Michael Edward Breede, Esq.
Michael obtained an economics degree at the University of Pennsylvania with focus on health care policy and obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota and New York University. Michael runs several commercial real estate companies as an owner, manager, and legal advisor. Michael is currently involved as an investor in several biotech companies, including Crisi Medical Systems, Zogenix, Inc., DioGenix, Inc., Evoke Pharma, Inc., Neurelis, Inc., Q Therapeutics, Retrosense Therapeutics, and Kalyra Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and he currently serves on the board of Nerveda, Inc., and Kalyra Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Michael is also on the board of the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Steve DeMasco PhD
Not content to look back on his impressive list of accomplishments, Steve keeps his gaze toward the future, striving to create new programs to guide kids through the complicated and ever-changing issues plaguing our society. As a genuine master teacher, he offers heartfelt stories, courageous advice, and working tools to help kids, parents, schools, communities and corporations transform themselves and the world.
Steve DeMasco knows the new rules. Growing up in the trenches of a challenged and underprivileged background, he learned not merely how to survive but to thrive. He overcame many obstacles; triumphing in the face of extreme adversity, he provides a role model for adults and children alike.
Recognized by former President Bill Clinton and the United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley as one of our nation’s Educational Heroes; he is the founder of the Kids for Life Foundation, the Strength and Honor Foundation, a published author, accomplished speaker, community leader, the Ambassador and disciple to the Shaolin Temple in China, and a 10th degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo.
Secretary of State Colin Powell enlisted DeMasco’s participation in the U.S. Department of Education’s “Presidential Summit”. He was appointed by Governor John Rowland to serve on the Connecticut State Commission on National and Community Service. He has spoken at Harvard and Yale Universities about violence and the problems our society faces, and was instrumental in creating a program linking the U.S. Department of Education with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As a means to teach children respect, discipline, and self-control, Steve created the Cool Karate School book series, selling over 400,000 copies as well as The Shaolin Way: a life story/ Eastern Philosophy book published by Harper Collins. He has been instrumental in developing motivational programs to keep children interested in education, as well as programs created to mitigate the violence and aggression that can hamper both adults and youth.
Steve combines his hard earned life lessons and training in the martial arts with his formal education of a Masters Degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, to create his unique approach. Whether it is working with educators, business and political leaders, or challenged communities, his message transcends boundaries.
James E. Geraght
For nearly three decades, Jim has worked exclusively with ultra high net worth clients and their families, helping them understand and address the multifaceted challenges of managing and protecting their personal wealth. Jim and his team work together to aid clients in diversifying concentrated stock positions, establishing multigenerational wealth transfer plans, developing philanthropic strategies and much more. He has created investment strategies that have endured through multiple market cycles, preserving wealth that continues to sustain the people, causes and institutions that enhance clients’ lives. Jim and his team are a true family practice. Together, they serve 40 families who have entrusted approximately $1.3 billion in assets under management.
After receiving his B.A. from Brown University in 1985, Jim began his financial services career with Kidder, Peabody & Company. From 1994-1999, Jim worked for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette before joining Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in 2001. Jim is currently a member of the Morgan Stanley Chairman’s Club and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Advisors by Barron’s for each of the past six years. He was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Advisors in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal in 2008.
Jim serves as a board member and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the United Teen Equality Center. He is also the founder and current board member of the Massachusetts Children’s Hockey Foundation and has held a seat on the VIP Committee for the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Jim has also been an active supporter of the American Ireland Fund and is a board member of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corp.
Jim lives in Westford, MA with his wife Susan and their four children.
Lubbie Harper, Jr.
The Honorable Lubbie Harper, Jr. was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Following his tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Harper currently sits by designation on the Appellate Court. Justice Harper is a member of the bars of the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is currently the Chairman of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System as well as Connecticut’s Representative to the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. Justice Harper is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Legal Studies Program and the Institute for Social Justice at the University of New Haven and is a participant in the Judicial Branch’s Speakers Bureau Program.
Justice Harper previously served as the Chairman of the Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award Committee, a member of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court, a participant in the Judicial Branch’s Mentor Program and a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Judges Association.
Justice Harper was president of the Board of Directors of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association for 12 years and a clinical tutor in the trial practice course at Yale University School of Law. He has been a long-time community activist and volunteer who served as a board member of many civic and professional organizations, including the Shirley Frank Foundation, the Children’s Museum of Greater New Haven, the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, the Dixwell Legal Rights Association and the Urban League. Justice Harper is a former member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven, the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association and the New Haven Civil Service Commission.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Justice Harper was engaged in the private practice of law for over 20 years, specializing in litigation, municipal finance, labor law, education and administrative law, arbitration and contract negotiations. He represented the New Haven Board of Education as its principal lawyer in all matters related to labor relations and education law for approximately 20 years.
