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Advisory Board2018-12-13T18:18:47+00:00

Alex Thomason

ALEX THOMASON

BOARD MEMBER

Alex has been many things—criminal prosecutor, world-ranked skier, archeologist in Israel, final 4 contestant on the Apprentice, 5-time Super Lawyer, coach to Olympic gold medalists, 13-time Miss USA State host and judge, helicopter pilot, motocross racer, and law school graduation speaker. Alex is many things—he is head attorney in a $250 million dollar wildfire lawsuit and has appeared in People Magazine, Fox News, UK Daily, NBC Nightly News, King5, KIRO, KOMO, and KREM news—but he is also a father to 5 kids he personally delivered… and is husband to beautiful Katy!

DENISE WHITE

BOARD MEMBER

Denise, CEO & Founder of Entertainers & Athletes Group (EAG), specializes in handling aspects of an athlete’s career that can easily be overlooked by an agent or team with an overflowing roster. In 1996 after a successful career in broadcasting, Denise noticed a gap between the roles of player agents and front offices when it came to career management for pro athletes. In the NFL, where teams at times field 80 players and agencies sign even more, rookies and veterans alike often fall through the cracks. Denise used vision and determination to open an office where players could find individually tailored career assistance and development. Today, EAG provides the highest quality service for athletes seeking marketing, PR, event planning, Branding & Crisis Management. Denise was recently featured in a Men’s Journal article as the “Woman who bails out the NFL’s bad boys“. From this Journal, Hollywood came knocking and Fox2000 bought Denise’s life rights and now are producing a film about her starring Jennifer Aniston, debuting in 2018.

Denise White
Julie Cho

JULIE CHO

BOARD MEMBER

Julie is the wife of Rich Cho, recent General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets until 2018. She is a lawyer, former law professor, and published author. Julie is passionate about community service and supporting public education.  She heads up the Hornets Home Team, made up of wives and moms of players, coaches, and front office members who take on service projects throughout the Charlotte area.

RICH CHO

BOARD MEMBER

Rich became the first Asian-American GM in American major league sports when he served as GM of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010-11. On June 14th, 2011 – 2018, Rich became the GM of the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (owned by Michael Jordan). He collaborated with Hornets President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins in areas including player acquisitions, salary cap management and compliance with league rules and the collective bargaining agreement. Cho earned an engineering degree from Washington State University and worked as a Boeing engineer in 1989-94 before leaving to enroll at Pepperdine University School of Law in order to pursue his passion in professional sports. Cho, along with two Microsoft programmers, helped design and implement one of the NBA’s most advanced and comprehensive college and professional player-evaluation systems that integrates player statistics, scouting information and contract details. An avid explorer of restaurants and cuisine, Cho enjoys staying active by playing basketball, tennis, ping-pong and softball in his spare time. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Miranda and Annika.

Rich Cho
Royal Malloy

ROYAL MALLOY

BOARD MEMBER

Originally from San Diego, CA, Royal got his start filming his own documentaries before transitioning into unscripted television. Royal was one of the original founders of Lumberjack Crew Entertainment before forming American Chainsaws with Colt Straub and Duke Straub. The adventures of American Chainsaws have taken Royal everywhere from Colombia, to Mexico, to Papua New Guinea. Royal has enjoyed the rush of running with the Bulls in Pamplona and has done cage dives with 20 ft Great White Sharks off the coast of Australia.

SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN

BOARD MEMBER

Sabina, a 9x Emmy Award winning TV producer for ABC News, currently serves as the West Coast Editorial Producer for ABC News Good Morning America. In 2015, Sabina was honored with the ABC News Division’s MVP (Most Valuable Player) award. She has worked on groundbreaking stories including the life & death of Michael Jackson, Super Bowl 50, Orlando Shooting, San Bernardino Massacre, France Terrorist Attacks, the American Heroes in the Paris Train Attack, Boston Bombing, Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre, the Ebola crisis, the protests in Ferguson and many more. In addition, she has extensive experience covering red carpet Award Shows interviewing celebrities at the Academy Awards, ESPY’s, Emmy’s, American Music Awards, Grammy’s, Golden Globes and the Billboards. Sabina’s experience includes serving as on-air talent in her native country of Sweden, for Swedish Television as well as producing positions at local stations WGN, Fox and ABC Radio affiliates in Chicago.

Sabine Ghebremedhin
David Van Maren

DAVID VAN MAREN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

In the 80’s, David attended Pacific University and University of Oregon with an emphasis in Physiology of Exercise. While working as a personal trainer, he began working in front of the camera in the entertainment industry. A few years later, he had the opportunity to begin working as an agent which led to owning his own agency where models, actors, music artists, athletes, celebrities, etc. booked thousands of jobs. He continued to work in the industry as he transitioned into personal management. David was first introduced to the pageant scene in 1999 as a judge for the 2000 Miss Washington USA & Miss Washington Teen USA Pageants.  In 2001, he received an invitation to become a state director for Miss USA & Miss Teen USA for WA, then added ID in 2007, MT in 2012 and OR in 2015. David is happily married, has a son and currently concentrates his efforts as an entrepreneur and co-executive producer at NW Productions, LLC, producing live events, red carpet productions and pitching reality/talk shows.

