Our Advisory Board

Laurence TaricaLaurence Tarica is President and Chief Operating Office of Jimlar Corporation, the oldest continuously operating footwear company in America.

Larry joined Jimlar Corporation in 1971 and served in leadership roles in sourcing, design and development, sales, strategic planning.  He became President, Chief Operating Officer in 1991 and Group President, Footwear Division, LF USA in 2011.

Jimlar Corporation was founded by Victor and Madeleine Tarica in 1956.  Jim Tarica and Larry Tarica, their sons, currently serve as Co-Presidents and have led the organization together for 41 years.  Jimlar was acquired by LF USA in 2010.

Jimlar owns the Frye Boot Company and Mountrek, and is the footwear licensee of Coach and Calvin Klein.  As part of its acquisition by LF USA, Jimlar also serves by extension as footwear licensee for Rachel Zoe, Aerin, Carlos Falchi, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Sofia Vergara.  In addition, Jimlar provides design and sourcing services to a broad range of retail, wholesale and catalogue clients.  Jimlar’s worldwide staff of almost 1000 is located in 8 countries, and headquarters are in New York.

Jimlar was selected as the footwear industry’s Company of the Year in 1993, and in 2004 and 2005 respectively, Frye was selected as Footwear News and Footwear Plus Brand of the Year.  Jim and Larry were inducted into the Footwear Industry Hall of Fame in 2011  Before being acquired, Jimlar was regularly recognized as one of Long Island’s largest privately held companies.  Jimlar Corporation and its Frye Division are involved in many community service initiatives, but particularly as a part of the FFANY led industry effort to fight Breast Cancer and as part of Project A.L.S.’ efforts to fund a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Jim and Larry were honored in 2005 by The Two Ten Foundation with the shoe industry’s highest honor, The T. Kenyon Holly Humanitarian Award.

Larry serves on the boards of  Project A.L.S, The Hebrew Union College, the American Jewish Committee and J. D’Addario and Company.   Larry is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, 1971.

Jonathan EwertJonathan Ewert is president of TransforMedia and iscurrently pursuing acquisition and investment opportunities in partnership with Catalyst Investors, a lower middle market growth equity firm headquartered in New York. Catalyst Investors focuses on a variety of tech-enabled services sectors including software-as-a-service, digital media, internet infrastructure, wireless communications and business and consumer services

Prior to Transformedia, Mr. Ewert served as President and CEO of Codero, a dedicated and cloud hosting company based in Kansas City. At Codero, Mr. Ewert led the company through a restructuring following the divestiture of two business units, recruited his successor, and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to Codero, Jonathan served as SVP of Corporate Development for LookSmart (Nasdaq: LOOK), a leading search advertising network and management company, where he led the turnaround of the media business. From 2003 to 2006, Jonathan served as CEO of ePALS (TSXV: SLN) until selling the company. Prior to ePALS, Jonathan served as vice president of Business Development to restart eCommerce Solutions, and as vice president of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Modem Media, where he led the preparation and positioning of the company for Modem’s successful IPO in 1999. Previously, Jonathan served in a variety of management roles at Infoseek Corporation until the sale of the company to Disney.

Mr. Ewert currently serves on the Board of APH Management and AudienceFUEL, as well as the Advisory Boards of Simply Engage and Cancer101. He is a past board member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Advantage Business Media, and Wowd Inc., which was sold to FaceBook in 2010. Mr. Ewert earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1986 from the College of the Holy Cross

James OrsiniJames Orsini is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors  of Single Touch Systems Inc. (SITO), the mobile media solutions provider  serving retailers, advertisers and brands. A proven leader and author of business articles ( Monetize or be cannibalized and The race for mobile relevance) and white papers (The Authentic Network and Mastering Procurement), James has over 25-years of finance and operations experience across a broad range of marketing and communications disciplines. Orsini will concentrate on Single Touch’s focus as a comprehensive mobile media solutions provider  for marketers seeking to take advantage of the global proliferation of connected  devices. The company’s new headquarters are located in the Newport Office Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

James stepped down from his prior role as Executive Vice President and Director of Finance and Operations for Saatchi & Saatchi in New York, where he worked closely with the CEO to provide strategic and day-to-day direction of all financial and operational functions. Saatchi & Saatchi New York is the largest agency in the 153-office Saatchi & Saatchi global network, part of Publicis Groupe, the world’s fourth largest communications group. The agency has over forty #1 brands in its client portfolio.

