Mr. Palermo has over 35 years of diversified business experience including 25 years in the practice of Law. His professional career began at The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., where he was a middle market lending officer for several years. After completing his MBA at Adelphi University, Mr. Palermo left Chase to take the position of Vice President , Finance for The Neil Automotive Group. He then returned to school full time on a full scholarship, earning his JD from Hofstra Law in December, 1993. Combining his business experience with his law degree, Mr. Palermo practiced corporate law at the New York firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where he negotiated and documented debt and equity transactions, domestic and offshore hedge fund organizations, and structured finance transactions. After four years of successful law practice, Mr. Palermo accepted a position with Gordon Brothers Capital as Chief Operating Officer, where he was deeply involved in all aspects of financing private companies in crises. In addition to managing the operations of this finance company, he spent much of his time actively managing companies in crisis and negotiating the sale of corporate assets. Mr. Palermo then spent 18 years as a full time faculty member at The College of Business at Stony Brook University teaching courses in Law, Ethics, Finance, Economics, Negotiation, and Business Strategy while remaining active in the practice of law. Having resigned from Stony Brook University in 2019 he now focuses solely on the practice of Law.