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After building a recording studio, The Manor, the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded and released ‘Tubular Bells’. Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones, becoming the biggest independent label in the world.Since Branson founded Virgin Atlantic in 1984, it has established itself as a leading global airline after overcoming BA’s Dirty Tricks campaign. Virgin Australia, Virgin America, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Limited Edition, Virgin Trains, Virgin Hotels and Virgin Galactic have followed in travel, while expansion elsewhere has seen Branson become the only person to build eight billion dollar companies in eight different sectors.Branson has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon adventures and kitesurfing across the English Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all”. Space travel has been a dream for Branson since he watched the moon landings on TV, and he registered the Virgin Galactic name in 1999. Testing for commercial service is underway, with Branson planning to join his family on the first space flight.He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn. Branson maintains a daily blog on http://virgin.com discussing everything from entrepreneurship, conservation and sustainability to travel, music and humour. He has more than 11.5 million followers across five social networks. He has also written six books, including autobiography Losing My Virginity.Since starting youth culture magazine Student aged, Branson has found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world. He started a Student Advisory Centre aged 17 to help young people overcome issues ranging from abortion to sexuality. He set up the Virgin Earth Challenge in 2007 – a $25 million prize for scalable and sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the air.In 2004 he established non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, Carbon War Room, B Team and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders and Ocean Unite.Branson was awarded a knighthood in 1999 for services to entrepreneurship. He lives on Necker Island with his wife Joan, and has two children, Holly and Sam. 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From playing the young version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches to guest spots on series such as Webster, Murphy Brown, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, in addition to her turn as ‘Blossom Russo’ in the iconic 90’s sitcom Blossom, Bialik has appeared in numerous beloved roles throughout her dynamic acting career.An acclaimed author, Bialik has written #1 New York Times bestseller Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular, as well as Beyond the Sling, Mayim's Vegan Table and the recently released, Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. Bialik has recently dedicated her skills as a writer, actress, neuroscientist and mother to driving GrokNation.com, the website she started in 2015.Following the end of Blossom, Bialik left acting for a time and earned her BS in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2000, with a minor in Hebrew & Jewish Studies. She went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience, also at UCLA, and then completed her doctorate in the fall of 2007, which examined the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. While at UCLA, Bialik was a dedicated student leader in UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for the High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish acapella group.In addition to acting and raising her two boys, Miles and Fred, Bialik serves as a spokeswoman for a multitude of brands and organizations including Texas Instruments, DeVry University, Capitol One, Fisher Price, City of Hope, Gillette, (among others) and speaks at events around the world. 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He's built everything from giant Buddhas and futuristic weapons to fine-art sculptures and dancing vegetables.The son of a filmmaker/painter and a psychotherapist, Adam’s previous positions include projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, interior and stage designer, toy designer, welder, and scenic painter. And he’s worked with every material and in every medium he could fathom — metal, paper, glass, plastic, rubber, foam, plaster, pneumatics, hydraulics, animatronics, neon, glassblowing, mold-making and injection molding to name just a few.In 1993, Adam began concentrating his career on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest and the Matrix sequels.A decade later, Adam was chosen along with Jamie Hyneman to produce and host MythBusters, which premiered on Discovery Channel in January 2003. Fourteen years, 279 episodes, 1,015 myths, 2,950 experiments, eight Emmy nominations and 83 miles of duct tape later, that version of the series ended in March 2016.Today, Adam hosts and executive produces MythBusters Jr. as well as a brand-new series, Savage Builds, which premieres on Science Channel in June 2019. He also stars in and produces content for his website Tested.com, including behind-the-scenes deep dives into multiple blockbuster films (including Alien Covenant, Mortal Engines and Blade Runner 2049).In addition, after a lifetime of hunting for the perfect gear bag, Adam launched Savage Industries and began manufacturing his own along with MAFIA BAGS. Made in the United States and constructed primarily from recycled sailcloth, every bag is not only durable and lightweight but unique as well. The current line (available at AdamSavage.com) includes two sizes of the EDC (“Everyday Carry”) and an assortment of pouches, with more product both available on the site and on the way.Finally, in 2019 Adam finished his first book. Every Tool’s a Hammer is “a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it’s also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you’re interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.” More information is available at adamsavagebook.com.Adam lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and their two amazing dogs. 