Greg Thomas: 375 Park Associates Managing Director

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My Native Admission Statement: What do I do? I’m a plumber – in a metaphysical sense. I help clients solve their challenges in their portfolios. This ranges to everything from providing valuation opinions on current or planned assets, performing due diligence on targeted acquisitions, linking clients with much-needed customers or capital, and helping formulate and execute strategies to win big in the market.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

I spend a lot of time in Asia, up to 10-months per year. When we started 375 Park Associates, we started with a simple question. ‘What does Asia need?’ The answer, at least for us, was access to better healthcare, energy security, and water security. This could be achieved by connecting disruptive technology companies in the U.S. and Europe with customers and capital from Asia. My future desire for 375 Park Associates? Actually, I just like solving problems. Be it helping a client to value a dynamic investment portfolio, to formulating a winning strategy. The satisfaction of solving problems for my clients (for a charge of course) and riding my bike in every country I go to is about as good as it gets.

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Mark Hamade: VENTURE INVESTOR, PUBLIC SPEAKER & PRIVATE EQUITY ADVISOR

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My Native Admission Statement: Being a 7 time surgery champion, Stage 4 cancer survivor, wheel chair champion & loosing 220lbs taught me to understand that I am not unique, special, or possess any super powers.  I am a human who has learned to take things in stride because tomorrow may never come.  I have had the will to survive & not give up just like everyone else.  Fortunately, I have had plenty of experience in that. My grandmother raised me in a beautiful country of Lebanon and she taught me that the world is about the animals & humans.  Go to school to support & do well to support your family and friends. My philosophy is simple.  I am an operator & a survivor by heart who loves to create jobs to support humanity, the planet, Women Entrepreneurs.  So people can live a life of happiness before they leave this earth. 

How do you motivate others?:

I infuse energy in others by helping get the best out of them & showing them the best version of themselves.  I support them 100%.

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KEAN GRAHAM: Founder & CEO, MonetizeMore

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Kean is the Founder & CEO of MonetizeMore. He started MonetizeMore in 2010 with the goal to build a bootstrap business that would dramatically increase ad revenues for publishers. Over the years, Kean has perfected the proprietary MonetizeMore ad optimization model and now increases ad revenues for hundreds of publisher networks in over 40 countries.

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Randy Komisar: Advisor, Digital & Sustainability practices, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 and focuses on the firm’s digital and sustainability practices. Earlier in his career, he was a co-founder of Claris Corp., served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a “virtual CEO”

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Isaac Rodriguez:President & CEO, The Provident Loan Society

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Isaac Rodriguez is the President & CEO of the Provident Loan Society, one of the country's oldest lending institutions. Provident Loan is a not-for-profit organization founded by JP Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt during the financial panic of 1893. As CEO, Mr. Rodriguez leads the day-to-day operations of Provident Loan's network of loan centers, that serve 40-thousand people throughout New York City.

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Margaret Isa Butler: Private Equity & Real Estate Lawyer, Greenberg Traurig

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Margaret Isa Butler is a private equity, real estate, and public-private partnership lawyer at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and a partner in the firm. A Columbia Law and Business graduate, Margaret has worked on numerous complicated transactions, including the joint venture to develop Hudson Yards, the sale of AREA Property Partners to Ares Management,

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