Impactful Investment Firm, Vanderbilt Financial Group, Announces Promotion of Jeso O'Neill to Chief Marketing Officer

Press Release – updated: Jan 24, 2020 12:16 EST

WOODBURY, N.Y., January 24, 2020 ( – WOODBURY, N.Y., January 24, 2020 (Newswire) -​Impact Investment Firm, Vanderbilt Financial Group (VFG), is thrilled to announce the promotion of Jeso O’Neill to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Jeso became a member of Vanderbilt leadership in 2018. She leads the strategy and execution of all marketing and communications initiatives, working closely with the executive team to bring vision to reality.
“Jeso is a creative force in the world – helping to disrupt an industry steeped in tradition to really accomplish a vision of sustainability, equity and inclusion. Her commitment to environmentalism and diversity shines through every project, communications piece, and film we release,” stated Steve Distante, Founder & Chairman of Vanderbilt Financial Group.
Jeso has over a decade of experience working in marketing and communications for NYC’s arts and culture sector before radically transitioning her life into a career focused on sustainable business. Jeso draws from her background in experimental and avant-garde performance to influence her unique creative focus and collaborative approach to marketing, communications and experiential event management. Jeso received her Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Baruch College in Manhattan with a concentration in Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.
“With the addition of Jeso, 40% of the Vanderbilt management team are women compared to 19% of C-Suite positions being held by women in Financial Services. Our team works diligently to ensure representation and visibility of women in leadership and Jeso is a driving force in making that happen,” says Heidi Distante, CEO of Vanderbilt Financial Group. (Source: McKinsey & Co.)
Through this promotion, Jeso will oversee the continued build-out of the Vanderbilt Financial Group and Impact U brands, while also assisting Financial Advisors on communications and marketing tactics to build out their individual practices. Utilizing her artistic production background, she also collaborates with Chairman & Founder Steve Distante on his foray into documentary filmmaking through Vanderbilt’s subsidiary production company, ImpactU.Film. Their latest film, “Igniting Impact”, features the stories of eight entrepreneurs using their businesses to solve some of the world’s greatest environmental and social issues. As producer of the film and subsequent roadshow, “Igniting Impact” has been shown globally in venues ranging from arts cinemas, film festivals, the United Nations, conferences, higher educational programs, such as Babson College, and many more.      
About Vanderbilt Financial Group: Vanderbilt Financial Group is an investment firm disrupting traditional finance by focusing on socially and environmentally responsible, ethical, and impactful investments. Vanderbilt is known as “The Sustainable Wealth Management Firm” for their commitment to providing Financial Advisors and their clients with access to values-aligned investments. Headquartered in a LEED-certified Platinum building, Vanderbilt’s commitment to changing the world begins at home in our office and within our culture. Under the leadership of the impactful husband and wife team, Steve and Heidi Distante, Vanderbilt’s culture has garnered multiple awards and was most recently named “Best Places to Work on Long Island” for two years in a row, 2018 and 2019.
For more information on Vanderbilt Financial Group, please visit
About Impact U and ImpactU.Film: As a thought leader in the impact space, Vanderbilt is dedicated to increasing the reach and impact of the Financial Services industry using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a framework. Their education platform, Impact U, provides students, advisors and investors with unique opportunities to increase their impact investing knowledge through videos, podcasts and fun interactive exercises. Vanderbilt and Chairman Steve Distante recently released a documentary short film “Igniting Impact,” shedding light on how purposeful entrepreneurship and impactful investments can help improve the world’s greatest challenges. Interact with Impact U at
For more information, please contact or 631-845-5100.
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Vanderbilt Financial Group is the marketing name for Vanderbilt Securities, LLC and its affiliates. Securities offered through Vanderbilt Securities, LLC • Member: FINRA, SIPC • Registered with MSRB • Advisory Services offered through Vanderbilt Advisory Services, LLC
Source: Vanderbilt Financial Group

Thinkwell Group Releases Its 5th Annual Guest Experience Trend Report on Fan Festivals & Events

