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The Frost School of Music’s Dean's Advisory Committee is made up of highly successful volunteer professionals who are committed to the success of the Frost School and its students. Consisting of music and general business professionals, including Frost and UM alumni and trustees, they gather several times a year to advise and guide the school's leadership regarding the mission, goals, strategic plan and fundraising.

The Dean's Advisory Committee Purpose:

  1. Consultative to the Dean on major decisions
  2. Attentive to established and emerging alumni with affinity to the Frost School of Music
  3. Offer executive feedback and insight
  4. Support the Frost School of Music's Alumni Fund and other philanthropic initiatives
  5. Promote awareness and garner support for the Frost School of Music

 

Chair of the Board:

Jeffrey Miller, Co-Founder of Krillion Ventures

 

Board Members

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  • James Andrews, Founder/Managing Partner of Authentic Ventures

    James Andrews is chief digital evangelist and a partner at StudioGood, an award-winning, a privately held digital agency focused on social good. he is a founder and entrepreneur specializing in social media strategy and execution and brings global agency and strategic start-up experience to StudioGood's leadership team. Prior to StudioGood, he was founder of Social People, a hybrid agency that combined marketing, public relations, advertising, and content development, 2010-2013. His Social People clients included Nike, Equinox Fitness, Grammy Awards, Lexus, and Beats by Dre. He also served as a former vice president for Ketchum Digital Social Media and worked with FedEx, Monster, Nokia and Geek Squad. In addition, he served as senior marketing director at Columbia Records for four years.

    James is also a globally sought-after speaker, a contributor to CNN, CNBC, and Fox, was named to the 2012 Ebony Power 100 list, and blogs for Fast Company and Huffington Post.

    James attended Ventura College and earned a BA from University of California Los Angeles.

    The Andrews reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Son, Elijah Kirkland-Andrews has just completed his freshman year at the Frost School of Music. Mrs. Sherrelle Kirkland-Andrews is a homemaker. She is an alumna of University of California Los Angeles and Arizona State University.

  • Arthur Black, Private Investor

    Arthur Black is a private investor based out of Highland Beach, Florida. Presently, he spends his time investing in private companies and particularly enjoys both non-profit and for-profit participation in music and motion picture projects. Arthur was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University for the 2016 year. In the past, he has worked with entrepreneurs and wealthy families at BBR Partners, a wealth management firm he co-founded based in NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago.
     
    While at BBR, Arthur oversaw the launching of the firm from startup to over $12B in AUM. In addition to running the firm as Managing Partner, his responsibilities included oversight of new business acquisition and client management. Prior to founding BBR, Arthur was a client advisor within the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Arthur has also held positions in the Family Business Group of the Chemical Bank and the Legal Department of Constitution Reinsurance.
     
    Arthur earned a BA in Economics and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College, which included coursework at the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Arthur was a 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.
     
    Arthur presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College and is on the Board of Trustees of Tikva Children’s Home in Odessa, Ukraine. He serves on the advisory committee of the Frost School of Music and is on the council of Guitar Mash, an organization focused on bringing together guitar players to make music. Arthur is a member of the Palm Beach chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and has served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Wharton. He is also a member of the Economic Club of New York. He was awarded the Young Jewish Professionals Wealth Management Investment Award in 2011.

  • Emilio Estefan, Producer of Estefan Enterprises

    Emilio Estefan is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada among many others. Emilio has achieved incredible success throughout his career, boasting more than 40 years of industry-leading achievements, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame just to name a few.  With a resume that includes 19 Grammy Awards, Emilio has experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating a unique style and personality that has created chart-topping worldwide hits. It is this vision that transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other business endeavors including serving as the Executive Producer of the Tony-Award nominated smash Broadway musical, On Your Feet!  Most recently, Emilio Estefan (director, producer, musician), Gloria Estefan (actor, musician, singer), and director Kenny Ortega celebrated the World Premiere of their filmA Change of Heart, at the 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival on March 10, at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami.  A Change of Heart stars a diverse cast including Jim Belushi, Virginia Madsen, Kathy Najimy, William Levy, Aimee Teegarden, Eduardo Yañez, Cody Horn and Gloria Estefan.

  • Alan Ett, CEO of AECG, LLC

    Alan Ett is currently President and CEO of the Alan Ett Creative Group (AECG), a community of companies founded in 1991, which has been focused on the establishment of strong relationships in the production community as a provider of a wide range of services and product. The companies comprising AECG are broken down into five companies: a full-service music production company offering creative music services, including composition, music supervision, and music editing; an audio post-production facilities in Los Angeles; an international distribution company and the exclusive US for fourteen of the premier European music library labels and a full-service music production company.

