Capitalizing on the new world of digital assets: DeFi, Tokenization & NFTs – Buying, selling and due diligence of Digital Assets

Thursday May 23, 2024

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ziad K. Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman & Founder of the Financial Policy Council

Barry Monies

CEO Computronix

Andrew McDowell

Founder, Beacon DeFi

Thomas Meredith

Founder and CEO, OnlyX

Antony Ponnaiya

Executive Vice President, Online Biz Builders

Capitalizing on the new world of digital assets: DeFi, Tokenization & NFTs – Buying, selling and due diligence of Digital Assets




You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors, to our next Financial Policy Council power summit featuring a panel discussion about Capitalizing on the New World of Digital Assets. You don’t want to miss this thanks to our Event Sponsors ; Computronix, OnlyX and Online Biz Builders.

TOPIC : Capitalizing on the new world of digital assets: DeFi, Tokenization & NFTs – Buying, selling and due diligence of Digital Assets

DATE : Thursday May 23, 2024

TIME : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION : The Penn Club of New York City, 30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 at the Tarnopol room

Event Synopsis

This premier event, featuring a panel of distinguished experts, delves into the dynamic and rapidly evolving realm of digital finance.

Unpack the complexities of decentralized finance (DeFi), discover the potential of tokenization, demystify the market of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and learn about the due diligence required to be successful.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your digital asset portfolio or refine your market strategies, this seminar will equip you with critical insights and actionable knowledge. Engage with industry leaders, participate in vibrant discussions, and connect with like-minded professionals in an interactive setting designed for an audience eager to master the intricacies of digital assets.”


Ziad K. Abdelnour – Moderator, Chairman & Founder of the Financial Policy Council

Ziad Abelnour is Founder, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in strategic corporate investments Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential power brokers and policymakers

Author of the bestselling book “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” and of the upcoming book ” Startup Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation” to be published in Summer 2019.

Mr. Abdelnour has over 30 year experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies & serial entrepreneurs worth in aggregate over 20 billion dollars in the private equity, high yield bond and distressed debt markets.

He holds a MBA in Finance Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania & BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut

Today, Mr. Abdelnour continues to be featured in hundreds of media channels and publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.

He was just recently been featured as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.  Source: Top 500 Most Influential CEOs Powerlist (2015)”Richtopia. 24 December 2015 along with one of the Top 10 Disruptors to Watch Out for in 2023 by LA Weekly.

The Panelists:

Barry Monies – CEO Computronix

Shortly after earning a Business degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts, Barry Moniês started a real estate investing company purchasing multifamily and commercial properties. Since then, he has been involved in analyzing, financing, purchasing and/or managing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of real estate. Currently, Mr. Moniês owns and manages multi-million dollars’ worth of commercial real estate.

Mr. Moniês also founded and currently serves as CEO of Computronix, a 25+ year-old internationally recognized, full-service technology solutions company that builds, manages, and secures I.T. networks for businesses in real estate, financial, legal, medical, and governmental sectors. Companies of all sizes rely on Computronix to secure and protect billions of dollars’ worth of data on a daily basis. In recent years, Mr Moniês has more than once been honored as one of the World’s Top Managed Services Executives. Computronix has repeatedly been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most progressive managed technology service providers and has repeatedly received top industry awards and media attention in publications such as the Stamford Advocate, the Connecticut Business Magazine, the Fairfield County Business Journal and Forbes magazine.

One of Mr. Moniês proudest recognitions was when he was requested to accompany Connecticut Governor Rowland on his Trade Mission to the European Community. Mr. Moniês had the distinct honor of representing the business community from the State of Connecticut. With stops in Ireland for meetings with the President, Mary McAleese, and high-level governmental meetings in Germany, Mr. Moniês built strong relationships on behalf of the company and the State of Connecticut.

Mr. Moniês is also noted for his expertise in the area of cyber security and the protection of electronic data and has worked with the FBI on several occasions. Several years ago, he was invited to participate in a Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. on issues relating to cyber security and electronic terrorism.

In 2019, Mr. Moniês joined forces with two of the brightest minds in the fintech industry to start REINNO, a fintech company utilizing blockchain to provide greater liquidity to the commercial real estate industry. REINNO provided tokenization services, lending against real estate backed tokens, interest earning accounts and a marketplace for securitized token offerings. REINNO’s first deal in 2020 was the tokenization of a $105 million-dollar real estate fund.

Most recently, Mr. Moniês has become a recognized expert in blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies and an international BTC buy/sell consultant and broker, helping his clients buy/sell billions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency. In 2022, Mr. Moniês wrote a book titled, “Surviving and Thriving: Bitcoin, Blockchain & The Metaverse,” which at one point was a top seller on

Mr. Moniês believes strongly in community involvement and actively participates on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, the Palace Theater, the Stamford Veterans Park Partnership, and the Financial Policy Council in New York City. Mr. Moniês lives in Stamford with his wife, three boys and two dogs. Mr. Moniês enjoys spending time with his family as much as possible, traveling and when time permits, Mr. Moniês likes to escape the daily business grind by trading Forex or sneaking away to his in-house fully furnished music studio for a meditative session of creating music!

