board of directors
Max has more than 20 years of executive management and consulting experience, working primarily with start-ups and emerging businesses in a variety of industries. He is currently the CEO of MarketOrder and has served as president of Keystroke Technologies, president of the Thomas Kemper Soda Company and founder of CFI Incorporated and Ablor Associates. Max has served on the boards of a number of technology companies and has provided consulting services to numerous companies including McCaw Cellular, Egghead Software and Microsoft. He received his BA from The College of William and Mary and attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Business–Management Program.
Scott Wasner is a Founding Director with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty where combines his exceptional talent with one of the world’s leading residential brokerage firms; he has earned the trust and respect of discriminating buyers, sellers and colleagues alike, and is highly regarded for his business acumen, work ethic and affable personality. Over two decades of sales, marketing, and exceptional client service has placed Scott as one of Seattle’s recognized Real Estate Broker’s specializing in luxury properties. His service-oriented philosophy and meticulous attention to every detail of the buying and selling process make him highly sought after. Whether first-time homebuyers or seasoned investors, his clients benefit from effortless transactions done with integrity and the utmost discretion.
Prior to launching his career in real estate, Scott held senior-level positions in sales and marketing management within the high-end sector of the travel industry; which allowed him to travel extensively throughout more than 37 countries. Working within this arena helped confirm what he had always believed is paramount in a successful client relationship: customer anticipation. On a more personal note, Scott is an active supporter of various social and business memberships and committees within the Washington Athletic Club, Rainier Club, World Trade Center Seattle, Museum of Flight, Seattle Humane Society, Seattle Art Museum and Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue. He resides in Seattle with his wife and their three beloved rescue dogs.
A senior creative leader with two decades of experience in entertainment media, marketing, and business strategy, Diana utilizes her creative abilities to help organizations help the world. As an accomplished entrepreneur and business strategist, Diana brings unique insights to organizations that are looking to take their vision from napkin to market. She provides the right combination of creative concept development, strategic planning and the application of resources to effectively launch a company, corporate initiative or a project aimed at changing the world. Diana founded four start-up companies over the past fifteen years, including Vinda Media, a Seattle based company that creates innovative media, business, and marketing strategies for organizations.
She is also co-founder and past COO of Vast Entertainment, a Los Angeles based Development Company that fosters book-to-screen adaptations for film, television, and web. As an Executive Producer and Creative Consultant, Diana has the aptitude to create unique media content, taking an idea from early development through production. Designing innovative media strategies that utilize original content to engage consumers in an authentic way is her passion. Diana Co-Produced the feature film: “Zaytoun”, which was chosen for Special Presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, screened at London Film Festival and AFI and recently Executive Produced the made for television/web comedy pilot, “Throw Me A Bone”. She has co-created and developed a slate of 6 reality and 2 comedy shows for television with Los Angeles based producing partners and currently acts as a creative consultant to independent producers and production companies.
Fatema (“Tema”) Burkey is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania since 2004 and in Washington since 2017. Tema graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1998, with a degree in French and English. After college, Tema moved to New York City to work for Marcel Dekker, LLP, a medical publishing firm, for two years. Tema next attended Washington University School of Law, graduating in 2003. While in law school, Tema Interned for Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP, and served on the Editorial Board for the Washington University Law Quarterly. In 2004, Tema joined Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, where she practiced complex litigation for three years before turning her focus to the non-profit sector. In 2010, Tema became President of the Mary E. Groff Charitable Trust, a private foundation supporting medical science, research, and education. She also maintains a non-profit advisory practice at Skidmore & Fomina, PLLC, a boutique employment firm based in Seattle.
Tema moved to the Seattle area in 2015. Now a resident of Mercer Island, she has four boys attending Mercer Island schools. She is President of the Board of Directors for The Mercer Island Schools Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. Tema joined the Board of Directors for TheFilmSchool in September 2018. She speaks French fluently, enjoys live music and the arts, sun, hiking, and racquet sports.
Miles Craigwell is a passionate competitor, social connector, and a Vice President at USI Insurance Services. At Brown University, he was a two-sport athlete and developed his leadership skills as the 2009 Class Leader as elected by the Brown Alumni Association. Mr. Craigwell received a B.A. in Business Economics and transferred his athletic skills in a pursuit to play in the National Football League. After floating around free agency, he traded his passion for football for a pair of boots and a gum shield, and landed a spot on the USA National Rugby Team. While representing the Eagles, he participated in an annual 10-stop international tournament that took him around the world and helped establish his international friendships. His athletic and academic prowess brought him to Seattle, WA, after meeting Chris Prentice of USI Insurance Services. Miles is a sales leader in the Executive Benefits department, where he specializes in disability insurance.