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He has refereed at the highest level including the 2002 World Cup Final and the 1999 Champions League Final plus countless World Cup and international matches, as well as in Serie A in his native Italy.He is uniquely respected by the players, managers and fans where his calm authority and sense of fair play under great pressure made him the best in the world′s most popular sport. After his retirement in 2005 Collina chaired the Serie A referees from 2007 to 2010, then he moved to UEFA where he worked as Chief Refereeing Officer and Chairman of the Referees Committee until 2018. He is currently the Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee.An economics graduate (cum laude) from the University of Bologna, Pierluigi Collina was a financial consultant by profession (Italian League referee was not a full-time position). As well as the awards he has collected on the pitch, Collina has been honoured around the world for his achievements. These honours include the Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana bestowed upon him in 2003 and a Doctorate “Honoris Causa” in Science by the University of Hull in 2004.Outside of his football and professional life, Pierluigi Collina is an energetic champion of good causes. He was International Red Cross’ ambassador for the campaign “Children in war” in 2004, and FIFA Ambassador for the SOS Italia Children Villages. He is the author of the book “The Rules of the Game”, published in Italy in 2003 and translated in more than 10 different languages and 20 countries.Collina explains in meticulous detail how he became an official and what it takes to be the best and stay the best. He has a simple creed as relevant to business as refereeing: work hard to be successful and be always one step forward as knowing everything about what you are going to do is crucial to take the correct decision.His presentations are inspirational and filled with anecdotes and humour. Often under the spotlight of the world′s media, Pierluigi Collina is highly professional and is used to dealing with the pressures of a live audience. [post_title] => Pierluigi Collina [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pierluigi-collina [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-11 11:11:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-11 09:11:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=14548 [menu_order] => 130 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )[4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12566 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-28 10:03:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-28 10:03:44 [post_content] => Carles Puyol has been one of the most important players in the history of F.C. Barcelona. A legendary defender who has lead and played for 19 years the same colors; an athlete whose values ​​of leadership, fair play, strength, ability to excel and honesty go beyond the playing field.Born on April 13, 1978, Carles Puyol grew up in La Pobla de Segur (Lleida), a small village in Spain, until he was 17 years old. On June 22, 1995, at the age of 17, he signed his first contract with F.C. Barcelona and La Masia (F.C. Barcelona's world-class youth academy) became his home. During the following 4 years he played in the lower divisions until coach Luis van Gaal called him to the first squad to cover Reiziger's absence, and thus beginning his career in elite football at only 21 years old.Puyol began playing regularly for the first team and quickly became a reference as a right-back, but thanks to his perseverance and desire to excel he ended up consolidating as a central defender. His first reward came in the 2004/05 season, already as Captain of F.C. Barcelona, ​​when he won his first title, La Liga. A year later, his dream of winning the Champions League came true. In the 2008/09 season, he became the only captain in history of football to lift all possible titles in the same year (La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup).Beyond his almost 600 games with the F.C. Barcelona, ​​100 matches with the Spanish National Team and the numerous titles won, his football career is characterized by symbolic gestures, such as his kiss to the captain's bracelet in the historic 2-6 at the Santiago Bernabéu against arch-rival Real Madrid, or when he gave the honor of raising the trophy of the Champions League to his then teammate Eric Abidal, who had recently recovered from liver cancer. Pep Guardiola, F.C. Barcelona's coach at the time of winning the trophy, said "Carles Puyol's gesture to let Eric Abidal lift the Champions League trophy was a great one and it will make us stronger. Carles showed his humanity in making this gesture".In 2014, due to a repeated knee injury, the captain could no longer give 100% of himself and decided to retire for the good of the team. He retired having won over 20 trophies for F.C. Barcelona, as well as the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup for Spain. Nowadays, Carles is an ambassador for both LaLiga and UEFA. 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During his mandate the club won two UEFA Champions Leagues; four Spanish Ligas; one FIFA Club World Cup; one UEFA Super Cup; one Spanish King’s Cup and three Spanish Supercups.Laporta is also a prestigious lawyer (graduating from the University of Barcelona) with his own firm, Laporta & Arbós, a combined practice of lawyers and economists, made up of professionals with a background in the business world and the civil service, whose mission is to provide enterprises with a truly integrated service. Joan Laporta is also a well-known politician and has been elected as member of the Catalan regional parliament and is also city counselor for Barcelona’s city council.“We managed to achieve excellence in our field but everything is a process and the ones who deserve all the recognition are the players. We had the best ones” – Joan LaportaHis first season as President of FC Barcelona would prove to be a watershed for the club. The club situation was one of bitter unhappiness and disappointment amongst both fans and players after the club failed to meet their own standards, having not won trophies since 1999. With Laporta’s arrival, as well as new manager Frank Rijkaard among others, the club was forced to embark on a new phase, having elected a new, young and largely untested managerial board along with him.The 2006-2007 season started with the signing of the agreement with UNICEF, in which the Club committed itself to collaborate economically and in addition wear the UNICEF logo on the shirts of the football team. This was an unprecedented move designed to strengthen the strategy of converting Barcelona into “more than a club” throughout the world.In 2008, Josep Guardiola was appointed first team manager. The year before he had taken over the reserve side, Barcelona B, when they were on the verge of promotion to Second Division B. After this appointment the most brilliant season in the history of the club began. The football first team achieved success in every competition in which they took part. The team won the Kings Cup, then the league and finally the Champions League against Manchester United in Rome, the third European Cup in the Club’s history. At the beginning of the next season, this list of titles was extended to include the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and the World Club Cup, making this Barca the team of the Six Cups. The World Club Cup won in Abu Dhabi against Estudiantes de la Plata (2-1) was the only competition never won before by the Club. President Laporta was then able to round off his mandate with another league title in the 2009-10 