A networking group for young driven individuals, seeking motivated professionals to help grow their business. Being a part of EDGE allows you to talk to people in similar situations to yours and share ideas about building a strong client base. By connecting with other professionals, you can build relationships that lead to real-world opportunities to develop your business or career.

Our Mission

EDGE aims to create an inclusive, diverse and safe space for members to ask questions, learn about other professions and refer business to people they trust. We strive to give young individuals the greatest odds to build a referral business by creating a community of motivated, passionate and hard working young professionals.

Our Core Values

Kindness & Respect

Every member is treated with kindness and respect. EDGE is a safe space to be yourself and grow as a professional.

Professionalism & Accountability

Members are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner, and always stay accountable for their actions.

Positive Energy

Members facilitate optimistic and positive energy in every meeting. Everyone does their part to keep meetings fun and engaging.

Strong Connections

The more comfortable members are around one another, the more confident they'll feel voicing opinions, brainstorming, and going along with new ideas. Having a strong connection and trust will also help you to develop your career, opening up opportunities that otherwise might pass you by.


It is vital that members remain honest in order to create a culture built on trust. This includes representing your profession and self with integrity. As members, we want to refer to high-quality young professionals. Members must follow a high moral code.

Diversity, Equity,& Inclusion

Every person’s voice matters. All members should feel welcomed and safe at any Edge event. We believe this is only possible in an environment built on dignity and mutual respect.

"In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic I needed to be resourceful in how I engaged new clients."

I decided to join networking groups to create new connections and grow my business. Shortly after joining I realized these groups had 100s of individuals and many in the same profession as my own. I found it difficult to develop meaningful connections. I founded EDGE to give young professionals an alternative to traditional networking where others can build meaningful relationships that lead to trust and referrals.

Mike Marnell

Meet the EDGE executive board

Nicholas Mistretta
Board Member
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Web Development

Nicholas Mistretta is a Digital Marketing and programming expert with a love for building beautiful, complex and performant websites and software that help power small businesses and help them grow.

He has worked at multiple large scale digital agencies and was a lead software engineer at a large Fintech company, helping financial advisors maintain and scale their business.

Nicholas is the founder of VRTX Digital, a digital marketing agency that helps small to mid sized businesses win online, with affordable websites, software, SEO, social media management and more.

His ideal referral is any B2B or B2C small to mid sized business that is looking to grow, improve or automate their online presence and digital marketing efforts.

Lindsay Abrahams
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Finance & Insurance

My name is Lindsay and I am a proud class of 2021 alum from Villanova University! I double majored in Finance and Accounting and a devoloped a part time addiction to college basketball. I work as a Financial Solutions Advisor for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Alexander Sideris
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Insurance Defense Law
Kelvin Garcia
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David Schneider
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Family Law

I graduated from SUNY Stonybrook in 2012 with a BA in US History, and subsequently received my paralegal certificate from Suffolk Community College in 2014.

In 2019 I was awarded my Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. During my time at Touro, I served as Notes Editor of the Touro Law Review.  

I have been working in the field of divorce and family law since 2014 and is admitted to practice law in New York State. I am also member of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association and their Family Court Law & Procedure and Matrimonial Law committees.

Meet the EDGE Event Committee

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