Board of Directors

The Board of Directors

John A.Kuri, CEO and Chairman of the Board, is the founder of Elixir Entertainment, Inc. (EEI).

Joining John on the board of directors of EEI is Leonard Chaikind who has over thirty years of high-level management experience with Royal Dutch Shell and the Shell Oil Company. He is currently CEO of IICC, a merchant bank based in Houston, Texas. During Leonard's earlier tenure with Shell Oil he was Regional Treasurer for Royal Dutch Shell's operations in the Far East and Australia, then served as the Administrator of the 12 plus billion dollar Shell Savings and Retirement Programs with responsibility for both the investment and administration.

Long time financial adviser to John Kuri's production company, Kuri Productions, Inc. (KPI), Douglas Gorman, is also a member of the board of EEI. A graduate of the University of Washington, he has over forty years of executive management experience as the principal of his companies. His areas of expertise include: debt & equity financing, land use & development, agriculture, mortgage lending, construction, and entertainment. He has served on numerous boards including national companies, both public and private. He has extensive experience in promotion and development of special purpose facilities such as shopping centers, ski areas, time share condominiums, resorts and planned unit developments. His consulting activities have been with a broad spectrum of companies including: lending institutions, law firms, major corporations and small businesses, and currently is advising a number of professional athletes. It was through Mr. Gorman's recommendation that the Morning Star Memorial Foundation asked John Kuri to write the history of the Northern Cheyenne, as is now evidenced in the historical novel Cheyenne Rising Sun. He resides in Central Oregon where he manages the operation of his Maple Lake Livestock Company which is listed in the top twenty breeders at number 5 in the country, by the American Gelbvieh Association.

The Advisory Board of Directors

Chairman of the advisory board of EEI is Richard Evans, a long time friend and associate of John's from his years in management at Walt Disney Productions. Richard is the former President and CEO of several highly visible public and private corporations whose primary interest is in entertainment and sports. Included in those companies is Radio City Music Hall Entertainment, Madison Square Garden Corporation, and Huizenga Sports & Entertainment Group. Richard also was President and COO of Gaylord Entertainment, then owners of Opryland, the TNN network, the Opryland Resort Hotel, and other predominant Nashville entities.

Brian Folb, recently accepted John Kuri's invitation to join the Advisory Board. Brian's expertise in business and his global community mindset is a great asset to Elixir. Receiving both his Bachelors and Master Degrees from Claremont College, he has been with Paramount Contractors and Developers since 1978, and is a principal as well as the Chief Operating Officer. Paramount is owner-operator of Hollywood office buildings that house many major entertainment companies including HBO productions, and well as Reebok and Adidas' west coast PR and Marketing operations, and the LAPD's Internal Affairs Department. Brian serves his community as Vice Chairperson of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and is a member of a number of community boards including Hollywood PAL.

Jeffrey Kennedy, member of the advisory board, became a friend during this past decade and was a longtime Director of Engineering with Oracle Corporation. Jeff has held highly technical positions in performance engineering, database architecture and user interface design. Oracle is an American multinational corporation, specializing in developing and marketing enterprise software products, particularly database management systems. The corporation has arguably become best-known due to association with its flagship Oracle database. The company also builds tools for database development, middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) software. Jeff also serves on the board of Wildwood Conversation Foundation, a nature conservancy located in the northern California wilderness.

Jennifer White Kuri, member of the advisory board of EEI and the board of directors of Kuri Productions, Inc. is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Masters in Art. Her work was seen regularly on the HBO series Six Feet Under and appears in several publications including the coffee table book, Designing Women, and the book The Dinner Club: The Art of Jennifer White Kuri by author/ curator Peter Frank. Among her many accomplishments she has: assisted Christo with the installation of "The Running Fence"; curated a contemporary art show in the Soviet Union in conjunction with L'Hermitage; and laid the groundwork that brought the Basel Art Fair of Switzerland, the world's largest contemporary art fair, to Miami Beach. Miami Basel is now one of the world's most renowned annual events drawing art collectors from around the globe. Jennifer's art was recently exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art followed by an exhibition of her portrait series The Dinner Club that exhibited for a Women's History Month celebration at the Napa Valley Museum of Art.

Eric Maryanov, advisory board member has been involved with Elixir since its inception. He is the owner of Los Angeles-based All-Travel. Maryanov opened his agency 24 years ago with one part-time employee. Today, All-Travel employs more than 40 people, with offices in West Los Angeles and Torrance, Calif., and has a major national and international Internet presence. Utilizing the agency's 10 Web sites, All-Travel has risen to become one of the premier agencies in the West. In 2007, the All-Travel.com site alone generated 400,000 site visitors and 1.3 million page views. More than 90 percent of all new business is delivered via one of the agency's Web sites. In 2007 All-Travel.com won a Trendsetter Award for Best Online Marketing Strategy. In 2008 they took home the prestigious title of Best Agency Web Site.

Also joining the advisory board of directors is Eric Westin who John first worked with at Disney early in their respective careers. Eric, a long time friend, brings vast experience to Elixir from his diverse history that includes positions such as: Walt Disney Imagineering, Vice President of Participant Services; Lucasfilm, Ltd., Vice President and General Manager of Skywalker Development Company; Gaylord Entertainment, Senior Vice President of Design, Development and Strategic Alliances; and most recently, Coca-Cola Company, Managing Director, Experiential Design & Development-creation of the new World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.