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Secretary Johnson’s legal career has encompassed both private law practice and public service, including three Senate-confirmed presidential appointments.
Secretary Johnson led the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from December 2013 to January 2017, where he was responsible for counterterrorism; cybersecurity; border, port, aviation and maritime security; enforcement and administration of immigration laws; response to national disasters; detection and prevention of nuclear, chemical and biological threats; and the protection of critical infrastructure and the nation’s leadership. Secretary Johnson is credited with building a more effective, cohesive Department of Homeland Security and with raising morale. He served as the public face of the U.S. government’s homeland security mission, engaging with the press on numerous occasions and testifying before Congress 26 times. Secretary Johnson managed 230,000 employees in 22 different components and agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Secret Service.
Between 2009-2012, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense, where he was a primary legal architect for the military’s counterterrorism missions in the Obama Administration, and was responsible for the prior legal approval for every military operation authorized by the President and the Secretary of Defense. He co-authored the 2010 report that paved the way for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law by Congress. In his book Duty, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Johnson “the finest lawyer I ever worked with in government – a straightforward, plain-speaking man of great integrity, with common sense to burn and a good sense of humor.”
Between 1998-2001, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989-1991, trying 12 cases before a jury and arguing 11 appeals in three years.
Over his many years at Paul, Weiss, Secretary Johnson has handled a variety of civil and white collar matters for some of the firm’s most important clients. In 2005, he successfully defended Citigroup against a $900 million arbitration claim — at the time the largest ever filed before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). That same year he successfully defended Citigroup against an $86 million claim before the NASD.
Secretary Johnson has received numerous awards and acknowledgments, including three Department of Defense medals for distinguished public service and nine honorary degrees. On three occasions, Secretary Johnson has been a guest lecturer or debater at the distinguished Oxford Union in England, and in 2015 delivered the annual Green Foundation Lecture at Westminster College in Missouri. His November 2012 address at the Oxford Union, “How Will the War Against al Qaeda End?,” received international attention and acclaim. Secretary Johnson received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College.
As president, CEO, and co-founder of K2 Intelligence, Jeremy M. Kroll is responsible for charting the firm’s growth strategy, including market development, strategic partnerships, and acquisitions. With more than two decades of investigative and leadership experience, Jeremy has led K2 Intelligence since its inception in 2009 through its growth into an internationally recognized firm with six offices across the United States and Europe.
Using the strategic acquisition of intelligence to inform risk mitigation strategies, Jeremy helps executives and business owners to further their business objectives. He serves as a trusted advisor and complex problem solver to business owners, boards of directors, and C-suite executives, working with them to mitigate risk across the corporate and family office spheres. He advises clients on risk management as they pursue strategic investments, including cross-border acquisitions and multinational investments, and helps them to navigate the changing physical and cybersecurity landscape in a way that embraces technological change while minimizing strategic risk.
In his capacity as CEO, Jeremy is also responsible for managing the company’s global business lines. He spearheads K2 Intelligence’s technology initiatives, with an emphasis on cyber defense, information security, and data analytics, helping the firm marry professional excellence with cutting-edge technology.
Before co-founding K2 Intelligence, Jeremy spent 11 years in senior leadership positions at Kroll Inc., a global corporate investigations and risk consulting professional services firm, where he served as general manager of Kroll’s information security group as well as managing director and vice president of corporate sales and marketing.
Jeremy is a respected thought leader on compliance, security, and risk in technology investing, and is a sought-after speaker on these subjects. He has moderated panels on cybersecurity investment in business and spoken at conferences hosted by organizations such as the National Association of Corporate Directors, Evercore ISI, Bank Leumi, Bank of America, Simpson Thacher, and the Association of International Bank Auditors. He has been quoted extensively on cybersecurity and risk management issues in print, digital, and television media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Reuters.
Jeremy is also active in the investment community. His focus is on emerging and growth companies at the intersection of technology and security. He sits on numerous advisory boards for investment funds that actively invest in and foster the success of companies in the cybersecurity, risk management, fintech, big data analytics, and cloud computing sectors.
