Fish began his producing career in Vancouver in the promotions, entertainment and special events divisions in two of Canada’s leading radio stations: CFOX FM99 and LG73 AM. This was where Fish worked alongside the leading Canadian
concert promoter Perryscope Concert Productions Ltd., an affiliate of Concert Productions International Inc., orchestrating album launches for major recording labels as well as promoting concerts for Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen,
Huey Lewis, U2, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Genesis, Eurythmics, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, and The Police, to name a few.
Since those instructive years, Fish has created and produced major events with leading companies including BMW, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Global Television, Rogers Communications, General Motors, Molson Brewery, Labatts
Brewery, Visa, the Hyatt, Four Seasons, and Fairmont Hotels, and a multitude of others.
Today his passion and purpose are to create new fields of DreamsWon and experiences in the digital universe working with creative minds and fearless spirits to produce extraordinary experiences.
Lynn began her career working in the Pharmaceutical Industry as Sales & Marketing Coordinator for UK company ATi Atlas Ltd, supplying products and services related to sterility control and research. During her 7 year tenure, Lynn coordinated
Sales & Marketing initiatives, was responsible for organizing technical workshops/trade events and was involved with monitoring client satisfaction as part of the company’s ISO: 9001 Quality Manual. In 2007, Lynn graduated with
a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the British Chartered Institute of Marketing.
As a successful business leader, the past 25 years have seen John responsible for award winning marketing strategies, developing and implementing unique and innovative customer-focused products and services, and thoroughly maximizing
Among his achievements, John ran one of the most successful Rock and Roll radio stations in Western Canada. While there he created and hosted a nationally-syndicated artist interview program capturing the insights and inspirations
of literally hundreds of musicians including AC/DC, Genesis, Police, Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Halen, and Frank Zappa, to name a few.
Highlighting John’s strength in developing experiential marketing opportunities include partnerships with the PGA, Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, IndyCar, Canadian Football League and many others.
In a recent role at one of Canada’s leading transit agencies - serving more than 1.2 million customers daily - John brought together the partnerships for the concept, design and delivery of a ground breaking advertising platform valued
at more than $300 million.
His education background includes broadcast communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, business and communications at Simon Fraser University, and sales and marketing at the University of BC’s Sauder School of
As a community-minded individual, John also makes time to support local not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on a number of volunteer boards and committees supporting children, safety, and environmental perspectives.
Senior VP of Strategic Partnerships
Prior to her work at Accordios, Kelli made waves in senior-level positions at Fortune 100 entertainment and technology companies including EMI Music, Silicon Graphics (SGI), and Apple Inc., where she launched Apple’s earliest focus
on music and entertainment, driving initiatives in that space during her 12 years with the company.
Over the course of the last 25 years, Kelli has been fortunate to work and collaborate with many people that have been instrumental in defining their respective fields. Some have even become iconic. Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg,
Stewart Copeland, Nancy Duarte, Todd Rundgren, and Alan Cohen have been personal mentors, colleagues, or clients.
Sports & Intelligence
Derek is the Managing Partner of The Data Jungle – a boutique insights-driven research and consultancy group focused on providing strategic market intelligence and consulting services to brands, agencies, and rightsholders that supports
key business decisions.
Derek has over 20 years of experience in the sports, entertainment and media industries. He has successfully managed hundreds of projects including ROI and economic impact assessments, sponsorship valuations, feasibility studies, and
consumer & media research projects.
Prior to launching The Data Jungle in 2014, Derek was the Senior Vice President in Canada at Repucom, a global leader in sports marketing research, where he worked with such clients as the Royal Bank of Canada, EA Sports, Tim Hortons,
Hockey Canada, NFL, CFL, NBA, 2015 Pan American Games, Wasserman Media Group and MetLife Stadium to name a few.
