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Keynote Speaker Michael Sonnenfeldt

Michael Sonnenfeldt

Founder and Chairman at Tiger 21

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Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is the Founder and Chairman of TIGER 21 LLC, the premier network of peer-to-peer learning groups for high net worth wealth creators across North America, most of whom are former entrepreneurs who have sold their businesses or had substantial liquidity events. TIGER 21’s 500 members collectively manage approximately $50 billion in personal assets.

Until August of 2017, Mr. Sonnenfeldt was Chairman of Canadian publicly traded Carmanah Technologies Corp., that designs, manufactures and distributes solar powered signaling and lighting systems for infrastructure applications globally.  During his 4 year term, the company’s stock rose 5 fold from its low and the market cap of the company rose from under $10 million to over $100 million (Canadian).

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is also Chairman of MUUS & Company LLC, a private investment company.  A principal focus of MUUS is environmental impact investing, and MUUS holds or has recently held interests in solar panel, energy storage, wave power and digital control technologies related to a solar and alternative energy future.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt was the Founder of Emmes & Company which he grew to $1 billion in Real Estate Assets during the 90’s.  His partners enjoyed a 38% IRR during his tenure, and he sold his interest in Emmes in 1998

His first major Real Estate development was the 2.4 million sq ft Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, NJ, which commenced in 1982 and was the nation’s then largest commercial redevelopment at the time.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is Phi Beta Kappa and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  He has received an Honorary Doctorate from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is currently:

  • Member of the board (formerly Chairman of the Investment Committee) of Earthjustice, the largest non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting the environment.
  • Board member and Chairman of the Development Committee of Center for New American Security, which specializes in US national security and defense issues.
  • Co-founder of No Labels a bi-partisan political reform organization working to bring America’s leaders together to solve our nation’s toughest problems. No Labels has inspired the creation of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus—which works across the aisle to get things done.
  • Advisory board member of MIT’s Sloan Sustainability Initiative where he participates in Renewable Energy Finance panels, where Sloan alumni work together to address the issues of financing the transition to sustainability.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is:

  • Founder and former Chairman of the Israel Policy Forum, a leadership organization focused on creating a just and lasting peace in the middle east.
  • Former Chairman of the Executive Committee of The United Nations Association (of the United States),
  • Former Board Member of Business Executives for National Security, and former Board and Executive Committee Member of the Synergos Institute.
  • Co-Founder and former Chairman of The Humpty Dumpty Institute, where he personally led Peacekeeping Inspection teams to 28 conflict and war zones during the 1990’s.
  • Former Board Member of the Arnold P Gold Foundation, dedicated to advancing the practice of Humanism in Medicine.
  • A former senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School where he developed and co-taught a course on “Business and the Nation’s Security”.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is a passionate sailor, photographer and dabbles as a designer of clothing generally based on his own photographs or textiles from Japan.

Testimonials 4

  • “Like no one else, Michael has his finger on the pulse of wealth creation and the resulting inter-personal complexities.  I am grateful for one of the most creative and contemporary perspectives our clients have heard in years.”

    Gregory T. Rogers

    Founder & Managing Partner, RayLign Advisory

  • “Michael Sonnenfeldt’s keynote at our Impact Capitalism Summit was fabulous.  He is articulate, thoughtful and a leader in the investment community.  We were so very honored to have him as our featured presenter.  I believe that his role at our event allowed us to reach the next level as a company and international thought leader.”

    Shawn Lesser

    Co-Founder, Big Path Capitol

  • “Starting a business is extremely difficult. Succeeding is even harder. And while there are no substitutes for hard work and good luck, there is a lot that entrepreneurs can learn from people – like Michael Sonnenfeldt – who have known both success and failure.Think BIGGER offers a wealth of wisdom.”

    Michael Bloomberg

    Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies

  • “Whether you are a successful entrepreneur or just starting out, Michael Sonnenfeldt’s book, Think BIGGER, shines a light on the often misunderstood challenges and lessons every business person should know. Wherever you are in your journey, read this book closely and you will be on the road to understanding what it takes to start a business, to compete, and to win.”

    Tony Robbins

    Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Life Coach

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