Owner - The Perfect Granola, LLC
Michele started her company “The Perfect Granola” in her home kitchen as a way to feed the hungry and empower the underserved through simple and healthy food that nourishes both body and soul. Her company shares 5% of all profits with homeless shelters, outreach centers and food banks. They also hire students to give them the skills needed to break the poverty cycle that fuels hunger. She is the very definition of what it means to be an entrepreneur with heart.
Founder & CEO
Paul Daly is the Founder/CEO/Creative Director of Congruent, a brand-first integrated marketing agency based in Syracuse, New York. This visionary grew a company from one man to a multi-million dollar enterprise, and is the author of “The Automotive Manifesto” and the host of the podcast “Clarity Compressed”.
Eric Castro co-founded BHG with a deep passion for effective leadership and execution. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he quickly learned the importance of a strong leader to guide a motivated group toward significant accomplishments. Eric has leveraged his experience and his knowledge to do just that—guide the team at BHG to break barriers and reach new heights. Always intrigued by the idea that success is directly correlated to meaningful human interactions and trust, Eric is driven to help people realize their full potential, achieve their goals, and find success in and out of the boardroom. Having built and led exceptional teams within corporations, Eric thrives on mentoring young entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders. His fierce belief in putting quality into every aspect of life has not only helped shape his perspective and his approach, but also has skyrocketed BHG into the industry leader that it is today.
Express Employment Franchise Owner
School was never Jordan’s cup of tea and he went straight to work in the auto industry after high school. Years later he decided to get his Associates degree in Business and did that in two years while working full time. Then he began the path of his bachelor’s degree but decided the education he could provide for himself would be more beneficial that the coursework he was taking. After getting out of the auto industry, Jordan spent the better part of 20 years in the advertising industry, and in early 2015 decided it was time for another change. He wanted to do something that would make a big difference and impact people differently than he’d done before. After looking at many opportunities, Jordan found Express Employment Professionals. With the company’s vision to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people, it seemed to be a natural calling. With full support of his family and friends Jordan Modiano opened Express Employment Professionals of Albany in September of 2015 and will open the Saratoga NY office in 2019.
Founder and CEO of TCGplayer
Chedy Hampson is the Founder and CEO of TCGplayer for over two decades; TCGplayer is the industry leader for the multi-billion dollar industry of collectible gaming . The company sells and ships tens of thousands of cards for Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering and more everyday, and also creates a vibrant online community for gamers that celebrates geek culture.
Growing up the son of a potato farmer just outside of Syracuse, you could say Chris got his hands dirty from a young age; learning the necessity of grit, integrity, and tenacity. As Chief Marketing Officer at BHG, Chris applies these values to everything he does, because financing is about more than money. It’s about our customers: real people, with real needs and dreams that BHG can help with. Chris’ mantra is to run through walls and see opportunities where others see obstacles. He’s comfortable challenging the status quo, and has built a full-service agency that leverages the latest innovations in data, analytics, and marketing to connect with those in need of financing. Customer experience means everything to Chris, so he reads every review and answers every email he receives because our customers deserve to be heard and feel valued. Inspired by the BHG culture and commitment to social responsibility, Chris spearheads BHG Cares— building partnerships with non-profit organizations throughout CNY to make a real impact in the community.
Regional Vice President, Primerica
Since 2012, Michelle has been the Regional Vice President of Primerica, a company that is committed to helping “Main Street Americans” financially prepare for their futures and the wellbeing of their families without breaking the bank. ⠀
Founder Original Grain
Chris Bily is the founder of the social media food brands Original Grain and XO Taco around Syracuse, New York, and expanding out to Rochester. Christopher is a Syracuse chef that focuses on making dining experiences at his restaurants feel wholly. He carefully crafts the perfect location, lighting, menu, music and even the way staff interacts with customers to guarantee the best possible experience.
Co-founder Sana Sano Consulting
Robby Riggs is a high-performing transformation leader, speaker, author, and coach with experience creating strategic transformation initiatives and driving successful change in companies He is the co-founder of Sana Sano Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in helping companies transform, and is the co-author of Counter Mentor Leadership: How to Unlock the Potential of the 4-Generation Workplace (Nicholas Brealey, January 2018), an entertaining, and sometimes irreverent, look at how real leadership works in today’s chaotic workplace. Robby has shepherded clients through re-orgs, technology implementations, talent evaluation and planning, strategic planning and multiple acquisitions. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Transformation. Robby is also the co-host of the video podcast Counter Mentor Leadership.
CEO / Co-founder The Digital Hyve
Jeff Knauss is the CEO and Co-Founder of Digital Hyve - the 5th fastest growing Marketing & Advertising Company in the U.S. for 2018, as well as the 52nd fastest private growing company in the nation by Inc. Jeff was also ranked One of Entrepreneur Magazine's “Top 360 Businesses in the US.”, won “Business of the Year” 2017 by CenterState CEO, and “Best places to work” 2017 & 2018.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors in the companies: Food Bank of CNY, Loretto Foundation, Byrne Dairy, United Way, SUNY Oswego Foundation, Onondaga Community College Foundation, CenterState CEO.
Rob Shauger has spent over 25 years in sales, marketing, branding and business development in NY. He also owns a medieval sword. Yep, you read that right. Rob believes that his passion for leadership and helping others grow is the driving force behind his success.
Al Cutri: entertainer, creator, outside the box thinker, and man with amazing hair. He is the owner of AC Events & Entertainment, a senior video producer for Otto Media, and the saxophonist for CNY party band The Mere Mortals.
John Timmerman: entrepreneur, husband, father and consummate creator. He is the founder of GoodMonster and Jaxon Jovie. He is a fan of flannel, waffles, and his #babybad@$$ costar “Tripp”.