Victor has over 25 years of experience in strategically building, growing and scaling businesses – particularly in the investment, real estate and live events arena. A proven entrepreneur and respected leader, Victor has successfully built, launched and operated multiple businesses and brands. From a $14 billion dollar hedge fund; to an award-winning, decade-long conference; to an opportunistic real estate and development firm, he has demonstrated the ability to anticipate trends, assemble and manage world-class teams, and build profitable businesses during turbulent times.
Victor is a Managing Partner of StageLight Group, which consists of his diverse investment holdings as well as a hospitality and experiential marketing arm. Investments and advisory include SCALE MVMT, HitRecord, BOMANI, Zappos and MODD Group as well as residential real estate properties and restaurants worldwide. In addition, he was an Advisor to Zappos.com on the implementation of Market Based Dynamics.
Previously, Victor was a Partner at SkyBridge Capital and Global Head of Business Development & Strategy where he was directly responsible for the firm’s growth, international expansion, new business development and brand strategy initiatives. During his 12-year tenure, he was instrumental in growing the firm’s assets from $300M to $14B, acquiring their flagship fund-of-fund business and creating & launching the world-renowned SALT Conference, which was dubbed “the Davos of the industry” by Fortune Magazine.
Prior to joining SkyBridge, Victor was a Senior Consultant within Oliver Wyman’s capital markets division where he focused on international acquisitions and growth strategies for major financial institutions. In addition, he was a Manager of Strategic Growth for Kozmo – a venture capital funded start-up. He began his career as an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) within the media & communications team.
Victor received a MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA in Advance International Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He also graduated with honors with a BSFS in International Economics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Kelly is a Managing Partner of StageLightGroup, which consists of her diverse investment holdings as well as a as well as experiential marketing and hospitality arm. In addition, she is the CEO of Lumiere Partners where she works with corporations, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to help them grow their business, forge strategic partnerships and amplify their brand. Investments and advisory include SCALE MVMT, HitRecord, BOMANI, Zappos and MODD Group as well as residential real estate properties and restaurants worldwide.
In addition, Kelly has ghostwritten and edited numerous nonfiction books and publications, including12 best-sellers – 3 of which were listed on The New York Times bestseller list.
Previously, Kelly was a Partner and Executive Director of Business Development & Strategy at SkyBridge Capital. A member of the firm since 2010, she was instrumental in growing the firm’s assets to $14B and co-led teams engaged in growth and strategy; marketing and events; client relations and strategic partnerships. For over a decade, she was a driving force behind building and operating SALT - dubbed “the Davos of the desert” -where she grew it into the world’s most prestigious finance conferences and also oversaw the international expansion of their strategic initiatives. Prior to joining SkyBridge, Kelly was an Editor at John Wiley & Sons and began her career at Columbia University working on Special Events, Projects & Communications.
Kelly received a Master’s degree in Organization &Leadership from Columbia University and also earned a B.A. in English Literature from Wagner College and graduated summa cum laude.
A native New Yorker – who has launched and expanded businesses throughout the world – she grew up surrounded by family, food and fun. A warm and natural host – with the ability to light up the room with her genuine smile and poised demeanor – she is dedicated to providing the optimal guest experience and creating communities of celebration, collaboration and connectivity.
A lover of champagne, fitness and food, Kelly enjoys ridingSoul Cycle and working out, cooking and baking her favorite self-made creations, and dining with family and friends for endless hours.
Timothy is a Partner and Head of Operations at SCALE MVMT. In addition, he is the CEO & Chief Elevation Officer of Elevated Meetings Solutions.
With nearly 30 years of experience with MGM Resorts International, Timothy is successful in creating high performing teams and executing VIP events in a luxury environment. After beginning his career in the banking industry, Timothy moved to hospitality management in 1989 when he joined the opening team in Convention Banquets at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. From there, he opened Treasure Island Hotel and then eventually moved by to the Mirage in 1998 to oversee the Convention Services Team.
In 2005, Timothy moved to the Bellagio where he led the Convention Services teams for 13 successful years and was awarded and recognized for his leadership and excellent service delivery standards.
Timothy has a long tenure of involvement in the meetings community where he has been a CMP since 2000. He currently sits on the EIC CMP Governance Committee, is active in the UNLV Hotel School Mentor program and is a long-term MPI member.
John Valenti is the Executive Director of Business Strategy and Operations for StageLight Group. With over 15 years of sell side experience, John has been successful in Fixed Income product coverage for the Institutional Investor community. Prior to joining the form John covered Capital Markets for such firms as Lehman Brothers, Bank of America, Nomura Securities and Royal Bank of Canada.
In addition to his banking and sales experience, John assists in the growth of youth basketball in the New York City area by both coaching and managing CYO and AAU teams.
John holds an Business Administration degree from the University of Albany. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.