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Inside the Private World of Those Who Serve the Ultra-Wealthy

Please join us for our second event exploring the private business lives of world-class thoroughbreds who manage the personal and/or business lives of the nation’s wealthiest individuals and families, celebrities included. These highly-skilled, and masterfully-trained professionals, noted for their unwavering discretion and intense loyalty, as befits those committed to the delivery of bespoke service, operate a “command and control” system that can oversee every element of the relationship with the wealthiest clients including:
  • Patrons of Cultural Institutions and Non-For-Profits
  • Collectors of Fine Wines
  • Elite Travelers and Guests of Luxury Hotels
  • Owners of/Investors in Luxury Real Estate
  • Highly affluent families who create foundations
This compelling panel discussion will focus on understanding the mindset of these masterful influencers. How they see the definition of luxury changing? How they see their clients changing? How they think? What support do they need in terms of third-party services? As employers managing service providers on their clients' behalf, what challenges do the encounter? How do they maintain their edge and high level of performance?

Influencing the Influencers II

about the speakers

Adam Coremin


Decades 5

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ADAM COREMIN has been in the wine industry since 2003, where he began his career as a Sommelier in Vienna, Austria. Adam is currently the Vice President of Fine Wine for Precept Wine, the largest privately held wine company in the Northwest, based in Seattle, Washington and Founder of Decades 5 Winery in Napa Valley. Prior to his role with Precept, he held management positions with the Opici Wine Group, 7 Deadly Zins and Silver Oak Cellars.

In 2008, Adam founded Decades 5 Winery in Napa Valley, a boutique producer of Petit Verdot from the esteemed Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak. As the world’s only producer devoted to the Petit Verdot grape, Decades 5 has earned the highest ever ratings for this varietal from Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast, including a “Classic” 95 point rating from Wine Spectator with the inaugural 2008 vintage.

Adam is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Management- 2002, College of Humanities and Social Science -2003 and is an Alexander Hamilton Scholar-2001.

Gabe Shaoolian

CEO - Blue Fountain Media

Blue Fountain Media

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Gabriel is a digital trends expert, CEO, and founder of Blue Fountain Media. He created the NYC based digital agency with a focus on growing brands online through effective websites, mobile apps and online marketing. From start-ups to Fortune 1000s, Blue Fountain Media helps clients generate qualified leads and increased brand recognition.


Gabriel has grown the company organically to over 200 full time employees and speaks at national events on digital trends. He also has a column in New York Times, Forbes and Huffington Post and serves as a judge on the prestigious AWWWARDS site for innovative digital designs. Prior to starting Blue Fountain Media, he worked with multiple agencies and online software firms. He is an alumnus of New York University.

Page Snow

Chief Philanthropic and Marketing Officer

Foundation Source

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Page Snow is responsible for the firm’s marketing and for developing and providing industry-leading education and strategic resources to clients through the company’s network of philanthropic professionals.

Prior to joining Foundation Source, Ms. Snow spent over 10 years with The Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation’s top 10 foundations, with assets of $4 billion and annual grant commitments of over $200 million. As the Trust’s Chief Officer of Institutional Planning, she helped to design, evaluate and remodel key operations of the foundation in support of the Trusts’ model of results-based grantmaking. She has expertise in strategic planning, program design and evaluating multi-million dollar grant investments.

Ms. Snow has served on advisory committees for several prestigious philanthropic organizations, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the White Oak Cultural Policy Conference, the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, the Arts Organization Stabilization Initiative and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Ms. Snow is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter B. Carzasty

Founder and Principal


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Peter B. Carzasty is Founder & Principal of Geah, Ltd., a boutique consulting firm specializing in developing and implementing strategic corporate/cultural alliances and partnerships. As an honorary member of the Luxury Marketing Council, he has been the architect of the Council’s series, The Marriage of Business and the Arts. Peter has worked on behalf of over 50 cultural, civic, educational, governmental agencies and corporations involving the arts, cultural policy, sponsorship and brand marketing & development.  He is especially proud of his work on behalf of Sara Lee’s Millennium Gift to America—the corporation’s divestment of its $140 million art collection to museums nationwide—a program for which Sara Lee received the President’s Metal of Arts Award.  He takes great pride as part of the team responsible for the development of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative—a platform now in its 12th year.  Peter was co-founder of the online philanthropic web portal ActiveCause—the Social Giving Network™ a micro-donations platform targeted to the ‘new philanthropists’ launched with creation of an inaugural rewards program for RecycleBank.  A lecturer and published writer, he is a contributor to: Golden Crossroads Chapter 2: New Approaches to Defining the Potential Roles of Fine Arts. 

