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Heidi Buech has years of experience in entertainment and PR. Heidi has worked with many pro athletes on the business side and management side.
VP of Operations
Sura brings with her 15 years of experience in marketing, operations, digital media, and event strategy. She was previously the Director of Operations for Digital Advertising agency MuteSix which was acquired by Dentsu. Throughout her career, she’s held positions with startups and VCs throughout southern California. She’s also a founding member and current president of the Ivy Plus Society.
Blake Reading is the Vice President of Talent, a Talent Manager, and a Producer at the Los Angeles based firm, TheMachine. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the production company, Cake Studios. Previous to joining TheMachine, Reading held positions at The Gersh Agency and MGMT. Entertainment. His passion for talent representation matched with his creativity has led him to fruitful relationships with clients and key industry players across film, tv, sports, and music verticals. Reading’s work includes collaboration with talent from all areas of the entertainment business, including stars in front of and behind the camera on film and tv, legends of the NBA, and major digital influencers across platforms.
Pialy is an innovation-driven executive with proven ability to scale both multi-billiondollarpublic corporations and early stage startups. Pialy is the Chief Strategy Officer of Republic, an investment platform (spun out of AngelList) focused on private companies from pre-seed to pre-IPO.
Hazel G. Ortega
Hazel G. Ortega is a leading expert in vocational rehabilitation for injured workers. As a single mother, it was very challenging to take classes and care for her children, but she went full speed ahead to complete her bachelor degree and went from Bounced Checks to Private Jets.
Naomi Balagot is a data driven business executive of Silicon Valley. With years of experience, her focus areas of expertise include mobile products & SaaS sales. She has a proven track record of selling to C-level executives at Fortune 500 companies, she has been apart of several acquisitions & has helped build startup companies to grow revenue at scale.
Christa has over twenty-one years of academic major gift and capital campaign fundraising experience having held senior leadership positions at: ABCD, Inc., Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Endicott College. She has formed lasting relationships with an extensive list of domestic and international high net worth individuals and Fortune 500 companies. Many of which are connected to Major League Pro Teams in New England and beyond.
Stephon W. Barnes
Denise E. Fernandez, Esq.
Ms. Denise Fernandez is in-house counsel and head of the Talent and A&R Legal Department at Say So Entertainment. Denise began her career in talent representation working at notable organizations such as Interscope Records, MGMT Entertainment (formerly known as The Schiff Company) and Artest Management Group.
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