    From 1976-1978, Alan was on the faculty of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where, among other faculty duties, he was the co-founder of what has emerged as the internationally significant Berklee Jazz Choir and vocal program. At the same time, he received the M.M. in Composition from the New England Conservatory. In 1979, he went to Europe to perform a three-week international jazz concert tour that resulted in a stay of four years and encompassed 12 countries and teaching assignments throughout Western Europe. He has performed with his own groups around the world as well as with Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, The Pointer Sisters, Lou Rawls, and many other internationally-acclaimed artists.

    Upon his arrival in Los Angeles in 1984, he became involved in the computer industry working with a development group to devise the first shock mounted 20MB hard disc, the A-O 20. He continued in the hardware and software development arena working on the original version of the production budgeting program "Movie Magic" and consulting with Roland Corporation in the development of the first MIDI software, the MPS or Music Processing System. 

    Alan then became focused on producing music for the television industry when he received his first assignments composing and producing music for Columbia Pictures Television. Since then he has created musical scores for thousands of hours of television, videos, film, commercials, CDs, and DVDs. He recently completed his first musical, The Hallmark Channel's first-ever musical move, The Music Teacher, for which he was also a composer.

    He is on the board of trustees of the New England Conservatory, a member of BMI, ATAS, and NARAS.

  • Gregg Field, Producer / Musician / Educator, Gregg Field Music 

    Eight-time Grammy winner, 2018 Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy “Producer of the Year,” Gregg Field is one of the most musically diverse and highly sought-after producers, musicians and educators in music.  
     
    World class musicians and singers alike, a veritable who’s who of the music world including Placido Domingo, Michael BublePharrell WilliamsBarbara Streisand, Alejandro Sanz, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Garth Brooks, Juan Luis Guerra, Ariana Grande, James Taylor, Andrea BocelliMariah Carey, Alejandro Fernandez, Christina Aguilera, Kevin Spacey, Josh Groban, Mark O’Connor, Tim McGraw, Jason MrazRay Charles, Seal, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow, LeAnn Rimes, John Williams, Steve Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Koz, Phil Ramone Sean Combs, Brian Wilson, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Johnny Mathis and Carole King are among his many musical collaborators.  
     
    At age 24, FIeld toured with Count Basie as his drummer from 1980 through 1982, Ella Fitzgerald from 1985 through 1986 and Frank Sinatra from 1991 through 1995. He can be heard on Sinatra’s historic, multi-platinum Duets and Duets II recordings. Field has performed with major symphonies worldwide including London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Pittsburgh and the National Symphony in Washington D.C. and has been invited by Presidents Obama and Bush to perform at the White House. 
     
    Recently Field received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Music Direction” for the 2017 PBS “Library of Congress -Gershwin Prize” honoring Tony Bennett. Field also produced the historic Apollo Theater’s “Ella 100t: Live From the Apollo” birthday celebration of Ella Fitzgerald and Apollo’s Nina Simone tribute.  
     
    In 2017 Field received a Grammy for producing the “Bluegrass Album of the Year” and Billboard #1 album “Coming Home” by the O’Connor BandHe also produced the 2015 Grammy-winning recording “Life in the Bubble” for Gordon Goodwin’s “Big Phat Band”.  
     
    Among his recent recordings are Seal’s “Standards”, Arturo Sandoval’s “Ultimate Duets with PharrellAriana Grande, Stevie Wonder, and Placido Domingo among othersMichael Buble’s #1 Billboard album To Be Loved, Alejandro Fernandez #1 Billboard album “Confidencias, Jason Mraz’s Love is a Four Letter Word, and Barbara Streisand’s What Matters Most 
     
    In 2013 Field received five Latin Grammy nominations including nods for “Album of the Year” and “Producer of the Year”, winning three Latin Grammys including “Best Engineered Album. In 2010, Field was awarded the coveted “Producer of the Year” Latin Grammy 
     
     
    Recently Field produced the Gloria Estefan / PBS TV Special “The Standards” and he is a regular music producer/director for the “In Performance at the White House” series for PBS and is also a regular producer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic-Hollywood Bowl summer series. 
     
    Field is also an author and Vanity Fair magazine contributor. 
     
    Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Councilors at the USC-Thornton School of Music as well serving on the Library of Congress-“Gershwin Prize” Advisory Board and is a board member of the University of Miami-Frost School of Music.  
     
    He has served as a Recording Academy Governor and Trustee and Chairman of the Grammy Producers Committee. The Bay Area native lives in Los Angeles and is married to singer Monica Mancini. 
     
