We are Creatives
A Message from our Chairman
Great organizations are not defined by their products alone. It is the culture that is established and nurtured that elicits superior service and enables innovation. Its people matter most, products are simply the output. The House of Zenviba was created to turn the centuries old pyramid scheme on its head, allowing abundance and creativity to flow from the bottom to the top, and thus unleashing the power of the 99%. All of our technologies, programs and initiatives empower the working class who are the true creators of wealth and eliminate the top down structure that has unjustly enriched the 1%. Our icon symbolizes our Fourth Sector vision and commitment in everything that we do, as the universe intended.
We have hand-picked and assembled an eclectic mix of Creatives, Environmental Capitalists, Social Entrepreneurs, Educators and Globalists with varied experience, skill sets and 200 years of combined global capital markets and economic development expertise, and established a deep culture of servant leadership. We structure each relationship for optimal results and support our investments and initiatives with advocacy and civic engagement. Corporate responsibility is a duty that we take very seriously, and we commit our resources to improve the lives of those in the communities we serve. Our resources, relationships and precise execution set us apart.
About our Founder & Chairman
Gregory S. Daniel is an international financier, entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist. Mr. Daniel is the Chief Architect, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Zenviba Capital LLC and Zenviba Capital Corporation, the investment vehicles of the Zenviba Ventureprises Family Office. Greg also serves as Chairman and inspirational leader of all Zenviba Portfolio Companies.
Mr. Daniel is a consummate professional, charismatic leader and proven rainmaker that brings 30 years of experience in the global capital markets, international trade, corporate finance, real estate and risk management. This Wall Street veteran and former NYSE Principal is a senior executive for Mercantil Bank, and has previously served in senior capacities for Bank of America and Wells Fargo. During his distinguished career, he has created several companies, orchestrated IPO's and financed projects on 4 continents.
Mr. Daniel is an Architect of Change that has helped multi-national corporations improve their sales, operational efficiencies and profit margins. Through his deal making skills and commitment to excellence, he has cultivated deep roots in his vast international network of corporate executives, entrepreneurs, premier families, sovereign wealth funds and senior governmental officials to whom he remains a trusted advisor.
Throughout his career, Mr. Daniel has been actively involved in several financial services industry trade groups including Association for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association, Community Development Financial Institution Fund and the United States Small Business Administration, where he advocated and drafted federal legislation that provided $300 million in funding for small businesses that created 10,000 jobs and had a $2 billion economic impact in underserved urban and rural communities.
Mr. Daniel has been a patron of the arts and active in community affairs for the past two decades and currently serves as a Director of Florida Atlantic University Tech Runway and Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches, as well as a Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Boca Chamber of Commerce and the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. Greg is also a Member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. He has previously served as Chairman of Palm Beach County School District Office of Inspector General Audit Committee, Member of City of West Palm Beach Independent Audit Committee and Director of Finance for Boy Scouts of America, as well as a Director of Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, School of the Arts Foundation, Metro Broward, Marine Industry Education Foundation and Youth Build.
Mr. Daniel received a Bachelor's of Science degree from United States International University (now known as Alliant International University), San Diego, California in Business Administration.
Alan C. Espy, Esq., is the General Counsel of the Zenviba Ventureprises Family Office and has managed the Office's legal affairs since 2003. Mr. Espy has practiced Corporate Law and Civil Litigation for over 30 years. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer and has been recertified three times. Mr. Espy is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed among "Florida's Super Lawyers." Mr. Espy currently serves as a Director of the Eric Dolch Children's Encephalitis Foundation, and has previously served as a Director of The Benjamin School Corporate Board and a Director for Friends of Abused Children. Mr. Espy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1980 from the University of Florida, graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1983, and was also admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983.
W. Spencer Harris, CPA is the CFO of the Zenviba Ventureprises Family Office and has managed the Office's financial affairs and partnered on investment transactions since 1987. Mr. Harris brings more than 45 years of experience in accounting, financial planning, estate planning, trust administration, investment management, start-ups, capital formation, valuation, financial modeling, real estate development, distressed asset disposition, business plan development, operational planning, budgeting, contingencies, tax planning and preparation for transactions throughout the United States, Mexico, South and Central America. Mr. Harris was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the accounting firm of Harris, Calhoun & Beyer.
