Roger Amidon

Roger Amidon has served as General Manager of Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa since 2012.  Marriott International named him “Franchised General Manager of the Year” for its Eastern Region Full Service Hotels/Resorts in 2015.  Amidon is responsible for the successful operation of Palm Beach County’s only AAA Four-Diamond all-suite beachfront hotel, which, at 193 rooms, boasts a prime location on its own private beach on Singer Island, and amenities including the acclaimed 3800 Ocean restaurant and the elegant Condé Nast award-winning SiSpa. Under Amidon’s expert leadership, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island was named one of Marriott International’s “Full Service Hotels of the Year” in the Eastern Region for 2015.  A longtime Palm Beach resident, Amidon has worked 25 years with the Marriott Brand and near 30 years in the hospitality sector.

Prior to joining the resort, Amidon served three-years as Executive Director of the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County. As head of the county’s tourism development efforts, he focused on promoting and managing tourism-related agencies and activities in Palm Beach County. Prior to that, he served Marriott in roles including Area General Manager for Marriott Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton Renaissance and Fort Lauderdale Marriott North. His regional tenure included general manager positions for the Delray Beach Marriott and Sheraton at CityPlace. Prior to migrating to Florida from the Northeast, he managed a number of other hotels, including independent ski resorts.

Roger provides leadership and involvement in a variety of industry and community organizations. Current and past positions include:  Executive Director of the Tourist Development Council; Chairman of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau; President of the Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association.; President of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (Palm Beach Chapter); and board memberships with Singer Island Civic Association and Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Riviera Beach Business Council, and Coalitions to Senior Leaders and Interns.

 When not working or volunteering, Amidon enjoys golf, fishing, travel with his family and indulging in his passion for classic cars. Amidon, who has been married to Tina for 33 years, has two children and resides in Stuart.

James L. Bearden, Esq.

James L. Bearden has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate, communications and entertainment law and is the Managing Partner of the CBR Law Group, LLLP in Boca Raton, Florida.  Mr. Bearden's practice emphasizes the representation of individuals, corporate and business entities involved in the entertainment industry. He has extensive experience in negotiation, preparation and administration of a wide range of contracts involving music/television/film production and distribution companies, artist and entertainers, publishing, Internet companies, radio networks, boxing promotions, concert and sporting event sites and venues. Transactions in which Mr. Bearden has participated include corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, civil litigation, the representation of radio and television stations, cable and broadband systems.  He has also has held the positions of Associate General Counsel at Don King Productions, Inc. in Deerfield Beach, Florida, of counsel at the law firm of Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson in Miami, Florida and of counsel at The Thomas Law Group, PA, in Boca Raton, Florida.  He is a graduate of the University of Detroit and of the Howard University School of Law. At the University of Detroit Mr. Bearden majored in radio, television & film production. Mr. Bearden holds memberships in the Federal Communications Bar, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, and is also an agent/signatory of the Writers Guild of America, East and West.
Mr. Bearden is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, the District of Columbia, before the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the US District Court for the District of Maryland.  

Jacqueline Renee Journey

President & Founder of Journey Entertainment. Author of The Diva’s in the Details. Formerly COO of Carolco Pictures and VP/Executive Producer of M*E Television. Writer/Director and star of Hidden Assets. Award winning producer and actress.  In addition to appearing on Friday Night Lights and several independent film projects, she has produced, directed and hosted hundreds of hours of entertainment programming and news shows. Journey has interviewed scores of celebrities, and hired and trained on air talent for three entertainment networks. Journey is also the host and producer of the luxury/lifestyle series Passport to The Palm Beaches.

Mel Maron

Mel Maron, a graduate of The City College of New York, is currently the President and Owner of JGM Enterprises Inc., which represents independent producers in film and television.  Mr. Maron started his career as an office boy at MGM before rising to become the Road Show Sales Manager, where he was responsible for the distribution of the following films: Ben-Hur (1959), King of Kings (1961), How the West Was Won, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ice Station Zebra (1968), and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
After leaving MGM, Mr. Maron became the Senior Vice President in charge of theatrical distribution for Commonwealth United, where he distributed: The Magic Christian (1969), That Cold Day in the Park (1969).  Mr. Maron left Commonwealth to become Head of Distribution for World Northal, overseeing the release of Bread and Chocolate (1974), The Last Wave (1977), and Quadrophenia (1979). He introduced TV to Black Belt Theatre with a package of Kung Fu films.  Mr. Maron also represented Hank Saperstein, who had the North American rights to the Godzilla Franchise, where he distributed 10 Godzilla films. Mr. Maron joined Castle Hill Productions, Inc. in 1984 and was named President of Marketing & Distribution
in 1987.  In 1996, Mr. Maron was elected to the Executive Branch of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).  Since moving to South Florida, Mr. Maron has been active in the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival, and has served on the Committee for Young Filmmakers with the Palm Beach TV and Film Commission.  He has also been named to the Advisory Board of the South Florida Motion Picture & Television Film Society. Mr. Maron most recently joined 5th Avenue Films as Head of Distribution.

Bill Metzger

Bill Metzger is the former Chair of the FTC. Bill has been on the FTC Board since its inception in 1989.  Mr Metzger helped initiate the Palm Beach International Film Festival and co-founded and serves as the Chair of the PBC Film & Television Institute and co-owned a film and television production company and has over 30 years’ experience in various aspects of development, production, and financing in the film and electronic media industry.