    Grammy and Latin Grammy Nominations & Awards: 
    Indicates Grammy Win 
     
    2018: 
    Best Instrumental or Vocal Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal (arranger and producer) 
    Best Instrumental or Vocal Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal (producer) 
     
    2017: 
    *Best Bluegrass Album (producer and engineer) 
     
    2015: 
    *Best Large Ensemble (producer and engineer) 
    Best Instrumental Composition (producer) 
    Best Instrumental Arrangement (producer) 
    Beat Instrumental Accompanying a Vocal (producer) 
     
    2014: 
    *Best Instrumental Arrangement (producer) 
      
    2013: 
    *Best Large Ensemble (producer and engineer) 
     Best Instrumental Arrangement (producer) 
     
    2012: 
    Producer of the Year 
    *Best Latin Jazz Album (producer and engineer) 
    *Best Tango Album (producer) 
    *Best Engineered Album (engineer) 
     
    2010:  
    *Producer of the Year  
    *Best Instrumental Album (producer and engineer) 
     
    2009:  
    Best Jazz Album (producer and engineer) 
               
    2005: 
    Best Traditional Pop Vocal (producer) 
    Best Pop Collaboration by a Duo or Group (producer) 
     
    2003: 
    Best Jazz Vocal (producer and engineer) 
     
    EMMY NOMINATIONS  AND AWARDS 
    2018 “Outstanding Music Direction”  
    * Award status pending 

  • Harold Flegelman, Director of the Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law at Miami Law

    Harold A. Flegelman is the Director of the Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, the Director of the Entertainment Law Track, and a Lecturer in Law. He joined Miami Law from the Los Angeles office of Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he was a partner in the Corporate Department and Co-Chair of the Corporate Media and Entertainment Practice Group.  Loeb & Loeb’s motion picture, television, music and sports practices are regularly recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the “Best Law Firms.”  Prior to that, he was a law partner of now-Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in the New York City office of Pavia & Harcourt LLP.

    While in private practice, Flegelman was engaged principally in advising clients in all legal and business aspects of the entertainment and media industries, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, venture capital, debt and equity financings, restructurings, business planning, executive employment arrangements and general corporate representation. Among his many illustrative transactions, he represented motion picture producers and directors in both the raising of equity capital for film funds and the sale of motion picture libraries, Azoff Music Management in acquisitions and joint ventures, The Madison Square Garden Company in sports transactions, and purchasers and sellers of record companies and music publishing catalogues.

    His teaching experience includes serving as a Short-Course Visiting Professor at the University of Miami Law School since 2011 (The Art of the Deal - Acquiring a Music Publishing Catalog), and as an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School and Whittier Law School, in each instance teaching a comparable course. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

    Flegelman received his B.A., cum laude, from Yale University in 1975, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978, where he was an Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer.

     

    For more information, visit https://www.law.miami.edu/faculty/harold-flegelman

  • Kate Freedman, Philanthropist

    Kate Freedman’s musical skills originated in her rather unconventional upbringing.  She grew up in a very musical family, studying piano and composition from her father, Larry Muhoberac, a top call studio musician in Southern California during the ’70s and ’80s. From a very young age, she, along with her brothers and sister, hung out at the recording studios, sitting on the piano bench at her father’s side while he recorded with great artists like Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, and Ray Charles. Larry soon had his kids singing in four-part harmony, and they began working as child singers for albums, commercials, and films. Three went on to become professionals, the two brothers as rock musicians, and Kate as a classical pianist.
     
    As a young adult, Kate studied piano, harpsichord, and composition at the California Institute of the Arts and UCLA.  She went on to work in Southern California for twenty-five years as a private instructor.  She also worked as an accompanist/performer for the opera and choral departments of local colleges and magnet arts schools. Remembering the importance of her childhood exposure to music, she constantly donated her time to the multitude of local schools whose funding for the arts had been drastically cut or eliminated entirely. During this period, she assisted her husband of thirty-two years, Steve Freedman, in starting and operating several companies which they recently sold to make way for the next phase of their lives together. Last summer, the pair purchased a residence in Miami, and Kate is delighted to become a part of the city’s vibrant musical scene.

     

  • Patricia Frost, Philanthropist & Phillip Frost*, CEO & Chairman of OPKO Health

    Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Frost have a longstanding tradition of involvement with UM with a total recognition of over $130 million, primarily to the Frost Institutes of Chemistry and Molecular Science and Frost School of Music.  Their $33 million gift to the School of Music in 2003 was the largest ever given to a university-based music school in the United States; the school was then officially renamed the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.  The new state-of-the-art Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios complex opened in February 2015 on the University of Miami campus.  It houses over 77 individual teaching and chamber music studios, plus classrooms for percussion and contemporary music production.  The Frosts thoughtful support continues to fund program endowments, faculty chairs, student scholarships, and facility improvements. 
     
    The Frosts began their philanthropic relationship with the School of Music in 1989, when they donated three gifts, establishing the Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music Chair for the Dean of the Music School, the Anna Frost Music Scholarship Fund and the Abraham Frost Prize in Music Composition.  They also donated $1 million to establish the Frost Band of the Hour and more recently donated $1 million to rename the Frost Music Reach (community music program) in honor of UM’s former president Donna Shalala.  It is now known as the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. 
     
    At President Frenk’s inauguration in January 2016, he announced a transformational and historic $100 million gift from the Frosts to support basic and applied science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the University.  This is the largest single gift ever announced at an inauguration. 
     