Jeremy is a member of the advisory board of BlueVoyant, a cyber intelligence services firm K2 Intelligence helped to establish. He is part of the business leadership of The Partnership for New York City, of which K2 Intelligence is a member. Jeremy also serves as chairman of the board of directors for City Year New York, an organization dedicated to lowering the dropout rate of high school students across New York City, and is president of the American Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery of London.
Jeremy received his M.B.A. from TRIUM, the executive global M.B.A. program of the New York University Stern School of Business, HEC Paris, and the London School of Economics. He holds a B.A. in foreign languages and fine arts from Georgetown University.
Daniel S. Alter is a shareholder in the New York office of Murphy & McGonigle P.C., and, having served in several positions that helped give shape to the industry, focuses his legal practice on FinTech and other financial services related regulatory matters. Prior to joining his firm, Mr. Alter was general counsel and chief compliance officer for the first New York State-chartered trust company providing blockchain systems for post-trade settlement, custody, and virtual currency exchange services.
Earlier, as general counsel for the New York Department of Financial Services – the state’s financial industry regulator – Mr. Alter was the agency’s chief legal officer, responsible for department-wide oversight of regulatory and licensing matters, criminal and civil enforcement operations, proposed legislation, and internal administrative functions. In that role, he was the principal legal counsel and a strategic advisor to the New York State Superintendent of Financial Services regarding state, national, and international banking, insurance, capital markets, real estate finance, and consumer protection issues. Among other duties, he was a primary architect of the Bitlicense for regulating cryptocurrencies, and directed or co-directed ground-breaking DFS initiatives anti-money laundering and international sanctions enforcement, global investigations into FX rate manipulation, and industry-wide reform for independent consulting firm practices. In connection with DFS regulatory enforcement actions, Mr. Alter assisted in the appointment and supervision of numerous independent monitors and consultants retained by financial institutions to remedy corporate misconduct and failed compliance systems.
Before his work at DFS, he was Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General, where he helped formulate policy and litigation strategy for major law enforcement initiatives across all divisions of the office. He also co-directed the Attorney General’s investigation and enforcement program regarding systemic fraud in the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities market and nationwide mortgage foreclosure abuses. Mr. Alter began his government service as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, eventually serving as the deputy and acting chief of the office’s Civil Division.
Mr. Alter has been an adjunct professor and senior fellow at New York University Law School, teaching corporate compliance and enforcement. He writes and speaks widely on the intersection of financial technology and financial regulation, as well as regulatory compliance within the financial services industry. Finally, he is an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations.
Jordan Arnold is an executive managing director in K2 Intelligence’s New York and Los Angeles offices, and head of the firm’s Private Client Services and practices.
A former Manhattan prosecutor with more than 15 years of law enforcement and private risk advisory experience, he is routinely called upon by high-net-worth families, executives from the private and public sectors, and entertainment, music, and sports professionals to help navigate critical and sensitive situations that pose threats to physical and cyber security, privacy, reputation, and profitability.
Jordan regularly conducts proactive investigations to develop evidence of corporate and individual wrongdoing, including the use of covert techniques, and provides law enforcement referral and liaison services. This work has resulted in the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of individuals targeting his clients.
In addition to resolving complex problems, he helps corporate and individual clients take proactive steps to avoid harm by eliminating gaps and weaknesses in how they prevent, prepare for, and respond to incidents across the risk spectrum.
As a threat specialist for individuals and family offices, Jordan has successfully resolved matters involving extortion, stalking, cyber threats, privacy violations, missing persons, and travel emergencies.
For corporate clients, he has led incident response and investigations into data breaches, threats against employees, and allegations of insider misconduct, fraud, theft of trade secrets, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Jordan served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Working with the New York Police Department’s (NYPD’s) Major Case Squad, he directed some of Manhattan’s most sensitive investigations, involving abduction, extortion, stalking, bank robbery, art crime, and thefts committed within police headquarters, judicial chambers, cultural institutions, and luxury hotels. One of these investigations resulted in the return of a stolen Salvador Dali watercolor, and the conviction of its thief.
Jordan’s homicide prosecutions included that of Nicholas Brooks for the domestic violence murder of Sylvie Cachay at a private club, and a member of the Bloods street gang for an execution-style killing. Also assigned to the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, he directed long-term, undercover investigations that dismantled gun and drug trafficking crews. In his final assignment, Jordan created the office’s Financial Intelligence Unit with the U.S. Secret Service, and investigated complex financial crime as a senior investigative counsel.
