (GBL:NYSE), and Associated Capital Group, Inc. (AC:NYSE) where Mr. Gabelli was President at its formation through to. He is Chairman of the LGL Group (LGL: NYSE MKT) and the Gabelli Merger Plus Trust PLC (GMP: LSE) a London Stock Exchange listed company, and serves as a director of LICT Corporation. Mr. Gabelli has been Co-Chief Executive Officer of Gabelli Securities International Ltd, since 1994, Managing Partner of Swiss based GGCP since 2012 and GAMA Funds Holdings GmbH since 2010 and Gabelli & Partners Italia Sri. and Gabelli Value for Italy SPA (VALU: IM), a Milan stock exchange listed corporation at formation in 2018. A fund manager since 1990, Mr. Gabelli's focus is global value investments with portfolio assignments including alternative and traditional asset classes. Starting in the 1990's, Mr. Gabelli managed several Morningstar five star mutual funds in the United States and Canada. He managed the Lipper #1 rankedU.S. global equity mutual fund since inception, the Gabelli Global Growth, and in Canada managed the award winning Ifive star SVC O'Donnell Mid Cap Value fund since inception. In corporate matters, he assisted on various Gabelli group restructurings such as GAMCO's initial public offering in 1999 and the subsequent formation of AC in 2015. He built the Gabelli hedge fund platform, Gabelli & Partners, LLC, and expanded the business internationally, opening the GAMCO's London and Tokyo offices. In venture capital, Mr. Gabelli has been active in both early stage and growth investments as a fiduciary and as a General Partner, including OpNet Partners in 2001, a Gabelli venture capital fund focused on optical networking technologies. Today, he manages primarily alternative investments. Mr. Gabelli is active in a variety of charitable efforts in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. He began his career with Lehman Brothers International in equity research covering international telecommunications and metals mining and metallurgy10:13companies, and later in equity arbitrage including cross asset special situations. He received a Bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College, a Master's in Government from Harvard University with research conducted through the Davis Center focusing on Russian agricultural trade policy, an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, New York.
Exchange Listing LLC
Peter GoldsteinCEO, Exchange Listing LLC
Peter Goldstein is a seasoned entrepreneur and capital market expert with over 30 years of experience. His diverse background in international business has equipped him with valuable insights across various markets and industries.
Throughout his career, Peter has held key roles such as investment banker, chairman, CEO, and advisor to public, private, and emerging growth companies. He has achieved remarkable success in capital markets, leveraging his expertise in M&A, strategic planning, and transaction structuring. Peter has led and completed numerous IPOs, uplisting and reverse merger transactions, private placements, and crowdfunding campaigns.
Peter began his entrepreneurial journey as the Founder and CEO of a specialty food distributor, pioneering the farm-to-table organic produce industry in renowned New York City restaurants.
He also co-founded and chaired the board of Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: STAF), a publicly traded company in the international staffing sector focused on acquiring domestic and international staffing agencies.
Now, as the founder of Exchange Listing, LLC, Peter passionately provides growth companies with comprehensive strategic planning and implementation services to facilitate listings on esteemed exchanges like NASDAQ, NYSE, and NEO.
He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Emmis Capital, a specialized fund, and serves as the CEO of Grandview Capital Partners, Inc., where he offers M&A, financial, operational, and organizational consulting services to businesses across the globe.
Holding an Advanced Corporate Directors certificate from Harvard Business School and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami, Peter Goldstein is a highly accomplished professional. He has also held several FINRA registrations, including Series 7, 24, 79, 99, and 66.
Public Yield Capital
Manuj GroverAdvisor, Public Yield Capital
Manuj Grover, a seasoned expert with over 20 years of experience in market penetration and strategic partnership development, has a proven track record of driving growth and inspiring teams to achieve exceptional results. As the VP of Business Development & Partnerships at Public Yield Capital, Manuj brings his extensive knowledge and operational expertise to optimize sales processes and ensure the
success of client campaigns.
Stock Trader's Almanac
Jeffrey HirschEditor-in-Chief, Stock Trader's Almanac
Jeffrey A. Hirsch is CEO of Hirsch Holdings, editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac and publisher of Almanac Investor at www.stocktradersalmanac.com. Jeff is the author of The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles (Wiley, 2012) and Super Boom: Why the Dow Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit from It (Wiley, 2011). He worked with founder Yale Hirsch for over twenty years, taking over for him in 2001. A 30+-year Wall Street veteran, he appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other financial media outlets. Now in its 57th year, the Stock Trader’s Almanac has been published every year since 1968.