During the Savings & Loan crisis in 1980's, Spencer served as Treasurer of the United States Financial Liquidation Trust Company, working closely with renowned law firms Fried Frank and O'Melveny & Meyers, he oversaw the accounting and tax matters related to the liquidation of over $120 Million of real estate assets, as well as a title company and a mortgage company. Mr. Harris started his career in the Los Angeles office of Kenneth Leventhal & Company in 1968, now part of Ernst & Young, where he concentrated on auditing, tax preparation and systems design work for various real estate entities. He also worked on the high-profile mergers, such as Singer and CBS.
Mr. Harris received his Masters from Golden Gate University in Taxation and his Bachelor of Science from California State University at Los Angeles in Business Administration. He is also a past Chapter President of BETA ALHPA PSI (National Accounting Fraternity).
Anthony Babatunde Akinyede is a Zenviba Venture Partner and brings more than 30 years of experience in startups, valuation, analysis, operations, marketing and new business development. Mr. Akinyede was born into a politically prominent family in Nigeria and maintains deep relationships with senior governmental officials, business leaders and partners in the West African region. Mr. Akinyede is the founder of the African American Think Tank, a consulting group and international advisory board that focuses on building a bridge between Africans and Americans. His practice area includes providing consultative services to companies doing business or interested in doing business in unfamiliar territory across the globe. He possesses hands on expertise in negotiating counter-trade agreements, helping companies find new trading partners overseas, finding markets for exports, or importation of raw materials or manufactured/finished products.
Mr. Akinyede received his primary education in London and earned his Master's in International Relations in 1986 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1985, both from United States International University (now known as Alliant International University).
Donald E. Alves II is a Zenviba Venture Partner and brings more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality and entertainment industries serving in senior executive roles for MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation and others. Mr. Alves' expertise and contacts are in high demand as he moves freely between Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York and London. Don is also the founder and CEO of Starwood Film and Music Production, established in 1994. He has produced and directed feature films and promoted major events. He is also an accomplished artist and started working with the likes of Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson as a teen in the 1970's.
Mr. Alves has worked extensively with Merv Griffin, serving for 4 years as the Entertainment Director for his Resort Hotel where he booked nation acts in the showroom as well as Production Shows for him like Roger Minami's "Island Fever." He served as Stage Manager for Michael Flatley for 5 years on his Las Vegas Production of "Lord of the Dance" with a cast of 80 at the New York, New York Hotel Resort & Casino. In 2005 he also worked with Mr. Flatley in London to design and supervise the building of his mega set for a cast of 180.
Mr. Alves served as Stage Manager for Kenneth Feld for 3 years on his Las Vegas Production of "The Madhattan Show" at the New York, New York Resort Hotel & Casino. Mr. Alves also produced the very successful "The First Annual Rap Awards Show" at the Sands Hotel which aired on BET. Over the past 20 years, he has literally worked on every stage in Vegas at some time or another.
Mr. Alves has worked with some of today's biggest and brightest entertainers including Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Jay Z and Missy Elliott to name a few. Don has also worked with Motown greats Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Four Tops and the Stylistics.
Additionally, he has worked with some of the top names in boxing history such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad. Among his current projects, Mr. Alves is working on a new screen play and a feature film, as well as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matches.
Stuart D. Cooper, CPA is a Zenviba Venture Partner and Chief Scientist of Zenviba CatapulTECH® Laboratories and brings over 40 years of experience and expertise as an entrepreneur and inventor of several highly disruptive technologies. Stuart aided in the design and implementation of computers with commercial market applications for Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, and Verbatim including the development of special function keys and hand-held calculators with corresponding financial ability. He has also aided more than 75 companies in structuring their financial transactions, obtaining access to billions in capital, and where applicable going public.
Mr. Cooper is also a Certified Public Accountant, is a respected financial consultant and auditor in the areas of Public Companies, Securities Regulatory Compliance, and Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions for 35 years. Stuart is a past member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member in the American Society of Business Appraisers.
Mr. Cooper has taught advanced accounting as an Associate Professor at Florida International University. He currently teaches three courses on regulatory compliance (not affiliated to the University) to corporate executives using publications developed by him. The publications are Going Public, What Every Chief Executive Should Know; Going Public, The Financial Proposal; and Evaluating the Shell Corporation.