For the past 5 years, Mr. Craigwell has received a variety of accolades including the “Heavy Hitter Award” for record sales quota nationally and the “PEAK Producer Award” in both 2012 and 2015 for regional quarterly new business and growth. He is an active member of the Washington Athletic Club on the Membership Review Committee, the Membership and Marketing Committee, the Athletic Committee, the Board of Governors, and active member of the 101 Club. Miles Craigwell has a heart for community-based initiatives and serves on the various boards. His most enduring volunteer and community-based relationship is with his church family, the Church of Christ, where he has been an active member since 2008.
Randa Minkarah is a dynamic and strategic executive with a career spanning over 15 years of driving transformation within the advertising and media industry. With an extensive background in sales, general management, business and product development, Ms. Minkarah has successfully led the strategic planning, budgeting, operations, and execution of several multiplatform initiatives yielding consistent market share growth year-over-year. Ms. Minkarah is currently COO at Transform, a new breed of digital agency that equips companies with big data science to ignite growth. Transform models customer data against numerous sources including broadcast, web traffic, social sentiment, weather, economics and employment to drive new levels of advertising efficiency. Ms. Minkarah is responsible for Transform’s client operations, finance, corporate development and back office.
Prior to Transform, Ms. Minkarah served as Senior Vice President of Revenue & Business Development for Fisher Communications, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company until its sale in 2013. She had corporate responsibility for revenues at Fisher television, radio and Internet properties and was responsible for developing and implementing its digital strategy. In this role, she successfully identified and launched initiatives that dramatically grew revenues, increased shareholder value, and consistently exceeded market share forecasts. Ms. Minkarah also led Fisher’s effort to create an integrated, multi-platform content and advertising solution for broadcasters. She successfully launched mobile applications and Dot 2 channels. She handled all aspects of retransmission consent negotiations for all stations with all MVPDs and purchased group programming across all Fisher markets. Ms. Minkarah is very active in the digital advertising and media industry as a speaker at conferences, advisor to multiple media companies and investor in emerging companies.
Gary Glushon recently joined F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios to oversee building the company’s film and television slate. Coming off of the $1.2 billion worldwide success of The Fate of the Furious, Gary is currently prepping the untitled Men In Black spinoff starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Liam Neeson. Gary most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Production and Development for Fundamental Films, a China-based film financier, distribution and production company. Gary executive produced the feature film 24 Hours to Live starring Ethan Hawke, which Saban Films released in December 2017.
He was also the executive on the feature film Replicas starring Keanu Reeves, which Entertainment Studios is releasing Summer 2018. He is currently prepping Hummingbird starring Milla Jovovich set to go into production late 2018. Prior to Fundamental Films, Gary served as Vice President of Creative Affairs at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment where he was the executive on a number of feature films including The Karate Kid, Seven Pounds, This Means War, The Secret Lie of Bees, Hancock and I Am Legend. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University while working at Overbrook Entertainment and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he double-majored in journalism and legal studies.
Marty is an investment professional with RBC Wealth Management where his team has helped individuals and families manage, protect, and transfer wealth for 25 years. He has a long history of contribution to his community, serving as a Director on numerous non-profit boards in Washington and Montana. During his service, Marty has been the recipient of numerous awards. As a board member of Food Lifeline, Marty received the Hunger’s Hope Award for securing a donation for 500,000 meals in a single year. This is the award for which he is most proud. Marty is a poet, aspiring writer, and passionate student of life and learning.
His journey through life embodies a phrase he coined many years ago which is, “Don’t let the word NO stop you within the constraints of legality and morality, that is where greatness is found!” He looks forward to helping TheFilmSchool Seattle grow to attract and train the storytellers of the next generation, and beyond!
Jacob Shapira is a transactional entertainment attorney at the firm of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman, LLP in Los Angeles, California. Jacob represents a wide range of talent including directors, writers, producers, actors and models. He guides his clients through all aspects and all stages of deal-making within the film, television and digital media industries. His practice also includes commercial endorsements, motion picture finance and distribution. Jacob began his legal career in the Entertainment, Sports & Media department of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Jacob Shapira received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature, magna cum laude, from Columbia University.
Madeline Down is the Productions Manager for the Seattle Seahawks. She started as a photographer and morphed into sports videography after graduating from the University of Washington (in 2016). As the Productions Manager, she is responsible for all content played at Seahawks home games. (From team stats to the exciting hype videos, all are planned by Madeline. Once the content is loaded, she transitions into a directing role to assist in the live show. Outside of the day-to-day, Madeline also spearheaded the production of 16 commercial spots for the Seahawks Preseason Broadcast package, which played to millions of viewers around the Pacific Northwest region).
Madeline has been nominated for a local Emmy for her work in athletics. An avid violinist, she credits her eye for detail to the discipline classical music instilled in her from a young age. Madeline is always looking for ways to bring more storytelling into the short-form world of professional sports and draws inspiration from her rabid TV and movie consumption on off days.