Jack HogoboomPartner, Lowenstein Sandler
Specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, Jack has represented buyers, sellers, issuers, underwriters and investors in hundreds of transactions over his more than 35 years of practice. He has represented public and private clients in all types of transactions including IPOs, public and private domestic and cross-border offerings and public and private acquisitions in a wide range of industries including business services, consumer products, technology, life sciences, chemical, renewables, media and natural resources.
Jack has been listed in both the securities law and corporate law categories in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007, and Martindale-Hubbell has rated him a Top Technology Lawyer and awarded him the Peer Rating for Highest Level of Professional Excellence. Often quoted in legal publications, he frequently publishes articles and speaks on corporate finance issues.
President & CEO
Ryan IrvinePresident & CEO, KeyStone Financial
Ryan Irvine is the founder of KeyStone Financial, unique in the Canadian financial services sector as a truly independent stock market research advisor for individual Canadian investors and institutions for 24 years. KeyStone analysts follow a strict growth/value at a reasonable price (GARP) model to find the best individual stocks (growth and dividend-paying growth stocks) to recommend to clients. Each year our analysts look at every stock in Canada (approx. 3,500) and over 4,000 in the U.S. to uncover great businesses you can find nowhere else. KeyStone helps investors take a long-term approach when helping clients build their portfolios, making ongoing specific recommendations on when to BUY a stock, how long to hold, and when to sell. With these recommendations, clients use a discount brokerage to help them build simple, cost-effective 15-25 stock portfolios designed to beat the market.
Mr. Irvine authored a nationally syndicated financial column for ten years, which appeared in well-known Canadian publications including The Vancouver Province and Calgary Herald, and contributes to the Investor's Digest and Gordon Pape's Internet Wealth Builder. Irvine also appears as a regular guest on Canada's most listened-to financial show MoneyTalks with Michael Campbell, has appeared on BNN, and speaks at financial conferences across North America.
KeyStone is well known for recommending to its clients some of the best-performing stocks in Canada and the U.S., including the best-performing stock in Canada over the past decade, The Boyd Group (BYD:TSX), for an over 11,000% return and Xpel Inc. (XPEL:NASDAQ) a completely unknown small-cap stock which has returned 5,700% in the last 5-years.
Corporate and Securities Lawyer
Law Office of Harvey Kesner
Harvey KesnerCorporate and Securities Lawyer, Law Office of Harvey Kesner
Harvey Kesner is a highly experienced corporate finance lawyer specializing in complex domestic and international transactions. He has worked with various parties, including issuers, investors, underwriters, lenders, and financial institutions, in both public and private securities offerings. His expertise covers capital markets, securities laws, SEC filings, exchange listings, compliance, and corporate governance. Mr. Kesner also advises on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and business disputes, including SEC inquiries. He has represented clients in hostile takeover bids, anti-takeover measures, and shareholder activism. He has extensive experience in emerging industries such as blockchain, bitcoin, cannabis, and social media, with a global presence in countries like China, India, Israel, and France. Mr. Kesner has been recognized as a leading lawyer, frequently speaks on securities and capital markets, and has authored articles on legal topics. He holds a law degree, an MBA in finance, and a BS in Management Science. He operates a private law practice in New York while residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Rishi KhannaCEO, Stocktwits
Rishi Khanna is the CEO of Stocktwits, the original social platform for individual investors and traders with 6M registered members. Before Stocktwits, Rishi was Managing Director at SS&C GlobeOp at SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc, where he had overall responsibility for sales, product, operations and strategic direction of a number of businesses serving the alternative assets industry. In 2007, Rishi co-founded and served as President of Novus, a global portfolio intelligence platform company that invented the art of portfolio intelligence, solving unique data and analytics challenges facing capital allocators and fund managers across liquid and illiquid investments.
Prior to co-founding Novus, Rishi was responsible for the development of the technology and product platforms for Gerson Lehrman Group. Rishi holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Michael Lee Strategy
Michael LeeFounder, Michael Lee Strategy
Michael Lee Strategy offers Wealth Planning and Investment Management as an IAR through Compass Financial. Our focus is to offer comfort and clarity to pre-retirees and retirees by delivering a personalized, holistic strategy through the marriage of comprehensive financial planning and investment management.
