Matthew J. Adams
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Matt Adams is an assurance partner and member of PwC's Financial Services practice. He has spent his entire professional career with PwC providing financial statement and controls assurance, financial advisory services, and mergers and acquisition consulting to a broad range of U.S. and multi-national organizations. Matt has served some of PwC's largest global clients.
Matt has a BS in Economics and MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a CPA in New York and Pennsylvania. Matt is presently a member of Board of Trustees of the Academy of Insurance and Risk Management, part of Saint Joseph's University. He is a past PwC relationship partner for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of southeastern PA and is a former Member of the Board of Trustees for Connection-Newark.
Matt's connection with Back on My Feet began in 2007 in Philadelphia when he participated in a training run with BoMF Philly Chapter member Michael Soloman and he has been a BoMF fundracer and supporter ever since. Matt is the PwC partner coordinator for PwC's network of connections with BoMF in all cities for which BoMF has a Chapter.
Matt is married and has 3 amazing daughters. Outside of work, when not spending time with family, he is a sports enthusiast enjoying running, golf, and squash.
5-time Emmy Winner Amy Freeze is a Meteorologist for WABC-TV's Eyewitness News. She is a 9-time marathoner.
Amy is one of only a few women in the world who has earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society. She also holds Seals of Approval from both the AMS and the National Weather Association.
Amy joined Channel 7's Eyewitness News Weather Team in 2011, after serving as Chief Meteorologist for Fox News in Chicago. Before that she was a meteorologist at Philadelphia's WCAU-TV, was morning meteorologist at KMGH-TV in Denver and worked on KPTV's local morning news program "Good Day Oregon" in Portland. Her work has earned her several Emmy Awards, including for "Best Weathercaster," "Outstanding Host" and for her weather special, "Surviving Severe Weather."
Amy holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. She also has a B.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, with an emphasis on Severe Weather and Forecasting.
An avid runner, Amy has completed marathons in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and New York, completing the New York City Marathon numerous times. She's also a certified SCUBA diver and has taken a swim with the dozen or so 300-pound sharks that reside at the New Jersey State Aquarium. She has reported on movies and entertainment, covered the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Atlanta, and was the first female sideline reporter for Major League Soccer.
Amy gives time to her community speaking to school children about weather and supporting charitable causes. She has emceed the Miss Illinois/Miss America Pageant in Chicago, the Miles to Fight Melanoma Race and won Chicago's "Dancing with the Stars" contest benefitting the March of Dimes.
Born in Utah and raised Southern Indiana, Amy has lived in eight states. She says her secret to being an athlete is running around the Upper West Side chasing her four children.
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Managing Director, Advisory, KPMG LLP
Samantha Gloede is a Managing Director with KPMG’s Advisory practice, focused on Digital and Emerging Technology Risk, based in New York City. Samantha started her career with KPMG in 1998 in Perth, Western Australia. While there, she worked in various global and regional roles throughout the Asia Pacific region, as well as the United States. After three years in New York from 2001 through 2004, Samantha returned to Sydney to pursue a business development role for KPMG in the Asia Pacific region. In 2007 she advanced into a global Program Director role for the firm’s IT Advisory Practice. Samantha’s love for New York City drove her to accept a position to return to the US firm in July 2011.
Samantha has been involved with various charitable organizations in Australia and the US, including the Animal Haven Shelter in New York City (as an Advisory Board Member), the Telethon Adventurers, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and the Catholic Charities rebuilding efforts in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. Samantha is an avid runner, having run 11 marathons across the United States and Europe, representing Back on My Feet.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Information Systems from Murdoch University. When not running, or making the transpacific trip to visit her beloved friends and family down under, she enjoys spending time with her partner Rory, son Aidan, and fur-babies Bergie and Maddie.
Assistant Director of Supportive Services, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom
Pat Guilfoyle is Assistant Director of Support Services for Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm with 25 offices worldwide. Pat started his career working as an auditor for Peat-Marwick but soon joined Skadden in 1986 as a financial analyst rising to the role of budget manager in the 1990s, and has been in his current position since 2002 where he oversees budgets, contracts, and a wide range of staff whose efforts support the firms’ attorneys.