    Dr. Phillip Frost served as campaign chair for UM’s first Momentum campaign during his tenure as chair of the Board of Trustees.  He is currently a member of the UHealth and School of Law visiting committees, and both he and Patricia serve on the Frost School of Music Board of Advisors.  Dr. Frost is CEO and chairman of OPKO Health, a biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company.  He founded IVAX Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest U.S. generic drug manufacturers, selling the company to TEVA Pharmaceuticals in 2006 while continuing to serve on the TEVA board until 2015.  Mrs. Patricia Frost, formerly principal of West Laboratory School, worked closely with UM’s School of Music to develop music programs at the school.  She is Chair Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Board and Smithsonian American Art Museum and is currently a member of the State University System of Florida’s Board of Governors. 

  • Adam Glick, President of Jack Parker Corporation

    Adam Glick is president and of the Jack Parker Corporation-New York, a real estate development firm and the grandson of the late Jack Parker, founder of the Jack Parker Corporation and proprietor of Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City and the Parker Palm Springs in California. Mr. Parker was internationally renowned for his real estate development throughout the eastern United States. Mr. Parker's obituary from the New York Times suggests he was extraordinarily wealthy and philanthropic. To continue his legacy of giving, Adam and his mother, Mrs. Nancy Magoon, his grandmother, Norma Parker and aunt, Jane Parker, support a number of charitable organizations through the Norjana Charitable Foundation. Adam is president of the Norjana Charitable Foundation, which is based in Ft. Meyers, Florida and gives primarily to ballet, higher education, environmental conservation, and human services and some funding also to juvenile diabetes organizations.

    In addition, he is managing director of the hedge fund Tesuji Partners, LLC and co-founder of the Floating University which aims to create courses online like its first course "Great Big Ideas." Great Big Ideas is an introduction to the world's most important ideas in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, economics, biomedical research, linguistics, history, cosmology, politics, globalization, and statistics. The courses are offered at Yale University and CUNY and Harvard.

    Adam is the author of A Child's Guide fo Money, a composer, and a playwright. He is on the board of advisors of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. He formerly sat on the boards of the Dalton School, the 92nd St. Y, and the Hebrew Free Loan Society. He is a former trustee of the Citizens Budget Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization whose mission is to achieve constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State government. 

    Married to Denise Scruton, they reside in New York City. Son, Noah, attended the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences as a freshman history major for one semester. They also have a daughter, Zoe Glick.

  • Allan Herbert*, Proprietor of The Richmond Hotel

    Allan Herbert is president and co-owner, with his wife, Patti, of the Richmond Hotel in Miami Beach, which his family opened in 1941. The Herberts divide their time between Miami Beach and their residence in Beverly Hills, California.

    The Herberts, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May 2018, are pioneer South Florida residents who met and fell in love while attending the University of Miami in the 1950s. In 2004, to commemorate their love, they established an endowment for the “Love Bridge” outside the University’s Wellness Center. The bridge not only serves to honor their University-found love, but proceeds from the sale of personalized bricks on the Love Bridge support the ’Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program (CHAMP) endowment established by the Herberts. 

    In 2008, the Herberts gifted $8 million to name The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Allan also serves on the University’s Board of Trustees and the Frost School of Music’s Board of Advisors.

    Patti and Allan Herbert have long been involved in the arts scene in Miami. In 2012, they gave $500,000 to the Frost School of Music to create the Patti and Allan Herbert Endowed MusicReach Student Support Fund. In 2017, they gifted over $1 million to rename and endow the Patti and Allan Herbert Frost School of Music Program at Salzburg.

    The Herberts have both had successful careers.  Allan as a group executive and insurance company president at Teledyne, and Patti at the Grubb & Ellis commercial real estate firm. Recently, they renovated the historic Richmond Hotel in Miami Beach, which they continue to own and operate. 

    They are recipients of the UM Alumni Association Henry King Stanford Alumni of the Year Award (2004) and the UM Alumni Association Green: Outstanding Fundraiser Award (2008). They are also members of Iron Arrow.

    “The University is very special to both of us,” said Allan. “It is where we got our education, made life-long friendships, gained leadership skills, and met our life partners. Every successful alumnus owes it to their university to repay them in some way for the education and opportunities they received while in school.”

  • Richard Krasno, Lead Director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc.

    Dr. Richard M. Krasno is currently the Lead Director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Incorporated. From 1999 to 2014, he served as Executive Director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and as President (1999-2010) and director (1999-2014) of the four affiliated William R. Kenan, Jr. Funds. The five Kenan philanthropies provide grants to institutions throughout the United States in the fields of education, private enterprise, science and technology, arts and ethics. Prior to joining the Kenan Trust in 1999, Dr. Krasno was President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. From 1981-1998, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of International Education in New York. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C. and as an officer of the Ford Foundation in Brazil and New York. Dr. Krasno holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and honorary doctorates in law and humane letters from Sacred Heart University and the College of St. Rose. He has held academic appointments at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of London, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where he was a Senior Fulbright Professor.
     
