iST Advisory Board

The iST Advisory Board consists of a diverse group of executives each bringing something unique to the table.  From sales & business development executives to marketing leaders and entrepreneurs, we’ve brought together a group of influencers to better curate the iST experience.

Brandon Bissell

Ballpark Music


Chris Ellett
Vice President


Ellen Engel
Elevate USA & Southeast Florida Women’s Alliance


Rich Hayes
Vice President – Regional Director
Empire Valuation Consultants

Rich is a Vice President – Regional Director at Empire Valuation Consultants, where he has worked since 2010.


He has over 30 years of experience in the estate and trust industry and is responsible for furthering the development of Empire’s valuation services in trust, estate, private equity and hedge funds. He also lectures on various topics including estate planning, sales and marketing.


Rich’s experience includes the administration of complex closely held assets and the implementation of sophisticated planning structures for bank clients. These client businesses encompass industries such as manufacturing and distribution, publishing, construction, transportation and retail chains, to name a few.


Prior to joining Empire, Rich served as a senior trust officer and vice president at U.S. Trust Company and Deutsche Bank, where he worked in the New York and Florida markets. He was also an advisor to the board of a manufacturing business with over $150MM in annual sales.

David McGowan
Vice President of Sales
IM Supply


Pamela Michaels
Senior Vice President
Asset Preservation, Inc.

Pamela A. Michaels, Esq. is an attorney and has acted as Senior Vice President of Asset Preservation, Inc. since 2004. Pamela specializes in guiding attorneys, CPAs, investors, financial advisors and other real estate professionals through the regulations and requirements of IRC §1031. Pamela dedicates a significant portion of her time to providing practical presentations to accountants, attorneys, real estate brokers and investors throughout New York and the Northeast featuring real-life exchange scenarios to illustrate a wide range of investment and tax strategies.


Prior to joining Asset Preservation, Inc., Pamela served as an executive and general counsel to diverse financial organizations and real estate companies. Pamela became known early in her career for her work out strategies in the commercial sector and was successful in assisting a number of financial institutions resolve their non-performing real estate portfolios during the S&L crisis. Pamela has a strong background in the operational, financial and legal aspects of real estate, including real estate acquisitions, financing, construction and sales.


Asset Preservation, a subsidiary of Stewart Title Company, is a leading national IRC §1031 “Qualified Intermediary” and is efficiently handling exchanges in every state. Combining a national title company as a partner has proven to be the approach of choice by astute investors. Asset Preservation is one of the most respected national “Qualified Intermediaries” in the United States and has successfully completed over 160,000 §1031 exchanges throughout the nation and more than $1 billion in exchanges in the Northeast alone.

Steve Menc
VP Business Development



Amelia Putnam
Travel Recruiter

Aya Healthcare


Alex Sandkuhl
Director of Sales

InSync Healthcare Solutions

For the past decade, Alex has built and led record breaking sales teams in a range of technology companies. Currently, he serves as the Director of Sales for InSync Healthcare Solutions, a rapidly growing medical software company in Tampa, FL where he has doubled the company’s annual revenue in only 2 years. His expertise is on hypergrowth sales and marketing in early, mid, and late stage technology companies. Alex is also the Co-Host of Why Tampa Bay, a web series sponsored by Chase about starting and growing businesses in Tampa Bay.