Mark S. Furman
President & Founder – Marc Z Legal Staffing
Marc Zwetchkenbaum, Esq. (Marc Z) is the founder and President of Marc Z Legal Staffing. He established Marc Z Legal to assist law firms and corporations in finding recruiting and staffing solutions for all of their legal personnel needs. He also co-founded and is Vice President of Spectra Temps, a leading legal and administrative staffing company in Rhode Island.
In Marc Z’s previous life, he served as a Litigation Attorney and General Counsel for an international staffing franchisor. Marc is admitted to the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and D.C. Bars. He is also the featured employment reporter and a quarterly co-host on the “Radio Entrepreneurs” radio show. Marc has served on many national and local non-profit boards. He is currently on the board of Dana Farber’s Leadership Council and the Jewish National Fund.
Marc’s extensive history of professional experience, combined with his active participation in the greater New England legal community makes him a true expert in his field. He devotes tireless effort and develops trust with his clients in order to consistently formulate successful career matches. This vision and commitment is what truly sets Marc Z Legal apart from its competitors.
Mark S. Furman
Director – Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers P.C.
Mark has over forty years of experience litigating complex civil cases. Mark represents businesses, business owners, institutions, and families.
Mark’s cases have included controversies involving business transactions, disputes between co-owners, employment law, fiduciary and probate disputes, commercial contract claims, director and officer liability, creditors’ rights, real estate disputes, construction contracts, environmental matters, professional liability, and insurance and bond claims.
Mark has extensive experience handling trials, arbitrations and mediations. In addition to handling disputes, Mark advises numerous business clients on a wide variety of legal matters. Mark served as Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department for over 25 years and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.
Rich Hirschen, CPA
Partner – Gray, Gray & Gray
Rich Hirschen is a Partner at Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP, a regional CPA and advisory firm located in Canton, Massachusetts. Gray, Gray & Gray, provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to publicly held companies as well as privately owned businesses throughout the Northeast. Rich provides expert guidance for businesses in tax strategy and compliance; audits, reviews and compilations of financial statements; revenue recognition procedures; strategic planning and management reporting and analysis.
Prior to joining Gray, Gray & Gray in 1996, Rich worked with a large national accounting firm and then became Controller at an international food distributor that counted among its customers major international chains. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), and the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. Rich also served as a trustee at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA and was Treasurer for the Family Business Association. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife Marcy, and their two daughters, Kate and Alison.
President – The Hire Authority
Phil Sharkey leads The Hire Authority, a licensed, private investigative firm, specializing in pre-employment as well as post-employment background investigations, information gathering and special investigations. We are located in southeastern Massachusetts, however our client base is national and our service has no geographic limitations. The officers of the company have over twenty-five years in the screening, credit reporting and investigative industry.
The company mission statement is simple: provide a comprehensive background screening report, which will identify potential problem employees prior to hiring, thereby lowering costly turnover and limiting potential employee theft as well as violence. Services available but not limited to are credit report evaluations, social security number verifications, educational verifications, in-depth employment verifications, criminal history investigations, driving record history researches and special investigations/security consulting.
Founding Partner – Wilchins, Cosentino, & Novins LLP
Attorney Stephen Wilchins’ business and estate planning practice guides business owners and their families through a variety of corporate and personal matters including general corporate, transfer of business interests from one generation to another, business succession planning, charitable giving, estate planning, and personal matters.
As a certified public accountant, Stephen provides clients with an intricate understanding of critical tax and estate tax considerations during the planning process. His comprehensive know-how and calm demeanor helps clients to feel at ease when faced with long-term decisions.
With almost three decades of experience as a trusted high-net worth estate planning advisor, Stephen leads the private client services group and provides smart planning advice delivered through a personalized service model. Also, Stephen is a sought-after speaker, covering topics across all areas of estate planning and business succession. He presently serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of seven privately held companies.
Thomas P. McNulty
Counsel – Lando & Anastasi, LLP
Tom handles all phases of intellectual property protection, with a focus on litigation. He has litigated utility patents, design patents, trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress, unfair competition claims, and defamation claims both on the plaintiff side and on the defendant side in federal courts and in front of the International Trade Commission.
Tom has successfully obtained summary judgment of patent validity and infringement, injunctive relief, and numerous favorable settlements. Tom also writes and prosecutes patents, works on reexamination and reissue proceedings, prepares non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions, prosecutes trademark applications, and performs trademark clearances.
Tom has experience in a variety of industries, including medical devices, lighting devices, specialty materials and processes for forming the same, food processing systems and methods, analytical instrumentation, consumer and recreational products, electrochemical cells, building materials, and automotive components.
Tom is the author of the D. Mass. IP Litigation Blog, which covers the intellectual property cases in the US District Court for Massachusetts. He places an emphasis on patent, trademark, trade secret, antitrust, and copyright litigation cases.
President & CEO – Sapers & Wallack
Aviva E. Sapers is leading Sapers & Wallack in its third generation as President and CEO. Her passion and outstanding expertise, dedication and true caring for her clients and her team earned the company a recognition on the Boston Business Journal’s list of the “Area’s Largest Women Run Businesses” in 2008.
Aviva received degrees of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant from The American College, has her Certification in Long Term Care and is a licensed Insurance Advisor. She is a member of The Million Dollar Round Table’s Court of Table and The Association of Advanced Life Underwriters and NALU.
Aviva is a member of The Commonwealth Institute, the Boston Estate Planning Council, and serves on the boards of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston as well as the Presidential Advisory Council for the Berklee College of Music.