Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies. Mr. Ross formed Related in 1972 and today the company includes more than 3,000 professionals. Related has developed more than $22 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at more than $20 billion made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Mr. Ross also is the owner of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium. Ross, together with Matt Higgins, co-founded RSE Ventures in 2012. RSE Ventures is a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies. RSE builds, owns and operates companies in sports, media, entertainment and technology, including Catalyst Media Group, VaynerMedia, Vayner/RSE, Relevent Sports, Ascendent Sports Group and the International Champions Cup.
Widely regarded as the best female tennis player of all time, Serena Williams has been ranked world No. 1 seven times since 2002. She holds the most major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. She has 23 Grand Slam singles titles which is the most Major wins by a tennis player in the Open Era.
Since arriving in the NBA, Melo has not only been one of the top scorers in the league, he has also diversified himself as a player, a family man, a businessman and a philanthropist. He is a member of the exclusive and coveted Team Jordan Brand, annually releasing a top-‐selling signature sneaker. Melo has also cultivated brand partnerships with Finishline, Topps and EA Sports. Most importantly, Melo has excelled off the court through his philanthropic and entrepreneurial efforts. He established The Carmelo Anthony Foundation (CAF) in 2005 as the vehicle for which he and his family would give back to the community through a variety of outreach programs and donations.
With a steadily expanding portfolio of innovative projects, Maverick Carter has quickly become an influential figure in the media and entertainment industry. As the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and CEO of UNINTERRUPTED, alongside co-creator Lebron James, Carter oversees the companies’ overall strategic directions, spearheads content development, and leverages key relationships to create authentic, insightful and entertaining content across a variety of mediums. Carter also has an extensive background in marketing and business development. As the long-time manager of James’ business interests, Carter was instrumental in securing his lifetime deal with Nike. He also helped establish LRMR Ventures, the venture company that oversees all of Carter’s and James’ investments and assets including Liverpool Football Club, the storied football franchise Carter and James own a stake in through their partnership with Fenway Sports Group.
Ronnie Fieg is founder and creative director of lifestyle brand and retailer Kith. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Fieg began his climb to success as a 13-year old stock boy for footwear chain David Z. With perseverance, he rose from floor salesman to assistant manager and eventually to head buyer, allowing him to gain vast ground floor retail experience and a wide-ranging network of relationships with various industry leaders. Conceptualizing Kith as an extension of himself, Fieg seeks to shift the current landscape of fashion while operating under a personal philosophy of giving the consumer more than what they pay for. 2016 was a banner year for the brand, as Fieg notched collaborations with iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Adidas, Cap’n Crunch, A Bathing Ape, Bergdorf Goodman, Colette, and more.
Jorge Perez is the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Related Group Miami. Over the years, Perez and Related Group have partnered with world-class names in the field. Perez also has received numerous awards and recognition for professional and philanthropic achievements.
Jeffrey Soffer is a billionaire real estate developer. Soffer owns majority interest in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Aventura Mall, among other properties. He is the co-CEO of Turnberry Associates with his sister, Jackie.
As EVP, Partner and Show Director of Art Miami LLC, Korniloff oversees the management and creative direction for Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami, Art New York, Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary, Art Wynwood, Art Southampton and Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco.
With more than 20 years of experience in art fair management and event production, Korniloff is a true art world veteran who is widely praised for his knowledge of both the fine art and contemporary markets. His continued commitment to create new opportunities for the international art community through the development of art fairs and collaborative partnerships has attracted some of the most prestigious galleries from around the world. He is known as a leader in the industry and has been touted as an expert in connecting dealers with new, affluent, international collectors. Art & Auction Magazine acknowledged Korniloff’s work in repositioning Art Miami in its 2008 Power List.
International basketball player Pau Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA selection. He has won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, one of only three non-American NBA players to win the award. On the global stage, Gasol has won two Olympic silver medals, an Olympic bronze medal, a FIBA World Cup title and three EuroBasket titles with the Spanish national basketball team.
Chris Bosh is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bosh is an eight-time NBA All-Star, has earned All-NBA Second Team honors and was a member of the USA Basketball Senior National Team that went 8-0 and captured the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Bosh won his first NBA title after Miami defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1 in the 2012 NBA Finals. He won his second title in 2013 as the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. Seeking to promote sports and education among youth, Bosh set up the Chris Bosh Foundation and regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading. He is dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that promote the upliftment of children, families and the community.
