LuxeCrush wants to thank the following Atlanta individuals for serving on our advisory board and generously donating their time, talents and ideas to our online endeavor.
A Harvard MBA grad with a penchant for fashion, Bowens, along with partner Ray Bergeron, is the designer of luxe, sculpted, exotic wood handbags for her label Bowens-Bergeron. Prior to founding BowensBergeron, Bowens served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for The Dawson Company. Bowens also managed the public relations and external affairs activities of the firm, as well as oversight of the Dawson Family Foundation. She has over 15 years of executive marketing experience with several Fortune 500 companies, including director of advertising and branding for Cingular Wireless and vice president of branding and marketing at GMAC Insurance. Bowens is an avid art collector and community activist, who serves as a board member of The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Fernbank Corporate Leadership Council, and the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta. She also volunteers for numerous non-profits such as the National Black Arts Festival. View her limited-edition, carved couture handbags at bowensbergon.com
Charles and Ginny Brewer:
Charles Brewer founded MindSpring Enterprises in 1994 and was its Chairman and CEO until its merger with EarthLink in 2000. MindSpring became one of the largest Internet service providers in the U.S., serving 1.3 million customers by the end of 1999 and consistently ranked #1 in terms of customer satisfaction. In February of 2000, MindSpring merged with EarthLink, creating the second largest Internet Service Provider in the country. Charles served at Chairman of EarthLink until August 2000. In 2001 Charles founded Green Street Properties and was Chairman there until 2007. During his tenure, Green Street created Glenwood Park, a green-minded neighborhood-scale development in Atlanta which has garnered many awards from the Georgia Conservancy, A Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Urban Land Institute Atlanta. Brewer is currently pursuing his third endeavor as the managing partner of Las Catalinas Holding Company, which owns a beautiful piece of coastal land in Costa Rica slated for develpment as an eco-resort town. A graduate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Charles serves on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center and the Board of Directors of The Commerce Club. For more information on Las Catalinas visit lascatalinascr.com
Ginny Brewer was the co-founder and owner of Rexer-Parkes, Inc. one of Atlanta's leading women's specialty clothing stores in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. During her tenure there, from 1988 to 2003, Rexer-Parkes received many awards, including the DIVA FAshion Award in 1997 as Women's Contemporary Retailer of the Year. Ginny originally moved to Atlanta after graduation from the University of Alabama to participate in Macy's Executive Management Program. Ginny also supports many important charities in town, having served on the board of trustees for Atlanta Botanical Garden and Performing Arts Program for Youth (PAPY). Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Zoo Atlanta and Atlanta Ballet, the Board and Development Committee of G-CAPP (Georgia's Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention), and the Advisory Board of Earth Share of Georgia. She also supports numerous other non-profits such as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Georgia Organics and The Paideia School.Ginny resides with husband Charles and their three children in Atlanta, Georgia.
Feaster is the former Senior Editor at The Atlantan magazine and an award-winning writer, arts and film critic, and curator. She holds an M.A in Film Studies from Emory University. In addition, she has written for Elle, Artnews, Paper magazine, Art in America, Playboy and Turner Classic Movies as well as many Atlanta publications. Feaster can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via her Twitter handle @ffeaster
As General Manager of Neiman Marcus, Atlanta., Fillion has hosted countless luxe label fashion designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Rachel Ray, Alice Temperley, and Lela Rose at his store; staged incredible runway events for Neiman Marcus, and has worked tirelessly for local charities such as the Shepherd Center and the National Black Arts Festival. www.neimanmarcus.com
Flurry is a nationally published writer, stylist and editor and a contributor to Lucky magazine and Refinery 29, among many other publications. She is also a founding partner of Paper-Cut Project—fashionable paper art created for international couture clients such as Hermés Paris. See her paper couture at www.paper-cut-project.com
Michael Habachy is an acclaimed interior and furniture designer who has created luxury commercial and residential spaces from Atlanta to Miami to Dubai. His design firm, Habachy Designs Inc, specializes in designing timeless, yet modern interiors that blend an eclectic punch with a minimal approach. Some of his most recognizable work in Atlanta includes Compound nightclub, Blue Medspa, Entebello, Aurum, Dressed, Viande Rouge steakhouse (Johns Creek) and midtown’s new Vanquish lounge and Reign nightclub. Since beginning his design career, Habachy has earned international recognition and accolades from lifestyle and design publications, including Trends Magazine, The Atlantan, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, ASK Magazine (Egypt), 944 Magazine and The Piedmont Review. Also catch him on HGTV’s Design Wars in Fall 2011. http://www.habachydesigns.com/home.html
This noted Atlanta-based designer has a diverse portfolio, including private interiors located from Connecticut to Georgia, as well as a project for the Tennessee-based, Relais & Chateaux resort Blackberry Farm. Her interiors are noted for their keen sense of color, sophisticated incorporation of art, and modern elegance. Kasler’s work has been published in magazines such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Veranda and House & Garden, and her first monograph, Inspired Interiors, was published by Rizzoli in 2009. She also designs product lines for Hickory Chair, Ballard Designs, Visual Comfort, Sfavieh, Soicher-Marin, Lee Joffa and other national high-end vendors. In June 2010, Kasler was named to Elle Decor's "A-List" of 25 top designers. www.suzannekasler.com
Patrick La Bouff