Mr. Cooper was licensed by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and a former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he traded gold, foreign currency and financial instruments.
Mr. Cooper graduated from De Paul University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce. He obtained his licenser as a Certified Public Accountant from the University of Illinois Trustees. He participated in law studies at John Marshall Law School and completed graduate work in technical analysis of stock market trends at Loyola University. He has averaged a minimum of 40 hours each year of continuing education since 1982.
Connie Coopersmith is a Zenviba Venture Partner and an award-winning writer, editor and television producer that has served on the production teams for 4 major networks in live sports television and created original programming. Ms. Coopersmith brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in communications, marketing and event planning. Events she has produced or orchestrated include international forums, presidential inaugurals, debate prep, speeches, book tours, fundraisers, multi-laterals with heads of state, live television venues and emergency visits to disaster regions.
Since 1992 Connie has traveled to 5 continents on behalf of President Bill Clinton, First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and the wide lauded Clinton Global Initiative, and has executed special projects for President Barack Obama, the White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce and Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore.
Connie has also produced notable events promoting education and health, live music concerts and international fundraisers including most recently the SOS Benefit for Haiti with BET and MTV Networks. Her event, The Taste of Thailand, a project for the Royal Kingdom of Thailand, raised funds for tsunami relief. She served as the executive producer of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and EcoVision. She joined forces with Shaquille O'Neal and the Safe Surfing Foundation to launch pioneering Internet safety programs for children. Teamed with Warner Brothers Publications and Quincy Jones, she spearheaded a new national initiative for music and arts education in public schools.
As a partner in White Chocolate Management (WCM), a global sports management and production company and the Revolution Fight Club, Coopersmith is at the forefront of the explosion of Mixed Martial Arts, the fastest growing sport in the world. WCM was invited by the USO and the Pentagon to train American troops in Kuwait and Iraq and on US military bases.
Formerly the editor in chief of SPUR Magazine, she helmed the international publication noted for its illustrious photos and writing. Connie Coopersmith has also been a key member of Emmy Award winning teams in televised sports for four major networks. Ms. Coopersmith is also the founder and owner of Swallow the Sun LLC, a communications, marketing and events company, where she has launched numerous charitable events and ongoing business entities, developing marketing, publicity, multimedia platforms, websites and product development.
Be it promoting high stakes polo for royalty or coordinating efforts to eradicate malaria, teaming with the military or advancing the first regular season NFL game in London for the Miami Dolphins, her range of activities and efforts span the globe and continue to foster success.
Moulay Rachid El Bekraoui is a Zenviba Venture Partner and brings more than 30 years of experience in Global Finance, Quantitative Analysis, Strategic Management, Product Development, Marketing and Promotion. Born into a prominent family in Morocco, Rachid maintains strong ties with the Royal Families, senior governmental officials, capital sources and NGO's in the MENA region, where he has done business for many years.
Mr. El Bekraoui is a former professional soccer player and coach, and today he is pursuing his first love as Chairman of the Southwest Soccer Club & Xolos USA Professional and Youth Soccer Clubs. He is the former head of the El Bekraoui International Group, an engineering boutique that helped design, develop, manufacture and finance a broad range of products using electronics, precious metals and chemical applications. Rachid has also held senior level positions at Johnson Matthey, AIG and Equitable Financial. He started his engineering career with Caltrans working on the interstate highway system.
Mr. El Bekraoui received his MBA from National University in 1991 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from United States International University (now known as Alliant International University) in 1985.
Michael G. Holmes is a Zenviba Venture Partner and brings 40 years of experience working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as a trusted advisor to several high-ranking members of the Royal Family. During that time, he has lent his business acumen and expertise to the Kingdom in various capacities from the procurement of vital goods and services from around the globe to planning, directing and overseeing new projects within the Kingdom. Through his invaluable service to the Kingdom, he has been granted access afforded to only a handful of people in the world which makes him a well-respected and highly recognized figure throughout the region.
Mr. Holmes played collegiate football at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of legendary coach Bo Schembechler, earning his Bachelor's degree in 1976. Former All-Pro Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu is married Mike's only daughter Theodora. Additionally, Mr. Holmes' two sons played college football at USC and have gone on to play professionally in the NFL. His oldest son Alex played tight end on two National Championship teams under Coach Pete Carroll and for the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. His youngest son Khaled played center and tackle for the Indianapolis Colts.
