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Jack Halpern – Co-Founder and Industry Advisor is the leading elder advocate in the country. Jack started his career at the age of twenty-three as a Nursing Home housekeeping manager, and grew quickly to the administrators’ role, where he learned the art Elder Advocacy.
Jack is the industry wide expert in caring for elders through crisis and transitions and brings that experience to ZAGE. Jack trains and supports our ZAGEPros using his more than 45 years of experience in eldercare. Jack is very often called in as an expert for media and his extensive blog posts are read by thousands of people.
Jack is on the leading edge of understanding what people want and need as they age.
Founder and CEO
Claudine Halpern – Founder and CEO has many years of experience working with startups as a mentor and advisor. Claudine’s career trajectory started 39 years ago on Wall Street as a computer programmer and grew to technology management consulting. Claudine specialized in fixing broken projects to deliver quality to her clients. Claudine’s consulting clients included: Chase Manhattan Bank, New York Stock Exchange, Barclays Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Citibank, Fiserv, Fidelity, Prudential, and many more.
She had been working in Eldercare for over 5 years and recognized the need for technological solutions to the elder care market. ZAGE was created when she realized the scope of the on-demand care problem and the size of the market.
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Co-Founder and General Counsel
Andrew Cooper – Co-Founder and General Counsel, for ZAGE, where he is responsible for all legal functions, as well as business development, marketing, communications, and regulatory functions.
In addition to having represented Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, real estate developers, and healthcare companies in a variety of legal matters, Andrew has helped helm several small to mid-market companies, where he was responsible for negotiating major transactions, joint-venture and licensing agreements, branding, and product development. These roles included Robert’s American Gourmet, a major player in the salty snack food industry including the iconic brand “Pirate’s Booty,” where he facilitated the sale of a majority stake in the Company to VMG Partners and Driven Capital Management for over $70 million. Later, Andrew was one of the founders of a global telemedicine company, First Medicine, where he helped develop a technology based operational platform to expand healthcare availability across the US and Asia. Then, at Love Cooking Company, a kitchenware company, Andrew was responsible for securing a lucrative multi-year integrated licensing agreement with the producers of “Hell’s Kitchen” (HK) TV show with Gordon Ramsey.
Andrew earned his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law where he was on the Editorial Board of the Hofstra Law Review, a Master of Legal Letters from New York University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Hofstra University.
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Thomas Mohen – Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer – has a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years in general business matters and high-stakes commercial litigation. Tom represents individuals, businesses, financial institutions, and government units, often serving as a trusted strategic advisor to senior management. He is well known as a source for critical advice in “bet-the-company” situations, and his expertise includes corporate and litigation relating to sensitive negotiations, acquisitions, reorganizations, employment law and general business matters. Tom’s clients span a wide range of industries and sizes including Fortune 500 companies and large financial institutions, middle market industry leaders, service organizations and community icons. Tom’s experience in leading technology and financial companies through private and public equity financings included a stint as President of Proginet Corporation (OTC: PRGF), a communications software developer, where he completed distribution, licensing, JV and sharing arrangements throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Tom received his A.B. from Boston College in 1979, cum laude, and his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1982, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi and a full scholarship Trustee Scholar.