Board of Advisors

MARGARET F. KLEMM, Ph.D. – Educator and Aviator

Having been involved in the aviation field for over twenty years, Dr. Klemm has a wealth of technical and operational experience in corporate aviation. As a corporate pilot, Dr. Klemm holds various ratings in single and multi-engine aircraft, has logged thousands of hours and has traveled and worked around the globe. She holds degrees from the University of New Orleans, Western Michigan University and Arizona State University, among others and has taught aviation flight technology courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Through her consulting work, Dr. Klemm has dealt with many issues facing aviation operators, such as drug testing and human factors and she also has extensive operational experience in the on-demand Part 135 environment as well as corporate and fractional flight operations. Having served as a FlightSafety, International instructor and as a faculty member for various University Aviation programs Dr. Klemm is recognized for her expertise in corporate flight operations, regulatory compliance, human factors, safety and training. Due to her worldwide exposure and extensive experience in the aviation industry, Dr. Klemm is also a certified IS-BAO auditor, a published author and accomplished speaker.

WILLIAM NIX – Executive and Entrepreneur

Will is an executive, investment banker, and producer with extensive experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as an attorney experienced in complex negotiations, litigation and dispute resolution in the entertainment, media, sports, intellectual property and creativity fields. He served as Co-Chair of Baker Botts LLP's Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and as COO of the network of nearly 2,000 employees and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's Global Content Protection Group. He has worked closely with Internet/Software businesses as a strategist and operational advisor for many years, and has served as Producer on independent motion picture, dramatic and documentary feature films, and television programs. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Avalon Group investment banking firm.

Will has logged hundreds of thousands of air miles, traveled and worked around the globe and has launched and overseen the operations of corporations on nearly every continent in the world. He is generally conversant in Spanish and French and has been interviewed extensively about media and law in the United States and internationally. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, he holds graduate degrees from New York University's School of Law, Columbia University's Parker Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law and Harvard Law School's Program in Negotiation Studies. He has taught Sports Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and at Yeshiva University in New York, Entertainment and Media Law at Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Malibu, California, as well as a variety of domestic and international professional courses and workshops. Among other philanthropic/non-profit service work, he has served on the Board of Directors of Project GRAD USA and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Journeys in Film, part of USC's Rossier School of Education and International Cinema Education.

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THOMAS ZWEIFEL, Ph.D. - Author, Professor and Coach

Thomas D. Zweifel is the CEO of New York-based Swiss Consulting Group, a global performance management company. He has coached hundreds of global leaders on four continents, including at Fortune 500 companies like UBS, Citigroup, GE, Lehman Brothers, Siemens and Novartis, to produce breakthrough results through human competencies he calls "3 Cs" - coaching, communication and cross-cultural strategy. He teaches leadership at Columbia University in New York City and at St. Gallen Business School; his latest books are International Organizations and Democracy (LRP 2005) and Culture Clash (SelectBooks 2003). A dual Swiss and American citizen fluent in four languages, Dr. Zweifel appears frequently in the media (most recently on CNN and ABC), and is a sought-after speaker in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia who inspires audiences with broad interdisciplinary knowledge and cutting-edge tools they can use. Read more...

CRAIG A. SIEMER - Pilot, Flight Instructor and Security Specialist

Craig A. Siemer is a pilot at Delta Air Lines, with extensive and high-level experience in Transportation Security, Federal Security Instruction, and Flight Instruction. He was the Lead Instructor for transportation security at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; has instructed pilots at Embry-Riddle and Airline Transport Professionals; and has flawlessly logged more than 5000 hours flight time - serving as Captain, First Officer, and Flight Engineer - in half a dozen different jets, turboprops, and jet airliners, including the Boeing 737-800, Boeing 727, MD88, MD90, E120 and the Bombardier CL65. Siemer graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has been awarded certificates for Airline Transport Pilot AMEL, B737-800 and CL65 Type Ratings, and Flight Engineer Turbojet, and remains active in transportation security. He was the 9th youngest pilot out of 10,000 when hired at Delta in August 2000. He is married and has two daughters.

WAYNE SHARPE - Composer and Music Producer

Wayne Sharpe is a rapidly rising composer and producer who has scored films from around the world. An award winning artist, Sharpe is the recipient of India's prestigious Filmfare Award for his work in Prakash Jha's "Gangaajal" and is recognized internationally as a versatile composer, scoring music for everything from Olympic themes to Japanese "Pokemon" to Hollywood scores. Due to his international exposure and global influence, Sharpe's compositions effortlessly combine Eastern instrumentations and arrangements with strong, memorable, western influenced melodic themes. Wayne's work has been showcased in countless films, commercial music and a wide variety of international TV spots such as "Yughio", a top-rated children's television series. In addition, Wayne's work in the film industry has left him with an incredible array of film credits including but not limited to "Southie" starring Donnie Wahlberg and Amanda Peet as well as "Pigeonholed" with Rosanna Arquette and Chris North. Wayne's international success has won him critical acclaim and he is regularly collaborating with artists from all corners of the globe from Bollywood singing stars such as Sonu Nigam and Jasbir Jassi, to the old school funk of Rick James. His extensive experience in Bollywood has also allowed him to work as the musical director for a number of hit international films such as "Hope and A Little Sugar" as well as "Firedancer", Afghanistan's first film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Despite his phenomenal success, what he enjoys most is blending his traditional composition background with musical influences from around the world, with the wonderful musicians he has had the privilege to work with. In this sense he can be considered a true musical "Amalgamist". Wayne Sharpe currently resides and works in New York metropolitan area, and works frequently in Mumbai - India, and Los Angeles.