2015 NBA Champion, Draymond Green has evolved into one of the most interesting personalities in the NBA, and perhaps all of sports. Draymond made headlines last year after donating a record-setting $3.1M to his alma mater, Michigan State. This generous gift put Draymond in an elite category as the largest donor of any athlete alumnus to Michigan State University, as well as a top three donor of all active professional athletes to any university in America. He was also chosen to represent his country for USA Basketball at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Draymond currently has brand partnerships with Nike, Beats, Foot Locker, 2K Sports, Verizon and Panini America. As a finalist for the 2015-16 NBA Cares Community Assist Award, Draymond was recognized for his outstanding efforts in charity and philanthropy. Draymond has centered his efforts in the communities of Oakland and his hometown Saginaw, while also sitting on the Advisory Board of RISE (http://www.risetowin.org/), Stephen Ross’ effort to advance race relations.
Ray Allen is an American former professional basketball player, actor and activist. Allen played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is a two-time NBA champion. He also won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States men’s basketball team. Allen has acted in two films, one of which was a lead role in the 1998 Spike Lee film, “He Got Game.” Additionally, he established the Ray of Hope Foundation in 1997 to assist with sports-related and community-based programs and provide avenues of opportunity through which youth can hope to realize their full potential.
Jessica Goldman Srebnick
Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, heads an award winning company that recognizes the value in depressed urban areas, reimagining, reconstructing and transforming declining districts into thriving global destinations. Today, Goldman Properties is considered the go-to creative real estate company for the revitalization of at-risk neighborhoods. In July 2015, Goldman Srebnick founded Goldman Global Arts (GGA). Established to conceptualize and produce impactful, thought provoking creative projects for a variety of organizations, with the goal of changing the paradigm of how people interact with art.
Miami-based restaurant, nightlife and hospitality entrepreneur David Grutman started as a South Beach bartender and worked his way to creating and leading the Miami Marketing Group. MMG is the owner of LIV, the nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, LIV at Hard Rock Stadium, Story nightclub in Miami Beach and restaurants Komodo and OTL. He is credited as being one of the most important people in electronic dance music.
Rene Kamm is the CEO of MCH Ltd, one of the leading Swiss exhibition organizers and live marketing service operations. He is responsible for many world leading fairs including Art Basel.
The most decorated Miami Dolphins player in the franchise’s history, Marino spent his entire 17-year career with the NFL club. He holds many Dolphins records and at the time of his retirement, he held 25 NFL regular season records. He currently serves in the Dolphins front office as the Special Advisor to the President and CEO.
Desmond Howard’s college football career in Michigan was marked by winning the 1991 Heisman Trophy as a wide receiver. His NFL career spanned from 1992 to 2002. Howard won the MVP of Super Bowl XXXI. Since his retirement, he has worked as an ESPN College Gameday Analyst.
Flo Rida is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Carol City, Florida. His 2008 breakout single “Low” broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release. Flo Rida’s debut studio album, 2008’s Mail on Sunday, has been followed for three successful albums: R.O.O.T.S. (2009), Only One Flo (Part 1) in 2010 and 2012’s Wild Ones. Flo Rida has sold more than 80 million digital downloads, making him one of the best-selling music artists. On February 17, 2017, Flo Rida released “Game Time” featuring Sage the Gemini. It tentatively serves as the lead single from his upcoming fifth studio album “The Perfect 10”.
Ferran Pietro has worked as the CEO and Managing Director of Pau Gasol Enterprises since 2015. Prieto has worked in many other roles in different companies including General Motors. He has global experience in leading corporate environments.
Charlie Stillitano is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Relevent Sports. Mr. Stillitano served as the Venue Executive Director for the FIFA World Cup USA 1994 NY/NJ. Then was named Vice President and General Manager of the NY/NJ MetroStars of Major League Soccer. After five years, Mr. Stillitano went on to become the Managing Director of the newly formed Metromedia Soccer Properties LLC. In 2003, Charlie served as the Principal Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ChampionsWorld Series, which featured a collection of the world’s top international football clubs in matches during the summers of 2003 and 2004. Most recently, Mr. Stillitano was a senior executive at CAA Sports, where he ran the company’s soccer business.
