Naftali Bennett at IDS (Photos by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes)

Israeli entrepreneurs, government and business leaders gathered for the Israel Dealmakers Summit. Photos by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

Israel Minister of Economy, Naftali Bennett, was the featured keynote speaker ending the first day of the Israel Dealmakers Summit. Bennet’s speech included the following quotes (Photos by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes):

  • “When you collaborate with an Israeli company, it’s like taking a shot of innovation.” “Everyone around us with ideas, whether in Tel Aviv or Herzliya, but do not grow by big companies. We’re not good at it and there is a lot of criticism on the subject but I’m so not sure it’s that bad.”
  • “The Israeli advantage is not a refractory large company but we are good at innovation. When you collaborate with an Israeli company, it’s like taking a shot of innovation and that’s great added value.”… “Yes, Israelis will not give you a complete sentence or even get out of the elevator before they enter it, but when you collaborate with Israeli companies you not only get a product but continuous innovation.”
  • “Israeli companies are not looking for just one transaction but regularly understand the needs of international society and how to work with and will do anything to undermine that goal.’s Exactly like I did learn how to take control of the plane – if you can not get through the door or window, then try through the roof. The advantage of Israeli companies – you tell them what you need and have been catering to the work.”
  • Bennett spoke of making Beersheba the capital of the cyberworld and how they produce true innovation. “We brought a high-tech park in Be’er Sheva in 4 sectors where one has an intelligence unit which has young talent from the university. There are technology companies and venture capital funds. Imagine what lunch looks like lunch there. On one side sits a young soldier from Modiin, while the young programmer from the Graduate University. Good things can happen in this conversation – and I’m not just talking about marriage. Innovation is not something you can demand or pass legislation forcing companies to produce innovation. This happens because of the interaction between people.”

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    Naftali Bennett-Israel Minister of Economy delivers keynote at Israel Dealmakers Summit. (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com)

The annual meeting, organized by Landmark Ventures, in New York, brought together leaders of start-ups, Israeli entrepreneurs, leading fund managers and prominent investors in the U.S.. New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes was tasked with the responsibility of capturing dynamic images of Israel Minister of Economy, Naftali Bennett’s delivery of his keynote speech.  Photos from the event were disseminated to international media, used for future marketing as well as archival corporate photography.

About Jeffrey Holmes Photography:  Serves New York area corporate clients, event planners, media and non-profit organizations as their professional photographer for executive portraits, headshots, corporate events, conferences and gala celebrations. Contact Jeffrey Holmes, New York photographer via the website: www.jeffreyholmes.com

 

Nolcha Fashion Week New York Fall/Winter presented by RUSK

Nolcha Fashion Week New York Fall/Winter photo coverage by Jeffrey Holmes, fashion week New York event photographer.

Designer Riza Manalo show take the runway at Nolcha Fashion Week New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Designer Riza Manalo show take the runway at Nolcha Fashion Week New York Fall-Winter 2014. (Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com)

Nolcha Fashion Week New York Fall/Winter presented by RUSK took to the runway at Pier 59 in February displaying the creative designs of 14 independent designers. Fashion Week New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes was tasked by Nolcha to capture the event’s story. The creative goal was photograph the venue packed with fashion seekers, sponsors and their product interaction, the backstage scene and of course the celebrities. This was the 12th season as the Nolcha Fashion Week New York event photographer. While the press pit fills with a gaggle of photographers and videographers all focused on the mechanical production of the classic runway images, the task as the event photographer is to capture the story of the fashion shows including the excitement, attendee involvement, sponsor interaction and celebrity red carpet provides a unique perspective. Event photographer Jeffrey Holmes’ images are critical to the promotion of the event, illustrating the Nolcha website and promotional collateral materials for enlisting designers and sponsors for future shows.

RUSK Sponsor Booth at by Fashion Week New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

RUSK Sponsor Booth at Nolcha Fashion Week (Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com)

Kristen Taekman back stage at Nolcha by Fashion Week New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Kristen Taekman back stage at Nolcha  Fashion Week. (Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com)

Fashion designer Christian Benner and Guns N' Roses drummer Frank Ferrer at Nolcha by Fashion Week New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Designer Christian Benner & Guns N’ Roses’s Frank Ferrer . (Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the line-up

12:00 PM | Runway Show Designer: Leka

3:00 PM | Runway Show Designer: Katty Xiomara 

5:30 PM | “Ones to Watch” Collective Runway Show Designers: Gail Be | Riza Manalo | Christian Benner | Naveda Couture | Maison de Papillon Christina Yi

8:30 PM | Runway Show Designers: Jungwon | L.Catherine London | Gabrielle Arruda |  Nina Athanasiou | Dany Tabet

Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. Over the past six years Nolcha Fashion Week: New York has established itself as a platform of discovery promoting innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibition. Fashion Week New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes has covered each for most of those years. Nolcha Fashion Week: New York has built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of new fashion design talent and is officially listed by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business.