Andrew McDowell – Founder, Beacon DeFi

Andrew is the founder of Beacon, a leading community for self-directed crypto investors focused on decentralized finance (DeFi) strategies with a combined net worth exceeding $250 million.

With a deep understanding of blockchain technology’s potential to transform traditional finance, Andrew has coached 1000s of investors through their first on chain investments. He has created a space for investors to learn and implement cutting-edge DeFi strategies, with an emphasis on risk management, diversification, and a long-term perspective on wealth generation.

Under Andrew’s leadership, Beacon has attracted a diverse group of high net worth individuals committed to staying at the forefront of financial innovation.

Thomas Meredith – Founder and CEO, OnlyX

Mr. Meredith, the inventor of the “Smart Token” and patented “Atomic Swap” digital wallet, created the OnlyX digital exchange to bridge the immense gap between the new Decentralized Finance (DeFi) digital currency world and traditional Wall Street. OnlyX’s patent-pending Hybrid Centralized/DEX ( <> offers a new class of digital financial instruments; high-yield money market accounts, yield enhanced Treasury Bills, Repos and Gold Bonds.

OnlyX simultaneously meets Wall Street’s stringent requirements while providing “Instant Settlement” and higher yields driven by Artificial Intelligence application across the top ten global trading stablecoin currencies backed by tokenized assets. OnlyX bridges the traditional global settlement networks (MasterCard, SWIFT) with multiple Blockchain networks allowing for instant global settlement to and/or from any bank account.

Preceding Bitcoin, Tom has been fascinated by digital currencies. He productized his Smart Token Patent (2004) by tokenizing prepaid cellphone minutes enabling free global P2P money transfer as Bitminutes.

Tom received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Stanford University in 3 years; graduating later with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Harvard Business School. After Stanford, Tom began his computer career with Digital Equipment Corporation, transitioning to Wall Street post Harvard. He joined the ranks of entrepreneurs by founding VoxLink, an innovator of voice mail and e-mail integration for several Fortune 500 corporations.

Tom is a native of Williamsport, PA, the home of Little League Baseball, with working knowledge of French and Spanish. He resides near Atlanta, GA

Antony Ponnaiya – Executive Vice President, Online Biz Builders

Antony Ponnaiya is a dynamo in the realms of Sales, Acquisitions, and Marketing. He boasts an illustrious career within the Fortune 500 sector. Recognized for his aptitude in strategic planning, value optimization, and organizational transformation, Antony employs an analytical methodology combined with innovative marketing paradigms to facilitate multimillion-dollar transactions. He catalyzes revenue growth and directs successful mergers and acquisitions that have set new industry benchmarks.

As a former senior business executive at AT&T, Antony has honed a unique leadership style that melds motivational coaching with rigorous analytical approaches. His portfolio includes collaborations with some of the world’s most prestigious brands in diverse sectors such as technology, healthcare, finance, and consumer goods—most notably Tesla, Bloomingdales, Bang & Olufsen, Stop & Shop, and Caymus Vineyards.

Beyond his primary responsibilities as National Director of Sales & Acquisitions, Antony epitomizes entrepreneurial excellence. He deftly manages and cultivates a diverse portfolio of business ventures and interests.

As a connoisseur of both coffee and wine, Antony has masterfully crafted distinguished brands in each arena. His coffee venture, Fresh Coast Coffee, embodies Italian tradition by sourcing premium beans from 14 distinct global regions. Concurrently, from the esteemed vineyards of Napa Valley, his Philosophia Cellars brand combines his reverence for philosophy with expert viticulture, introducing three white wines inspired by ancient philosophers. Antony’s meticulous selection of grapes ensures each bottle achieves unparalleled sophistication.

Committed to elevating mental health awareness, Antony founded his apparel line, Deprssed. This distinguished venture serves as both a sartorial statement and a vehicle for social impact, aiming to catalyze substantive conversations about the importance of mental well-being. A portion of the profits is judiciously allocated to reputable mental health charities.

Demonstrating keen acumen for market dynamics, Antony conducts rigorous analyses of evolving business landscapes while diversifying his entrepreneurial portfolio. Currently, one of his flagship products has attracted eight-figure acquisition offers, highlighting its substantial market value. Furthermore, Antony is in the advanced stages of planning a high-impact market entry for one of his forthcoming brands.

In his leisure time, Antony participates in a professional tennis league, reinforcing his affinity for athleticism and strategy. A discerning collector of fine timepieces, he also has a keen eye for modern real estate and architectural design. Further diversifying his portfolio, he serves as an esteemed global Airbnb host, offering premium guest experiences across international locales.

Business Attire Required – Open Bar – Hors d’oeuvres served.

Ticket info:

  • Registration Deadline: Monday May 20, 2024 (space is limited)
  • Registration fee: $50.  Please register in here
  • Location:  The Penn Club of New York, 30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 at the Tarnopol room