Progressive - Chief Marketing Officer
Jeff Charney joined Progressive as Chief Marketing Officer in 2010 and drives the strategic, integrated marketing efforts for the $20 billion company. His range of responsibilities includes: marketing strategy, national advertising, internal/external communications, broad market insights, new/social media content initiatives, and retention marketing and consumer insights/research. In addition to driving the company’s external advertising, marketing and PR Agency roster, he also leads the company’s award-winning internal creative agency—96 Octane. His team also provides marketing field support and drives the communications efforts for Progressive’s 35,000-agent sales force.
Previously, he was with insurance company, Aflac, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He previously held CMO posts at multimedia retailer QVC and Homestore.com (now Move.com) and was President of Fringe Ventures, an experiential digital/marketing and consulting company he founded.
Since joining Progressive, he has been named “Brand Genius: Marketer of the Year” by Adweek, was honored as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and was named to the “Creativity 50” by Advertising Age.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on advertising and public relations from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.
Brian T. Levine
Goldman Sachs - Partner and Co-Head Global Equities Trading and Execution Services
Brian is co-head of Global Equities Trading and Execution Services. He also has responsibility for Cross-Asset ETF products. Brian serves on the Firmwide Risk Committee, Firmwide Technology Risk Committee, Securities Division Executive Committee and Securities Division Americas Operating Committee. Before returning to New York from London in 2014, he served on the European Regulatory Reform Committee, was co-chair of the EMEA Senior Diversity Council and represented Goldman Sachs on the Equities Division Board of the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).
Brian joined Goldman Sachs in Shares Trading in 1994 and was responsible for the Technology sector and IPOs. He became head of the US Program Trading desk in 2005 and co-head of US One Delta Trading in 2007. In 2010, Brian relocated to London as co-chief operating officer of Global One Delta Trading and in 2012 he became co-head of Global Equities One Delta Trading and EMEA Equities Trading. He was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2006.
Brian also serves on the New York City Board of Directors of Success Academy Charter Schools.
Brian earned a B.S.B.A. from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.B.A. in Finance from Emory University in 1994.
TaxDay - Founder and President
Former Executive VP and CFO, Major League Baseball
Jonathan Mariner is a private investor, entrepreneur, and independent board member with more than two decades of experience working in major league sports. He’s currently the founder and president of TaxDay, LLC, a private software firm that helps users track their multi-state travel for tax purposes.
Jonathan retired from Major League Baseball, Office of the Commissioner in 2016, having previously served as Executive VP and CFO, as well as Chief Investment Officer. His career in professional sports started in 1992, with a nine-year stint as executive vice president and CFO of the Florida Marlins Baseball Club. Jonathan concurrently served as vice president and CFO of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club for the team’s initial startup and inaugural seasons, and as vice president and CFO for Pro Player Stadium.
Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ultimate Software as the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Jonathan also serves on the Boards of Directors of the following private companies: McGraw Hill Education (Audit Committee, Chair), Little League International (Audit Committee, Chair; Investment Committee, Co-chair), and Global Sports Commerce PTE, LTD.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in accounting and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Wade I. Massad
Cleveland Capital Management L.L.C. - Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member
Wade Massad is the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member of Cleveland Capital Management L.L.C., a registered investment advisor and General Partner of Cleveland Capital L.P., a private investment fund focused on micro-cap public and private equity securities. Previously, Wade was an investment banker with Keybanc Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets where he was the head of U.S equity institutional sales from 1997 to 1998 and the head of U.S Capital Markets business from 1999 to 2003. He also served on the firm’s executive committee at RBC. Wade has served on multiple public and private company boards and currently serves as a special advisor to the board of Matador Resources.
Wade received a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1989 and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. – Director of Trading and Member of Board of Directors
Joseph Scafidi serves as the Director of Trading at Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. Mr. Scafidi is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the global trading desk. In addition, Joseph oversees the global trading strategy, including the execution of all institutional, private client and sub-advisory wrap portfolios, as well as program trading. He served as Co-Head of U S Equity Trading - Bank of America Securities of Bank of America Corporation since April 2003. He was also responsible for the financials, utilities and energy sectors and the ADR product.
He joined Bank of America from Lehman Brothers, where he headed telecom trading and was also the New York head of U.K. and European trading. He has a vast experience on the sell side, as the Head of the International Trading Desk for a New York-based global financial services firm.
Joseph has extensive product knowledge in both foreign and domestic equity markets as well as 12 years of experience managing trading professionals and building positive relationships with institutional clients. He has worked on Wall Street since 1986 and has been a senior position trader for 13 years. He serves as Member of Board of Directors of Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Montclair State University.
Helen S. Scott
New York University School of Law – Professor of Law and Co-Director, Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business
Helen S. Scott is Professor of Law and the founder and Co-Director of the Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business at the New York University School of Law. In that capacity, she has participated in the development of innovative Law and Business courses, including Investing in Microfinance, Law and Business of Corporate Governance, and Professional Responsibility in Law and Business. The Program also coordinates programming with the Stern School of Business, including the J.D./M.B.A. Program. Professor Scott oversees the competitive Leadership Scholars program, and runs the capstone seminar for the Program, Law and Business Projects. She has been a member of the NYU School of Law faculty since 1982 and teaches a wide variety of business law courses, including the basic Contracts and Corporations courses.
From 1999-2004, Professor Scott co-chaired the Listing and Hearing Review Council of the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., an independent advisory committee to the Board of Directors, with primary responsibility for formulating and recommending corporate governance and quantitative listing standards for that market. Professor Scott speaks regularly on corporate governance topics. In 1997, Professor Scott received the Legal Advocate of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in recognition of her participation in the development of the Angel Capital Electronic Network (ACE-Net) project to increase financing available to early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises. Before joining the law faculty, Professor Scott practiced law in Washington D.C. and New York.
Yale School of Management - Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Programs and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld served as full tenured professor at Emory's Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade, and is currently the senior associate dean of leadership programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance.
Professor Sonnenfeld's related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management such as Administrative Sciences Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Social Forces, Human Relations, and Human Resource Management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.
At the same time, his work is regularly cited by the general media in such outlets as: BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, CBS (60 Minutes), NBC (The Today Show), ABC (Nightline, Good Morning America), CNN, and Fox News, as well as PBS, where he is a regular commentator, and CNBC, where he is a regular commentator. BusinessWeek listed Sonnenfeld as one of the world’s 10 most influential business school professors and Directorship magazine has listed him among the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance. He is the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
Jefferies LLC - Managing Director and Head of Global Quantitative Strategy
Jatin Suryawanshi is the Head of Global Quantitative Strategy at Jefferies. He has been with Jefferies in this capacity since 2009 and is responsible for the Global Algorithmic Trading product. During this time, Jatin has been at the forefront of market structure developments and has leveraged his expertise to build dynamic institutional trading algorithms for Jefferies’ clients. He has also published multiple white papers reflecting his research on the topic.
His prior experience in the field of Electronic Trading includes being the Head Strategist of the Goldman Sachs Algorithmic Trading (GSAT) team of which he was a member of from the year 2000 to 2006 and also the Head of Algorithmic Trading, North Americas at UBS from 2006 to 2009. Jatin has also held the position of FX trader at BNP Paribas for a period of five years from 1994 to 1999. Jatin holds an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Indian Institute of Management and an M.S. (Financial Markets and Trading) from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Joseph Scafidi is the Lead Director among the Board’s Independent Directors.
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