Board of Directors
Treasurer, Greyston Foundation Board
Joe Armentano is the Chief Executive Officer of Paraco Gas Corporation, a privately held retail energy company serving the Northeast region. Paraco has over 80,000 customers primarily servicing residential and commercial users of propane and heating oil. Paraco is the 13th largest propane marketer in the U.S. with more than 400 employees headquartered in Rye Brook, New York. He has served as C.E.O. since 1987 and has been at Paraco since 1976 holding various positions within the company. Joe has overseen Paraco’s growth through 46 acquisitions of largely independent propane marketers, and presently the company operates from 20 locations in the Northeast and exceeds $140 million in sales revenues.
Joe maintains active involvement in many civic and professional organizations. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the NPGA (National Propane Gas Association); the Greyston Foundation, a not-for-profit organization involved in Open Hiring™ for unemployable workers; the Italian Business Forum, a cultural not-for profit organization. He has previously been the Past Chairman of PERC (Propane Education and Research Council) and Member of Vistage (C.E.O. Management Group).
Joe graduated from Fordham University in 1976 with a B.A. in History and went on to earn his M.B.A. in Finance from the Iona College in 1988. He is currently writing his first book “Keep Smiling,” the story of the legacy of his Father and founder of Paraco Gas, Pat Armentano and expects it to be published in the Fall of 2017.
Anthony Bailey is a familiar face in Yonkers. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the city native has help lead several businesses initiatives, ranging from services focused on music entertainment to computer technology.
He has strongly been involved with The PowerLab Coworking Space and sat as the first Vice President of the Yonkers Council Of PTA. Through his relationship with SUNY-Purchase College, his alma mater, Bailey has been able to offer a business course for Open Hire™ employees of the Greyston Foundation who aspire to be entrepreneurs.
Anthony is a father of three boys and in his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, volunteering and investing in real estate.
Joan Binstock is responsible for overseeing all of Lord Abbett’s financial resources to ensure they are properly allocated and effectively utilized across the firm.
Ms. Binstock, who has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, joined Lord Abbett in 1999 as Chief Operations Officer, and was named a Partner in 2000. She was named Chief Financial Officer in 2013. Before joining Lord Abbett, Ms. Binstock was Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Grenfell Capital Management.
Her prior experience includes: Principal and National Director of Investment Management Regulatory Consulting at Ernst & Young, LLP; Vice President and Director of Compliance at JPMorgan Mutual Funds; Chief Administrative Officer at BEA/Credit Suisse; and Chief Administrative Officer—Capital Markets Group at Goldman Sachs. She has an extensive background in operations, as well as in financial and regulatory issues facing the financial services industry.
Ms. Binstock is a member of the Association of Institutional Investors board of directors. She also is on the boards and finance committees of the Greyston Foundation and Greyston Bakery, which provide jobs, housing, social services, and health care to low income residents of southwest Yonkers, New York, and surrounding areas.
Ms. Binstock earned an MBA from New York University and a BA from the State University of New York. She also is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA).
Rami Efal‘s diverse experience weaves contemplation & communication, creativity & strategy. Israel-born, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a criminal investigator investigating crimes by soldiers including human rights violations. Now citizen of the USA, he has been a student of Zen Buddhism for 12 years, has lived for 4 years in a cloistered Zen Buddhist monastery and an urban lay temple and has completed 50+ week-long meditation retreats. He is the executive director of Zen Peacemakers International, a planetary network for social and humanitarian engagement based on contemplative practices, founded by social innovator and Zen master Bernie Glassman, and known for their Bearing Witness Retreats in Auschwitz, Rwanda and with the Native Americans. Rami has co-led multi-day workshops in Nonviolent Communication with the New York Center for NVC, and is an award winning illustrator, graphic novelist and fine artist that presented on art and peace-building at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, on NPR and at the UN headquarters in New York City.
