Gary Freilich- Board Chair

Partner-Impact, Managing Partner

Gary is a principal in Partner-Impact, a sales/marketing strategy and partnership/business development agency for medium sized companies & foundations as well as divisions within large companies. Clients include Microsoft, Discovery, The U.S. Department of Education, Digifeye.com, The U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish & Wildlife Service and the Nest Foundation.

Prior to co-founding Partner-Impact, Gary was at NBC/Universal for over 11 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of the Strategic Initiatives Group at NBC News. He was responsible for business development and revenue strategy for key NBC News initiatives including oversight of sponsorships and partnerships for Education Nation, the Today Show, MSNBC and Nightly News.

Prior to NBC News, Gary served as Vice President of the Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) at the NBC/Universal Network Television Group. His team developed digital and analog marketing initiatives and alternative revenue sourcing that spanned across the NBC Television Network, Stations, Universal Pictures and theme parks as well as for the individual programs “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show”, “Saturday Night Live” and the Olympics in Athens, Turino & Beijing

Prior experience with the digital retailer, Kozmo.com and in product management with Beiersdorf, the makers of Nivea products and Schering Plough Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s.

 He holds an MBA from Thunderbird as well as a BA from the University of Rochester and resides in Manhattan with his wife, Katie and two sons – Jack, 15 and Charlie, 13.

Gregg Bernard

Digital Media & Technology Advisor and Operator

Gregg Bernard is an executive leader with an extensive track record in strategy, business development, operations, and general management with more than 20 years of global experience across the digital media, entertainment and technology industries. Gregg was most recently Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy for First Look Media, the new digital media venture created by Pierre Omidyar. Gregg is also an active investor and advisor to several early stage companies in the media and technology space.

Emil A. Calcano

Hospital for Special Surgery

Emil is the Assistant Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing & Business Development at Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 nationally ranked hospital in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017). In this role, Emil oversees all global sports business,as well as all local, national and international partnerships with teams and organizations such as FIFA, U.S. Olympic Committee, New York Giants, New York Mets, USA Basketball, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Red Bulls, and more. Previously, Emil was the Director of Team Partnerships at Madison Square Garden, where he was on the team that secured all corporate marketing partnerships for the $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden.  Before that, he managed Corporate Sales & Sponsorships for the New York Yankees, where he also led multicultural sales efforts, and worked on the $1.4 billion new Yankee Stadium project. Emil was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He graduated from Oswego State University in 2006, where he played varsity baseball. Emil currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana, and 3-year- old daughter, Penelope.

Kate Carr

Partner-Impact, Founder

Kate  is a founding partner of Partner-Impact, a boutique business development and partnership strategy firm that works with start-up and medium sized companies & foundations as well as divisions within large companies.  Prior to co-founding Partner-Impact, Kate held senior level executive positions across broadcast, cable, digital, advertising, and branded entertainment including NBC Universal, Rainbow Networks (now AMC Networks), BBC America, Magna Global Entertainment / IPG, and Hearst.

Dan Casale

Live Nation, VP, Finance

Dan has over 15 years of entertainment experience at Live Nation.  Starting his career as accounting intern, he has grown with the company in various finance functions and departments.  Currently, he oversees all financial and accounting functions within the Northeast Markets.    Dan is involved with over 1,000 events annually, ranging from small theater shows to 120,000 capacity large scale festivals.

Steven N. Davi,

Farrell Fritz, P.C., Counsel

Steven is Counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Farrell Fritz, P.C., a full-service law firm of more than ninety attorneys, with offices in New York City, Bridgehampton, Hauppauge, and Uniondale, New York. 

Steven has more than fifteen years experience representing private and not-for-profit employers in federal and state courts, arbitrations and administrative proceedings in all manner of employment litigation.  Steven also advises clients on a wide array of issues affecting the workplace to avoid litigation or minimize the risks of liability.  In this regard, Steven routinely provides counsel to management clients on issues related to disability and anti-discrimination laws, wage-and-hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workforce reductions, employment agreements, and personnel policies.  In addition, Steven advises management clients in their relations with organized labor, including collective bargaining, union organizing and striking, and has represented employers in proceedings before federal and state labor boards as well as private arbitration tribunals.

Steven has provided extensive pro bono legal services to numerous individual and not-for-profit clients in the community.  In 2005, Touro Law Center honored Steven for his pro bono work by naming him Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.  Most recently, Steven served on the Advisory Board of the Long Island Chapter of Best Buddies New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating employment and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  Steven earned his Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary and authored a note for that publication.

