Our Team


Christopher J. McHattie, Esq.

Chris is a “success agent,” who has helped clients create significant valuations across varied industries. In addition to his role at COVE, he is the founding partner at the McHattie Law Firm where he focuses on general corporate counseling; intellectual property counseling and prosecution; and complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. He draws extensively on his litigation experience to unleash wealth, create business models, avoid problems and resolve disputes. Chris heads the Dublin office of COVE and focuses on the United States and Europe. Chris graduated from Seton Hall University and received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, where he was the Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Human Rights.


Robert Gregory

Bob is a founder of the Imagination Management Group, which provides creative entrepreneurs and innovators in technology and the arts with legal, financial and operational expertise and advice. He previously served as Chief Business Officer of Atlas Development Corporation and for nearly 25 years, held various positions with the company, both as an outside advisor and senior member of the management team. He helped to grow Atlas from an early stage technology start-up to a market leader in healthcare information technology. Bob attended Williams College, graduating in 1978 with a BA in History. He graduated New York Law School in 1987 summa cum laude with a Juris Doctorate.


Philip Kearney

Philip Kearney is a seasoned digital business executive with 20 years of experience working with over 250 Fortune 500, mid-sized companies and ventures (both on the start-up and investment side) in identifying market opportunity, aligning with consumer demand, designing and executing go-to-market strategies, and building and scaling businesses.

Working with big brands and middle market companies in media (TV, print and digital), CPG, pharmaceutical, health and wellness, music and entertainment, and SaaS industries. He has served as SVP /GM of American Media where he launched RadarOnline as well as ran Shape and Men’s Fitness brand. He was Chief Product Officer to Russell Simmons digital properties, and has taken executive advisory roles with NBC Regional Sports Network, The Recording Academy (The Grammys), CNN and CNN Money, Mansueto Ventures (Inc. and Fast Company, and Digital First Media.

Currently, Philip also holds positions as Independent Chair on the Board of Directors for, a highly successful video personalization Ai venture, Board Advisor for Cognitiv Labs, a deep learning neural networks venture partnered with IBM Watson, and Board Advisor for the Bucknell Professional Network as well as guest lecturer at the university.


Paul Tobin, Esq.

Paul is an experienced growth business manager, entrepreneur and corporate attorney who has spent the past 30 years helping businesses on five continents maximize their potential. Utilizing his expertise with growth companies and experience as a successful entrepreneur, he currently provides a mix of legal and consulting services to companies in Australia and the United States from a base in Newport Beach, California. His activities include providing market development assistance, legal advice, consulting services and assistance with raising capital. He also serves on the Board of Directors and various Advisory Boards of select companies. Paul attended Kenyon College, graduating in 1984 with a BA in Political Science and History. He graduated from New York Law School in 1987 with a Juris Doctorate and is a member of the New Jersey and California Bars.


Ray Tomasco

For over 20 years, Ray has provided insight around issues of organization, growth, operations and leadership to clients and senoir executives. Recognizing and adapting to the special needs of early stage and fast growth companies while offering suggestions for funding, partnerships, and overall hiring and retention strategies. He brings extensive executive search experience and business building background. Ray has been appointed the Managing Partner of reesmarx usa LLC expanding the US presence of reesmarx a business and recruitment solution company. reesmarx solutions include: – Recruitment – partnership network and executive search, – Business Consultancy: human resource management, insurance and benefits, payroll, on-boarding, legal, compliance and permits throughout EMEA.


Armin Heinlein

Armin is an experienced Supply Chain and IT Executive. He worked for over three decades for Panalpina one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. He started his logistic career in Germany and worked in Nuremberg, Munich, Basel and for the last 25 years in New York. During Armin’s career in the international transportation industry he worked with a variety of global customers in the Automobile, Consumer Retail, Fashion, Oil and Gas, Pharma and High Tech industry and has built a vast network of contacts with major transportation and High Tech companies. Armin is multilingual (German, English).

In 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 he was recognized as one of the top 500 IT innovators in the USA (Computerworld) as well as mentioned in CNN, Money Magazine and CIO Magazine.


Gabriela Schmidt

Gabriela has more than 15 years of diverse accounting, financial and consulting experience combined.

Gabriela’s career began in corporate accounting working with global companies in the areas of insurance, finance, and manufacturing. Her responsibilities included bookkeeping, budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis and reporting for US management and/or overseas parent companies.

Today, Gabriela is an entrepreneur who is focused on providing contracting, and consulting support for small business owners in all areas of service. Her areas of expertise include; creating and maintaining sound bookkeeping systems, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, providing money saving strategies, payroll, preparation of financial statements, preparation of sales tax and payroll tax returns, income tax planning, and assistance with preparation of personal and corporate tax returns.

Gabriela, who is fluent in English and Spanish, graduated from William Paterson University, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has also earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration; and is currently pursuing licensure as an Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent.


John Bobcik

John has been in medical sales for over 17 years with three of the leading medical companies. His current company, a start-up, venture capital-based company out of the San Francisco Bay Area, manufactures and sells unique ultrasound technology and systems to radiology departments. Currently, John is a Senior Sales pioneer in the NY-NJ territory with the initial ZONARE Ultrasound sales team in diagnostic and procedural ultrasound.

John’s career in sales has included responsibility for developing sales and marketing strategies for program delivery. Since 2011, John has been the National Sales Mentor, assisting in the content development and training of the national training programs for all new sales hires, both in classroom and field settings. In a management role, John creates corporate training programs and on-board orientation programs, and is responsible for all aspects of recruitment.

John’s 17- year career has earned him many accolades, including 13-time President Award Winner, recognition as the National #1 Sales Representative 7 times, and the Top Quarterly Area Sales Award 24 times.


Thomas Lenney

Tom has practiced law in New Jersey since 1996 in the areas of real estate, general civil litigation and business law. His practice primarily consists of representation of private sector entities that rely upon him to serve their diverse day-to- day needs, including employment issues as well as their extraordinary demands, such as buying, selling, leasing, raising capital or other financing, and crisis management. 

Over the course of Tom’s career, he has worked with insurance companies and public entities in the defense of personal injury and employment claims. He also regularly appears in the Chancery Court litigating shareholder disputes and restrictive covenant cases including non-compete and solicitation claims. 

Tom’s experience in the real estate field includes construction litigation, condemnation, foreclosure defense, land use, tax appeals, development and redevelopment, as well as residential closings, including short sales. Tom has assisted hundreds of homeowners in foreclosure seeking modification of their mortgage and/or other loss mitigation options for the past two years pursuant to the NJ Judiciary Foreclosure Mediation Program. He has worked directly with the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in this venture as designated defense counsel in seven counties: Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Bergen, Hunterdon, Warren, and Passaic.