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2009 Sixth Annual Pace Business Plan Competition - Panel Discussion


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Mumtaz Alvi, Founder, Alvi & Alliance Counselors-at-Law

Mumtaz is a senior partner at the law firm of Alvi & Alliance. He started his firm in 1990. Alvi and Alliance, located in New York City, provides legal services to corporations, associations, governments and individuals from the United States and numerous other countries. Mumtaz represents and counsel clients in national and international transactions, regulatory proceedings, and federal and state litigation. He also serves as outside General Counsel to numerous entities.

Somak Chattopadhyay, Vice President, Greenhill SAVP

Somak joined Greenhill SAVP's venture capital fund, GSAVP in 2007. Previously, Somak was at Edison Venture Fund, where he sourced and evaluated investments in the tech-enabled services sector and launched the firm's New York office. Prior thereto, he held senior marketing/business development roles at Medtower, a pharmaceutical IT software company and Dealtime, a comparison shopping company that was later acquired by eBay. Somak started his career in investment banking at Broadview International and was previously director of the Software & Information Industry Association. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Columbia.

Michael Gochman, Founder, Gochman Group

Michael Gochman began his career in commercial real estate in 1984, working 6 1/2 years with the Rockefeller Group as an executive on the leasing team at Rockefeller Center. After working the next 6 years at commercial real estate brokerage firms CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis) and The Friedman Group, Mr. Gochman was recommended to Donald J. Trump to oversee the redevelopment of 40 Wall Street (which Mr. Trump had just bought). The 1.2 million square foot, 72-story office tower was 90% vacant at the time. As Vice President for the Trump Organization his responsibilities included oversight of the development team (designers, engineers, contractors, vendors), in addition to the marketing and leasing of the office and retail space. In less than three years, 40 Wall Street was 95% occupied, as major leases were signed with American Express and CNA Insurance, among others. Mr. Trump's vision for the property, together with solid execution by the Project Team turned his initial $1 million (not a typo) into a $300,000,000 asset within three years. Today the property is worth over half a billion dollars.

Sabrina Horn, Founder, President, and CEO, Horn Group

Sabrina started Horn Group in 1991 with the vision to build a communications agency that would break new ground in technology markets, employment practices and client service. Today she continues to guide the firm's evergreen mission and values, overseeing operations, business strategy and development, and providing counsel to clients.

Sabrina has served as a Board Member on the Council of PR Firms (www.prfirms.org), Software Industry Information Association (www.SIIA.org), and is frequent speaker at technology and marketing industry conferences around the country. Sabrina has authored several research papers including "Public Relations for Emerging Growth Technology Companies," and "Advertising in the People's Republic of China." Sabrina has received accolades for Best U.S. Employer, www.workingwoman.com, and has been consistently recognized by PR Week, Holmes Report and Inside PR as one of the PR industry's most successful entrepreneurs and innovators. Previously, Sabrina worked at Blanc & Otus and Edelman Public Relations, both in San Francisco. She has a MS in Public Relations from Boston University and a BA in American Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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