First Wall Street Capital, Asset Alliance and The Soho Loft Host the Italian Business Angels Meetup with New York Investor Group
"First Wall Street Capital, Asset Alliance and The Soho Loft
Host the Italian Business Angels Meetup
with New York Investor Group"
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
First Wall Street Capital Offices,
800 Third Avenue,
New York City, New York 10022
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Wall Street Capital
Glenn Myles is a leader in the financial community, having built a 30 year track record in which he executed on nearly $24 billion of transactions as… Show more an investor, principal, and advisor. His affiliates, partners and clients have included some of the most significant operating companies and investors globally. Mr. Myles,previously oversaw capital holdings and investments of Marvin Davis. Mr. Davis’ major entertainment holding was 20th Century Fox.
Mr Myles was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and was a director of the Fairchild Corporation. Mr. Myles has a strong commitment to philanthropic activities, serving as a board member for Grameen Foundation, Planet Finance, Project Hope, the Walt Frazier Youth Foundation and the March of Dimes. He recently hosted the Prostate Cancer Foundation event in the Hamptons with Michael Milken. The event raised $3+ million and was attended by several notable Milken billionaire friends like David Koch, Leon Black, Stewart Rahr and Richard Lefrak.
Bruce H. Lipnick
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Bruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Alliance Corporation (“Asset Alliance”). He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Alliance Advisors, Inc. He has an extensive background in alternative investments with over 38 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and was a pioneer in utilizing various hedging techniques in portfolio management in the early 1970’s through the 1980’s.
Among other affiliate manager-related activities, Mr. Lipnick serves on the Board of Directors of many of Asset Alliance’s subsidiary and sponsored funds. He is also a member of the Asset Alliance Investment Committee, Transaction Structuring Committee and CIO of the Asset Alliance Manager Participation Fund. Prior to founding Asset Alliance, Mr. Lipnick served as principal, general partner and senior executive officer for several investment management organizations including Wharton Management Group, Inc., which he founded in 1982 and also served as president. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute California Center and of the Advisory Board of the Eco Power Conference in Brazil.
He is also a member of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker’s Cabinet, and in 2002 he received Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Lipnick is a supporter of the New Combinations Fund for the New York City Ballet, a supporter of the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center and a benefactor for the Washington Ballet. He is also a patron of Moma and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a past Dinner Chairman of Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund and a board member of Hedge Funds Care. In 2008, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award for Giving from Hedge Funds Care.
In May 2011, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Young Jewish Professionals (Yjp) for his career in the corporate finance world, spanning almost four decades. In 2012 Mr. Lipnick was named Executive of the Year in Investment and Financial Planning by Worldwide Who’s Who. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lipnick was President and Founder of the Elms Companies and was Vice President of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., a merchant investment bank, in addition to founding and serving as President of Pierpont Management, Inc., a family office. Mr. Lipnick received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Long Island University in 1969. Mr. Lipnick has directly or indirectly owned or operated seats on several major U.S. Securities and Commodities Exchanges. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.
Chairman of LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft
David Drake is a leading equity expert based in New York City, USA. He is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a Private Equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company.
Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, Mr. Drake is a strong advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity and the Us Jobs Act, for which he lobbied both Congress and the Eu Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he was a Us Commerce Department delegate to the Eu Commission in Brussels and Rome, and was invited in May 2013 to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C.
His investment, The Soho Loft, produces and sponsors 150+ global events a year. One such was produced April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from Nasdaq, Nyse, KKR and Carlyle Group. He continues to advance innovative investing through his work as an international speaker and regular writer for major publications like Forbes and Thomson Reuters.
His focus today is to take on board advisory positions at companies, angel networks and venture funds, and to guide them on such topics as international regulations, corporate strategy and fund structures, with emphasis on the growing trend of online investment automation for retail and angel investors.
Privately, Mr. Drake has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall for many years. Today he is a board director of the Ubs charity of the year, London-based Archive Global, and is co-chair of the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in New York.
Mr. Drake has an MBA in Finance and an Ma in International Law and Economics from George Washington University where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.
Angel Investors from Italy:
Director, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
Engineering graduate, University of Padova
Entrepreneur, thermoformed plastic packaging
Business Angel, I.A.G. board member
Various roles, Italian producers association “Confindustria”
Involved in the Eu 7th Framework Programme for innovation
Dircetor, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
Paola Bonomo is a Board member, senior executive, and advisor with over 20 years’ experience in Technology, Telecommunications and Media, both as a corporate leader and as a management consultant. She is a relentless Web evangelist focused on simplifying people's lives through the Internet, an occasional blogger and a keen social media practitioner. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan.