    From 2004-2012, Dr. Krasno served as a director of the UNC Health Care System, the governing body for the University of North Carolina Hospitals and the School of Medicine. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2009-2012. In addition to Ladenburg he currently serves as a corporate director of OPKO Health, BioCardia, and Castle Brands and as a trustee of the Miami Heart Research Institute. Dr. Krasno also serves as a member of the Leadership Council of the Center for Public Leadership of the Kennedy School at Harvard University and on the Board of Visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. Dr. Krasno served as chair of the regional Rhodes scholarship selection committee in North Carolina and as a trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowship Program. He has served as a director of the Ivax Corporation and the Whitman Education Group. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. In 2009, Dr. Krasno received the William Richardson Davie Award from the Trustees of the University of North Carolina for extraordinary service to the University and society. In 2013, Dr. Krasno received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for the leadership of the UNC Health Care System board and his influential advocacy for access to high-quality health care. He is married to the former Carin Britt Blucher from Tidaholm, Sweden and has two sons and three granddaughters.

  • Michael P. Lazarus, Partner of Main Post Partners

    Michael Lazarus is a partner of Main Post Partners, the successor fund to Weston Presidio, a $3.3 billion growth equity fund which he Co-Founded and was CEO since its inception in 1991.  Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras.  He was previously the founding Chairman of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), Co-Chairman of Fender Musical Instruments Corp. and served on the Board of Directors for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Restoration Hardware (NASDAQ: RSTO), Morris Air/Southwest Airlines, Guitar Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTRC)Integro, Inc., and Apple American Group (Applebee’s), as well as other privately-held growth companies. 
     
    Raised in Lancaster, PA, Michael graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Grove City College.  He currently serves the community as the Board Chair of SFJAZZ and a Trustee of the Frost School of Music.  He previously served as a Trustee of Bowdoin College and San Francisco Day School.

  • Paul Lehr, CEO of GroundUP Music

    Paul T. Lehr, J.D., has been involved in the arts since the age of six, having trained as a classical pianist and worked as a musician as well as an actor in film and theater.  He earned his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from the University of Florida with high honors.  He worked as a law clerk for a federal judge, practiced law, and built and ran a successful for-profit business and non-profit foundation before joining the Arison Arts Foundation/National YoungArts Foundation in 2010.   

    From 2010-2015, Lehr served as CEO of YoungArts, where he led the transformation of this national non-profit arts organization including development of its first national headquarters through the acquisition and expansion of the landmark Bacardi campus in Miami, working closely with Frank Gehry on the master plan.  Lehr also helped to create programming around the country with MoMA PS1, LACMA, PAMM, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Hirshhorn/Smithsonian; music and television partnerships with Universal Music Classics, Sony Music, PBS, and HBO; performances and exhibitions with Robert Redford, Bobby McFerrin, Shelly Berg, James Blake, Plácido Domingo, Chick Corea, Joshua Bell, Olafur Eliasson, Bruce Weber, Ben Folds, and Marina Abrámovic; and development, branding and roll-out of Emmy-Award winning HBO series YoungArts MasterClass and its accompanying educational study guide distributed across the country.   

    Lehr now serves as the CEO of GroundUP Music, an imprint of Universal Music/Verve, which includes on its roster three-time Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend David Crosby, and 15 other global artistsGroundUP provides publishing, management, production, and other artist services.  In addition to overseeing operations and developing partnerships, Lehr also produces the annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, with performers including Esperanza Spalding, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Chris Thile, The Wood Brothers, Shelly Berg, Robert Glasper, and others from around the world, with plans to expand the festivals to Buenos Aires beginning in 2019 and Italy and elsewhere in 2020.      

    Lehr is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (Taft Hartley) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Robert & Sibylle Redford The Way of the Rain Foundation, and the University of Miami Frost School of Music Visiting Committee.  In addition to his work in the arts, Lehr also works in the science/health/medical field, having co-founded a biotech company, HeartGenomics, which developed gene-signature-based diagnostic and prognostic tests for heart failure, and is the International Executive Director for Longeveron, a stem-cell/regenerative medicine company with clinical trials in Aging Frailty and Alzheimer’s, co-founded by Dr. Joshua Hare, the Chief Sciences Officer at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Director of its Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute.  