Before Repucom, Derek was the Managing Director of IMG’s sponsorship research & consultancy division (Comperio Research) for North America where he provided expertise to the likes of Red Bull, Samsung, Bank of America, New Balance,
Scotiabank, NHL, IndyCar, Volkswagen, and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Grant began his career in marketing and communications when he founded an Internet marketing company in 1999. Since that time, Grant has written and developed corporate communications, investor relations assets, and marketing copy
and systems for public, private and startup companies. He has also taught writing in continuing education programs at the University of BC and Simon Fraser University. Grant earned degrees with distinction in Psychology and Education
from the University of Calgary.
Intelligence & Development Director
Rahz Lavon oversees the creation of Accordios business documents, spanning from financial modeling to the communication of the vision. He also serves on the frontlines of our research department, performing analytics, logistics, and
With a background in computer engineering and technical experience creating web, sales, and administrative infrastructure, Rahz received his BCom specializing in finance from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He also pursued several
other disciplines including operations management, communications, and commercial law.
Executive Millennial Producer
Jarod Kaplan learned about daily working life at a young age, having started his first career while still in high school and working for many years in the trades and as a contractor.
Throughout that time, Jarod always had a passion for music and film. So after graduating high school he went on to study film, including acting and producing two short films.
His skill set in construction opened an initial door with Accordios in the form of working with the construction crew renovating the company’s new production studio. After a few months onsite, he was pulled aside by the company’s founder,
Aaron Fish, and promoted to producer.
Today, Jarod works on developing content related to the company and its technology, and together with the millennial team, provides a young perspective on the millennial market as an important target audience for Accordios.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Toby Murray is a filmmaker who has joined Accordios to provide a fresh, young perspective in our industry.
Toby received an associates degree in Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology before hanging up his lab coat to pursue his lifelong passion of filmmaking.
After long hours standing in the rain and snow as a production assistant on various west coast sets, he warmed up while studying Film Arts and getting a chance to see the other side of film life as a director. This time galvanized
his creative energy, during which he produced and directed two short films in eight months, one of which netted him a nomination for best director.
Toby’s creative energy continues in his work at Accordios, where he produces content and communicates about all aspects of the company, acting as executive assistant to his mentor, Aaron Fish.
Ms. Jones has represented some of the highest level sports properties in her career, including 2010 Winter Olympic Games, PGA Tour’s Air Canada Championship, World Taekwondo Junior Games and the America’s Masters Games as well as other
notable non-sports properties including Oprah’s Canadian Tour, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Canucks Autism Network, RE/MAX Canada, Ellen Degeneres Canadian Tour, City of Richmond and City of New Westminster.
Deborah was also Founder and President of Sponsorship Central, a North American marketing and brand sponsorship agency. During the past 18 years Deborah led the successful sponsorship marketing firm to include Fortune 500 clients and
major live and broadcast properties from a wide range of sectors including sports, entertainment, cause / non-profit, government and real estate.
Prior to launching Sponsorship Central, Deborah held the position of VP Events and Marketing at Canada Place Corporation and produced the largest Canada Day celebrations on the west coast of Canada for six years.
Deborah earned her Marketing Degree at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver.
Murat F. Erbatur
Chief Engineer of Royal City DREAMSWON
Murat brings over forty years of engineering and project management experience to Accordios. Since the early 1970s, he has been involved with computers and technology, and has left his mark around the globe with design and construction
of many structures.
After a number of years working with leading engineering companies in Vancouver, namely Sandwell / Swan Wooster and H.A. Simons, he started his own technology company in 1994 specializing in information technology and equipment, which
later transformed into Intelligent Living in 2004, providing automation solutions for residential and commercial clients and specializing in creating energy efficient spaces focusing on sustainability and energy conservation through
efficient lighting and automated window cover management.
Intelligent Living was responsible for the architecture and manufacture of data centres for one of the earliest music sharing platforms, Music City, later known as Morpheus. He brings a vast knowledge of autonomous database applications
and content distribution.