Andrew Schriever is a Partner in the Litigation and Telecommunication Departments in the law firm of Cuddy & Feder LLP, a general practice business law firm located in Westchester County, New York. His practice focuses on all aspects of state and federal litigation, including complex commercial, corporate, real estate and land use matters, as well as alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Schriever’s practice also includes registration and protection of clients’ trademarks.
Mr. Schriever is proud to donate his time and efforts by serving on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations, including: The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County (Acting President), The Westchester County Bar Association (Board Member and Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee), RiverArts (Member, Steering Committee), The Westchester County Association (Board Liaison from County Bar), The Greenburgh Nature Center (Vice President). As a founding member of the Board of The Strength And Honor Foundation, Mr. Schriever was honored to have arranged for his law firm to perform the pro bono legal work involved in establishing the organization as a legal not-for-profit entity.
Mr. Schriever is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. He also received his Masters Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, where he taught English 101 to entering undergraduates. Mr. Schriever received his Bachelor’s Degree in English, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Mr. Schriever has also served as a Court-appointed arbitrator and as a mediator in private disputes, as well as in connection with the Westchester County Supreme Court Commercial Division’s mediation program. Mr. Schriever has lectured for Lorman Education Services’ Continuing Legal Education seminars on Real Estate Development From Beginning To End, on Landlord-Tenant Law: Beyond the Basics, and on Legal Aspects of Condominium Development And Homeowner’s Associations in New York. Mr. Schriever has also lectured for the New York City Bar Association on Building Litigation Prevention Into Your Transaction, and he has also conducted Continuing Legal Education Seminars for the Westchester County Bar Association on the subject of how to settle cases, an overview of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process, and best practices in arbitration. Mr. Schriever’s publications include “Federal Court Rejects Town’s Denial Of Wireless Tower Site” (AGL Magazine, 2015), “Supreme Court Upholds Antenna-siting Shot Clock” (AGL Magazine, 2013), “Taking Control Of The Outcome To Turn A Settlement Into A Win” (Westchester County Bar Association Journal, Spring/Summer 2008), “Negotiating Legal Agreements for the Transactional Attorney: Litigation Prevention & Other Important Drafting Considerations Attorneys Need to Know” (New York City Bar Association, Bridge The Gap Seminar, 2008), “Real Estate Development From Beginning To End In New York: Litigation Of The Land Use And Development Dispute” (Lorman, 2008), “Condominium Management, Judicial Remedies And Theories Of Liability In New York” (Lorman, 2006) and “Recent Developments In Federal Securities Litigation” (Glasser LegalWorks, 1998). Mr. Schriever is admitted to practice in the New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District Court of Connecticut.
Gregory D. Smith
Mr. Smith’s career spans nearly 20 years in the real estate industry. He has developed healthcare, hospitality, residential and office properties nationally with a collective value exceeding $750 million. He is currently involved in the development, construction, finance, and management of all Maplewood Senior Living communities and Maplewood Healthcare. The Maplewood brand founded by Mr. Smith in 2004, and consists of luxury Senior Living residences throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ohio. In addition, the company maintains a portfolio of professional office properties as well as projects that are also in varying stages of development for Medical Office use.
Mr. Smith also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ability Beyond, a not-for- profit organization currently employing over 900 associates, engaging over 500 volunteers and has an annual operating budget in excess of $53 million. Mr. Smith is also proud to sit on the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut, where he also serves on the Development Committee. He is also a board member of the Western Connecticut Health Network Development Fund, Inc, and a member of the Network’s Planning Committee which is tasked with strategic planning for its network. Mr. Smith is a native of Western Massachusetts and Western Connecticut, and currently resides with his wife and children in East Norwalk, Connecticut, where he remains active with civic and community based organizations including The Westport Historical Society. Mr. Smith has had a lifelong commitment to wellness and fitness. He has incorporated his passion for healthy living into the Maplewood brand by providing its residents with a seasonally inspired and locally grown, farm fresh culinary dining experience unique to the industry.
Brian is a Partner and the Director of Forensic Services at Janover LLC. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University. From 1987 thru 1992, Brian worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewatershouseCoopers) and earned the title of Manager.
From 1992 thru 1997, Brian was the Chief Financial Officer for a Wall Street investment banking firm, the General Partner of various family investment limited partnerships and the Treasurer of a publicly traded closed end mutual fund.
Brian was a founder, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Newtek Business Services, Inc. (“Newtek” – NASDAQ Symbol “NEWT”) from 1997 thru July 2005. Newtek is a direct distributor of a wide range of business services and financial products to the small- and medium-sized business market under the Newtek brand. Since 1999, Newtek has helped small- and medium-sized business owners realize their potential by providing them with small business loans, merchant processing services, web hosting capabilities, insurance products and other business related services. Newtek provides one or more of its services to over 90,000 customers, and has positioned the Newtek brand as a one-stop-shop provider of business services to the small and medium-sized business market. Through Newtek, Brian founded, funded and operated 14 Certified Capital Companies within New York, Florida, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Texas and Alabama.