Pat brings to his service as a Non-Residential Member of Back on My Feet 40 years of competitive running experience. Highlights most dear to his heart include having Brooklyn’s famous running coach and cofounder of New York Road Runners, Harry Murphy, as his guide to distance running. Pat won New York’s 100 kilometer Ultramarathon in 1986 while Harry watched from the sidelines. Pat has never forgotten the importance of every voice of encouragement runners hear as they pursue their goals. Pat has been a proud member of Frontrunners New York since the early ‘90s, participating in every type of race and hopes that his experience can benefit all members of the Back on My Feet team as they grow. He hopes to carry on Harry’s tradition of helping everyone, no matter their ability, find joy in running.
Pat received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University).
Partner and Co-Founder, Wincove Private Holdings
John is a partner and co-founder of Wincove Private Holdings, a holding company that invests in small and mid-sized private businesses with a “permanent” equity capital base. Wincove seeks to create long-term value for its investors by partnering with business owners and entrepreneurs to build market-leading companies. He has significant operating experience, including CFO and COO roles within numerous companies, and has served as a director of many private companies.
Prior to starting Wincove, John was a Vice President at Hampshire Equity Partners, a private equity firm with over $800 million under management at the time. At Hampshire, he was responsible for evaluating and executing potential investments, and managing portfolio company investments. He began his career in the investment banking division of Rothschild Inc.
John graduated from Georgetown University, where he competed on the cross country and track & field teams, and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. A life-long runner, he lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and two children.
Vice President Metro New York Sales, Bimbo Bakeries USA
Joseph McCarthy has been with Bimbo Bakeries USA for 13 Years. His career began in the soft drink industry spending most of his time working at Coca-Cola. Joe has held various sales and marketing roles for both Coca-Cola and BBU. Joe is Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Found Council.
Joe has worked with Covenant House for many years raising funds within the food Industry. Joe received his BA in Economics from Villanova University. Joe is married with two children and iis an avid golfer, hockey coach, and rugby enthusiast.
Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis for Home Box Office
Jesse Mitchell is a Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis for Home Box Office, America’s most successful premium television company. He has been with the company for over a decade and has held a variety of finance and accounting roles. Jesse’s career began as an auditor for the Department of Defense and he has held accounting and auditing roles with a regional public accounting firm in Baltimore, Gross, Mendelsohn and Associates, and EMI Records.
Jesse graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Accounting and Business Management with a minor in Economics. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jesse is a casual runner who loves to eat and travel in his spare time and has lived in seven states and the District of Columbia.
VP - Alliance Strategy, Sweetbridge, Inc.
Jamie is the Vice President of Alliance Strategy with Sweetbridge, Inc. a protocol company for global commerce and supply chain blockchain companies. She is the founder of Strongurl, an advisory and investment firm in women, blockchain and social entrepreneurs. She launched Strongurl BLunch, a community to highlight women in blockchain. Jamie is a contributing editor for Women@Forbes with a focus on blockchain technology and cryptoassets. She is the winner of the inaugural Golden Token Awards in 2018 for Female Leader of the Year. Jamie is a former Wall Street executive with 20+ years of experience having worked at JPMorgan Chase, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse and DLJ, in functions across capital markets, structured products, credit, buy-side, investor relations, operations and strategy.
Group Chief Executive Officer – Accenture Operations
Debbie Polishook is currently the Global Group Chief Executive for Accenture Operations. Prior to to this role, she was the Global Chief Operating Officer for Accenture Operations. Accenture Operations works with G2000 clients to deliver significant business outcomes by leveraging Intelligent Automation and Cloud to Transform and Operate Business Processes and Infrastucture. Prior to working in Operations, Debbie was the managing partner of our Media & Entertainment client portfolio in the Northeast United States. Her media clients included, Washington Post, Tribune Company, Wall Street Journal, Simon & Schuster, Viacom, Scholastic, Pearson Publishing, and McGraw-Hill. During her twenty six year tenure with Accenture, Debbie has led many broad-based transformational programs that have dramatically improved her client’s business performance. Debbie’s specialized skills include: BPO, front-office process reengineering, shared services and post-merger integration.
