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Jim Abramshas started several successful businesses, including VenVest, a venture capital company in Sarasota, Fla.


Bob Bailey, chairman of Racemark International, was a member of a Porsche America Racing Team that won the 24 Hours of Daytona GT class.

Maria Bartiromo hosts CNBC’s nationally syndicated The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo and Closing Bell.

Jean-Claude Biver is the former owner of Blancpain and presently the CEO of Swiss watchmaker Hublot.

Paul Bloch is a sculptor from Santa Fe, N.M., whose works have been exhibited in major museums around the world; his wife is Marie France-Bloch.

Robert and Barbara Crown founded the cellular tower company Crown Communications.

Dan D’Agostino is the CEO and chief designer for high-end consumer electronics company Krell Industries Inc.

Gil Dezer is a developer of high-rises and luxury condominiums in South Florida.

Valli Ferrell is the public relations manager for Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena, Calif.

David Foster, a 14-time Grammy winner, is a record producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. 

Bill Harlan is managing owner of the Meadowood Napa Valley resort in St. Helena and founder and proprietor of Harlan Estate Winery in Oakville, Calif.

Herb Harris is the CEO of his law firm in Austin, Texas, and the owner of the Harris Vincent Gallery.

Mary Hart anchors the syndicated television show Entertainment Tonight.

Frank Husic is the founder and managing partner of Husic Capital Management and the owner of Husic Vineyards of Napa Valley.Scott Kriens is the chairman and CEO of strategic networking firm Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Doug Lewis is a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Wendy Lewis is the owner of Estate Jewelry Collection in Palm Desert, Calif.

Nicolas Liakas is the chairman and CEO of Impress Communications, the Canoga Park, Calif., multimedia production and manufacturing firm. 

Bob Matthews is the director of wealth management at Smith Barney.

Bruce Meyer is a car collector and the president of the Los Angeles–

based real estate investment company Meyer Pacific.

Dr. Gary Michelson is a spinal surgeon in Los Angeles and inventor of medical devices.

Craig Millard is chairman of the Texas Gulf and Harbor Ltd. real estate company.

Ron Mittelstaedt is the president, CEO, and chairman of the waste-management company Waste

Connections Inc. in Folsom, Calif.

Neil Moody is the founder of Vahalla Management and Viking Management of Sarasota, Fla.

Bob Morris owns the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu, Calif.

Richard and Linda Morris reside in Chicago.

Tim Morris is CEO of Corvus International, a national real estate development company with more than $1.5 billion in construction currently in process. Marc Andrea Musa is a former owner of Texas-based Eyeglass World.

Carl Parmer is a Nevada-based media and real estate investor.

David Rosenberg is Merrill Lynch’s chief economist for North America. 

Ron Rosenbrand is the vineyard manager for Spring Mountain Vineyard, located in St. Helena, Calif.

Ron Semler is the owner of Semler Malibu Estate Wine and Saddlerock Vineyards in Malibu, Calif.

Doug Shafer is the president of Shafer Vineyards in Napa, Calif.

Thomas Silver is the president of New York–based real estate concern Orda Management Corp.

Garen Staglin is a venture capitalist and the owner of Staglin Family Vineyard, located in Rutherford, Calif.

Dan Stridsberg is a partner and the managing director of One Capital Management in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Burt Sugarman is a film producer in Los Angeles.


Dr. Steven Taback specializes in pulmonology and internal medicine in Burbank, Calif. 

Todd Thomson is the chairman of Citigroup’s Global Wealth Management division.

Luke Thornton is the president of, as well as a producer for, the Los Angeles company Believe Media.

Gary Verboon is an attorney and the owner of Rancho Arroyo Grande Winery in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Douglas Von Allmen lives in Florida and owns and operates Beauty Alliance Inc.

William Weidner is the president and chief operating officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. 

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