The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage including features in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes; and supported by brands including Coca-Cola, RUSK, Vitamin Water, America Airlines, Don Q Rums and Landrover.

International handbook launch “Constitution-making and Reform” by Jeffrey Holmes, New York event photographer.

Interpeace “Constitution-Making and Reform” handbook launch coverage by Jeffrey Holmes, New York Event Photographer

Interpeace launched the handbook: ‘Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process’ a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisers in September, 2011. Interpeace engaged the services of New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes, to document the event and capture compelling images to showcase this premier event.Over 150 new constitutions have been created since 1975, and as many as 20 national constitutions are reformed or adopted each year. Recent months and the ‘Arab Spring’ have proven that this development continues. Constitutional reforms have been, or are, on the agenda in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Southern Sudan, Zimbabwe and now Libya. Read more: The first of its kind – a constitution-making handbook for peace

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace(L) and H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly (JeffreyHolmes.com)

A modern constitution needs to be legitimate in the eyes of the people, but achieving this is a challenge. Often national and international constitution-makers feel out in the cold as there has been no comprehensive resource on the options for constitution-making and reform. The design, implementation and management of these processes, in an inclusive way, create the foundations for lasting peace. The stakes are high. If the process goes wrong the seeds of future conflict and violence will be sown. Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organization, is now filling this critical gap.  Download the complete handbook.

Mr. Graeme Simpson, Interpeace Director of Policy and Learning and Director of Interpeace USA  Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Mr. Graeme Simpson, Interpeace Director of Policy and Learning and Director of Interpeace USA.

Jeffrey Holmes photographed the launch held at the United Nations (UN) in New York, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly provided the opening remarks. His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN and Chair of the Peace building Commission Country Configuration for Liberia, moderated a panel discussion. He was joined by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA, and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Nicholas Haysom, Director of Political Affairs, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; Jamal Benomar, UN Special Adviser and Envoy for Yemen and former Director of the UN Rule of Law Unit; and Michele Brandt, co-author of ‘Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process’.

Four respected experts from the constitution-making domain, Michele Brandt, Director of Interpeace’s ‘Constitution-making for Peace’ initiative, Jill Cottrell, Yash Ghai, and Anthony Regan, united to create this ‘how to guide’ for constitution-makers around the world.

The handbook provides practical guidance on how to design transparent, nationally led and owned processes that are also participatory and inclusive.

“With the complexity of a constitution-making process come difficult choices. The handbook lays out the potential dilemmas and implications that practitioners on the ground may face,” explains Graeme Simpson, Director of Interpeace USA, Policy and Learning.

Simpson confirms how Interpeace has approached this initiative: “Much of the knowledge contained in the handbook simply did not

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission Country Configuration for Liberia. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations and Chair of the Peace building Commission Country Configuration for Liberia. (JeffreyHolmes.com)

exist in publications.Experiences needed to be harnessed. We involved over 120 practitioners and experts with invaluable first hand field experience. We have captured what they have learnt. We’ve not focused on just one area but have taken a global view. Experience from over 100 countries fed into the process and of course there is the expertise of the four authors. This handbook has content for everyone.”

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA, and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno on panel at Interpeace launch of the handbook: ‘Constitution-making.

“Members of constituent assemblies or constitutional commissions, government officials, politicians, civil society, activists, donors, foreign advisors, policy analysts, academics, and international aid actors can all benefit. It captures the knowledge and weighs up the options so they can make up their own minds on what will work best for their society,” highlights Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace. Lakhdar Brahimi, who provided the foreword for the handbook, highlights: “I wish ‘Constitution-making and reform: options for the process’ had been available to the international community when I was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan. This book asks the right questions.”

Interpeace has been enabling societies to build lasting peace since 1994.