A former Vice President in the Institutional Middle Markets group at Morgan Stanley, Michael is a sought after voice in the industry, appearing regularly on Fox Business, Fox News, Yahoo Finance, Newsmax TV, and other financial media.
Office Managing Partner
Neil LevineOffice Managing Partner, Marcum
Neil Levine is a Marcum assurance partner with more than 30 years of public accounting experience. Neil directs audit engagements for small-, mid-sized and large cap companies, including SEC registrants, privately held companies, not-for-profits, nursing homes, and healthcare organizations. He has served both developmental and emerging companies as well as old-line businesses.
Prior to joining Marcum, Neil was co-managing partner of the southern New Jersey offices of Friedman LLP, where he served on the Management Committee and was co-leader of the firm’s SEC practice. Previously, he managed his firm’s Public Companies/SEC Practice, organizing its quality control procedures and ensuring that the firm complied with PCAOB regulations.
IDI/LoPresti Law Group
Marc LoPrestiFounder, IDI/LoPresti Law Group
Marc is a Wall Street veteran with over 25+ years’ experience in alternative investments, having started his career on the floor of the NYSE working for Lehman Brothers. Marc is currently: Co-Founder & Managing Director, IDI Group (a global multi-
family office focused on early-stage venture investments), Co-Founder & Managing Director, Moneta Advisory Partners (a “Venture Evangelism” platform), Co-Founder & Board Member, BattleFin Group (a leading alternative data company), and Co-Founder, Revolution Media Group (producer of the popular “Bulls, Bears & Blockchain” podcast).
Marc was also the founder of LoPresti Law Group, LLC, a leading securities law firm in New York focused on alternative investments.
A recognized market strategist and authority on alternative investments, Marc is a co-founder of Moneta Advisory Partners, LLC, a “venture evangelism” platform that raises awareness of a portfolio of growing public companies.
Marc appears regularly on CNBC, CoindeskTV, TD Ameritrade Network, Sirius XM Radio, Bloomberg, and Fox. He has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, and Barron’s, and is
a co-host and co-founder and co-host of proprietary programming including the popular “Rebels’ Edge” streaming show and the “Bulls, Bears & Blockchain” radio show. He is also a frequently featured speaker on investment panels at conferences around the world. Marc graduated from New York Law School in 1997.
Gene MasseyFounder, MediaShares
Gene is a regular speaker at Wall Street conferences and is known as an Internet marketing specialist. MediaShares’ methodology helps companies with online fans, customers, and affinity groups raise capital by selling their private and public shares directly to their online communities. Using its system and software in Regulation D and Regulation A+ securities offerings, both the stock issuer and its FINRA broker collect valuable data from their massive online community of shareholders.
For many years Gene directed TV commercials, receiving awards from Clio, The New York Festival, L.A. Art Directors, Worldfest, multiple Telly Awards and The Homburg. He worked personally for seven years with Ely Callaway, Chairman of Callaway Golf, creating over four hundred commercials that introduced and promoted the “Big Bertha” line of golf clubs. During the years that Gene worked with Callaway, their total sales increased from $21 million to $843 million.
Harter Secrest & Emery
Alex McCleanPartner, Harter Secrest & Emery
Alex is a practical, results-driven attorney who finds creative solutions to close transactions and resolve his clients most sensitive legal issues. As Chair of the Firm’s Securities and Capital Markets practice group, Alex counsels domestic and foreign companies of all sizes, ranging from early-stage start-up companies to publicly traded companies, with market capitalizations in the tens of billions of dollars. He helps clients successfully raise capital both publicly and privately while navigating complex federal and state securities laws, NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards. Alex also advises public companies regarding their periodic disclosure obligations under federal securities laws, including advice regarding both contested and uncontested proxy solicitations and tender offers. He is a trusted counselor to boards of directors helping them navigate complex corporate governance issues while fulfilling their fiduciary duties to stockholders and complying with federal securities laws.
Alex counsels independent broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment banks and their representatives regarding compliance with federal and state securities laws and FINRA regulations. He has experience advising broker-dealers in connection with change-in-control transactions and navigating the FINRA continuing membership application process.
Alex advises both domestic and foreign companies, as well as foreign law firms, regarding compliance with federal and state securities laws in connection with equity compensation awards issued to U.S. employees.