Bob Nichols

Bob Nichols worked his way up from local reporter and weatherman to lead anchor.  During his 32 years in television, Bob established a reputation as a leader in community service.  He is personally responsible for raising over $16 million dollars for local and national charitable organizations either by his prowess as an auctioneer for charity galas, or his service on the boards of 15 local and national nonprofit organizations and Bob is a licensed Florida Auctioneer.  Bob is also a past National Chairman of the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a national charity headquartered locally, which has touched nearly 250,000 troops overseas with "We Care" packages.  During his career in the news business, Bob was selected Anchorman of the Year three times by the Association of Women in Radio and Television and garnered three Emmy nominations. In 2000 Bob was the spokesman for the supervisor of election in PBC during the infamous "Recount Debacle" and was seen in media reports worldwide during the recount.  He is the man credited with coining the term, "Pregnant Chads".  Bob was also the auctioneer on A & E's Storage Wars Miami, a reality series on the network, which gained worldwide acclaim.  

Suzanne Niedland

Suzanne Niedland is the Managing Director of BusEye Films, LLC, based in Jupiter, Florida. She also serves on the Board for The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and is Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center International Committee of Arts; a member of the National Committee for the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center; and an Advisory Committee Member for The DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Suzanne is involved in developing and producing feature narratives, documentaries and theatre productions, including the revival of “Children of a Lesser God” which premieres on Broadway. Besides her passion and support for the arts, Suzanne devotes time to creating awareness for Breast Cancer and founded the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at Jupiter Medical Center.  In addition to her numerous other interests, she is a member of Go Red for Women of the American Heart Association and the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross.  

Paul Noble

Paul Noble, a 5-time Emmy award winner, was in television work for over 45 years.  Today, he’s an author; his latest book is ‘My First 83 Years,’ which is a review of his career. Paul began his career at WGBH-TV Boston as producer and director.  He produced Eleanor Roosevelt's NET series "Prospects of Mankind", "Invitation to Art" from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and many specials and series.  At Channel 5 in New York, first for Metromedia and then for Fox, he produced or executive produced "Midday Live," "Dr. Ruth," "The Alan Burke Show," and "The Bishop Sheen Show."  He also hosted "The Fox 5 Movie Club."  For eleven years, he acquired and scheduled movies for Lifetime, Television for Women.  He is a past president of the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Emmys), a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and has a Masters in Communications from Boston University. He has also co-authored four books with his wife, Paulette Cooper, the "Pet Set" columnist of the Palm Beach Daily News. Noble and his wife are co-presidents of the Palm Beach chapter of the Circumnavigators Club.

Gregory Ross

Gregory Ross began his career in editorial and commercial photography. He trained under the director of Time Life Magazine and assisted as photographer for UPI. After four years, Gregory opened Ross Studio, a creative marketing and communications firm which has served clients ranging from business to fine arts, in Florida, New York and California. Throughout his business career, Gregory has reserved a special place in his heart for what he refers to as, “giving back”. He has applied his experience in communicating messages, stories and visuals for foundations and charitable organizations around the world. His work has exhibited in galleries and public shows, private collections, and in part – is archived with the Smithsonian Institute. He has served as Creative Uses Consultant for Polaroid Corporation, Lecturer for Fuji USA and as a Beta Tester for Fuji Professional Products. His current affiliations include the Board of Directors, Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the National Press Photographers Association. Presently, he is the owner and director of Time In Media, Inc., a Communications Media Company specializing in brand awareness and message development with a focus on messaging, story-gathering and photo/video documentary film work. Time In Media has served hundreds of clients and fostered many meaningful relationships among like-minded individuals and organizations with a special focus on starting conversations, producing awareness and making a difference with causes we believe are important and relevant to today’s global issues.

Monte Young

Monte is a producer/writer, producing a number of feature films, including Billy Todd's War, Hitters Anonymous, and Gasp (filmed in Beijing in 2009). Most recently, in 2018, Monte produced The Wave, starring Justin Long and Tommy Flanagan, and Survivors (short), produced with Marco Shepherd at Centropolis Entertainment. Both films will be released in 2019. Further, in 2020 Monte is scheduled to produce the feature films, Scarlettville, and The Old Way. Monte is also developing television, including Shanghai, Queens of the Ring, Frank, and Stone Age, and is currently producing a reality medical show, Dr. East meet West, which explores the best of both Chinese and Western medical practices. In 2018 Monte partnered with Mana Animation, headed by VFX professional Dean Lyon, developing children’s animated educational series including Sparx, Bookends, Earth 101 and First Pets, as well as a live-action feature film trilogy, Dragon Wars. Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Monte worked as a finance attorney,developing and structuring infrastructure investments in Asia.

Joe Capicotti

Joe Capicotti is President and Owner of Throttle Up, Inc.  He was a pilot for Jack Nicklaus before he becoming a Boeing 727 Pilot for Eastern and Pan American Airlines.  In 1992, Joe became the Media and Promotional Director for Bowery Management Corp.  From 1989 to 2002 he was TV representative and talent for Turner Productions. He then created , hosted and produced 2Xtreem Motorcycle TV which aired from 2004-2009 on Fox Sports Net. He is currently working on a new project  based out of South Florida that will be shopped in the near future. Joe is married and has two (2) sons.


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