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“Person Place Thing” is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great speakers.
Host Randy Cohen will interview Jeff Ervine, the Founder and President of Bridgit.com.
For twelve years Randy Cohen wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards.
Jeffrey Ervine, the Founder and President of Bridgit.com, is an impassioned tech entrepreneur with a Wall Street background. After being the subject and target of online bullying as an adult, Jeff Ervine set out to change the world for the better, starting with our country’s youth.
This show is taped and broadcast at a later date on public radio throughout the Northeast (WNYE, 91.5 FM in NYC).
A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, Jeff Ervine has leveraged his business acumen with his desire to develop a safer environment for children in schools and online. After spending the first two decades of his professional career in financial services as a CPA for Deloitte, he became a successful investment banker specializing in asset management focusing on the hedge fund and private equity sectors.
In 2008, Jeff was targeted and defamed online, spending years in court defending not only his own name, but his family’s. Mr. Ervine eventually succeeded winning a multi-million dollar lawsuit for cyber defamation against his attacker. It was during this trial that Jeff developed an expertise and passion for helping victims of online defamation. Creating and developing Bridg-it was the first step to provide school communities with the first sustainable solution to bullying, cyberbullying and harassment.
Music will be played between each segment and provided by James Shipp (vibes) and Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet).
For the last decade-and-a-half vibraphonist James Shipp has performed, recorded, toured the world with some of New York City’s best musicians. Trained as a jazz vibraphone soloist and accompanist, James’s post-conservatory interests have led him to become a sought-after Brazilian percussionist, a multi-instrumentalist in bands both mostly-improvised and tightly arranged, a composer of music for experimental theater, and a versatile producer of recordings, bringing to bear his knowledge of both acoustic and analog electronic instruments on a wide range of projects. Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis performs regularly with several big bands, including the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra. Nadje Noordhuis is a Schagerl® Artist and plays their Penelope model trumpet.