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Widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and knowledgeable antiques dealers, New York-based gallery owner Carlton Hobbs maintains an unrivaled collection of British and Continental rarities acquired over the course of a long and distinguished career. Culling 17th, 18th, and 19th century art and furniture with an expert eye for provenance and craftsmanship, the proprietor of Carlton Hobbs Antiques showcases an extensive array of historically significant pieces in his Manhattan residence, a 20,000-square-foot mansion originally designed for the Vanderbilt family by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Working in close collaboration with Managing Director Stefanie Rinza, a Harvard Business School graduate and former McKinsey & Co. employee, he also stages traveling exhibitions on a regular basis and contributes content to a number of highly regarded academic catalogues.

Born and raised in London, Hobbs developed a passion for antiques as a young boy under the tutelage of his father, an entrepreneur and shop owner who ran a humble enterprise called Odds and Hobbs. Throughout adolescence and early adulthood, Mr. Hobbs channeled the bulk of his time and energy toward establishing a strong client base in London, although he eventually opted to relocate stateside when the opportunity presented itself. As the years passed, Carlton Hobbs Antiques expanded its reach globally, attracting a discerning group of private and institutional customers. Today, objects from the company’s collection can be viewed by members of the general public at the Musée du Louvre, the John Paul Getty Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Gallery of Australia, among many other international institutions of culture.

Outside of his professional life, Carlton Hobbs is a vocal advocate for animal rights who supports Companion Animal Rescue and the Wild Bird Fund. Fully engaged in actionable philanthropy, Mr. Hobbs recently hosted a book release and fundraiser with author Julia Szabo, an authority on all things dog-related.


When it comes to innovation in product design, concept design or communications design, there is no other man whose expertise is valued more than Peter Zec, a German design consultant, author and publisher and former president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. His brainchild, Red Dot, is an organization that has done excellent work in recognizing outstanding creative work throughout the world.

Peter Zec‘s educational foundation is in media studies, psychology and art theory. An acclaimed professor and lecturer on business and design, including having taught at the University of Applied Science for Technology and Economics, Zec has been named one of the most influential unconventional thinkers of the modern era. He has worked on several major projects involving design and has headed various German and global organizations in the industry. Having published numerous books on the importance of design in business and economics, Zec continues to lecture around the world and serves on the ICSID senate as a consultant.

South Africa may be a country rich in natural resources, especially in the way of minerals such as those most valuable and most sought-after gems, diamonds. However, only a handful of upper-echelon families really control the nation’s wealth. One of these is Christoffel Wiese, a world business leader and native of Brackenfell, Cape Town. Weise is a self-made millionaire who made his billions in consumer retail, unlike other South African moguls who have inherited their fair share and claim to fame. Weise has been conferred with the “Business Leader of the Year” by the Cape Town Sakekamer and the “Pioneer of the 20th Century Award” by the South African Council of Shopping Centers.

Weise finished his secondary education at the Paarl Boys’ High School, then later went on to Stellenbosch University. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Commerce, and went on to become a qualified Chartered Accountant of South Africa. Former Registrar of Banks for the South African Reserve, Weise served in banks in various capacities, gradually working his way up the ladder of success until he was able to go into business.

Weise earned his wealth through Shoprite, one of South Africa’s largest retail and fast food companies that operate over 1,200 corporate outlets and some 270 franchises in 16 countries, where he now serves as its Executive Director. Under his leadership, Shoprite flourished, expanding to open more supermarkets across the country and acquiring several smaller businesses in order to broaden its reach. In 2011 surveys, Shoprite was named the 6th favorite brand overall and the 3rd most valuable in South Africa, where Shoprite stores have become a constant, consistent presence. Aside from this, Weise also owns hundreds of corporate outlets under different names, as well as vast properties in the country, including the luxurious Lanzerac Manor & Winery which he sold in 2012.

Robert Dunn is an American photographer, musician, writer and teacher. He was known for bestselling publications such as those featured in the New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. He also wrote a few musical novels including Soul Cavalcade, Cutting Time, Pink Cadillac, Look at Flower, Meet the Annas, and Stations of the Cross which is set to be released on June 2013.