Additionally, Alex advises companies on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on compliance with federal and state securities laws. He also drafts, negotiates and advises on behalf of clients with respect to all facets of the formation, ownership, operation, transfer and termination of business entities.
Maury McCoyPartner, McCoy Associates
Maury McCoy is the president of McCoy Associates, a third-party marketing firm helping unique investment strategies raise capital from endowments, foundations, pensions and family offices.
Over the last 20 years, Maury has primarily focused on managers in the small/micro-cap space, having raised over a quarter-billion dollars for micro-cap focused managers, many of whom started with little to no assets.
Maury has extensive knowledge of the micro-cap sector. He has served on the advisory board of a micro-cap focused fund and his research in the area of micro-caps has been published by the Investment Management Consultants Association.
Maury grew up in Omaha, the epicenter of value investing, and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He holds the Series 63, 65 and 7 licenses, and is a Registered Representative with Compass Securities Corporation, Braintree, MA.
Maury currently resides in Raleigh, NC, with his wife and two sons. Outside of work, Maury plays just about every sport, grows bonsai trees and is an amateur magician.
Jon NajarianCo-Founder, Market Rebellion
Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of a contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. In 1990 he founded Mercury Trading, a market-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which he sold in 2004 to Citadel, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. In 2005 Jon co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER, sold a majority stake to private equity firm General Atlantic Partners in 2014 & two years later sold the firm to E*Trade for $750M. Today, he is a host on a variety of mainstream financial news networks, a professional investor, money manager, market strategist and venture evangelist. Jon is also a co-host and co-founder of proprietary programming including the popular “Rebels’ Edge” streaming show and the “Bulls, Bears & Blockchain” radio show.
Jon is also chairman of a technology SPAC, an investor and senior advisor to IDI Group, LLC (a multi-family office) and co-founder of Moneta Advisory Partners, LLC, a “venture evangelism” platform that raises awareness of a portfolio of growing public companies.
Neumeister & Associates
Jeff NeumeisterPartner, Neumeister & Associates
Jeff Neumeister is a well-educated and experienced forensic expert and consultant in accounting and financial advisory services. Small organizations, startups, holding entities, high-net-worth individuals, and middle market companies, directly and through their retained counsel, have relied upon Jeff to identify problems, uncover frauds, improve efficiencies and to initiate and defend against litigation. Over his 22 years of professional experience, he has worked in firms ranging in size from large international entities to smaller regional practices.
Jeff has been designated as an expert in multiple cases and has provided valuable deposition testimony for his clients. He has provided litigation advisory services to clients spanning a breadth of industries including construction, entertainment, health care, investments, information technology, professional services, retail, oil and gas, real estate, education, food and beverage, transportation, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing. Jeff has provided business valuations for litigation and non-litigation purposes. Jeff has also managed the financial due diligence process for both buy and sell transactions. Through the use of sophisticated analytic solutions, investigative techniques, and an understanding of accounting, he has found effective solutions for a range of clients’ problems including those related to tax strategies, operational efficiencies, and internal controls.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Services
Joseph OltmannsSenior Vice President of Corporate Services, OTC Markets
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services Joseph Oltmanns leads the Domestic Corporate Services team at OTC Markets. In this role, he educates companies on their alternatives to listing on a national exchange while reducing costs and maximizing investor engagement. Prior to OTC Markets, Joe held multiple positions at NYSE American including listing qualifications, market surveillance and new business development. Joe has an MBA from Fordham University and a BS from Villanova University.
Maurice PhilogeneManaging Partner, Quattro Capital
Maurice Philogene has dual-track careers in consulting and public service, and is an entrepreneur/investor and founder of JMP Investment Group. He is a 22-year Executive at Accenture, a global consulting firm. In October 2019, he retired from the US Air Force after 23 years as a Lt. Colonel/Federal Agent responsible for criminal and counterintelligence investigations worldwide. He continues public service as a midnight patrol officer for a county police department. As part of entrepreneurial ventures, Maurice began investing in real estate is 2002, compiling a sizable portfolio of single family homes before transitioning to multi-family asset classes in 2014. He’s been purchasing apartment complexes and mobile home parks since.