season.In Joan’s seven years as President, Barcelona won the World Club Cup, two European Cups, the European Super Cup, four League Titles, the Kings Cup, three Spanish Super Cups and three Copes Catalunya. In the economic and social areas the annual budget increased from E170 million to E445 million whilst membership rose from 106,135 to 173,701. [post_title] => JOAN LAPORTA [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => joan-laporta [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-21 11:32:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-21 11:32:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=12585 [menu_order] => 200 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )[6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12611 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-29 08:10:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-29 08:10:32 [post_content] => Jordan Belfort is one of the country’s most talked-about speakers. His story is the ultimate tale of how the pursuit of wealth can often trump the importance of ethics in the business world. In the 1990s, Belfort built one of the most dynamic and successful sales organizations in the nation’s financial circles before his well-publicized fall. During that time, he soared to the highest financial heights, earning over $50 million a year, a feat that earned him the name “The Wolf of Wall Street.”Belfort’s career was captured in the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street, released on Christmas Day 2013. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort and was directed by Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio won the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy for his portrayal of Belfort.Now recovered from the traps of his former high-flying lifestyle, Belfort has re-emerged in the business world as a speaker, author and leading voice on the importance of business ethics. His proprietary Straight Line System allows him to take virtually any company or individual and empower them to create massive wealth, abundance, and entrepreneurial success, without sacrificing integrity or ethics.He has served as an advisor to more than fifty public companies, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, The Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Corriere della Serra, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Paris Match and Rolling Stone.He created the Jordan Belfort Foundation to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in underprivileged communities to create economic opportunities that transform their own lives, their families, and their communities.Uri has been in the high tech business for the last 30 years, half of them in the startup scene, and has seen everything ranging from failure, middle success and extreme success. Thanks to his long and proven experience, Uri is able to deliver highly engaging keynotes to young entrepreneurs and companies and offer them a cookbook, a recipe for success.Belfort has two international best-selling memoirs, The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street. 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The book spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into more than forty languages. Gardner was also the inspiration for the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006. Will Smith starred as Gardner and received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performance. Gardner was an associate producer on the film.In his second New York Times bestselling book, Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, published in May 2009, Gardner shared his philosophies on, and the crucial steps behind, creating a fulfilling, successful life. The book provided a much-needed blueprint for navigating tumultuous times with positivity, courage, tenacity, discipline and common sense.In the fall of 2010, Gardner was named the Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness for AARP, which has nearly 40 million members worldwide. His mission is to share his hard-won wisdom to encourage the 50+ audience to pursue new challenges, search for fulfillment at any stage of life, or craft the legacy they want to leave behind.Born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Christopher Paul Gardner’s childhood was marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse and family illiteracy. Gardner published his autobiography out of a desire to shed light on these universal issues and show they do not have to define you. Gardner never knew his father, and lived with his beloved mother, Bettye Jean Triplett (nee Gardner), when not in foster homes. Gardner is indebted to Bettye Jean for his success as she provided him with strong “spiritual genetics” and taught him that in spite of where he came from, he could chart another path and attain whatever goals he set for himself.Gardner joined the Navy out of high school and after discharge moved to San Francisco where he worked as a medical research associate and for a scientific supply distributor. In 1981, as a new father to son Christopher Gardner Jr., he was determined to find a career that would be both lucrative and fulfilling. Fascinated by finance, but without connections, an MBA or even a college degree, Gardner applied for training programs at brokerages, willing to live on next to nothing while he learned a new trade. Chris Jr.’s mother left and Gardner, despite his circumstances, fought to keep his son because, as he says, “I made up my mind as a young kid that when I had children they were going to know who their father is, and that he isn’t going anywhere.”Gardner earned a spot in the Dean Witter Reynolds training program but became homeless when he could not make ends meet on his meager trainee salary. Today, Gardner is involved with homelessness initiatives assisting families to stay intact, and assisting homeless men and women who are employed but still cannot get by. It is estimated that 18% of the homeless population in the United States is employed; in some communities that estimate is as high as 30%.Gardner worked at Bear Stearns & Co from 1983-1987 where he became a top earner. In 1987 he founded the brokerage firm Gardner Rich in Chicago from his home with just $10,000. Gardner Rich LLC a FINRA registered broker-dealer specializing in servicing public pension funds and Taft-Hartley plans. In addition to expanding its core business as an institutional securities broker, Gardner Rich increased its participation in corporate underwriting and expanded its brokerage services to include trading in global markets through both ordinary and ADR form.As a single parent for 25 years, Gardner has demonstrated his concern for the well-being of children through his work with and on behalf of organizations such as the National Fatherhood Initiative, the National Education Association Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. Gardner is still very