Murat is a Professional Engineer and earned his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in engineering from Bosphorus University (Robert College) in Istanbul, Turkey, and Master of Engineering degree from University of British Columbia.
Patent & Intellectual Property Director
Damien has been involved with intellectual property since 2000, when he managed a diverse portfolio of patents for a start-up. Over the years he has worked for small and large companies, both local and international, as well as for
individual inventors. He helps clients identify and define their inventions, and walks them through the process of filing patent applications.
Areas that he is familiar with include lighting, electronics, lasers, physics, engineering, cryogenics, alloys, optics and optical crystals, software-based systems, – and there are probably a few more that could be listed.
He is often invited to brainstorming sessions, where he contributes ideas that lead to further patent applications.
Damien has a Bachelor's and Doctorate in Physics from the University of Oxford.
Katherine is a qualified marketing and project management professional with extensive knowledge in a range of industries, in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. To date, her career has spanned across both traditional and digital
media. Katherine is the founder of BigLittle, an agency that works with positive impact organizations, ensuring their web experiences, brand identification and digital communication solutions match the power of their cause.
Mehmet Gun Taskiran started his career as a self-taught Graphic Designer in 1996. For the first three years he worked on Graphics Design projects and managed the first design department at Vestel Group in his early 20s. For more than
5 years Mehmet worked as Lead Graphics Designer for companies such as Opel, Coca Cola, Rexam and Ege Ceramics.
Mehmet has worked for several well-known Architectural, Exhibition, Development and Yacht firms from different countries around the world including Dubai, Australia, US (Hawaii, Miami, New York, Las Vegas) Canada and Turkey.
Mehmet's dedication and passion to design and technologies has brought him a broad knowledge in Movie, Game, Architectural Visualization, Graphics Design, Media and Entertainment.
John has more than ten years of experience in the games, films and entertainment industries. His broad range of leadership in design and creativity in concepts, UX/UI and VFX has led him to work in multi million dollar productions
including, Electronic Arts ‘Need For Speed’ franchise, Microsoft Xbox Live, Warner Brothers Games, SXSW 2014, among others. He is also involved in a number of indie game development studios for PC, console, Andriod and iOS, as
well as film studios as Art Director and Concept Artist.
Pepper first joined the team as a 4 month old pup and is a frequent visitor to the Accordios office. Now three and one-half years of age, she often can be found sharing her positive, playful energy with the team and greeting visitors
who stop by the office. Pepper enjoys yoga and practices poses throughout the day to maintain her happy spirit.
Chief Creative Officer
Randy Koyanagi is the Chief Creative Officer at Accordios and is responsible for developing the company’s creative design strategy and brand visual identity. Randy brings 35 years of experience as an award-winning art director and
designer. His diverse creative and technical background spans many disciplines including motion graphics, 3D animation, broadcast design, channel branding, marketing, commercial production, virtual set design, visual effects, production
editing, on-set supervision and directing.
Randy has produced work for many leading companies including Global Television, Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, PGA Tour, Shaw Communications, Telus, Cadillac, Corus Entertainment, CFOX, Rock 101, CKNW, RBC, FortisBC,
YVR and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
At Global News Randy designed on-air broadcast graphics packages, and re-branded Global National as well as all local BC news programming. He has also designed, managed and directed numerous industry award-winning marketing campaigns
for broadcast, print, and digital. Randy also delivered the first Canadian virtual news set working with Full Mental Jacket. He was responsible for the overall show presentation and devised, implemented, and oversaw an innovative
workflow process where a large design team produced dynamic show elements for each daily broadcast.
Strategy & Development Director
Greg has spent the last 16 years in Commercial, Multifamily Residential and Hotel Construction and Development, covering a diverse range of roles and responsibilities from Project Manager to Senior Development Manager to Owner's Representative
for institutions and high net-worth families. These roles have familiarized Greg with investor relations, acquisitions, strategy planning and the execution of deliverables for large scale projects.
Greg has a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and Certificate in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University.