Tony R. McCray II is a Zenviba Venture Partner and creative community economic development specialist that brings 40 years of experience in public-private sector partnerships. He is a consensus builder whose expertise embraces the pure essence of business networking to connect the dots of multiple relationships and organizations. Throughout his illustrious career, he has secured millions of dollars in Local, State and Federal grants for various projects and he has many friends from Tallahassee to Capitol Hill.
Mr. McCray has founded and directed several community development corporations (CDC's) in Florida, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded community design center and two State of Florida community development programs under Governor Graham. He has also served as Director of two programs funded by the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency - the National Center for Entrepreneurial Development (NEDC) at the Florida A&M School of Business and the West Palm Beach Minority Business Development Center. His rural development experience includes the Directorship of the Comprehensive Community Initiative (CCI) program for the Palm Beach Community Foundation which evolved into the Glades Community Development Corporation.
A tireless community organizer, Mr. McCray has been directly involved in several Community Redevelopment Agencies throughout the State of Florida. He assisted in the design and adoption of Community Benefit elements into the Maritime Park Development Agreement for a mixed-use 30-acre development on Pensacola's waterfront. He recently served as the Special Projects Director for Rebuild Northwest Florida following Hurricane Ivan's devastation of Pensacola. Following the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast he also assisted in the promotion and organizing of the Gulf Coast Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors which served as the vehicle to design, promote, and coordinate the Gulf Coast Regional Equity to Achieve Prosperity (REAP) Summits in 2007 and 2011. Educated at Tuskegee Institute, McCray graduated in 1972, with a B.S. Degree in History. He is also a Vietnam era veteran having served as a 1st Lieutenant Operations Officer in the United States Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Alberto Pando is a Zenviba Venture Partner and Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of NewsPrime Networks, Inc. Mr. Pando is the former General Manager of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting under the 'Voice of America' during this time of historic change in US policy towards the Island nation. Mr. Pando is an innovative executive with a proven track record in content creation, strategic planning, performance optimization and new business development.
Mr. Pando began his career as a journalist on the launch team of Univision News, moving into the role of Political Director during their first election coverage. He later re-launched their Sports division after producing the 1990 World Cup in Italy, generating record ratings and profitability.
Mr. Pando then launched a major market local news FOX affiliate in San Diego, where he worked closely with sales and marketing to pioneer novel ways to integrate content and sponsorships to better monetize across platforms. Responsible for every aspect of the operation, Alberto was asked to consult for local FOX affiliate start-ups around the country. During his six years in Southern California, his team won 144 Emmys and 13 Murrow awards.
Mr. Pando then switched gears yet again, spending the next decade serving as Managing Director for the US arm of Grupo Televisa. Mr. Pando helped update and better monetize key divisions of the parent company in Mexico City, while simultaneously creating their Hollywood business via partnerships and joint ventures with major American media companies. During his time with Televisa, he helped launch "Pantelion Films" with Lionsgate entertainment, and developed scripted TV series for ABC Family, MTV and Lifetime, among others.
Mr. Pando has extensive experience in content creation, distribution and marketing, and as a media executive has specialized in launching and branding organizations in News, Sports and Entertainment.
Roberto Prado Sagarzazu is a Zenviba Venture Partner and Co-founder and CEO of NewsPrime Networks, Inc. Mr. Prado is an experienced, award winning, executive with an eclectic background in international network television, news, motion pictures, fine art and emerging media. He's a proven innovator and team builder with the unique ability to blend technology, creativity and good business, often across national and cultural borders.
Mr. Prado became both a photographer and advertising creative at the age of fourteen. By nineteen he was restoring images for Time/Life. By twenty-one he'd produced his first multi-media performance for the University of Oklahoma, and by twenty-three he was chasing tornados across the Midwest for CBS News. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1988 for a Motion Picture Directors Guild Apprenticeship, Mr. Prado instead went to work for Univisión, as a photographer and segment producer for Olympic coverage in Seoul. Mr. Prado went on to produce the FIFA's UEFA, CONCACAF and World Cup Games, several seasons of Formula One racing, the America's Cup as well as many hours of network, promotional and interstitial programming.