Interpeace is an independent, international peace building organization and strategic partner of the United Nations.It were created by the United Nations in 1994. We became an independent organization in 2000 while maintaining a unique partnership with the UN. As a result, we operate either as an independent NGO or as a UN initiative.

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly. Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly.(JeffreyHolmes.com)

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland) and has offices in Brussels (Belgium), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Nairobi (Kenya) and New York (USA).

The organization is governed by a Governing Council made up of prominent individuals from the government, international and business sectors. The Governing Council is chaired by the former President of Ghana, John A. Kufuor and includes seats for the personal representative for the UN Secretary-General and the Host Government, Switzerland.

Through the Advisory Council we bring together governments, multilateral and UN agencies, and experts to analyze the latest in peace building trends. The Secretariat is led by Scott Weber, Director-General and a dedicated staff from around the world.

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. Michele Brandt, co-author. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Michele Brandt, co-author of ‘Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process.(JeffreyHolmes.com)

The three main bodies of Interpeace, the Governing Council, Advisory Council and the Secretariat, provide the necessary support to over 300 peace builders in the field. Consisting exclusively of people from the societies in which we are active, our local teams lead the programmes on the ground.

Interpeace’s Work

Their approach contributes to building lasting peace through inclusive and nationally-led processes of change. The added value is the tested approach in strengthening capacities within societies to manage conflict without resorting to violence or coercion. Peace building must be led and owned from within a society so they work exclusively with national teams in countries across Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

In 2010, Interpeace was supporting initiatives in 16 countries and territories, four of which are implemented through our United Nations arm, the Joint Programme Unit for United Nations/Interpeace. They support initiatives in: Burundi, Cyprus, Central America regional program on youth, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Liberia, Palestine, Rwanda, Somali Region, Timor-Leste.

A thematic program covering Constitution Making for Peace, a handbook on options for making and reforming constitutions. They combine local peace building knowledge with the latest in international thinking to assist the international community, including the United Nations, to play a more effective role in supporting peace building efforts around the world.

Interpeace Finances and Support

They are a non-profit organization. Peace building work is funded by generous voluntary contributions from governments, multilateral organizations, foundations and private individuals. 16 donor governments and multilateral organizations work through the Donor Committee.

2010 expenditures of US $ 23 million reflects the growing demand for our support and expertise from governments, civil society, donor countries, UN agencies and other international organizations.2010 financial reports were, for the second year, in accordance with the highest financial reporting standard – IFRS. In 2010 they also received ZEWO certification from the Swiss charity evaluator. This demonstrates the Interpeace focus.

NGLCCNY makes an impact at the 19th Annual GLBT Expo in New York City!

The NGLCCNY presented the First Annual Social Enterprise Award to HIV Law Project. The award was accepted by Tracy L. Welsh, JD, MPH Executive Director of the HIV Law Project. The award ceremony took place at the 19th Annual GLBT Expo on March 17-18, 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

(Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com)

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York engaged the services of New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography to capture participation in the expo.

The Metro New York affiliate chamber of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce engaged the services of noted New York Event Photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography to capture the story of the organization’s participation in the expo. As their go to photographer for the NGLCCNY events, Jeffrey Holmes was tasked with the responsibility of capturing images of the award presentation and wine tasting reception. Additional event photography coverage included a panel discussion entitled “Gay Wedding Trends & Considerations” and general images of the entire expo.

A special Awards Reception and wine tasting was held to recognize the HIV Law Project with NGLCCNY’s first annual Social Enterprise Award. The award was accepted by Tracy L. Welsh, JD, MPH and Executive Director the HIV Law Project. By leveraging innovation in its operations and service model and employing leading-edge best practices in making a difference in our community, HIV Law Project embodies the power of social impact as it develops effective new models for delivery of life-saving HIV/AIDS education and prevention. The award was presented during the 19th Annual GLBT Expo 2012 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on March 17, 2012 in New York City.

19th Annual GLBT Expo on March 17-18, 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

King Ferry Winery, maker of award winning Treleaven Wines.

A wine tasting of Treleaven Wines from the King Ferry Winery. King Ferry Winery, maker of Treleaven Wines, is superbly located on the east side of Cayuga Lake. The winery produces multiple award winning Treleaven Wines, including Chardonnays that are crafted in the centuries-old Burgundian tradition.