Marketing & Communications Director
Prior to joining Accordios, Nora Weber has been principal and founder of TerraCom, a marketing communications company. Her clients have included international environmental organizations and technology companies, tourism bureaus, passenger
train companies, resorts and adventure outfitters, museums and universities.
Nora is a skilled communicator with a global perspective and a solution orientation. She has worked for a non-governmental organization at the United Nations in New York, consulted with a German environmental technology company, and
collaborated with a Dutch urban planning company that wanted to bring their unique talents to Canada, as well as transboundary environmental organizations. She has also worked in television as a researcher for a current affairs
program, a production manager for an afternoon talk show and an assistant story editor for a television drama.
Project Management Director
Sophie’s diverse professional background informs her role as Director of Project Management with Accordios. For over 25 years Sophie has held private and public sector management positions in operations, administration, marketing communications,
change management (Lean), organizational development and leadership, the latter as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for a not-for-profit organization.
Her values are grounded in people, culture and human resources, with expertise as a coach, counsellor, facilitator and as an instructor at the University of British Columbia. A design thinker, Sophie's favourite questions "why," "how,"
and "can we make this better" have been the driving forces in her work in project management, as well as in quantitative and qualitative research that has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Sophie has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (Honours) and Criminology from Simon Fraser University, and a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
James Dean Waryk
Documentaries & Diaries Director
As the document and diary master James ensures that all of Accordios’s business processes are organized and managed correctly by consolidating information, data and content into white papers, structures and libraries. A senior business
consultant and entrepreneur for 40 years, James’s professional history includes being a manager of 13 movie studios, a general manager of sales and marketing, as well as having expertise in accounting, contract creation and relationship
management. James is also a professional public speaker.
Suzanne Johnson is a biodiverse creative professional: both a fast-tracked strategic innovator and a commended artist who has uniquely made her mark in the board rooms of Fortune 500 Companies to the sets of award winning television
She began her career as an Assistant Account Executive at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising; promoted as the youngest Account Executive in the history of Ogilvy & Mather, she managed the largest revenue account while chosen to direct their
award-winning philanthropic account.
Moving into the entertainment sector, leveraging her agency experience, Suzanne joined Turner Broadcasting where she co-created the blue print for all creative directives, client communications and presentation standards, helping re
build Turner Advertising. As Account Manager, she was chosen to reposition the image of the network and brand, TBS; she initiated and led the presentation that won the “James Bond” national campaign. This work resulted in Turner’s
largest marketing campaign and delivered the highest audience rating in the history of basic cable, at that time.
Recruited by The Coca-Cola Company as a consultant, she was promoted to Marketing & Promotions Manager where she transformed this vital youth-marketing division from being an unrecognized prototype sales department to “the leading
strategic focus of The Coca-Cola Company worldwide.” At Coca-Cola, Suzanne forged key associations, creating first-time initiatives by identifying relevant entertainment and sports properties that were considered groundbreaking
for the company at that time. Partnerships included FOX, MTV, Comedy Central, BMG Music, NBA, The Atlanta Committee for The Olympic Games and Billboard Entertainment and these first-time programs exceeded sales volume, market share,
consumer awareness goals and created relationships that still exist today.
Moving from Atlanta to New York City, Suzanne took a break from the corporate world to pursue a different goal: Acting. Now a SAG-AFTRA actor for over 10 years, Suzanne has appeared in over 100 broadcast, Internet, and theatrical productions,
seen on NBC, ABC, CBS, Showtime, Hulu, USA, and the Discovery Channel as well as voice-over work for TV and Film.
Suzanne also freelances consultants for REAL.org, a tech start-up with a focus on content development and Align Entertainment, a Talent Management and Entertainment Production Company that creates and manages a portfolio of renown
and emerging artists.
