Stephen Bienko

Stephen Bienko

CEO, Fownders

Industry: Business Development

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Stephen is currently the CEO of Fownders which provides business startups with an entrepreneurial ecosystem to take their ideas and business models from seed to scale. Fownders is a live, work, play model that provides working incubation, co-living and educational curriculum in new urban markets.

Stephen is also the head track and field coach at Newark Academy, a nationally ranked independent school in Livingston, NJ.

Stephen had been the President of 42 Holdings which specialized in brand ownership of companies within the home services industry.

42 Holdings was the largest franchise owner of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving with locations in NJ, TN, OH, and Fl.

Prior to College Hunks, Stephen was the Senior Vice President of SequentialT, a technology marketing company that supercharges fan engagement by producing new revenue streams for sports, music, foundations, and political verticals.

Before SequentialT, Stephen was the Director of Marketing at Kennedy Funding.

Stephen was involved in sports marketing and athlete management for 10 years. He designed and implemented some of the most successful marketing initiatives in the Olympic sports division. He spent two years marketing the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon.

Stephen spent his early years in business training hundreds of athletes in multiple sports, more than 20 of the athletes he trained (while they were in high school), made it on to the professional ranks. In the process of training, he designed and built multiple athletic training facilities.

Starting his professional career in the New Jersey State Police, Stephen was awarded “Top Trainee” while at the Sea Girt, NJ basic training. He was a road duty trooper and a member of the Drug and Alcohol Control Task Force.

In 2015 Stephen unsuccessfully ran for City Council in the City of Fort Myers. Bienko’s campaign, debate, enthusiasm, and attention to the true challenges of the city made for one of the most talked about City Council races in Fort Myers’ history.

Stephen is a regular figure in the media and has been featured on Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, AMC, BRAVO, NJ Star Ledger, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Tennessean, NJ Biz Magazine, Luxury Life Magazine, NJ Monthly Magazine, and many more.

Stephen has been honored as Man of the Year for Habitat for Humanity, The International Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year, and Franchisee of the Year by College Hunks for three straight years. Stephen serves on the Board of Directors for the PACE School for Girls, The Valarie House, Job Creators Network, and sits on the Academy Review Board for U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ).

Stephen proudly attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated from Villanova University where he was a member of each schools football and track and field programs. He currently lives in New Jersey with his three children.