The Outdoor Boardroom

Dec 23 2015 2 founder US Junior Team Coach and #1 Best Selling Golf Author Gary Occhino interviews top CEO's to share Golf, Business, and Life Lessons from The Outdoor Boardroom

Nell Sloane - Capital Trading Group
Nov 18 2015 19 mins  
Nell Sloane began her career over 29 years ago at the Chicago Futures Exchanges. She was introduced to the industry by working for a grain trader at the CBOT. As she continued to handle the trade execution, reconciliation and Capital Raising she moved on to becoming a featured contributor to Daily Metals Commentaries for 321 Gold, Kitco, and and periodically for the Moore Research Center. Nell eventually launched her own commodity newsletter providing fundamental and technical analysis entitled, “The Opening Belle”. Later in her career she was listed by a variety of financial publications as a broker to use. These publications included, Hume Super Investors Files, Opportunities in Options by David Caplan, McMaster On Line by R.E. McMaster and featured in “The Art of the Trade” published by McGraw Hill. She spoke at numerous financial seminars and financial radio shows. In efforts to provide further diversification amongst various FCM’s (Futures Commission Merchants), Nell formed Capital Trading Group LP ( with Patrick Lafferty to put forth effort to mitigate counterparty risks as well as to reduce vulnerability within the margin controls that the firms impose. Some of the clearing relationships the firm has are with ABN AMRO, FCStone, Cunningham Clearing, O’Brien, RCG, BOA and OEC. In addition to being principal and an associated person of CTG, Nell is a managing member of a multi-advisory commodity fund. Her registrations include both her securities series 7 as well as the commodity series 3. CTG provides investors alternatives within the asset class of managed futures products. The firm matches high net worth clients with those seeking alternatives in managed futures. Ms. Sloane presently is a member of the Vistage International, which is the world’s leading chief executive organization. Vistage is located in 15 countries and over 14,500 members helping business owners make better decisions and becoming better leaders in their communities. She is an active participant in raising money for charities such as American Cancer Society, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Diabetes foundation and Make a Wish. Nell previously volunteered with the international au pair agency matching host families with childcare, was previously an Executive Member of Chicago Finance Committee. She’s a proud mother of a marine and a son that just entered College to major in finance. During her spare time she loves to golf, horseback ride and travel.

Jeff Tomasulo - Vespula Capital
Oct 01 2015 30 mins  
For nearly two decades, I’ve had real world experience on Wall Street and beyond, studying risk and deciphering the intricacies of the stock market around the world to help a range of investors live their dreams: from family offices, to high net worth individuals and institutions, to myself. In an uncertain world, one of the only things we can control is risk. Looking at the world through a risk/reward lens has allowed me to successfully apply my strategy across global markets and asset classes. This passion, combined with dedicated hard work, brought me to a career milestone in 2001 when my partners and I sold our proprietary trading firm of 175 traders to E*Trade Financial. Since then, I’ve created strategies using quantitative and statistical analysis to manage portfolios in a variety of asset classes of varying risk including: options, equities, futures, commodities, treasuries and currencies. With proven diversification expertise and a risk reward strategy that can foresee trends and earn money despite the market, I’m often called upon to share my expertise as a thought leader. Currently, I provide investing strategy oversight for the self-investing platform, InvestedIQ and regular commentary for financial media outlets. As a contributor to the CNBC programs "Fast Money,"​ "Fast Money Halftime Report,"​ "Closing Bell"​ and "Talking Numbers," I’ve frequently appeared to discuss market shifts, risk assessment outlooks and investing advice. I’m proud to advise a range of investors as CEO and head portfolio manager of the global asset management firm, Vespula Capital and serve as lead strategist for InvestedIQ. When I’m not studying the ever evolving market, you’ll find me at home in Connecticut with my wife and four young children. I’m optimistic that in a few more years, when the children are grown a bit, I’ll have more time to refine my other passion, golf, and get my handicap back in the single digits.

David Sinz
Jun 19 2015 20 mins  
David Sinz, PE, LEED AP, his the managing director of WSP Flack + Kurtz’s Houston office, following the retirement of George Dabney, announces David Cooper, PE, LEED AP BD+C, president and chief executive officer of WSP Flack + Kurtz. Mr. Sinz joined the Houston office as a vice president in 2010. Previously, he served as a principal and engineering manager at AE-7 Associates, a design and planning firm with a presence in the U.S. and the Middle East. He also is a former principal and MEP engineering manager at Burt Hill Architecture’s office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Sinz’s experience includes the design and management of many noteworthy projects at major venues, including the World Trade Center; Newark Airport; JFK Airport; the Porter Neuroscience Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD; the California Nanosystems Institute at the University of California Los Angeles; the New Student Union at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, and Harvard Medical School in Dubai Center, Dubai, UAE. Mr. Sinz served as president-elect and the technical chair of the Dubai Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2009 and 2008, respectively. “David’s multi-disciplinary expertise, combined with his international experience, makes him a perfect fit for our Houston office, which is diversifying into a wider range of practice areas and expanding its geographic reach,” says Mr. Cooper. Mr. Sinz holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering systems from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. WSP Flack + Kurtz is a multi-faceted consulting engineering firm that has completed significant projects with internationally acclaimed architects for the world's largest corporations, developers and institutions. The firm’s services include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, security, information technology, sustainability, architectural lighting design, and commissioning. As an integral part of WSP USA, the business can also provide a full range of multidisciplinary services, including structural engineering, transportation and infrastructure, and environmental and energy services.

