Not just doing things, but getting things done.
A native of Long Island, Sylvia returned to the New York area soon after the birth of her second son. She quickly turned her business acumen to event planning and over the next eight years she launched major, high visibility events at luxury venues, including the World Trade Center, the Javits Center, and many five-star hotels in Manhattan. Sylvia’s style and energy always made her events successful and memorable. After her stint in event planning, she spent a number of successful years as an executive in the insurance industry, specifically working with startups, analyzing market need, negotiating with vendors, strategizing on marketing and branding, and centralizing and developing operational and technology needs.
Having a career that started in the fashion industry and includes fine jewelry, a non-profit association, major event planning in NYC, fund raising, and years starting and managing the operations of two insurance entities, Sylvia is now having the time of her life. She’s involved with another insurance start-up and has partnered with a colleague in their own consulting business, Next Chapter(s) Consulting, specializing in startup re-invention and organization.
Adapting and changing directions with the times.
Michele’s entrepreneurial talents were discovered in 2003 when she was asked to help launch a mortgage company startup in Greenwich, CT. This opened many new doors and opportunities in the financial world. There she established her expertise working with clients with blemished credit, helping them obtain home ownership while educating them on their credit repair, budgeting and saving for a rainy day.
Presented with new challenges in 2008, Michelle shifted her focus to helping people readjust their finances to remain in their homes. Currently, Michele is using her experience by assisting a law firm and catering to those in jeopardy of losing their homes and avoiding foreclosure. Using her years of knowledge and ability to customize individual solutions, she uses a mixture of resources that are specific solutions for complex situations.
Michele’s natural role of problem solver was realized shortly after the birth of her daughter. During that time she found herself in the position of not only juggling raising a family and working, but also caring for her elderly grandparents. The solution – start a daycare allowing many working parents to do their job without a worry. From there, she went on to run an auto body shop and also starting a gift and packaging store. Throughout her career of managing and starting new businesses, Michele has fostered many relationships, which are still in her life today.
As a native of Stamford, Michele has been instrumental in establishing relationships with companies who require customized needs as times and industries are constantly changing.