Jordan was twice recognized by the NYPD for meritorious service, and his courtroom work has been quoted by publications including the New York Times, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and New York Daily News, and covered by CNN, BBC, CNBC, and 48 Hours.
Jordan received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Thomas Bock, an executive managing director and leader of K2 Intelligence’s Regulatory Compliance practice, has more than 20 years of global experience assisting clients with complex Anti-Money Laundering (AML), sanctions, regulatory compliance, fraud investigations, and risk management matters. Tom works with clients to evaluate their existing AML procedures, develop new solutions to minimize risk and costs, and implement new programs to ensure regulatory compliance. His areas of expertise include ensuring compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, and transaction monitoring.
Prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Tom was an independent consultant at CIT Group LLC, where he managed a team that designed and implemented a global transaction monitoring system that risk-ranked customers, screened for sanctions, and monitored transactions in order to identify suspected money laundering and terrorist-financed operations.
Tom also served as executive director at Daylight Forensic & Advisory LLC, where he was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for business development, product development, and client service activities.
Tom spent nine years at KPMG, where he led AML engagements for multinational financial institutions. He also developed and implemented an AML transaction monitoring and case management system to help global financial institutions comply with the BSA’s suspicious activity reporting laws. Tom also served as a financial fraud investigator for Republic National Bank of New York. In this role, he conducted branch investigations, performed due diligence for private banking proposals, and implemented fraud-prevention systems.
Tom is a graduate of Utica College, where he earned an M.S. in economic crime management. He has a B.S. in computer information systems and finance from Manhattan College.
Journalist and Author – and Founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, American Lawyer Media, Brill’s Content Magazine, Journalism Online, and The Yale Journalism Initiative Areas of particular expertise: The media business and journalism practices; law, law firms, the Justice Department, criminal justice; homeland security; Trump businesses; education reform; health care.
Author of Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall – and Those Fighting to Reverse It, to be published by Knopf in May 2018.
Co-Founder in 2018 of NewsGuard, Inc, which rates the reliability of news and information websites.
Author of the New York Times best-seller: America’s Bitter Pill (January 5, 2015, Random House)
Author of 15-part DucuSerial™ and Podcast, published by Huffington Post: “America’s Most Admired Law Breaker”
Author of investigation of Trump University (TIME, November 2015)
Author of “Are We Any Safer” (special report in The Atlantic, September 2016)
Founder: Journalism Online, LLC, conceived in 2009 to create a new, viable business model for journalism to flourish online. More than 500 newspaper and magazines launched their paid content initiatives on Journalism Online’s Press+ platform. The company was sold to RR Donnelley in 2011.
Feature writer: TIME magazine cover story “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us” (March 4, 2013); Columnist: TIME magazine (2013-14)
“Bitter Pill” awarded the National Magazine Award for Public Service (May 2014)
Feature articles also published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, TIME, Esquire, New York Magazine, and Harpers
Adjunct professor: Yale College
Author: The Teamsters (a New York Times best-seller); Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools, and AFTER: How America Confronted the September 12th Era
Founder, CEO, Verified Identity Pass, Inc., the first US biometric Voluntary Credentialing Program
Adjunct professor: Yale Law School
Founder, CEO and Editor In Chief: Brill’s Content Magazine
Founder, CEO and Editor In Chief: Court TV
Founder, CEO and Editor In Chief: The American Lawyer Magazine and American Lawyer Media (10 related legal periodicals)
Assistant to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, concentrating on law enforcement issues (while enrolled at Yale Law School)
Graduate (summa cum laude) of Yale College and Yale Law School
Winner of multiple National Magazine Awards, beginning in 1982 and most recently in 2014.
Seminar leader, founder, and outside coordinator: The Yale Journalism Initiative
Endowed by Brill and his wife, Cynthia, the Yale Journalism Initiative has trained and motivated more than 100 Yale Journalism Scholars who are employed at some of the world’s most prestigious news organizations and who help newly-graduated Scholars as they enter this network.