Founder & CEO, LVenture Group
Entrepreneur and Business Angel. He is the founder and CEO of LVenture Group – a Venture Capital listed on Milan Stock Exchange – and co-founder of the accelerator “Luiss Enlabs – The Startup Factory” – established in 2013 through the joint-venture between EnLabs and Luiss University. In 2007, he co-founded Italian Angels for Growth (Iag), the first organized group of Italian Business Angels. He managed important private equity funds and founded several successful startups. He is Professor of “Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital” at Luiss University where he graduated in Economics and Business. He attended the Epcg - Executive Program for Growing Companies – at Stanford University.
Director, Linde Ag
Born in 1958, University physics degree, married, three sons. Serial entrepreneur, member of the board in several start-up, Business Angel, Italian Angels for Growth Director, Vice President Amref Italia. Past experience as Managing Director of Linde Ag, in France and Italy.
Domains of competence, CleanTech and IT.
Co-founder, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
Enrico (1953), after graduating in Electronic Engineering and spending three years as a researcher in telecommunications, developed his career in the Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen (then Andersen Consulting and Accenture). He was nominated Partner in 1989 and retired in 2004. After retirement he invested in many initiatives, profit and non profit, mainly in his local community (the most relevant being the transformation of an old noble mansion in a charming hotel: http://www.palazzorighini.it/) In 2007 he was one of the 9 founders of Italian Angels for Growth. Since then, he has invested in 15 start-up.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
Lorenzo Franchini is co-founder and managing director of the angel group Italian Angels for Growth. Angel investor since 2006, Lorenzo has done angel investments in more than 15 companies in the It/Ict, Internet & New Media, Cleantech, Medtech and Biotech sectors in Italy, France, Spain, Uk, Israel and Us. As a manager he started his career in the Iveco Group (international operations and marketing manager in Uk) and then became marketing director of two corporate start-ups in the Italian Yellow Pages and Stage Entertainment Groups. Lorenzo graduated with honour in Economics and Commerce at the University of Florence and had international executive education. He is also part of several national and international start-up selection committees and he is frequently lecturer on angel investing in many Italian Universities.
Francesco Marini Clarelli
Co-founder and President, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
He obtained a Ba with honors in 1980 majoring in Economics at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and developed his career in the private equity and asset management fields.
More recently he founded, with other partners, one of the first funds of hedge funds management companies in Italy, and presently runs Astor Investment Advisors Sim, a thematic asset allocation advisory concern dedicated to hedge funds and institutional clients.
All along his career actively invested in startups as an Angel Investor, making his first such investment at age 25. He is currently President of Italian Angels for Growth, the largest angel group in the country he co-founded in 2007.
In 2011 he won the “European Business Angel of the Year” award.
He sits on the board of a number of industrial and financial concerns.
Former Accenture Partner leading the Consumer and retail Industry In Italy, eastern Europe and Middle East. Paolo spent 25 years at Accenture (from 1985 to Jan 2010).
Partner from 1999 to 2010
In 2010 Paolo established a new company – 4Innovation – aiming to invest in innovative Start Ups. 4Innovation is member of Iag (Italian Angels for Growth), the major Business Angels group in Italy
President and co-founder, Valore Italia & Partners
Corrado’s professional career is truly global and a unique mix of innovation, branding, leadership, management, and commitment to deliver strong and measured business results. Corrado worked in senior leadership positions in Companies like The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Ac Milan, Monster.com, and Careerbuilder, a Microsoft owned Company. He is also an entrepreneur having funded its own Company which he sold successfully in 2008.
Today Corrado is President and co-founder of Valore Italia & Partners, a private firm working with some of the top and most innovative Italian digital Companies helping in speeding up the sales cycle, as well as promoting innovation and the creation of Italian eco-system. He also recently co-founded a new venture called “Take-Off” which represents and license a portfolio of brands in automotive, media, fashion, vintage, wineries among all.
Dircetor, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
Born in Bologna on August 24th, 1960. Graduated from Law School at University of Bologna summa cum laude in 1983, MBA summa cum laude at Rome University in 1986. Certified lawyer, accountant and military judge. Previously with PwC, from 1989 has been woring as Notary Public in Bologna. Angel Investor from 2009.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Angel Group - Italian Angels for Growth
Marco Villa is a Business Angel and Vice President & Managing Director of Italian Angels for Growth – Iag. Marco is also owner and Managing Director of Mirade Ventures Srl, a boutique venture firm specializing in equity investments in high-potential start-up businesses. Marco has invested in more than 15 companies in Italy and abroad across industries.
Marco is a frequent keynote speaker and has contributed to several events as well as to University courses at, among others, Stanford University, Bocconi University (Milan), Luiss University (Rome) and Fudan University (Shanghai).
Marco holds a Master degree in Economics and Business Administration and has received executive education in Private Equity and Venture Capital.
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