Thought Leaders

Marc Z

Tom McNulty

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Mark S. Furman

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Aviva Sapers

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Rich Hirschen

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Lisa Cukier

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Phil Sharkey

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Hindell Grossman

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Stephen Wilchins

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Darby Hobbs

John E. Dustin

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Marc Zwetchkenbaum

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.

Call Marc Z today at 617.338.1300 or send him an email: marc@marczlegal.com

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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.

Call Mark today at (617) 218-2000 or send him an email: mfurman@tbhr-law.com

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.

Call Rich today at 781.407.0300 or send him an email: rhirschen@gggllp.com

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Phil Sharkey

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.

Call Phil today at (508) 230-5901 or send him an email: psharkey@hireauth.com

Stephen Wilchins

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.

Call Stephen today at 781.235.5500 or send him an email: swilchins@wcnllp.com

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John E. Dustin

President – JED Insurance

As president and founder of J.E.D. Insurance, John brings more than twenty-five years of Insurance and Financial service experience to his clients. John’s educational background started with when he received his Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and then went on to earn two master degrees; one from Johnson & Wales University and the other from Anna Maria College. John also earned his CPCU designation in 1993, along with his CLU in 2005, and ChFC in 2014. In 2019, John completed his Doctorate in Business Administration from California Southern University. John’s diverse education and experience allows him to effectively manage his commercial client’s insurance, financial and risk management needs; as well as provide exceptional insurance advocacy on behalf of his personal line clients. Through a customer centric philosophy John seeks to ensure that J.E.D. provides a productive and positive Insurance experience for all of its clients.

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. 

Call Tom today at 617-395-7040 or send him an email: TMcNulty@LALaw.com

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Aviva Sapers

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.

 

Call Aviva today at (617) 225 2600 or send her an email: aviva@sapers-wallack.com

Lisa Cukier

Partner – Burns & Levinson

Lisa Cukier is a firm partner and Executive Committee member. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of estate and trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, probate law, child custody, parentage issues and divorce, planning and litigation for blended families, adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, and elder financial exploitation.

Recognized for her expertise and skill, Lisa is a frequent speaker on the topics of trust and estate litigation, estate planning, and family law, including undue influence and financial exploitation of elders. She is also a regular contributor to various publications, including Boston Spirit Magazine, and a columnist for the Weston Town Crier and Wicked Local Wayland. Lisa serves as private adjudicator, Special Master, Guardian ad Litem, and mediator.

Call Lisa today at 617.345.3471 or send her an email: lcukier@burnslev.com

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Hindell Grossman

Partner – Sassoon Cymrot Law

As a divorce lawyer I provide another chance for happiness. I am the former owner of Grossman & Associates, Ltd. a Newton family law firm which joined Sassoon Cymrot Law, a Boston firm, on May 1, 2021. In addition to two office locations the combined firms offer real estate and business transactions, tax advice and estate planning services. We are creative deal makers, not deal breakers. Unless litigation affords a strategic advantage, conciliation and strategic pressure are our first consideration as they are likely to produce faster and more economical results. We take strong positions on behalf of our clients. We tenaciously follow instincts, pursue evidence and uncover inconsistencies to achieve positive results in divorce, real estate, and business cases.

Call Hindell today at 617-720-0099 or send her an email: hgrossman@sassooncymrot.com

Darby Hobbs

Author & Founder/CEO of Soical 3

In line with her focus on fusing brand and sustainability principles for asset growth, Ms. Darby Hobbs launched SOCIAL3® in 2013. SOCIAL3® cultivates the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Impact Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) storylines and helps ensure that a firm’s vision and strategy align with its marketplace engagement. Collaboration through a holistic lens to communicate the conscience of the financial services industry. Facilitator and developer of LivingWell™ Model and reframing Investing DNA; Producer/Anchor: Impact Investing News Update Show and Conscious Capitalism Business Show – Driving Value to Wall Street and ongoing content for Asset TV in the area of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), ESG, and Impact Investing and produces quarterly Conscious Capitalism Business radio show with Radio Entrepreneurs and appeared on Language of Business national cable program. Ongoing contributor to various industry publications including IMCA Journal and others. 

Call Darby today at 617-835-9354 or send her an email: darby.hobbs@social-3.net

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Jonathan Penta

Owner – Penta Wealth Management

Jonathan Penta is a founding member of the Penta Wealth Management and helps a select group of individuals and families understand and answer the great questions of their financial lives. As a Wealth Advisor in the greater Boston area, Jonathan and his team employ a 5-step consultative wealth management process to help address his client’s most pressing financial challenges. He uses this consultative process to gain a detailed understanding of his client’s deepest values and goals and then employs solutions designed to address each client’s unique needs.

Whatever your dreams, you need a framework for making wise decisions about your money that will help enable you to achieve all that is important to you. Jonathan and his team understand that wealth management is more than just the wide range of financial services and solutions. Jonathan has built a team to help address his affluent client’s biggest concerns. Our approach to Wealth Management integrates your financial picture.

Call Jonathan today at 781.996.5110  or send him an email: Jonathan@PentaWM.com