François de Gaspé Beaubien

Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien obtained a BA with honours from Haverford College before earning an MBA with distinction at Harvard Business School in 1989. Because of his strong academic performance, he was recruited by the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, one of the oldest and most prestigious academic honor societies in the United States. 

After concluding his studies, François rose the publishing ranks from publisher of New England Monthly magazine to eventually become President of Telemedia Publishing, Canada’s largest consumer magazine company at the time with titles ranging from TV Guide to Elle magazine. He and his team turned the organization from losses to the most profitable publishing group in Canada and he then sold that division in 2000.  He and his brother oversaw the expansion of their radio division as co-CEOs to become Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, Telemedia, which they then sold in 2002.  In 2003, François acquired Zoom Media, an indoor advertising company. Since he became CEO, the company has experienced tremendous growth, enabling gym owners to digitally entertain and educate their members while empowering advertisers to engage with an active lifestyle audience of 40 million across all of Canada, the USA, and the United Kingdom.  He is the sole owner of Zoom. www.zoommedia.com  

The businessman is also the co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Hivestack, a global company operating in 25 countries that allows advertisers to target custom audiences digitally, based on physical world behaviors (combining the engagement of mobile devices with digital screens outside of the home, what is now referred to as programmatic DOOH). www.hivestack.com  François sold Ayuda Media Systems in 2019, a software company utilized across 22 countries for its billboard management systems of which he was the Executive Chairman of the board. 

He is very involved in the industry and serves as Chairman of the board of the Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA), a worldwide initiative based out of NYC seeking to foster the growth of Digital Out Of Home (DOOH) media by bringing together market participants (media owners and tech suppliers) and educating marketers.  www.dpaa.org  

He is also the Chairman of Aqua Action, his family’s foundation non-profit initiative to find solutions to fresh waters challenges through entrepreneurial tech innovations.  www.aquaaction.org  

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Ms. Sherry P. Witter

Since its inception, WFO has continued to produce outsized returns in traditional financial asset classes and is adding to its investments (funds, projects, SPVs) in the blockchain and crypto space, which Sherry believes is still in its nascent stages.
Sherry has helped launch over 100 businesses and invested in 30+ projects whose esoteric and non-market correlated mandates have created employment at all income levels.
Sherry launched her first of several hedge funds a year after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and spending the traditional finance portion of her career at Lazard and ESL Investments.
Sherry’s husband, Michael D Witter, focuses on the philanthropic mission of the firm. The Witter family’s charitable commitment dates back to 1924, when Michael Witter’s grandfather, Dean Witter, founded his brokerage firm in San Francisco and subsequently created the DEAN WITTER FOUNDATION.
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Mr. Trammell S. Crow

Trammell S. Crow is a Dallas, Texas-based businessman, entrepreneur and innovative leader in business development and operations. He is the Founder of EarthX, an environmental alliance that launched EarthxTV in September 2020 and also convenes the largest annual Earth Day event in the world, and a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. In 2019, the EarthX live event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental business leaders, 700 exhibitors and 450 speakers.

Mr. Crow serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES, successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which is dedicated to advancing strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. He also serves on the board of Million Acre Pledge, a 501(c)(3) charity that commits individuals, businesses and foundations to conserve or restore large areas of forest and other bio-rich natural areas. He has committed to protect 250,000 acres of forest in Suriname.

In September, 2016 Mr. Crow was honored at the 20th anniversary Global Green Awards in recognition of his work in advancing sustainable and resilient communities to best support Earth’s natural systems, stem climate change, protect human health and improve livability for all. In May 2019, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor which recognizes American citizens who have made the pursuit of freedom, liberty, and compassion a part of their life’s work.

Mr. Crow is co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water. He serves on the Board of Directors of Space Center Houston and American Renewable Energy Institute and is on the Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund Texas and Texas Land Conservancy, among others. He is a long-time supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters. He is also a member of the Clean Capitalist Leadership Council. The Council offers a trans-partisan fellowship of leading clean capitalists, free market and conservation donors, and green conservatives, focused on smart policy innovation.

The son of Trammell and Margaret, the former being the founder of the Trammell Crow Company, Mr. Crow is the President of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Trammell Crow Sculpture Garden in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District.

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Mr. David Sable

David Sable is a senior advisor at WPP, mentoring and consulting across the company. In his previous role as Global CEO of Y&R, David propelled Y&R to a top five global creative firm at Cannes, developed new resources and practices, expanded the global footprint of VML, and ultimately helped unify Y&R and VML into one marketing powerhouse: VMLY&R. All while evangelizing the spirit and competitive advantage of innovation and collaboration.

David’s involvement in the advertising industry has spanned more than 40 years, clients ranging from Fortune Ten to day old start-ups, beginning at Y&R as a trainee in 1976. After his initial stint at Y&R, David worked at Wells Rich Greene before relocating to Israel, where he co-founded an agency, Mimsar, that focused on the then-nascent hi-tech industry, which was the foundation of “The Startup Nation.”

Upon returning to the U.S., David joined the Y&R network once again, mentored by the late Harold Burson at Burson-Marsteller, and Cohn & Wolfe, where he led major accounts in Business to Business, Financial as well as Consumer. In 1990, he returned to Y&R to lead the global portion of the agency’s international Colgate-Palmolive account driving the first ever coordinated global launch of a toothpaste. There, he helped pioneer Y&R’s cross-agency team approach on the USPS account, transforming it into an award-winning industry benchmark.

In 1996, David became a founding partner of one of the first digitally-focused omni-channel startup, Genesis Direct. In 2000, he took that experience to Wunderman…mentored by the late Lester Wunderman, ultimately serving as its Vice Chairman, helping them transition into WPP as a digital/data powerhouse, before returning to Y&R as Global CEO.

David is active in the industry as former Chairman of the Advertising Council’s Board of Directors and, for many years before, a Director-at-Large of the 4As. He has served as Jury President at Cannes three times and was a member of the Titanium jury. He now serves as a keynote speaker at major global events, motivational speaker and advises industry leaders worldwide.

A prolific writer and published children’s author…”What Would You Wish For”, David is a designated LinkedIn Influencer, where he ranks among the most widely read business leaders in the world. He also served as an Executive Producer on MTV’s highly acclaimed REBEL MUSIC series.

In 2013, Fast Company named David one of the 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both UNICEF USA and the International Special Olympics, as well as the UNCF. David is also a member of the public company side of American Eagle Outfitters’ Board of Directors.

David and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, two sons-in-law, five treasured grandchildren — Henry, Teddy, Gemma, Goldy and Sadie.

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