Michael Benedek

Michael “The Bricklayer” Benedek

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Bio: President and CEO of leading independent data marketplace Datonics, with over 25 years in the Internet, financial services and healthcare fields based in New York and in Tel Aviv.

Why: When I think about opportunity, education is paramount. Without education, opportunity is finite. Since moving to NYC over 20 years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a mentor to a high school student and have been fortunate to be able to lend support to a number of local educational causes by being part of initiatives to build schools or provide learning opportunities for students within the business world. I was drawn to this initiative because of what those other experiences have taught me – a school is an open door to the world. It is truly humbling to be part of such an amazing cause and help open a world of opportunity to a community so far from home.