Suzanne has leveraged her professional experience, co-leading marketing/fundraising initiatives for non-profit organizations such as Earth Day New York; Here is New York: 9-11Memorial; The Retreat: Domestic Violence Prevention, National
Resource Defense Council, National Public Radio: WNYC, The American Red Cross. An Animal Rights Activist; a Domestic Violence Legal Advocate; a Meals On Wheels volunteer; a historic preservation advocate, Suzanne is also a supporter
of Cancer and Juvenile Diabetes Research, Global Poverty, Arts Education.
Janice Fidler's bio
Bobby Allen has had an extensive career that has covered many aspects of the live event/live entertainment world. His career started as a rigger and carpenter at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, and led him to the many theatres
and stages of New York City television shows like Saturday Night Live, All My Children, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and ABC and NBC News shows. During this time he simultaneously installed and operated performances like classic
and contemporary dance companies including Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Paul Taylor and Broadway shows including On the waterfront, Lion King, Aida, and Phantom of the Opera and more.
The next step on the career ladder landed Bobby at Madison Square Garden. He started there in 1994, and worked regularly at MSG until 2010, making lasting friendships and many relationships that remain to this day. During his time
in NYC, Bobby became a member of NYC IATSE Local One stagehands. In 1995, Bobby took his first of many touring position with Luther Vandross as Head Rigger. This experience inspired him to open two of his own companies, RDA Entertainment
Rigging Inc. and JAX Logistics Inc. In a very short time, Bobby assumed the roles of Staging Supervisor and Production Manager on international record-setting tours featuring artists like Andrea Bocelli, Jay-Z, Britney Spears,
Usher, Maroon 5, Beck.
In the past 10 years, Bobby has successfully transitioned between the world of touring, live events, festivals, sporting events, multi-act and multi-camera variety television shows, promotional marketing, large scale corporate activations
and has even stepped into the political arena, as Staging Supervisor of Barack Obama’s Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech.
Bobby joined Production Resource Group in June of 2011 as an Account Executive for the concert touring division, and is now Vice President of Global Accounts, operating out of the PRG San Fernando, CA office.
Arik is a globally recognized Co-Inventor of ICQ - the world's first internet wide instant messaging program - which received hundreds of millions of downloads. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Mirabilis which received the patent for
instant messaging and was purchased by AOL for $407 million in 1998.
Arik has extensive experience in all aspects of software development including analysis, design, architecture, implementation and maintenance. He is an Entrepreneur who enjoys establishing technology companies as a founder, technologist
As Director of Business Development for SCAinteractive (Calgary, Canada), and Director of Interactive at SCA Promotions (Dallas, USA), Adam Ford possess valuable knowledge and experience in the digital marketing space, particularly
in consumer motivation and engagement.
From fantasy sports games to integrated interactive programs, Adam works closely with all stakeholders, including prospects, clients, third-party vendors, channel partners and the team at SCAinteractive to develop unique interactive
programs that attract end-users and encourage action.
Adam also manages clients of all sizes, from local mortgage brokerage firms to Fortune 500 companies. Clients he has managed include Conoco Philips, The Marketing Store, 7-11, Husky Energy, EMC, Rogers Communications, Bell Media, The
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Post Media, among others.
Adam graduated top of his class from the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary), earning the Silver Medallion for highest distinction in the International Business discipline. Adam also holds a certificate in User Experience
Design from Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as in Sales Excellence and Social Marketing.
Geoff Ford graduated from The University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1977. He joined IBM Canada in 1978 and trained as a Systems Analyst. After spending a year with IBM Australia in 1981, he returned to Canada
to join a Calgary software firm as a systems consultant. In 1985, Geoff began his own consulting firm, Spectrum Information Systems Inc which grew to 22 employees and became an IBM "Blue Ribbon Business Partner" in 1992.
In 1986 Geoff co-founded SportsMark Inc. and is one of the key figures in the invention and spread of large scale fantasy sports programs. Sportsmark designed, developed and introduced the first large scale commercial sports contests
to the North American public. After selling his interest in Spectrum Information Systems, Geoff dedicated his efforts full time to expanding the Sportsmark group of companies.
