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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Second Annual Ocean Gala presented by MaiTai Global and OceanElders raised over $800,000 for ocean conservation efforts with special guests: Sir Richard BransonJackson BrowneDr. Sylvia EarleBertrand PiccardBob Weir, Sean Stone, Jessica Stam, Rob Stewart, Gerry Lopez, Captain Don Walsh and Wade Davis.

Ocean Gala Luminaries

The Ocean Gala Committee and Sir Richard Branson. From left to right: Gigi Brisson, John Dill, Susi Mai, Bill Tai, Colette K Young, Sir Richard Branson, Daniela Colton and Maria Serafica-Stermer.

Sir Richard Branson, who served as the keynote speaker, touched on environmental causes and the new President-elect Donald Trump saying, “We have a president in America now who doesn’t believe in climate change and it just means that every single business person, entrepreneur, and social worker has to work that much harder to redress the balance.” He proclaimed, “Screw it! Let’s save the ocean!” and went on to win a bid on a ten-foot 600 pound stunning shark sculpture by artist Clay Simpson for $27,000.

Proceeds from the gala support nonprofits aimed at building awareness around ocean conservation, including OceanEldersMaiTai Global and Mission Blue, the recipient of a $100,000 grant awarded this year by MaiTai Global. Highlights of the auction, organized by Director of Silent and Live Auctions, Colette Young, were a one-on-one with Richard Branson, and a dive with living legend National Geographic’s Dr. Sylvia Earle that fetched a whopping $40,000. Dr. Earle, gushed, “What a night — a veritable tsunami of passion and support for ocean conservation was on display at the Ocean Gala in San Francisco! Along with the entire Mission Blue team, I would like to say thank you again to MaiTai Global for their generous support of the Mission Blue expeditions program. Here’s to working more closely together in 2017, to explore the ocean and continue to inspire the world to care for its protection. Onward and downward!”

MaiTai global also featured The Extreme Virtual Reality Challenge, hosted by VR Fest, and showcased a VR Lounge interactive exhibit at this years gala. The first place winner Danny Copeland was awarded $10,000 for his project “The Mini Mantas of Maria”. Extreme Tech Challenge, another sub-event of MaiTai Global, announced the top ten semi-finalist in the XTC completion at the end of the night: Audicus, Canaria, Cloudwear, Cresilon, Emerge, Intezer Labs, MobileODT, ReDeTec, SWFL Filament and Vantage Robotics.

Maria Stermer, The Ocean Gala Chair, proudly stated, “This was a phenomenal gala.  I’m thrilled that everyone had a fantastic time; it’s a rare opportunity to see four world-class speakers for the ocean the same evening – Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Bertrand Piccard and Rob Stewart. Standout items from the auctions included: a Piaget watch, a one-on-one with Oliver Stone, and a week on Sir Richard Branson’s private boat Necker Belle – sold to two lucky bidders for $50,000 each, the highest winning bids of the night.  The lovely performance by Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets of the San Francisco Ballet, was symbolic of the first class setting that crystallized at the Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom.  Our community was incredibly generous and showed that we can make a difference when we’re brought together for a common cause we’re all passionate about.  The sold-out event with over four-hundred attendees from over ten countries was hosted by: Susi Mai and Bill Tai, co-founders of MaiTai Global, and Gigi Brisson, founder and CEO of OceanElders, who also drove the message of how important it is to act now to save our oceans.”

The Ocean Gala sponsors include:  Virgin UniteOther World ComputingPiagetBitfuryFairwarningSetili & AssociatesEvents.comNowboatBreathometerUltra Capital and Tutor Groupwww.theoceangala.com  #TheOceanGala

MaiTai Global, founded by Susi Mai and Bill Tai, is a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes whose collective passion of kiteboarding brings them together. www.maitaiglobal.com #MaiTaiGlobal

OceanElders, founded by Gigi Brisson, is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean. Notable members include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Sir Richard Branson, Captain Don Walsh, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jim Cameron, Ted Turner, Jackson Browne, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, E.O. Wilson, Wade Davis, and Gerry Lopez. www.oceanelders.org #OceanElders

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ARTISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS COME TOGETHER TO CREATE ONE-OF-A-KIND SHOES AND RAISE AWARENESS FOR OCEAN CONSERVATION

Sir Richard Branson, Patrick Dempsey, Domingo Zapata, Emilio Perez, Dee & Ricky, Alison Mosshart, Andre Saraiva, Jose Pasillas, Uri Dotan, Leo Fitzpatrick, Sam Snyder, to participate in creation of shoes auctioned off at The Ocean Gala