Secretary, Greyston Bakery Board
Edward Falkenberg is the principal of ACME Realty and the owner of commercial real estate. Prior to his work in real estate, Edward had a long tenure at the Seagram Company Ltd. where he retired as Vice President of Finance in 1998.
Mr. Falkenberg serves on the Board of the Greyston Foundation where he was Chairman from 2010-2013. He also served on the Board of the Burke Foundation from 1988-2002 and was Treasurer of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital from 1997-2002, he was Deputy Mayor and Trustee, Village of Scarsdale from 1981-1986 and Vice Chairman of Milford School in Milford, CT from 1982-1987.
Mr. Falkenberg holds an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from its graduate business school. He attended the Hardvard Business School Advanced Management Program and is a Certified Public Accountant. Edward resides in Scarsdale with his wife and has two children and four grandchildren.
Ty Hookway is founder and president of CleanCraft, a commercial cleaning company based in Rochester NY and covering upstate NY. CleanCraft was founded in 1995 and currently employs over 300 people. Thru out the years of growing and expanding Ty was, and continues to be, in awe of the numerous people he has worked with. He believes in the incredible talent and inherent good of CleanCraft’s employees. As a company CleanCraft strives to create life changing relationships by loving, coaching, mentoring and upholding best practices throughout the organizationThe company’s guiding tenet is that there is infinite power, dignity and healing provided by work and that gainful employment adds impressive and positive benefits to the human experience. Ty and CleanCraft are pioneering social enterprise in Rochester with innovative hiring and employee development practices. In 2015 Ty felt a passionate desire to adjust the mission statement to better reflect his commitment to making a difference.
Karen Kochevar, serves as an Independent Board Director for private equity-backed companies located on three continents. She is a retired Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), creator of many beloved restaurant brands including Shake Shack and Gramercy Tavern. For a near-decade, Ms. Kochevar led USHG’s strategic business development efforts during a period of rapid growth which culminated in the IPO of Shake Shack. Her tenure at USHG was preceded by a career in financial services working for such leading firms as Warburg Pincus and Lehman Brothers. Ms. Kochevar earned an MBA with distinction in finance from Wharton and an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford.
Daniel E. Magnus
Daniel Magnus is the founder and CEO of Magnus LLC, the business development company that is the exclusive area developer for Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut for Elevation Burger. The company currently operates two Elevation Burger locations in Rye Brook, and at Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers, New York. Elevation Burger is the nation’s first 100% USDA-certified organic hamburger chain serving flavorful 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range beef ground fresh on-premises everyday.
Mr. Magnus is an accomplished Chief Executive with a proven record of achievement in both established and entrepreneurial businesses. Mr. Magnus is highly regarded for his strategic and tactical approaches to business challenges, his unparalleled work ethic and his unbridled enthusiasm that he brings to his daily activities.
Prior to starting his own business, Mr. Magnus was the Chief Executive of Metro New York, the flagship U.S. edition of the world’s largest newspaper. In that role he is credited the unprecedented turnaround of the once faltering business.
Previously, Mr. Magnus was the Vice President, Director of Business Development for Robb Report magazine, the flagship title of CurtCo Robb Media. Mr. Magnus was a key member of the executive management team that directed the dramatic turn-around of the ultra-luxury magazine and created a publishing company with more than 20 individual titles in five short years.
Prior to that, Mr. Magnus was the Global Director of Luxury Markets for Bloomberg L.P., the multinational financial-media company where he directed the development of non-endemic advertising categories across all Bloomberg media products. While there, Mr. Magnus conceived and developed the renowned Bloomberg Executive Shopper – the proprietary e-commerce portal on the Bloomberg terminal.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Magnus held positions in sales and sales management at flagship titles of some of the world’s leading publishing companies including Conde Nast, Hearst, and Time Inc.
Gloria Mirrione leads Korn Ferry Futurestep’s Asset Management team in North America for mid-level professional search, working with the team across North America and globally. Ms. Mirrione works out of the New York City Office.
