CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kendall Almerico is an attorney with 28 years experience who is considered one of the top crowdfunding and JOBS Act experts in the United States. Mr. Almerico was called “one of the top Regulation A+ attorneys in the country by Forbes and was named the 17th most influential thought leader in the crowdfunding industry by VentureBeat, and was the top ranked practicing attorney on the prestigious list. Inc. magazine named Mr. Almerico to its list of “Top 19 Crowdfunding Experts Startups Need to Know.” Mr. Almerico and his crowdfunding websites have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, Christian Science Monitor, Fox Business Network and hundreds of newspaper, blog, radio and television interviews including CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, and Bloomberg TV.
Mr. Almerico is a regular crowdfunding columnist for Entrepreneur.com and a highly sought after keynote speaker on both a national and international level. He practices law with the prestigious law firm of DiMuroGinsberg in the Washington DC area. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Almerico has run his Florida law practice for more than 25 years. Mr. Almerico has also earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer review rating possible and one that also carries the highest ethical rating from this national attorney rating publication. Mr. Almerico has represented individuals, businesses, television personalities and professional athletes. He has negotiated multi-million dollar contracts as an attorney and as a sports agent, has assisted companies in raising millions of dollars as counsel and has handled multi-million dollar lawsuits for individuals and businesses alike.
CEO OF BANKROLL WOMEN
Tess Hottenroth is the co-founder of BankRoll and is now the Chief Executive Officer of BankRoll Women LLC. Ms. Hottenroth is licensed investment banker and an entrepreneurial businesswoman. As one of the founders of BankRoll, she is particularly well versed in the use of the JOBS Act and equity crowdfunding as a vehicle to help startup and emerging companies to raise capital.
Ms. Hottenroth graduated from Creighton University with majors in kinesiology and Spanish before heading overseas to work on a Masters in Global Public Health in London. After being accepted to Columbia Medical School, Ms. Hottenroth chose to pursue a career in business rather than matriculating. Her preference to learn by experience has allowed her to work in a variety of fields and has enabled her to live and work in diverse locations such as Madrid, Spain, Lagos, Nigeria, and Perth, Western Australia.
Ms. Hottenroth is the co-author of the best-selling humor book Whoogles, published by Adams Media, which has been featured in national publications such as The New Yorker, and of the Whoogles calendar (2013-2015) under separate imprint.
STACEY BENDET EISNER
CEO alice + olivia
New York native Stacey Bendet founded alice + olivia in 2002 with the quest to create the perfect pair of pants. The brand was an immediate success, and shortly after its launch, Theory founder Andrew Rosen joined as a partner. Since then, the company has grown into a full contemporary lifestyle brand, encompassing a wide range of offerings including the signature collection, evening wear, the “To Work” and “AIR” lines, footwear, handbags and accessories.
Stacey Bendet pulls inspiration from her love of vintage and all things feminine to design and create beautiful clothing that makes women feel attractive and confident. Ornamented fabrics, whimsical prints and ultra-flattering fits provide today’s modern woman with options for every day and every occasion. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at aliceandolivia.com, over 30 free-standing boutiques located in major cities around the world including, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, as well as over 800 of the finest department and specialty stores worldwide. In 2009, a+o launched e-commerce at www.aliceandolivia.com, opening the “world of a+o” to a truly global customer base.
Full-time CEO and Creative Director, Bendet is also a wife and mother of three who makes supporting charity endeavors a priority in her personal and professional activities. She is a member of the board of trustees of NY-based Baby Buggy, a foundation who provides essentials for children of families in need, she supports Ronald McDonald House, which offers assistance to the families of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and she is also a member of the board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater. She has been featured on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List five times and is now in their hall of fame. Bendet currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.
CEO LEBENTHAL & CO
Alexandra Lebenthal is the CEO of Lebenthal & Company. She comes from a storied Wall Street family. Her grandparents, Louis and Sayra Lebenthal, founded Lebenthal & Co., Inc, a municipal bond specialist, in 1925. Her grandmother worked until age 93. She followed her father, James Lebenthal, as the company spokesperson. She joined Lebenthal in 1988 and became President and CEO in 1995 at the age of 31. Ms. Lebenthal remained at the firm for four years after its sale, leaving in 2005 before starting anew in 2006.
A passionate supporter of women in business, she was named one of the top 50 Women in Wealth Management by Wealth Manager Magazine. She has also been named to the Crain’s New York Top Women Owned Business and Crain’s Fastest 50 Growing Businesses in New York.