Over the next 15 years, Geoff remained in the sports and entertainment industry, working at some time with virtually every major newspaper and major large corporations including Rogers Media, Bell Media, John Deere, Canadian Broadcasting
Corp, Gillette and Husky Oil, before selling his interest in Sportsmark in 1998 to ISN networks. In 2001, Geoff co-founded Blast Promotions/SCAinteractive and has served as President from inception until retiring in 2017. Geoff
currently lives on Vancouver Island and serves as Corporate Director and Advisor for Blast/SCAinteractive.
Peter has worked in the Interactive Promotions space for over 25 years. His clients include many Fortune 500 companies, and his award-winning work has been experienced by millions of consumers. Peter loves to be involved in all aspects
of the sales process including promotional strategy, customer interaction, and return on investment.
Peter was a partner in SportsMark Promotions; one of the first companies to realize the database benefits of Fantasy Sports products. SportsMark went on to become the world's largest provider of interactive fantasy sports games. Peter
and the SportsMark team joined forces with Dallas-based SCA Promotions, forming SCAinteractive. For the past decade Peter has been living in Dallas, Texas and overseeing SCAi’s growth in the USA.
Rob Moser, VP Operations and Partner of SCAinteractive, has a long history in interactive promotions and invaluable experience in delivering programs for companies and agencies of all sizes.
He started with SportsMark Inc., the original provider of large-scale interactive sports promotions. Given his lifelong passion for sports of all kinds, it was an ideal fit. Having joined the company in its infancy, Mr. Moser was heavily
involved in virtually every aspect of the company, from marketing and sales to strategic development and operations. Mr. Moser was responsible for overseeing the delivery of services for a client base of 100 of the leading daily
newspapers across North America as well as numerous other clients in the corporate marketplace.
In 2000, Rob and the partner group formed SCAinteractive with a focus on digital promotions. Rob now oversees the program development, management and operations for SCAinteractive's broad array of clients.
Rob Moser is a graduate of The University of Lethbridge (Bachelor of Management).
Peter Griffin served as Executive Vice President of Global Business Development of Viacom Media Networks at MTV Networks. A leader in media sales management and marketing, he is widely respected for developing visionary, award-winning
campaigns and top-performing sales teams across television, digital, print, mobile, and experiential platforms — driving hundreds of millions in net sales.
His experience, depth of knowledge and strong connections across a broad network of prominent contacts brings a unique and strong perspective to the business of Accordios. His corporate partnership experience includes well-known brands:
Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Samsung, Diageo, Kohl’s, PepsiCo, Hershey, and Sony Electronics.
Peter has garnered numerous awards throughout his career, recently earning recognition for 2011’s Global Launch of the Volkswagen Beetle, 2010’s “Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange,” the PMA Silver for the Xbox 360 global launch, Innovation
Awards, and the Creativity Award for his team’s work with The Hershey Company. Peter's team was also instrumental in earning the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Diversity Award for the MTV Census
He has served in executive-level roles with the New York Times Magazine Group for 11 years, revitalizing and increasing circulation of Golf Digest, Snow Country, Tennis, and Golf World magazines. He also served as Senior Vice President
of Sales and Marketing at Host Communications, and National Sales Manager with Sport Magazine.
Peter is a current member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4 A’s) NAMIC, and the International Advertising Association (IAA).
Leslie Ferraro served as the President of Disney Consumer Products, Inc. from May 2015 to February 2016 and as its Co-Chair of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media from July 2015 to February 2016. Ms. Ferraro oversaw a global
operation that delivers innovative and engaging products, from toys and apparel to books and fine art, through its Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store businesses. A 16-year Disney veteran, Ms. Ferraro served as Walt Disney Parks
and Resorts Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing numerous highly successful consumer campaigns worldwide.
