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Thank you to the 2019 Mentorship Team who will be coaching the Nominees and preparing them for the September 19th, Innovation Showcase.
JONATHAN BUTLER, CPA, PARTNER, DICICCO, GULMAN & CO.
Jon is a Partner in the Commercial Business group and has more than 15 years of experience. He provides accounting, internal control analysis and business advisory services for closely held businesses.
Jon has extensive experience working with high-growth companies in the technology, manufacturing and services industries. Jon is focused on working with his clients' stakeholders to help them achieve their goals. He has advised clients in numerous successful strategic exits, capital raises and IPOs. Jon's business acumen enables him to implement revenue recognition policies and assist his clients with navigating the complexities that come with a growing organization.
He is a graduate of Stonewall College. Jon has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. His Professional and Civic Activities include the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The New Hampshire High Tech Council, and the Boston Chamber of Commerce - Small Business of the Year Awards Committee Member 2013-2016.
VONA HILL, MANAGING PARTNER AND , MANAGING PERSPECTIVES LLC
Vona Hill is a Strategy and Implementation specialist who partners with businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives to help them create and achieve goals. She knows that success is driven by an ability to effectively leverage a unique value proposition in a given marketplace. With a comprehensive approach that is as tactical as it is strategic, she helps each client articulate a vision, formulate an action plan, and execute through to completion. Vona received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University. She then joined the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a financial director and corporate-partner liaison, where she advised corporate executives on how to optimize workplace environments to attract and transition highly-coveted graduating students into employment. Vona founded Managing Perspectives LLC in 2010 and has since worked to help businesses, corporations, and professional individuals find success using applied strategy. Managing Perspectives provides consulting in areas such as corporate planning, marketing, and negotiations, as well as implementation support services such as training and project management. Vona is an energetic mom of three boys. She resides near Boston, Massachusetts, where she has also founded the Red Zone Youth Football Program which serves over 200 families in her community.
ELIOT KLEIN, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL BANKING, TD BANK
Eliot Klein is a commercial banker with TD Bank, specializing in managing the bank's relationships with family and entrepreneur-owned companies in the area. Eliot joined TD in 2012, and pro to TD held similar roles at other banks in the area. His clients typically have annual revenues between $5 and 75 million.
Earlier in his career, Eliot worked with not-for-profit clients in healthcare and higher education and has served on several not-for-profit boards. Eliot now serves as a Trustee of Cotting School in Lexington. Cotting serves kids from 5 to 22, with physical and learning challenges.
ROBIN MAIN, PARTNER, HINCKLEY ALLEN
Robin is Co-Chair of the firm’s Environmental and Energy Practice Groups with over 28 years of experience in advising clients on regulatory and permitting matters. Robin represents clients in proceedings before administrative agencies in addition to state and federal courts. Robin has handled some of the most complex and significant environmental and energy matters in the region including permitting for the first offshore wind farm in the United States, the largest tort suit for groundwater contamination in Rhode Island, and the redevelopment of many acres of contaminated land for the construction of a national bank’s headquarters. Robin’s experience in transactional and litigation matters, as well as her training as a mediator, provides her clients with unique guidance to solve their issues efficiently and creatively.
CAROL PETERS, TRADEMARKS COUNSEL, HINCKLEY ALLEN
As an intellectual property attorney, Carol has extensive experience in all phases of trademark, copyright, and patent matters, domestically and internationally. She has served in roles at law firms and most recently as in-house counsel for a global consumer products company, providing her with experience on both sides of legal matters – as a client and an attorney. Her work includes domestic and international trademark portfolio development and management; trademark clearance, registration and enforcement; brand development; advertising; copyright counseling and registration; and intellectual property (IP) licensing, due diligence, and transactional work.
Carol works in a wide range of industries and technologies, representing startups and small companies as well as large and global corporations. She is committed to building collaborative relationships with her clients through an understanding of their businesses, technologies, goals, and challenges. As a partner and advisor, Carol strives to deliver practical and focused advice so that her clients can get ahead of any issues and obstacles.
TIM STEINER, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL LENDING, BROOKLINE BANK
Timothy J. Steiner has been in banking for over 15 years, currently as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Brookline Bank, specializing in commercial and industrial lending. His office is in Waltham and his clients are in Greater Boston and New York City. These include healthcare, leasing companies, food production, tow truck companies and business-occupied real estate.
He is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the PNC Management Trainee Program, The Mass Bankers Credit Training Program, and Rutgers University. In addition to lending, he also writes white papers on specific industries. Tim lives with his wife and daughter in Acton, MA. His spare time has him traveling, writing, and hiking in the woods around his house. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOE VARASSO, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL LENDING, THE PROVIDENT BANK
Joe Varraso, Vice President Commercial Lending for The Provident Bank’s Greater Boston Regional Team focuses on Commercial and Industrial and Commercial Real Estate lending. With over 25 years of finance and commercial lending experience, he understands the importance of being a true business banking partner to his clients.
At The Provident Bank we put our customers first and foster an environment of collaboration, ideas and teamwork. We are your business partner, not just a bank.
Joe earned his BS in Finance from Bentley University. He resides in Hanover, MA with his wife Maureen and their two labs and is the father of 5 children.