Mary Breakstone, Founder and CEO
With over 30 years experience in Information Technology,
Mary has been everything from programmer to system and database
architect to Director of Information Systems.
Mary has held executive positions at major banks, corporations
and consulting companies. She is adept at using structured
design methodologies across diverse industries - financial
services, manufacturing, call center and recruiting to hone
in on the essence of the business and develop practical and
enhanced solutions to improve the way things are done.
Mary starts just about everything she does with a 'mind map'.
In fact, her 'brain child' - the Interactive Family Tree CD
- evolved from mind maps. Her first model was developed as
a 'labor of love' for her 10 siblings and 40+ nieces and nephews
and dedicated to her parents. And that led to starting her
own company, Our Living Tree.
She is a creative thinker, good listener, has a strong sense
of intuition and a passion for using graphic oriented visual
thinking tools to develop ideas.
Mary has two married children and lives with her husband
and business partner, Bob, in Manhattan, NY.
Bob Breakstone, Founder and President
With over 20 years experience in network film
and television, Bob has done work for "The Dick Cavett Show",
"In Concert" and "20/20".
He was Production Executive for "Good Morning
America", "Loving", "Ryan's Hope" and "Kids are People Too"
and produced and managed many Awards Shows and Special Events.
Bob has consulting experience in start-up
ventures and founded the not-for-profit arts foundation "Video
in the Park", which showcased films in outdoor venues like
Prospect Park and Battery Park.
Bob is an accomplished problem solver, who
often gets to the answer first and then sorts out the nitty-gritty
He holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategic
Planning from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia
University as well as an MA in Radio, TV and Film from the
University of Michigan. His BA was earned at Brooklyn College.
Bob loves Mary and his newly extended family.