As one of the most recognizable women on Wall Street she is a frequent commentator in the media, and is an official CNBC contributor.
She is a board member of The Committee of 200, the leading organization for female businesswomen. She is also a board member of Savvy Ladies, a non-profit organization that provides financial literacy education and resources for women.
Ms. Lebenthal published her first novel “Recessionistas”, in August 2010, which was sold to Universal Cable Productions. She is currently writing “The Women’s Investment Bible”, a comprehensive book on investing for women. A graduate of Princeton University in 1986, with an A.B. in history, Ms. Lebenthal began her career in the municipal bond department at Kidder Peabody.
CEO THE STARK GROUP
Jessica Stark has an extensive background in integrated marketing and branding, as well as licensing and business development.
She began her business career as an investment banking analyst at Chase Securities in the Real Estate Mergers & Acquisitions group. After working at Chase, Jessica decided to combine her business experience with her passion for marketing and fashion, and joined the Public Relations team at Louis Vuitton. Jessica has also held various marketing positions at Gucci, Conde Nast and New York Magazine.
Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at Judith Ripka jewelry for over 10-years. In this role, Jessica was responsible for all marketing initiatives for the Couture Collection at retail and wholesale, domestically and internationally, as well as Judith Ripka’s record breaking QVC business. It was through her Judith Ripka QVC work that Jessica fell in love with licensing and bringing great products at a great value to customers everywhere. During her tenure, Judith Ripka was ranked #1 in the jewelry category at QVC and #7 within the overall network.
In 2012, Jessica established a consultancy with Mehran Farhat focusing on branding, product development and licensing. Via this platform, Mehran and Jessica partnered with David Kanbar, co-founder of Skinnygirl, and Tom Bruno, one of the original “founding 5” on the Grey Goose team, to create REMIX Cocktails by DJ Pauly D, www.remixcocktails.com and REMIX Energy, www.energybyremix.com. Jessica and Mehran continue to work together to help their clients develop brands and then, bring to market.
CEO STARK DESIGN
Daniel Stark’s diverse background in advertising, publishing, apparel and media at companies like GQ, Baron & Baron, Ann Taylor, Harper’s Bazaar, Deutsch and Nielsen is the driving force behind Stark Design.
As the company’s Executive Creative Director, Daniel has created well-known campaigns, identity programs, packaging, editorial and product design for a diverse mix of consumer brands, services and companies.
Stark is also an accomplished author, inventor and notorious tinkerer.
CMO – BANKROLL MARKETING
Matthew Tagliavia is the Director of Marketing for InventHelp®, a leading inventor service company that has been in business more than 30 years. After graduating from college from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Management, Matthew began his career at Dealer Services Corporation, an automotive finance company. He then accepted a position as the Network Administrator at InventHelp, where he held various job titles before taking over the role of Director of Marketing in 2013. He has been quoted on CMO.com, Small Business Advocate, and other marketing and business websites.
As the Director of Marketing, Matthew specializes in marketing automation, reputation management, SEO and social media. He is a strategic leader with the organization and has a keen understanding of emerging platforms including crowdfunding. Matthew also spearheads Fund an Idea, the inventors-only rewards-crowdfunding website, powered by InventHelp.
Matthew recently accepted the role of Chief Marketing Officer for BankRoll Marketing LLC, a marketing company that provides an affordable alternative to traditional equity crowdfunding marketing. Matthew heads up BankRoll Marketing’s Regulation A+ media and marketing division, with the promise of providing crowdfunding design, video production, social media marketing, digital marketing, public relations and crowdbuilding services to select high-upside companies seeking new capital through Mini-IPOs under Title IV of the JOBS Act.
CEO – CONSOCIATE MEDIA
Stephanie Heinatz, founder of Consociate Media, a public relations and communications consulting firm, cut her teeth as a newspaper journalist.
Whether working on assignment in her own hometown, or in remote areas of East Africa or war-torn Iraq, Stephanie believed one thing – stories are the most powerful way to reach people and inspire change. She brings that same strategy to Consociate Media and to clients of BankRoll, where she specializes in working with business owners to tell their stories across a wide range of new and traditional media. Telling those stories can be just that – writing for web content, blogs, press releases and more. In a communications world where content is king, having fresh, unique and relevant content should be at the heart of all storytelling.
Stephanie excels at developing an overarching strategy to connect to alarger audience. Consociate’s services can range from public relations, establishing and maintaining a social media presence, building an editorial calendar, strategic messaging development, market research and more.