Debbie graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Economics and holds a MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Debbie currently resides in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys training for and running marathons, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband Rob.
General Manager, JW Marriott Essex House New York
With more than 20 years of Marriott experience, John Rieman has spent his entire career between the New York City and Philadelphia markets. He started as an hourly associate in Banquets at the New York Marriott Marquis and worked his way up the ladder to become Assistant Director of Food and Beverage there—one of the largest hotels in the company. He then moved from the Big Apple to Philadelphia where he took on the role of Director of Hotel Operations at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, a AAA Five diamond hotel. After several years, he returned to New York City as Hotel Manager for The Rihga Royal Hotel, and later joined the Downtown Marriott as Director of Operations. John’s most recent assignment was the opening General Manager at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57, where he converted an independent hotel to a flagship Renaissance property by implementing brand standards and successfully acculturating ambassadors through change. John's current role is the General Manager of the Renaissance New York Times Square. In his role, he has successfully partnered with the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group to transform the menu in the R Lounge, which has the only direct view of the New Year’s Eve ball drop—even Bruno Mars spent his 2010 New Year’s Eve there performing for guests!
John is The Chairman of Marriott's New York City Business Council and is a member of the Food and Beverage Association of America as well as the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. His contributions as an Hotelier and Food and Beverage professional have been well recognized and appreciated during his tenure. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his two young sons and wife who love the outdoors—boating, fishing, bike riding, and more! John also loves to restore and renovate old homes, while keeping their original character.
Partner, Loeb & Loeb
Brian Socolow’s practice includes the representation of players, teams, leagues, promoters, equipment manufacturers and others involved in the sports industry. Brian counsels clients in a wide range of legal matters, including sports technology transactions, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, television rights deals, internet distribution and marketing agreements, purchase and sale of sports assets, venue agreements, trademark and brand protection and risk management.
In addition to his sports practice, Brian has extensive experience in litigating intellectual property, entertainment and complex commercial disputes.
Partner, Heidrick and Struggles, Global Leadership Advisory
Todd Taylor is a partner in the firm's Financial Services Practice. He is responsible for leading the firm’s Americas Fintech Segment and Wealth Management sector.
His direct client work spans wealth management, asset management and private banking businesses, with additional expertise in digital and SaaS platforms, with a focus on Board, CEO and other C-Level and senior roles. Recent clients include Blucora, Charles Schwab, Docupace, Fidelity, First Republic Bank, JP Morgan, Citizens Bank, TD Ameritrade, TD Bank, Zenefits, Advisor Group, Cetera, PIMCO, eMoney, Vanguard, Betterment, Wisdom Tree/Advisor Engine and Morgan Stanley.
Todd has also recruited portfolio company executives for private equity and venture capital firms such Genstar, TVC, KKR, TPC, Colony Capital, Thomas H. Lee, General Atlantic and Lee Equity.
Prior to joining Heidrick in 2011, Todd spent 22 years with Morgan Stanley in roles of increasing responsibility including Head of Strategy, Head of the High Net Worth segment, as well as overseeing the market talent functions within the firm’s Global Wealth Management business.
Todd lives in New York City and has three children. He is an active director and volunteer for New York’s Back on My Feet non-profit organization.
SVP - Developing & Acquiring Technology, Wells Fargo
As the leader of the Developing and Acquiring Technology risk domain at Wells Fargo N.A., Jim is responsible for providing independent oversight and credible challenge of front-line risk-related activities over architecture management, project management, SDLC, and Innovation & Emerging Technology oversight. His team ensures that governance, controls, technology policies and standards, metrics, and monitoring are in place to effectively and efficiently manage technology-related risks within the Banks risk appetite. Jim also provides risk guidance and subject-matter expertise to strengthen risk management across the company.
Jim has more than 30 years of senior risk management, technology, and governance experience in domestic and European markets. Most recently, Jim served as the Global Head of Information Risk Management at ING Amsterdam. Prior to that, he served as regional managing director of Information Risk Management at ING Financial Services in New York; and was a Partner with KPMG’s Risk Advisory Services practice.
