Beyond The Boroughs :: National Scholarship Fund

Board of Directors

Tutan Reyes, Founder

Tutan ReyesAs an offensive lineman in the National Football League, Tutan Reyes’ primary responsibility was to eliminate any obstacles that stood in the way of the quarterback’s ability to perform and achieve. As a philanthropist off the field, Reyes strives to eliminate any obstacles that stand in the way of college-bound students’ abilities to perform and achieve.

Tutankhamen “Tutan” Reyes was raised in Jamaica, Queens by a single mother who was driven to help her son pursue both his athletic and his academic goals. Raised in a house filled with love and support, Reyes was always pushed to dream big.

As a youth, Reyes had two vastly different dreams for his future. One was to play professional football and the other was to be a successful executive with a corner office. But growing up in the inner-city, he knew either dream would be a big challenge. The answer to those challenges of course, was in higher education.

Through hard work and determination, Reyes earned All-Queens honors at August Martin High School and was selected to the Coaches All-City Football Team in 1994. His commitment to athletics and academics did not end in Queens. After graduation, by way of an athletic scholarship, Reyes attended The University of Mississippi where he made the Dean’s Honor Roll and was the SEC All-Academic Honor Roll Choice in 1996 and 1999. After four years, Reyes graduated with a degree in Business Management and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. From the Saints, he went on to play with the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, and the Houston Texans.

Today, Reyes pursues his other long-held dream. He sports his business suit and networks with other like-minded individuals who share his commitment to removing financial hurdles from the dreams of all college-bound students. With persistence and dedication, Reyes has made both of his dreams a reality.

Now a devoted father, a respected athlete, a savvy entrepreneur and an upstart philanthropist, Reyes is fully aware of how much his own academic opportunities have contributed to his enviable success in life. This scholarship fund was created by a man who understands firsthand how the advantage of a higher education can carry a person out into the world and… Beyond the Boroughs.

Paul Seres, Secretary & Treasurer

In 2008 Paul formed Helios Hospitality Group, LLC, a hospitality development holding company that is currently developing an enclosed rooftop restaurant/lounge/event space in the Fashion District. Additionally, Paul is developing a restaurant lounge concept in lower Manhattan. Prior to forming Helios Hospitality and immediately upon graduation from college, Paul formed his own production company making Off-Broadway plays, independent films and producing and co-producing music videos for acts including Run DMC, Mary J. Blige, and Sting. He continued to work in the short format by directing and producing commercials and on-air promotional spots for clients and later added television programming to his work in television.

In 1999, Paul joined Big Fat, a New York based marketing and event agency where he became their in-house event producer and creative director. While at Big Fat, Paul produced national tours and events for clients such as PepsiCo, Lucky Strike, Kool, Seagrams, The History Channel, Stouffers’, and Nintendo. In 2001, Paul produced the national rollout tour for Nintendo’s GameCube, a 12-city tour that created 5000 sq. ft. nightclubs out of raw retail spaces in each of the cities. The tour won both a Gold Reggie and a Bronze Reggie for the gaming manufacturer.

In 2002 Paul formed Alba Creative, a boutique branding agency specializing in helping clients receive maximum return on their investment from their target audience. In addition to being Chief Strategy Officer, Paul helped create and directed all on-air television and radio spots for their client roster.

In July of 2005 Paul became the Managing Member of Ruby Falls Partners, LLC, a holding company that operated Sol Nightclub, a lounge in Chelsea’s trendy warehouse district. Sol has become the destination for upscale urban parties & entertainment for a long list of celebrities and athletes.

Paul is the current President of the New York Nightlife Association and co wrote the Best Practices Guide for Bars and Nightclubs along with the New York City Police Department. In January of 2009, Paul helped create the Nightlife Preservation Community, a mobilization of the thousands of employees, patrons, and ancillary businesses that are all affected by NYC’s vibrant night-time economy. Paul is also a member of Manhattan’s Community Board 4 where he is on the Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Business, Licensing and Permitting Committee, the Quality of Life Committee, and is Co-Secretary for the full board.

Paul holds a Bachelor Fine Arts in theatre and a minor in film production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Bachelor Fine Arts in Music Composition with a minor in physics from New York University’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Eun S. Cho

Eun S. Cho works in asset management as a Portfolio Analyst/Manager with Victory Capital Management Inc., an investment advisory firm that manages $45 billion in assets for institutions and individuals. He and his team seek investment opportunities in international markets. Mr. Cho focuses on small to mid cap companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and South East Asia. Prior to joining Victory, Mr. Cho worked as an Analyst at Fiduciary Trust Company International where he specialized in Asia-Pacific small cap companies.

Fluent in Korean and English, Mr. Cho came to the United States from South Korea at an early age with his parents and younger brother, Sang. They grew up in Jacksonville, FL where his parents currently reside. To this day, Mr. Cho remains an avid Jaguars fan and a faithful season ticket holder even though he now calls New York City’s Upper West Side home.

Mr. Cho studied at both Columbia University, where he received a B.S. degree in Operations Research, and Jacksonville University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics.

