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Fred Jacobs: The Man of the People

Fred Jacobs: The Man of the People

July 17, 2019

Fred Jacobs is the Chief Revenue Officer at Apex Fund Services Group. 

Throughout his career, Jacobs has held various leadership roles the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, equipping him with comprehensive cross-jurisdictional management experience. Prior to joining Apex, Jacobs managed sales, relationship management and client service for the Fiserv Investment Services group. His 20 years of achievements in the Alternative Investment Industry include building the business development activities for both SS&C GlobeOp and PFPC/PNC. Jacobs brings the ability to understand client needs and to build and manage an institutional grade, multi-disciplined sales force across a global platform.

In addition to holding leadership positions at some of the most renowned financial services companies in the country, Jacobs has established an industry-wide reputation through serving as chairman and moderator at several major investment industry conferences. He has spoken on topics related to growth, structure, and trends in the global money management industry.

Holt McCallany: Bringing Hollywood Down to Earth

Holt McCallany: Bringing Hollywood Down to Earth

July 10, 2019

Throughout his career, character actor Holt McCallany was a go-to for strong, silent and decidedly dangerous men on either side of the moral fence, as evidenced by his small but memorable turns in films like "Alien 3" (1989), "Tyson" (HBO, 1995), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Three Kings" (1999). The scion of an acting family, McCallany paid his dues in a wide variety of projects, rarely vaulting past supporting roles, but always delivering a committed and often unsettling performance. In 2011, he advanced to leading man status with "Lights Out" (FX), a gritty drama about a former heavyweight boxer who forges a comeback to save his family from criminal pressures. Though the series lasted only one season, it propelled the actor to a new level of visibility through key roles in films including hacking drama "Blackhat" (2015), crime thriller "Shot Caller" (2016), action sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (2016) and Clint Eastwood's aviation biopic "Sully" (2016).

 

Born Holt Quinn McAloney on Sept. 3, 1964, Holt McCallany was the oldest of two sons by Irish actor Michael McAloney, who won a Tony Award for his production of Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy," and actress-singer Julie Wilson. A childhood spent in Dublin was cut short by his parents' divorce, with McCallany returning with his parents to the United States. There, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents in Omaha, NE, but this period was a troubled one for him. After being expelled from school, he ran away to Los Angeles, where he decided to become an actor. McCallany's parents eventually tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to finish high school. After graduation, he studied French at the Sorbonne and theater at the Ecole Marcel Marceau.

 

Upon returning to the States, McCallany apprenticed at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH, then relocated to New York City, where he landed a job as an understudy in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway. His feature film debut came in 1987's "Creepshow 2" as a murderous Native American who receives his comeuppance at the hands of a cigar store Indian come to life. Soon after, he found steady work in films and on television. His intense presence and formidable build made him a natural for men of action on either side of the law, whom he portrayed in minor and supporting roles for such noted directors as Brian De Palma with "Casualties of War" (1989); David Fincher, who cast him as a self-sacrificing convict in "Alien 3" (1989) and as the Mechanic who explains the rules of "Fight Club" (1999); and for William Friedkin in the box office bomb, "Jade" (1995). McCallany found more substantial roles in independent fare or television; the former provided him with his first starring role in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy" (1994), as a film student who encounters a parade of odd characters upon his return to his hometown of Brooklyn. The latter brought him to the HBO biopic "Tyson" (1995), in which he starred as legendary fight trainer Teddy Atlas, who helped develop Tyson from street tough to boxing legend. The project inspired McCallany to develop his own television program about a trainer, which would eventually bring him to the FX Network and "Lights Out."

