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HAVING FUN BUILDING SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURIAL TEAMS

John Polo
Company/Product Strategy and Business Development

Dr. Long Phan
Thermal Imaging Solutions and Product Engineering

James Parasole
Web and Media Impact

Nancy DeCicco
Finance and Funding Strategy

Scott Hall
Digital Marketing/Transformation and Customer Experience – CX

Philip Giordano
Legal, Corporate/Funding Services

Although all of our principals and management consultants have held significant successful positions in companies ranging from innovative start-ups to multibillion dollar firms, we soar the highest by bringing our broad experience to other entrepreneurial teams in order to launch new products and find dynamic solutions. 


John Polo
John Polo
Company/Product Strategy and Business Development

John Polo provides Strategic Directives' clients with solid, hands-on business and organization strategies. He has held numerous senior management positions at start-ups to $31b manufacturing, consumer products, and IT management consulting and services companies worldwide. With focus on marketing, product, sales, funding strategy, and development across a wide number of industry verticals, John prioritizes investments that maximize both short- and long-term growth. He is currently Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member with Top Flight Technologies, Inc. in Boston.

His 30+ years of expertise include companies such as Gartner Group, Charles River Consulting, Howard Systems International Consulting, and S-doc (Internet Security). Seasoned in application development, network infrastructure support, IT management consulting, and business transformation projects, John has performed senior leadership roles for Kraft Foods North America, Perkin-Elmer, and many worldwide clients for Gartner Group. He is a well-respected industry practitioner and spokesperson on Continuous Improvement Programs to drive business results. 

John is President of Strategic Directives and has attracted Principals to the Company that believe in the holistic approach of offering industry best practices across a range of business disciplines to aggressively impact overall sustainable success, whether providing active management roles or leading key project needs. 

Bachelor of Science in Business Management, University of Connecticut; Associate of Science in Computer Science, Norwalk State Technical College, Connecticut.  


Dr. Long Phan
Dr. Long Phan
Thermal Imaging Solutions and Product Engineering

Dr. Long Phan is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on Long Wave Infrared Imaging, Mobile Wide Area Sensing, Residential Energy Efficiency, High Resolution Imaging, Multi-Spectral Imaging, Remote Energy Auditing, Accurate Wide Area Temperature Mapping, Radiometry, and Energy Informatics. He recently received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His thesis “Automated Rapid Thermal Imaging Systems Technology”, describes how these technologies can be combined to address rapid, high-throughput applications in industrial, commercial and residential energy loss and thermal measurement solutions. Long used his expertise to launch Eye-R Systems, Inc. d/b/a Essess, and was its Founding CEO & President. He is currently Founder, CEO and Board Member for Top Flight Technologies, Inc. in Boston.

At MIT, Long's applied research in infrared imaging was awarded an MIT Energy Initiative Seed Grant in 2011 and the Department of Defense's ESTCP Installation Energy Technology Demonstrations in 2012. He is a recent Charles Stark Draper Fellow, and a member of the MIT Field Intelligence Laboratory.

Prior to returning to MIT in 2009 from his business career, Long was an early pioneer in remote algorithmic trading systems, high frequency trading, and a high volume contributor on the NYSE (over 1% daily volume). He worked at Lehman Brothers, Worldco Financial Services, and was a former quantitative portfolio manager. Long started his own technology based trading company and ran his own hedge fund. Long was an initial member of the MIT Draper Autonomous Vehicle Team that placed 1st in the 1996 International Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle competition, the first team in the world to demonstrate a fully autonomous helicopter system from takeoff to landing. He has represented MIT in numerous international competitions.  

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Doctorate from MIT


James Parasole
James Parasole
Web and Media Impact

With more than sixteen years of experience in user experience design, development, marketing and management, James ability to think outside the box has brought transformation, leadership and growth to Fortune 500 companies and start-ups.  In his ten years of building and managing a website design & development company (Studio Protocol), he has shown a proven ability to build loyal relationships with clients, colleagues and vendors through pro-active leadership and strong managerial skills.  Key clients include Party City, netForensics, Ecko Unlimited, Tesoro Petroleum, Complex Magazine, Ford Motor Company, CMPNet and Motorola.

BA in Design Studies, University at Buffalo; MFA in Graphic Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. 


Nancy DeCicco
Nancy DeCicco
Finance and Funding Strategy

Nancy leads Strategic Directives' clients in all facets of financial and funding strategies. She brings 25 years of providing clients with solutions to their financial, structural, and organizational needs, including taxation, accounting, investment relations, and human resources. 

Nancy has started and led several accounting and tax consulting companies, which have included a large, diverse, and loyal client base, ranging in size from small operations to multimillion-dollar corporations. Her expertise and experience include the recent funding, corporate structure and financial strategies for start-ups, JJT (Digital Imaging), S-doc (Internet Security), InfoPort Communications Group (a broadband communications provider), and Intechfinity (a business process orchestration company). 

At Strategic Directives, Nancy is Chief Financial Officer and oversees all merger and acquisition, financial, taxation, human resource, and legal coordination. 

BA in Accounting, Rutgers University, New Jersey.


Scott Hall
Scott Hall
Digital Marketing/Transformation and Customer Experience – CX

Scott Hall is responsible for leveraging and implementing the social media and digital marketing platforms in the online marketplace for Strategic Directives' clients. His heritage in the online arena from software sales and management, marketing, venture capital and founding technology companies offers a unique perspective and ability in this area. Scott is the purveyor of CX Insider which covers customer experience, innovation and digital transformation for today's enterprises, and Linked Insider Marketing - providing the latest insider tools and information to maximize Linkedin for business growth.

Hall brings 20 years of experience in enterprise software and technology applications, plus deep domain knowledge of direct, video, social and online marketing and implementation. Having worked at companies like CompuServe (AOL), Velocix (Alcatel-Lucent), Macmillan Digital (Pearson) and Loudeye/Nokia (Microsoft) offer a breadth and depth of leadership, strategy and execution to our clients. A published author, his book, The Blog Ahead, is an overview and analysis of the growing social media space and its impact on business and the media.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Westminster College.


Philip Giordano
Philip Giordano
Legal, Corporate/Funding Services

Phil brings to Strategic Directives' clients the key areas of Corporate, Securities, Intellectual Property, Labor/Employment, and Litigation legal services. 

We can not stress enough the importance of good legal counsel for our clients while they are building their companies, policies, and products in order to ensure later investor scrutiny and protection of market and intellectual property. Phil carefully guides growing companies to protect their employees, clients, trade secrets, and investors. 

With over 20 years practicing law in both Massachusetts and New York, Phil effectively represents small- to medium-sized businesses in all facets of corporate and securities law. Phil, along with other attorneys in his firm, Reed & Giordano, P.A., is experienced in complex commercial and civil litigation and arbitration, including securities fraud, minority shareholder disputes, intellectual property issues, and employment law. 

BA, University of Massachusetts; MA and JD, Syracuse University, New York. Admitted to the Massachusetts and New York Bar Associations.