Steven N. Davi is Counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Farrell Fritz, P.C., a full-service law firm of more than ninety attorneys, with offices in New York City, Bridgehampton, Hauppauge, and Uniondale, New York. 

Steven has more than fifteen years experience representing private and not-for-profit employers in federal and state courts, arbitrations and administrative proceedings in all manner of employment litigation.  Steven also advises clients on a wide array of issues affecting the workplace to avoid litigation or minimize the risks of liability.  In this regard, Steven routinely provides counsel to management clients on issues related to disability and anti-discrimination laws, wage-and-hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workforce reductions employment agreements, and personnel policies.  In addition, Steven advises management clients in their relations with organized labor, including collective bargaining, union organizing and striking, and has represented employers in proceedings before federal and state labor boards as well as private arbitration tribunals.

Steven has provided extensive pro bono legal services to numerous individual and not-for-profit clients in the community.  In 2005, Touro Law Center honored Steven for his pro bono work by naming him Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.  Most recently, Steven served on the Advisory Board of the Long Island Chapter of Best Buddies New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating employment and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  Steven earned his Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary and authored a note for that publication. 

Michael Eisenberg

Michael Eisenberg has worked for more than 25 years in the food and beverage industry and has opened a variety of restaurants, quick service food concepts, specialty food stores, super markets, supper clubs, and bars.  Eisenberg owned, managed and consulted for a variety of establishments internationally.  Locations of such establishments include Moscow, Russia, where he was the General Manager for the first American supperclub in Russia.  He then extended his tenure in Moscow and assisted in opening the first American supermarket in Moscow, a chain of restaurants in the ex-Soviet Union and consulted for various establishments in the Moscow and Siberian regions.  Eisenberg created and implemented his supper club concept in Montreal, Canada which quickly gained notoriety and was listed as one of the top 20 clubs in North America by MTV. 

In Los Angeles, California, Eisenberg was the food and beverage director for a small luxury hotel called the Argyle Hotel, a 64-room boutique hotel located on the Sunset Strip in Southern California.  Under his tenure, the establishment gained prominence as the premiere hangout for “Young Hollywood.” This art deco hotel increased sales by 300% under Eisenberg’s administration. 

New York City, New York, Eisenberg was involved with R&R entertainment as the bar manager and closing manager.  The establishment, REX was home to the NYC celebrity scene. The three-star restaurant and downtown nightclub epitomized the fervor and excitement of nightclubs in New York City. This was the stepping stone for his career.

Mr. Eisenberg served an integral part of Alice’s Tea Cup in New York City as the co-creator, COO and had been involved in creating a license agreement and raising capital for expansion of this concept.  He also is the tea guru for Alice’s Tea Cup.  His knowledge of the product and the trends in the tea marketplace are current and proven.

In addition to his background as a restaurant professional, Eisenberg has proven his talents as an expediter.  Focusing on the five boroughs of New York, Eisenberg has an impeccable reputation of attaining liquor licenses; food permits, operating permits and other governmental licenses and permits related to the food industry as well as having contacts in the construction community.

Recently, he has founded Acute Hospitality Consulting, a small business consulting company.  Focused mainly on food and beverage in the hotel, small restaurant, C-level consultation and strategic planning areas, he has created a niche by his multi-faceted approach.

Mr. Eisenberg has begun to teach at the Institute of Culinary Education where he is assisting in the teaching of Culinary Management Division of the school. 

Danny Frank

Senior VP, Client Entertainment & Ticketing Services at Citi

Starting his professional career as the Ticket Office Coordinator for North Carolina State University in 1989, Danny has over 27 years of experience in the Ticketing and Live Entertainment Industry.  Danny became the head of all Client Entertainment and Ticket Services at Citigroup in September of 2007, where he was selected to lead the newly created CEATS organization, which was developed to manage ticket purchase and distribution across all Citi business sectors.  In his role, he oversees Citi’s global portfolio of sports and entertainment tickets, both those that are purchased and are obtained through various marketing and sponsorship efforts, in addition to managing high level client entertainment programs at events such as The Masters and Super Bowl.  Previously, Danny managed box offices for various venues including the Georgia Dome and St. Pete Times Forum (now Amalie Arena) as well as oversaw special event ticket operations for the National Hockey League. Through his career, Danny has been involved in many major events such as multiple Super Bowls, three Olympic Games (1996-Atlanta, 2002-Salt Lake City, 2006-Torino), multiple NHL All-Star Game and Awards Shows and many major stadium and arena shows, such as U2, Rolling Stones and Billy Joel/Elton John Face to Face Tour.