  • Austin Wing Mayer, Managing Partner of The MDMC Group

    During four decades of business strategy & valuation enhancement consulting, Austin Wing Mayer has focused on highly competitive and/or rapidly changing industries. With particular emphasis on undervaluation, turnarounds, new management, strategy changes and perception issues, his campaigns to foster rapid & sustainable market cap enhancement have focused on Street penetration, reputation & credibility, crisis communications, assessment of valuation issues and remediation strategies. His client roster has included Apple, Bell & Howell, Bristol-Myers Squibb, BP, Ceridian, Cheesecake Factory, Cray Computer, Georgia-Pacific, Infinity, Information Resources, Informix, Intel, Pfizer, Quantum, Smuckers, Sun Microsystems and The NASDAQ Stock Market.  He is a founding partner of The MDMC Group, a boutique consultancy serving clients in healthcare, technology, financial and industrial realms (theMDMCgroup.com) 
     
    During his tenure at Sun Microsystems, Wing was simultaneously Director of Investor Relations, Director of Corporate Development and Director of Global Alliances. His program on behalf of Sun was judged Most Effective Investor Relations Program by the Financial Analyst’s Federation, leading The Wall Street Journal to refer to Mayer as “the father of the analyst conference call.” In addition, Wing is a 5-time winner of Financial World’s business communications award, 3-time winner of the National Association of Investors’ communications award, was recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators for the most effective financial communications program worldwide, and was cited by Institutional Investor as “one of the best and brightest business communicators today.” In his role as Director of Global Alliances for Sun Microsystems, Wing forged and managed multi-million-dollar investment/strategic/technology partnerships with AT&T, Kodak, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, Siemens, and Philips. 
     
    Wing has served on the board of the Marketing Committee of The NASDAQ Stock Market, has served as chairman of a regional NASDAQ Steering Committee, director of several chapters of the National Investor Relations Institute, and has been a frequent panelist and guest speaker on business policies, financial communications, disclosure issues, and strategies to maximize market value. He also served on the faculties of the Executive MBA program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, San Jose State University’s business program, and Executive Enterprises Institute. 
     
    Wing graduated magna cum laude from New York University (B.A., Journalism) and holds an MBA from Stern School (NYU) with an emphasis on corporate strategy and management. For distinction in business communications, Wing was awarded the National Journalism Honor Society Award and was inducted into the Gold Key International Honour Society.  He is also a 3-time recipient of the Hermes Creative Award for excellence in creativity in communications. 
     
    Mayer is an avid cyclist, hiker, served as Aspen’s first Snowboard Ambassador, he is a paraglider pilot, served on the board and as CFO of Aspen Public Radio, and has been actively involved with the Vail Jazz Foundation since its inception in 1994, having served as Associate Producer and Contributing Editor. For nearly 20 years, Wing has managed the Vail Jazz Workshop which, in 2017, was the recipient of the DownBeatJazz Education Achievement Award. Mayer also served as Associate Producer of NYC’s Washington Square Festival for the Arts and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. 

  • Jorge Mejia, President & CEO, Latin America and U.S. Latin at Sony/ATV Music Publishing

    Jorge Mejia is President & CEO, Latin America and U.S. Latin at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Read about his recent promotion here.
     
    During his tenure at Sony/ATV, Jorge has been instrumental in guiding Sony/ATV Latin to become the leading music publisher in the Latin industry, with a record-setting 16 consecutive ASCAP Latin Publisher of the Year wins, multiple Billboard Publishing Corporation of the Year, BMI Latin Publisher of the Year, and SESAC Publisher of the Year awards. In 2016, Sony/ATV became the first Latin publisher to win the ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC Publisher of the Year awards in a single year, the ‘Triple Crown of Publishing’, a feat repeated in 2017. Sony/ATV owns or administers over 3 million copyrights by such artists as The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi, Nicky Jam, Shakira and Bob Dylan to name but a very few.
     
    A Latin Grammy® nominee in the category of Best Classical Contemporary Composition and a Steinway Artist, Jorge initially studied piano at the New World School of the Arts with William Dawson, a pupil of Rudolph Serkin. He then attended the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jacob Maxin, and finally earned his Piano Performance degree from the University of Miami, where he studied with Teresa Escandón, a pupil of Jorge Bolet. On June 2015 Jorge released a recording of 25 preludes for solo piano which he composed and performed. His most recent release is An Open Book: A Memoir in Music, a set of 25 Preludes for Piano and Orchestra plus narratives. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse and recorded with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, the new album was released via Sony Music on May 4, 2018, and received a Latin Grammy nomination for the 2018 Latin Grammys. 
     
    Jorge sits on the boards of the Florida Grammy Chapter and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has been named to Billboard’s 40 Under 40 list in 2012, and the Latin Power Players list every year it has been published, in 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Jorge is based in Miami where he lives with his wife and two dogs.

  • Jeffrey Miller, Co-Founder of Krillion Ventures

    Jeffrey Miller is a South Florida business leader having had businesses in commercial real estate, banking, utilities and healthcare. Jeffrey has been an active investor in these industries for approximately 30 years. Jeffrey holds a bachelor degree from the University of Miami. 
     
    Most recently, Jeffrey co-founded Krillion Ventures, a $100 Million venture capital fund that provides Seed and Series A stage funding to tech-enabled companies based in Miami, New York City, Boston and San Francisco. 
     
