About WVI Founders

The Wealth and Values Initiative was started to support the successful intergenerational transfer of legacy family wealth and values. With an emphasis on preparing Legacy Families and their businesses for intergenerational, international, and intercultural success, WVI’s unique programs provide thought leadership and best practices, high level peer-to-peer networking experiences, groundbreaking Next Gen programs, and exposure to compelling co-investment opportunities. This gives our participants the opportunity to make an impact at family, local, national, and global levels as they move from success to significance.

Jeremiah Schnee
Founder, WVI

Jeremiah Schnee has been recognized as one of the most respected business advisors in the Tri-State area – bringing his clients over 20 years of experience delivering innovative business advisory services and growth strategies.

Jeremiah is Founder of the Wealth and Values Initiative (WVI) – a rapidly growing Community of Legacy Families passionate to learn and apply Best Practices in the Intergenerational transfer of Wealth and Values. Jeremiah also co-founded iLEAD – an elite international exchange and leadership program that focuses on building robust business action networks for future family business leaders and first time wealth creators from American, Western and Chinese family enterprises.
As Founder of Next Opportunity Group - Jeremiah translates Best Practices from multinational clients - including Allstate, Pfizer, Colgate Palmolive and Northrop Grumman - to the dynamic businesses of leading middle market CEOs and owner-entrepreneurs. He partners with them to develop and implement strategies that drive their business to the next level, while enhancing operational excellence, profitability, and company equity value.

Prior to launching his consulting practice, Jeremiah gained his early business skills within a successful family business; founded, managed, and sold several businesses; and co-founded and directed an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting global free enterprise as it emerged in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and throughout the developed world. This diverse, hands-on background allows him to bring a “big picture” perspective – rigorously focused upon implementation and results – to his clients.

Jeremiah recently delivered strategy education, coaching, and implementation training to 25 high potential diverse CEOs through the Six Parallel Tracks to Success Program™, based upon NextOpp's proprietary methodology and provided in conjunction with pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. and the PA-NJ-DE Chapter of the Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC).

Jeremiah is frequently quoted in print and on air and is a sought-after speaker by business groups, civic organizations, and universities. He served as a Moderator for The HSBC International CEO Roundtable, and speaker for The New York Enterprise Report’s Hidden Opportunities & Challenges of Doing Business in Asia. Mr. Schnee also served as a judge for the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Chapter’s Top 10 Businesses Awards, and for the New York Enterprise Report’s annual Small Business Awards. Jeremiah also served as Strategic Marketing Advisor to CEWIT, The Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Jeremiah’s business acumen is supported by his passion for bridging divides – be it between family generations, cultures, or nations – and strongly believes in the importance of maximizing social as well as financial capital.

Margaret Poswistilo Director, WVI

Margaret Poswistilo has over 18 years of experience as an expert Management Leadership Development Coach and Trainer and Human Resources Director – servicing clients primarily in the hospitality and healthcare fields. Ms. Poswistilo created and built a successful training firm which helped businesses primarily in the service industries increase their revenues by improving their manager's leadership decision making skills and the companies’ overall quality of service. Her clients included Trump International Hotels, Plaza Athenee, the University and Union Clubs, New York Downtown Hospital and Equinox Health Clubs.
In addition to her Human Resources and Training career track, Ms. Poswistilo has valuable experience on the operations side of business. As the General Manager of Holiday Inn LaGuardia and Assistant General Manager of the Wall Street District Hotel, she was responsible for generating revenues, managing budgets, operating the hotels and leading over 100 employees. Prior to that, she held several Director positions in Human Resources, Training and Sales & Marketing for Intercontinental Hotels Group, Westin and Omni Hotels.
Ms. Poswistilo is currently responsible for Vice President of Operations and Human Resources Director at Next Opportunity Group. She co-created and facilitated the innovative Six Parallel Tracks to Success Program™ for the Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE, sponsored by Merck Corporation. She is certified in a number of training processes focusing on change management and quality control.
Margaret has also worked closely with the Vocational Foundation of NYC where she designed, implemented and facilitated Leadership Training and successful work skill programs for young adults attempting to enter the workforce. Many of her program participants went on to successful careers in the banking, hospitality and consumer products fields.