 

McCallany continued to work steadily throughout the late 1990s and early 21st century in steely character roles for films and television shows both major and minor. He was the by-the-books lieutenant who made life difficult for George Clooney in "Three Kings" (1999), enjoyed a recurring role for three seasons of "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-12) as a tormented cop who ends his own life after being implicated with tampered evidence, and played an Irish mobster who pressed Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) into committing crimes for him on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010). While pitching his boxing trainer series to HBO, he was informed that FX was developing a show about an aging fighter who was forced to return to the ring. McCallany was eventually cast in "Lights Out" as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a forty-something brawler who re-enters the sport after landing in trouble with a local mobster. After the show's cancelation, McCallany returned to the big screen with supporting roles in action thriller "Gangster Squad" (2012) and Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Bullet to the Head" (2012). Another TV series, crime drama "Golden Boy" (CBS 2013) was again canceled after a single season, but led to a recurring role as a district attorney on later seasons of procedural drama "Blue Bloods" (CBS 2010- ). Supporting roles in Liam Neeson thriller "Run All Night" (2015), hacking adventure "Blackhat" (2015), romantic comedy "The Perfect Guy" (2015) and crime drama "Shot Caller" (2016) were followed by a pair of high profile character roles opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's "Sully" (2016) and Tom Cruise" in action-adventure sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (2016).

This bio was provided by Turner Classic Movies

Jared Kleinert: Being a Connector for Greatness

Jared Kleinert: Being a Connector for Greatness

June 26, 2019

Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today's "Most Connected Millennial" after spending years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world's smartest and most talented Millennials.

His first book 2 Billion Under 20 was voted the "#1 Entrepreneurship Book of 2015" by the Axiom Business Book Awards and his latest book 3 Billion Under 30 was released in January 2017 profiling 75 Avengers-esque individuals who have collectively started companies worth billions of dollars and reach hundreds of millions of people each month through their work.

In addition to his research and keynote speaking business, he's the CEO of Kleinert Ventures (kleinertventures.com), a marketing and business development agency that partners with #1 NYT bestselling authors, Fortune 500 executives, major keynote speakers, Emmy award-winning journalists, seven-figure business owners, VC-backed startup founders, and others who lead their industries and positively impact the world with their thought leadership. The United Nations has touted him as a "Champion For Humanity."

Wally Backman: The Player’s Coach

Wally Backman: The Player’s Coach

June 19, 2019

Wally Backman is in his first season as manager of the Long Island Ducks in 2019. He brings 20 seasons of managerial experience across professional baseball to Long Island, having amassed a 1,127-1,077 overall record (.511 winning percentage). In that time, the Oregon native has led his teams to six Division Championships and three League Championships. Additionally, he was named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after guiding the Las Vegas 51’s (AAA, Mets) to a league-best 81-63 record. 

Prior to his coaching career, Backman enjoyed a 14-year Major League playing career. Nine of those seasons (1980-88) were spent played with the New York Mets, where he helped lead the team to a World Series Championship in 1986. He also spent time in “The Show” with the Minnesota Twins (1989), Pittsburgh Pirates (1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1991-92) and Seattle Mariners (1993). The infielder compiled a .275 lifetime batting average with 240 RBIs, 482 runs scored, 893 hits, 138 doubles and 117 stolen bases in 1,102 MLB games. Backman was originally drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Mets in the 1977 MLB Draft.

Todd Richheimer: It’s the Nuance Where Opportunity Lies

Todd Richheimer: It’s the Nuance Where Opportunity Lies

June 12, 2019

First and foremost, Todd Richheimer is a dad to two amazing little girls. Isla is 3 1/2 and Brooke 1 1/2. He's a husband to an amazing woman - who he met the first day of law school - and he's someone who prizes his relationships with his family and friends above all else. 

He's a lawyer, tech entrepreneur and the co-founder of Lawfty. He is in the business of turning legal advertising into a science. He's someone who believes that work should be fun, but that fun is not a substitute for hard work.

Richheimer is an eternal optimist, exercise enthusiast and aspiring vegan (who loves buffalo wings, which is a problem). He's worked as an investment banker, political operative and a lawyer. Richheimer says he stopped "working" the day he became an entrepreneur, and he plans to spend the rest of his life collaborating with smart people to build cool businesses.

Billy McNamara: The Horseback of Hollywood

Billy McNamara: The Horseback of Hollywood

June 5, 2019

William "Billy" McNamara studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and has since notched up over sixty-five film and TV appearances. One of his first roles was that of Joel in the teen movie Dream a Little Dream (1989) with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. He followed this up with the Bette Midler film Stella (1990).