Co-founder & CEO
Sherry RaisCo-founder & CEO, Enthea
Sherry Rais, CEO and Co-Founder of Enthea, has helped dozens of startups, non-profit organizations, academic/research institutions, and small businesses raise funds, operate according to their mission and values, and implement processes that enhance their overall efficiency. Sherry believes in living and working in alignment with purpose and is currently focused on expanding access to psychedelic-assisted therapy to alleviate human suffering. Before this, Sherry consulted for over 10 years with the United Nations and World Bank, implementing cash transfer programs at the national level in over 35 countries. Sherry holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and international development from McGill University. She also completed the Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research from CIIS in 2021. In addition to being Enthea's CEO, she is the Executive Director of the Boston Psychedelic Research Group and the Grants Manager for CIIS.
Senior Investment Associate
Henry RoganoSenior Investment Associate, Meteora Capital
Henry Rogano was part of ING’s Global Analyst Program where he obtained experience in structuring, advisory, capital markets and origination alongside ING’s top Managing Directors / Heads. Henry worked in several cities including New York, Sydney, Amsterdam and Sao Paulo and across several industries; real estate, oil & gas, infrastructure, power & renewables, mining and more. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Henry has leveraged his Portuguese and Spanish fluency to work on several transactions across the Latin American region.
Henry earned a B.S. in Finance and Global Business from NYU Stern School of Business and is a FINRA Series 79 and 63 holder. Finally, Henry is an avid traveler and motorcyclist, having visited 40+ countries and 40+ states.
Chirag SagarCo-Founder, Mission Matters
Chirag Sagar is a Co-Founder of Mission Matters - a multimedia company focused on book publishing and content marketing. Their mission is to amplify the purpose of entrepreneurs, experts and executives through their content. Beyond the media, they also help individuals and companies with book publishing services, podcast production services, social media, PR, audio-editing, video-editing, and blog-writing. Their media brand reaches millions of people every month.
Mission Matters has published over 150 authors in wide-variety of books. They have also launched over 100 podcast shows and have cumulatively recorded and been involved in managing over 10,000 episodes. They have bootstrapped this company and have over 20 remote staff with their HQ in Beverly Hills. Mission Matters is looking to help people with their content marketing needs and is on the lookout to bring on more fellow Trojans onto their show to be guests on their podcast.
Prior to Mission Matters, Sagar co-founded 3 other ventures with one successful exit. He was also the inaugural Managing Director for a White-House recognized Non-profit teaching financial education to students in need. He has served on over a dozen Boards including three alumni boards from USC. He's also a Los Angeles Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Kai SatoFounder, Kaizen Reserve
Kai Sato is the founder of Kaizen Reserve, Inc., a venture capital advisory firm for corporations and family offices, helping align their existing assets with synergistic startups. He’s also a strategic advisor to select early-stage companies, including publicly-traded microcaps. He recently served as the co-president & chief marketing officer of Crown Electrokinetics (Nasdaq:CRKN), a smart glass technology company that combats climate change. He is also a fund advisor and the former entrepreneur-in-residence of Hatch, a global startup accelerator focused on helping feed the world through sustainable aquaculture technologies. He is the author of “Marketing Architecture: How to Attract Customers, Hires, and Investors for Any Company Under 50 Employees.” He is the creator of Caddyshack to Corner Office, a golf media platform that profiles successful people whose lives were transformed by caddying. Previously, he was the chief innovation officer of Rubicon Resources, which was acquired by High Liner Foods.
Prior to that, he spent several years as a co-founder and board member of FieldLevel, where he was recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Twenty in their 20s." He has been a contributor to publications like Inc., Entrepreneur, IR Magazine, Family Capital and HuffPost; he has also spoken at an array of industry conferences, including SXSW and has been quoted by publications like the Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times. Kai previously served as an independent board member of SportTechie, advises a range of startups, and mentors various accelerators, including Techstars. He is also the board chairman of the University of Southern California's John H. Mitchell Business of Cinematic Arts Program.
CEO & Founder
Force Family Office
Steven SaltzsteinCEO & Founder, Force Family Office
Steven Saltzstein has a 25 + year career working with family offices. He has sourced, structured, negotiated, and closed several billion dollars in transactions. Mr. Saltzstein has worked in such industries as healthcare, technology, impact, alternative energy, oil and gas, cannabis and mining. Mr. Saltzstein is an industry leader in creating co-investment relationships among family offices. As CEO of FORCE Family Office, he has built an organization that serves the largest network of investment seeking family offices in the U.S.
