VP of Community Relations
In 2013 Ben started his career as a personal trainer. While working with clients one-on-one he quickly learned the importance of making connections and building relationships. Using such qualities and wanting to help others helped him build a full time career that he enjoys walking into every morning. As the VP of Community Relations Ben continues his passion of helping others and gets to do so on a larger scale. MNG’s ever growing chapters are always looking to give back to their communities and better the very cities they are in. When he’s not in the gym or training himself for powerlifting he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and growing his beard.
VP of Media Development
Meet Matt Joniec. Matt is a passionate video producer who started his business the day he wrote his last exam at McMaster University. For over 5 years he has strived to grow both personally and professionally so he could find unique and creative ways to tell the stories of his clients. Running his own business has given him a deep understanding of the importance of maintaining relationships both internally and externally. Matt loves his role as the VP of Media Development for the Millennial Network Group, assuming responsibility for the organizations media needs across all 8 chapters. Matt has a love of football, fashion, fun, and things that go fast. He’s also unapologetic in his love of Michael Bay movies.
VP of Social Media Development
Driven by a passion for adventure and living life to the fullest, Bernie is always looking for an opportunity to experience something new.
After dropping out of college for Mechanical Engineering Bernie said goodbye to his cushy office job and became a dog trainer to fulfill his need to be outside more. He moved on to open a successful doggy daycare and later on a raw dog food business.
With his desire to continue learning and exploring he has since sold those businesses and moved on. He has since started a social media marketing company and runs ad campaigns for businesses all over the world.
In his spare time he received his pyrotechnic license and fly’s drones for a professional drone company. His drone work has appeared in multiple movies and dozens of commercials. His pyrotechnic work can be seen at any home game of the Toronto Raptors.
“Life is short, so say yes to opportunities and see where it takes you”- Bernie
Bernie’s love for helping young entrepreneurs grow their own business has been the driving force for him to be a part of the Millennial Network Group.
Matt Mannen, co-founder of Millennial Network Group, believes in finding solutions to problems that face Millennials and their communities. Matt seeks to grow MNG on a global scale to give Millennials an opportunity to remove the stigma that faces this generation. He is driven by competition, success, and a thirst for social change.
With the vision of fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a Police Constable, Matt attended college where he took a huge interest in psychology and learning how different people think and behave in different situations, but his interest in Policing started to fade. After completing college, his passion for helping people and his interest in investing collided and gave rise to a career as a Financial Advisor.
Like any young professional trying to grow a business, Matt realized the importance of building his network. Just like so many other Millennials, he was unable to find a networking group to join where he would feel comfortable, valued or connected. Matt has always believed in forging his own path so he set out to create his own group that would offer these things to young entrepreneurs in Brantford.
You can find Matt walking the trails with his beloved German Shepherd, Ellie, or sitting down at the a local craft brewery discussing the Leafs and crushing charcuterie boards.
Ben Strasser, co-founder of the Millennial Network Group (MNG) is dedicated to providing all millennials with the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed in their life and professional careers. Ben looks to bring MNG to communities worldwide, wide, wide to continue his passion for getting people involved and out of their comfort zones.
He believes that getting involved in the community is integral to his success. Ben sits on the board of Equal Grounds Community Gardens, Co-founded Stockings for Shelters, is active with the 100 Men who Give a Damn Brantford and is highly involved with many other local initiatives. As host and curator of Rogers TVs Think Millennial, Ben is able to share all of his experiences and encounters with the network group.
Ben’s background started in the creative industry, graduating from Humber Colleges 3D Multimedia Animation program he has worked on projects for local organizations and companies such as Rogers, CBC, Global and Nascar. He left the industry for a few years before getting the opportunity to come back.
When Ben isn’t networking or volunteering he can be found kayaking the grand, cheering on the Leafs, enjoying a cold brew and experimenting on the BBQ.