Jim is an active member of GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), and a frequent participant in various Operational Risk roundtable discussions and industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Computer Science from Kean University, Union, New Jersey, as well as his Series 99 Certification required by FINRA for Operations Professionals.
Jim is also an avid runner who recently completed a marathon in Antarctica and finished 7 IRONMAN races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run) with the latest finish in Cairns Australia.
Partner & Risk Assurance Leader, KPMG
Sandy joins the Advisory Board of the New York City chapter of Back on My Feet after serving on Advisory Board of the Philadelphia chapter for 5 years, most recently as the Board Chair. Sandy is a Partner in KPMG LLP’s New York Risk and Compliance practice. She leads KPMG’s IT Attestation (SOC) practice globally and has 20 years of experience in evaluating information technology risks and controls. Sandy has a BS in Accounting from George Mason University is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). She is also a current member of KPMG’s Chairman’s 25 (C25) Program, a graduate of KPMG’s Vice Chairman’s 50 (VC50) Program, a recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40 Award’ and a recipient of KPMG’s Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism for her involvement in the community. She was also named by SmartCEO magazine as one of the Philadelphia region's ‘Smart CPAs’.
Sandy is an accomplished runner and triathlete with several marathons and a Half Ironman under her belt.
Chief Financial Officer, Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP
David is the Chief Financial Officer at Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP, where he manages the company's finances and has played a key role in the transformation of the firm over the last several years. Prior to RAMSA, David held senior finance positions at WSP Group in both the UK and USA. David stays busy spending time with his two daughters, running and playing tennis. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Chief Operating Officer, Tiger Group
Michael McGrail oversees the appraisal and disposition practices of Tiger’s retail, wholesale, and commercial/industrial divisions. Additionally, he facilitates the company’s growth strategies, market positioning and complex transactions.
Over the course of his 21 year career, he has directly managed the analysis, bidding process and operations of many of America’s largest asset disposition projects while, in the process, enhancing returns for trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, debtors and other interested parties.
Pursuant to retail operations, he has directed the opportunistic purchase of over $3 billion of inventory from third party sources to further enhance creditor returns.
McGrail began as a Financial Analyst at one of Tiger’s competitors before taking the role of Financial Manager of Global Markets at Thompson Reuters. He joined Tiger 16 years ago as Vice President of Finance and was named a Managing Director in 2005 before becoming the Chief Operating Officer.
He holds a BS in Business Administration and Management from Northeastern University and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute.
Chairman, Development Counsellors International (DCI)
Andy joined Development Counsellors International (DCI) in 1991 and now serves as Chairman of the company. Under his leadership, the agency has grown to 60+ full-time individuals, the largest assembly of place-marketing professionals in the world. DCI is the leader in marketing places having served over 500 cities, states regions and countries helping them attract both tourists and investment. Andy is a frequent speaker on the topics of investment attraction, economic development and tourism marketing. He also authors a column on marketing places for Forbes.com, hosts the podcast, “The Project: Inside Corporate Location Decisions” and is the author of the continuing report “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing.”
Andy began running with Back-On-My-Feet in September, 2017 and enjoys getting out with Team ABC on Wednesday mornings. He helped place a story on his experience running with BOMF in The Wall Street Journal’s “What’s Your Workout?” column. In his spare time, he also produces a bi-monthly podcast called “Second Act Stories” that profiles gutsy individuals who have made major career/life changes and are pursuing more rewarding lives in a second act.
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Co-founder, Bombas Socks
Andrew Heath is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Bombas, the ecommerce apparel company dedicated to making the most comfortable socks in history, while giving back to those in need. He is responsible for scaling the business both operationally and financially over the past five years.
Andrew graduated from Occidental College with a BA in Economics and Business Management, followed by receiving an MBA from Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Prior to Bombas, Andrew co-founded and successfully sold a specialty food distributor and worked for ten years in finance and operations at leading financial institutions, including UBS, Shenkman Capital and First Light Financial Partners. Andrew serves on the Board of Back on my Feet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses running as a vessel to empower and transition men and women out of homelessness. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their two dogs