Devonfield

Partial Advisory Board

 

Chad Robert Stewart, MBA, MS

Managing Director / Global Strategist

Devonfield, LLC


Born in Newport Beach, California, Chad Robert Stewart has twenty years of experience as a global strategist, marketing consultant, creativity specialist, financial analyst, and prolific writer. Chad’s areas of expertise are global strategy, film and media production, innovative education, and international marketing. Chad has worked at Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. A few of the companies he has consulted with include Cisco Systems, Moen, PepsiCo, Pratt-Whitney, and Royal Bank of Scotland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature and European History from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Boston College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Management and a PhD in Strategy at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Now based in San Diego, he is a strong supporter of education and the arts and sits on the Board of Horizon University. Chad is an adjunct professor at Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) and Past President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Ballet. Chad enjoys world travel. He enjoys reading, riding, swimming, sailing, tennis, and the Arts.

 

Brian Britt

Managing Director/Senior Retirement Strategist

Concert Wealth Management


Brian has been helping individuals and institutions protect and grow their wealth since 1983. His experience includes senior advisory positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch, as well as his current role as a Managing Director at Concert Wealth Management, a Silicon Valley-based investment advisory firm managing over $1.5 billion in assets. In years past, Brian was the host of the Brian Britt Show, presented by the San Diego Union Tribune. On this show, Brian interviewed some of America’s best-selling authors and top business leaders, who revealed to him the secrets of their business and personal success. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Business at Saint John’s University and has been a student of investing and financial planning for his entire adult life. He is an accomplished pianist, an avid horseman, and a former pro-am polo player. Brian has also donated hundreds of hours to helping children and adults with disabilities through the Helen Woodward therapeutic riding program and is a patron of the arts through San Diego’s Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Ballet.

 

Beth Davey

Founder / Agent

Davey Literary & Media


Beth has spent over twenty-five years as a vice president and director of publicity and corporate communications at major publishing houses, including Ballantine Books, Little, Brown, and Rodale, in addition to two years at Inkwell Management. She has worked with many distinguished authors, such as David Sedaris, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Anita Shreve, Malcolm Gladwell, George Pelecanos, Seymour Hersh, George Stephanopoulos, Joy Bauer, Gary Vaynerchuk, Peter Greenberg, David Kidder, and Noah Oppenheim. Beth has excellent working relationships with many major media outlets, including 60 Minutes, Today, NPR, USA Today, huffingtonpost.com, slate.com, to name a few. Beth works closely with her authors and publishers to provide the best media and marketing exposure to maximize a book’s potential. She has been active in the Publishers Publicity Association, where she served as president for two terms and treasurer for three. She is a regular speaker at writers’ seminars and conferences about the publishing industry.

 

Ivan Filby, PhD

President

Greenville University


Born just outside of Cambridge, England, Ivan completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in Management at Aston Business School, Aston University, one of Europe’s leading business schools. He taught fulltime in the School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, for seven years and subsequently worked internationally for eight years as the University’s first Director of International Student Affairs. Ivan has been a visiting professor at the University Anahuac del Sur and the University Anahuac in Mayab, Mexico and Siena, Italy. He has taught in over twenty countries on a wide range of management topics. In 2005, Ivan moved to Greenville College in Illinois to become Chair of the Management Department, where, among other things, he launched a music business major and restructured AgapeFest, the college’s annual music festival. In 2012 Ivan became the Dean of the Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University, and he is now the President of Greenville College.

 

Alan C. Hueth, PhD

Professor of Communications

Point Loma Nazarene University


Alan is a writer, producer, director, and editor of over 300 contracted projects, including corporate media, sports, music, documentaries, commercials, and short films.  He is a college professor, supervisor, and executive producer for a student-operated college television station. Alan has served as a judge for both professional and student TV and film festivals and has directed and edited 10 half-hour interview shows. These programs were called Image of Loveliness with author Joanne Wallace. Alan created Point Loma Nazarene University’s (PLNU) Theatre London Summer Study Program, which focuses on film and TV documentary production and propaganda studies. He also created PLNU’s Sundance Film Festival Program, in which students screen films and shoot a short documentary at the Sundance Film Festival every other year. Alan received his B.A. in Information and Communication Studies from California State University, his M.A. in Radio & Television from San Diego State University, and his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, Ohio. Alan consults with and serves on numerous boards for professional media organizations.

 

Raghu Iyer, MBA & MS

Global Banking / Technology


Raghu has twenty years of global experience in management consulting, corporate strategy, financial operations, and cross-border business technology management in financial services, retail banking, and private equity. He has worked for McKinsey Singapore in private banking, wealth management, and private equity in the Asia-Pacific region; Morgan Stanley on the London, Madrid, and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges; Oracle Corporation on business data intelligence and financial projects; and the Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX), one of the world’s most technologically advanced electronic exchanges, as CIO. Raghu has also consulted with Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, and Standard & Poor’s in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Raghu has an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. in Mining/Mineral Engineering from the University of Alaska. He attended the Global Advanced Management program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India.

 

Mark Joseph

Producer / Author / CEO

MJM Entertainment Group


Mark Joseph is an award-winning film and music producer, author, columnist, and founder of MJM Entertainment Group. Mark started his career in television anchoring the Entertainment Report for CNN and spent the next decade hosting The Interview with guests like Larry King, Charlton Heston, and Jay Leno. He worked at Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment in the areas of development and marketing. In 2004, he produced the award-winning rock soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ, featuring Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Creed, Kirk Franklin, and others. He also worked on marketing for that film. Mark has developed and/or marketed 26 films, including The Chronicles of Narnia, 2016, Ray, Because of Winn-Dixie, I Am David, and The Ultimate Gift. In 2004, he co-produced two short films, Cupid and The Bridge, with producer Ralph Winter. In 2001, Joseph co-founded the Damah Film Festival. Mark is the author of four books: The Rock & Roll Rebellion; Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll; Wild Card; and The Lion, The Professor & The Movies. He won a Capra Award for his work as producer of the film Doonby and a GMA Music Award for his work as producer of The Passion of the Christ: Songs. Mark is a regular contributor to Foxnews.com and The Huffington Post and the founder and publisher of BullyPulpit.com. He is currently producing the feature film Reagan.Reagan.

 

Thomas Ryba, MA

Marketing / Sponsorships


Born in New Jersey, Thomas Ryba has thirty years of experience in national, regional, and local sales; marketing; and promotional management, with an emphasis on sponsorships. Mr. Ryba has facilitated numerous seven-figure transactions with clients that include Coca Cola, Chevron, Kellogg's, and Pacific Bell. While overseeing all the marketing, promotional, and corporate advertising programs during his eleven-year tenure with the San Diego Padres Baseball Club, Thomas’s revenue figures increased every year. During his time with the Padres, he oversaw a multi-million, multi-departmental budget and was a critical force in the Padres’ emergence as the first Major League Baseball team to facilitate all advertising rights in-house: television, radio, print, and stadium signage. Mr. Ryba graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Sociology (Dean's List), and received his MA from New York University, Graduate School of Public Administration.