Roman Vintfeld is a New York City-based business executive and philanthropist. Throughout his career, Roman has gained vast experience working within the financial services industry, specializing in business and consumer lending, MCA, payment processing, wealth management, mortgages, credit services, and debt consolidation. Additionally, he has experience working with artificial intelligence (AI) tools and resources, using them to grow and scale marketing- and sales-related initiatives.
Roman currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of WeShield, an organization founded by entrepreneurs to provide aid — namely, to frontline workers — during the COVID-19 pandemic. WeShield provides PPE, Medical, and Safety Supplies to organizations and businesses. He is also the president of AI Assist, an exclusive channel partner for Conversica’s AI-related resources in the finance industry.
As a philanthropist, Roman Vintfeld leverages his professional roles to help others — specifically, within the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. He co-founded Worldwide Friends, a U.S.-based 5013c emergency response organization, focusing primarily on its Ukraine Friends mission, which offers aid to the Ukrainian people in response to Russian aggression.
The mission, which is built of several different organizations, includes programs offering aid and equipment delivery, evacuation services, and ambulance support for the Ukrainian people; it has resulted in 30,000+ IFAKs delivered, 10,000+ refugees housed, 50,000+ wound kits delivered, 10,000+ children’s travel and hygiene kits delivered, 1,200 train kits delivered, 60+ mobile surgery kits delivered, and 23 ambulances delivered – with rising numbers in the aforementioned initiatives weekly. These efforts have led to the evacuation of over 30,000 people since the war began.
Roman was an extremely sought-after delegate at the 2022 Ukraine Recovery Conference, a two-day international conference in Lugano, Switzerland designed to present the Ukrainian roadmap on the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine and fundraising. Vintfeld held meetings with global leaders to educate the attendees on supply chain shortages, meeting demand, and his international logistics expertise providing strategic leadership on the recovery and resilience of Ukraine.
Roman Vintfeld firmly believes that anyone can make a difference; they just have to become involved with something about which they are passionate. As a leader, Roman strives to find and develop team members who excel in this manner, offering support to help them foster autonomy as quickly as possible. This philosophy has helped Roman build an accomplished body of work centered on helping others and leading people to achieve their full professional potential.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
The idea came from wanting to help – specifically by donating and aiding those in low-income households. As a result of our network, we were in a position to secure masks at the height of COVID, so we decided to partner up and provide aid to the workers who needed it most.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My typical day involves taking my kids to school after reviewing that morning’s emails. I’ll then review any priority items, schedule meetings with department heads, and facilitate business development calls or follow-ups on ongoing projects. My days are usually centered on some form of business development, as we are always selling.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Mainly by executing those ideas as soon as possible. Many people have a lot of great ideas, and they spend a lot of time thinking them over, considering the potential downsides, and mulling over the ways to make their ideas perfect. I just focus on executing the vision; I’m not afraid to fail or what other people might think. I like to take action and see where it goes.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I am very interested in AI and computing – especially with being able to look to our past to identify patterns to problem-solve in the future. These trends are helping society a lot right now; they are creating tech around being able to smooth out supply chains via early analysis, identifying and fixing potential shortfalls in areas where there might be overflow.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I like to meditate and practice yoga to maximize productivity and mindfulness. I use Sadhguru’s Inner Engineering platform, practicing on a daily basis.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell myself, “Don’t be afraid to walk away from your success when it’s turning into a failure.”
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Energy healing is real. For those interested in learning more about this concept, I would recommend the Barbara Brennan School of Healing – as well as Barbara Brennan’s book, “Hands of Light.”
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I will identify a client profile and provide a solution to their problem. I look at the situation as an opportunity to find a solution and present it to the decision maker – through data, trusting your gut, and going after it.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I once went bankrupt, and I had to fire 500 people on a Friday – only to hire 100 people on Monday. The best advice I could give in a situation like that is to not feel bad for yourself.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Get into wellness and start wellness centers to help people; this is something I want to do, but I keep getting sidetracked.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Air Pods. Wireless headphones allow me to be super productive since I often work off my phone.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
ZoomInfo. It allows me to find the ideal client profile and the direct decision maker.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I would recommend “Stealing Fire” by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. The book discusses getting into a flow and understanding why; it leads to meditation.
What is your favorite quote?
I like a quote from an old Russian proverb: Доверяй, но проверяй. It roughly means, “Trust, but verify.”
- Don’t spend too much time mulling over your ideas; put them into action and learn from experience.
- Consider exploring the fundamentals of meditation and energy healing; they can be great assets to your mental wellbeing.
- Always remain open-minded to new, innovative ways to streamline efficiency and help others.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.