The Vanguard of Emerging Business Leaders

Hydra Collective was founded in June 2013 by five professionals seeking to fill an important niche : young professionals in their circle looking for a networking and business development resource they could call their own.

Hydra has since grown organically into an organization with a three-pronged mission: (Unity) bringing like-minded young professionals together to refer mutual business and sow the seeds of long-term relationships; (Mastery) offering a cutting-edge menu of continuing education and roundtable discussions to keep abreast of the latest industry news, trends, and techniques; and (Philanthropy) providing an avenue through which members can give back to the local community.

Hydra seeks to sustain positive progression through constant self-examination and self-improvement, both on an individual and a group level. At its core, Hydra is about lasting friendships, and it has revealed to all of its consistent participants how much more we can accomplish together than we could ever imagine to achieve apart.

We bring together professionals who are equally interested in bettering themselves in their field as they are giving their unique expertise to their community.


John Abreu

John Abreu is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, with an emphasis on investment, retirement planning, and wealth preservation.

kyle m. lawrence

Kyle M. Lawrence is an associate at the law firm of Moritt, Hock & Hamroff LLP, concentrating in corporate and securities law. He has been named a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers and honored by Long Island Business News twice: first as an honoree of its annual "40 Under 40" list and second as “One to Watch in Long Island Law."

Joseph M. Gaglio

Joseph M. Gaglio is the vanguard of the third generation of Integrity Advisors Pension Consultants, a boutique firm assisting its clients in the design, setup, and administration of qualified plans.

jason ruvin

Jason Ruvin is Vice President of Sales at A&C Management Group, Ltd., where he assists clients with life, health, and disability coverage. He is a proud supporter of the American Diabetes Association, the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, and the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce.

matthew e. rappaport

Matthew E. Rappaport is an associate at the law firm of Karol & Sosnik, P.C. He serves as co-vice chair of the Tax Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. His publications have appeared in Thomson Reuters’ Journal of Real Estate Taxation and the Journal of Taxation of Investments.

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Michael Garcia – Berdon LLP

Michael A. Garcia, CPA, CFE, CFF, J.D. is a manager in Berdon LLP’s Litigation, Valuation & Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Garcia works closely with attorneys in various dispute settings to analyze, quantify and report upon the economic damages related to their clients’ matters and to plan, perform and communicate the results of forensic accounting investigations with respect to entities who suspect or have been the victims of fraud including asset misappropriation and fraudulent financial reporting schemes. Mr. Garcia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York. Mr. Garcia also earned the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Ross Hurwitz – Berdon LLP

Ross A. Hurwitz, CFA is a manager in the Valuation Services group of Berdon LLP. He performs valuations of closely‑held companies, private equity carried interests and privately-held financial instruments primarily in connection with estate and gift tax reporting, litigation matters and transactions. Mr. Hurwitz graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science degree in management and marketing and has a Master of Business Administration degree in corporate finance and accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 2015, he earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.

Bob Van de Veire - Malecki Law

Robert Van De Veire is an attorney with the Manhattan firm Malecki Law representing investors and financial professionals in investment and securities industry disputes. He has been named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and serves as co-chair of the New York County Lawyers Association's Securities & Exchanges Committee. His articles regularly appear in leading industry publications.

Danielle White - Brown Advisory

Danielle White is a client advisor in Brown Advisory’s NY office. She is responsible for working with ultra-high net worth families to assess their financial situation and design an investment portfolio to meet their goals and objectives. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner at Hillview Capital Advisors, advising high net worth families and leading business development efforts. Prior to this, she was an assistant portfolio manager at Davy Stockbrokers Ireland. Danielle is a member of the NY Estate Planning Council. She currently serves on the leadership council and development committee for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.