As Executive Producer for internationally syndicated magazine show Telemúsica, Mr. Prado developed modular production techniques utilizing internet and fiber-optic transmission of video in 1991. It was this that brought Mr. Prado in touch with Fox and their early efforts to create a tapeless newsroom, beginning a relationship which was to continue, on and off, until 2014.
In 1993, as the VP of Development and Executive Producer for LENS entertainment news, serving Fox Television, Mr. Prado pioneered work on LA's first Avid Media Composer. The next year, Roberto was part of the Hollywired project with Pacific Bell, connecting all of the motion picture studios in Los Angeles with a high-speed fiber optic ring. Roberto transmitted the first ever high-resolution motion picture dailies over the Internet, for James Cameron's "Titanic". While at Fox, Mr. Prado was an integral part of the Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award winning news team which gained acclaim for its coverage of the Los Angeles Riots, the OJ Simpson murder trials and the Michael Jackson trials.
In 1998 Mr. Prado produced the live Academy Awards red carpet event for E Entertainment Television. A long-time media analyst and fluent in four languages, Roberto regularly speaks and publishes articles on the nature of media in the 21st century, and serves as an annual judge for PhD candidates at UCSB.
Honey Rossi is a Zenviba Venture Partner and President of Zenviba Music. Ms. Rossi brings over 20 years of experience in artists' career representation and management. Honey manages several Latin artists in the area of Salsa and Tropical Music for the Firm. She developed and produced a Reality Show searching for new talent in the Urban Genre in Dominican Republic together with Colorvision and Roy Tavaré, a Songwriter, Composer and Producer of many worldwide Latin hits such as "Se Me Va La Voz " of Alejandro Fernandez, "Pegate" of Ricky Martin, and who has also worked with Latin artists such as Shakira, Alejandra Guzman, Carlos Ponce, Roselyn Sanchez, Lisa M, Cher, Enrique Iglesias, Tito Rojas and others. This Reality show also included free live concerts by top Dominican and international Latin artists, as well as extensive social work such as medical operatives in one of the most dangerous and underprivileged cities in the country. Currently Ms. Rossi is collaborating with Mr. Roy Tavaré in the development of a new reality show called "The Producer" which will air soon in Latin television. Additionally, Honey directs a publicity social media movement which she calls her Zenvibadors and currently has more than 70,000 followers worldwide.
Before joining Zenviba®, Ms. Rossi served in several senior level management roles in multi-national corporations, including operations, accounting, technology, marketing, human resources, investor relations, real estate. Honey has overseen multi-million dollar budgets and has managed over 350 employees. Additionally, Ms. Rossi has assisted national advance teams for President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in various events.
Ms. Rossi attended Salem State College where she majored in Communications, Public Relations and Advertising. Honey is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.
John William Templeton is a Zenviba Venture Partner, President of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. and a Distinguished Fellow of Zenviba Café. Mr. Templeton is an award winning, nationally recognized Economist, Author, Historian and Demographer with a forty-year publishing career of eloquently speaking the truth to power. He is the recipient of six national journalism awards, and was the recipient of the 2016 Visionary Award from the California Black Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Templeton's musings are in high demand and he is a contributor to The Hill, NYSSA, Today's Engineer, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and PRWeek. Templeton's 53 books include “Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunity and High Technology.” As the editor of the San Jose Business Journal, he participated in the shaping of Silicon Valley. John is the former editor of the Richmond Business Journal, Richmond A! FRO-AMERICAN & Winston-Salem Chronicle. He has also written for the Washington Post and American City Business Journals. He was the first black editor of a business newspaper and editor of the first black newspaper to observe a centennial.
In 2015, the Zenviba Venturata Fund and Mr. Templeton were commissioned by the Doctors Medical Center Closure Aversion Committee to design the concept for a carbon-neutral, zero waste FQHC contraDisparity accountable care organization Center to serve West Contra Costa County's quarter million residents. In conjunction with the new facility, Zenviba Environmental Justice Café will manage the longitudinal study of the 14,000 patients with serious ailments related to the nearby Chevron refinery.
Mr. Templeton is a Co-Founder of National Black Business Month. He has been featured in Gina's Journey, a 2017 official selection Pan African Film Festival, Houston Black Film Festival and Oakland International Film Festival. He was a plaintiff's expert witness on fragmented literal similarities in the intellectual property case Moore vs. Lightstorm. Additionally, he is a Library Laureate, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Mr. Templeton is the creator and curator of the California African-American Freedom Trail, the West's first based on his books Our Roots Run Deep: The Black Experience in California, Vol. 1-4 and Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco, presenting SFSoul Shuttle tours to generate more than $200 million of new economic activity in overlooked neighborhoods of San Francisco through a three-year agreement between Zenviba and San Francisco Travel.