    For the past 15 years, Jeffrey has dedicated his time and effort to improving education on a local, statewide and national level. He serves as chairman of the Board of Breakthrough Miami, and is immediate past board chair for Ransom Everglades School and the Council for Educational Change. Jeffrey serves on the board and is active with Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art, United Way, Jewish Federation, and the University of Miami. Presently, Jeffrey is spearheading the creation of and serving as board chair for Beacon College Prep, a nonprofit charter school that will be located in Liberty City, Florida. Jeffrey along side of his brother Stuart and sister Leslie, received the 2015 United Way prestigious Tocqueville Award----- the highest honor given by the United Way. 
     
    Jeffrey is a board member of The Miller Foundation, the charitable arm of the Miller Family. Through The Miller Foundation, $150 Million has been donated to the University of Miami, to name the Medical School after his late father, now known as the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. 

  • Judi Prokop Newman*, President of Robert and Judi Newman Family Foundation 

    Judi Prokop Newman is president of the Robert and Judi Newman Family Foundation in Denver, Colorado, which focuses on the arts. The foundation gives primarily in Colorado and Florida. In 2008, three of the largest recipients were the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (her husband, Robert  C. "Bob" Newman,  Newman Family Foundation vice president, is on the Center's board of trustees), the University of Miami and the Colorado Symphony Association. In 2007, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts received a six-figure grant.
     
    Judi graduated from UM with a bachelor's in business administration and parlayed her educational training into a successful career with United Airlines in the Computer Technology, Airline Maintenance, and Apollo Reservation Divisions. She retired after 26 years with the company. A passionate champion of the arts, she has been affiliated with the boards of the Colorado Symphony Association, the Lutheran Family Services, the Art and Culture Committee of the Denver Foundation, and the University of Denver Campaign for Music and Theater (national campaign chairwoman). She was a board member of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA/YoungArts).
     
    The Newmans divide their time between Miami and Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, where Bob owns Greenwood Gulch Ventures, which provides financial and strategic support to technology companies. He is co-founder and former director of the software company J.D. Edwards, now Oracle, which was purchased by PeopleSoft in 2003. In addition to the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center at UM, Judi and Bob are the namesakes of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, and the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Box Office at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

  • John Richard, Former President & CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center

    John Richard has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County since December 2008. Now entering its second decade, the Arsht Center has cemented its role as Miami’s New Town Square through Mr. Richard’s leadership. The Center is a presenter of world-class performances, an openly-accessible community resource, a source of education for children and adults, and a catalyst for economic growth in downtown Miami. Mr. Richard has also prioritized financial strength, with 2016 marking the organization’s ninth consecutive fiscal year with a balanced budget.
     
    The Arsht Center’s community-based mission has led to the launch of new programmatic series that feature the top artists from around the world and across South Florida, including Jazz Roots, the Knight Masterworks Season and Ziff Classical Music Series, Theater Up Close, Live At Knight, Flamenco Festival and more. All told, the Center hosts approximately 500 performances and events each year which have attracted 3.5 million people to Miami’s urban core since opening.
     
    Additionally, new public and private investment activity valued in the billions is underway throughout the Center’s neighborhood, prompting Mr. Richard to spearhead the creation of the nonprofit Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (TSNDC) in 2011. TSNDC is an independent entity overseeing the development of Miami’s emerging arts and entertainment district, ensuring the needs of its major stakeholders and cultural organizations are addressed through smart development.
     
    Outside his work at the Arsht Center, Mr. Richard is engaged as a member of the Board of Directors for Miami Jewish Health Systems, one of South Florida’s largest and most innovative healthcare providers.
     
    Mr. Richard and his wife, Dr. Lynne Richard, have a daughter, Rachel, and son, Aaron, pursuing their professional careers.
     
    Mr. Richard retired as President and CEO of the Arsht Center on January 1, 2019, after a decade of service.

  • Hazel Rosen, Philanthropist

    Hazel Rosen graduated from La Universidad de las Americas, Cholula, Mexico (formerly in Mexico City) in 1963.  She taught advanced Spanish at Dumont High School, Dumont NJ for 20 years.  While teaching, she worked with her husband, Larry Rosen, forming GRP records as an independent record label in 1982.  After selling GRP to Universal, Hazel and Larry started N2K, one of the first Internet e-commerce content companies, which became a publicly traded company.

    Hazel and Larry worked together on the PBS series “Legends of Jazz” and started the Jazz Roots concert series, a concert and educational program created for performing arts centers. 

    Hazel is currently involved with the documentary “Recording: The History of Recorded Music.”

  • John Smyth, Wealth Manager, First Republic Investment Management

    John Smyth is a Managing Director and Wealth Manager with First Republic Investment Management.
     
    Prior to joining First Republic in 2020, Mr. Smyth was an Executive Director and Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Securities. He began his career in 1994 at the Chicago Board of Trade.
     
    Mr. Smyth focuses his practice on asset allocation.
     
    Active in his local community, Mr. Smyth serves as a board member of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. He is Vice Chairman of Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association’s executive committee and is also Chairman of the school’s Annual Fund. Mr. Smyth is a Honda Classic Ambassador and an investment committee member of the Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation.
     
