Zenviba Ventureprises

We Invest in People and Ideas               Innovation Does Not Respect Tradition, and Neither Do We               We are Creatives, Strategic Advisors, Venture Capitalists, Venture Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs who Bring Meaning to Investing               Innovation Without Purpose is an Empty Exercise

Zenviba Ventureprises

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Meet Our Team

"Most of the problems in the world today are the direct result of a fundamental lack of respect.
We have no respect for our fellow mankind, nature or national sovereignty.
We fundamentally reject anything that gives a person or
entity unnatural dominion over another"
- Zenviba Chairman Gregory S. Daniel.

Gregory S. Daniel

About our Founder
& Chairman

Gregory S. Daniel is a free-spirited, independent thinker, disruptive entrepreneur, international financier, venture philanthropist, patron of the arts and renown speaker. Mr. Daniel is the Chief Architect, Chairman and CEO of the House of Zenviba Family Office and serves as the Chairman and Evangelist of all Zenviba Portfolio Companies. Greg is a charismatic servant leader that brings 30 years of experience in the global capital markets, corporate finance, and risk management in the telecom, media, technology, energy, infrastructure, logistics and real estate sectors. Greg is a consummate rainmaker that has cultivated deep roots in his vast international network of corporate executive, entrepreneurs, premier families, sovereign wealth funds, Heads of State, and senior governmental officials to whom he remains a trusted advisor, envoy and liaison on their most vexing issues.

This quintessential Wall Street dealmaker has served as a senior executive for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Paine Webber and others.  During his distinguished career, Greg has built and led elite teams, Integrated 5 major acquistions, managed portfolios, orchestrated IPOs, advised on $100 Billion of financing, M&A, joint ventures, recapitalization and restructuring transactions on 4 continents and has more then 100 successful exists to his credit.  Additionally, he helped shape SEC, FINRA, FDIC and OCC regulatory standards for investment sales and revolutionized the banking software application client interface platform.

Mr. Daniel drafted legislation for the Barack Obama Administration and US Congress that created the Low Profit Limited Liability Company and Benefit Corporation organizational structures under the IRS Tax Code, which he originally started with the Ronald Reagan Administration and US Congressman and HUD Secretary, Jack Kemp as his MBA thesis. Greg also drafted federal legislation for the US Treasury Department CDFI Fund and Small Business Administration that was signed into law and provided $300 Million to underserved small businesses, which created 10,000 jobs and had a $2 Billion economic impact.

Mr. Daniel is a Member of the Advisory Board of Florida Atlantic University Tech Runway and the Tech Runway Investor Network. Greg is active in the Association for Corporate Growth, Gold Coast Venture Capital Association, Business Development Board of Palm Beach and Palm Beach Tech Association and is a Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. Greg previously served as Chair 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 the Boy Scouts.

Mr. Daniel earned a BS in Business Administration from Alliant International University (formerly known as United States International University and California Western University founded in 1924), San Diego, California, whose classmates included actors Jamie Foxx, Walter Jones and Cheryl Arutt, professional golfers Helen Alfredsson, Laurette Maritz and Ernie Gonzalez, South Africa Prime Minister's grandson Gary Botha and royal family members from MENA. Other famous alumni include Police drummer Stewart Copeland,  actor Barry Bostwick,  Congressman Jack Kemp and California Governor Pat Brown.

Zenviba & Company

Anthony Babatunde Akinyede

Anthony Babatunde Akinyede is a Zenviba Venture Partner and brings 30 years of experience in startup development, operations, marketing, negotiating counter-trade agreements, cultivating new trading partners and markets for EX/IM of raw materials, manufactured and finished products. Mr. Akinyede was born into a politically prominent family in Nigeria and maintains deep relationships with senior government officials, business leaders and partners in the West African region. Tony is the founder of African American Think Tank, an international advisory group focused on building a bridge between African and American entrepreneurs and executives. Tony received his primary education in London and earned his Master's in International Relations in 1986 and BS in 1985, both from  Alliant International University (formerly known as United States International University and California Western University).

Don Alves

Donald E. Alves II is a Partner and President of Zenviba Omnimedia Company Motion Pictures Division and brings 50 years of experience in the hospitality and entertainment industries serving in senior executive roles for MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel. Mr. Alves’ expertise is in high demand, as he has literally worked on every Las Vegas stage over the past 25 years, as he moves freely between Hollywood, New York and London. Don is the founder of Starwood Film & Music Production which produced and directed "The First Annual Rap Awards Show" for BET, feature films and promoted concerts, boxing and UFC matches. Mr. Alves served as Stage Manager for Roger Minami's "Island Fever", Michael Flatley’s "Lord of the Dance" and Kenneth Feld’s "The Madhattan Show." He is also an accomplished artist that worked with Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson as a teen in the 1970’s.

