Judging Panel

Mike Gochman, Partner/Northeast Region, Transwestern

Mike has been in the commercial real estate business for over 25 years, having held senior executive positions with The Rockefeller Group, Trump Organization, CB Richard Ellis and TechSpace, Inc. He founded and held the position of president & CEO of Gochman Group since 2002. Mike’s experience covers many aspects of the commercial real estate business such as tenant/landlord representation, in the office and retail sectors, investment brokerage, development, asset management, project management and structured finance. While at the Trump Organization, Mike was involved with acquisition sourcing and due diligence work. In addition, he was placed in charge of Mr. Trump’s acquisition of 40 Wall Street, a 1.2 million square foot, a 72-story office tower where he oversaw all aspects of the redevelopment, including design & engineering, construction marketing and leasing; creating $300 million in new value. 40 Wall Street is Mr. Trump’s most successful investment, based on total return on equity.

Mike is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, The American-Scandinavian Foundation and is involved with and supports various charitable organizations.He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Pace University.


Asher Levine, Fashion Designer,  AsherLevine.com

Asher Levine established his presence in contemporary menswear with his first collection in 2010 which received international attention for its innovative aesthetic in a market hungry for change. Since then, Levine's venture has grown from a shared West Village apartment to an internationally recognized brand with a distinct vision for menswear. Custom apparel serves as the backbone in Asher Levine's bussiness-model;hi-profile clientele such as Wil.i.am, Beyonce, Jim Steinman, Lady Gaga, Cirque du Soleil and many others from AL studio.

He is a Pace Alumni, BBA '10. Asher Levine Studio designs have been featured by CNN, MTV, The New York Observer, Interview, and Rolling Stone Magazine, amongst many others.


Ted M. Levine, Founder and Chairman, Development Counsellors International (DCI)

DCI is a firm that uniquely markets places for the purposes of economic development and tourism. Mr. Levine was CEO from the beginning in 1960 to 1993 when he became Chairman which he still is; he has worked with over 500 countries, states, cities and counties including 47 of the 50 US states. The firm currently has about 50 place clients and an approximately equal number of employees in its NYC Headquarters as well as branches in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto. In other activities Mr. Levine has served as Instructor at The New School, NYU and Palm Beach State College. He currently captains courses at Iona College in New Rochelle and the Jewish Center in Boynton Beach, FL. A graduate (MA-1950) of Cornell University, he is author of more than 100 articles, many of them f+ocusing on entrepreneurialism, and for many years served as the “quizmaster” for one of Westchester County’s most popular quiz shows. He has also served as a consultant to the United Nations on Economic Development and Tourism. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Economic Development Council (over 5,000 members).


David Sederholt, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Funding Source, Inc

David Sederholt received his BS in Biology from Pace in 1973. While working in the field of steroid biochemistry and enzyme kinetics first at the Rockefeller University and later at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug. Biomedical research by day and restaurants at night. One restaurant turned into many, with the culmination being an IPO of his casual dining restaurant chain. After selling his interest, he saw a market in servicing the hospitality industry and built a multifaceted firm to provide consulting services, real estate and business brokerage and management recruiting to large national chains and mom and pop entrepreneurs alike. Recognizing that all businesses needed capital to grow, he added small business finance to the list of services. Today, as COO of Strategic Funding Source, Inc., his company has finance over $700MM to over 13,000 businesses throughout the United States and Australia. An entrepreneur financing entrepreneurs.