Before joining Saatchi & Saatchi Mr. Orsini was Chief Operating Officer of Interbrand North America, the world’s leading brand consultancy with offices in 22 countries throughout the world. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and functions effectively in multi-cultural environments. Interbrand is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omnicom, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Interbrand and serving first as its Global Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Orsini had enjoyed a great deal of success at various subsidiaries of Saatchi & Saatchi, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Goldman Sachs & Company. At Saatchi, Mr. Orsini was CFO of both their International Public Relations Division and later their Business to Business Advertising Unit. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Orsini was selected from 30 analysts as the company’s primary liaison o Sumitomo Bank, in a new $500 million limited partnership. He was also one of four CPAs selected for a pilot program which changed the company’s hiring strategy, which is still in effect.

Mr. Orsini graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He received the University’s Presidential Academic Scholarship and still serves the University today. He is a licensed New York State Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Turnaround Management Association.

Mr. Orsini currently resides in Livingston, New Jersey with his wife and three children.He is a Board member of Renovation House of New Jersey / New York, residential substance abuse rehabilitation programs. He is President of the Alumni Board of Directors of Seton Hall University and holds an honorary seat on the Board of Regents. He serves on a Seton Hall Preparatory advisory board for the Griffin Bridges foundation benefiting academically gifted and financially challenged inner city boys.

Stuart Levine

Stuart R. Levine is Chairman and CEO of Stuart Levine & Associates LLC, an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding shareholder value by strengthening corporate cultures. His background as CEO of a global corporation and extensive board experience has afforded him a unique perspective on strategy, implementation,global transformation and succession planning.

Mr. Levine assists Fortune 500 companies in delivering sustainable business results through: strategic planning and implementation; corporate governance; board assessments; methods for improving board linkage with CEOs to assure functional alignment, improved organizational effectiveness; strengthening corporate culture through values; stimulation of learning throughout the culture to help employees become more innovative and creative; team building and alignment; and using strategic communication to build a stronger strategic focus with the C-Suite. The company’s numerous clients include Verizon, Barclays, MasterCard, General Mills, Georgia Pacific, Saatchi & Saatchi, Montefiore Medical Center, New York State Executive Chamber, Beth Israel Medical Center, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and many more.

He is an international best-selling leadership author of The Six Fundamentals of Success and Cut to the Chase, and the co-author of Simon & Schuster’s international bestseller The Leader in You, which have been published in 22 languages and have sold over 1 million copies. Mr. Levine is a sought-after commentator on TV, in print and via social media for his views on challenging issues, including governance, innovation in complex environments and strengthening the culture of organizations through trust, engagement and strategic communication. He has appeared numerous times on top-rated global television programs such as NBC’s Today show, ABC’s World News This Morning, Bloomberg, Fox News and many others.

Mr. Levine is the recipient of awards from several prestigious national organizations, including Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine. The National Association of Corporate Directors recognized him as part of The Directorship 100 in both 2011 and 2012 and appointed him to serve on their 17-member Nominating/Governance Advisory Council.He presently serves on the following boards: Broadridge Financial Solutions, J. D’Addario & Company, Inc., and North Shore-LIJ Health System. He formerly served on the boards of the European American Bank and Gentiva Health Services.

At age 25, Mr. Levine was the youngest elected member of the New York State Assembly, serving on the Health Committee. At Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., he built the organization from a family-owned and operated corporation to a professionally managed team that was eventually able to take their product development cycle from 36 months to 18 weeks.