Vasilios Karabatsos

Vasilios has over twenty two years of professional experience as an entrepreneur and Certified Public Accountant in various business ventures including semiconductor intellectual property, real estate redevelopment and renewable energy project development. Most recently, he was a partner and CFO of Alethea Cleantech Advisors, a northeast based developer of utility scale solar power plants, and a Member of Board of Directors of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association. Prior to that, he co-founded a high technology company that developed, manufactured and sold patented intellectual property for semiconductor memory applications in mission critical server computing systems and helped to lead and operate the company until 2008. His responsibilities ranged across capital raising, financial oversight, technology development, intellectual property, sales and marketing, operations, manufacturing, legal and infrastructure development. Prior to that, he spent four years at Arthur Andersen in its Economic and Financial Consulting Group. He has a BSBA from Boston University and is a former Certified Public Accountant.

Jamie Ozure

New York Mets, Senior Director of Season Ticket Account Services

Jamie began her career with the New York Mets as an intern in the Marketing Department her senior year of college, and accepted her first full-time role as a Group Sales Representative upon graduation.  She became the Assistant Director of Ticket Sales Development in May 2001, and two years later was promoted again to Director where she was responsible for all new business sales efforts.  In 2008, she was tapped to manage the seat relocation process from Shea Stadium to Citi Field, successfully completing the project while overseeing a team of over 35 employees. 

Jamie assumed her present role of Senior Director, Season Ticket Account Services in October of 2010, at which time she was responsible for the creation of the department.  She currently oversees the execution of the organization’s annual retention program and new business sales through on-going and long-term retention of Full Season, 41 Game and 20 Game Plan Holders.  The focus of her team of Season Ticket Account Service Representatives is to carry out the initiatives of the program, including overseeing the Amazin’ Mets Perks program and all season ticket holder events and game-day experiences for their most loyal fans.

She received a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island and lives in Connecticut with her husband Josh, son Sawyer and stepson Zachary.

Jim Russek

BwayTunes.com, Founder

Jim  began his career working as a weekend production assistant on The Ed Sullivan Show. He went into advertising and won the account of The New York Shakespeare Festival and helped launch A Chorus Line on Broadway. Jim started his own ad agency in 1984 where he launched a phenomenon called STOMP and The Big Apple Circus and began 29 years of iconic ad campaigns for Lincoln Center Theater including Anything Goes, Six Degrees of Separation, The Sisters Rosensweig, Contact, The Light In The Piazza, The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific and War Horse. Apart from advertising, Jim founded and ran The New England Grey Sox a barnstorming team of former Boston Red Sox players with Bill “Spaceman” Lee. In 2014 Jim launched BwayTunes.com, a music download store for fans of musical theater and advertisers trying to reach them.

Todd Stoll

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Vice President of Education

In over three decades as a music educator, Todd Stoll has taught young musicians at every level, from elementary school through college.  His impact on public music education can be seen in his legacy at central Ohio’s Westerville City Schools where he served for 18 years as music teacher and for 10 years as music curriculum coordinator.  He has also served as Ohio’s president of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the inaugural chair of jazz events for the Ohio Music Education Association.  His curriculum work  has been implemented at public schools across Ohio and beyond, bringing jazz education to students who otherwise might not have received it.

An experienced performer, Duke Ellington expert, and jazz advocate, Mr. Stoll founded the Columbus Jazz Youth Orchestra (CJYO) in 1991 to give young people the chance to cultivate a love of jazz through performance.  He served as the director until 2011.  Under his direction, the CJYO released six CDs, participated in the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and toured Europe and South America.  His students have achieved successes that have taken them to The Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, and the New York Philharmonic.

In 2011, Mr. Stoll became the Vice President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City, which continues to afford him the opportunity to bring jazz education programs to thousands of people of all ages and socioeconomic levels.  Since he joined the organization, JALC has produced more than 10,000 education events in the US and around the world.  The innovative Essentially Ellington high school jazz band program has expanded during his tenure, providing nearly 200,000 free scores to 4,000 high schools in all 50 states and 46 countries, reaching more than 750,000 students.   

Mr. Stoll holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University.  He currently serves on the boards of the Jazz Education Network where he is President-elect; the New York City chapter of Most Valuable Kids; and the National Association for Music Education Policy Roundtable.