Anthem Board of Advisors
Anthem's Board of Advisors is comprised of executive level officers (CFO, Presidents, Vice Presidents) and individuals with a large presence in media, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and consulting. Each advisor brings a unique set of skills, including financial, communication, and organizational abilities. Collaboratively, the Board of Advisors helps to shape the strategy and growth of Anthem and its related companies toward its broader vision and mission. The Anthem Advisory Board has been involved with some of the most influential organizations in the world, including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Clear Channel, and world-renowned academic institutions.
Mark Hubbard is an independent consultant providing services exclusively to senior management, primarily in media, entertainment and sports. His areas of expertise include: business valuation, negotiating transactions, financing and restructuring, enterprise modeling, sales development and training, and executive coaching. He works with public and private companies, both in the U.S. and internationally. Previously, Mark spent over 25 years in the broadcasting industry, from radio to television to new technologies like satellite and Internet convergence. Highlights include: Senior VP, Corporate Development for Clear Channel during its major acquisition period, President of Flagship Broadcasting (TV), President of Fairmont Communications (radio), Executive VP of Osborn Communications (radio) and V.P and General Manager of WKRQ-FM for Taft Broadcasting. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Michael R. Kirby
Michael R. Kirby is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Asia-Pacific Region for RBS Global Banking and Markets Division. RBS is the 8th largest bank globally as measured by market capitalization and had pre-tax profits of ~$17bn in 2005. The Asia-Pacific region is an area of significant strategic focus for RBS and is expected achieve revenue growth rates in excess of 40% per annum over the next 4 years.
As the COO, Michael manages a team of 500+ individuals and has day to day responsibility for Finance, Operations, Technology, Market Risk, Credit Administration, Operational Risk, Legal, Compliance and Property / Facilities along with working closely with the members of the regional Executive Committee to develop and implement key growth initiatives. Michael has spent a total of 7.5 years at RBS and in addition to the above he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Europe for 2 years, as the Head of Operational Risk for RBS Financial Markets for 2 years, as the Head of Functional Risk Technology for 2 years along with running a 1 year integration program focusing on Market Risk, Credit Risk and Collateral Management after RBS acquired NatWest in 2001.
Brian R. Schaefgen
Brian R. Schaefgen is Chief Financial Officer of Harbor Group International, a private-equity real estate investment and management firm with over $2 billion in global office, apartment, retail and hotel holdings. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Schaefgen served as CFO, Treasurer and Secretary of Ambassadors International, Inc. a publicly-traded company operating in the cruise, marine and travel industries. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Schaefgen held a variety of senior financial positions with The Irvine Company, a real estate investment company, including Senior Director, Finance & Administration and Controller of its apartment, industrial and resort divisions. Prior to this, he was with Deloitte & Touche, a global accounting firm.
Mr. Schaefgen serves on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and previously served as a director of Grand Prix Tours, a specialty tour operator and Bellingham Marine Industries, a leading marina builder. He is also a member of IrishAngels, a venture advisory group. Mr. Schaefgen received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is a certified public accountant and licensed real estate broker.
Dr. Steven Ian Meisel
Dr. Steven Ian Meisel specializes in the development of management skills and management communication. His work is focused on increasing skills of negotiation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. In addition, he has studied communication at both the interpersonal and larger organizational levels. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, power & influence, presentation skills for business, and organizational communication.
Joshua Gentine is a private consultant working with start-up companies to execute go-to-market strategies through consultation in production, procurement, marketing and distribution. Joshua takes investment positions in these start-up companies and also helps manage all the day-to-day operations while the company is developing. Additionally, Joshua works with a group of advisors to find business opportunities in the consumer products and technology sectors. These opportunities range from seed capital and M&A to basic consulting work to help position companies within their given markets. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Joshua spent time in South America and Africa working with several non-profit organizations; he also spent two campaigns with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee managing their loaned executive program and managing their law, accounting and investment firm giving programs.
In addition to his consulting work, Joshua currently sits on the board of directors for Independence First, a non-profit dedicated to helping the physically disadvantaged throughout the state of Wisconsin and St. Catherine’s Residence which provides affordable housing to women in need. Joshua is also the Treasurer for the Social Development Foundation and he sits on the cabinet for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.
Chris Sinclair is the President of The Anthem Group, an independent consultant and the founder of a half dozen other entrepreneurial ventures. Included in his portfolio are all Anthem related properties, The Sinclair Group, Street Eats, Inc, and the Anthem Tree Foundation. Chris is a popular guest lecturer and speaker at various colleges, conferences and professional panels. Chris founded Anthem with his only $500 while still a college student. By the time he was 24 Anthem was conducting international marketing projects, large scale events and has continued to grow. With a near decade of experience, Anthem currently has operations in over 70 North American markets and overseas. To see Chris Sinclair's expanded biography click here. (full bio)