SAN FRANCISCO (November 18, 2016) – Select artists, celebrities, and entrepreneurs are helping raise awareness for ocean conservation through a Design Collaboration in which each of them will custom design a pair of shoes. Participants include entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, actors Patrick Dempsey and Leo Fitzpatrick, The Kills singer-songwriter Alison Mosshart, Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas, designers Dee & Ricky and Sam Sydner, as well as world-renowned artists: Domingo Zapata, Emilio Perez, Uri Dotan, and Andre Saraiva. These one of a kind shoes will be auctioned off to raise funds for ocean conservation during the silent auction launching November 17th, 2016 for this year’s Second Annual Ocean Gala in San Francisco on December 3, 2016, produced by MaiTai Global and OceanElders.

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Creation by José Pasillas drummer for alternative rock band, Incubus.

This collaboration, giving a unique crop of artists an opportunity to express their dedication to the cause, is organized by Colette Young, Director of the Live and Silent Auction for the gala, who notes, “All these influential people coming together to create their own signature designed shoes just underscores how vital it is for us to bring together people from all types of communities to stand up for ocean conservation efforts. Richard mentioned last week on his blog that we need to, “…help move the world’s leading economies from climate talk to climate action and to conserve the ocean from irreparable damage – perhaps two of the most daunting challenges the world has ever faced.”

Los Angeles Artist and Musician Jose Pasillas designed one of the pair of shoes and states, “I’m thrilled to be a part of The Ocean Gala Design Collaboration because I’m an avid supporter of environmental conservation efforts. My concept is one of nature—water and life—which we must fight to protect.”

Alison Mosshart, musician from duo The Kills, enjoyed the process: “ I harked back to that time as a child when everything is to be decorated, made unique, an expression of self. I had a day off on tour in Lisbon and sat on my hotel porch with the few art supplies I had, and started to draw. These shoes are covered in crowds, and conversations, amongst strangers. They are a coming together of people from all walks.”

The signature designs will be available to bid on through the Ocean Gala’s auction website, 501 Auctions, up until the Gala on December 3rd, 2016. A special thanks to Gabriel Schillinger and Jessica Stam for developing the Design Collaboration opportunity. The auction goes live online at www.501auctions.com/theoceangala on November 17th, 2016, and other auction items include donations from Sir Richard Branson, Oliver Stone, Josh Groban, and The Fray.

The Ocean Gala, organized by MaiTai Global and OceanElders, brings together global leaders in the business and kiteboarding communities for a fundraiser to support ocean causes. The evening will include a live and silent auction, the announcement of the VR Challenge winner, and a performance by the San Francisco Ballet.  This year’s gala hails attendees hail from over seven countries and include Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Bertrand Piccard,  Rob Stewart, and Captain Don Walsh. Launch parties will be held in Los Angeles (hosted by: Permacity), San Francisco (hosted by: Modernist Club) and New York City (hosted by: Daniel Bernstein & Associates).  Sponsors include:  Virgin Unite, Other World Computing, Piaget, Macsales.com, Bitfury, Fairwarning, Setili & Associates, Events.com, Nowboat, Breathometer and Unofficial Cardboard. www.theoceangala.com  #TheOceanGala

MaiTai Global, founded by Susi Mai and Bill Tai, is a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes whose collective passion of kiteboarding brings them together. www.maitaiglobal.com #MaiTaiGlobal

OceanElders, founded by Gigi Brisson, is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean. Notable members include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Sir Richard Branson, Captain Don Walsh, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jim Cameron, Ted Turner, Jackson Browne, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, E.O. Wilson, Wade Davis, and Gerry Lopez. www.oceanelders.org #OceanElders

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MaiTai Global Pledges $100,000 To Support Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue A Movement To Bring The National Park Idea To The Sea Grant will be awarded at The Ocean Gala featuring Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Solar Impulse Pilot Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Captain Don Walsh, Supermodel Jessica Stam, and Sharkwater’s Rob Stewart.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -­-­ MaiTai Global will award $100,000 to ‘Living Legend’ ocean champion Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue to advance the movement for blue parks through expeditions and public outreach. With this grant, to be awarded at The Second Annual Ocean Gala on December 3rd in San Francisco, MaiTai Global will further Dr. Earle’s 2009 TED wish to ignite broad public support for a global network of marine protected areas, which Dr. Earle calls ‘Hope Spots’.