Before founding Consociate Media, Stephanie also served as a Strategic Communications and Media Training Consultant / Contractor for the U.S. Defense Department and led the corporate communications for a large healthcare organization. Stephanie works with a variety of clients, from Main Street to Wall Street, non-profit organizations and healthcare companies, to military training institutions and start ups. Her clients have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News and a plethora of state-based multi-media outlets.
CEO COMMAND PARTNERS
Roy Morejon is the President and Founder of Command Partners, a leading digital marketing agency in Charlotte, North Carolina, in charge of digital marketing strategy, client services, and agency growth. Roy brings over 20 years experience in delivering integrated marketing services for B2B and B2C clients, helping transform companies by increasing online visibility and brand awareness through targeted digital marketing, corporate communications and data-driven search marketing campaigns. He is an expert at digital strategy, analytics, search engine marketing and crowdfunding. Roy worked as a consultant for AOL and Microsoft before the age of 19.
He has built a team of marketing experts in every discipline, including SEO, PR, lead generation and social media, so that he can position every client for success, no matter the challenge. His agency has recently been awarded one of Charlotte’s fastest growing private companies, rapidly becoming a top global agency serving clients all across the world. He has helped crowdfund over 160 startups bringing in more than $60 million, and has helped hundreds of clients globally achieve marketing success online.
Roy has been featured in CNN, Entrepreneur, Forbes, AdWeek, Search Engine Journal, Tech.co, Fast Company, Pando Daily, Yahoo! Tech, Crowdfund Insider, Hubspot, Social Media Today and Marketing.org. Additionally, Roy frequently speaks at tech and startup events and conferences, and has spoken at Search Exchange, Social Fresh, Converge South, PowerUp Greenville, Kickercon, Global Crowdfunding Convention, Silicon Valley Crowdfunding, BMA Carolinas and many more.
CEO YARE GROUP
Darren Greene is the Chief Technology Officer of BankRoll, and also owns and opertes Yare Group. Yare Group provides experienced, senior-level talent to help ease their client’s workload, fill important functions and implement ideas in a manner that’s timely, cost-effective, creative and, most importantly, profitable. Yare Group and its principals have years of experience building successful companies and cab tap vast arenas of expertise including all advertising mediums, marketing, sales, public relations, new product roll-out, rebranding, brand boosting, video and event production, MC and other public speaking, viral video and social media campaigns, generating for start-ups: company names, logos and comprehensive brand identity marketing strategy.
In addition, Darren and Yare Group provide high-end technology and web services, including database creation, web design, customized documentation management and the conversion of operational processes into virtual platforms. Yare is also adept at all forms of writing: business, creative, grant, fundraising, speeches, advertising copy, articles, training, internal and external communications.
Finally, Yare excels at all things operational, particularly for entrepreneurs. Specialties include process mapping, operational performance evaluation, best practices implementation, procedural and guideline manuals, employee engagement programs from conception to implementation, strategic plan development, implementation and monitoring, including market research, segmentation and investigation.
CEO FIRST LOOK EQUITIES
Delray Wannemacher is the Chief Executive Officer of First Look Equities, a national membership organization whose goal is to find the best emerging growth companies in the country and connect them with the best investors and resources in the country. First Look Equities holds local and national events that allow companies seeking funding to directly connect with investors, broker-dealers, family offices and other investment professionals.
Mr. Wanneamcher sets the strategic vision and business development for the national and global operations of First Look Equities and has more than 20 years of experience with building emerging growth companies in the alternative space. He has extensive experience with building investment communities, leveraging technology and services to streamline the capital formation process. He has extensive experience working within a wide variety of sectors such as internet, software, finance, crowdfunding, media and communications. He has successfully helped raise millions of dollars for his own companies and business development for a variety of startups, both public and private. He has successfully helped build multiple companies from concept to exit including InSolutions Inc., a network integration company sold in 2008. After selling InSolutions, Mr. Wannemacher joined the team at Accredited Members as their President and was appointed to their board and helped build that company from a concept to a publicly traded company with a market cap of $50 million.
First Look Equities is designed to have its own ecosystem with funding sources, trusted resource companies and opportunities. The company has created both a virtual and physical ecosystem that gives its members access to the tools, meetings and events they need. First Look Equities complements BankRoll’s online JOBS Act funding methods by facilitating in-person meetings and pitch events involving companies seeking funding and potential investors.