Kristoff Albanese, 26
Director of E-commerce, GraduationSource and Avanti Systems
Kristoff Albanese exemplifies the “work your way up” adage: His career with Port Chester companies GraduationSource (an online retailer of graduation merchandise) and Avanti Systems (a designer/supplier of interior glass partitions) began with a high-school job in the warehouse. Today, as the head of these two multimillion-dollar e-commerce sites, Albanese juggles everything from programming to conferencing with international web developers to analyzing key performance indicators for the sites, and liaising with search marketers and conversion optimization strategists. He’s helping the firm increase market share by focusing on “disrupting traditional methodologies and industries,” via e-commerce. “We’ve been successful at applying the same digital marketing tactics across two completely different industries,” Albanese notes.
• When not building the next big thing or driving the strategy of the company, Kristoff can be found off-roading, flying kites, or moving up the ranks as a professional gamer.
• One of Albanese’s goals is to start a summit and have 1,000 young entrepreneurs attend at one time.
• On youthful achievement: “The biggest challenges of the young age is the initial perception which is brought on from face-to-face interactions, however, this is easily combated when you can talk the talk—and instead of walking the walk, I tend to run.”