NGLCCNY presented "Gay Wedding Trends & Considerations" panel discussion at the19th Annual GLBT Expo on March 17-18, 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The panel was moderated by Bernadette Coveney Smith, President of 14 Stories. On the panel were Brian Silva of Marriage Equality New York, Jessy Wolvek of Fleurs NYC, Brian Pasalich of New York Life, Michael Watts and Kurt Kretzschmar of Cocktail Caterers. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

“Gay Wedding Trends & Considerations”

“Gay Wedding Trends & Considerations” was the topic of the panel discussion presented by the NGLCCNY. The panel was moderated by Bernadette Coveney Smith, President of 14 Stories. On the panel were Brian Silva of Marriage Equality New York, Jessy Wolvek of Fleurs NYC, Brian Pasalich of New York Life, Michael Watts and Kurt Kretzschmar of Cocktail Caterers.

About the NGLCCNY
NGLCCNY provides valuable business development opportunities, financial access and educational resources to LGBT and allied businesses in the New York Metro area. As the official Metro New York affiliate chamber of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, NGLCCNY is the voice of thousands of LGBT-owned businesses and actively promotes and creates supplier diversity and procurement opportunities for its growing base of corporate partners and business members.

7th Annual Small Business Summit 2012 intense energy shows in the event photographs.

 

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit is New York’s premier event for small business owners.  Over 500 attendees networked with fellow decision-makers, learned cutting edge ideas during seminars and talked with sponsors offering the newest products & services available to help their small businesses succeed.

Jeffrey Holmes Photography began capturing the spirit and energy of the event attendees, speakers and sponsors with his dynamic images at the first Small Business Summit in 2006. Upon viewing the images, Co-organizer Marian Banker, President of Prime Strategies remarked, “thanks so much for these wonderful pictures. They really do capture the essence of the day… everything looked great…as always.”  Grant Wickes, Vice President of Business Development for Wasp Barcode Technologies, was a summit speaker and sponsor. Grant commented,  “Jeffrey does great stuff!”  The original organizer of the Small Business Summit, Ramon Ray, provided this appreciation of event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit is New York?s premier event for small business owners. The event including networking with decision-makers, cutting edge seminars and exhibit booths featuring products & services to help small businesses succeed. Over 500 attendees learned from small business experts via presentations and panels. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Ramon Ray's enthusiasm commands the attention of participants during The 7th Annual Small Business Summit in New York. (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

“I have worked with Jeffrey for many years to shoot photos for my events. One year, in an attempt to “differentiate” I used another photographer. The photos were focused and looked great – but there was NO LIFE. There was NO context. Jeff’s photos not only LOOK great (technically) but they bring to life whatever the subject he’s shooting and almost like magic the context around it. I know that when Jeffrey’s shooting every photo tells a story. I also like Jeffrey’s suggestions of how to make the background of the photos better – suggesting moving this, or adding light here and etc. He’s simply awesome and great to work with.”

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit (Jeffrey Holmes Event Photographer)

Marian Banker, Co-Organizer and Host of The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

“The Summit brought together hundreds of small business owners, entrepreneurs and vendors from around the tri-state area together to discuss their challenges and share their insights for growth,” says Marian Banker MBA, Co-Producer of the Summit and President of Prime Strategies. “While other events are downsizing, we moved to a larger space this year to accommodate our attendees and exhibitors and are thankful for companies such as Dell and Microsoft for their continued involvement as exhibitors and speakers.”

The Small Business Summit was held March 6, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.. Informative workshops and panels relating to small business. Topics to be addressed included: Real Businesses Getting Real Results with Technology; How Orabrush Used Creativity to Boost Sales, Inner Game of Prospecting; How to Overcome Sales Call Reluctance; 30 Minutes, 15 Tips – Success Tips from Local Gurus; and so much more. In addition, one small business will win the Summit’s Small Business Strategy Award.

“Our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers are all dedicated to helping small and medium size businesses thrive,” adds Banker “This year’s Summit gave our partners the opportunity to connect with more businesses while showing them how attainable the latest technology can be for their own unique business.” “With a growing roster of speakers which currently include, Scott Hintz of Tripit, Austin Craig of Orabrush, and Connie Kadansky of Exceptional Sales, attendees will find the information inspiring and relevant to their business,” adds Ramon Ray, Co Producer of the Summit and editor of SmallBizTechnology.com.

Here is the complete program of presentations and panel discussions along with bio’s featured at this year’s Summit.