committed to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco; where he and his son received assistance in the early 1980’s.Gardner has also been honored by the NAACP Image Awards with awards for both the book and movie versions of The Pursuit of Happyness; Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women’s (LACAAW) 2006 Humanitarian Award; The Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce’s 2006 Friends of Africa Award; The Glaucoma Foundation’s Kitty Carlisle Hart Lifetime Achievement Award; The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA); Covenant House, Common Ground and other organizations committed to combating violence against women, homelessness, and financial illiteracy – issues of the utmost importance to Gardner.Chris Gardner’s aim, through his speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential. His practical guidance and inspirational story have made him a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC and the Fox News Channel. He has been featured on “The CBS Evening News,” “20/20,” “Oprah,” “Today Show,” “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight,” as well as in People, USA Today, Associated Press, New York Times, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Jet, Reader’s Digest, Trader Monthly, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, amongst other publications.Gardner has two children and resides in Chicago. 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Shaped by his experiences working in his parents Seattle market, schooled in operations and management in consumer-oriented retail business, and part of the leadership triumvirate that built the Starbucks brand, Behar is the ultimate “servant leader” who is known for such memorable lessons as The Person Who Sweeps the Floor Should Choose the Broom and Only the Truth Sounds Like the Truth.For 21 years Behar led Starbuck’s domestic business as President of North America, and he became the founding President of Starbucks International opening the very first store outside of North America in Japan. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring.Howard now serves on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Education Element, iD Tech, The School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He is on the advisory boards of Anthos Capital, University of Washington Foundation, and a Trustee for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.Howard is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of the Servant Leadership Model. After the successful publication of his first book, It’s Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Leadership from a Life at Starbucks (Portfolio, 2008), Howard now travels the world speaking to leaders, corporations, and students. His motivational message inspires everyone to be servant leaders and to lead with their values first.Behar lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Lynn, and enjoys spending time with his children and five grandchildren. Boating is his favorite hobby, exploring the waterways from Seattle to Alaska.Throughout a lifetime of filling his cup, Howard has sustained a work ethic and level of integrity which has had a profound impact on his own life the hundreds and even thousands of people who have been touched by his example. 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He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov broke Bobby Fischer’s rating record in 1990 and his own peak rating record remained unbroken until 2013. His famous matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996-97 were key to bringing artificial intelligence, and chess, into the mainstream.Kasparov’s was one of the first prominent Soviets to call for democratic and market reforms and was an early supporter of Boris Yeltsin’s push to break up the Soviet Union. In 1990, he and his family escaped ethnic violence in his native Baku as the USSR collapsed. In 2005, Kasparov, in his 20th year as the world’s top-rated player, retired from professional chess to join the vanguard of the Russian pro-democracy movement. In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel. HRF promotes individual liberty worldwide and organizes the Oslo Freedom Forum. Facing imminent arrest during Putin’s crackdown, Garry Kasparov moved from Moscow to New York City in 2013.The US-based Kasparov Chess Foundation non-profit promotes the teaching of chess in education systems around the world. Its program already in use in schools across the United States, KCF also has centers in Brussels, Johannesburg, Singapore, and Mexico City. Garry and his wife Daria travel frequently to promote the proven benefits of chess in education and have toured Africa extensively.Kasparov has been a contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal since 1991 and is a regular commentator on politics and human rights. He speaks frequently to business and political audiences around the world on technology, strategy, politics, and achieving peak mental performance. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School with a focus on human-machine collaboration. He’s a member of the executive advisory board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and a Security Ambassador for Avast Software, where he discusses cyber security and the digital future. Kasparov’s book How Life Imitates Chess on strategy and decision-making is available in over 20 languages. He is the author of two acclaimed series of chess books, My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov’s 2015 book, Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped is a blend of history, memoire, and current events analysis.Garry Kasparov’s last book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. (May 2017) It details his matches against Deep Blue, his years of research and lectures on human and machine competition and collaboration, and his cooperation with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He says,“AI will transform everything we do and we must press forward ambitiously in the one area robots cannot compete with humans: in dreaming big dreams. Our machines will help us achieve them. 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She frequently works with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester, Swedish Radio Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 2017 she began her term as Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, making her the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City and is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico.In 2017, Alondra de la Parra was named International Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. Also, in 2017 Deutsche Welle created “Musica Maestra”, a new classical format hosted by Alondra de la Parra where she shares her musical experiences with the audience in 26 web videos.In the 2017/18 season she returns to Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, San Francisco Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and for a production of “The Winter’s Tale” at the Royal Opera House London as well as a tour with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.Highlights of the last seasons include her debut with Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as her subscription debut with the NHK Symphony, her debut at Beethovenfest Bonn, concerts with BBC Philharmonic, her celebrated return to Orchestre de Paris which was broadcast live by German-French TV channel Arte, appearances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and a live orchestral performance of the film West Side Story at Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional. 