1) encourages talented young people to consider the journalism profession;
2) offers training for the profession (through seminars and funded internships);
3) provides career guidance (via a funded on-campus career counselor); and
4) gives graduates a credential (“Yale Journalism Scholar”) that will help them obtain employment as journalists.
A respected author, journalist and speaker, Bradley is responsible for the Worth Group’s print, digital and broadcast content and sets the overall direction of Worth’s editorial voice.
For seven years, Bradley has led the editorial direction of the Worth Group’s award-winning print magazine, Worth, and is overseeing the Worth Group’s aggressive expansion into content distribution across multiple platforms.
Bradley’s previous experience includes roles as the Executive Editor of George, 02138 and Regardie’s. He is the author of three best-selling books: American Son, Harvard Rules and The Greatest Game. He is a graduate of Yale College and earned his masters at Harvard University.
Chris Brummer is the Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law. Professor Brummer has taught at several leading universities as a visiting professor including the universities of Basel, Heidelberg, and the London School of Economics. He also recently concluded a three year term as a member of FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council, where his work was praised as making a significant contribution to advancing investor protection.
Professor Brummer is the founder of Washington DC’s Fintech Week (dcfintechweek.org), an annual event with regulators and market participants, and routinely provides financial regulatory analysis for nonprofits, financial institutions, international standard setters and legislative bodies around the world.
Anna Brusco is vice president of new product development of AIG Private Client Group and most recently led the launch of the group’s newest cyber product, Family CyberEdge. Anna joined AIG Private Client Group in 2001 and has held various positions. She took a leadership role in the build and launch of the Premier Client Solutions personal lines segment. Prior to that, she managed the Specialty Casualty product lines, including Group Excess. Anna is a speaker and faculty advisor for the Certified Personal Risk Manager (CPRM) program through The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research and an active member of the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Board of Governors. She also carries the CIC® and CPRM® designations. Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Charles Cascarilla is the CEO and co-founder of Paxos. With 15+ years of experience in financial services, Charles has a unique perspective and interest in integrating blockchain technology with traditional systems. Since 2005, he has been a partner and co-founder at institutional asset management complex Cedar Hill Capital Partners LLC (and its venture capital subsidiary, Liberty City Ventures LLC, founded in 2012). Earlier in his career, he was a portfolio manager at Claiborne Capital and worked at both Bank of America Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. He also serves on the board of several charities and private companies including Project ALS and The Centurion Foundation. Charles holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and is a CFA charterholder.
Robert Chefitz is a 36-year veteran of the private equity industry and has specialized in security industry investments since 1990. Mr. Chefitz built an investment track record with strong returns by leading and participating in numerous early-stage investments and leveraged buyouts. In 2008, Mr. Chefitz founded Egis Capital Partners in order to capitalize on his deep security industry investment expertise and to provide investors with a portfolio dedicated to the Security and Protection industry.
Mr. Chefitz has made over 20 investments in the field of security, including companies such as Alarm.com, Protection One, Casi Rusco, FreightWatch, and Brivo. Beyond security, Mr. Chefitz has a successful track record, having led first-round investments in companies including Office Depot, Achieve3000, iLEVEL Solutions, to highlight just a few. Mr. Chefitz launched his career at Golder Thoma & Cressey, a predecessor to GTCR, where he consolidated fragmented service companies in the communications sector. Mr. Chefitz was subsequently recruited to join Alan Patricof & Company which eventually became Apax Partners. During his 15-year tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz served as a General Partner and built a portfolio of five security companies. Prior to founding Egis, Mr. Chefitz launched the NJTC Venture Fund, which was a top decile performer for its 2001 vintage year. Mr. Chefitz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Northwestern University. Mr. Chefitz also sits on the board of The Lang Fund and Columbia Business School’s seed stage investment fund.
David Cohen is a partner in the Washington, DC office of WilmerHale and chair of the firm’s Financial and Business Integrity practice group.
Before rejoining the firm in 2017, Mr. Cohen served for two years (2015-1017) as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he helped manage the Agency’s operations, including foreign intelligence collection, all-source analysis, covert action, counter-intelligence and foreign liaison relationships.
