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About BestRides

When riding with a stranger, BestRides puts your safety in your hands - not the stranger’s.

Our mission

When colleagues described having a frightening experience with a driver while traveling, we asked ourselves if we could create a simple and effective way to help travelers minimize the risks associated with ride sharing, or, ideally, avoid them altogether. We wanted to harness the latest technology to create a real-time support system that would travel with them, albeit in a virtual sense, every step of the way until they arrived safely, whether by car or by foot. We are committed to putting people’s safety where it belongs – in their own hands, and the hands of trusted friends and family – not large corporations.

BestRides Team

David Art
Strategy and Compliance

David Art has worked in digital media and technology in a variety of capacities for the last ten years. Responsible for BestRides’ strategy and compliance, he develops concepts designed to raise awareness of the app’s capabilities and its focus on safety. David has previously worked in finance, consulting, media relations, and as a project manager for the State House News Service in Boston.

Josefina Bonilla
Community Outreach

Josefina Bonilla has been a leader, speaker and advisor in Diversity & Inclusion for over 15 years. Previously, Josefina was the Founder and Publisher of Color Magazine, an all- inclusive publication that highlighted topics of interest for professionals of color. In 2017 Color Magazine was acquired by Gatehouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based media in the U.S. She served as Chief Diversity Officer of BridgeTower Media, an affiliate organization of Gatehouse. and President of Color Magazine. In those roles she was tasked with establishing strategic partnerships, leading business and marketing campaigns, and cultivating community relations within D&I markets.

Greg Czarnowski
Business and Institutional Partnerships

Greg Czarnowski is an innovative entrepreneur who brings 40+ years of marketing experience and applied expertise to his role at BestRides. He concisely conveys the advantages that being an independent safety app for ride-sharing has to offer both institutional and individual users.  He also focuses on creating visual and verbal consistency in the company’s promotional messaging that underscores those benefits and effectively builds the BestRides’ brand.

Marc Fantasia
Development and Marketing

Marc Fantasia is a creative and innovative marketing, development, and operations professional, with nearly two decades experience helping companies, non-profits and other clients grow their businesses and promote their causes. Marc has worked with companies of all sizes around the world, ultimately improving their bottom line by crafting creative solutions to their business challenges. Solutions-oriented, Marc seamlessly aligns BestRides’ and its partners’ objectives with target deadlines and budgets. In addition, he provides operational and strategic management to ensure all aspects cohesively support BestRides’ goals and mission.

Russel Pergament
Founder

Russel has been involved in many startups including TAB Newspapers, which began with one weekly newspaper in 1979 and grew into a 14-paper chain acquired by Fidelity Investments in 1993. He was founding Publisher of Boston Metro in 2001 which became profitable in record time. In 2006, he launched commuter daily amNewYork which became the largest newspaper in Manhattan by 2006 when it was sold to Tribune Corporation.  He’s a Managing Partner of Affiliated News Services,LLC, which operates news wires in Florida and Massachusetts.  He also co-founded TravelersMarketing.com which partners with transportation agencies in 33 states. All of Russel’s companies, including BestRides, have a substantial commitment to public service. 

Francy Wade
Media Relations

Francy graduated from New York University and started her career at NY1 and NBC News in New York, where she was nominated for an Emmy. Then, Francy shipped up to Boston and to produce the morning show for WBZ-TV. She left news and became the Press Secretary for the State Treasurer of Massachusetts, where she oversaw all of the communications for several state agencies include the Lottery, School Building Authority and the Pension Fund. From the state, Francy worked with two high profile communications firms in Boston (InkHouse Media and Marketing and Solomon McCown & Company) focusing on technology companies, healthcare brands and mission focused organizations. After having her children, Francy became Vice President of Communications for Anderson Robbins Research, a political polling and market research firm with clients including Fox News, Royal Caribbean and Attorney General Maura Healey.

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