LOS ANGELES, January 24, 2020 ( – Did you know that 46% of fans surveyed would be willing to spend up to $1,000 for a fan experience? And that willingness to travel to such an experience is even higher, with 71% of fans reporting they would travel up to 500 miles for a fan activation, experience, or event? 
These surprising findings and more can be found in Thinkwell’s 5th Annual Guest Experience Trend Report, which explores guest motivations, success factors, and must-haves when it comes to fan conventions, festivals, meet-ups, and events.
Studios, IP holders, and other enterprises are seizing the opportunity to reach targeted groups of die-hard fans and brand evangelists across a variety of global experiential events, and the demand for fan fests and spaces where people with common interests can meet and mingle is climbing every year. With this continued growth of fan events around the world — from San Diego Comic-Con fan activations to Pokémon GoFest and the Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite Festival — the team at Thinkwell dug into this trend to understand what is driving people to these events and how to make these experiences appealing and unique for fans.  
To find out what’s behind these trends and what makes these gatherings meaningful, fun, and worth the cost, read the full report here: Thinkwell’s 5th Annual Guest Experience Trend Report.
About Thinkwell Group
Thinkwell Group is a global experience design and production agency with studios and offices in Los Angeles, Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Montréal, and Riyadh. For nearly 20 years, our multi-disciplinary team has created compelling experiences for a wide range of clients and brands around the world. Thinkwell’s creative, collaborative team brings extensive experience in the strategy, planning, design, and production of theme parks, destination resorts, major branded and intellectual property attractions, events & spectaculars, museums & exhibits, expos, and live shows. The award-winning company has become a leader in experiential design by bringing a unique holistic approach to every engagement. Thinkwell most recently delivered Lionsgate Entertainment World and the award-winning Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park.
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Bankai Group to Attend Europe 2020 GCCM This February

Press Release – updated: Jan 23, 2020 18:00 EST

NEW YORK, January 23, 2020 ( – Bankai Group is delighted to attend the 12th annual global carrier community meetings (GCCM) being organized by the global telecom club Carrier Community (CC) in London again this year. The telecom event will take place on February 10 and 11 at the centrally located etc. venues 133 Houndsditch.
The Europe 2020 GCCM will provide a platform to meet and network with industry peers, explore new business opportunities and discuss the latest market trends at the knowledge sharing panel sessions. Bankai Group is looking forward to this opportunity of sharing its expertise about the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) industry with like-minded people.
The company will also be showcasing its latest telecom and FinTech products at booth E2. Their solutions can help operators, carriers, MNOs, MVNOs, enterprise customers and more monetize telecom networks. Their portfolio includes Messaging Solutions, Global Voice Services, Automated Voice Trading Platform, DID & Inbound Service, Value-Added Retail Services, International Calling Cards, Telecom Turnkey Solutions and FinTech solutions.
Bankai Group looks forward to interacting with industry leaders at the Europe 2020 GCCM event. Click here to schedule a meeting with their telecom experts or drop by their booth, no. E2, during the event to know more about their products.
About Bankai Group:
Bankai Group is a globally recognized leader in the ICT and services sector, with interests in the wholesale & retail voice and telecom technology business. For the last 30 years, it has been instrumental in providing the ultimate Voice & SMS Carrier Solutions worldwide with exceptional competence in IP interconnects. Bankai Group helps automate the businesses of telecom operators, carriers and service providers through an automated carrier platform and also offers indigenously developed Digital Financial Solutions, Revenue Management and Network Switching Solutions for Telecom & VAS industries.
Source: Bankai Group

Physician Medical Group M&A Activity Continued to Decline in Q4: 2019, According to Acquisition Data from

“Many dealmakers are still bullish on this sector, but the quarterly data showed some softness in 2019…The introduction of the ‘surprise medical billing’ legislation last year has caused some buyers to take a wait-and-see approach to the market going into 2020.”

NORWALK, Conn. (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
Merger and acquisition activity in the Physician Medical Group sector fell 45%, with 41 transactions announced in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to data from The total is the lowest reported in the previous four quarters. M&A declined 37% compared with the fourth quarter in 2018, when 65 deals were announced.
One deal disclosed a price in the fourth quarter of 2019, as the Swiss private equity firm Partners Group paid $2.2 billion to acquire Ballwin, Missouri-based EyeCare Partners from FFL Partners. EyeCare Partners offers comprehensive medical eye care services in 450 locations across 13 states, employing approximately 585 physicians. Ophthalmology practices were the most popular segment for investors in the fourth quarter, with 12 deals announced. Six deals for dental practices were announced and five for gastroenterology practices.
“Many deal makers are still bullish on this sector, but the quarterly data showed some softness in 2019,” said Lisa E. Phillips, editor of The Health Care M&A Report, which publishes the data. “The introduction of the ‘surprise medical billing’ legislation last year has caused some buyers to take a wait-and-see approach to the market going into 2020. While that attitude affects emergency medicine and anesthesiology practices, we still expect to see platform-building continue in the dental, dermatology and ophthalmology areas.”
All quarterly results are published in The Health Care M&A, which is part of the investment research source. For more sector-specific research and analysis, please see The Physician Medical Group Acquisition Report 2019. For information, or to order the report, call 800-248-1668. Irving Levin Associates is celebrating more than 70 years of delivering exclusive M&A intelligence to its sophisticated audience of seniors housing and healthcare investors. The company was established in 1948 and has headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut. The company publishes research reports and newsletters and maintains databases on the healthcare and seniors housing M&A markets.