Sir Richard Branson, Ocean Gala Keynote Speaker introduces Dr. Sylvia Earle During Last Year's Inaugural Gala. Photo Credit: Ruprecht Studios (PRNewsFoto/The Ocean Gala)

Sir Richard Branson, Ocean Gala Keynote Speaker introduces Dr. Sylvia Earle During Last Year’s Inaugural Gala. Photo Credit: Ruprecht Studios (PRNewsFoto/The Ocean Gala)

“We are proud to support one of the most prominent global leaders in conservation and Ocean Elder, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and the Mission Blue Hope Spot Initiative,” said The Ocean Gala Chair Maria Stermer.

This pledge to Mission Blue comes on the heels of several major advancements to create marine protected areas, including the announcement by President Obama to expand Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Currently less than four percent of the ocean is protected in any way, and less than one percent is designated a “no-­take” zone.

“There is still time to act if we make the next decade and century count for the ocean and wildlife within it,” said Dr. Sylvia Earle. “This generous $100,000 grant will fund voyages that explore our most critical ocean habitats to create awareness, foster partnerships and build public support for the creation of marine protected areas ‘Hope Spots’ across the globe.”

The second annual Ocean Gala, organized by MaiTai Global and OceanElders, brings together global leaders in the business and kiteboarding communities for a fundraiser to support ocean causes. The evening will include a live and silent auction, the announcement of the VR Challenge winner, and a performance by the San Francisco Ballet. Unique auction items include donations and endorsements from celebrities such as: Oliver Stone, Josh Groban, and The Fray. This year’s gala hails attendees from over seven countries and launch parties will be held in Los Angeles (hosted by: Permacity), San Francisco (hosted by: Modernist Club) and New York City.

Sponsors include: Virgin Unite, Other World Computing, Macsales.com, Bitfury, Fairwarning, Setili & Associates, Events.com, Breathometer and, Unofficial Cardboard. www.theoceangala.com #TheOceanGala

MaiTai Global, founded by Susi Mai and Bill Tai, is a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes whose collective passion of kiteboarding brings them together. www.maitaiglobal.com #MaiTaiGlobal

OceanElders, founded by Gigi Brisson, is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean. Notable members include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Sir. Richard Branson, Ocean Gala Keynote Speaker introduces Dr. Sylvia Earle During Last Year’s Inaugural Gala. Photo Credit: Ruprecht Studios Richard Branson, Captain Don Walsh, Jean-­Michel Cousteau, Jim Cameron, Ted Turner, Jackson Browne, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, E.O. Wilson, Wade Davis, and Gerry Lopez. www.oceanelders.org #OceanElders

 Mission Blue: is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. www.mission-­blue.org #MissionBlue

 


 

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SIR RICHARD BRANSON JOINS ‘KITERS’ TO BOOST OCEAN CONSERVATION

Jackson Browne, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Rob Stewart expected to walk

 the ‘Blue Carpet’ at The Ocean Gala

 

SAN FRANCISCO (September 7, 2016) – Luminaries Sir Richard Branson, Jackson Browne, Mission Blue heroine Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Sharkwater creator Rob Stewart will attend The Ocean Gala, a benefit for ocean conservation in San Francisco on December 3, 2016.

The second annual Ocean Gala (#TheOceanGala), organized by MaiTai Global and OceanElders brings together global leaders in business and kiteboarding communities for a fundraiser to raise awareness and support for ocean causes. The evening will include a live and silent auction, and feature a special performance from the San Francisco Ballet, and world renowned dancer, Yuan Yuan Tan.

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Sir Richard Branson delivering the keynote address at last year’s inaugural Ocean Gala. Photo credit: Ruprecht Studios.

“We are once again pleased to bring together such a passionate group of men and women in a collective effort to protect and celebrate the ocean and its wildlife” said kiteboarding champion and MaiTai Global co-founder Susi Mai, who together with Bill Tai, harness the strength and unity of the kiteboarding and tech communities to generate awareness for this cause.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and an Ocean Elder, will be the keynote speaker for the gala to benefit organizations Mission Blue, OceanElders, the CleanOceanProject, and others.  An avid kiteboarder, Branson is deeply involved with marine conservation issues and believes “you can’t beat getting wet and raising awareness for ocean causes at the same time.” Last year’s inaugural event raised over $600,000.

The Ocean Gala will also feature the Extreme Virtual Reality Challenge award.  VR Fest and Extreme Tech Challenge are calling all virtual and augmented reality content creators to use their creativity to support environmental causes focusing on the ocean and its ecosystems. The winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash and a chance to attend The Ocean Gala as well as the VR Lounge on Necker Island.  For submission rules, deadline and an online registration form, visit: http://bit.ly/ExtremeVRChallenge.