Previously, Mr. Cohen served for four years (2011-2015) as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he supervised the department’s policy, regulatory, enforcement and intelligence functions aimed at combating illicit finance, including money laundering and other financial crime, and disrupting financial support to nations, organizations and individuals posing a threat to national security. Mr. Cohen previously served for two years (2009-2011) as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing, overseeing policy development related to sanctions and money laundering.
Before joining the Obama administration in 2009, Mr. Cohen practiced law in Washington DC for nearly 20 years. He is a 1989 graduate of Yale Law School and the 1985 graduate of Cornell University.
Dan Ennis is the Global Head of Advanced Threat Intelligence for BlueVoyant. Dan has over 36 years of US Government service, principally with the National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to his retirement from NSA in 2016, Dan was the Director of the Threat Operations Center (NTOC). Prior to becoming the NTOC Director, Dan served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Analysis and Production, providing overall management of the U.S. Signals intelligence analysis and production mission across all mission areas (transnational and geographic targets). Other senior positions held included Deputy Chief, NSA Tailored Access Operations, Chief, Transnational Targets (counter terrorism, counter proliferation, counter intelligence, narcotics and serious crimes, and weapons and space) and Chief, Office of Russia. Dan’s distinguished career with the U.S. Government began in 1979 with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Dan is the recipient of the Donovan Award. Dan also serves on the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Science Board, Cyber Task Force. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International and Strategic Studies, and the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Institute at the University of Maryland.
Tom Glocer is the founder and managing partner of Angelic Ventures, LP, a family office focusing on early stage investments in financial technology, cyber defense and media. Tom is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of BlueVoyant LLC and Capitolis Inc, cyber defense and fintech start-ups, respectively.
From 1993 through 2011 Mr. Glocer worked at Reuters Group PLC and its successor company, Thomson Reuters Corp. He served as CEO during his last 11 years at the news and professional information provider. Prior to Reuters Tom was an M&A lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
He is a director of Merck & Co. (Chair of Compensation Committee), Morgan Stanley (Lead Director), Publicis Groupe, K2 Intelligence and the Atlantic Council; a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic and various alumni boards at Columbia and Yale Universities.
Tom received a BA from Columbia College in 1981 and a JD from Yale Law School in 1984.
Christina Guerola Sarchio focuses her practice on general commercial litigation, class actions and white collar defense, with significant experience in the consumer products, financial, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, sports and transportation industries. A former prosecutor and an experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Sarchio has successfully tried several jury trials before federal and state courts. She also regularly appears before a number of agencies and regulators, including the DOJ, FDA, SEC and various U.S. Attorney offices.
Ms. Sarchio has been recognized as a leading lawyer for her work in general commercial disputes in The Legal 500 U.S. 2017. She was also recently selected as a 2017 Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and named among the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the U.S. for 2017 by Benchmark Litigation, where she is also listed as a D.C. litigation star.
Ms. Sarchio serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School.
Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Sarchio served as a partner at another international law firm where she acted as chair of the class action strike team as well as a member of the board of directors. Her previous experience includes serving as prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Joseph Lawlor is a Special Agent assigned to the Cyber Branch in the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he serves as a lead incident responder, trainer, and investigator of computer intrusions perpetrated by the world’s most sophisticated adversaries. His case work specifically focuses on threats to critical infrastructure and has included intrusions at some of the largest institutions in finance, energy and transportation. Mr. Lawlor has applied his strategic vision and tactical expertise as one of the authors of the New York office’s cyber incident response plan. He served as a subject matter expert in cyber matters for the FBI’s Investigative Technology Training Team in its course and curriculum development as part of a Director’s initiative to improve internal training.
Brandon Lee is an associate managing director in K2 Intelligence’s Regulatory Compliancepractice, based in New York. Brandon advises traditional and nontraditional financial services clients ranging from private, investment, and foreign banks, broker-dealers, and asset managers to an emerging class of FinTech companies that integrate crypto/blockchain, AI/machine learning, and digital identity solutions into their business model. He consults on financial crimes compliance matters, including Anti-Money Laundering (AML), economic trade sanctions (ETS), and FCPA and anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC) investigations in the United States and internationally.
