Leading the way in innovative talent resourcing
Meet the industry experts and founders of WAHVE
Sharon Emek, PH.D., CIC
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Sharon Emek, WAHVE’s founder & CEO is the indefatigable force that leads WAHVE and keeps the company always focused on its purpose.
Sharon has effectively broken the mold by infusing flexibility into the traditional office staffing structure with a proven blueprint that is gaining widespread attention, changing lives, and yielding impressive results. With decades of industry experience, Sharon understands firsthand the challenges that employers and “vintage” professionals are facing today.
Before founding WAHVE, Sharon spent thirteen years of her career as a partner at CBS Coverage Group, Inc., where she managed the New York City office and provided business insurance and risk management for a large client base. Prior to joining CBS, Sharon was president, founder and CEO of The Emek Group, an insurance agency she formed in 1988. Sharon began her career as a professor at Rutgers University and a management consultant to businesses.
Sharon is a dynamic leader, a frequent industry speaker, and a progressive thinker with an award-winning record of success for ushering in a much-needed WAHVE of change for finding talent.
Sharon has earned numerous awards for her thought leadership, including the 2018 Leadership Longevity Award: Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the 15th annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, which showcases the nation’s outstanding individual and group achievements in serving the powerful longevity economy; the 2016 SmartCEO Brava Award honoring top female CEOs and the Vistage Leadership Legacy Award; Insurance Business America’s “Elite Women in Insurance” 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the 2015 “Hot 100” list; the first woman to receive the 1882 Fellow Award, the highest honor presented by IIABNY (2014); Outstanding Committee Chairperson Award from IIABNY (2008); the first woman to receive the Sidney O. Smith Government Affairs Award from the IIABA (2007); the Distinguished Service Award from IIABNY (2006); the Helen Garvin Outstanding Achiever Award from the NAIW (1999); and the National Promising Research Award for her doctoral research (1978).
Sharon is frequently sought out by the media as an expert on insurance, management and business issues. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox and Lifetime; has authored numerous articles; and is often quoted in national news periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, National Underwriter and Business Insurance. Sharon has testified before the New York State Assembly Insurance Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee Subcommittees and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Sharon served on the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Board for ten years and is a past chair. She served as a board member of ACT (Agents Council for Technology) for four years and Chaired the Mid-Commercial Working Group. She has served on numerous other boards including the Institute for Student Achievement, Women Builders Council, Center for Women’s Business Research, NYC Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Board, and the IBM Small Business Research and Technology Advisory Council.
Sharon received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University (1977). She is the author of Answers for Managers and numerous articles on management and insurance issues.
President and Chief Sales Officer WAHVE Insurance
Bill Hunt is a founding partner, President & CSO, WAHVE Insurance, and the driving force at WAHVE that inspires businesses to engage our work-at-home vintage experts.
Throughout his career, Bill has developed deep relationships with businesses and is known as a brand in his own right. He has worked with many of the industry’s leading innovation companies delivering new state-of-the-art solutions that have had significant success in the insurance industry.
Bill has a long history of devising solutions for the insurance industry and is regarded as one of the best leaders of sales teams in the technology sector. He was a sales consultant for the Lexis Nexis Insurance Exchange, Sr. Vice President at Artizan Internet Services, a leading company in products that serve the entire Insurance value chain, and Executive Vice President at XDimensional Technologies. As a Sales Executive with many successful years at SAP, AMS, and CISGEM, Bill built several successful sales and marketing teams and worked successfully with many of the industry’s leading national brokers and carriers. He has authored and has been quoted in numerous articles on technology research in the insurance space.
Bob Criscuolo, CPA
President and Chief Operating Officer WAHVE Accounting
Bob Criscuolo, President & COO WAHVE Accounting, is a highly experience entrepreneur having founded two highly successful business executive search firms specializing in accounting.
Prior to joining WAHVE Accounting, Bob worked at BDO USA as the Director of Business Development for their Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey offices. In that role, he was fully immersed in the sales and marketing functions while working closely with the office partners. In addition to generating business opportunities for the team, he also developed and implemented strategies to increase brand awareness and identify strategic alliances with target companies. Bob utilized a consultative approach with qualified prospects that allowed him to effectively provide cost effective solutions for the region’s business leaders.
Prior to BDO, Bob was the founding partner for two executive search firms, including one that was part of a national roll-up and successful IPO. He spent over 25 years in the executive search field focusing specifically in the Accounting and Finance disciplines.
Bob’s career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he focused on emerging business clients and developed extensive experience advising corporate executives and business owners.
Bob grew up in the Philadelphia area and has remained deeply involved in the local community as a coach for both girls lacrosse and boys youth ice hockey.
Managing Member of Wahve Holdings
& President of BQS
Josh Pianko, Managing Member of Wahve Holdings and President of Brainwave Qualifying Solutions (BQS), is a true entrepreneur having launched a number of successful startups.
Josh brings a wide breadth of experience to growing successful companies. He is a skilled executive who knows how to find and keep talent. He is an expert negotiator having negotiated contracts and leases in the U.S. and Asia.
In 1996, Josh founded his first company, KIDSWONDER, a graphical search engine for children. His next ventures were in developing the online strategies and brand images for Maybelline.com and “Design Your Own Engagement Ring” for De Beers. His entrepreneurial pursuits led him to Macau, where he started Optica Asia, a leading retailer of luxury eyewear. In 2014 he sold the company to the largest eyewear company, Luxottica.
After the sale of Optica, Josh launched a new optical company, Vitra Eyewear, which is devoted to offering the world’s most unique eyewear collections from leading designer brands with locations in Orange County, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and New York. He continues as Owner/Operator of Vitra Eyewear Group.
Josh and his family live in Las Vegas and he is actively involved in his community. He currently sits on Jewish Nevada’s Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Allocations Committee. He is a past a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is a past board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).