Advisors

Alan Brind

President and Business Advisor

Alan Brind - Business Survival AdvisorAlan has held numerous corporate officer level management, plus senior marketing positions in large information technology companies, as well as small businesses enterprises. He has operated extensively in both national and international markets.

Alan has in-depth sales, marketing and management experience in the telecommunications, networking and data-communications industry, with prior experience in industrial automation of steel, chemical, and paper production

Alan co-founded a datacommunications networking company serving worldwide markets...he subsequently founded a business management and marketing consulting firm before starting Business Brokers New York LLC (BBNY) M&A Advisors and subsequently Business Survival Advisors.

Alan is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), Certified Senior Business Analyst (CSBA), Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (CMEA), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP). In addition, Alan is a full member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and International Society of Business Appraisers (ISBA).

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Doug Mabon

Business Advisor

Doug Mabon - Business Survival AdvisorDoug Mabon has over 25 years of commercial and industrial experience and a strong financial background. His extensive career with Eastman Kodak included responsibilities for M&A activities. He has executed complex purchases and sales of operating businesses, in addition to venture capital investments, IPO’s, functional restructurings, outsourcing, licensing, alliances and innovative operating relationships, totaling over $20 billion in such deals.

Doug is an experienced financial practitioner, but also possesses heavy analytical skills where he has reviewed business and functional portfolios and managed scenario development with management consultants, investment bankers, tax advisors and law firms. He has been a strong, effective advisor to the managements involved with these significant changes and transactions.

Doug received his MBA in Finance from Wharton School of Business after which he established a sound reputation for sizing up business situations, providing strategic options to management and supporting the critical early stages of implementation. His high credibility approach evokes client confidence when traversing unfamiliar territory.

Doug is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work Group of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.



Steve Conner

Business Advisor

Steve Conner - Business Survival AdvisorSteve Conner has considerable experience in organizational and management development related to the marketing and sales function, across a broad range of businesses. Steve provided consulting to mid- and senior-level executives, with a client base from small business to Fortune 500 companies covering manufacturing, service, health care, and educational institutions.

Steve spent the first ten years of his career as a sales representative, a marketing consultant, and major account executive. In addition, he acted as director of consulting services at a medium sized consulting firm, prior to starting his own company, “The Business Resource Link” in 1999. Steve brings this rich organizational and business background to Business Survival Advisors.

Steve has a distinguished military career and was the Unit Director for the 34th Infantry Platoon Scout Dog/62nd Combat Tracker Team, associated with the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association.

Steve is currently the Program Chairman for the local chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Steve has also been a past member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) .



Ed Bizari

Business Advisor

Ed Bizari - Business Survival AdvisorEd Bizari is a Business Development Executive with a passion for defining strategy and driving growth within small organizations. He holds over 30 years of global experience working with emerging technologies, and prides himself as a fast-learning, energetic, adaptable person who can quickly assess situations, devise strategies, and both advise as well as execute on plans.

Over the course of his career, Ed has held positions with Fortune 500 as well as start-up companies in the areas of software, telecommunications, and health services. He’s held executive-level positions in the area of sales, marketing, and product management and has a comprehensive understanding of scalable growth and bringing new products and technologies to market. He’s worked in the private as well as government/military sectors, with a significant percentage of business conducted in Europe and Asia.

Today, Ed, privately and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Launch NY, consults with startups and small organizations on strategies, business models, and execution tactics to realize growth. He also is an ongoing Mentor/Advisor with various regional startup accelerators and business idea competitions, including 43North, 76West, HTR LaunchPad, Startup Weekend, and Pre-Seed Workshop. Ed holds an MBA and a BSEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology.



Steve Nicosia

Business Advisor

Steve Nicosia - Business Survival AdvisorSteve Nicosia is the CEO of Zen Advisory Partners where he helps entrepreneurs and business owners start, build, grow and exit their ventures.  He also works with high impact, high growth companies as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Launch NY and he coaches small business owners as a mentor with SCORE.

Steve's background includes owning and exiting a successful software company, completing acquisitions, forging strategic alliances, launching new products/markets and P&L responsibility as a general manager.  Steve is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and he received his CPA from the state of Delaware.