Have you ever wished you could chat with your favorite sports figure? Have you ever needed to audition for a band or a school or even an orchestra in another city without leaving your own home? Or discussing strategies with the greatest coaches in the business? Would a class on computer security help you or your business? Would a one-on-one with a network administrator be beneficial?
“The service we offer is state-of-the-art technology which for the first time enables interaction with mentors and professionals with people the general public would not otherwise be able to contact”, Brenna states.
Notable professionals including John Beck, professor emeritus at Eastman School of Music (Executive Director of Music, travels world serving as a judge regarding music events and known world-wide as a honorable percussionist), Steve Christie ( Executive Director of Sports, holding record for longest Super Bowl field goal), Nick Francesco (Executive Director of IT), James Foreman (CFO) Robert Brenna Jr. (CEO), Bruce Pilato ( Executive Director of talent acquisition and marketing), David Sieling (Executive Assistant to the CEO), and Tom Rivers (Project Manager of New Launch) grace the organization with their expertise and talents.
Some of the additional services the public can access from the Mastermind Lounge include obtaining a clearing house of mentoring and education (a simple guitar lesson with a master, a one-on-one session with a sports idol, or a discussion of marketing for a start-up business for a corporation). There are several levels of opportunities with access to the most accomplished musicians, sports icons, celebrities, artists, business executives, education, attorneys, physicians, and marketing strategists.
Bob explains what the Mastermind Lounge is during our interview saying, “I began the Mastermind Lounge almost 6 years ago by deciding I could really have the possibility of achieving a new concept and bringing it to fruition.”
He continued by saying, “The people involved are unbelievably top-notch, talented professionals who strive to share their knowledge in their fields to make a difference. This is a largely self-funded project where I have the chance to work alongside my wife Judy. Being an attorney takes up most of my time. Masterminds Lounge allows me to have a connection with something I love and to share it with others”.
Robert Brenna Jr. started his at a very young age by focusing on his love for music. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music played by his father around the house before he left for the service in World War II. At the age of 12, Bob asked for a drum set. This is where it all started. Bob continued to play the drums and perfect his craft throughout high school and college. He solidified his commitment to try to be the best drummer he could be.
Bob learned his connection with music made it easier for him to meet new people and establish relationships even in a new city when he moved to Boston. Once he was in law school, he stopped playing in bands for fear of having his attention divided, but he did still find the time to manage 3 bands. Over the years, his passion for music grew. He realized that there were exceptional musicians who could barely make a living. Prior to adding sports, business consulting, etc., the original concept of the Mastermind Lounge was aimed to assist musicians by giving them a way to enhance their income, on their terms and on their schedule.
The concept began as someone on tour giving a lesson to a student anywhere in the world, even if they were teaching them from their hotel room. Musicians had the ability to teach anyone who wanted a session with them, from their own apartment or home, without giving up their personal information through the use of updated technology. This concept eliminated the typical issues when giving access to the public such as – i.e. no drunk dials in the middle of the night. This allowed for a steady means for amazing musicians to earn more money.
Although Mastermind Lounge is a-for-profit business – the secondary gain is to reach out to impoverished youth who may have no hope under the current paradigm. This means mentors have the option to voluntarily help others who have never had the advantages in life we all deserve. The concept of the Mastermind Lounge is constantly adapting to serve any needs which are identified as the concept grows.
Robert L. Brenna Jr. is a partner in the Rochester law firm of Brenna, Brenna & Boyce PLLC. This is a law firm which his father founded. Over the last three decades, Mr. Brenna actively represents people suffering injuries. He was recently named a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Brenna is the past president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and hosts a Sunday morning radio program, “The Brenna, Brenna & Boyce Law Forum,” on WHAM 1180 AM at 8 a.m., online at www.wham1180.com.