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Sage Hospitality Group Welcomes Daniel del Olmo as President of Sage Hotel Management

Daniel del Olmo joins Sage Hospitality Group as President of Sage Hotel Management

DENVER (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
Sage Hospitality Group, one of the nation’s leading hospitality investment, development and management companies, announced today that Daniel del Olmo has joined Sage as president of the company’s hotel management arm. In this role, del Olmo will have comprehensive oversight of Sage Hotel Management’s hotel and restaurant operations. He will be tasked with creating and executing strategies that strengthen and grow the division, as well as meeting all operational and financial goals.
“Daniel is an exemplary leader with a proven track record and expertise in leading hotel and restaurant operations to success,” said Sage Hospitality Group’s President and CEO Walter Isenberg. “He also demonstrates a passion for being on the pioneering edge of the hospitality industry, and I sincerely look forward to his contributions to our portfolio and our teams.”
Del Olmo is a senior hospitality executive with extensive experience in global business strategy, brand management, hotel/restaurant operations and business development. His expansive career includes an 11-year tenure with Wyndham Hotel Group in multiple senior and executive level roles, including Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Latin America, where he managed a portfolio of more than 115 hotels and seven brands in 11 countries.
“For years, I have admired Walter and the talented team at Sage Hospitality Group for the genuine dedication to the communities that Sage hotels and restaurants serve and for their innovative and highly relevant approach to lifestyle hospitality,” Del Olmo said. “I am both humbled and honored to join the team at such a critical juncture and am thrilled about the opportunity that lies ahead.”
He comes to Sage from The Passionality Group, a company he cofounded that has a focus on advising and investing in emerging hospitality brands that invoke genuine passion, represent authentic hospitality innovation and exhibit meaningful potential for growth. Prior to founding The Passionality Group, del Olmo served as Chief Executive Officer of sbe’s Disruptive Restaurant Group where he led their award-winning global portfolio of more than 140 owned, managed and licensed restaurant brands, lounges, and nightclubs with annual sales exceeding $500M. He has also held senior positions with renowned hospitality companies, such as President of International at Dine Brands Global. In addition to his operations career, Daniel has progressed through leadership roles in marketing and ecommerce for Meliá Hotels International and Amadeus North America. Del Olmo is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and board member of Pantomonium Productions.
Del Olmo joins Sage Hospitality at an exciting time of growth, with a number of development projects in the pipeline that will add to the company’s dynamic portfolio of more than 50 hotels across the U.S. Current projects under development include the Milwaukee Athletic Club in Milwaukee, WI, and two projects in Denver – one at McGregor Square near Coors Field and another in the RiNo Art District. To learn more about Sage Hospitality Group’s growing portfolio of hotels and restaurants, visit
Media Contact:Kelly BajorekDirector of Public Relations and Social MediaSage Hospitality
About Sage Hospitality Group    Denver-based Sage Hospitality Group was founded in 1984 and continues to lead the hospitality industry in hotel and restaurant management as well as real estate investment. Sage is known for outstanding relationships with hotel brands and creating places that people want to go to, not through, including 10 unique restaurant concepts by Sage Restaurant Concepts and independent luxury properties by Sage Hotel Management. To learn more about Sage, visit

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Elite 25, Exclusive Austin-Based Membership Group for Luxury Real Estate Agents, Expanding to Houston and Dallas

