A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

THE FOWNDERS TEAM

AS A COLLECTION OF ENTREPRENEURS, THOUGHT LEADERS, ARTISTS, ATHLETES, STUDENTS, AND MILLENNIAL HUSTLERS, THE FOWNDERS TEAM IS UNITED BY A COMMON VISION: TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE.

GERARD ADAMS
FOUNDER / CVO / PRESIDENT
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    Gerard Adams, widely known as the “Millennial Mentor”, is a leading thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. Adams is the co-founder of Elite Daily, the top news platform for Generation Y and the CEO and founder of FOWNDERS, a social entrepreneurship start-up accelerator. He is the winner of Magic Johnson’s 32 Under 32 Award and was listed by Business Insider among the top-100 Most Influential People in Silicon Alley. Featured in Success Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, Men’s Health and Forbes, Gerard Adams overcame early adversity to become a self-made millionaire by the age of 24. He has built, backed or invested in twelve businesses across multiple industries that have all delivered over seven-figures including the sale of Elite Daily to Daily Mail for $50 million. While he continues his role as an investor and influencer, his mission in life is to mentor and inspire young entrepreneurs to develop what it takes to be successful and to turn dreams into reality.
    Adams leverages his expertise in millennial branding across industries from digital media to technology to fashion. He is a go-to investor for New York City and New Jersey real estate and developments. Passionate about giving back to his community, Gerard helped develop affordable housing for communities in Newark, NJ.
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STEPHEN BIENKO
CEO
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    Stephen Bienko is currently the CEO of Fownders He is also the head track and field coach at Newark Academy which is a nationally ranked prep school in NJ. Bienko was the President of 42 Holdings which specializes in brand ownership in companies within the home services industry. They were the largest owners of multiple metro markets of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving including NJ, Tn, OH and Fl. Bienko hopes to continue the quest to educate and assist the commercial and residential markets to recycle, re-use and conserve products. He has been involved in the sports marketing and athlete management for the past 10 years. He has designed and implemented some of the most successful marketing initiatives in the Olympic sports division. He spent two years driving the marketing of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon. Bienko spent his beginning business years training hundreds of professional athletes in all sports, over 20 of the athletes he trained (while they were in HS), made it to the professional ranks. In the process of training, Mr Bienko designed and built 4 athletic training facilities. Bienko proudly attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated from Villanova Universityness.com.

JOSEPH PULASKI
CIO
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    Joseph Pulaski is a Full Stack Software Engineer & Product Pro who has more than 15 years of experience in consumer behavior as it relates to sales and marketing. He Believes strongly in applying a creative, data-driven approach to the application development process and is driven by building software for the greater good.
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ANTHONY DELGADO
CTO
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    Anthony Delgado is a full stack software developer with a passion for innovation and digital strategy in his DNA. He has worked with a wide variety of different companies including sports, media, entertainment, healthcare, government agencies and non-profits. Anthony has been an explorer of the digital space for over a decade. From transforming start-ups into multi-million dollar organizations, to helping nonprofits solve real world problems with digital solutions, his passion is using software to help change the world one line of code at a time.
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TOBY DATTOLO
SENIOR VP
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    At Fownders, Toby leads the corporate development/strategic partnerships initiatives and is the lead advisor with our startups. He has over 7 years of experience across industries, company stages (start-up, growth, turnaround), and roles. As an entrepreneur, Toby solo founded an iOS app, which raised over $150,000 in seed capital and received early recognition at NYC Tech Week. Prior to this, Toby worked in healthcare at one of the nation’s top clinical laboratories, where he managed and helped scale $130 million of gross assets. An avid fitness enthusiast, he has competed in physique competitions and actively mentors clients to realize their full potential by investing in their mind, body and spiritual self. He is a certified Training for Warriors instructor, student of Muay Thai & Krav Maga and graduate of Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

MONICA ADAMS
Director of Culture
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    Monica Adams is the creator and visionary behind Operation Muse. She's combined her experience as an NLP practitioner, meditation advocate, and consciousness influencer to build Operation Muse as a learning community.
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BRIAN RAGONE
VP, Operations
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    As Head of Strategy & Operations of Fownders, Brian’s mission is to help purpose-driven people build and scale their business and brand. His growth mindset allows him to inspire hundreds of millennial entrepreneurs to create scalable business models while becoming the best version of themselves. With an unwavering ambition, Brian wants to make a positive impact through inspiring purpose-driven people to be ambassadors of their passion and spread a message that encourages love, acceptance and equality amongst all people. He lives by the quote “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
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BRIAN DONOVAN
Director of Strategy
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    Brian Donovan is the Program Manager of Fownders. He was one of the earliest team members and has helped build and scale programs that have served hundreds of entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem. Brian also brings vast expertise in online platform creation as well as a very interconnected entrepreneurial network from around the country.

MITCH SNYDER
Communications
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    Mitch is the Director of Startup Recruiting for Fownders. On a macro level, he is dedicated to helping others become the best versions of themselves and optimize their performance. On a day-to-day basis, his role is to recruit and develop talent for the Fownders’ ecosystem, in turn, enhancing Fownders’ capacity to create long-term value through its programs, events and communal outreach. He uses social technology, systems thinking and psychology to relentlessly experiment and expedite the growth of the startup ecosystem within Fownders, Newark and beyond.
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MUSTAFA ALMURADI
Director of Social Media
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    As Director of Social Media for Fownders, Mustafa has always had a passion for connecting with other people. Being raised in the rise of social media, he’s always been able to adapt to the ever changing environment of the social platforms. His understanding of the millennial mindset gives him a unique marketing perspective within social media. His goal is to empower other millennials by showing them that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. He lives by the quote, “ Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.
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