The Peter Schiff Show
Peter SchiffEconomist, The Peter Schiff Show
Peter Schiff is an economist, financial broker/dealer, author, frequent guest on national news, and host of the Peter Schiff Show Podcast. He follows up his daily two-hour show with a weekly two-hour podcast focusing on weekly economic data analysis and unbiased coverage of financial news, both in the U.S. and global markets. He is widely recognized for his accurate predictions and his ability to analyze complex financial situations.
Adam TorresCo-Founder, Mission Matters
Adam Torres is Host of the Mission Matters series of shows, ranked in the top 5% out of 2,617,524 podcasts globally. As Co-Founder of Mission Matters, a media, PR, marketing and book publishing agency, Adam is dedicated to amplifying the voices of entrepreneurs, entertainers, executives and experts. An international speaker and author of multiple books on business and investing, his advice is featured regularly in major media outlets such as Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, Fox Business, and CBS to name a few.
Founder & Principal
Woessner Advisory Associates
Ron WoessnerFounder & Principal, Woessner Advisory Associates
Some might say Ron Woessner has a “sixth sense” when it comes to identifying employers’ motivations, and that’s because, for 24 years, he was one. He understands the issues that will encourage your employer to resolve your legal claim as opposed to ignoring it. And, ultimately, that’s the goal: resolution.
Employees often come to Ron after numerous instances of employers ignoring their complaints and concerns, and are looking for some much-needed closure.
Before he turned to advocacy for employee rights, Ron worked with three NASDAQ-listed companies: two as general counsel, and one as CEO. In those capacities, he was in the employer’s shoes and defended against the very claims he brings forth on behalf of employees today. Ron was also Senior Counsel to the Financial Services Committee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. where he served as special advisor to the Committee Chairman for capital formation and fintech matters.
Needless to say, these experiences taught him how to strategize. His leadership in publicly traded companies has given him the unique knowledge of how defense attorneys and businesses think when defending against legal claims. As a result, Ron brings this unique perspective to his legal advocacy for his clients.
Ron understands that negotiation is both an art and a science. He has negotiated hundreds of multi-million-dollar business agreements as well as employee-related agreements such as employment, non-competition, arbitration, stock option, bonus plan, confidentiality, non-disclosure, separation, and severance agreements. He brings this negotiation experience to advocating and negotiating on behalf of his clients.
Ron’s experience as a negotiator and strategist also extends to the public sector. He has served as Senior Counsel to the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and through this experience, has gained unique insights into how governmental agencies operate. He applies this knowledge to advocate for clients before the EEOC, the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division, the Texas Unemployment Commission, OSHA, and other state and federal agencies.
Keith WongCEO, 3Forces
Keith brings a wealth of experience and expertise in working with and investing in start-up companies, effectively guiding them to maturity for capital market opportunities. With a keen analytical mind and quick problem-solving skills, Keith remains focused on the bigger picture at hand. His extensive background spans across various industries, including mining, education, stem cells, internet, software, mobile apps, steel, auto parts, communications, and consumer products.
Chief Investment Officer
Chris WoodChief Investment Officer, RiskHedge
Chris Wood is a 20-year market veteran and the chief investment officer at RiskHedge. He’s one of America’s most respected tech analysts and has the track record to prove it.
Chris runs the popular microcap investment advisory, Project 5X. He also coedits Disruption Investor with Chief Analyst Stephen McBride.
Some of Chris's biggest recent winners include a 251% gain on precision medicine play Personalis (PSNL)... a 376% gain on real estate disruptor eXp World Holdings (EXPI)... a 422% windfall in digital ad play Magnite (MGNI)... and a 399% win in display tech company Kopin (KOPN).
Vice President of Strategy
Justin ZacksVice President of Strategy, Moomoo Technologies
Justin Zacks leads the strategy and growth in the US for Moomoo Technologies, Inc. Zacks helps to identify risks and new growth opportunities for the company’s online trading business while also assisting in optimizing its existing business lines. Zacks also provides internal and external thought leadership about market dynamics and trading while also serving as the spokesperson for the company in the US. Zacks guides and facilitates the distribution of moomoo’s news product to its users. He is an active member of the Moo community where he interacts daily with users in a special social section of the moomoo trading app.
Prior to joining moomoo Zacks worked as a reporter in Bloomberg’s equities division. Prior to Bloomberg, he analyzed and provided commentary on M&A and event driven situations at both Reorg and Dealreporter. Zacks spent the first half of his career trading equities and foreign exchange derivatives for a number of companies including UBS and Prudential-Bache Securities. He received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.