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The Genesis of Parentgiving: Connect with the Founders

Parentgiving.com is personal to its founders, who have been struggling to find help and answers since becoming caregivers for their own parents. Noticing a lack of a cohesive and comprehensive resources for caregivers, the Parentgiving.com founders set out to help others while helping themselves by bringing together the best information, support and products in one place on the Internet.

The three founding partners of Parentgiving.com share their personal stories, and photos of themselves with their parents and grandparents:
 

Lynn Altman
Lynn Altman

Bob Silver
Bob Silver

David Zoll
David Zoll

About Parentgiving.com - Dedicated to Caregiving and Elder Care for Your Aging Parents

Parentgiving.com was created to help time-starved caregivers provide better care for their aging parents by providing: in-depth information and helpful checklists about a variety of caregiving topics; on-call professional care managers who possess the expertise and experience necessary to help navigate through the maze of caregiving; and a more enlightened shopping experience at the Shop Parentgiving store, where family caregivers can learn about and shop for the products and supplies that best fit their aging parents’ needs.

So whether you are a new caregiver or have been caring for your aging parent for years, Parentgiving.com is here to answer your questions, streamline your time, reduce your stress and simplify your life.

The Parentgiving Team

the Parentgiving founders

The Parentgiving founders, from left: David Zoll, Bob Silver and Lynn Altman

Bob Silver, Co-founder — Bob is President and Co-Founder of The Bravitas Group Inc., a firm dedicated to advising and investing in emerging business enterprises and to supporting various philanthropic activities.  Prior to starting his own firm, Bob served as the President and Chief Operating Officer, UBS Financial Services, Inc.  Currently, Bob serves as an independent trustee and Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of iShares, an affiliate of Blackrock, Inc. Bob’s business ventures also include the adaptive reuse and redevelopment of commercial real estate property.  His key projects have received Silver and Gold LEED certification from the USGBC. Bob is a longtime supporter and volunteer for a wide range of nonprofit organizations. In recognition of Bob’s leadership, service and dedication to the YMCA and the kids, families and communities it serves, he received the 2011 Red Triangle Award, the highest award given by the YMCA of Greater New York.

In 2006, Bob received the 32nd YMCA Dodge Award for his longstanding humanitarian service to the community. He served as Vice Chairman and a Member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater New York,  chairing its Fund Development Committee, from 2001 to 2011. Bob is also a longtime supporter of The Valerie Fund, a NJ-based nonprofit organization that provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. A theater enthusiast, he is a Tony Award-winning producer and investor in such hit shows as Jersey Boys, Jay Johnson - The Two and Only, and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Bob and his sister Jackie were the primary caregivers for both of their parents, Sylvia and Louis.  After becoming educated about Assisted Living and other care options, Bob helped his parents find care workers to allow them to stay at home. He lost his mother shortly before her 90th birthday, after almost 20 years of fighting cancer.  In October 2008, his father passed away at age 93.  This experience encouraged Bob and his two co-founders to start parentgiving.com to help make the lives of family caregivers a bit easier. Bob is fanatical about providing an exceptional client experience through parentgiving.com to family caregivers and their loved ones.

David Zoll, Co-founder — David is President of DZ Development Group, LLC.  He is former Executive Vice President, Market Strategy & Development, UBS Wealth Management U.S., and former Executive Vice President, National Sales, UBS Wealth Management US / Paine Webber. David was a member of the UBS Wealth Management Executive Committee U.S.; he was also a member of the Securities Industry Association, Sales and Marketing Committee. Recently David has engaged in a variety of entrepreneurial, real estate, Broadway, and private investment endeavors. David is the primary caregiver for his 82-year-old mother, Shirley.  After a series of injuries, hospitalizations, and an exhaustive search for the right caregiving help, Shirley was able to stay at her home in Boston for 18 months with the assistance of home health aides. After a recent and unforeseen illness, from which she has since fully recovered, Shirley and David came to the conclusion that the best environment for her is an assisted living facility, into which she has recently moved and is thriving.

Lynn Altman, Co-founder — Lynn is president of the Brand Now agency and has worked on more than 400 new product and branding initiatives for 62 of the Top 100 Global Brands. A martial artist and dedicated yoga practitioner, Lynn feels passionately about the role that physical and emotional fitness play in healthy aging. In her teens, Lynn watched and helped as her parents became the primary caregivers for her father’s mother, Beatrice. Beatrice died from complications of diabetes two years after Lynn’s parents first noticed physical and psychological deterioration. From this experience, Lynn learned the importance of planning ahead for retirement and elder care and is eager to share this knowledge with others.

David Spain, Chief Executive Officer  — David is a seasoned ecommerce executive with extensive experience in brand development, internet marketing, user experience and customer acquisition.  David has been instrumental in building ecommerce businesses for Sure Fit, CHF Industries, and Schottenstein Luxury Group and has led the development, launch, and growth of ecommerce sites for DKNYHome, DonnaKaranHome, Curtainworks, Everydayhomeoutlet,  Judith Leiber, Adrienne Vittadini, Shaq, and most recently Biaggi Luggage.  David’s previous experiences included Sales and Marketing leadership positions with Burlington Industries and Sara Lee.  Mr. Spain holds a BS in Marketing from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Lehigh University.  David’s journey at Parentgiving.com is inspired and motivated by his fiercely independent 88 year old mother Ruth (who lives at home, drives herself, is an excellent cook, and cajoles her family and friends on a daily basis)

Scott La Londe, Chief Operations Officer — Scott has over 20 years of experience in fixed media and web application development.  Before joining the Parentgiving team, Scott was the Director of Technology for Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures, a multimedia design and development group providing services to clients on campus as well as to organizations outside the University. Scott also has extensive experience in the small business world both as an owner/operator and on a consulting basis.