Jacob R. Miles III, Founder, CEO and Chairman
Jacob R. Miles III, Founder, CEO and Chairman has held his position since the inception of the company. He has over 25 years experience working in products, media and entertainment businesses. Prior to holding this position Mr. Miles was CEO and Chairman of Urban Television Network Corp., a multi-culturally focused national broadcast television network. Before this he was President & CEO of Urban Cool Network Inc., a leading urban focused internet portal. In this capacity he led the vision and execution of the build out of the technology infrastructure and content. He also held a leadership position on Vice President, Al Core’s Digital Divide Initiatives in the inner cities of America.
Mr. Miles is also a past Vice President of Hasbro’s Tonka Toys Div., A senior executive for General Mills Toy and Entertainment Group and prior to that he was employed by General Electric Corp.
Mr. Miles is an alumnus of University of Cincinnati Engineering School; He has taken management courses at New York University and Xavier University.
He has been featured in various newspapers, magazines, television and radio outlets, Including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, BET, Business Week, and Today Show among others. He has also been featured in several leading business books.
Mr. Miles has served as Arts Commissioner for the City of Minneapolis, on the board of the United Way Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota Children’s Museum and as Neighborhood Coordinator and Council delegate for the city of Cincinnati. He currently serves on the board of Directors of the City of Grapevine, Texas’ Grapevine Heritage Foundation and MeMe and My World Inc. He is a co-founder of Beautiful Africa LLC and MeMe and My World Inc. He has received the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Minneapolis College and speaks at media and entertainment conferences nationally and internationally.
Scott Monaco, Chief Creative Officer
Scott Monaco, Chief Creative Officer, is a visionary entrepreneur & creative leader, having excelled for over 13 years in brand development & communications (including intellectual properties, media, products, new media / social media, advertising, etc.), ergonomics & design (digital & physical product interfaces), and site/app & information architecture (front-end to back-end, intranet & extranet, B2B/B2C) applying towards intellectual property & entertainment development, illustration, product design, graphic design, advertising, web design & development, game and app design & development, and events amidst other similar disciplines. His creative leadership has led him to be the founder of multiple endeavors as well as hold art direction & design positions at multiple agencies. Mr. Monaco serves as Chief Creative Officer for Grapevine Star Entertainment Inc. and as Senior Consultant & Team Leader for Social Media Analysts LLC.
Through his ventures and for large corporations across several industries, Mr. Monaco has directed & worked in an extensive variety of disciplines from ideation to realization in brand, intellectual property, product, traditional & new media development to their exploitation in marketing & advertising across print, radio, tv, internet, convention, etc.
Disciplines of Mr. Monaco’s active involvement include:
Concept Ideation & Strategy Development (intellectual property & brand, interactive systems, physical & digital product, marketing & advertising, etc.), Creative & Art Direction (print, radio, tv, product, photo shoots, etc.), Brand & Intellectual Property Development (character & storyline, logos & corporate identity systems, merchandising & licensing, restaurant, retail, entertainment venue, etc.), Product & Packaging Development (R&D, concept, ergonomics, book & magazine, ticketing, dvd/cd, toy & gift, board game, plush & puppet, apparel & accessory, stationary, tech gadget, etc.), Graphics & Illustration Development (2D, 3D, hand & computer, etc.), Marketing & Advertising (print/radio/tv/internet ads, direct mail, brochure & sales collateral, exhibit & trade show, in-store POS, promotional, menu, etc.), Web & Interactive Development (information architecture, marketing & functionally expansive websites, intranets/extranets, presentations, social media systems, mobile apps, virtual world gaming, etc.), Animation & Video Development (tv commercial, internet ads, presentations, etc.)
Clients of Mr. Monaco have included:
Consumer Products/Services/Distribution & Entertainment Companies (Fossil Watch, LeapFrog, GameStop, Walmart, Blockbuster, Gameworks, Daystar TV, Urban America TV Network, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Desperados, Yao Ming, Troy Aikman, Mike Modano, Ace Cash Express, Service Experts, Cool Cuts 4 Kids, Stick Networks, Pecan Deluxe Candy Company, Boy Scouts of America, etc.) and Business Products/Services/Distribution Companies & Conventions (Samsung, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Fujitsu, DSC, Alcatel, AFC (Advanced Fiber Communication), Santera Systems, Tidel, Taqua Voip, TXU Energy, Starlight Power (Now “Texas Power Online”), American Floral Industry Association, People Solutions / Portenta HR System, etc.).
Donna Steele, VP Sales & Marketing, Co-Owner of Beautiful Africa LLC
Donna Steele, VP Sales & Marketing, Co-Owner of Beautiful Africa LLC an affilated company of GrapevineStar Entertainment Inc, Donna is past Vice President of Nest Entertainment, a leading family and home schooling focused distributor of childrens’ and family entertainment and media.
Lap Ngo, Founder and Co-Owner of Beautiful Africa LLC
Lap Ngo, Founder and Co-Owner of Beautiful Africa LLC, an affilated company of GrapevineStar Entertainment Inc. He is a globally recognized fine artist with studios in Texas and France, who has spent over 30 years on the African continent and dedicated to documenting through his paintings the beauty of Africa. Lap heads the Beautiful Africa/GrapevineStar Paris, France office.
Scott Wong, PhD
Scott Wong, PhD, VP Technology & Strategy is a founder of Brethren Entertainment Studios. He has over 10 years of experience in game design technology and is a producer and director for Eggstory Creative Production’s 3d animated feature entitled Kung Fu Gecko. He has extensive experience internet technology, patents and trademarks, Scott and his teams in Dallas, Texas (headed by Jeff Dotson) and Seattle, Washington operate under LightSwitch Studio, responsible for implementingGSE’s strategies and plans for it’s social networks and interactive sites and games for children. They are trend forward in their outlook and planning to assure that GSE’s leadership from an internet technology perspective is maintained.
Mr. Wong has a BA Biochemistry, University of Oregon, a PhD Cognitive and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Washington, Special studies, Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral/Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, Guest Researcher, Stanford Medical School.
Event management, services and sales lead, has over 7 years experience in research,marketing promotions and sales at consumer and trade events. Experience includes multi-cultural and multi-platform campaigns, select clients include Sprint®, Verizon®, Disney®, Nike® among others products include mobile phones, web sites, toys and gift, print audio and video.
Charles (Chuck) Borresen CPA
Charles (Chuck) Borresen CPA, is founder and operator of Mount&Borresen, public accounting firmbased in Minneapolis, Mn. The firm specializes in small to medium size businesses in retail,medical and technology industries.Mr. Borresenwill serve as the lead financial executive for reports and tax purposes.