Owen Carhart is an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman residing in Miami, Florida. Owen has broad business development and financial expertise across multiple industries, which include: finance, manufacturing, health care, retail, commercial and residential real estate, and political consulting and fundraising. He has been a trusted advisor and consultant for bringing new products to market, negotiating deal structures, and improving business processes/systems. Throughout his career, Owen has assisted in multiple capital raises, resulting in millions raised for multiple companies, organizations, and not-for-profits. Further, Owen has consulted with a variety of start-up organizations.
Owen is also a passionate and civically engaged global citizen and has sat on the board of directors for three not-for-profit organizations. His business expertise has assisted these organizations in growing their reach, increasing their top-line charitable contributions, and executing their respective mission statements.
Allen Martello is the Vice President of Business Development, overseeing sales, service, and marketing operations.
A former Chamber of Commerce executive and small business owner, Allen has been working in sales and development for nearly 15 years, and has an incredible passion for developing sales teams, processes, and valuable partnerships.
With a strong background in marketing, technology, and partnership development, Allen brings immense experience in helping start ups, small businesses and nonprofits grow to scale. He has extensive experience working with organizations ranging from Grand Canyon University and Shell Oil Company, to the Jimmy Stewart Foundation.
Allen is a member of the MDGLC, local YPN, and the National Diversity Council, as well as a former YMCA board member, BNI President, and founder of the Laurel Highland Intertribal Foundation. Allen has also served as an advisory board member for his County’s Community College and Career & Technology Center.
Sebastian Garcia: A Legal Advisor with a Passion for Entrepreneurial Success
In the dynamic world of business, a reliable legal advisor can be the difference between prosperity and peril. Allow me to introduce myself - Sebastian Garcia, the driving force behind Founders Counsel LLC. My career has been a fascinating journey, one that has taken me from corporate litigation to becoming a trusted partner for entrepreneurs and founders.
From Corporate Litigation to Entrepreneurial Empowerment
My professional journey began in the trenches of corporate litigation. During this time, I witnessed firsthand the chaos and financial turmoil that poorly drafted agreements and hasty company setups could inflict on entrepreneurs and business founders. These experiences ignited a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of those embarking on entrepreneurial ventures.
Founders Counsel LLC: Nurturing Dreams and Mitigating Risks
Driven by this mission, I founded Founders Counsel LLC, a company designed to provide fractional general counsel services to entrepreneurs and growing businesses. With over a hundred founders benefiting from my guidance, I've earned a reputation as a trusted advisor in the realm of entrepreneurship.
The Heart of My Expertise
While my services encompass a wide array of legal domains, my true passion lies in empowering individuals and businesses to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape. Here's a glimpse into my areas of expertise:
Company Setups and Formation Agreements: I excel in crafting company structures that minimize risk and maximize operational efficiency, setting the stage for sustainable growth.
Commercial Contracts: My attention to detail ensures that your business agreements are not just legally sound but also strategically advantageous.
Employment Law: Navigating the nuances of employment law is crucial for any business. I offer guidance on establishing employment policies, handling disputes, and ensuring compliance with regulations.
Capital Raising: Raising capital can be a daunting task for business owners. It is pivotal to have sound agreements with investors and venture capital, so as not to give away certain rights to the company that may be in your blind spot. I help founders to give away equity in an informed matter, keeping their interests paramount.
Intellectual Property: Protecting your trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights are pivotal to the competitive edge of your business. I help founders ensure their IP is protected from competitors, vendors, and employees.
Regulatory Compliance: Staying compliant with regulations is the foundation of a thriving business. My meticulous approach ensures your company remains on the right side of the law.
Dispute Resolution: Ultimately, we want to avoid lengthy court battles. I assist clients in resolving disputes on favorable terms, without breaking the bank.
Partnering for Success
My mission is simple – to empower entrepreneurs and growing businesses with the legal guidance they need to thrive. I am more than just a legal advisor; I am your partner on the path to success.
Peter Bolognese is an accomplished entrepreneur and visionary creative director leading the dynamic graphic communications firm, Proforma Brand X, located in Miami Beach, Florida. Since its establishment in 2008, Proforma has become an industry leader renowned for its innovative solutions that connect brands with their target audiences. Peter's unwavering dedication to success is rooted in his ability to deliver integrated solutions that convey compelling messages and transform perceptions, ultimately driving sales and yielding impressive outcomes.
