Steven Wishner is the Managing Partner of Flagg Capital, LLC, a real estate lender and investment management company. Mr. Wishner is also a General Partner of OurCrowd International, LLC, a unique international Venture Fund and equity-based crowd funding platform.
Mr. Wishner serves on the Board of the New England Region of the American Technion Society, which provides support to the Technion Institute of Technology, ranked among the world's leading technology universities.Additionally, he serves on the Board of Advisors to Scrub-A-Dub Car Care Services, the region's market leader, and on the Advisory Board for Next Stage Solutions, a financial services company providing interim and part-time CFO talent.
Previously, Mr Wishner was Senior Vice President, Finance, Strategy and Business Development of Charming Shoppes, Inc., a leading multi-channel specialty apparel retailer specializing in women's plus-size apparel with approximately 2,100 stores and annual sales of $2 billion.
Prior to joining Charming Shoppes, Mr. Wishner was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Sequel Management, LLC, a boutique private equity investment and advisory firm located in Boston. For the 3 years preceding his private equity and advisory experience at Sequel Management, Mr. Wishner was Chief Financial Officer of BuyerZone,com, Inc., a successful internet startup operation which he helped shepherd to profitability within 2 years of bringing its first product to market. BuyerZone was sold to Reed Business Systems and operates today as a division of that larger company.
From 1986 until 1999 Mr. Wishner served as Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer of The TJX Companies, Inc., the largest retailer of off-price family apparel in the United States, with annual sales then in excess of $8 billion. During his tenure at TJX Mr. Wishner participated in a complete restructuring of the company, which included the divestiture by IPO, spin-off or sale of numerous divisions and subsidiaries, the acquisition of several businesses, and various significant financings. Mr. Wishner also played an important role in the development of several international businesses for the company. During his tenure at the Company its market value grew from approximately $1.5 billion to $11.5 billion.
For the 6 years prior to his affiliation with TJX, Mr. Wishner was with Viacom International, Inc., where he was promoted from Director, Financial Services to Assistant Treasurer. From 1978 to 1981, he was with General Instrument Corporation. Mr. Wishner’s experience also includes several years of commercial banking with predecessors of JP Morgan Chase Bank, in New York City.
Mr. Wishner holds a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University and received an MBA degree in Corporate Finance from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University in 1976. He also holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Level Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.
He is a past Director of Sevo Nutraceuticals, Remote Video International, Inc. and Technical Communications Corporation (NASDQ: TCCO), as well as of Occupational Health Services, Inc. and a past Board Advisor to Vanguard Solar. Mr. Wishner has also served as a member of Protection Mutual Insurance Company’s Advisory Board, has been the Co-Chairman of the Alumni Executive Council’s Admission Commission at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and is a Founding Director of the Sudbury Educational Resource Fund. Mr. Wishner has also served on Sudbury’s Town Finance Committee as its Vice-Chairman.
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