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Entrepreneurs Edge: Annual Interview Series

The Entrepreneurs Edge is an interview format speaker event with highly successful entrepreneurs from Long Island, New York City and around the country. Joe Campolo, Chairman of Protegrity Partners is the moderator/interviewer and asks tough, but respectful questions about real-life business experiences including successes, challenges and inevitable failures along the way. The event provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to build a successful business.

Students as well as start-up CEOs, entrepreneurs, executives, and investors are invited to attend this exciting fall semester event.

Since 2014 we have featured outstanding speakers at the event:

  • In November, 2014 we hosted our very  first Entrepreneurs Edge interview, which featured  Rich Gelfond, CEO of movie technology company IMAX. 
  • In November, 2016, we hosted our  second Entrepreneurs Edge interview, this time featuring father and son business leaders,  Stanley and Eddie Bergman for a discussion on "Models of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship."  Stanley Bergman is the Chairman of the Board & CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. and Eddie Bergman is the President of Innovative Development Services, Co-CEO of E&E Hospitality Group, and President of Miracle Corners of the World.  It was an inspiring event attended by over 200 students, faculty, staff and members of the business community.  We invite you to watch a video of the event  here.
  • And in November, 2017, we hosted Eugene Alletto, CEO/Quarterback/Founder of BEDGEAR.  Eugene founded BEDGEAR - a rapidly growing lifestyle brand of PERFORMANCE bedding in 2009. His global reputation as both an innovator and creative visionary has propelled him in ranking on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in 2012 and Crain's New York Fast 50 Companies in 2013 and 2014. Eugene was also the winner of the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New York and recently announced a global expansion to open 500 Performance Sleep Shops in China.  You can view a video of the event here.


Event Committee:

Stony Brook University

Manuel London
Dean, College of Business

Susan Scheckel
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Associate Provost, Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English

Joseph Barry
Director of Development, College of Business

Matthew Colson
Executive Director of Alumni Relations 

Marie McCallion
Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, College of Business 

Business Community

Bruce Newman  –  Event Chair
Protegrity Advisors LLC

Matthew Burke CPA, CFE
Cerini & Associates, LLP

Joseph Campolo
Protegrity Advisors LLC

Peter Klein CFA®, CRPS®
Managing Director/Partner
HighTower Klein Wealth Management

Keith Miller
Vice President, Business Services
Suffolk Federal Credit Union

Maria Themistocleous-Frey
President & Founder
Executive Consultants of New York, Corp.


Event Sponsors

Protegrity Advisors

Hightower Klein Wealth Management 

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP

The Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency

Cerini & Associates, LLP

Suffolk Federal Credit Union

Bedgear Performance


For questions, please contact:
Joseph Barry
College of Business 
(631) 632‐7253


The Entrepreneurs Edge was established in 2014 through a public/private collaboration between Stony Brook University, The Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, and Protegrity Advisors LLC

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