Last month, NowGen hosted its first Men’s Professional Panel, which offered the opportunity to hear successful businessmen talk about how Judaism has informed their careers. Co-chairs Chase Alyeshmerni and Jesse Rozio, along with the help of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, put the event together. Moderated by Ben Ellis, founder and designated broker of E&G Real Estate Services, the panel included Geoff Balon, legal advisor to the Mesa Police Department; Jay Feitlinger, founder and CEO of StringCan Interactive; Jonathan Hoffer, managing partner of SMS Financial; and Greg Saltz, founder of GPS Retail Advisor.
Ellis asked the panelists to talk about Judaism has propelled their careers, what Jewish principles they apply in business , how Judaism helped them navigate tough business situations and who their Jewish mentors have been.
The speakers provided varied perspectives. Feitlinger talked about a time when a business associate embezzled money, and the years it took years for him to pay the debt off — an effort motivated by his Judaism. Balon spoke of the ways Judaism helped him in his challenging role as a public servant. Saltz talked about a time when he prayed in Israel for guidance and was approached with a beneficial deal not long after. Hoffer offered advice on donations, explaining how he approaches the mitzvah of giving 10% when multiple causes put in requests.
There will be a NowGen Women’s Professional Panel in September. JN