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.
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.
Lee has worked with startups and small cap companies on strategy, business development, finance, and business operations. Lee's business practices help position companies for growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. Lee has overseen numerous capital raises and has taken companies public. Lee currently serves a member of the Board of Directors of Grandparents.com and a member of the Board of Advisors of MyDrobe.com.
Previously, Lee served as Chief Operating Officer at APT Technologies and at Up Front Rentals. Prior to that, Lee was an attorney at the New York law firm Proskauer LLP, handling a wide range of private equity and M&A transactions. Lee received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law and his Bachelors of Science from Emory University.
Riaz Latifullah serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Grandparents.com, Mr. Latifullah worked at AARP for 13 year where he served as Vice President, Financial Management & Operations, Senior Director of Strategic Markets and Director of Brand Operations for AARP and AARP Services (ASI). While with ASI he performed the roles of business strategist, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer. During his tenure Mr. Latifullah was responsible for overseeing $700MM of revenues on behalf of AARP, as well as ASI’s $150MM budget. He was also involved with launching several major new initiatives including LifeReimagined.org.
Mr. Latifullah is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned a BS in Marine Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford University.
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. Ellen holds a BSJ from Northwestern University, and was a National Fellow, Casey Journalism Center for Families and Children.
Formerly a media Chief Innovation and Chief Brand Officer, and now American Grandparents Association CMO and Founder, DJB Ventures, change-agent Deborah Burns is a strategic global marketing, sales and brand development leader. As AGA’s CMO, Ms. Burns is charged with building transformative partnerships and strategic business development for this alternative to AARP.
As DJB Ventures President, Ms. Burns guides clients across publishing, digital, broadcast, interiors, sports and cause-related worlds to new revenue growth. In a prior role as Hachette Filipacchi Media's Chief Innovation Officer, Ms. Burns was tasked with changing the company internally to poise it for the new digital future, while creating new businesses and business models externally through strategic partnerships.
Ms. Burns’ industry affiliations and honors have included MPA Mentor of the Year, along with corporate, non-profit and academic boards.
Mr. Schwartz was appointed as our Vice President of Administration, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary upon closing of the Company's reverse merger in February, 2012. Mr. Schwartz joined Grandparents.com 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 where he served in various financial and administrative capacities. 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 publicly traded gaming and entertainment Company. Mr. Schwartz received his BA degree from Hofstra University in 1995.
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