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit is New York?s premier event for small business owners. The event including networking with decision-makers, cutting edge seminars and exhibit booths featuring products & services to help small businesses succeed. Over 500 attendees learned from small business experts via presentations and panels. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Moderator Rhonda Abrams (L) and Laurie McCabe (R) (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

Beyond the Hype — What You Need to Know About the Cloud. Online software, or cloud computing is no longer a fad. It is proven critical for business success. This panel addressed understanding why it’s important, what to watch out for and how to leverage online software for your business. Moderated by Rhonda Abrams, USA Today columnist, small business advocate and adviser, and included panelists Laurie McCabe, Analyst at SMB Group; Bill Odell with Dell Cloud Business Applications; and Kathleen Q. Fable of Quinn Fable Advertising.

A presentation by Austin Craig of Orabrush entitled How Orabrush Used Social Media & Creativity To Attract Walmart’s Attention. Orabrush used creative video, low cost advertising and a boat load of creativity to astronomically grow their business. Austin Craig, Orabrush tells you the secrets of their success.

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit by event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Austin Craig of Orabrush (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

In addition to being the first spokesman for Orabrush, Austin Craig has been part of the creative marketing team there since the company’s launch over two years ago. His entrepreneurial streak began at college (Brigham Young University, Go Cougars!) when he designed and sold shirts featuring the University President. After selling almost 30,000 shirts, he decided it was time to get back to school and earn a degree from the University.

Wendi Caplan-Carroll, Constant Contact presented Tech Tools for Online Marketing. Wendi spoke on how to use specific tools and strategies to get more customers and keep the ones you have.

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit by Jeffrey Holmes event photographer in New York.

Grant Wickes of Wasp Barcode Technologies (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

Gizmos and Gadgets for Ultimate Business Productivityby Grant Wickes of Wasp Barcode Technologies, is a lover of tech productivity  gadgets unveils his tool bag of goodies for business productivity.

Grant Wickes excels at helping companies understand market opportunities, develop products and craft marketing programs that drive profitable growth and business value. As an advocate of customer-focused activities, Wickes enjoys interacting with customers, partners and prospects in the pursuit of mutually beneficial solutions. 

Lessons from a Customer Service Ninja. Without customers you have no business. Without great customer service you’ll have few repeat customers. The session revealed the strategies and insights of how Bonobos endears themselves to customers. John Rote of Bonobos was joined by Bill O’Dell of Dell Cloud Business Applications for discussion and Q&A on customer service.

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit by Jeffrey Holmes event photographer in New York.

Jennifer Walzer, CEO of BUMI (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

Strategy Award. BUMI (Backup My Info!), the premium provider of off‐site managed online backup and recovery solutions for small to mid‐sized businesses is the winner of the 2012 Small Business Strategy Award.  Now in its third year, the Small Business Strategy Award recognizes businesses that have developed and executed a strategy producing significant growth in profits or market share in their industry. “With technology helping businesses operate more efficiently, backup and recovery services are more vital than ever,” says Marian Banker, MBA, Co‐Producer of the Small Business Summit and President of Prime Strategies. “BUMI’s approach to delivering best‐of‐breed backup and recovery solutions exclusively for premium professional service firms, combined with superior customer service exemplified why they should be this year’s winner. Every business needs a great product but having a complete solution including how they uniquely service their customers, is the key differentiator,” adds Banker. “We feel honored to be presented with the 2012 Small Business Strategy Award,” said Jennifer Walzer, CEO of BUMI. “This award emphasizes how strategy combined with execution of that strategy can enable small businesses to prosper and overcome the many challenges faced every day. BUMI is proud to be recognized for our achievement, and I thank my team for their tremendous execution of our company strategy of taking care of professional service firms’ data.”

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit by Jeffrey Holmes event photographer in New York.

John Lawson of ColderICE. (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

Lunch Keynote: Persuading Customers To Buy by Leveraging Their Friend.  It was a stimulating, energized and informative presentation by John Lawson of ColderICE. He shared how to use social media to persuade customers to buy from you through the influence of their friends.

Listening to Customers and Hiring Smarter: A Lesson in Success presented by Scott Hintz of Tripit. Scott Hintz has built and sold two successful companies including Hotwire.. He spoke about the secret sauce of his success. Humility being one of the secrets.

What We’ve Learned from Small Businessesincluded Loren Feldman with the New York Times and Gene Marks of Marks Group and a NY Times writer. The discussion topics highlighted the best practices and challenges from the pages of New York Times small business coverage.