Since 1991, he has become the National Park Service's subject matter expert for African-American heritage in the West, contributing African-Americans in the West to the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History in 2006 and completing the 10-year contra-history analysis of Proposition 209 at UCLA School of Law.
Mr. Templeton is also the President and Executive Editor of eAccess Corp., a 25-year old content aggregator with a rich library that has produced scores of book titles, documentaries, exhibitions and websites. In the early 1990s, Templeton was a producer and manager for KMTP-TV in San Francisco, California, one of the few independent public broadcasters.
Mr. Templeton graduated with honors in journalism from the first freshman class of the Howard University School of Communications, and completed the Stanford Professional Publishing Course and Stanford School Redesign Network professional development courses.
Dr. Mustapha Benmoussa is a Managing Director of Zenviba CatapulTECH® Laboratories and brings more than 20 years of experience in plant molecular biology and genetics, complemented by a strong background in food science and a broad technical background in biotech, food analytical chemistry and processing. His multidisciplinary expertise has yielded in several scientific advances.
In 2010, Dr. Benmoussa founded AGT Nutraceuticals, LLC at the Purdue University Research Park in Indiana. AGT has developed proprietary new microalgae strains with high agronomic characteristics that produce high levels of lipids. New processing techniques of microalgae cell components were also developed to produce nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic ingredients. The laboratory research phase was completed at Purdue University, where Dr. Benmoussa is a visiting Professor. A midscale production facility is being constructed at Zenviba CatapulTECH® Labs in Florida as the technology moves into commercial production. Dr. Benmoussa conducted his Master's of Science research project in vitro growth optimization of Asparagus and plant regeneration from protoplasts. His Ph.D. research project focused on wheat genes cloning and their transfer to potato plant to change the flour properties.
Wolff J. Charles is the Treasurer and Compliance Officer of Zenviba Capital Corporation. The Haitian born Mr. Charles brings over 30 years of financial management expertise and experience. For the past 10 years, Mr. Charles served as the Director of Finance of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches, Inc., where he designed and developed their financial management accounting systems for ongoing cash and liquidity needs, billings and payments, as well as payroll and benefits administration to ensure adequate internal controls. Mr. Charles also coordinated the preparation of monthly financial statements and other management reports, including analysis of interest earnings and loan portfolio schedules, annual audit preparation and served as primary staff liaison with outside auditors. Additionally, Mr. Charles managed funders reporting requirements for corporate and government grants and investments, and maintained the database of investors of the Fund. Wolff worked closely with the Executive Director and other management staff to develop the Fund's strategic plan and annual budget, and served as staff liaison to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
Previously, Mr. Charles served as Senior Accountant of Palm Beach County School Readiness Coalition, Inc. where he administered a $40 million annual budget for the organization that manages Florida State subsidized childcare system in Palm Beach County. Wolff managed the Coalition's fiscal and business operations; oversaw all financial transactions including the procurement process, including the development of project/equipment specifications, bidding, and awarding of contracts. He designed and implemented new review and improvement of Coalition procedures to ensure adequate internal controls and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles; and served as liaison to funding sources, human service agencies, local businesses and community leaders.
As Fiscal Analyst for the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach, Mr. Charles performed accounting and fiscal monitoring activities in this countywide funding and development agency for children services programs. Responsibilities included monitoring the books and records of about 24 funded programs to ensure compliance with approved budgets; preparing written reports of monitoring activities, reviewing requests for budget revisions, reviewing the fiscal portion of agency requests and providing technical assistance to funded programs. He was a member of integrated services team comprised of human services, fiscal and research professionals, acted as fiscal agent for the Palm Beach County School Readiness Coalition.
Prior to relocating from New York City to Florida in 1996, Mr. Charles spent 10 years as a Senior Auditor in the Office of Auditor General New York City Board of Education and NYC Department of Youth Services. Wolff planned and performed financial, compliance, fraud and performance audits of the Board's internal operations and external contractual obligations; trained and supervised staff auditors while working on field assignments; monitored and evaluated staff performance; participated in annual audit; prepared audit working papers and draft summary audit reports in accordance with AICPA and the Office of the Auditor General's standards.