Brandon also serves as a strategic advisor and angel investor to several early-stage venture-backed companies across the FinTech, RegTech, AI/machine learning, crypto/blockchain, and Social Biometrics and digital identity spectrum.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Brandon worked in senior AML and financial crimes compliance roles at large-complex banking and nonbanking financial institutions and cumulatively has advised clients in the money services businesses (e.g., payments, remittances), retail and consumer banking, broker-dealers, insurance, futures commission merchants (FCM), energy markets (e.g., physical crude trading), trade finance, challenger banking, canna-banking, hedge funds, and cryptocurrency exchanges/wallets on developing risk-based financial crimes compliance programs.
Brandon earned a dual B.S. in finance and international business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and is fluent in Korean and English. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a certified Associate Professional Risk Manager (APRM).
Craig works in close collaboration with Jeff Keswin, Founder and Chairman of Lyrical Partners, furthering Jeff’s strategic priorities in his entrepreneurial and investment pursuits.
He is also a Founding Partner of Lytical Ventures, an early-stage venture capital management firm focused on corporate intelligence opportunities that include cyber security, data analytics and artificial intelligence.
Before Lyrical, he was the Founder and CEO of GoodMouth, an e-commerce venture, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic direction, including their charitable Giving Goodness program. GoodMouth was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, and on The View as on one of Whoopi Goldberg’s favorite things.
Previously, Craig was a Partner and COO of DG Capital Management, a special situations asset manager. He was also Senior Vice President and Director of Investment Strategy of Prosper Advisors. He began his investment career at Neuberger Berman.
He is the founder of Avocation Entertainment. His freshman producing effort, the feature documentary New York Street Games, is being distributed by PBS Distribution and was named by the NY Daily News as one of the top ten shows on television in 2010.
Craig also served as a member of the board of Naked Angels, a not-for-profit theatre company in New York City whose mission includes strengthening the artistic community and bringing playwriting and storytelling courses to high schools free of charge.
He earned a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
About Lyrical Partners, LP
Lyrical Partners, L.P. is a multi-capability investment management platform headquartered in NYC and founded in 2004. The firm and its affiliates invest in and manage over $10 billion in private equity, real estate, traditional equity, venture and hedge funds. Its investments have focused on backing entrepreneurial teams with good ideas and helping those teams scale.
About Lytical Ventures, LLC
Lytical Ventures, an affiliate of Lyrical Partners, is a NYC based venture fund which focuses on corporate intelligence including Cyber Security, Data and Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. Lytical is comprised of a robust team of professionals with decades of combined experience in direct investing and extensive knowledge of our focus areas.
Avner Mendelson is President & CEO of Bank Leumi USA. Avner was appointed to this role in 2013 with a mandate to orchestrate a major strategic transformation of the organization. With a new management team, a focused business strategy, expanded products and services offering, and a complete revamp of the firm’s core technology system, the Bank’s revenues have grown by more than 50%, and profits have more than quadrupled in the past 4 years.
Most recently, Avner spearheaded a strategic investment in the Bank by Endicott Management Company and MSD Capital, L.P., a private investment firm that manages the assets of Michael Dell and his family, to assist in the Bank’s continued growth while adding value to the Leumi Group.
Avner has been with the Leumi Group since 2007, serving as Head of Group Strategy and International Operations, as well as Chief of Staff to the President and CEO. Prior to joining the Leumi Group, he was a Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company in London. Avner also served in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Avner earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is actively involved with several non-profit organizations and serves on both the Northeast Regional Board and the Board of Regents for the American Friends of The Hebrew University and the Board of Directors of the Shefa School.
John Metz is Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Software and Security at Jefferies Technology Investment Banking Division. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Metz focuses primarily on enterprise and cloud software infrastructure with particular focus on cyber security providers.
Mr. Metz has been lead on over 30 technology IPO’s, advised over $200 BN in technology mergers and acquisitions, and over $1 BN in technology private placements in his 25 year career as a technology banker. Mr. Metz has served on the Board of Directors of SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Executives) and has been a frequent lecturer on the subjects of cyber security and enterprise technology trends.
Mr. Metz has worked with and advised companies such as Arista Networks, 3Par, BlueCoat, Cisco, CommVault Systems, Dell, EMC, Gigamon, HP, IBM, Mellanox, Microsoft, Netezza, Optiv, Oracle, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, Qualys, Raytheon, Riverbed, Sailpoint, Sandisk, Symantec, VERITAS Software, VMware and Websense.