Ms. Ferraro joined Disney in 1999 as Director of Marketing for Theme Parks and Resorts and went on to hold a variety of marketing leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy and New Business Initiatives,
and Vice President of Marketing for Disney Regional Entertainment. She has also served on the Hong Kong Disneyland Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Disney, she held various senior-level marketing positions at McCann-Erickson, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham. Ms. Ferraro holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Marketing from George Washington University,
a Master's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA in finance from New York University.
Bruce Vaughn was Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he lead the integrated creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Disney’s Creative Entertainment (DCE) and WDI Research
and Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation. The scope of Vaughn’s responsibilities included theme park attractions and special effects, innovative theater experiences, and new business opportunities
that leveraged invented and emerging technologies.
Vaughn joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1993 as a senior technical specialist. In order to gain experience in various aspects of the WDI process, Vaughn spent time working as a writer for Theme Park Productions and was associate
media producer for the renovation of Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Since then, Vaughn has been involved in many efforts that cross over the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, including Feature Animation, Television, Theatrical,
Music, Internet, Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment.
Prior to joining WDI, Vaughn worked on the technical staff of Bran Ferren’s company, Associates & Ferren, in East Hampton, New York for five years where he contributed to the development and execution of special effects for various
media projects. Vaughn has received several screen credits for feature films, including: “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” and “Imposter.”
Bruce graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Art History.
Jordan Fiksenbaum has been working professionally in the live entertainment industry for more than 25 years. He has been involved in numerous senior management roles specializing in: Sales and Marketing Business, Strategic Planning,
General Management, Event Programming, Ticketing and Operations.
Within the theatre industry, he has worked on a number of award-winning productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked,
Les Misérables, Monty Python’s Spamalot and many more.
Mr. Fiksenbaum most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for the North American Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil, overseeing the day-to-day Marketing, Sales and PR activities for nine resident
shows. He was responsible for generating over 33 million tickets for approximately $3.8 billion in revenue over the last seven years.
Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Fiksenbaum was the Vice President of Theatrical Presentations for Kimmel Center, Inc. in Philadelphia, where he developed the Center’s inaugural theatrical season and had executive oversight and
day-to-day management over all theatrical operations for the 50 productions that the Center presented during his tenure.
In 1992, The Erlick Group - www.erlickgroup.com - a longstanding, leading New York City based entertainment sponsorship agency, was launched to conceive/broker strategic sponsorships/promotions on a national, regional and local basis
with distinctive properties in theatre, music, film, family and venues.
The objective has consistently been to leverage our strategically grounded consumer marketing orientation to create truly customized partnerships that address brand positioning/sales objectives, while incorporating unique assets of
the entertainment property.
Mr. Erlick is a seasoned marketing executive with 14 years prior experience in financial services, packaged goods and beverage alcohol industries at American Express, General Foods and Seagram Wine Company respectively. He received
a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.
Inducted on July 24, 2011 into the Hall of Fame, Pat Gillick has had a distinguished 27-year career as a major league baseball general Manager, and the second longest managerial career in the history of the Phillies franchise, where
he guided the team to back-to-back NL Eastern Division Champions (2007-08), and the 2008 World Championship.
Prior to being named GM of the Phillies on November 2, 2005, Pat held the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays (1978-94), where he guided the team to five AL West titles, and two World Series championships. Between 2000-2003 he
managed the Seattle Mariners to the best record in baseball, and a World Series championship, as well. In addition to their championships, his teams have won eleven conference or divisional titles, making him one of the most successful
managers in the history of the sport.
In May 2010, Ed Goren, a 47-time Emmy Award winner and Executive Producer of FOX Sports since 1994, was elevated to Vice Chairman FOX Sports Media Group. Goren and Chairman David Hill created FOX Sports and are responsible for all
production hiring and the overall look and have served as Executive Producers of all FOX Sports productions.
Goren and Hill spearhead the division's strategy of pursuing major event programming to insure FOX Sports' position as a premier network sports broadcaster.