Mr. Stillitano served as an inaugural Board Member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation from 1993 to 2007, and served as its Vice Chairman for 11 years and Chairman of the Grants Committee for 14 years until his retirement from the U.S. Soccer Foundation in 2007. Mr. Stillitano currently co-hosts a daily radio talk show entitled “The Football Show” for Sirius/XM Radio, which regularly features the biggest names in international football.
Daniel Sillman is Director of Business Development at RSE Ventures, a sports, media and entertainment investment firm founded by Stephen Ross and Matt Higgins. Sillman’s primary focus is sourcing, structuring and executing on new investment opportunities at RSE. Additionally, he holds responsibility for ongoing investment management of RSE portfolio companies that includes acting as a strategic advisor and serving as a Director on multiple boards. Previously, Sillman founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Compass Management Group, a multi-client family office focused on athletes and entertainers. In 2016 Sillman sold Compass to the multi-family office group, FFO, where he serves as a partner and advisor to the founders, providing comprehensive financial planning services catering to a wide variety of client needs. Sillman serves on the Board of Directors of Child Safe foundation, which is a foster care, adoption and mentoring agency working with neglected, abused and at-risk children. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel has led a unique and diverse career across business and sports. In the three years under Garfinkel’s leadership, the Miami Dolphins have made positive strides forward including the largest ticket sales growth of any team in the NFL from 2013-2016, and selling out all regular season home games in 2015 and 2016; the charitable giving of more than $16.5 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, the largest donation of its kind from any NFL franchise; the awarding of the 2020 Super Bowl, the NFL’s 100th season celebration, to South Florida, a record breaking 11th time as host; and the conception of a business plan that resulted in a new naming rights partner and a three-year overhaul of Hard Rock Stadium, creating a world-class, global entertainment destination for decades to come for South Florida.
Matt Higgins serves as both the Vice Chairman of the Miami Dolphins and the CEO of RSE Ventures. In 2012, with co-founder Stephen M. Ross, he launched RSE Ventures, an international sports, entertainment and technology venture firm. As CEO, he has founded several successful companies including Derris & Company and Catalyst Media Group. He also is one of the founders of the International Champions Cup, a global pre-season soccer tournament. In addition to building businesses, Higgins actively invests as a partner at Vayner/RSE, an early stage venture fund created in partnership with serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.
Paul Rivera is a sports marketing executive, currently serving as President and Co-Founder of The Robot Company – a marketing strategy agency focused on the intersection of sports and culture. Rivera has held senior positions at DIME Magazine and Nike, where he was Global Director of the Lebron James brand, responsible for footwear releases and global LeBron James tours. In 2012 he was instrumental in helping solidify Beats by Dre as one of the global leaders in entertainment & sports. Rivera also co- created “On The Record” in 2016 – a digital content show in partnership with Showtime Sports.
Philip Goldfarb, President & Chief Operating Officer at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, brings decades of hospitality industry experience to the iconic hotel. In his role, Goldfarb oversees all aspects of the Miami beachfront hotel, with more than 20 acres and over 1,500 rooms and suites. Under Goldfarb’s leadership, Fontainebleau launched BleauLive, the South Beach hotel’s entertainment platform that merges one-of-a-kind vacation experiences with performances by top musical artists. He also has been instrumental in numerous hotel physical plant enhancements, including new restaurant concepts and multi-million-dollar renovations of guest room towers.
Jesse Manzano Plaza
Jesse Manzano-Plaza works as a partner in LSN Partners and assist clients with issue advocacy, grassroots campaigns, strategic communications, crisis management and public outreach efforts. Manzano-Plaza also has worked in the political campaign realm and is a political blogger.
Brian Y. Goldmeier is founder and president of BYG Strategies, Inc., recognized as one of South Florida’s most successful government advisory and consulting firms. Over the past decade, Goldmeier has helped lead fundraising and capital raises for issues, elections and referenda of local and national importance, and has also served as a principal advisor and strategist to many of South Florida’s most important government and business leaders. Goldmeier also holds active leadership roles in some of South Florida’s most important charitable organizations, including the United Way, Voices for Children, and City Year, among others.