Over the course of a career spanning more than three decades, Steve Leber has earned a reputation as a rock music manager and producer, and as one of the most innovative forces in the entertainment industry. He began his career at the William Morris Agency, establishing the company's music division and handling such artists as the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross, the Jackson Five, and the Beach Boys. He left William Morris to form his own management company, Contemporary Communications Corporation, where he managed artists including Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Michael Bolton, and 'N Sync, among others.
Early in his career, Steve established himself as a non-traditionalist and as someone who thought outside the box. One early example was his precedent-setting arena tour of Andrew Lloyd-Webber?s Jesus Christ Superstar. Similarly, he produced Beatlemania; unique in both concept and design, the multimedia sensation has grossed a staggering $100 million worldwide. He built on this success with family entertainment ventures including the critically-acclaimed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming Out of Their Shells tour. He also produced the extraordinarily successful North American tour of the world-renowned Moscow Circus, which broke box-office records at venues across the United States and was named Family Show of the Year by Performance Magazine three years in a row. He has numerous business interests, and with his son Jordan Leber, manages the Italian teen sensation Il Volo and Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed.
Steve and his wife, Marion, have been married for more than 40 years and are the proud grandparents of Matthew, Jack, Danielle, Rachel, Jared, Sabrina, and Jake.
Joe Bernstein is an investor and real estate developer. He most recently served as CEO of Empire Resorts, Inc., a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ:NYNY). He was also an early investor in Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ:AIRM). Joe owns Americas Partners LLC, whose development projects have included, in Manhattan, Americas Tower, a 50-story building at 1177 Avenue of the Americas; the 70-story office tower at 40 Wall Street; The Crown Building at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street; and Herald Center, a vertical mall. In Israel, Joe is developing a 36-hole golf resort overlooking the Sea of Galilee, and an Entertainment City in Eilat. Early in his career, Joe practiced law on Wall Street, and later opened his own law offices.
Joe has an M.B.A. in Finance from UCLA's Anderson School of Management, an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU's Graduate Tax Program, and a J.D., B.A. (Economics), and B.S. (Agricultural Business Management) from the University of California at Davis. He has six children, ages 17 to 26, and five grandchildren.
Prior to joining Grandparents.com, Jeffrey Mahl was Senior Vice President of Online and Mobile Advertising at National Cinemedia and President of Media Directions, L.L.C. A veteran Internet Sales executive, Jeffrey was Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales at ESPN Cable Networks and Internet Ventures, where he helped grow annual revenues from $200 million to over $1 billion in just four years. He also served as Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, with Mail.com Media Corporation and held senior management positions at AskJeeves, Gemstar-TV Guide, and OCC Sports. At Gemstar-TV Guide, he served as President of the Media Sales Group and at AskJeeves as Executive Vice President, bringing over 100 new clients to the site.
Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston.
Ms. Breslau joins Grandparents.com from Woman's Day magazine, one of the nation's largest magazines with over 22 million monthly readers. In her role there, Ellen helped lead the editorial direction of the magazine and oversaw the editorial team integration of womansday.com. Prior to her role at Woman's Day, Ms. Breslau was Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of For Me, a lifestyle magazine geared towards younger women.
Additional editorial roles have included: Features Editor at Woman's Day, Senior Editor for Design Times and an eight-year stint at Glamour.
Mr. Schwartz was appointed as our Vice President of Administration, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary upon closing of the Company's reverse merger in Feb, 2012. Mr. Schwartz joined Grandparents.com along with Messrs. Leber, Bernstein and Mahl in May 2010. From 1995 through 2009, Mr. Schwartz worked for EMX LLC, eDoctor LLC, and Americas Tower Partners, companies affiliated with Americas Partners LLC, a privately-held venture company. Mr. Schwartz served in various capacities and from 2004 to 2010 was responsible for the group's administrative and financial operations. Concurrently (2004 to 2010), Mr. Schwartz served as the financial administrator of the Catskill Litigation Trust, a publicly registered trust, for co-trustees Joseph Bernstein and former New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco. During 2009, Mr. Schwartz also served as Executive Assistant to the CEO at Empire Resorts, Inc., a publically traded gaming and entertainment Company.
Mr. Schwartz graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Psychology.
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