As a teacher, Dunn taught on the subject of fiction writing in The New School in New York City for 24 years now. As a photographer, Dunn authored two photobooks; the Angel Parade 1 and 2, and the OWS. Both books are permanently held by the International Center of Photography library. As a musician, Dunn founded a musical group called Thin Wild Mercury, in which he was also the principle songwriter and guitarist.

Dunn is married to a film art director. His family lives in New York City and in Woodstock, New York.

Benjamin Franklin Fairless was an American executive, who was known for being the president of several steel companies at a time when the steel industry in the US was still in its formative years. Among the companies he led included Central Alloy Steel as president (1928 – 1930), Republic Steel as first vice president (1930 – 1935), Carnegie-Illinois Steel Company as president (1935 – 1938) and US Steel as president, chairman of the board and, CEO (1938 – 1955).

Fairless was born as Benjamin Franklin Williams in Pigeon Run, Ohio on May 3, 1890. Although his father, David Dean Williams, worked as a coal miner, his family was poor. Fairless was forced to live with his uncle and aunt, Jacob and Sarah Fairless, when his mother, Ruth, met an accident when he was just two. At five, Fairless sold copies of Cleveland Press to help raise money for the family.

In 1913, Fairless graduated from Ohio Northern University and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His first job was with the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad as surveyor. In 1914, Fairless decided not to continue joining the protest of Coxey’s Army but instead passed by the Central Steel Company and got an instant job as transit man. When the project was over, the company opted to retain Fairless to stay on the steel mill.

Because he did not have earlier background working with steel, Fairless studied the entire steel manufacturing process, including the production of alloy steel. Mentored by F. J. Griffiths, Fairless started to climb up the ranks starting with mill superintendent, then general superintendent, and executive vice president for operations. When Central Steel merged with United Alloy Steel Corporation in 1926, he was named as general manager and vice president. He became president of Central Alloy Steel in 1928.

This was just the beginning of Fairless’ career as steel company executive. He moved to other companies such as Republic Steel, Carnegie-Illinois Steel Company, and US Steel.

With an innovative and industry-leading approach to design and the extensive experience to create state-of-the-art commercial collections, Sarah Raffel’s one and only mission in her career is to continue to fuse originality and design through her company, Brazen Studios.

In 2003, Raffel graduated from Glasgow School of Arts with high honors in Jewelry and Silversmithing. Around this time, she has already won numerous awards for her exemplary designs and during her final year, she accepted the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Business and Design. As a result of her massive success, she opted to take a step onto establishing her own business rather than obtaining retail experience. In the process of constructing her venture from the ground and up, and undergoing several initial business trainings, Raffel was able to grab one of the first NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Pioneer Awards, which meant 35,000 pounds for the start-up of her Brazen Studios.

Today, Raffel continues to craft original and distinct collections of jewelry, all of which are largely custom-made for Brazen’s wide base of clientele.

As Managing Partner of Schwed, Kahle & Jenks, P.A., Lloyd Schwed guides a team of Florida attorneys with more than 100 years of combined legal experience. Mr. Schwed’s client base includes insurance providers, major corporations, and individuals involved in high-stakes commercial, securities, and insurance litigation matters. Among insurance companies the firm regular defends in claims-related litigation and appellate matters are Trammell Crow Company Inc., Liberty National Life Insurance, and Wells Fargo Insurance Company.

Mr. Schwed’s full range of practice experience includes accountant and attorney malpractice defense, disability and life insurance claims defense, and litigation involving real estate. He leverages this knowledge in presenting seminars for attorneys on topics such as “Identifying and Preventing Securities Fraud” and “Securities and Investment Fraud.” He is also a past Adjunct Professor of Law with the University of Miami School of Law.