It was during the nineties, however, that McNamara - arguably - turned out some of his best performances. He gave a great performance as Derek Wolfe Jr in the Ernest R. Dickerson manhunt thriller Surviving the Game (1994), in which he worked with a cast of talented veteran actors including F. Murray Abraham, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer, and John C. McGinley. That same year he was again teamed with Gary Busey - and Tom Berenger - in the Navy comedy Chasers (1994), directed by Dennis Hopper.

His most prized - and chilling - role, though, is that of Peter Foley the copycat serial killer in the psychological thriller Copycat (1995). The film also starred Sigourney Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, and jazz musician Harry Connick Jr.. He appeared with Andrew McCarthy and John Stockwell in Stag (1997), and made his way towards the millennium opposite Gabriel Byrne in the World War II drama The Brylcreem Boys (1998).

McNamara's first feature film role was in acclaimed cult horror director Dario Argento's slasher classic, Opera (1987). But don't fear: the actor is actually a kind spiritualist and an avid animal rights activist, putting much time, energy, and money into the plight of the dolphins and small whales off the shores of Japan. In addition McNamara involves himself in animal rescue in general, Kundalini, and Yoga!

McNamara was the host of "Animal Intervention" on National Geographic in 2012.

Chris Solarz: Running Down a Dream

Chris Solarz: Running Down a Dream

May 29, 2019

Chris Solarz is a pension fund consultant who lives in New York City with his wife and three children. Chris has competed in over 500 races around the world, including finishing a marathon in all 50 states, on all 7 continents, and in nearly 50 different countries.  In November, Chris completed Decaman USA in Louisiana, a 1,406-mile triathlon over 10 days. He’s set 9 Guinness World Records for treadmill running, subway riding, beer drinking, stair climbing, and marathon running.  He’s currently training for the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley in July and he always listens to podcasts at 1.5X.

Chris is a CFA, CPA, and CAIA

He did his undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his master from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.

  • Competed in 500+ running and triathlon races
  • Overall winner of 50+ local and international races
  • 9X Guinness World Record Holder
  • Mile PR: 4:29; 5K PR: 16:08; Half Marathon PR: 1:11 ; Marathon PR: 2:39

 

Marathons

  • Finisher of over 280 marathons and ultra marathons

    • Ran a marathon in 50/50 US states
    • Ran a marathon on all 7 continents
    • Ran a marathon in 40 different countries
    • Ran a marathon in all eight Australian states and territories
  • Ran a marathon in 20 of the 28 EU member states
    • 14 consecutive NYC Marathon and 13 consecutive Boston Marathon finishes
    • Finisher of 40+ ultra marathons, including the Comrades Marathon and 9X 100 milers
    • Winner of the 2011 Mt. Everest Marathon

 

Triathlons

  • 2017 EPIC5 NYC Quintuple Ironman Finisher (5 full ironman triathlons in 5 days in 5 NYC boroughs)
  • 2016 Ultraman Florida (swim 6.2 mi, bike 261.4 mi, run 52.4 mi)
  • 2014 EPIC5 Hawaii Quintuple Ironman Finisher (5 full ironman triathlons in 5 days on 5 Hawaiian Islands)
  • 5X (single) Ironman Finisher (Switzerland ‘99, Lake Placid ‘12, NYC ‘12, Arizona ’13, Hunter ‘14) PR: 10:15
  • 2013 Virginia Double Ironman Finisher (34 hours)
  • Overall winner of the 2013 and 2014 Central Park Triathlons

 

Guinness World Records

 

Swimming

  • 2002: Swim Around Manhattan (28.5 miles) in 9 hours
  • 2003: Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (4.4 miles)

 

Stair Climbing

  • Overall winner of 14 stair climb races, and finished 9th in the 2001 World Championship
  • 5X winner of Philadelphia’s Mellon Bank and current course record holder
  • 4X Empire State Building Run Up Finisher, including a 5th Place finish in 2004

 

Canoe Racing

  • 2013: General Clinton Canoe Regatta 70 Miler
Carmelo Garcia: Attitude is the Number One

Carmelo Garcia: Attitude is the Number One

May 22, 2019

Carmelo G. Garcia most recently was the Acting Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic and Housing Development for the City of Newark. The mission of the Department of Economic and Housing Development is to create economic opportunity for Newark residents and enhance the vibrancy of the city.

Previously, Carmelo served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC), which serves as the primary economic development agency for New Jersey’s largest city. 