Mr. Charles performed on-site audits of grant recipients' financial statements, control structures and fiscal activities for compliance with contract requirements and other governmental guidelines; reviewed budget proposals by agencies seeking funding; reviewed monthly expenditure reports and prepared variance, compliance and other fiscal reports.
Mr. Charles reviewed the accounting and financial records of various New York City Public Schools' operations. Made recommendations where necessary to enhance the effectiveness of the internal control structures of the schools visited.
Mr. Charles earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York. Wolff is multilingual and is fluent in English, French and Creole with a working knowledge of Spanish. He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants.
Rachel J. Hughes is the Founder & CEO of Art Studio World, Inc. and the volunteer Program Manager of the Art Studio Program. Ms. Hughes is the creator of the proprietary Creative Holistic Art Integrated (CHAI) educational curriculum utilized by the Art Studio program. Ms. Hughes founded Art Studio Miami in 2007 and is the creator of the Creative Holistic Art Integrated (CHAI) educational curriculum utilized by the program. Rachel is a 9/11 survivor and retired from a twenty-year executive career in corporate multi-media, content development, educational publishing, advertising, marketing, communications, graphic and web design, where she managed project teams of 100 members in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Additionally she has served as Project Manager on neighborhood renewal projects in Brooklyn, New York directing the renovation of five multi-million dollar buildings and homes. Throughout her career she served as a volunteer teaching artist working with at-risk youth on evenings, weekends and holidays.
Ms. Rae, as she is affectionate known by her students earned an A.S. degree in Fine Arts and Art Education from Cazenovia College in New York State. She earned a B.F.A. degree from Moore Collage of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she continued her studies in Fine Arts and Art Education and Urban Community Design, and Sustainable Environments.
Ms. Hughes continued her education as a Teaching Artist in various areas of educational study in Steiner, Waldorf, and Montessori and continues to receive specialized training and certifications through intensives at the Community Word Project in NYC, Arts For Learning in DC, C.A.P.E arts training, based in Chicago and the Hall Farm Art Integration Curriculum Training offered summers in Vermont working with academic classroom educators to cross train artists with teachers to develop arts integrated curriculums. Her areas of interest and specialty are networking community collaborations and curriculum development to bring creative thinking tools to youth and families in communities in need.
Ms. Hughes has also studied Positive Psychology, Conscious Discipline, Mindfulness Energy Flow, Yoga and Qi-gong, as well as Dis-Ease Prevention and Nutritional Medicine with Doctors at both Mt Sinai NYC and Miami and Columbia NYC.
Ruben Ocan Ortiz is a Managing Director of Zenviba Environmental Justice Café and brings 18 years of experience in non-profit management, programming, fundraising, marketing and promotion. Mr. Ortiz is from Boston via Puerto Rico and New York. In Boston's non-profit sector, Ruben is known as Ocan (translation: heart in Yoruba) because he leads with his heart. His original quote is "When one leads with the heart, courage is then gained through vulnerability." His work in youth leadership development, social justice education, and development included curriculum building, program development, management, fund development, funder relationships and relationship management. Through his work in Boston, Ocan gained notoriety and respect from his peers and other professionals, because he wholeheartedly commits to his work and delivers outcomes.
Prior to joining Zenviba, Ocan worked with Impact Boston, where he served as the Peer Impact Program Manager, working with youth between the ages of 13 thru 18, who have Autism and learning challenges. Prior to working with Impact Boston, Ocan also worked with YWCA Boston (YW Boston) as their Program Manager for the Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) program.
While operating in Boston, Ocan participated in three different year-long adult leadership programs Lead Boston, Lead Haifa and the Institute for Non-Profit Management & Leadership (INML). All focused on bringing together Boston community leaders to impact social change equitably throughout the city. Lead Haifa allowed him to gain an international perspective on social justice and equity in the cities of Israel, Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to bring then those ideas back to Boston communities. In all three programs, Ocan has had the opportunity to create long-lasting and impactful relationships.
Currently, Ocan is enrolled at Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Education. Where he is working on his BS in General Human Services to then directly move into his MS in Nonprofit Management.