He has been a board member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and served, for eight years, as board member of Danspace Project. In addition to the Geah, Ltd’s core practice, Peter continues to consult on strategic brand marketing communications for architecture and design firms.  He is especially proud that on each Wednesday morning, he volunteers at God’s Love We Deliver working to produce nutritious, hand-prepared meals to home-bound indigent and medically challenged individuals.

Stuart Siegel


Engel & Völkers

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Stuart Siegel is a transformation and growth CEO with nearly thirty years of experience leading luxury life style, real estate, hospitality, and design-driven businesses. He is a corporate entrepreneur and brand steward who brings innovation, perseverance, and predictability to public, closely-held and family-owned companies. A nimble leader, Stuart is a team builder and team player, who has successfully led transformations and expansions as well as preserved profits in highly competitive market conditions.
Stuart’s career has taken two distinct and successful tracks – first and most recently in corporate operations and also in private advisory and consulting.
His primary career began in sales at Sotheby’s International Realty, a subsidiary of Sotheby’s Holdings, the noted fine art auctioneer. Holding positions of increasing responsibility Stuart was appointed President and CEO of the firm in 1991. Additionally, he served on the Sotheby’s Holdings Worldwide Management Committee (1999–2004) and the North American Board of Directors (1994–2004).
By elasticizing the core brand of the then 260-year old auction house, Stuart grew Sotheby’s International Realty to 55 company-owned offices with 3,500 sales associates and 160 exclusive affiliates.  Under his leadership, Sotheby’s International Real Estate became the 5th largest real estate brokerage business in America.
Seeking a change from his traditional career field, in 2006, Stuart became President and Chief Operating Officer of Brunello Development Corp., a Ferragmo family investment vehicle. As a member of the senior management committee, Stuart was recruited by Massimo Ferragmo to spearhead the €250M development and launch of Castiglion Del Bosco, a 5,000-acre membership estate that included 20 villas, a 16-suite six star hotel, cooking school, golf course, and winery.
Following that, Stuart founded Ore Hill Advisors, LLC, advising private equity firms as well as closely controlled and family businesses on brand extension strategies; business reengineering and capital/debt deployment in the luxury property sectors. Responding to the needs of an affluent and demanding client base, he provided services that range from developing customer value propositions and financial metrics to identifying M&A and licensing opportunities. His clients included: Orascom Development Holdings AG(Altdorf, Switzerland); Homestead Associates(Greenwich, CT); Royal Isabela (Aguadilla Puerto Rico) Christie’s, plc; Forbes Media; PRC Venture Partners; Savills,plc; the Treadwell Family Office; and Hart Howerton, Architects and Planners.
Today Stuart is President and CEO of Engel & Völkers New York City, a residential real estate brokerage office that is part of Engel & Völkers, an international service firm headquartered in Hamburg and specializing in residential, commercial and yacht brokerage.
Stuart earned his B.A. in Art History at Kenyon College and completed the graduate program curriculum in Architectural History & Historic Preservation at the University Of Virginia Graduate School Of Architecture. He has also completed executive courses at Wharton’s CEO Leadership Program and the Center for Creative Leadership. A presenter and speaker, Stuart is active in his field and is currently the Chairman of the New York Landmarks Conservancy and is a past President of the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture Foundation Board. 