    Mr. Smyth earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University. He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation.

  • E. Roe Stamps, IV*, Chairman of Stamps Family Charitable Foundation

    E. Roe Stamps, IV of Coconut Grove, FL, private investor and co-founder of the Boston-based private investment company Summit Partners, is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, an Industrial Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, and an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School.

    Since his relocation to South Florida in 1993, Roe, along with his wife Penny, has devoted significant time and resources to important causes in the community. Their interest in South Florida is deeply rooted, as they have been long time supporters of the University of Miami, the Grayvik Animal Care Center, Fairchild Tropical Garden, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Community Partnership for the Homeless, Ransom Everglades School, Breakthrough Miami and a number of other organizations throughout the region. 

    Through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, formed by Penny and Roe over 20 years ago, they have shown their deep commitment to education, supporting projects and scholarships at 43 colleges and universities. And with its Stamps Scholars initiative, the family Foundation has created innovative scholarship programs currently supporting 944 students.

    Roe is a Trustee Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and a Trustee at the University of Miami, the John S and James L Knight Foundation and several other distinguished organizations. At Georgia Tech, Roe served the Foundation for over 16 years. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the highest award conferred by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. He was inducted into Georgia Tech's Engineering Hall of Fame in 2001 and received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in 2014.

    In 2010, Roe was honored by the American Red Cross South Florida Region as the Humanitarian of the Year. In 2012, he was honored by Harvard Business School, receiving its most prestigious award, the Alumni Achievement Award.

    Roe now dedicates his time to his personal interests, which include fly-fishing, bird hunting, flying, boating, cycling, jazz piano and spending time with his family; son, Will, daughter, Annie, grandson, Hunter and granddaughter, Winne. In addition he also takes time to enjoy his black Labrador retriever, Ella, their French bulldogs Nacho and Lola, and their 8 sheltered cats.

  • Ron Stone*, President of The Comprehensive Companies

    Ron Stone is President of The Comprehensive Companies, a financial services organization specializing in insurance, employee benefits, and financial planning has resided in greater Miami since 1968. A resident of the City of Miami Beach since 1990, he has practiced continuously in insurance and employee benefits since 1974 servicing over 1,000 business and professional clients. He previously served as President of Automated Pension Services, Inc. specializing in pension administration and actuarial services. In 2012, he was inducted into the Workplace Benefits Hall of Fame.
     
    A School of Business graduate of the University of Miami in 1973, Mr. Stone remains active with the University. He has served, since 1981, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, and as Chairman of the Academic Affairs, Athletic Affairs, Governmental Affairs Committees, and Employee Benefits Committees of the UM Board as well as serving as a member if its Executive and Finance and Audit Committees. A Past President of the University of Miami National Alumni Association of over 100,000 members, he is the recipient of its Alumnus of the Year award for 1985 and is a donor to the Society of University Grand Founders. In addition to Trustee and Frost School of Music Visiting Committee responsibilities, he has served as Chairman of the Visiting Committees for the School of Continuing Studies and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
     
    An active participant and leader in Greater Miami community activities, he has served as Chairman of the Code Enforcement Board for the City of Coral Gables, Director of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and recipient of its Outstanding Rotarian of the Year Award. He has served on the Boards of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the State of Florida, the Doral Eastern Open, and the Mailman Center for Child Development, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, and is currently a Director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital at the University of Miami. Mr. Stone is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust, FSB, and a former Director of Barnett Bank of South Florida, and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

  • David Weaver*, Chairman & CEO of Intercap Energy Systems, LLC

    David Weaver is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intercap Energy Systems, LLC., a technology company that provides energy-conserving artificial intelligence software as a service.

    David's community involvement includes serving as a chairman of the University of California's Institute of the Americas and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He previously served on the BOard of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), served as the Assistant Manager of the City of Miami in charge of developing the Rouse COmpany's Bayside Center and led the community's successful effort with the Federal Government to keep Homestead Air Force Base open after Hurricane Andrew.

    At the University of Miami, David has been a trustee for 28 years. Now a senior trustee, he has served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, chaired the University's Finance Committee for six years and co-chaired the highly successful Campaign for the University of Miami, which was launched in 1984 and helped raise $517.5 million. In addition to the Weavers' recent generous commitment to the Phillip and Patricia School of Music, David has supported the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the University's Launch Pad, and the President's Initiatives Fund.

    David is currently Momentum2 Campaign Chair for the Frost School of Music. He hails from a musical family and worked throughout his college years as a church organist...and still plays the organ, as time permits. David's wife, Dorothy Collins Weaver is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Collins Capital Investments, LLC., a hedge fund. David and Dorothy, along with daughter Christina, son Andres and extended families, have hosted several large soirees with Dean Shelly Berg and other musical luminaries on behalf of the Frost School of Music.

    David received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University.

*University of Miami Board of Trustees