Robert L. Brenna Jr. | Founder & Chairman

robert l brenna jrRobert L. Brenna Jr. has been practicing law for 40 years, and is partner in the law firm Brenna Boyce PLLC.  His accomplishments are many and vast over his career.  He is a past president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, invited into membership of the National Academy of Trial Advocacy, and past president of the GVTLA.

He has been named to Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and has been granted the distinction of achieving an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been invited into membership in the National Academy of Trial Advocacy and was recently named as one of the top 100 trial lawyers (New York) by the American Association for Justice. Bob is a member of the President's Club of the American Association for Justice, and he is a founding member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

In addition to being a columnist, Mr. Brenna hosts the "Brenna and Brenna Law Forum," which is a weekly call-in radio show heard on the 50,000-watt Clear Channel AM station WHAM, also heard nationwide on www.wham1180.com.

Bob is also an accomplished musician and plays the drums. It is his passion for music, friendship, giving and connecting people that lead to the creation of Mastermind Lounge. Bob recognized early on the need for connecting people in the music world and how it can serve a greater purpose. It is with that fundamental reason why he has continued to build Mastermind Lounge.

James Foreman | Chief Financial Officer

james foremanJames Foreman is the Tax Director for Gatehouse Media, Inc. and serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Mastermind Lounge. James has worked for some of the most prominent companies in the world, with Fortune 20 status, and held highly respected positions in the aspect of tax accounting over a 40-year career.

He’s an experienced CPA and tax executive with a combination of Big 4 public accounting and large company experience in all aspects of tax accounting and reporting, tax compliance, cash tax projections, finance-related issues, IRS audits, Federal tax matters, research and planning and transfer pricing.

James’s oversight and guidance on Mastermind Lounge is a vital on counsel to the Chairman.

James is a graduate of both the Syracuse University Accounting and MBA programs.

 

Nick Francesco |Chief Technical Officer

nick francescoNick has been in the microcomputer industry since 1975. Nick also spent 20 years as a professional actor. Somewhere along the line, he picked up a Master’s Degree in Information Technology, and has taught computer science courses extensively as an adjunct professor in various colleges and universities. He was the Manager of Technical Services at RIT’s Saunders College of Business from 1997 until he retired in 2014.

Since 1989, Nick's hosted Sound Bytes, a weekly radio call-in computer show. From 1995 to 2010, he hosted Computer FAQs on YNN, Time Warner's all-news cable channel. Since 1996, he's done a weekly computer column in Gannett's Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. Since 1999, he's run Ask Nick!, where he answers computer questions and presents all the latest computer news. Nick's known for answering questions simply, concisely, and logically, in language that does not confuse or talk down to the questioner.

He has written two books (so far!): Google Docs: Word Processing in the Cloud and I Just Bought a Chromebook! Help! Both books are available at Amazon.

You can find Nick on  Twitter, and Facebook. He is also the author of The Security Tango, which has helped millions of people rid their computers of viruses, spyware, trojans, and other malware.

John J. Polidori II | Chief Operating Officer

john j polidori iiJohn J. Polidori II is a business professional with over 25 years of experience in strategy, start-ups, global account sales and management, channel management, operations, management consulting, P&L management and interpersonal communications. His global career began when he joined AT&T in 2000, and moved into Concert, the global joint venture of British Telecom and AT&T as a founding member. 

John has held various positions of global account and team management, and spent years building channels for new and existing organizations to further new revenue sources. 

John oversaw an account base with a peak P&L of $60MM under with his former company, with over a 99% revenue retention rate, vs. the company's approximate 75% retention rate. 

Currently John runs Venia Consulting, a management consulting organization, is on the National Advisory Board for Envision Lead Grow, and is also the COO of Mastermind Lounge. 

John is received his MBA from William E. Simon School of Business, and his BA from St. John Fisher College, both in Rochester, NY. He was a varsity starter for the St. John Fisher Football team and member of the Lacrosse team.