Interview with Lloyd Rosenberg
May 20 2015 21 mins  
Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth and success of DMR Architects. When Lloyd founded the firm in 1991, it was a three-person operation focused on designing exceptional educational spaces. Over the years, he steadily added expert talent, enabling DMR to expand its capabilities to include architectural design for the public, residential, corporate, commercial, redevelopment and healthcare market sectors. Under his guidance, the firm has expanded beyond school architecture and has grown to be a top five New Jersey architect with expanded capabilities, including sustainable architecture and cutting-edge community and urban planning. With more than 45 years experience, Lloyd is a leading architect, professionally registered in numerous states and registered in Interior Design and Professional Planning in New Jersey. He has won numerous awards for his design work, including noteworthy recognitions such as “Outstanding Concrete Design,” “School of the Year,” “Outstanding Middle School” and Special Congressional Recognition for the design of Old School #2 in Paterson, NJ, a renovation project which transformed a formerly abandoned 1871 Victorian Gothic Schoolhouse into a thriving early childhood center. As President and CEO of DMR, Lloyd has overseen more than 1,000 design and construction projects that range from capital improvements to a $350 million corporate complex. Individually, Lloyd has a diverse and impressive history in the field of design. His extensive experience encompasses projects completed throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Lloyd’s international experience includes projects in Romania, Costa Rica, China and Nigeria, such as a 500 acre University in Kaduna, Nigeria valued at more than $500 million. Lloyd is active in numerous architectural and professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects and New Jersey Society of Architects. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey. Lloyd received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and completed Graduate Studies at Columbia University. His commitment to the firm and its clients is evident through his accessibility and strong leadership, which has resulted in long-standing and favorable relationships with clients and staff of DMR Architects.

Interview with Thor Harris
May 13 2015 27 mins  
Thor Harris founded Percepture in 2004. From Fortune 100 to the entrepreneurial start-up, Thor understands the world of business and the need to drive sales, awareness, investment and demand. He’s managed B2B and B2C public relations and integrated marketing strategy for Daimler-Chrysler, Sony, Foot Locker, The Islands Of The Bahamas, Ingersoll Rand, Konica Minolta, Century 21 and ChevronTexaco. Prior to entering the world of business, Thor contributed to the success of BSMG Worldwide in New York (now Weber Shandwick, the world’s premiere public relations and social agency). Thor is frequently asked to pen thought-leadership communiqués and is an author and lecturer at New York University on thought-leadership, reputation management, integrated marketing strategy and sales funnel methodologies. He also speaks for the American Red Cross, Online Marketing Summit, Business Marketing Association (National Conference, New Jersey Chapter and Houston Chapter), Construction Industry Manufacturers Association, National Golf Course Owners’ Association and Progressive Business Conferences. Thor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He sits on the Board of the American Red Cross, Business Marketing Association, New Jersey Entrepreneur Network, and is a member of the NJ Technology Council and the American Chemical Society. In addition, he recently completed an Executive Education Program at The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. Thor enjoys all things related to sports and fitness. He has completed a triathlon, played football at Rutgers University, and now coaches his two young kids.

Golf And Business Interview with Tara Frier
Apr 23 2015 35 mins founder US Junior Team Coach and #1 Best Selling Golf Author Gary Occhino interviews Tara Frier Founder and CEO of Goodwin Group PR brings to her firm more than 25 years of media relations, public affairs and public policy experience. Frier oversees the strategic direction of all client accounts and over the years has worked with large and small companies to increase visibility, create demand for products and services and grow bottom lines. Whether planning a large corporate event or navigating a client through the uncharted waters of a crisis situation, Frier is known as a leader who provides open and honest counsel and helps clients develop the infrastructure to sustain successful communications programs. Before starting the company, she served as Vice President of Edelman Public Relations’ Boston office where she managed an active portfolio of clients, and executed Boston media strategies for Edelman’s national and international accounts including: IDA Singapore; Barnes & Noble; Belgian energy company, Tractebel, Inc.; Schering-Plough; Morgan Stanley; JAFCO Ventures and YouthBuild U.S.A. Frier was also the lead strategist for the state’s education reform (MCAS) campaign. Her contributions to Barnes & Noble’s Close the Book on Hate campaign helped Edelman score a Silver Saber award for best retail marketing initiative. She was named one of Boston’s Top 10 PR specialists in 2006 and 2009 by Women’s Business Boston. Prior to her work at Edelman, Frier served as chief of staff of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development where she managed a staff of 250 and a budget of $450 million. In addition, she worked to develop an affordable housing policy designed to help alleviate the Massachusetts housing crisis, wrote and edited all agency RFP’s, managed contractors and served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence. She was named one of Women’s Business Boston’s “Top 10 PR Specialists” in 2006 and 2009 and was a 2011 nominee for PR Person of the Year by Biz Bash

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