Press Release – updated: Jan 23, 2020 08:07 CST

AUSTIN, Texas, January 23, 2020 ( – Elite 25sm, the premier membership organization for luxury real estate agents, has announced its expansion in Spring 2020 with the launch of chapters in Houston and Dallas, Texas. Established in 1994 and based in Austin, Texas, Elite 25sm  represents a city’s top luxury residential agents, providing ample opportunities to increase exposure, bolster reputations, network with fellow top luxury agents and stay educated on real estate trends and happenings. Beyond the value for members, Elite 25sm also presents an incomparable asset for buyers and sellers, taking out the guesswork of finding an agent. 
“We’re excited to bring this exclusive opportunity to luxury realtors in the largest real estate markets in Texas,” said Tony Trungale, Managing Director of Elite 25sm and a Senior Loan Officer with PNC Bank. “This organization has proven to be an invaluable resource for our members, allowing unmatched time and space for networking and dealmaking.”
Founding Elite 25​ Austin member Cindy Goldrick of Wilson & Goldrick Realtors said of the group: “I’ve been a member of Elite 25sm in Austin since its inception 25 years ago and it has been an essential part of my real estate career and success. Elite 25sm membership provides individual agents recognition as verified leading producers of high-end homes and, equally important, it offers camaraderie with other top agents and the opportunity to network. I’ve been excited and motivated to work to meet the criteria each and every year.”
Members apply on an annual basis and are chosen based solely on production numbers, ensuring a true representation of the city’s top professionals. Criteria for membership varies year to year, but eligibility begins with a minimum of four homes sold each over $1 million. In 2019, each of Austin’s 34 members sold at least eight homes over $1 million – a major marker of Austin’s booming housing market – for a staggering collective sales total exceeding $1 billion.
“In today’s fiercely competitive market, Elite 25sm is the perfect platform to provide a competitive edge for my clients,” said Dara Allen, Broker Associate and Sales Manager for Compass Austin. “All members of Elite 25sm are experts in the luxury market and our monthly luncheons – always in a member’s fabulous new listing – give us the opportunity to share coming soon and pocket listings.”
Elite 25​ Houston and Elite 25​ Dallas will continue under the leadership of Tony Trungale, with Advisory Board members to be announced. Marketing efforts will continue to be managed by Comission.Co, a boutique Austin-based agency specializing in social media, video and design for luxury and commercial real estate.
Prospective Houston and Dallas members can find applications for 2020 membership at and The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. CT. For further information, please contact Tony Trungale directly at or 512.917.2811.
Source: Elite 25

Magnus Financial Group LLC Earns Acclaim on RIA Channel's Top 100 Wealth Managers List for 2019

Press Release – updated: Jan 23, 2020 09:00 EST

NEW YORK, January 23, 2020 ( – RIA Channel has announced that Magnus Financial Group has earned a spot in the 2019 RIA Channel Top 100 Wealth Managers Ranking. For over a decade, RIA Channel has ranked wealth managers for Forbes based on proprietary data, assets under management and asset growth. RIA Channel also relies on its sister company, RIA Database, to gather other research, including regulatory data and advisor surveys.
“It’s an enormous honor, especially having started Magnus in late 2017,” stated Michael S. Schwartz, CFP©, AEP©, Chief Executive Officer & President of Magnus, reflecting “It’s been a busy three years for us, but with a staff of wealth advisors, along with in-house compliance, research and trading departments, we have been able to successfully navigate investors through a variety of market conditions. Clients don’t hire us to predict markets. Rather, we show investors the best way to achieve their goals given current market conditions.”
In addition to this honor, Magnus made FA Magazines’ Top RIA Ranking list for 2019. Michael S. Schwartz, CFP®, AEP®, also received individual recognition being named to Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List in New York City, which spotlights over 3,000 top advisors across the U.S. who were nominated by their firms – and then researched, interviewed and assigned a ranking within their respective states.
In addition, Schwartz received recognition by in its 2019 Thrive Awards List of Fastest-Growing Advisors which is an annual program that showcases America’s fastest-growing advisors. The list was compiled by measuring percentage revenue growth over the previous three years. The average revenue growth of the honorees was three times that of the overall industry. 
Schwartz added, “Making the list of RIA Channel Top 100 Wealth Managers for the first time was a big honor to round out a banner year.”
About Magnus Financial Group
Magnus Financial Group LLC is an SEC-registered, independent investment advisory firm located in New York City. Magnus provides customized wealth management and financial planning services for clients in all phases of their lives. As an independent RIA, Magnus provides high-quality service with a personalized client approach. Magnus was founded in 2017 and consists of approximately 18 staff professionals including six wealth advisors, investment operations, compliance and marketing, research and trading personnel, client service members and administrative support.
Media Contact:Thomas BarberPhone: 800-339-1367
Source: Magnus Financial Group LLC