Before founding Proforma, Peter held the role of President at BrainStorm Design Works, an exclusive boutique agency located in Atlanta, where he specialized in real estate and marketing, gaining invaluable expertise in the field. Throughout his career, Peter has provided marketing solutions to a diverse clientele, including major industry players such as Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, and The Home Depot. His impressive portfolio also includes collaborations with Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club (LHVC), Berkeley Patients Group, Strata Worldwide, and The Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc.
A graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Art History and Marketing. With more than 25 years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry, Peter is a Certified Multimedia Specialist and a member of the Advertising Specialties Institute. He has received numerous accolades, including the Top 50 Distributor award from Promo Marketing Magazine, the Counselor Magazine Top 40 award, the Silver Design Award from Print Professionals Magazine, and the prestigious Gold Leaf Award from the Foil Stamping and Embossing Association. His exceptional creative skills have also been celebrated with multiple Addys, cementing his status as a luminary in the industry.
Peter's work has been featured in prominent publications such as Counselor Magazine, Advantages Magazine, and Stitches Magazine. He is a respected speaker in the healthcare industry and has authored a book titled "Health Center Marketing - A Practical Guide for FQHC Marketing Directors and Departments." His visionary marketing solutions continue to earn him widespread acclaim, further solidifying his reputation as a leader in the field.
I am an innovative and results-driven HR professional with a passion for driving organizational growth and optimizing business operations. With a track record of success in talent acquisition, development, and retention, I bring a wealth of experience in compliance, employee relations, and employment law to the table.
My journey in the world of HR has allowed me to cultivate a skill set that goes beyond the traditional HR role. I thrive in managing conflict and fostering increased employee engagement while providing comprehensive HR support to business leaders across various aspects of the organization. My expertise extends to payroll management, ensuring seamless communication, and the development of HR policies that contribute to overall success.
One of my core strengths is optimizing staffing levels, reducing operational costs, and enhancing efficiency within organizations. I firmly believe that the key to any company's success lies in its people, and I am dedicated to nurturing talent and fostering leadership development.
With a Master's in Human Resource Management from Florida International University and certifications including Professional In Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP, I am well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of HR. My commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is not just a specialization but a fundamental aspect of my approach.
As a member of professional organizations like SHRM and HRCI, I stay connected to industry trends and best practices. I am driven by the belief that HR plays a pivotal role in business optimization, and I look forward to leveraging my experience and expertise to contribute significantly to your organization's growth and success.
Let's work together to unlock the full potential of your business through strategic HR leadership.ntact
I'm excited to bring my passion for social media and influencer marketing to Business Optimization Group. With extensive experience collaborating with influencers, I've achieved impressive growth for their social media profiles.
My journey in social media began with a deep interest in online trends and a commitment to staying current. I stay at the forefront by continuously studying emerging trends, algorithm changes, and user behavior, enabling me to guide influencers effectively in the ever-evolving digital landscape.
My expertise involves using data-driven insights to create customized strategies that drive organic growth. Whether it's crafting engaging content plans, optimizing posting schedules, or fostering genuine audience engagement, I consistently deliver outstanding results. My efforts not only boost follower counts but also cultivate thriving online communities for influencers
.I firmly believe that social media is a powerful tool for building connections, increasing brand visibility, and driving business growth. I'm eager to bring my expertise to Business Optimization Group to contribute to our clients' success by harnessing the full potential of social media.
Theresa Hong is passionate about making clients successful through solid marketing strategy development, implementation and management.
With more than two decades of experience in the healthcare, biotech, education, nonprofit, political, energy and hospitality industries, she offers a wealth of marketing capabilities, including product development, digital marketing, event management, branding, public relations, investor relations, corporate communications, strategic planning, organizational design, and revenue management.
Cutting her marketing and PR teeth in a pre-digital world, Theresa possesses the ease of moving effortlessly between the analogue world of traditional marketing and the present digital/AI world – regarding both as equally needed and valuable.
In fact, she finds great satisfaction intertwining the traditional with the ever-evolving new world. The power to share an idea or tell a story that resonates and instantly has the potential to reach millions of people, promoting excitement, engagement and action is the “why” behind Theresa’s commitment to every client she has the privilege to work with.
In her past lives, Theresa has served as public relations director for Purple, an industry leader in providing innovative communications solutions for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. She’s also been a reporter for a Texas newspaper, served as communications and digital media director for a California state senator, and worked for several large advertising agencies across the United States.