Actress and Artist
A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Her love of art and color has led her to great success as a painter in watercolors and oils and as a designer. A mother of six, Jane’s Open Heart design was inspired by one of her original paintings and symbolizes that love has no boundaries and flows unconditionally. From there the seed was planted for the Open Hearts Foundation, dedicated to the enrichment of children.
CEO, Director, Producer, and Writer
Born in New York, James has been a part of the film industry as an actor, director, writer, and producer. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, James has appeared in over fifty feature films and has produced and directed theater in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. His most recent success was Walk the Line, for which he was nominated Motion Picture Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America. In January 2010, James completed Waiting for Forever, which he directed and produced with Trevor Albert, a feature film starring Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, Nikki Blonsky, Jaime King, and Scott Mechlowicz.
Andrew K. Benton
President and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew K. Benton has served in higher education for more than 35 years. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, he planned for a career as an attorney or probate judge in his hometown, and focused his education toward those interests, later earning a law degree and becoming a member of the bar. The desire to work with young people in their own pursuit of higher education was strong and he, instead, followed a career path that led to his current role as the seventh president of Pepperdine University.
Chairman and CEO
George Jones co-founded Caravan Entertainment in 2009 to focus primarily on television development, artist management, and global branding and licensing. From 2006 to 2009, Jones was President and CEO of Borders Group, Inc. a Fortune 500 company with over 1100 stores in 13 countries and annual sales over $3 billion. Previously he was President and CEO of Saks Department Store Group, as well as President of Worldwide Licensing and Retail for Warner Brothers (1994-2001). Jones is the current Chairman of the GRAMMY Foundation.
President, Marketing/Management Consulting
R.N. Gold & Company
Rich Gold, said to possess unrivalled marketing expertise, works with companies in both the public and private sectors domestically and internationally. Recent and current clients include DuPont, Signet Group/Sterling, Vulcan Materials, Heinz, Citizen Watch Company, and the International Securities Exchange. Prior to forming R.N. Gold & Company, now in its 30th year, he was Executive VP of Glendinning Associates, a marketing and management consulting firm, and a Brand Manager in Procter & Gamble’s Packaged Soap & Detergent Division. Mr. Gold’s formal education includes an MBA Degree from Columbia University, an MA from New York University, and a BSI from the University of Wisconsin.
Robert D. Trabucco
Executive VP and CFO
Sterling Jewelers Inc.
Prior to joining Sterling in 2003, Mr. Trabucco has held positions as a retail consultant for KLS Associates, CFO and COO of NordicTrack, and numerous capacities at Lechmere, Inc. (Division of Dayton Hudson/Target Corp.) including VP and Controller, VP and Treasurer, SVP and CFO and EVP CAO. A native of Boston, his formal education includes a B.S. in Accounting from Babson College, an MSBA in Accounting and Finance at the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in Economics from Boston College.
Jim is the business manager to Jane Seymour and James Keach. He is also the proud owner of the local award-winning Malibu Vineyards and has been growing wine grapes in Western Malibu since 1997.