Who I Am

I am many things – husband, father, leader, supporter, innovator, and disruptor. But above all, I am passionate. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact. As a driver for change, I share my passions through speaking opportunities, online collaboration, and think tanks.

I live by the mantra that I do all things for the betterment of myself and the betterment of those around me. Through this website, I hope to share my passions with more and more likeminded individuals so that together we can work towards the betterment of our society and planet.

I am the CEO, or as I like to say, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Vanderbilt Financial Group – an independent broker dealer and RIA with a focus on Impact Investing known as the Sustainable Broker Dealer.  Our headquarters is the first LEED Platinum Building on Long Island and we consider ourselves to be leaders in the space, not only talking the talk but walking the walk.

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I am the Founder and Chief Disruption Officer of Impact U – an online collaborative community dedicated to spreading the impact investing movement through education and crowd funding. As a disruptor, I aim to shake up the investment world and wake them up to the incredible impact investing with ESG can make to better our society and planet.

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I am the President of the New York Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, a global organization with over 14,000 of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. Through my presidency, I hope to inspire and encourage my fellow entrepreneurs to use their businesses as a driver for positive change.

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I am an enthusiast – when I love, I love hard. My passionate personality  has lead me to be an enthusiast for Green Building, as evidenced by my LEED Platinum Building covered by a 295 solar panel array, and an enthusiast for electric vehicles, as evidenced by my collections featuring various Tesla and BMW EVs. I am an avid and loyal supporter of multiple charities. I am on the board of the John Brower Jr Foundation and The Interfaith Nutrition Network and truly believe we can make a difference through service.

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I am a husband and father – I met my wife Heidi over 30 years ago during one of my first successful entrepreneurial ventures as a limousine driver. I drove her to her prom – the rest was history. My wife is my partner in all aspects of my life, both at home and at work. Our beautiful children, Elizabeth and Quinten bring us nothing but joy.  Our two dogs, Daisy and Stella, round out my wonderful family.

Background: After graduating from St. John’s University with a degree in Accounting, I went to work for the prestigious CPA firm Deloitte Haskins and Sells, LLC. My background in accounting and auditing provides great depth in understanding business in a different way than most CEOs.  I went on to open an OSJ office, which eventually grew to be a financial powerhouse with 33 tax offices, serving 37,000 income tax clients before acquiring Vanderbilt Financial Group.