John Armstrong III ’02: FranNet
Armstrong has been with FranNet since 2008. Before joining FranNet, he worked at Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets. While at Morgan Stanley, Armstrong worked in their commercial paper origination group and on their equity syndicate desk. He has a degree in mathematical economics from Colgate University. At FranNet, Armstrong provides education, support, and matchmaking services to individuals who are interested in purchasing a franchised business.
Archel G. Desir ’00: Sherpa Business Advisors LLC
Desir holds an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and an undergraduate degree in finance from Boston University. As manager and founding partner of Sherpa Business Advisors, LLC, he is responsible for all aspects of Sherpa’s operations, which includes providing venture and corporate development guidance on all matters related to financial risk management and operational performance improvement. Desir is a serial entrepreneur, financial strategist, and seed investor who is fascinated with exploring the varied nuances of different business and investment opportunities.
Jacob Levy ’09: Toin Coss Capital
After earning a B.S. degree in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprise and marketing from Syracuse University in 2013, Levy embarked on his entrepreneurial journey. He started by assisting the expansion of a highly successful consumer business franchise. In 2014, he established Toin Coss Capital, a closely-held, alternative investment fund. Through Toin Coss, Levy has been involved directly with residential real estate, entertainment businesses, small business loans, and venture capital investments.
Kristin Lubsen ’05: Sip-N-Glo Juicery
Lubsen has a passion for people, food, creativity, and collaboration in her community. In 2010, she graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in painting and entrepreneurship. Her experiences while traveling abroad sparked the idea to create a business that could positively affect the local community. Excited by the idea of sharing the benefits of juice, Lubsen opened the original Sip-N-Glo Juicery in 2013 and continues to push the boundaries of what a juice shop can be with a second store in 2015 and her third store due to open in spring 2017.
Rahul Krishnamoorthy ’11: BonApp
Before graduating from New York University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in political science and economics, Krishnamoorthy cofounded BonApp, a restaurant marketing platform and app. His efforts have been centered around building the business fundamentals and taking the concept from the idea stage to a tangible product in the hands of users (currently, beta testers). The company was able to successfully raise seed capital from angel investors and develop two MVP products and the currently deployed beta product.
Ryan Ong ’89: Foil Studio
After graduating with his B.F.A. degree in environmental arts from Otis College of Art and Design, Ong began his career as an interior designer at Line 204, transforming the company into one of Hollywood's busiest boutique-style sound stages and recording facilities. In 2006, he opened Foil Studio (Furniture, Objects, Interiors, and Lighting) in Oregon. It is a full-service design/build practice, which focuses on designing and manufacturing fine custom furniture, cabinetry, and lighting for both residential and commercial applications.
Michael Wolf ’89: WoodbyWolf LLCAfter graduating with a B.S. degree in sports management and marketing from Old Dominion University, Wolf worked with companies such as Adidas, Puma, Red Bull, Salomon, and Nike as a key account
manager, director of marketing, and operations supervisor. He drew upon his experiences with drawing, building models, rebuilding bicycles, racing BMX, modifying go-carts, woodworking, and welding, along with his passion for sustainability, and started WoodbyWolf LLC, a successful woodworking and fabrication business which repurposes materials and turns them into beautiful furniture. His sustainability mission has drawn clients such as Whole Foods.