Exclusive Knowledge-Sharing Network of Industry Leaders

We provide intimate and noteworthy networking opportunities for our members to exchange high-value information, winning advice, and proven solutions.

  

 

  

Why Connex Partners?

Industry leaders regularly consult with peers; however, their personal networks are often limited in size and scope—especially when it comes to leveraging others' experiences to solve their own problems. To bridge this gap, we built a community of members that operates like a giant personal network—a place where executives can ask peers from opposite ends of the country, and sometimes in entirely different industries, what works for them. We also provide access to tools that help our members implement these strategies and solutions.

Benjamin Collins, Founder & President
Benjamin Collins Founder & President
Benjamin Collins, Founder & President
Benjamin Collins Founder & President

Benjamin Collins, one of the founders of Connex Partners, brings 20 years of experience to his role at Connex. Collins’ sense of humor, positive perspective on life and passion for helping clients succeed has helped shape Connex’s company culture and inspires employees to strive to achieve their personal bests.

When Collins isn’t in the office, you can find him hitting the slopes, taking a long run or practicing Transcendental Meditation.

Andrew Johnson, Founder & Executive Vice President
Andrew Johnson Founder & Executive Vice President
Andrew Johnson, Founder & Executive Vice President
Andrew Johnson Founder & Executive Vice President

Andrew Johnson is one of the founding partners of Connex and remains an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the company. An “in-the-trenches” executive with over 25 years of experience, Johnson’s foresight and strategic thinking has been essential to the growth of Connex, as well as our members and partners.

When he’s not in the office, you can find him playing sports or spending time with his family.

Robert Patteri, Senior Vice President, Strategy
Robert Patteri Senior Vice President, Strategy
Robert Patteri, Senior Vice President, Strategy
Robert Patteri Senior Vice President, Strategy

Robert Patteri brings a unique perspective to Connex. An executive with over 16 years experience in enterprise marketing and business development, Patteri has also spent 25 years in the entertainment industry as an actor, performing on stage and screen all over the world. His greatest strengths lie in building relationships and bringing out the best in people.

Patteri is an ordained pastor and a board member of Global Ministries and Relief Canada. He enjoys mission work, having spent time in Haiti and the Far East. In his off hours, he and his wife help their daughter pursue her career in the arts and entertainment industry.

Francisco Clough, Senior Vice President, Consulting
Francisco Clough Senior Vice President, Consulting
Francisco Clough, Senior Vice President, Consulting
Francisco Clough Senior Vice President, Consulting

Francisco “Cisco” Clough is a goal-oriented executive who works with his team by focusing on accomplishing the objective at hand. He extends the same strategy when collaborating with our partners to help them reach their milestones for success.

Clough is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. When he’s not at work, Clough’s life is happily consumed by his two little boys and his wife.

Gia Özdemir, Senior Vice President, Client Relations
Gia Özdemir Senior Vice President, Client Relations
Gia Özdemir, Senior Vice President, Client Relations
Gia Özdemir Senior Vice President, Client Relations

A native of Turkey, Gia Gül Özdemir brings a diverse background to Connex. Her colleagues describe her a tenacious, hard-working and organized leader. An effective communicator, Özdemir is committed to creating an environment where all of Connex’s partners thrive and become long-term members of the Connex family.

Özdemir enjoys playing the piano, singing, swimming, tennis and traveling. She also speaks five languages. Özdemir’s golden retriever, Bailey, is in the process of becoming certified as a therapy dog, so they can help patients in cancer centers and children's hospitals.

Tracy Cotton-Martin, Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Tracy Cotton-Martin Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Tracy Cotton-Martin, Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Tracy Cotton-Martin Vice President, Strategic Alliances

Tracy Cotton-Martin’s mission is to create a world-class experience for Connex’s members. She spent the last 10 years in the corporate world, building a reputation for herself as a strategic thinker and problem solver with the innate ability to inspire her team to consistently deliver results. Over the course of her expansive career, Cotton-Martin has partnered with a diverse group of organizations from the White House to Fortune 1000 companies.

Cotton-Martin studied political science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and went on to obtain a master’s degree from rival school, University of Southern California (USC).

Jennifer McGrail, Vice President, Operations
Jennifer McGrail Vice President, Operations
Jennifer McGrail, Vice President, Operations
Jennifer McGrail Vice President, Operations

Besides the founding partners, Jennifer McGrail is Connex’s longest tenured employee, a badge of honor she wears with pride. A diligent worker, who is cost-conscious and process-orientated, McGrail believes in leading by example. She inspires her team with a reminder that all teammates are capable of shaping the future of success for themselves and this organization.

When McGrail isn’t at work, you can find her spending time at home with her newborn daughter, husband, and their fluffy persian cat, Leia.

Chalen Mitchell, Vice President, People & Process Improvement
Chalen Mitchell Vice President, People & Process Improvement
Chalen Mitchell, Vice President, People & Process Improvement
Chalen Mitchell Vice President, People & Process Improvement

Chalen Mitchell’s top-notch interpersonal and organizational skills helped her quickly become a valued member of the management team. She is dedicated to ensuring that Connex provides employees a productive work environment and creating a culture of vibrant innovation and success.

Mitchell attended The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where she majored in international relations and global studies. A California native, Mitchell enjoys spending most of her free time exploring the place she now calls home, New York City.

“Utterly unique, I’ve never attended anything before with my true peers, at my level, living with more or less the same issues. It put the value of real networking and benchmarking in a new light for me.”

—Suresh Srinivasan, Chief Technology Officer at NYU Langone Medical Center

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