Board of Directors
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Gerry Byrne, Founder, Fidelis Global Enterprise
Prior to Stagebill, Mr. Byrne, for well over a decade, was the Group Vice President and Publisher of Variety and Daily Variety, a period when Variety most significantly raised its profitability, launched new editions, and expanded its role as a leader in entertainment publications and web sites. Mr. Byrne led the launch of Daily Variety’s “Gotham Edition” in March 1998 as well as Variety/Schroder “Big Picture” Conference. He joined Variety from Norman Lear’s ACT III Communications where he was Senior Vice President of Planning and International Development. Prior to Act III, while at Crain Communications, Mr. Byrne was the start-up publisher of both Electronic Media (now Television Week) and Crain’s New York Business.
A staunch believer in “participation“, Mr. Byrne is on the boards of The Creative Coalition, The Hamptons Film Festival, The Armory Foundation, The Reisenbach Foundation, The Fisher House Foundation, The Fisher Center for Alzheimers Research, The Intrepid Museum Foundation, VeteransAdvantage and The New York City Police Museum. Mr. Byrne was awarded the “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award” at ShowEast ’96 for his many community involvements. New York’s Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center’s 2002 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Mr. Byrne for his business leadership and for his support of causes that benefit humanity. Additionally, the NYPD Marine Corps Association awarded Mr. Byrne its 2002 “Semper Fi” Award for his work in the community. And in June 2009, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Mr. Byrne the “Made in New York” Award for his support of the Gotham’s entertainment and media enterprises. Mr. Byrne is a member of The Media Council of The Paley Center, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, The New York Athletic Club, and The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.
Mr. Byrne is a native New Yorker and a 1966 graduate of Fordham College.
Mr. Byrne and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children. Son, Gavin, a graduate of Fordham is Director of Content Operations at Saavn LLC. Daughter, Megan, an actor, received her MFA in acting from the University of California, Irvine. Megan’s undergraduate degree is from Middlebury College.
Abby Raphel, Executive Director, The Redwoods Initiative
Stephanie Power, Managing Director, Highmount Capital
Marjorie Hewett, Senior Vice President at Brown Harris Stevens
Marjorie, whose two sons have matriculated through the Manhattan school system, is both personally knowledgeable about the various programs offered by area schools and committed to enhancing education overall.
Jo Singel, Founder of JLA Partners
Her activities include acting as a Mentor, Coach and Advisor to Business Schools: Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business; New York University, Stern School of Business; Pace University, Lubin School of Business. Ms. Singel has served as a Coach/Evaluator for The NYU Berkeley Center Entrepreneurial Business Competition for the past several years.
Ms. Singel has authored two books, “Every Person a Leader” and “The Dandelions of Woodlawn Avenue”. She is a frequent Speaker and Presenter at Conferences and Trade Associations, addressing a variety of topics on leadership and management challenges in organizational environments.
Janine Lee Craane, Managing Director, Global Institutional Consultant, Craane Group, Merrill Lynch
A graduate of Hunter College High School and Amherst College, Janine Lee Craane began her career on the foreign equity arbitrage desk of Merrill Lynch, where she took advantage of her language skills — Spanish, French, and Portuguese — to gain insight into emerging markets. Today, with over 30 years of experience in the industry, Janine runs a financial advisory boutique within Merrill Lynch named The Craane Group.