This restaurant industry veteran counts the much-hyped Atlanta restaurant Top Flr on his resume, as well as being the co-founder of Dinner Party, an immensely original, invite-only dining club that stages buzzy gourmet dinners in extremely esoteric and interesting settings. www.dinnerpartyatlanta.com La Bouff recently opened another critically acclaimed restaurant in Midtown on Juniper Street called The Lawrence. www.thelawrenceatlanta.com
Su and Al Longman
The Longmans are the Co-Founders of Pallet Central Enterprises (PCE) a rapidy growing, highly successful pallet company since 2005. PCE is a nationwide brokerage company for Fortune 500 companies for recycled and custom pallets, as well as OCC and Kraft Papers exporting to Asia. PCE has garnered many awards, including Top 500 Women Owned Businesses In US and Top 100 Asian Owned Businesses in US by Diversity Business.com and 148th Fastest Privately Owned Co. in the U.S. by INC 500. in their free time, the Longmans contribute generously to many local Atlanta charities, including the Nsoro Foundation, Meals on Wheels and the Atlanta Ballet. Along with Chris and Merry Carlos, the Longmans will Co-Chair NBAF Fine Art + FAshion 2012 and the 2012 Atlanta Ballet Ball. www.palletcentralent.com
Jeff Moore and wife Elizabeth Moore are co-founders of the award-winning branding, PR, design and communications firm, Green Olive Media, based in Atlanta and Nashville. Their work has been featured in such publications as I.D. magazine, The New York Times, Food & Wine and Gourmet magazine. They specialize in lifestyle, hospitality and food and beverage, and their noteworthy clients include Holeman & Finch, Cakes & Ale, Taqueria Del Sol, Rosebud, and Aria. Jeff has worked on design projects for Mobil five-star restaurants and James Beard award-winning chefs across the country. He also runs a food photography business as well, and his photos are regularly featured in magazines such as Food &Wine, Bon Appetit, Wine and Spirits, The Wall Street Journal and Delta Sky magazine. Jeff is a proud member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Society of Typographic Aficionados. www.greenolivemedia.com
Shane Robuck is founder and owner of Robuck and Company Antiques at Peachtree Galleries in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. Robuck and Company is a purveyor of extremely high-end, Italian, French and Spanish antique furniture, lighting, oil paintings and decorative objects from the 17th to 19th centuries. Robuck regularly travels to Italy and other European cities to gather inventory and his store has been selected as a prestigious 1stdibs.com vendor. [Here's the company's feature profile on 1stdibs: www.1stdibs.com/articles/onlocation/shoptalk_robuck/index.php ] Robuck is a Texas native through and through, having graduated with a degree in history from the University of Texas in Austin, but has been an Atlanta native and fine antiques expert for 15 years. "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to find something beautiful, live with it a day or a decade, and then pass it on to someone who equally appreciates it," says Robuck (shown in this photo at Jackson Fine Art gallery with his business partner Kristen Marooney). www.robuckandcompany.com
Rollins is a style and entertaining expert who contributes reguarly to Veranda magazine and various other national and local publications. Her first book, Soirée, a lavish publication devoted to entertaining, debuted Oct. 2012 with publisher Rizzoli and she is currently at work on her second book devoted to the subject. Rollins also supports many important charities in Atlanta, including Zoo Atlanta, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, The Children's Museum of Atlanta and Camp Sunshine, to name just a few. You can follow Rollins via her twitter feed at DRollinsBoxwood, and her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DanielleDRollins as well as her website: danielledrollins.com/
D. Jack Sawyer Jr. and Bill Torres:
Jack Sawyer serves as President of the Southeast Region of Wilmington Trust's Wealth Management group, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1989 Sawyer was a founding principal of The Arden Group, which was Atlanta's first private fiduciary firm and was acquired by Mellon in 2003. He has specialized in the administration of trusts, estates and private foundations throughout his career. Sawyer received his BA from the University of Georgia and his JD from Mercer University. He is also an avid patron, generous host and supporter of many local Atlanta charities. Most recently he served as co-chair of The Swan House Ball, A Meal to Remember benefitting Senior Citizen Services, the Nsoro Foundation's Starfish Ball, The National Black Arts Festival and was named honorary chair of the High Museum of Art's Driskell Prize Dinner. Sawyer is a member of The Advisory Circle for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the Advisory Board of the Alliance Theater, and the President's Council for the Atlanta History Center. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the following: the Anti-Defamantion League, the Atlanta Humane Society, Devyne Intervention Foundation, Georgia Museum of Art, the Georgia Music Festival, High Museum of Art, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, Open Hand, Zoo Atlanta and the Auxillary Board of The Shepherd Center. www.wilmingtontrust.com
Dr. William Torres currently serves as Chief of Radiology at The Emory Clinic Inc. and Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Department of Radiology, at the Emory University School of Medicine. Torres received his B.A. from Baylor University and his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine. He also completed his Radiology Residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals. Currently, he serves on the medical staff of Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. In addition, Torres is a generous patron and host of countless Atlanta charities and organizations, including the Fernbank Museum, Hospice Atlanta, The Shepherd Center, G-CAPP, Open Hand, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, The High Museum of Art and Georgia Museum. He recently chaired the patron committee for Alliance Theatre’s A Tony Evening benefit, and co-chaired The High Museum of Art’s Driskell Prize Dinner and Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast gala. Lastly, Torres serves on the boards of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, the CDC Foundation Board of Visitors, the T. Gordon Little Foundation that benefits the architectural program at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.