OUR  TEAM

MICHEL THOMAS
C.E.O. & Founder

Formally educated in Paris at Sorbonne University and Ecole Polytechnique, Michel possesses a diversity of creative skills, including hands-on sales/marketing, publishing, event planning and producing. Shortly after moving to New York, Michel founded and published Accents on Hair, an upscale bilingual beauty industry publication distributed in 30 states and 10 countries. Michel’s first edition was a noted success, selling 30,000 copies within one month of inception.
 

When the 9-11 catastrophes rendered his building unoccupied for seven months, Michel felt that it was also time to switch gears as the print media was drastically downsizing. In 2004, Michel founded International Event and Media Consulting a micro investment company branching into the event, video, publishing and marketing industries. 

 

This lead in 2010 to the creation of VSN Media a marketing firm specializing in video production of beauty, fashion, wellness and luxury lifestyle content.  Using their high expertise in content development the ECO channel was born as to become the first "green" multi media channel in the USA.

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JENEAN ATWOOD BAYNES

EVP of Development Progamming and Production

Under her own shingle, PH10 Creative Consulting, she pursues what she does best: helping writers and content creators fine tune their projects and make valuable industry connections. In this capacity, she also works as an independent contractor for major industry entities such as NAB and NATPE overseeing special events, program development and onsite show management.  

 

Previously at NATPE, she repositioned herself as the Director of Buyer Initiatives focusing on buyer retention, outreach and future prospects by maintaining current relationships, fostering new ones and developing prospective buyers for future events. Previously, Jenean served as Exec. Asst. to the president where she coordinated successful pitching events and was responsible for booking 50+ top level agents, broadcast, cable, digital and studio development executives and scheduling over 500+ pitch meetings.


In 2017, Jenean joined NAB’s Content Development & Relations team. There, her primary focus was programming four stages (tracks) for the CORE Programming at the NAB Show New York. She worked closely with key team members, education partners, sponsors and speakers on the planning, execution and development of profitable, quality sessions, training programs, and other initiatives. Additionally, she worked with key accounts such as Google, Sony DADC, Crystal and ARRIS.

In January 2018, Jenean joined the Milken Institute. As the Event Housing Associate, she is responsible for supporting the Event Planning and Management Team specifically for their 2018 Global Conference.

Previously, she was a judge for the PAGE Awards where she provided extensive notes regarding premise/concept, story structure and commercial potential.  In her new capacity, Jenean oversees all aspects of the ECO channel which includes programming, production and content development globally.

Bob Fitts

Marketing & New Business Development

 

Bob is the founder of v3.0 a business consulting company based in FL.  Previously he founded and produced SUP-X: The StartUp Expo,  one of the largest early stage technology conferences in the Florida area.

Bob has thirty years of experience buying, selling, financing, building, growing, integrating and re-organizing businesses, both domestically and abroad, for organizations such as Goldman Sachs & Co. and Prudential Financial.  He has been consulting small and medium sized businesses in a wide variety of industries on how to improve their operations since 2008. 

Bob has also served as the president/executive director of two South Florida non-profits devoted to venture capital (Gold Coast Venture Capital Association) and technology (South Florida Technology Alliance/Tech Lauderdale).

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MICHELLE McLEAN

International Sales Director

With over 29 years of experience in media, Michelle is an internationally recognized model, television personality, emcee, speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She started her international modeling career at 13 and went on to win the Miss Universe title in 1992 at the age of 19 for Namibia.

As a television host and producer for 26 years, she did many shows ranging from a reality model search program, showcasing celebrity homes, fashion, sports and travel documentaries.

Her clients include among others, The World Economic Forum, Puma, Revlon, Levi Strauss, Volvo, Nike, Ford Motor Company, YouTube, MTV, Fortune Magazine, Louis Vuitton and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

Close to her heart is the Michelle McLean Children Trust which she established in Namibia, in 1992. It has initiated and run hundreds of projects over the past 28 years, including 10 projects for international celebrities, Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt.

The Michelle McLean Primary School, in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, provides education for over 1100 children every year, since 2000. Michelle also provides, scholarships and entrepreneurial and financial skills training to thousands of students.

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MARC MALAISE

Sales Manager

With more than 25 years in IT & Telecommunication Industries Marc has a history of proven accomplishments in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Consulting based solutions. Known as a deal maker he excels at negotiating high value contracts of complex sales solutions with C-level executives. Marc is fully trilingual: English, French, Spanish (with working knowledge of Portuguese), having lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, and South East Asia.   

Marc worked for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, HPE, was a frequent exhibitor at NAB in the CMS Division and possess a strong client portfolio. Among them America Movil owned by Billionaire mogul Carlos Slim. 

Marc now resides in Miami. He is the proud father of two daughters both of whom with careers in the Film and Entertainment

GREG BRANCH, MBA

Managing Partner

Greg Branch is Partner at 1847Financial, and Founder & Managing Partner at Veritas Financial. He is a regular contributor to CNBC's "Squawk Box" and "Power Lunch, as well as Fox News' "Making Money with Charles Payne".  He graduated from Princeton (cum laude) in 1996, and obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2001.  Greg has over 25 years of experience as a Financial Services Executive. 