Harriet LevineHarriet Levine is Founder and President of Stuart Levine & Associates LLC. As President, Ms. Levine oversees the operations of the firm and is responsible for strategic positioning and implementation; developing and implementing the firm’s business and communication plans; ensuring client satisfaction; budgeting and revenue growth; marketing; deployment of consultants; legal, financial and contractual matters; driving intellectual property; crafting board meeting agendas; and vetting board member candidates.

She was a material participant in the research and marketing of several best-selling books that are now available in 22 languages and have sold over one million copies worldwide. Ms. Levine’s work on these books included interfacing with the editor, negotiating contracts with the publisher, driving intellectual property, and developing a marketing plan that led to excellent distribution.

Ms. Levine formerly worked at Benton & Bowles and was hired by J. Walter Thompson to launch the new family of film products for Kodak.

She currently serves as an Associate Trustee of North Shore-LIJ Health System and is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Alumni Council. She formerly served on the Board of Family Service Association and The Long Island Philharmonic and was an active fund raiser for The American Cancer Society. Ms. Levine also petitioned the CDC to investigate water and pollution issues while working on the creation of public policy.

She holds an MBA in Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from Union College with a BA in Economics and Studio Art.

Harriet LevineElizabeth L. Perlman is the Director of Global Business Strategy for Stuart Levine & Associates LLC. She is responsible for managing online content, locating strategic business partnerships and identifying new global opportunities. Liz previously worked at Bloomberg LP for over four years as a Sales Associate for New York Hedge Funds. Her knowledge of the global financial markets and evolving technology have helped her to re-launch the Stuart Levine brand through our new website in 2011.

Mrs. Perlman has actively served as a member of the Stuart Levine and Associates Advisory Board since 2008. She is a committed member of the community and has volunteered multiple hours for the board of JBFCS, Everybody Wins mentorship program and UJA Federation.

Liz holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and is currently living with her husband in Hong Kong.

Eric B. Fremont

Eric B. Fremont is an experienced telecommunications and technology executive who served as Senior Vice President, IT Strategy and Planning at Verizon Communications from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Fremont brings over 25 years of experience in information technology including software development, IT architecture/infrastructure, strategic planning, and operations.

Prior to 2007, Eric held various senior level and technology positions at Verizon Communications, Bell Atlantic, Sprint Communications, and EDS, including SVP IT Verizon Partner Solutions, AVP IT Service Delivery at Bell Atlantic, and Senior Director of Software Engineering & Architecture at Bell Atlantic.

Harriet Levine

Terry Waters is the President and CEO of Yankee Group.  Yankee Group is the leading global research, analytics and advisory firm focused on the communications, wireless and mobile markets helping customers identify, understand and exploit the array of revenue opportunities enabled by the mobility revolution.  At Yankee Group, Mr. Waters is charged with leading the company’s strategic direction and managing day-to-day operations.

Previous to Yankee group, Mr. Waters was President and CEO of Highline Financial, a banking information and financial analytics company, which he sold to Thomson Reuters.  Prior to Highline, Mr. Waters held leadership roles with research firm Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), including Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with responsibility for the company’s global marketing and corporate communications efforts, and President of its Executive Programs business unit, the world largest membership program for senior IT executives.  Before Gartner, Mr. Waters was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Screaming Media, a Web-based content aggregation, syndication and business services provider.  He started his career with Xerox Corporation in sales and field marketing.  Mr. Waters holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Harriet Levine

Guy Molinari is at partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in the New York office. He represents clients active in corporate finance, real estate, business combination and securities transactions.   Mr. Molinari has practiced business law for more than 25 years, focusing on businesses at all stages of development as well as their investors and decision makers.

Prior to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Mr. Molinari served as Co-Chair of the Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions national practice group at Heller Ehrman LLP and has operated a solo practice representing entrepreneurs, investors and funds pursuing a variety of strategies. He also served as general counsel to investment funds at Northern Power Systems, a wind turbine design and manufacturing company based in Barre, Vermont.

Mr. Molinari graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also holds a JD-MBA from Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School.

Guy and his wife live in New Jersey with their three college student offspring.

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