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Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought-after branding expert, author, consultant, and as a speaker in business and motivational genres.Daymond John’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace created one of the most iconic fashion brands in recent years. FUBU, standing for “For Us by Us,” represented a lifestyle that was neglected by other clothing companies. Realizing this need in the marketplace, John helped to create the untapped urban apparel space and laid the groundwork for other companies to compete in this newly established market. John grew up in the community of Hollis, Queens, which was an incubator for stars of a new genre of music called Hip-Hop. With acts like RUN DMC, Salt-N- Peppa and LL Cool J rapidly making names for themselves, John was surrounded by people who gave him the inspiration to create a clothing line, which would ultimately change the fashion world.Based on the early success of selling affordable tie-top hats, John recruited some of his neighborhood friends: Keith Perrin, J. Martin and Carl Brown, and FUBU was born. They created a distinctive FUBU logo and began sewing it on T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. The brand hit a tipping point when John convinced Hollis native and Hip- Hop superstar, LL Cool J, to wear FUBU for a promotional campaign. This was the catalyst behind the Hip-Hop community supporting the new brand and instantly giving it credibility.FUBU quickly became an international success and, in 2001, it grew almost 75 freestanding stores in countries such as Mexico, Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, China and Japan. Acquiring and operating so many diverse products slowly made Daymond John an expert in marketing and branding. The media and large corporations alike quickly took notice and sought out John for interviews, consulting and speaking engagements.In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, produced by acclaimed TV producer Mark Burnett. As one of the “Sharks,” John and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights. Investing his own money in every project, John becomes partners with the entrepreneurs, helping turn their dreams into a reality. Millions of viewers tune into the show as he demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights, which have earned him his nickname as “The Shark.”Since his humble upbringing in Hollis Queens, John has never forgotten the importance of giving back, which is why the FUBU foundation has given away millions to various organizations. In addition, as John grew to be a sought after speaker, his dedication to his company would not permit him the time to share his knowledge with as many people as he would of liked. Therefore, in 2005, John entered the literary world with his first book Display of Power: How FUBU Changed A World of Fashion, Branding, And Lifestyle, which tells the story of his awe inspiring journey and provides a roadmap for those who aspire to succeed in business and in life. John followed up with his second book, The Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, From Birth To The Boardroom, which examines the loyal relationships companies seek to establish with the public by attaching celebrities to their brands and the instantaneous impulses consumers exhibit when purchasing a product.In recognition of his contributions to fashion and the face of American business, John has been celebrated with some of the most prestigious awards including: keys to over a dozen cities, Brandweek Marketer of the Year, the Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, the first ever Essence Award given to a company, Crain’s New York Business Forty Under Forty Award, Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Brandeis University International Business School’s Asper Award for Excellence in Global Entrepreneurship, the NAACP Entrepreneurs of the Year Award and the Congressional Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship, just to name a few.Called “a driven, visionary leader” (Russell Simmons) who knows that “building your brand never stops” (Kim Kardashian), John acts as a seasoned guide to organizations striving to create an enduring brand. Arguing that branding relationships have seeped into every aspect of daily life, John’s message draws on both his own experiences as an entrepreneur as well as his hard- won insights as a consultant to the world’s most cutting-edge trendsetters and tastemakers. 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Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones, becoming the biggest independent label in the world.Since Branson founded Virgin Atlantic in 1984, it has established itself as a leading global airline after overcoming BA’s Dirty Tricks campaign. Virgin Australia, Virgin America, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Limited Edition, Virgin Trains, Virgin Hotels and Virgin Galactic have followed in travel, while expansion elsewhere has seen Branson become the only person to build eight billion dollar companies in eight different sectors.Branson has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon adventures and kitesurfing across the English Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all”. Space travel has been a dream for Branson since he watched the moon landings on TV, and he registered the Virgin Galactic name in 1999. Testing for commercial service is underway, with Branson planning to join his family on the first space flight.He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn. Branson maintains a daily blog on http://virgin.com discussing everything from entrepreneurship, conservation and sustainability to travel, music and humour. He has more than 11.5 million followers across five social networks. He has also written six books, including autobiography Losing My Virginity.Since starting youth culture magazine Student aged, Branson has found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world. He started a Student Advisory Centre aged 17 to help young people overcome issues ranging from abortion to sexuality. 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Sports & Celebrities