Garcia received his Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Seton Hall University. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with an executive degree in Public Policy & Community Development, a Certification in Leadership and Management from Cornell University, and a Certification in Human Resources and Public Administration from Rutgers University.

Prior to joining Newark CEDC, Garcia served as Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority where he developed hundreds of units of affordable housing in Hudson County and oversaw the management of more than 1,700 units, He also served, as the Director of Health, Human Services & Community development for the City of Hoboken. In addition to his work in various public, private, and non-profit organizations, Garcia has a long record of public service in his community and state being recognized by the who’s who of NJ. He served in the New Jersey General Assembly for the 33rd Legislative District in Hudson County and has also served as the President of the Hoboken Board of Education.

Garcia is a committed advocate of citizen rights and takes a collaborative approach to ensure all stakeholders are represented in the growth the state is seeing today. Living by the mantra “We Can, We Will, Watch Us” he brings a goal-oriented and outcome-driven attitude to his work and thrives on building relationships with partners across the redevelopment industry to get it done.

Chris Carminucci: Going to Bat for Others in Life

Chris Carminucci: Going to Bat for Others in Life

May 15, 2019

Chris Carminucci currently serves as a professional scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League. Chris scours both the Major and Minor Leagues for potential trade candidates and free agent acquisitions. He advance-scouts the Diamondbacks’ playoff opponents and also the International and Independent Professional Leagues for untapped talent.

Globally renowned as a baseball executive who finds diamonds in the rough, Chris has signed several obscure players who have thrived in the Major Leagues.

Throughout his career, Chris has not only played, managed and coached professionally, but he’s also founded leagues, and led several professional minor league teams as a GM, CEO and owner.

In addition, Chris has co-hosted the radio show, The Sports Goombas on Sports Talk Radio 1400 WOND and just recently released the book “Sign Me! The Undrafted Player’s Guide to the Independent Leagues.

Chris’s love for spreading the gospel of baseball has taken him all over the world and he has achieved numerous awards for excellence and philanthropy in professional baseball.

A resident of Scottsdale Arizona, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren, and their daughters Emma, Kate, and Elle.

Wayne Kimmel: Get Off the Couch and Make it Happen

Wayne Kimmel: Get Off the Couch and Make it Happen

May 8, 2019

Wayne Kimmel is a sports tech venture capitalist, entrepreneur and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.

Wayne has been named a Top Innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100 list.

He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital company he founded in 1999, and invests in startup consumer facing tech companies in the sports, health and retail industries. Wayne has invested in over 50 startup technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub, Take Care Health Systems and Nutrisystem. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!

His partners at SeventySix Capital are Jon Powell, CEO of Kravco Company LLC, a leading real estate company that developed the King of Prussia Mall, and Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball National League MVP and 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies.

With a rise in global entrepreneurship and the inclusion of technology in sports, Wayne focuses part of his investment strategy on sports, sports betting and esports. At SeventySix Capital, Wayne was an early investor in Whistle Sports, a global sports media company, Philadelphia-based N3rd Street Gamers, a community of competitive and recreational video gamers that produces a series of esports tournaments, leagues, and casual gaming events, and Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN), the first media network dedicated to delivering the news, data and expert analysis of the rapidly growing sports betting industry, co-founded by acclaimed sportscaster Brent Musburger.

SeventySix Capital’s Athlete Venture Group allows players to invest, learn, and work directly with top sports tech startups and entrepreneurs. The firm aims to bridge the gap between athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors by creating opportunities for athletes to become tech investors and for entrepreneurs to access the financial and social capital that professional athletes have to offer. Athlete Venture Group members, including Ryan Howard, DeMarco Murray, Ralph Sampson and Brian Westbrook, work hands-on with SeventySix Capital's portfolio companies in esports, sports betting, data collection, data analytics, media and more.

Wayne, Jon and Ryan are also a partners in Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency with a wide range of clients including NFL and NBA stars, Hall of Famers, MVPs, Heisman Trophy winners, Olympic icons, media personalities, and celebrity chefs.

Wayne is on the Board of Einstein Healthcare Network and was on the Board of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about Philly’s pro sports teams and about working to make the world a better place.