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit by Jeffrey Holmes event photographer in New York.

Loren Feldman with the New York Times (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

Inner Game of Prospecting: How to Overcome Sales Call Reluctance. Connie Kadansky of Exceptional Sales Performance She spoke about how selling is not easy, in fact its one of the hardest things for many business owners. This session focused on how to sell more with the benefit of even liking sales. Then Shannon Duffy of Salesforce.com presented Tools for Sales Success. Once you know how to sell it’s important to use the right tools. This session provided an overview of the top tools available to boost sales.

Complete details of the event can be found at the website http://www.smallbiztechsummit.com.

Nolcha Fasion Week 2012 New York wows the fashion world.

Inspiring designs graced the runway of Nolcha Fashion Week 2012 New York. The Housewives of New York taped portions for an upcoming episode highlighting Fashion Week.

Jeffrey Holmes Photogaphy, a noted New York Corporate Event photographer.  “The key was to find compelling  angles to add to the artful images.

, Designer showing this year include: Vassilis Zoulias, Jetset collective by Farasha, Megla M, Teresa Rosati, Carlos Luna, Baruni, Rebeca Tiago, Antonia Paris, Riza Manalo, Castro-Rojas, Danilo Gabrielli, and Seckin Ilker.

The shows were celebrated at YOTEL in New York with an after party where the female quartet, JADA, performed.

NOLCHA Fashion Week 2012 NYC. New York’s Leading Showcase for Independent Fashion. Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event for independent fashion designers to showcase

NOLCHA Fashion Week 2012 NYC. New York's Leading Showcase for Independent Fashion. Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. Over the past five years Nolcha Fashion Week has established itself as a platform of discovery promoting innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibition during New York Fashion Week. Nolcha fashion week is officially listed with Mercedes Benz as the two recognized Fashion Weeks by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business. The successful collaborative showcase has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Creating artful images of NOLCHA Fashion Week 2012 NYC. captured by Jeffrey Holmes, www.JeffreyHolmes.com

their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. Over the past five years Nolcha Fashion Week has established itself as a platform of discovery promoting innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibition during New York Fashion Week. Nolcha fashion week is officially listed with Mercedes Benz as the two recognized Fashion Weeks by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business. The successful collaborative showcase has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes

Economic Impact of Gay Marriage as photographed by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

The Economics of Gay Marriage panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
Christine Quinn, NYC Council Speaker and first openly gay NYC Council member, addresses The Economics of Gay Marriage Program. A panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion that focused on the role of the business community in pressuring the legislature to approve same-sex marriage.The event was held at the new Met Life Conference Center at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. The event was photographed by event photographer new york, Jeffrey Holmes Photography for the MCC.  The business community has a stake in this issue because of employee benefits, payroll taxes, talent retention and money will be made when tens of thousands of couples marry here in New York City rather than traveling to other states.

“Economic Impact of Gay Marriage” took place on Monday, March 14, 2011 and was organized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, hosted by MetLife and sponsored by Bloomingdale’s, Gay City News, Microsoft and the Riverside Church.T

People have figured out that when permitted to marry, the gay community will be more likely to hire a realtor, purchase a home, buy insurance, travel on a honeymoon and use the services of a caterer, wedding planner, florist, and all of the other services engaged by traditional couples getting married.

The Ecomomics of Gay Marriage panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

MetLife Conference Center in New York where the Economic Impact of Gay Marriange Program was held and photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, new york event photographer.

Panel members included Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, Straight Allies Coordinator, Marriage Equality New York; George Carrancho, National Sales & Marketing Manager for LGBT Community, American Airlines; M. V. Lee Badgett, Research Director, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at UCLA School of Law; Rachel B. Tiven, Executive Director, Immigration Equality; Paul Schindler (Moderator), Editor-in-Chief, Gay City News; Tracy Teofilo, President, Prestigious & Elegant Events, Inc; and, Jeffrey Hollander, JD, Assistant Vice President Advanced Markets Group, MetLife.

MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
MetLife Conference Center in New York where the Economic Impact of Gay Marriange Program was held and photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, new york event photographer.

Photographer Note on the venue: MetLife Conference Center is a great venue for medium size conferences. The lighting is ideal. The room features a large projection screen. While a the screen could have been positioned lower on the back wall, it d

oes provide for great viewing. The stage is lighted with with floods high above in the ceiling (perhaps a bit too much of an angle as to provide an uncomplimentary image) fill flash is a must. The venue provides a wonderful view of Bryant Park. Catering of the events is available.

