Morning Panelists

Morning Panel: 11:30-12:15

Brett Kaufman – CEO of Kaufman Development

Brett founded Kaufman Development in June 2011.  He has since moved forward with multiple exciting large multifamily projects, both in the downtown area and around the suburbs of Columbus.  His development passion is to create a strong sense of community well beyond providing housing solutions. He has always been a leader in the industry with vision to respond to market conditions and the shifting needs of consumers. Brett truly believes in integrating his passions for wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and business innovation into the communities he develops. This gives him a platform to pursue his life’s work and create a unique brand niche.


Danielle Elias – Reporter Channel 10 WBNS

Danielle Elias is not your typical television news reporter.  Although she has spent much of her life in Ohio, she joined WBNS-10TV in June 2010 with a diverse background.

Danielle graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, with undergraduate degrees in Middle Eastern studies and music, and a minor in Arabic.  She also studied at the Lebanese American University in Lebanon.  She spent all four years in college preparing scholastically to be a medical doctor.   That sure changed!

Elias came to 10TV from Dayton, where she was an award-winning reporter and part-time anchor at WHIO-TV since May 2007.

Prior to her arrival in Dayton, she worked at CNN for six years and focused on a wide range of international and domestic stories.   Danielle was part of several award-winning teams at CNN, covering both the War in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.  She also regularly anchored for CNN’s online newscast, for an international segment on CNN’s weekend broadcast, as well as for Headline News’ student-focused segment.

Danielle, who sings opera and is an avid music fan of all genres, studied and speaks Arabic and French.

In her off time, Danielle enjoys going to concerts, exploring new restaurants, and working out.


Derek Grosso – CEO/Founder of the Columbus Young Professionals (CYP) 

Born and raised on Long Island in New York, Derek moved to Columbus in 2005. He lived in Washington, DC for eight years studying entrepreneurship and small business management at The George Washington University, and working in the magazine/newspaper publishing industry.

He also owns a management consulting firm called The Grosso Group that advises organizations and businesses nationwide, in addition to being an entrepreneur and public speaker. In 2008, he completed a For Impact Fellowship through The Suddes Group to assist Junior Achievement of Central Ohio – a non-profit organization that teaches kids about entrepreneurship and financial literacy.  Helping others build connections and achieve success while impacting the community is a passion of his.

He devotes his time and talents to a variety of non-profit boards and community commissions, including the Jazz Arts GroupExperience ColumbusCreate Columbus,Columbus2020, and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

In 2013, he launched CitYPulse: The Young Professional’s Guide to Columbus as a print magazine to further outreach YPs and assist new residents/new hires get better acquainted to the Columbus region. He helped launch the Ohio Young Professionals Weekend in 2009 and continue to grow it as an annual state-wide leadership summit. He is currently working on several other YP-based leadership initiatives around the region and nation.

He is proud to have also been named one of Columbus’ People to Watch 2009 by Columbus Alive, “Best Community Leader” by Columbus CEO Magazine in 2010 and 2011, and Small Business Leader of the Year (Young Professional Leadership) for 2011 by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.