MAUREEN FRANCISCO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Maureen is the co-executive producer of NW Productions, LLC a media, PR and entertainment company. In addition, Maureen produces the state qualifier to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA for ID, MT, OR and WA, a women’s empowerment event called the Beauty|Brand|Believe Expo, and now an awards show celebrating those in the pageant industry. To keep life interesting, she’s done everything from being a published author, It Takes Moxie, a book about achieving the American Dream to appearing on a game show and reality show, and being a TV news reporter. Her favorite role though is being a mom.

Maureen Francisco

TESTIMONIALS

The Global Beauty Awards were absolutely unforgettable! It was an evening organized to perfection. The Founders and Executive Producers, Maureen and David are the most impressive team. Not only are they very giving, but extremely intelligent leaders and passionate to make a difference. Maureen and David are the type of inspiring people you want to surround yourself with. The Global Beauty Awards undoubtably enhanced my career by giving me the opportunity to network with industry professionals. The entire evening I felt like I was sitting at the Oscars! Tori Kruse (Miss Missouri USA 2018 & Professional Speaker)

Through our participation at the 2018 Global Beauty Awards, Dramatic Artists Agency was afforded an opportunity to network with some of the world’s most respected experts in the fields of entertainment, fashion, and pageantry.  We were particularly pleased with the connection we made in meeting Michelle McClean, Miss Universe 1992 and a renowned global beauty expert and television personality.  We are looking forward to working with Michelle as a like-minded business associate whose business mission is to help empower others to achieve their goals and dreams while conducting business in an ethical, honest and educated manner. Attending the Global Beauty Awards is a unique opportunity to make connections with inspiring, dynamic individuals who approach all their professional endeavors from a spirit of integrity and with a hope of making a positive difference in the world. Carlyne Grager (Owner of Dramatic Artists Agency in Los Angeles and Northwest Offices – SAG/AFTRA)

Hi Maureen…What a Fabulous Event!!  It will only expand and grow immensely so get ready for next year. James and I truly appreciate all the work and effort that went into such a production. You are to be highly commended…BRAVO!! What an honor. Again, on behalf of James and I and our attending Queens, thank you for coordinating such a great event. Kathleen “Kat” Ray (Founding Ms. Senior USA 2015, Founding Ms. Senior Universe 2016, Director of Ms. Senior Universe Pageant & TGBA winner of BEST VOLUNTEER)

The Inaugural event was perfect – so blessed we were there – nothing to change – really so AMAZING! I flew in from a business trip in Italy to meet my daughter Lou and we had a blast together – magical moments – then I flew back out to Germany the next day for business! It was so worth all the travel – we will never miss a year! Stacey Schieffelin (mom of Miss Florida Teen USA 2018)

We had a lovely time at the Global Beauty Awards, the entire event was well organized and seeing all of the amazing, talented and beautiful women in one room was awesome! Mary Irwin (mother of previous contestant Madeline M. Irwin and TGBA winner of MOST IMPACTFUL / BEST STORY)

Hi Maureen, I just wanted to say Thank You again for creating such wonderful events and to have the privilege of attending. This is the first time I have attended a pageant-related event…and being in an atmosphere with other contestants that I could meet and interact with without pressure of a competition…I look forward to seeing you in the future! Heather Husband (Mrs. Westmoreland County Pennsylvania America)

For most of my life, I felt like an outsider. I know what it is like to feel dismissed and unwanted because of my status as a transgender woman. However, I felt almost everyone at The Global Beauty Awards was accepting and welcoming of me. I felt diversity was embraced at The Global Beauty Awards. Anita Green (Miss Montana USA’s first openly transgender contestant)

The Beauty Brand Believe Expo and Global Beauty Awards are a must-attend event for anyone in the pageant industry. Maureen and David truly know how to gather a room of influencers and create an environment to honor people’s greatest contributions, allow for fun networking and provide a fun experience to learn and grow in the industry. Bravo! I’m grateful to be a part of this masterpiece! Alycia Darby (WinAPageant.com)

An incredible glimpse into pageantry, whether a seasoned pageant girl, or brand new to the pageant scene, the Beauty Brand Believe Expo will delight you and fill you to the brim with everything you need to know to succeed in this realm. Beth Schubert (Co-Director Miss Exceptional)

The Global Beauty Awards was one of the most exciting nights of my entire life. Being recognized as the very first recipient of the “Best Coach” Award is an honor I will carry in my heart forever. Congratulations to Maureen and David for successfully fulfilling their vision due to thousands of hours of hard work. Carl and I look forward to celebrating the dedicated people of the pageant industry for years and years to come! Faith Schway (Pageant & Interview Coach & TGBA winner of BEST COACH)