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. He is a past PwC relationship partner for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of south eastern 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. 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. His personal time is divided between homes in Gladwyne, PA and downtown Manhattan. 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 7-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.
And yes, "Freeze" is her real name!>
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 10 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 Aiden, 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.
Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase
Jamie is the Vice President of Fintech and Asset Alliance with Sweetbridge, Inc. a global supply chain blockchain economy. She is the founder of Strongurl, an advisory and investment firm in women/social entrepreneurs and blockchain companies. She launched StrongurlBLunch to highlight women in the blockchain space. She is a contributing editor for Women@Forbes with a focus on blockchain technology and cryptoassets. 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, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
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 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 Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and is a sector leader within the Financial Services Practice. His search practice spans wealth management, asset management, and Alternative Investments.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Todd served as co-founder and managing partner of a startup hedge fund of funds advisory firm. Immediately prior he spent 22 years with Morgan Stanley in roles of increasing responsibility including leading the firm’s high net worth business. Todd served on the firm’s management committee for several years and was a member of the operating committee from 2000 to 2008. For much of his time at Morgan Stanley, Todd held senior responsibilities in the area of talent management.
In his latter experience, Todd's responsibilities included oversight of national recruiting and leadership development for the firm’s global wealth management group. Todd has served on the NYSE and NASDR regulatory council committees overseeing licensing for financial advisors and supervisors.
Todd graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in finance and completed the senior leadership executive education program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Todd lives in the New York City area and is an avid runner and cyclist. He has completed four NYC Marathons. He has three children: Erika, Colton and Devin.
Managing Director, Operational Risk Management - Americas, ING Financial Services LLC
Jim Toczylowski is responsible for Operational Risk Management (ORM) across ING's Lending and Financial Markets businesses throughout the Americas region. His areas of responsibility include Operational Risk Management, SOX, Information Risk Management, Business Continuity and Security. Jim is also a member of the New York Management Team.
Jim has over 20 years of experience in implementing effective risk management governance and control environments and has been with ING for over 6 years. Prior to joining ING in 2006, Jim previously served as a Partner in KPMG’s Risk Advisory Services (RAS) practice supporting clients in the analysis and development of operating effectiveness of internal control structures, key revenue processes, IT and business operations, business process analysis and redesign, and risk and controls based audits. Consulting engagements included the implementation of effective solutions helping enable clients to reduce risk and improve efficiencies.
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 the inaugural Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World, finishing 4 races on 4 consecutive days: 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon.
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.