Chris Dailey has spent his career building sales organizations for start-up web based technology companies and as a senior salesman in the financial services business. He has over 15 years sales and sales management experience and is currently serving as the SVP of sales for eWayDirect (Social Media, SEO and email marketing company). Prior to joining eWayDirect, Chris served as the head of sales for Internet based companies Altruik (Search Engine Optimization), Prescient Markets (Internet based securities trading) and DMIND (Website Development). Prior to working with start-up companies, Chris spent ten years on Wall Street. He began his career working in retail sales for Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. His success led to working as VP Fixed Income Institutional Salesman for Bankers Trust and Citigroup selling fixed income securities and derivatives to portfolio managers and central bankers.
Chris was a founder and sat on the board for Community School for Creative Education. He served as a CASA in San Francisco and does pro bono work for the Arts & Business Council. He holds a J.D., cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law; B.S., majoring in Finance, from Towson University; Admitted to the New York, California and D.C. Bar and is a certified FINRA Arbitrator.
Amanda Kerpius practiced, performed and choreographed dance for 26 years and maintains a special interest in supporting dance as a nonprofit fundraiser. In May 2001 she moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance, and in 2004 she co-produced a show called “Enfocus Dance” to bring awareness to the unique movement of contemporary jazz-dance. At the same time, Amanda sustained a career as a sales professional in the pharmaceutical industry. With nearly five years of documented sales experience in the for-profit sector, she transitioned, in 2008, from sales to nonprofit fundraising out of a desire to support dance and the performing arts in the U.S. and around the world. Amanda’s career transition is profiled in the March 15, 2010 edition of the NonProfit Times, "Changing Course. It's back to school for advancement.” She graduated from New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising with a M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking in May 2010. In that time, Amanda gained international work experience as a Fundraising Intern at the NGO called Dance for All in Cape Town, South Africa. As a culmination to her studies, she wrote an extensive report called “The Science of Raising Money for the Art of Dance.”
Amanda’s previous sales experience, masters degree and life-long love for dance continuously influences her work as a development professional. From 2008 to 2011 Amanda worked for a small, Brooklyn-based nonprofit called Young Dancers in Repertory. She gained critical experience working with the Executive Director to align fundraising strategy with organizational goals. Amanda developed and implemented all fundraising strategies securing gifts from major donors, board members, appeals, foundations, corporations, local, state and national art agencies as well as local elected officials. In 2011, Amanda joined the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem as the Individual Giving Manager. In her role at Dance Theatre of Harlem, she works in partnership with the development department, Executive Director and board to build a strong, prosperous major giving program, as well as developing a sustainable and effective board fundraising and participation strategy.
Jessica Lantos is an arts and business specialist with over seven years national experience in the for-profit and non-profit art worlds. Trained in modern and contemporary art, she works at Mana Contemporary, managing logistics and collections of art with collectors, galleries, museums, foundations and artists. She currently serves as Co-Chair and Board Member of ELNYA (Emerging Leaders of NY Arts). Previously, she worked at Heidi Lee Art Advisory, Neue Galerie and Sotheby's and completed USPAP appraisal certification in 2009. Jessica studied ballet and other dance forms for fifteen years, and has an M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin, as well as a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Boston College.
Antonia Savaria is an attorney specializing in investment adviser and broker-dealer regulatory compliance and corporate law in New York City. She obtained her law degree from Hofstra University and has a B.S. in Economics and Business Management from the University of New York at Stony Brook, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a Member of the Honors College.
Formerly, Antonia was a professionally trained dancer and choreographer, and has performed and also taught in Europe, Asia and the United States. She began to study dance at the age of seven. While presently working in the financial industry, Antonia's love and passion for dance and other performing arts have led her to volunteer for art organizations in New York City, and to provide pro bono services to various companies and performing artists as well.