Steve Christie | Executive Director of Sports, Art & Entertainment

steve christieSteve Christie is an internationally acclaimed NFL veteran, holding the record for the longest Super Bowl field goal in history (54 yards, a record that has lasted for over two decades), the NFL record for the biggest comeback in history, and is one of only two NFL kickers to recover two of their own onside kicks!  He still holds the Buffalo Bills record for a 59-yard field goal, the longest in that franchise's history. He has been an integral part of NFL teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the San Diego Chargers, the Buffalo Bills, and was a Canadian Football League agent. He has developed a career in real estate, sports management, management of musicians and music groups, and also is a well-recognized and respected artist, having graduated with a degree in fine arts from William and Mary College. He still continues on an amazing career path including sports casting, sports management, and has had invaluable experience in television, as well as being a well-respected representative of sports figures in the USA and Canada.

He spends much time helping others, including hosting the Steve Christie invitational golf tournament for the benefit of charities, in addition enormous amount of time he spent making appearances to help raise funds for charities, including Camp Good Days and Special times, an international charity which helps kids from all walks of life around the globe to get away from cancer, debilitating diseases, or just to be able to commune with others sharing similar circumstances.

Steve's artistry has become well recognized in recent years, and clinging to the roots of his education at William and Mary has been an important part of his life. He also maintains other entrepreneurial interests, but his ability to teach others-especially in the fine details of mastering the positions in football which depend upon an enormous talent for kicking, status sought out by many to help them through a difficult time, to learn how to better their current talent, were to learn how to engage initially to be able to learn and cultivate their craft with the hopes of becoming is excellent as he has learned to be in so many different areas of expertise. Mastermind lounge is proud to have someone with Steve's talent had up our athletic division, and his ability to also help manage musical talent, his experience in telecasting, entrepreneurial ship, and generally meant touring others in many different fields has made him someone that we are truly grateful to have on our team.

John Beck | Executive Director of Music

john beckJohn Beck is perhaps the most revered percussion, Philharmonic percussionist, timpani and marimba professor in the world. He is a former Music Chair of the Percussion Department of the Eastman School of Music. John H. Beck is a Professor Emeritus of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music, and retired Timpanist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is active throughout the United States, Europe and South America as a performer, composer, clinician and conductor.

Beck’s career as a performer and teacher includes posts as percussionist, timpanist, marimba soloist with the United States Marine Band (1955-59); principal percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic (1959-62); and timpanist for the Rochester Philharmonic (1962-2002). He has made numerous solo appearances, including performances with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Wind Ensemble, Chautauqua Band, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Corning Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Memphis State Wind Ensemble, Pennsylvania Festival Band, and Philharmonic Pomorska, Poland.

As a conductor, Beck has appeared with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble (1962-2008); in a tour of South America with the Aeolian Consort as percussion soloist (1977); and has participated in numerous guest conducting and percussion clinics in the United States and Europe.

He is a past president of the Percussive Arts Society and has published numerous articles in professional journals. He is the editor of Encyclopedia of Percussion published by Routledge and has written many solos, percussion ensembles and instruction books for percussion. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999.

Richard M. Popovic | Senior Advisor to the Chairman

richard m povovicRichard M. Popovic is President, Indelta International. He brings twenty years of corporate management, strategy, and training experience. He has been CEO of Study International, World Wide Medical Solutions, LLC, Institute of Modern Economy, LLC, and Indelta Learning Systems, LLC. In addition, he has ten years of international academic experience as the Dean for Executive Programs and a Professorial Lecturer at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. His lecturing and consulting interests are primarily in leadership, team theory, management and patient safety.

He has also held the positions of Dean, Vice President for International Programs and Provost for the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

While at the Simon School, he was also Director for Medical Management Education, a position where he learned the needs of physicians and their practices, in particular the need for Leadership training in the healthcare arena. His company provided a Leadership Certificate program for NYU and developed and delivered a 10-month physician leadership program for Rochester General Hospital aimed at developing Department Chiefs. He also developed and delivered a leadership program for residents and Harlem Hospital. He provided training for MSSNY, delivered to physicians throughout the state. The delivery of Patient Safety courses to hospitals across the U.S. included sections focused on leadership, something missing in most patient safety programs.

 

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