Wolff J. Charles

Wolff J. Charles is the Treasurer and Compliance Officer of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. and brings 30 years of financial management experience. For the past 11 years, the Haitian born Mr. Charles served as the Director of Finance of non-profit Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches, Inc., where he designed their financial management system to ensure adequate internal controls and federal compliance. Previously, Wolff served as Senior Accountant of Palm Beach County School Readiness Coalition, Inc. where he administered a $40 million annual budget. 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 NYC Board of Education and NYC Department of Youth Services. Mr. Charles earned a BS in Accounting from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.

Stuart D. Cooper

Stuart D. Cooper is a Zenviba Venture Partner, President and Chief Exploration Officer of CatapulTECH® Incubator & Workspace and brings 40 years of entrepreneurial experience and inventor of several highly disruptive technologies. Mr. Cooper designed computers and software for Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, and Verbatim including special function keys and hand-held financial calculators. Stuart has structured transactions that raised billions from private and public capital markets for 75 companies and is a respected CPA, author and consultant in the areas of Public Companies, Securities Regulatory Compliance, and Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions. He is a past member of AICPA, Florida Institute of CPAs and American Society of Business Appraisers. He is a former CFTC trader and Chicago Mercantile Exchange member. Stuart earned a BS in Commerce from De Paul University.

Connie Coopersmith

Connie Coopersmith is a Zenviba Venture Partner and President of Zenviba Omnimedia Company Communications Division and brings 30 years of experience as an Emmy Award winning team member, winning writer, editor, TV producer and event planner that has served on the production teams for 4 major networks in live sports television and created original programming. Ms. Coopersmith has produced or orchestrated international forums, presidential inaugurals, debate prep, speeches, book tours, fundraisers, multi-laterals with foreign heads of state, live television venues and emergency visits to disaster regions. Since 1992, Connie has traveled to 5 continents on behalf of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, First Lady & U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation/Clinton Global Initiative, Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, and has executed special projects for U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, USO, NFL and Quincy Jones.

Mariella Daniel

Mariella Daniel is the Executive Director of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. and brings more than 20 years of excellence in academic leadership and entrepreneurship. Prior to assuming the helm at the Academy, Ms. Daniel served 11 years as Assistant Principal at Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, where she was an original staff member that help launch the school in 2007. Mariella is a Linguist who is fluent in six languages and the founder and former President of the International Institute of Language, which specialized in teaching English as a second language to international students from preparing for the TOEFL exam to gain admission to American universities, as well as global business executives seeking to improve their English. The Italian born Ms. Daniel was educated in Switzerland where she earned a degree in Business Administration from the Zurich College of Business.

Moulay Rachid El Bekraoui

Moulay Rachid El Bekraoui is a Zenviba Venture Partner and brings 30 years of experience in quantitative analysis, as well as designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing electronic products. Born into a prominent family in Morocco, Mr. El Bekraoui maintains strong ties with senior governmental officials and Royal Families in the MENA region, where he has done business for many years. Rachid is a retired professional soccer player and coach that serves as Chairman of the Southwest Soccer Club. He has previously held senior engineering positions at Johnson Matthey and Caltrans working on the interstate highway system. Mr. El Bekraoui earned an MBA from National University in 1991 and BS in Civil Engineering from  Alliant International University (formerly known as United States International University and California Western University) in 1985.

Lia T. Gaines, Esq

Lia T. Gaines, Esq. is a Zenviba Venture Partner and President of Zenviba Benefit Corporation. Ms. Gaines is a public policy expert that brings 30 years of multi-million-dollar grants management, loan fund administration and portfolio management, sustainable economic development, community asset management, urban renewal, capacity building, job creation and training. Lia co-founded the Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches, Inc. (BLF) in 1996 and the Business & Economic Development & Revitalization Corporation, Inc. (BEDR) in 1992. In 2011, BLF and BEDR merged to create the Center for Enterprise Opportunity, the premier economic development agency in Florida. Ms. Gaines earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University, Washington, DC in 1981 and a Juris Doctor (Virgil Hawkins Fellow) from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida in 1987.

W. Spencer Harris

W. Spencer Harris, CPA is the CFO of the Zenviba Ventureprises Family Office and has managed the Office's financial affairs and partnered in investments since 1987. Mr. Harris brings 45 years of experience in accounting and finance in North, Central and South America. During the 1980's Savings & Loan crisis, 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 liquidation of over $120 Million in assets. He started his career with Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now Ernst & Young) in 1968, where he worked on the high-profile mergers Singer and CBS. Spencer received his MBA from Golden Gate University in Taxation and BS in Business Administration from California State University at Los Angeles. He is a past Chapter President of BETA ALHPA PSI.

Ken Hollis

Kenneth Hollis is a Partner and Director of Photography of Zenviba Omnimedia Company. Mr. Hollis is based in Los Angeles, California and brings an outstanding 30-year body of commercial photographic work. Kenneth has directed photography for commercials and film productions. His work also includes model portfolios, editorial fashion layouts, magazine and album covers, as well as product catalogs.