Richard Branson

Entrepreneur, Founder and President, Virgin Group, Philanthropist, Adventurer

Mayim Bialik

Star, The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist

Adam Savage

Co-Host, MythBusters; Special Effects Designer

Pierluigi Collina

The world's most famous referee

CARLES PUYOL

Football Legend. The most succesful Captain in the history of F.C. Barcelona

JOAN LAPORTA

President of F.C. Barcelona (2003-2010) Lawyer. MP at the Parliament of Catalonia

JORDAN BELFORT

The REAL Wolf of Wall Street

CHRIS GARDNER

Inspiration for the Movie The Pursuit of Happyness Author, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

HOWARD BEHAR

Retired President, Starbucks International

Garry Kasparov

World Chess Champion, Author, Master of Strategy

ALONDRA DE LA PARRA

Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Famous Mexican Conductor & Leadership Expert

DAYMOND JOHN

Founder and CEO of FUBU; Star of ABC’s Shark Tank CEO of Shark Branding

Football is the most universal metaphor for success. We can all see the highs and lows of our lives reflected on the pitch, and we can all be swept up in the excitement of a brilliant play. In life as in football, we step out onto the field, do our best, and dream of scoring a goal. And when we inevitably fail, we don’t just give up—quite the opposite. We get ready for another game, practice harder, and try again.

This is more than just a metaphor. The lessons that can be gained from experience in the world of sports are of real value in everyday life and in the world of business. Sport is a deployment of tactics, teachings, and values; it relies on training and commitment, and success is always a question of individual performance meshed with flawless teamwork.

At Aurum Speakers Bureau, we believe there is nothing like personal experience as a source of good advice. This philosophy has led us to open our portfolio to sports figures the likes of Carles Puyol, a football legend and the most awarded captain in the history of F.C. Barcelona. His story will convince you that, more than mountains, motivation moves people just like you.

And just as sports experts can inspire you, so can celebrities. Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, can tell your audience about her incredible success story in Hollywood as a lesson about the importance of education and the value of learning. Off the stage, she has a doctorate in neuroscience, and it was indispensable for her role in the show.

So, browse our portfolio. Take your time. Decide which of our speakers, athletes, coaches, and celebrities you want to hire in order to offer your audience the event they deserve.

In football and in cinema, excitement is assured. Make sure your event is just as thrilling.