Prior to FOX Sports, Goren was Senior Producer at CBS Sports. During his tenure as Senior Producer, CBS Sports broadcasted such major events as the World Series, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters and Super Bowl XXVI. Goren
was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, in October 2011, a fitting tribute to his long and distinguished career.
For the past three decades, Brad has been an Executive or Senior Vice President at some of the world’s top entertainment companies, serving as Worldwide Head of Corporate Communications at Turner Broadcasting Company (CNN, TNT, TBS,
Cartoon Network, TCM) and head of Corporate Communications, Publicity and Talent Relations at The WB Network and Fox Broadcasting Company. Brad was part of the senior team that launched and ran Fox and The WB through their break
Brad comes to Accordios from Paradigm Talent Agency, where he served for the past nine years as both an agent and as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications in charge of all marketing, branding and publicity efforts for
the agency and as the agent for many clients including David Copperfield.
Michael is the co-founder and co-president of Stage Ventures Inc. a leading producer of world-wide, live staged productions, including numerous Broadway, Vegas and touring shows. He began his career as a CPA who practiced Entertainment
tax then moved on to become the Vice-President of Paragon Entertainment, a North American film and TV production company. In addition to live events, Michael has successfully financed over $125,000,000 of film and television productions.
Ian is a founding Partner of Granville West Group, and had led a distinguished career in the Financial Services Industry over 28 years, servicing the Wealth Management and Financial Planning needs of his clients. Founded in 1982, Granville
West is a consulting industry leader that expanded nationally through a series of four mergers, before merging in 2007 with Manulife Financial Corporation, one of the world's largest Insurance Companies.
Ian began his working career as a professional athlete with the New York Yankees in 1961, and played four seasons in the Yankee organization (1961-1964) before returning to the University of British Columbia. While at UBC, he captained
the Varsity Men's Basketball team and was named the Most Valuable Collegiate Player in Canada in 1967, before graduating with a degree in Economics in 1968.
In November 1968, Ian served as Regional and National Sales Manager with Xerox of Canada, overseeing a dynamic period of growth. In 1979 Ian became Vice-President of Macaulay Nicholls & Maitland, a leading Western and International
Real Estate full service broker, where he headed up the Residential Sales Division in Alberta and British Columbia, before co-founding the Granville West Group.
Respect and decency are key attributes of Roy White, who played for 15 straight seasons with the New York Yankees and achieved many milestones during his outstanding professional career. His success as a professional ballplayer serves
as a testament to the power of dedication.
Growing up poor in one of the tougher communities of Los Angeles, his aspiration to one-day play professional baseball was achieved through a rapacious desire to obtain knowledge and education, in order to present his best to the world.
The Roy White Foundation provides financial assistance to young adults and children whose desire to further their education is inhibited by financial complications. It is our mission to help these individuals pursue their dreams and
aspirations by easing the frustrating burden of monetary obligations.
Richard was called to the Bar in 1982. He has practiced in Vancouver, British Columbia in the areas of Real Estate, Wills and Estate Planning and Mortgage Law for over 25 years with a brief hiatus of five years in Toronto. During his
time in Toronto he partnered with other industry experts to launch a publicly traded mortgage bank and was founding Chairman of one of the largest mortgage broker companies in Canada.
Richard has been an active member of numerous community and professional groups and associations. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Arts Club Theatre Company.
Frederick Warner Rhines (July 8, 1942 - October 6, 2016)
In loving memory.
Fred is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 25 years of advertising agency experience, which includes stints at Young & Rubicam, Marschalk,
McCann-Erickson, and Publicis, the third largest international advertising agency in the world, and largest in France. His key clients have included Coca-Cola, Bristol-Myers, Revlon, L’Oreal, Lancome, and Fujitsu.
Having worked for both major international advertising agencies and then launched a successful staffing service business in Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1995, Fred provides a unique and in-depth perspective of the advertising industry.