Peter Cuneo Chairman of the WVI Advisory Board

Peter Cuneo was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as among the 10 top business CEO turnaround experts in the US today – and is best known for taking Marvel Comics out of bankruptcy – then selling it to Disney 9 years later for $ 4.3 Billion.
Peter traces the success of his many turnaround endeavors to two areas of critical expertise – strong leadership – and the essential role of a dynamic corporate culture.Peter is currently the Chairman and Acting CEO of Iconix – and is also Managing Partner of Cuneo Capital Partners.
He has completed seven turnarounds of distressed branded businesses in the global media and consumer products sectors since 1983.
From 1999 to 2009, Peter played a lead role in the turnaround of Marvel Entertainment Inc. (NYSE - MVL). As President and CEO, he led Marvel, post-bankruptcy, to a prominent position in the entertainment industry. He then served as Vice Chairman of the board, providing active leadership as Marvel grew to one if the world's leading entertainment brands and culminating in its $4 billion sale to Disney at the end of 2009.
Peter had served as a senior advisor to a large distressed and special situations hedge fund. He was involved with the firm's private investments and portfolio companies in the consumer, entertainment and media sectors and co-invested in select companies including West World Media and Unifund.
Previously, Peter was President and CEO of Remington Products Company. He joined the company as it was near bankruptcy and, in less than four years, executed a successful turnaround of the business and facilitated its sale to private equity investors.
Peter has also served as President of the Security Hardware Group of Black & Decker Corporation, President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Group in Canada and President of the Clairol Personal Care Group.
After earning his undergraduate degree, Peter served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He has substantial experience as a board member of a variety of public and private companies such as Marvel Entertainment Inc. (NYSE - MVL), Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ - ICON), West World Media (Private), WaterPik Technologies Inc. (NYSE - PIK) and Remington Products Company (Private).
Peter currently sits on the board of the US National Archives in Washington, DC. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and holds a B.S. in Glass Science (Ceramic Engineering) from Alfred University, where he has served on the Board of Trustees since 1990, and currently serves as its Chairman.

E. Paul du Pont III WVI Dinner Chairman, and Advisory Board Member

MBA, CIMA®
Paul began his Wall St. career in 1968 after serving in the U.S. Navy. He served in various management positions at Francis I. du Pont & Co., second largest Broker-Dealer in the United States at that time. His service included Strategic Planning, Municipal Bond Underwriting and Assistant to the Managing Partner. In the last category he was instrumental in selling the firm to H. Ross Perot.
After attending Columbia Business School, he engaged in a series of entrepreneurial activities including real estate development, a managed commodities futures fund and a series of national level bankruptcy consulting assignments culminating in a position in the Reorganization Department of Coopers and Lybrand.
In 1993 he reentered the Financial Services Industry at MeesPierson, a Dutch merchant bank. At MeesPierson he was a Vice President of Corporate Finance and generated alternative investment vehicles, mainly consisting of offshore funds. He also served as the Financial Operations Principal and Compliance Officer.
Since his service at MeesPierson, Paul has engaged in various consulting assignments including the formation of several SBIC’s. He joined Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor in January of 2003 and moved to Smith Barney with the Meridian Group in November of 2005. After 3½ years he left Smith Barney to resume independent consulting activities.
Paul graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Economics. He has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. He was a member of the Varsity Crew at Princeton and has participated in two Olympic trials. He founded and coached the Barnard College Women’s Crew and sent two of his oarswomen to the first Olympic trials for women’s rowing. In 1988 he won his class in the Newport – Bermuda sailing race. He is a pilot with ratings in gliders and multi-engined seaplanes. He has also been a member of the National Ski Patrol for 40 Years. He lives in Harding Township, New Jersey with his wife, Harty, and is an 8th generation member of the Du Pont family
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