Lucas Nelson is a managing director at Lytical Ventures, a Corporate Intelligence focused early stage venture fund. He focuses on cybersecurity, crypto currencies, and enterprise application technologies and brings over two decades of investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience to his role.
Lucas is a proud geek; a hacker turned VC. He brings a unique mix of technical depth and business knowledge to bear when Lytical works with a company and is excited by companies that are trying to use technology to make a dent in the universe.
In the year prior to joining Lytical Ventures, Lucas was a principal at Evolution Equity, an international venture capital investor leveraging deep sector expertise to help exceptional entrepreneurs develop market-leading companies. The firm has a focus on cyber-security, enterprise software and consumer related opportunities and brings significant resources to companies seeking to expand in international markets.
Before Evolution, Lucas spent over 5 years with DFJ Gotham, an early stage technology investor focused on the New York ecosystem. While at Gotham Ventures Lucas sat on the board of Adstruc, Verterra, and Widetronix and was a board observer of Yipit Data and StellaService.
Prior to working as a venture investor Lucas held several operational security roles at companies including Adobe and Symantec. He worked as a penetration tester, legally breaking into computers, and a security consultant helping banks and technology companies secure their applications and networks.
He started his career at a series of startups, each of which was acquired.
Lucas co-authored The Art of Software Security Testing and chaired DefCon – the largest hacking convention in the US – for 10 years. He has been a member of the NY tech community since 1999. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU teaching the class “Entrepreneurship for Hackers”, and is a mentor at Singularity University.
Lucas received a B.S. in computer science from Purdue University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Lucas is a is a Kauffman Fellow and sits on the NJ EDC Venture Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of Health Assessment Labs, an organization whose goal to advance the state-of-the-art tools for monitoring health care services and health outcomes from the patient / consumer point of view.
Lucas lives in Queens with his wife Jeannie and their son Milo. He is also world ranked pinball player and still manages to code once in a while.
Jon “DRJ” Najarian
Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian was linebacker for the ChicagoBears before he turned to another kind of 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 professional investor, money manager, stock & crypto markets analyst. Jon developed HeatSeeker Technologies, a patented trading application and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, futures & crypto markets. Jon publishes his market observations, trade recommendations on Investitute.com, his subscription and education website. Jon and his brother Pete co-founded Najarian Advisors & Najarian Alternatives, companies that advise & or trade for institutional investors as well as manage money for wealthy investors. Jon is co-founder of CoinBoost, a company that works to bring awareness of Cryptocurrency tokens through video, roadshows and large scale conferences throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Alexander Niejelow is senior vice president for cybersecurity coordination and advocacy. In this role, Alex is responsible for coordinating cybersecurity matters across Mastercard’s business units and departments, as well as the company’s global safety, security and technology advocacy efforts. He is a member of the Mastercard Security Council; the executive leadership team responsible for managing company’s global security priorities.
Alex previously served as senior vice president of public policy and data protection since joining Mastercard in 2016. In this role, he was responsible for policy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and global data management, while also leading the company’s industry partnerships on technology policy issues.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Alex was director of cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council at the White House, where he focused on efforts to advance the Administration’s cybersecurity, technology, and trade policy priorities. He also served as chief of staff to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, where he helped coordinate the U.S. Government’s intellectual property policy and enforcement strategies beginning in 2012.
Before joining the White House, Alex was counselor and senior advisor to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security from 2010 to 2012. In this role, he worked extensively on international trade policy and operations and global supply chain security.
From 2008 until joining the Department of Homeland Security, Alex worked in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Alex holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Duke University.
Mike Paul is president of Reputation Doctor® LLC. He is a top, strategic, public relations, reputation, corporate communications, crisis management and litigation-support PR expert known worldwide by the registered brand name, the Reputation Doctor®. With over 25 years’ experience in public relations, Mike helps build, maintain and repair the leading reputations and brands of global and national corporations, governments, NGOs, as well as famous people & public leaders in both good times and bad. He is listed among the world’s top crisis PR experts by PRWeek Magazine, called “the Master of Disaster” by Business Week, “Mr. Fixit” by Sports Illustrated and named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in the U.S. in both 2012 and 2013 by Trust Across America™.