An active philanthropist, Mr. Cho sits as co-chair of the fundraising committee of the Korean American Community Foundation’s Steering Committee (KACF) www.kacfny.org. A local foundation, KACF awards grants to deserving Korean and Asian social service organizations in the greater New York area. Mr. Cho plays an integral role in KACF’s fundraising efforts. In addition, Mr. Cho serves as a Executive Board member of the Columbia Engineering Young Alumni Association in charge of alumni relations.

Blair Fensterstock

Blair C. Fensterstock is the Founding and Managing Partner of Fensterstock & Partners LLP, a complex commercial litigation boutique.  Mr. Fensterstock received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1975, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College in 1972, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Fensterstock has served as General Counsel of Frank B. Hall & Co., Inc., Associate General Counsel in charge of litigation at Reliance Group Holdings, Inc., was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, and was an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Among his other accomplishments, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Policy Council, has been President of the New York American Inn of Court, is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation,  a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, has chaired the Products Liability Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, served as a member of the Special Committee of the New York State Bar Association to review the Proposed Code of Evidence for the State of New York, served as the Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights and the Counsel of New York Law Associates, was Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Center for Security Policy, and  was a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia University School of Law. He has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2006

Mr. Fensterstock has served as Liaison Counsel on all of the civil litigation arising out of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, represented all of the senior partners of Arthur Andersen who were seeking their retirement benefits when that entity imploded, has been heavily involved in tax shelter litigation, and has special expertise in the areas of  insurance, reinsurance, employment, securities, non-compete, trade secret and confidential information, defamation, construction, contracts, partnership disputes, and product liability litigation. Mr. Fensterstock has appeared as a speaker and panelist on ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg News, among others, and has published on various legal issues, including authoring the Chapter on “The Complaint” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts.

Mr. Fensterstock prides himself in leading his firm in complex litigation with a keen sense of humor and a sharp perspective on a result-oriented process. He enjoys his family and fully partakes of his passion for golf, being a member of, among others, the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle and the Eden Club in Scotland, as well as Pinehurst Country Club and the Bayonne Golf Club.

Mr. Fensterstock has litigated and arbitrated disputes throughout the United States, and in England, the Hague, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, among other venues.

Brian Fink

Brian is a Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor for a boutique Private Wealth Management firm in Westport, Connecticut. His team exclusively works with wealthy families, executives, entrepreneurs, and entertainers, helping them plan and manage all aspects of their finances. Brian is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who specializes in comprehensive Wealth Analysis & Financial Forecasting, Customized Portfolio Management, Private Banking, Risk Management, and Wealth Protection. Brian and his team are responsible for overseeing the management of over a Quarter of a Billion Dollars in private client assets. Brian is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he majored in Political Science with a Minor in Economics and currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

Thomas Foley

Tom is the managing director of Indigo Group’s Dallas office, as well as a founding partner of Foley Shechter LLP, a New York based business law firm.

During Tom’s 20+ years, he has worked with clients, ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 Companies, assisting with a myriad of business and legal concerns, including risk management, real estate matters, contractual issues, and mergers and acquisitions. Tom is also active in the hospitality industry, leading the development of a fast casual restaurant in the State of Texas. Yet, Tom’s greatest enjoyment comes when teaching. He has had the opportunity to teach high school students in East Elmhurst, New York as well as college students, serving as a visiting professor in the fields of constitutional law and judicial process. Tom strongly feels that the ability to challenge students to think critically and to engage with those students presents a dynamic environment not found in the halls of office buildings. Beyond the Boroughs offers opportunities for young minds to continue on their educational journey, and Tom welcomes being a contributor to this great effort.

Tom is a graduate of Colgate University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, as well as a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. Tom resides in Dallas, with his wife and two children. He enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams as well as training for marathons, having competed in, or perhaps better said, having completed, marathons for over 15 years.

Andrew Kahner

Andrew graduated at the top of his class from the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Business Information Systems and Logistics. In bond trading at Lehman Brothers, he quickly learned that institutional investment banking can be a zero sum game. Andrew chose to become a financial advisor at UBS so that he could partake in a win-win scenario. Now, he gets a huge sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from his job. Among his clients, he learns who needs to be aggressive…and who needs to play it safer. His job is surprisingly creative: it affords him the ability to adjust clients’ mix of assets and develop the ideal canvas.

Andrew currently lives in New York and is a New York Giants season ticket holder.

Lisa Loew

Lisa Loew has more than 25 years of resourceful, creative, and productive sales experience. She joined VSTOCK Transfer, LLC in July of 2011. Lisa’s skills include extensive work as a sales trainer and manager as well as growing underdeveloped markets for several organizations in the legal and financial arenas. She has received recognition as a top performer and client service provider in all of the positions she has held. In her current position she is Vice President of Sales. Lisa has had the ability to grow and expand her network by providing outstanding customer service, developing fast friendships that are of a reciprocal nature. Lisa speaks several languages including, French, Hebrew, and Arabic. Lisa is married to Matthew Loew and has 3 children Yisroel, Abie and Sarina. When not working Lisa enjoys playing basketball, soccer, taking the kids to football games, fishing and anything that she can enjoy together with her husband and children.

Beyond The Boroughs :: National Scholarship Fund