Tora Matsuoka


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An intuitive master in the art of restaurant and hospitality management, Toranosuke “Tora” Matsuoka is also a visionary, dynamic entrepreneur and hands-on owner.  His passion for the restaurant business is undeniable, and his work ethic and experience comes from the influence of his father, Japanese former top rank Sumo wrestler Iwatora (Kazutomo Matsuoka), who started the original Hamptons hot spot Sen sushi bar 20 years ago with his current partner, and where he learned first-hand. Through this guidance and practice, Toranosuke has a uniquely holistic understanding of what it takes to create an exceptional restaurant.

Tora, as he is known, is regarded as a pioneer in Asian cuisine, making his mark on the East End crowd by developing Sen Restaurant into the landmark hotspot it is today. Tora showcases his ability to expand through one of his newest ventures; Nautical inspired Gastro-pub, The Cuddy, with his partner Jeff Resnick.  Very little that happens in the daily operations or future vision for Big Fish Hospitality Group restaurants has not benefited from Matsuoka’s unerring savvy and sound business strategy, or escapes his critical eye for detail. Over the past year, in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities at BFHG’s two Sag Harbor restaurants, Tora has been working on bringing to life every aspect of his vision for the new generation of Asian cuisine through the opening of a third concept, KOA, with Benihana of Tokyo owner Keiko Ono Aoki. The authenticity and growth of Sen and his other brands has greatly benefited from Matsuoka’s dual nationality and deep appreciation for Asian culture and traditions.

In addition to being a veteran operator - learning every aspect of the restaurant business first hand from the age of 13 - Tora is also a sake connoisseur. He has developed a robust and carefully curated beverage program for his operations, resulting in a fresh, innovative 360 menu offering.

Working under the tutelage of service expert, Eric Weiss, Tora’s appreciation and instinct for hospitality and service standards continue to grow. This training has groomed him to provide management consulting services for large organizations like Hilton Worldwide and other small boutique restaurants and bars.

Tora was born in NYC where he was a child model and moved to Tokyo when he was 7 studying Kabuki.  He later moved to Hawaii when he was 13 studying Hawaiian culture and dancing hula, working in his fathers restaurant every summer until he graduated then moved to the Hamptons full time.  He’s returned to his place of birth to create and expand the KOA brand.

When Tora is not in his restaurants or working on the next concepts you can find him playing sports like volleyball, basketball, tennis and taking kickboxing and spin classes. 

Influencing the Influencers II

about the brands

Now into the third vintage, the team at Decades 5 Napa Valley has become intimately familiar with the power and structure that comes from the volcanic soils on Stagecoach Vineyard.  These soils, coupled with high altitude of over 1,400 feet above sea level, create an extreme growing environment suited for an extreme wine. Decades 5 Napa Valley has lived by the philosophy that great wine begins in the vineyard, and to truly capture the essence of Petit Verdot, less is more.  Through a long and slow fermentation with only natural yeasts and never fining or filtering, Decades 5 is a time capsule of a moment and a place.  With years of experience in both Bordeaux and Napa Valley, winemaker Jean Hoefliger straddles the old and the new, respecting Petit Verdot’s old world roots, but embracing its new world home.  The result is a wine unlike any other, cellar worthy for decades to come. 

Decades 5 Napa Valley is available for tasting at Vintner’s Collective, located in the heart of downtown Napa, at 1245 Main St., Napa, CA. Reservations are suggested, but not required

Now into the third vintage, the team at Decades 5 has become intimately familiar with the power and structure that comes from the volcanic soils on Stagecoach Vineyard.  These soils, coupled with high altitude of over 1,400 feet above sea level, create an extreme growing environment suited for an extreme wine. Decades 5 has lived by the philosophy that great wine begins in the vineyard, and to truly capture the essence of Petit Verdot, less is more.  Through a long and slow fermentation with only natural yeasts and never fining or filtering, Decades 5 is a time capsule of a moment and a place.  With years of experience in both Bordeaux and Napa Valley, winemaker Jean Hoefliger straddles the old and the new, respecting Petit Verdot’s old world roots, but embracing its new world home.  The result is a wine unlike any other, cellar worthy for decades to come.

Blue Fountain Media is an award winning digital marketing agency focused on growing brands online by generating qualified leads, increasing sales, as well as establishing the lifetime value of customer engagement for their clients.