The gala is funded in part by  Other World Computing, Bitfury, Virgin Unite, Fairwarning, and Events.com. Sponsorship packages are available.
For more information and opportunities to bid on auction items visit: www.theoceangala.com

Tickets to The Ocean Gala are by invitation only.

MaiTai Global, founded by Susi Mai and Bill Tai, is a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes whose collective passion of kiteboarding brings them together. They combine their network and resources to help each other achieve professional success, while fueling philanthropic activities around the world. www.maitaiglobal.com #maitaiglobal

OceanElders, founded by Gigi Brisson, is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science, to preserve its ecosystem and biodiversity. Notable members include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jim Cameron, Ted Turner, HSH Prince Albert ll,  Jackson Browne, HM Queen Noor, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, E.O. Wilson, Wade Davis, Gerry Lopez, and Jean-Michel Cousteau. www.oceanelders.org @oceanelders

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Sir Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Group

Richard Branson founded the Virgin Group in 1970 as a mail order retailer and shortly thereafter opened a record shop in Oxford Street, London. The first album created from Virgin Records went on to sell over 5 million copies. Today, Virgin is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Virgin Group has expanded into air travel, mobile, financial services, rail, health & wellness, radio, hotels and resorts, space travel and renewable energy; investing through more than 200 companies worldwide.

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Bertrand Piccard – Chairman and Pilot at Solar Impulse, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Motivational Speaker

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. It is in his DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Since he launched the first flight around the world in a solar airplane, his ambition has been to leverage a pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies and clean technologies. With his dual identities as medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand has become a voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability. www.bertrandpiccard.com

 

Jackson Browne – Singer-Songwriter, Musician and Activist

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also nominated for a Grammy in 2007 in the category of Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Beyond his music, Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He is a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles. Visit my website: Jackson Browne

Dr. Sylvia Earle

National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Liberty of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientists, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations. She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in nine saturation dives, and setting a record for solo diving in 1000 meters depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in deep seas and other remote environments.

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Captain Don Walsh

Captain Don Walsh USN (ret) PhD is an oceanographer, explorer, and former submarine captain. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, he holds a graduate degree from texas A&M (MS and PhD) and San Diego State University (MA). His professional life has been almost entirely in the design, manufacture, and operations of undersea systems. In 1960, he was designated US Navy Submersible Pilot #1 and was the first submersible pilot in the IS, having descended in the Trieste to the deepest point known in the ocean, the Mariana Trench. His half century of contributions to undersea engineering were recognized in 2001 when he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering. Currently, he is the Honorary President of the Explorers Club.

Rob Stewart – Biologist, Conservationist, Documentary Filmmaker

“Rob Stewart is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and activist. Trained as a biologist in Canada, Jamaica and Kenya, Stewart spent four years as a wildlife photographer before embarking on the journey to make his first film Sharkwater. One of the biggest documentaries of 2007, Sharkwater broke box office records, spawned conservation groups and was seen by 124 million people, changing government policy worldwide. Stewart’s second film Revolution brings the plight of the oceans and ultimately humanity to the masses. Revolution and Sharkwater have won more than 50 awards at top film festivals around the world. Stewart is on the board of United Conservationists, Shark Research Institute, Wildaid and Shark Savers; has written two books – Sharkwater: An Odyssey to Save the Planet; and Save the Humans.”

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Jessica Stam – Supermodel, celebrity and activist 

It was Steven Meisel who gave Jessica her big break when he shot her for the coveted September issue of Italian Vogue in 2003. Since then, she regularly appears on the cover of many top fashion magazines. In 2007 Forbes listed Jessica as one of the 15 top-earning supermodels in the world. She has had the opportunity to work with such noted photographers as Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchlier, Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Corinne Day, Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson and Craig McDean. Her rise in the fashion world lead Marc Jacobs to call his most popular It Bag the “Stam”, and Kanye West to write the lyrics “Jessica Stam got the Stamina”.

In her years as a model, celebrity and activist, Jessica has partnered with several non-profits, including the Peace Jam Foundation, which connects youth with Nobel Peace Laureates. Jessica also works with Adopt Together and is a Founder of World Adoption Day. Her passion for helping children lead her to volunteer with Many Hopes, a non-profit that creates loving homes and provides education for abandoned girls in coastal Kenya.

Yuan Yuan Tan 

Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet

Yuan Yuan Tan is regarded as the greatest Chinese ballerina of all time. She joined San Francisco Ballet in 1995, the oldest company in the United States, as a Soloist… just two years later, at the age of 20 she was promoted to Principal dancer, the youngest in the history of the company, and the first Chinese ballerina in the world to achieve that level. She has danced with the legendary Bolshoi and Hamburg Ballets as a guest performer and, in 2008, she joined the Hong Kong Ballet as a Guest Principal Dancer.