Mike provides global consulting and counseling services to leading corporations, governments, nonprofit organizations and their leaders worldwide. He has also counseled some of the top celebrities and athletes in the world. Some of the clients Mike has counseled over the years include: Citicorp, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, BMW, GM, Toyota, United Airlines, Pfizer, Samsung, Verizon, Timberland, Nuveen, Hitachi, Baxter Healthcare, Manor Care, Dunkin Donuts, Kraft Foods, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Rodney Hampton, Phil McConkey, Mark Gastineau, Freeman McNeil, Kerry Rhodes, Jim Leyritz, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Aretha Franklin, American Red Cross, FEMA, NEA, the 4As, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Jesse Jackson, Mercedes Benz, Cancer Vixen Fund, Trinidad & Tobago Petroleum Co., The People’s Republic of China, Kim Zolciak, The Soufan Group, Balyasny Asset Management, DMK Enterprises, State University of New York and many others that can’t be mentioned due to strict confidentiality.
Mike is also a global TV, radio and print news commentator regarding all types of reputations in crisis. You’ve seen him weekly on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, CBS News, CNBC, BBC, truTV, ESPN and Bloomberg TV to name a few.
Previously, Mike was president and senior counselor at MGP & Associates PR, executive vice president of communication, branding and advertising for NYC Economic Development Corporation under former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, global managing director of communications, marketing and advertising at MCI Systemhouse, vice president and senior counselor of public affairs at Hill & Knowlton and senior associate in the Aviator Management Training Program at Burson Marsteller.
Mike was also a former aide to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato and a former aide to several elected officials in the New York State Legislature.
Mike resides in New York and is very active in the global, philanthropic and local charitable communities. Mike is currently an advisory board member of the Museum of Public Relations, as well as PRSA-NY’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Mike is a former chairman of the Cancer Vixen Fund, a former board (committee) member of The (PR) Seminar, and a former board member of Roots & Wings and the National Sports Marketing Network. He is a current member of The Wise Men, a NYC based association of leading executives in corporate communications and public relations.
Benjamin Reeves is a contributing editor at Worth magazine and a freelance journalist and documentary director and producer. Previously, he was senior editor at the magazine, and his work has appeared in a range of publications including The New York Times, Miami Herald, Vice, The Los Angeles Review of Books, McClatchyDC, USAToday, PRI’s The World and GlobalPost, among others. He is also a contributor at Columbia Business School’s thought-leadership publication, Ideas At Work. He holds an MA in Humanities & Social Thought from New York University, a BA in Latin and History from Knox College, and is an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.
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Sarah Levinson Rothman is a Managing Director at the Entertainment PR powerhouse 42West where she currently oversees the Strategic Communications division based out of 42West’s headquarters in New York. She advises a wide range of entertainment, media and consumer product companies, individuals, and organizations on their day-to-day communications activities, including corporate communications, brand strategies, public affairs, events, and crisis management. Rothman brings to her role at 42West close to 20 years of PR experience working in the media and entertainment industry.
Rothman’s clients at 42West have included Adidas, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Anonymous Content, Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation, Cinemark, Facebook, Francis Ford Coppola’s wineries and resorts, Illumination, Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive Foundation, March for Our Lives, Michael Kors, Netflix, PepsiCo, Producers Guild of America, RealD, Revolt TV, Rolex, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Time’s Up. Before joining 42West, Rothman spent eight years working for Miramax and then at The Weinstein Company, most recently as the company’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, serving as the spokesperson for the company and managing the department.
Rothman graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Communications from North Carolina State University and earned a master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.
DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
On August 4, 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with NFL management, leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout. The new CBA codifies new health and safety protocols for Players, achieved longer off-seasons, significantly reduces the amount of contact during practices, provides for unannounced inspections of training camps, creates the first compliance and accountability structure for NFL medical personnel, and provides the Players’ with their highest share of TV contract revenues in history.
Prior to his post at the NFLPA, Smith served as a Partner in the law firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where he represented corporations, boards of directors and senior executives in civil and criminal matters. Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and was Counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Mr. Smith is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a 1985 graduate of Cedarville University.
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Alexander N.M. Niejelow, Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity Coordination and Advocacy, Mastercard