 

He has served as an Analyst with Goldman Sachs, a Consultant with McKinsey & Company, a Senior Analyst with Morgan Stanley, a Vice President with AllianceBernstein, an Executive Director with UBS, and a Managing Director with Canaccord Genuity, where he oversaw the entire South East region.  

FRANCES PIMENTEL

International Correspondent, Tulum, MX

With over 20 years’ experience, Frances is a seasoned international real estate sales, marketing, and project coordinator executive. Her focus is sustainable and regenerative real estate developments and has held managerial positions for multinational companies in several Caribbean islands and in Southeast Florida.

Frances has been featured as an international realtor selling properties in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in HGTV's popular show House Hunters International. She is a member of the regional technical committee for the Latin America and Caribbean initiative tasked with the translation of the (mM) Mindful Materials database into the Spanish language and is currently enrolled in Regenesis Institute’s Regenerative Practitioner Series.

GABRIEL J. MAROUS, Esq.

Legal Counsel

 

Gabriel Marous is the co-founder and managing member of MAROUS LAW, a dynamic New York City boutique law firm serving a clientele of international businesses, executives and professionals from around the world. The firm assists clients in several legal areas including International and Domestic Corporate-Business Law, Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), Corporate and Public finance, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Asset Protection and Estate Planning.

In collaboration with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps MAROUS LAW has consulted with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and advised various governmental agencies, lawyers, and bankers of developing countries in Eastern Europe in their efforts to transform their legal and economic system and bring them in compliance with European Union directives and standards.

OUR TEAM

Jared Meyers

Co-founder of Florida For Good  Chairman of Salt Palm Development  

Chairman of Legacy Vacation Resorts

There is a new breed of leaders for whom corporate responsibility, sustainability, helping their community and fostering environmental changes are the cornerstone of their core business model.

Committed to this movement Jared Meyers, co-founder of Florida For Good chairman of Salt Palm Development and chairman of Legacy Vacation Resorts is a powerful advocate for the B Corporation certification.

B Corporations are for profit companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.  There are over 3000 certified B Corporations across 150 industries in the world. 

Harold Lefferstra

Environmentalist and Climate Change Expert

Harold is an environmentalist and climate change expert and for the past 35 years has been helping frame global warming policies. He worked with the Norwegian Environmental Agency, an institution that is part of the Ministry of Climate and Environment. He is an environmental adviser in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and adviser of the Inter-governmental panel on climate change (IPCC).

His tasks have covered industrial pollution, waste handling, aquaculture and in the last 15 years, climate change causes, effects and mitigation.

Harold is involved in several NGOs on protection of nature and sustainable development.

He contributed to two books on environmentally friendly fish farming. Harold speaks Norwegian(native), Dutch, English, Spanish, French and holds a master’s degree in forestry and renewable energy.

Yoca Arditi Rocha

Executive Director The CLEO Institute

 

Yoca Arditi-Rocha is an international Sustainability Professional with over 15 years of management experience. A Biologist with a degree on Corporate Sustainability from the Institute of Global Sustainability at the University of Vermont currently finishing her Master's degree in Liberal Arts at Harvard University in Sustainability. She is an Al Gore trained Climate Change presenter, an active member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a mentor for new trainees at the Climate Reality Project, and a USGBC certified LEED-Green Associate. Yoca is the new Executive Director at The CLEO Institute where she works with the CLEO staff to drive climate action through community engagement and education.

She has participated in the past two United Nations climate negotiation talks, COP20 in Lima & COP21 in Paris, and serves as the sustainability advisor for several schools, colleges and organizations in the region. 

Dr. Francesco Stipo

President Emeritus, American Association of the Club of Rome

 

Dr. Stipo is the President Emeritus of the United States Association of the Club of Rome, the American branch of a global think tank, and was a member of the Club of Rome between 2011 and 2014. He is a member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.

He is regarded as a leading authority on global governance and a renowned expert on the geopolitics of energy.

Dr. Stipo published many articles in US journals and newspapers, such as The Hill, Business Insider, and The Street. He has been interviewed on PBS NewsHour, radio and print media and is frequently invited to speak in distinguished venues such as the United Nations, the East-West Center and Harvard University.

He is the author of the book “World Federalist Manifesto. Guide to Political Globalization” and he was elected as a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science for his contribution in the field of global governance.

Born in Italy, Dr. Stipo is a naturalized United States citizen. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law, and a Master Degree in Comparative Law from the University of Miami.

 

 

Jose Alexzander

Sustainable Fashion 

Fashion guru Jose Alexzander Jose is fast becoming a leading voice and one of the most influential designer of his generation.

His calling is to raise awareness to the damage that the fashion industry has made to the environment, try to find remedies and lead by example.

Indeed, for the past 3 years all of Jose’s collections have been made of recycled fabrics and 100% recyclable materials.

Born in Panama City, Panama and now residing in Miami, Fl. Jose holds a Bachelor in Art and Digital photography from the Miami University of Art & Design. He professes proudly to be a self-taught sustainable Fashion Designer, “I do not think of myself as an activist, but rather trying to shed light to the contaminants, the waste and bi-products hazards produced by our industry that are highly toxic for the environment.”

His collections have been presented at New York Fashion Week, Atlanta Fashion Week and his latest at Inspire Miami 2019 during Art Basel. They are thought provoking and a call to action.