The company was established in 2002 by Gabriel Shaoolian, and has grown to over 200 employees with headquarters on Madison Avenue, and 4 other offices globally. Blue Fountain Media’s growth has come organically from the value it brings its clients; via its laser focus on bottom line results and the strong relationships it establishes by building their digital business. It is through digital strategies, custom websites, mobile apps and effective online marketing that Blue Fountain Media has produced sites last year that generated over $2 billion and drove over 200 million visitors for its clients.

Their client roster includes:

  • Tiffany
  • Paul Stuart
  • Canon
  • AOL
  • Bloomberg
  • Harper Collins
  • The NFL Foundation
  • And many venture funded start-ups.

Visit Blue Fountain Media blog to get the latest insight on digital marketing trends: Visit our website at to see some of our latest work.

Foundation Source is the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive support services for private foundations, bringing specialized knowledge and expertise to clients across the country. The company’s administrative services, online foundation management tools, and philanthropic advisory services provide a complete outsourced solution for private foundations. The result: better-run, more effective foundations, and more enjoyable philanthropy. Our clients supply the funds, the vision, and the philanthropic goals; we provide everything else.

Today, Foundation Source provides its services to more than 1,200 family, corporate, and professionally staffed foundations, of all sizes, nationwide. We work in partnership with wealth management firms, law firms, and accounting firms, as well as directly with individuals and families. Foundation Source is headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, with offices in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., and Winston-Salem.

Geah, Ltd. services a wide variety of corporate clients within diverse fields including, financial services, luxury retail, consumer goods as well as the non-profit environment. It specializes in “Cultural Consulting, Strategic Corporate/Non-Profit Alliances & Partnerships”. Fully integrated services include analysis, creation and implementation of programs that reflect corporate goals, always with an eye on budgetary parameters. Special consideration is given equally to budget and awareness of in-house staffing requirements needed to execute programs.
Philanthropic sponsorships continue to be a means of underscoring corporate principles and social responsibility. In today’s marketplace, “arts marketing” is a growing field primed to achieve a variety of corporate objectives. Geah Ltd., develops programs and alliances designed to solidify brand identity and amplify the loyalty of best customers, by forging effective alliances between business and arts marketplaces for effective outcomes.
Geah, Ltd. has worked with global companies, companies with a national or regional agenda and with non-profits. Geah, Ltd. implements and manages strategic alliance programs and campaigns by using its networked team of top professional consultants in various fields and expertise, ensuring a fully integrated and deliverable finished product - all under the guidance of Peter Carzasty.

Since its beginning in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s
leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property and yachts. Engel & Völkers currently operates a global network of
over 5,000 real estate advisors in 550 residential brokerages and 43 commercial offices spanning 39 countries across six continents, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services. It established its North America corporate headquarters in 2007 and opened its first brokerage in the same year. Engel & Völkers New York City opened in 2014.

What: KOA New York City located in the Flatiron district. A new dining venture and partnership with Keiko Ono Aoki of Benihana, Inc. and Toranosuke Matsuoka of Sen with Famed Japanese Iron Chef Yuji Wakiya as the executive chef.           

The noodle-focused eatery, open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner [12pm-10:30pm], features contemporary Chinese / Japanese cuisine with a focus on the Art of Sorba noodles, and all of the food pairs well with the restaurants extensive wine, sake and cocktail list. Among the planned dishes: Special Omelet Sorba which is an omelet filled with vegetables, crisp bacon, and tender pork belly laid on a bed of noodles and sauce or the Roast Beef Sorba - an ingenious combination of sorba crowned with tempura onion rings, cilantro, very tender seared steak, all topped with crumbled blue cheese!

Why: A unique and healthy noodle menu to showcase and preview the exclusive Sorba noodle exposes modern Chinese techniques with Japanese ingredients in a handcrafted soymilk broth

Where: 12 W. 21st Street [between 5th and 6th Avenues], New York City; space fits 120 people

Cost: Dish average $30-$55. Reservations can be made


Social Media Channels: Twitter - @KOANewYorkCity; Facebook – KOA New York City