London Fischer selects Corporate Photographer New York, Jeffrey Holmes, for their group photograph.

London Fischer Law Firm

A group portrait of the London Fischer Law Firm by Jeffrey Holmes, Portrait photographer New York.

 

London Fischer Law firm selects Jeffrey Holmes, New York Portrait Photographer for Leading Attorneys Portrait.

The London Fischer Law Firm, located in New York’s Financial District, called upon New York corporate photographer, Jeffrey Holmes to create a new firm group portrait. The portrait is to be used for a magazine article about outstanding lawyers in the U.S. The best location was the courtyard in front of the building.

I used a single Quantum T5d flash head powered by a Quantum Turbo 2×2 battery. I do love these strobes for location shoots. After a couple of Photoshop head swaps, the firm approved the image and it was on to publication.

London Fischer LLP is an international leader in the concentrated disciplines of insurance and related litigation. Clients include  many of the world’s largest corporations and most prestigious insurance groups. Over the years, the Firm has been involved in the most significant litigation affecting the insurance industry and those other specialized industries in which we concentrate.

They have a national practice includes insurance coverage, and specialized litigation pertinent to all areas of primary and excess insurance and reinsurance. Practice groups specialize in litigation affecting the following industries and disciplines: Construction and Real Estate; Directors and Officers Liability; Employment Practices Liability; Marine Cargo and Hull Interests; Mold, Toxic Tort and Environmental Liabilities; Municipal Liability; Product Liability; Professional Liability; Property Losses; Subrogation; Transportation Liabilities

London Fischer maintains a National Trial and Appellate Practice. They are geographically positioned to handle matters throughout the United States. Offices in New York City, Irvine, California and New Jersey.

SEO Annual Alternative Investments Conference as photographed by Jeffrey Holmes Photography, Event Photographer New York.

SEO Annual Alternative Investments Conference was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the Essex House in New York City.

Interest in alternative investments has never been stronger. The path to this industry is not always clear. SEO’s Annual Alternative Investments Conference highlights professional and business opportunities as well as provides individuals from underrepresented groups within financial services exposure to the leading voices in the alternative investments arena. The Benefits of Participation: Learn more about career paths and industry trend

SEO 2nd Annual Alternative Investment Conference held May 17, 2011 at the Essex House Hotel in New York. Organized by Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the conference is part of SEO's Alternative Investments Program, which includes the Alternative Investment Fellowship Program (AIFP), an initiative launched in 2009.  The AIFP is an educational program for young professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments industry.  The AIFP combines workshops, training and mentoring to strengthen Fellows as candidates for positions in private equity and other alternative investments.  The program also improves Fellows' skills as analysts by exploring strategic decisions involved in transactions from the client's point of view. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

SEO 2nd Annual Alternative Investment Conference (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

s within the alternative investment arena; Network with experienced professionals from various segments of the industry and Share insights and dialogue with aspiring and experienced finance professionals.

Tim Weld, CFA, Director, Parish Capital Advisors moderates panel at the SEO 2nd Annual Alternative Investment Conference held May 17, 2011 at the Essex House Hotel in New York. Organized by Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the conference is part of SEO's Alternative Investments Program, which includes the Alternative Investment Fellowship Program (AIFP), an initiative launched in 2009.  The AIFP is an educational program for young professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments industry.  The AIFP combines workshops, training and mentoring to strengthen Fellows as candidates for positions in private equity and other alternative investments.  The program also improves Fellows' skills as analysts by exploring strategic decisions involved in transactions from the client's point of view. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Tim Weld, CFA, Director, Parish Capital Advisors moderates panel at the SEO 2nd Annual Alternative Investment Conference. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

The event organizers engaged the services of Jeffrey Holmes Photography. Jeffrey has been the photographer of choice for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity since 2007. His dynamic images grace the pages of the SEO’s collateral materials and reports.

During this day long event, industry discussions were facilitated by leaders who focused on the private equity and hedge funds sector, providing insight to rising professionals with valuable information. Institutional investors, fund managers, consulting firms, and other providers within the alternative investments industry foster the growth and knowledge of the next generation of leaders by participating as panelists and supporters of the conference.