Ms. Mirrione has successfully completed complex mid-level and senior-level searches within many areas and functions across Financial Services, including Asset and Wealth Management, Private Capital, Investment & Commercial Banking, Financial Technology and Payments.
The team’s track record includes assignments for global financial institutions across multiple functions including finance leaders, investment professionals, commercial bankers, technology, credit and risk officers, and marketing professionals.
Ms. Mirrione brings more than 20 years of experience in professional services working for a global New York-based boutique executive search firm focused broadly within Financial Services at all levels. Working with global investment banks, traditional and alternative asset managers, as well as boutique investment firms.
Prior to Korn Ferry Futurestep Ms. Mirrione worked for Pfizer in New York City on the North America Talent Acquisition Group’s internal Executive Search team. Managing searches for a variety corporate functions, including Marketing, Finance, Legal and Corporate Development at the Director through senior executive level.
Treasurer, Greyston Bakery Board
Bruce began his food career selling Whole Wheat, Organic brownies to Natural Food Stores, Specialty Food Stores, and various other retailers in the NYC area.
In 1984, Bruce founded B.I.N. Sales and Marketing Inc., representing major brands, as well as new brands for start-up natural product companies. B.I.N. quickly became the leading Natural Products Sales and Marketing Agency on the East Coast, employing over 180 employees that sold and serviced Natural Product Stores, and Supermarkets. The company was twice selected “One of the 50 Best Small & Medium companies to work for in America” by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Bruce was also a founder and a managing partner of Organic Brands L.L.C.
Which included the Mediterranean Organic brand of Specialty Food products. Items include organic preserves, olives, capers, artichokes, and roasted red peppers.
Today, Bruce is an advisor to many CPG companies, and private equity funds, targeted towards the Green, Natural and Organic Markets.
Bruce resides in New York City with his wife, and two children.
Board Chair, Greyston Bakery Board
Matthew Reich was Vice President of Food Sourcing and IT from 2011 through 2015 and led City Harvest’s food sourcing and information technology teams. In this role, he was responsible for helping City Harvest rescue 52 million pounds of food in 2015 from the local and national supply chain as well as optimizing the organization’s use of technology. He was also Vice President of Operations from 2012 – 2014, responsible for Transportation, Logistics, and Warehouse Operations. Reich joined City Harvest after 15 years in leadership roles at Tom Cat Bakery, the largest artisan bakery in New York City. After over 13 years as Chief Operating Officer, Reich became President of Tom Cat in 2008, developing new retail and frozen sales channels and implementing co-packing and private label sales opportunities. He has extensive business experience through prior roles such as Chief Operating Officer for Terra Chips, Director of Operations for the Distribution Division of Hearst Magazines, and founder and President of New Amsterdam Brewing Company (the first microbrewery in New York City). Reich began his career in corporate lending for Citibank in 1974. He is an avid rock and ice climber and has climbed mountains all over the world.
He is currently an advisor to Hot Bread Kitchen, Drive Change, Transportation Alternatives, City Harvest London, Long Island Harvest, and Radicle Farm Company.
Jo Sauer is an associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. She focuses her practice on advising private equity and strategic clients on their M&A, carve-outs, joint ventures, private equity investments, restructurings and general corporate transactions. Jo has experience with transactions in a broad variety of industries, including the consumer goods, defense, energy, entertainment, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Jo also provides pro bono representation for non-profit clients in general corporate matters. Jo’s recent transactions include representing Beowulf Energy, Endeavor (formerly WME IMG), Harris Corporation, Kohlberg & Company, KPS Capital Partners and Wellspring Capital Management.
