Welcome Entrepreneurs


Please join us for an engaging evening of networking and learning with Greg Vangellow, CEO of RW Dake Construction

Greg is the recent winner of Rochester Business Person of the Year and will share his journey and lessons learned.

November 20, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oak Hill Country Club
145 Kilbourn Rd, Rochester, NY 14618

Greg Vangellow

Greg Vangellow

Founded in 1960, RW Dake Construction is a specialty general contractor operating out of seven regional offices across New York, New Jersey, Baltimore/DC and Philadelphia.  RW Dake Construction delivers the experience, quality and safety our customers count on. Thanks to the highest quality craftsmanship, a strict attention to detail, and a customer-centric approach, RW Dake is an established construction leader across many industries – from banking to corporate to healthcare.  Greg purchased RW Dake Construction in January 2002 at the age of 31 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Growing up the youngest of five kids, Greg was the beneficiary of what he refers to as the kitchen table MBA.  Dinner conversations often focused on the businesses his father, uncles, grandfather and mother managed. His brothers and sisters were living case studies of what worked and what didn’t. At a young age, the thought of owning a business was normal and very real.  It was only a matter of time before he found his own.

Greg has served on the Boards of the Mental Health Association and the Small Business Council and continues to be involved with each organization.  Greg’s current charitable passion involves coordinating the logistics for the SBC Cares backpack give back and Thanksgiving appeal.

Join us on November 20th!

*You must be a member of the Avanti Entrepreneur Network to attend. Looking to start your membership? Contact us!


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Avanti Members Holiday Party

Please join us for a members only Holiday Party at Lives Tiles in High Falls District. We’ll catch up, share some drinks, hors d’oeuvres and laughs!

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Live Tiles
61 Commercial St #200
Rochester, NY 14614
*Parking on street and High Falls Garage

Live Tiles Rochester NY

January Speaker Series

January 15, 2020
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Imagine Monroe City Place 50 W Main St
Rochester, NY 14614

(Parking is in the Sister Cities Garage on Fitzhugh Street)

Please join us for an engaging evening of networking and learning with Melanie DellaPietra, Founder of People Minded

The Building Blocks of Emotional Intelligence for Entrepreneurs

Research continues to show that not only is emotional intelligence (EI/EQ) a greater predictor of success than intellectual intelligence (IQ,) it also leads to a happier, healthier life.  While emotions can contribute to challenges, with EQ, they become resources to empower change, fuel collaboration, and spark innovation. The best part is, EI is learnable!

During this interactive presentation, participants will be introduced to an actionable model for practicing emotional intelligence with three important pursuits; becoming more aware, more intentional and more purposeful.  All participants will also have the option to receive their personalized, Unlocking EQ Report (UEQ.)

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the benefits of EI as it relates to your business and your personal life
  • Identify EI behavior in action
  • Gain awareness of your individual EI strengths and opportunities
  • Learn actionable techniques for increasing EI

Melanie DellaPietra

Melanie DellaPietra is the Founder of People Minded, with a focus on helping organizations in competitive industries win the war on talent. By shifting from a focus on talent acquisition to talent development, Melanie helps teams unleash their untapped potential, reducing a reliance on external resources to close the gap. Through her partnership with Six Seconds, Melanie utilizes a variety of tools and assessments, to build bridges for discussing people performance and workplace dynamics in simple, human language. As the local license holder for DisruptHR, Melanie strives to inspire new ways of addressing persistent challenges in organizations and the community. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from St. John Fisher College, a Change Leadership certificate from Cornell University and is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Assessor and Practitioner.

Join us on January 15th!

*You must be a member of the Avanti Entrepreneur Network to attend. Looking to start your membership? Contact us!

Melanie DellaPietra

Calendar of Events

Avanti members can attend the following events as a part of their membership. Not a member yet? Sign up today!

Monthly Speaker Series
(Save these dates … details for each event will be announced shortly.)

Feb 19, 2020
Mar 18, 2020
Apr 15, 2020
May 20, 2020
Jun 17, 2020
July 15, 2020
Aug 19, 2020
Sept 16, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Nov 18, 2020