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ADVISORY BOARD

Scott Felenstein

Scott Felenstein is the Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of National CineMedia (NCM), LLC and National CineMedia, Inc., based in the company’s New York office.

He joined NCM in 2017 from Discovery Communications, Inc. where he spent 17 years rising through the ranks in various management positions. Felenstein most recently served as executive vice president, national advertising sales, overseeing advertising sales for the company’s portfolio of networks across all platforms, along with managing relationships with top agencies and clients across the marketplace.

Felenstein was named as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s Next Wave of Leaders in 2013, and currently serves as President & Chairman of the Cinema Advertising Council (CAC). He holds a B.A. in Communication from the State University of New York Albany.

Tom Pendergast 

Successful contractor and entrepreneur with a little over 40 years of demonstrated Project Management skills that adept at exploring all construction options, negotiating and problem solving in Government and Private Sector clients. Overseeing a broad range of large-scale commercial, medical, gym and retail property renovations as well. I have expertise coordinating all phases of design and construction of multimillion-dollar homes, with a current high-end residential development project in the Village of East Hampton. I am also one of the founders of a new corporation in which we will be developing high-end smart technology of both residential and commercial properties. 

    In addition I have strong ties to the basketball community, having coached for over twenty years. I’ve also been fortunate to be blessed with five sons who play basketball. I’ve learned by experience from my sons every phase of basketball development from CYO through College basketball.

Matt Chasin

Matt has been involved with the NY Lightning for the past few years.  Matt has 25 years of financial services experience, working at various financial institutions.  Currently, Matt is a Senior Pension Fund Consultant at UBS.  Matt earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Virtual Enterprises, a non-profit.  Virtual Enterprise provides middle and high-school students meaningful skills-based career experiences. Matt lives in Ct. with his wife and three children.

Paul V. Atkins

Halmar International LLC

Member/Executive COO

Paul Atkins is a founder and the Executive Chief Operating Officer of Halmar International LLC, a heavy construction company specializing in transportation and infrastructure. He founded the company with partner Chris Larsen in 2005 after working in the Greater NYC heavy construction industry from 1993 until 2005. Prior to that, Paul worked as an Engineer for the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) in the Bay Area. Paul has a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. He has led many design/build and other significant projects for most agencies in the Greater NYC Area, including PANYNJ, MTA MNR, MTA NYCT, MTA LIRR, NYSDOT, NYCDOT and NJT. Some notable completed projects include the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and Deegan Expressway Interchange Reconstruction, Metro North Yankee Stadium Station, RFK Bridge Manhattan-Queens and several projects for East Side Access, No. 7 Line Extension, LGA Airport and JFK Airport. Current notable projects include the Kew Gardens Interchange, WMATA Potomac Yards Station in Alexandria, VA, and the $1.8B LIRR Third Track Project.

Paul's areas of expertise are engineering & construction, managing and leading professional, and creating a business and making it successful with strategic planning.

He has been married for 26 years and has four children.

Jesse Shapiro

Jesse Shapiro has coached and organized AAU grassroots basketball for thirteen years. Shapiro has cofounded two non for profit AAU programs: the New York Rens and the Metro Mavericks. When he joined New York Lightning, he cofounded New York Lightning Select, which is composed of highly academic players and players who are potential Division 1 prospects. Shapiro now coaches the New York Lighting Select 17U team that plays in the Hoop Group Showcase League (HGSL). In addition to Shapiro’s roles in New York Lightning, he has worked for the last six years for HRS Management founded by Josh Harris, who also founded Apollo Global Management, the largest alternative investment firm in the world, and who is the majority owner of the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers. In his playing days, Shapiro was a four-year varsity basketball starter for East Hampton High School where he was coached by hall of fame coach, Ed Petrie. Shapiro went on to play college basketball and he won back-to-back junior college national championships and was coached by Richard Wrase, another hall of fame coach.

John Carey

Jesse Shapiro has coached and organized AAU grassroots basketball for thirteen years. Shapiro has cofounded two non for profit AAU programs: the New York Rens and the Metro Mavericks. When he joined New York Lightning, he cofounded New York Lightning Select, which is composed of highly academic players and players who are potential Division 1 prospects. Shapiro now coaches the New York Lighting Select 17U team that plays in the Hoop Group Showcase League (HGSL). In addition to Shapiro’s roles in New York Lightning, he has worked for the last six years for HRS Management founded by Josh Harris, who also founded Apollo Global Management, the largest alternative investment firm in the world, and who is the majority owner of the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers. In his playing days, Shapiro was a four-year varsity basketball starter for East Hampton High School where he was coached by hall of fame coach, Ed Petrie. Shapiro went on to play college basketball and he won back-to-back junior college national championships and was coached by Richard Wrase, another hall of fame coach.