Barry Willner is Special Counsel/Managing Partner Emeritus at Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer. Barry was a litigation partner at legacy Kaye Scholer and served on its Executive Committee for 16 years , served as its Managing Partner for more than a decade, and served as Chairman of its Executive Committee. Barry has served on the Boards of many non-profit institutions including the Legal Aid Society . Barry co-authored The Shadow Government (Pantheon,1976) a seminal study of government contracting. Barry lives in NYC with his wife Sybil and they have three grown-up children and two grandchildren.
Board Chair, Greyston Foundation Board
Andrew is a Managing Director in Lazard’s Restructuring Group in North America. He joined Lazard Frères in July 1999. He has been practicing in the restructuring arena for over 20 years.
Prior to joining Lazard, Andrew was a Vice President in Deutsche Banc Alex Brown’s Restructuring Group (originally BT Alex Brown). Before joining BT Alex. Brown, he spent five years in the Restructuring and Reorganization Group at Ernst & Young LLP. Andrew began his career in 1989 at the Chase Manhattan Bank in the Structured Finance Division, and spent two years as an Assistant Vice President in the Leveraged Transactions Group at BZW, the investment-banking arm of Barclays PLC.
He has experience in a wide range of corporate finance activities including restructurings and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising. Over the past 20 years, Andrew’s work has focused entirely on working with companies and creditor groups involved in out-of-court and in-court restructurings. He has provided investment banking services including advising and negotiating consensual restructurings, assisting companies in the sale of businesses or assets, and raising debt and equity capital. He has been involved in a broad range of in-court and out-of court financial advisory assignments including: representing Boston Chicken, Buster Brown Apparel, Conseco, Daewoo, Delphi Automotive, Derby Cycle, Fannie Mae, Finova, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Masonite, McCrory Stores, Medical Resources, Meridian Automotive, NorthWestern Energy, Perini Corporation, Plastech Automotive, Rickels Home Centers, Shoney’s, Sterling Chemical, Stone & Webster, Inc., TI Automotive, Trism, TV Filme, USN Communications, Washington Group, and WLR Foods. In addition, he advised Conseco Finance in its sale to Fortress Investments and G.E. Capital and National Steel in its sale to U.S. Steel, representing two of the largest cash bankruptcy sale transactions ever completed. Among other assignments, he has represented: the United Autoworkers in their negotiation with GM, Ford, and Chrysler in their respective restructuring efforts; the National Association of Letter Carriers in its restructuring discussions with the U.S. Postal Service; and the U.S. Treasury in its divestment of its investment in GM and Chrysler. More recently, he advised the pilots of American Airlines in the bankruptcy of AMR and its merger with U.S. Airways and Assured Guaranty with regard to its exposure to debt issued by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Andrew has been licensed by the NASD and New York Stock Exchange with a Series 7 General Securities license. He has been a guest lecturer at the Columbia Business School, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and New York University’s Stern School of Business teaching case studies on the topic of restructuring and is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences.
Duke University, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa); Columbia University, M.B.A. with honors.
Susan is an accomplished senior level executive with more than 30 years of operating experience for public and private companies, family offices, start-ups and hedge funds. Susan is a Co-Founder, Board Member and Co-CEO for Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, a start-up focused on manufacturing and distributing innovative medicine for patients suffering from debilitating and life threatening illnesses. Previously, Susan served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Octavian Advisors, a $1 billion hedge fund and Chief Financial Officer for the Heyman Family Office, where she provided strategic and financial leadership across diversified business holdings. While working for the Heyman organization, she also held senior executive positions in operating divisions, including GAF Corporation, Building Materials Corporation of America and International Specialty Products. Susan began her career at Joseph E. Seagram, a global alcoholic beverage and media company, where she held a variety of financial positions.
She is passionate about her community involvement and has served on the Board of Greyston Foundation and the Board of Greyston Bakery since 2010. Susan has also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, was on the Board and served as Treasurer of the Harmonie Club of New York, and was a Trustee for the Citizens Budget Commission.
Susan received her bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She resides in New York City with her husband, Alan, and daughter, Andrea.