Among representative cases Lloyd Schwed has handled are Qubty v. Nagda, 817 So.2d 952 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002) and Qualley v. International Air Service Co., 595 So.2d 194 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1992). Mr. Schwed notably achieved a $2.5 million settlement in Prudential Securities Inc. v. PaineWebber & Co., which at the time represented the largest New York Stock Exchange “raiding” arbitration award ever delivered.

For the past seven years, Lloyd Schwed has earned preeminent Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rating, as selected through a random statewide survey of lawyers and judges. This rating indicates a commitment to the highest levels of ethics, diligence, and reliability, as well as outstanding overall legal ability.

You can learn more about Lloyd through at his blog here.

Paul Fitzpatrick spent most of his young life behind the scenes. Today, he has taken the entire stage by being the producer and Chief Executive Officer of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, a production firm for children and young individuals, and tours to several venues, including the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China. He has been maneuvering his company into the heights of the industry by producing and staging plays and performances, with a resolute aim to develop the practice and profile of theatre among young audiences at home and worldwide.

Born in Hertfordshire, Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Studies obtained from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and a Master in Philosophy in Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow. Fitzpatrick’s professional work is varied. On the management level, he is the chief executive officer and takes the helm when it comes to financial management, fundraising, development, compliance and governance of his company. On the artistic level, he works as the director and develops artistic visions for the firm and puts together programs. He acts as the dramaturg, a spectator or outside eye that helps in shaping and editing works as they progress. When the projects have been made, and everything is said and done, he looks for the opportunities to develop an everlasting life for the pieces.

As with so many artists in United Kingdom, Fitzpatrick juggles his artistic side with the obligations of operating and growing a business. His next undertaking involves getting onto Kolkota’s Weaver’s Studio, an organization that employs more than 250 craftsmen, who creates superior quality goods for its gallery and resource center, as well as for its commercial endeavors. Indeed, Fitzpatrick is not only an incredibly talented theatre artist, he is also an innovative entrepreneur with a knack for operating businesses that are socially relevant.

Kathryn Minshew is the CEO and founder of The Daily Muse and Company Muse, a job discovery tool and career platform that helps hundreds of thousands of professionals across the globe.

Before she established The Muse, she worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative as they introduced vaccinations in Rwanda and Malawi. She also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. Minshew also helped establish Pretty Young Professionals, a networking site for career women.

The Muse, originally called The Daily Muse, was launched in 2011. It is basically a news website and blog that features career opportunities as well as articles on various categories such as entrepreneurship, money, healthy living, and travel, among others.

Minshew and her team had already been featured on Forbes, CNN, TechCrunch, PBS, INC, and Fast Company. When not doing her duties as the company’s CEO, she enjoys the luxury of traveling and cooking.

Just like any other MBA student, Allison Lami Sawyer shared the burning desire to establish her own business. At the start, she was not only overwhelmed by the raging ideas that a young aspiring entrepreneur would naturally have—she knew it was just a matter of time before she becomes a step close to fulfilling her goals. Until she met Robert Kester who, to simply put, piqued Allison’s interest further, and drove her ideas to a full start.

Kester was involved in the creation of technology based on fluorescent light imaging. Before he met Sawyer, the technology was exclusively used for laboratory purposes. After their meeting, Sawyer began to do what a hungry young entrepreneur would naturally do. She did her research about the technology as well as the patents involved in the technology. Out of curiosity, she asked him if the technology can simply be put on a regular camera outside and to her delight, he answered yes.

Then began Rebellion Photonics. The company utilizes and applies real-time chemical imaging technology to allow the detection of chemicals throughout the entire scope of vision of a microscope or camera. Basically, they develop cameras that do not only see colors, but chemicals as well.

The technology that Rebellion Photonics offers seems to lie too much on the side of science, and Sawyer is not a complete amateur. Besides being an MBA student, she also has a master’s degree in nanoscale physics. She was a volunteer at a local Houston incubator when she met Kester. Their camera, when attached to a microscope, can take pictures at a rate of 30 frames per second. This allowed medical researchers to essentially shoot a live video of what they are looking at through their microscopes. To Sawyer, and everyone who would agree, the technology promised to be a great leap forward.