Rachel J. Hughes

Rachel J. Hughes is the volunteer Art Studio Program Manager of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. Ms. Hughes is the founder & CEO of Art Studio World, Inc. in 2007 and the creator of the proprietary Creative Holistic Art Integrated (CHAI)educational curriculum. Rachel is a 9/11 survivor who retired and relocated to Miami after spending 20 years as an executive in corporate multi-media, content development, educational publishing, advertising, marketing, communications, graphic and web design managing 100-member project teams in NYC, Philadelphia, DC and LA. Throughout her career she served as a volunteer teaching artist working with at-risk youth and served as Project Manager on urban renewal projects in Brooklyn. Rachel earned an AS in Fine Arts & Art Education from Cazenovia College, NY and BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.

Tony Medrano

Tony Medrano is an Associate Director Artist Development of Zenviba Omnimedia Company. The Dominican Republic born Mr. Medrano’s melodious voice, versatility to play multiple genres and his humility have made him a top talent for decades. Tony pioneered the salsa movement in the D.R. with his #1 hit "Yo Te Amo." He has fronted several merengue groups including the Alex Bueno Liberation Orchestra, recorded his first single "Entre Espumas" with the Harmony Orchestra, recorded "Sacrificio" with the Victor Waill Orchestra and earned the great opportunity to record one of the most successful songs in D.R. history, "Viejo Año" with the July Mateo (Rasputin) Orchestra, which is still a #1 hit to this day. Other top hits include: "Tu Carcel", "No Me Hablen de Ella", "Bamboleo", "Yo Te Amo", "Papa Dios", "El Expediente", "La Jiguera", "Gotitas de Dolor", "Amor Libre", "Deja Que Salga La Luna", "Chica de mi Barrio" and many more.

Ruben Ortiz

Ruben Ocan Ortiz is a Program Manager of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. and brings 20 years of experience in non-profit management, programming, fundraising, marketing and promotion. Mr. Ortiz is from Boston via Puerto Rico and NYC. In Boston’s non-profit sector, Ruben is known as Ocan (translation: heart in Yoruba) because he leads with his heart. Ocan’s original quote is “When one leads with the heart, courage is then gained through vulnerability.” Prior to joining Zenviba, Ocan held executive positions with Impact Boston and YWCA Boston where he gained notoriety and respect for his outcome driven work in social justice, youth leadership development, curriculum development, program development and management, and relationship management of funders, community stakeholders, peer groups and program participants.

Honey Rossi

Honey Rossi is a Partner and President of Zenviba Omnimedia Company Music Division and a Managing Director of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. Ms. Rossi brings more than 20 years of experience managing large international organizations, as well as developing, representing and managing recording artists. Ms. Rossi currently manages several Latin artists in the area of Salsa and Tropical Music including Tony Medrano. Honey developed and produced a Reality Show searching for new talent in the Urban Genre in Dominican Republic together with Colorvision and our own Zenviba VP of Artistic Development, 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 chart-topping Latin artists such as Shakira, Alejandra Guzman, Carlos Ponce, Roselyn Sanchez, Lisa M, Cher, Enrique Iglesias, Tito Rojas and others.

Roy Tavare

Roy Tavaré is a Partner and Director of Artistic Development of Zenviba Omnimedia Company. Mr. Tavaré is a virtuoso musician, performer, composer, producer and director that brings 30 years of passion and innovation to the entertainment industry. Roy’s accomplishments include two ASCAP recognitions, two #1 Billboard tracks, and multiple Grammy nominations. His songs have appeared in feature films, television and ad campaigns and he has worked with superstars Shakira, Ricky Martin, Tyrese, Roselyn Sanchez and Tego Calderon. In his early years known as “La Furia”, Roy was a force to be reckoned with. Self-taught, he had a deep respect for all music genres. As a teenager, he won the 2nd Rock Festival of the Dominican Republic with his band Crudo. But his romance with Rock would be short-lived. The doors that opened for him professionally were as a vocalist and guitar player with the Puerto Rican merengue band, Los Kenton, who recorded his first composition “Quiero hacerte el amor” which later became a Billboard hit performed by Tito Rojas.

John William Templeton

John William Templeton is a Zenviba Venture Partner and President of Zenviba Academy of Art and Science Inc. Mr. Templeton is an award winning, nationally recognized economist, historian, demographer, and author of 53 books over his 40-year publishing career of eloquently speaking the truth to power. John is the recipient of 6 national journalism awards and was the California Black Chamber of Commerce 2016 Visionary Award winner. He is a regular contributor to The Hill, NYSSA, Today's Engineer, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and PRWeek. John is the creator of ReUNION educational curriculum, Co-Founder of National Black Business Month and the creator and curator of the California African-American Freedom Trail. John graduated with honors in journalism from the first freshman class of the Howard University School of Communications.

Strategic Partnerships

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