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ALex Cruz 

DJ / Producer

Alex Cruz is a Deep House DJ from Amsterdam whose “Deep and Sexy” podcast with millions of downloads on Soundcloud has garnered him one of the most sought after house DJ’s out there. He has performed at hundreds of venues and events around the globe, including a special performance in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He will be the special guest DJ for The Ocean Gala Afterparty at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on December 3.  www.soundcloud.com/alexcruz

OCEAN GALA COMMITTEE

Susi Mai  |  Bill Tai  | Gigi Brisson | Maria Stermer | Daniela Colton |  Colette Young

Susi Mai – Co-Founder and President of MaiTai Global

Susi is a kiteboarding legend. She is one of the premier Red Bull athletes and during the 2003 Red Bull King of the Air competition, she was given the highest female honor: Red Bull Queen of the Air. In April 2012, she became a Patron of the Kite Right Charity, which uses kite-sports to help change the lives of individuals with physical, mental or learning challenges.  Website: Visit my website

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Bill Tai – Co-Founder and Vice President of MaiTai Global

Bill is an investor & entrepreneur who has served as a Board of Director of 7 publicly listed companies he initially funded as startups. Bill established CRV’s Silicon Valley office and is a backer of Scribed & Wish.com on their behalf. In a personal capacity he co-founded Big Data provider Treasure Data and Linux company IPInfusion and Chairman and iAsiaWorks as Chairman & CEO. He is a Board Director of Bitfury, Lulu & Voxer and an early personal backer of fun startups including Canva, Shoes of Prey, Tango.me, Tweetdeck (Twitter) & Zoom.us.

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Gigi Brisson – Founder and CEO of OceanElders

Gigi is Founder and CEO of OceanElders. She created the organization in 2011 to be a locus of collaboration in the field of ocean conservation and sought out global leaders who have a personal passion for ocean and its wildlife, including HSH Prince Albert II, Sir Richard Branson, Jackson Browne, James Cameron, Dr. Rita Colwell, Jean-Michael Costeau, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jose Maria Figueres, Graeme Kelleher, Sven Lindblad, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Nainoa Thompson, Ted Turner and Captain Don Walsh. Prior to OceanElders, Gigi co-managed Attractor Ventures, a technology investment firm for 20 years She holds an MBA in Finance from NYU and a B.S. in Economics from Northwestern University.

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Maria Stermer – Gala Chair, CFO/Treasurer of MaiTai Global

Maria is the CFO of MaiTai Global and also serves as a financial consultant to various companies. She is currently the external CFO for Los Angeles based real estate developer, Daniela Bernstein & Associates, and is responsible for financing all projects in including JV, preferred equity and debt instruments. Previously, she was the external CFO for Permacity, a leading solar company in California and a partner at Hoffman, Stermer & Associates, a public accounting firm. Maria is a certified public accountant, and has a B.A. degree in English Literature from UCLA, where she also studied Economics. She has worked with non-profit organizations for over sixteen years, including starting her own from the ground up, and has served on numerous boards.

Daniela Colton- Marketing Director for The Ocean Gala

Daniela has been working in the motorsports and action sports industry for the past 9 years. Her experience in sports marketing has taken her around the world executing tours, trade shows and other launch events in the United States, South America, Germany and China. She now works as a private consultant; connecting athletes through authentic partnerships and managing relationships with brands to connect consumers through social and organic outreach. Her creative spirit and dedicated work ethic, allow her to have a career in what she feels most passionate about. She is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and regularly rides her motorcycles at home in Santa Monica. She holds a B.A. in Advertising with a minor in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California – Orange County.

Colette K. Young – Entrepreneur in Residence with MaiTai Global

Colette is an entrepreneur with an enthusiasm for solving problems and creating meaningful experiences. She is currently building out the sales division at Float, an enterprise mobility company that services F100/500 companies. She is the founder of Coco Zaza, a boutique consultancy specializing in technology, retail and hospitality. Through Coco Zaza’s hype, she launched her own fashion blog in May of 2014 to keep track of her personal style, adventures and travel. Colette built her first business at the age of fourteen, a women’s fashion boutique, and has been coined one of the top young entrepreneurs by The Today Show, Forbes and MSNBC. Colette previously worked at o9 Solutions, FirstMark Capital and Prada Corporate and has been educated at The Fashion Institute of Technology and NYU Stern.

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