The conference was organized by Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). The conference is part of SEO’s Alternative Investments Program, which includes the Alternative Investment Fellowship Program (AIFP) which was launched in 2009. The AIFP is an educational program for young professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments industry. The AIFP combines workshops, training and mentoring to strengthen Fellows as candidates for positions in private equity and other alternative investments. The program also improves Fellows’ skills as analysts by exploring strategic decisions involved in transactions from the client’s point of view. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG partner with SEO for the AIFP. Most recently, Audax Group joined with SEO to identify talent for Audax’s undergraduate summer analyst program, providing another pathway for talented individuals to gain access to the industry.

Tesla Showroom opening celebrates with Green Energy event in New York by Jeffrey Holmes, Event Photographer New York

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Transportation Transformation Series: Opening Reception at Tesla Showroom in New York by Event Photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes Photography.

This exciting series was presented by MCC’s Green Business Committee, MCC’s Tech and Innovation Committee and E3NYC at Tesla Motors New York, 511 West 25th Street, New York, NY on May 11, 2011. The event was photographed by event photographer New York’s Jeffrey Holmes Photography. Jeffrey has served as the MCC photographer for the past 10 years. This event offered a picture perfect show room. Great branding, incredible cars and interesting speakers. 

Michael Sexton, Tesla Motors addresses guests at the MCC Transportation Transformation Series: Opening Reception at Tesla Showroom held  May 11, 2011 at Tesla Motors New York, 511 West 25th Street, New York. This exciting series was presented by MCC's Green Business Committee, MCC's Tech and Innovation Committee and E3NYC. The MCC offers the business community a variety of perspectives of the direction of clean transportation in New York and beyond. The Tesla Roadster is the world's only automobile that offers supercar performance without supercar emissions. Engineered for performance and efficiency, it accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, delivering 295 lbs-ft. of torque without using a drop of gasoline. The Roadster travels 245 miles on a single charge and plugs into nearly any outlet in the world - allowing for uncompromised electric driving. The event was sponsored by Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for sponsoring the MCC Green Business Committee for 2011. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Michael Sexton, Tesla Motors addresses guests at the MCC Transportation Transformation Series: Opening Reception at Tesla Showroom. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce offers the business community a variety of perspectives of the direction of clean transportation in New York and beyond. They will explore specific modes such as electric vehicles, carshare (electric and not), bikeshare, water ferry and other innovative modes.  They also looked at opportunities generated by new clean transit centers, and examined the opportunities all of this offers both local business and the local economy. The series began with a reception at Tesla Motors New York showroom.  Guests were invited to learn about these game-changing concepts that will very soon be redefining transportation and meet the people at the forefront of the clean transportation movement.

Willem Houck, ParkPod speaking at MCC Transportation Transformation Series: Opening Reception at Tesla Showroom held  May 11, 2011 at Tesla Motors New York, 511 West 25th Street, New York. This exciting series was presented by MCC's Green Business Committee, MCC's Tech and Innovation Committee and E3NYC. The MCC offers the business community a variety of perspectives of the direction of clean transportation in New York and beyond. The Tesla Roadster is the world's only automobile that offers supercar performance without supercar emissions. Engineered for performance and efficiency, it accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, delivering 295 lbs-ft. of torque without using a drop of gasoline. The Roadster travels 245 miles on a single charge and plugs into nearly any outlet in the world - allowing for uncompromised electric driving. The event was sponsored by Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for sponsoring the MCC Green Business Committee for 2011. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Willem Houck, ParkPod speaking at MCC Transportation Transformation Series: Opening Reception at Tesla Showroom held May 11, 2011 at Tesla Motors New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

The Tesla Roadster is the world’s only automobile that offers super-car performance without super-car emissions. Engineered for performance and efficiency, it accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, delivering 295 lbs-ft. of torque without using a drop of gasoline. The Roadster travels 245 miles on a single charge and plugs into nearly any outlet in the world – allowing for uncompromisable electric driving.

The event was sponsored by Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for sponsoring the MCC Green Business Committee for 2011. For more information on how you can earn cash rebates and incentives for your buildings’ energy efficiency upgrades, contact the Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program office at (877) 797-6347 or visit their website www.conEd.com/energysavings.

For further information about the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) or the MCC Green Business Committee, please contact: Laura Bucko, Vice President/Director of Communications, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. 212-473-7875 or www.manhattancc.org or www.manhattanccgreen.org. Established in 1920!