Bert Hesse, has over 25 years experience running companies with multi-million dollar budgets, including Orbitron International (a holding company with four subsidiaries, sold in 1990) and MedCorp of America (a regional health care company, sold in 1996). Over the last twelve years Mr. Hesse has been in the film industry in the capacity of executive producer for numerous feature length films and documentaries. His expertise with investors has proven an invaluable pursuant to fund raising activities. As Executive Producer, his last two feature films (Night Feeders and Cold Storage) Mr. Hesse oversaw all aspects of the projects including financial, legal issues and negotiating sales and distribution con- tracts (both domestically & internationally).
Mr. Hesse was also one of the original founders of a $38 million dollar public/private development in Charlotte, The US National Whitewater Center. The center is now one of Charlotte’s top tourist destinations and is an Olympic training facility for canoing and kayaking.
Vivian A. Wong is a real estate investor and developer with over 34 years of experience. Mrs. Wong is the CEO of Fairforest, LLC. and in 2013, she formed Rebound Health International, Inc, a Nutriceutical company. Mrs. Wong has lived in Greenville for over 40 years and has served as a member of both the Bank of America Advisory Board and the Summit Bank Advisory Board.
Spanning a decade, Madina served as Director of Operations for four full service Chinese restaurants. Later moving into Service Management for the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since 1999 till today, she's held the position of Vice President of Finance for Fairforest of Greenville, being responsible for financial administration including managment of restaraurants, hotels, shopping centers, investment property and import/export operations.
Mario has spent 31 years as a staff cameraman with CBS News ( 1976 – 2007 ), covering most of the major World events, from wars to Papal trips, hurricanes to mudslides, presidential campaigns to Winter Olympics, from dictators to democratically elected leaders, royal weddings to riots , traveling to 124 countries, being based in 4 foreign bureaus ( Germany, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel ) and 3 domestic bureaus ( Miami, New York and Atlanta ). In March 2007, he moved to beautiful Greenville, South Carolina and established Carolina Zoom Studios. He continues to work for the network’s news departments and has expanded his activity to include more of the magazine shows, documentaries, investigative units, corporate video, fund raising, remote transmissions and consulting.
Jane Robelot is a nationally acclaimed television news correspondent and anchor. The highlight of her professional life was anchoring for CBS News from 1995 through 1999. She was co-anchor of “CBS Morning News”, and later anchor of “CBS This Morning”. While at CBS News in New York, Jane won two national Emmy awards for journalistic excellence, and a national Emmy nomination. She covered some of the most important events of that time, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the death of Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Cuba. She interviewed such newsmakers as President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Evangelist Billy Graham, non-fiction authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, fiction writers Nicholas Sparks and Patricia Cornwell… numerous actors including Rene Zellweger, Antonio Banderas, Jeff Bridges and Cuba Gooding Junior. Jane even found herself learning to bake cookies and iron shirts with Martha Stewart!
Thomas Mercado is an attorney currently serving as General Counsel for Quality of Life Brands. He has advised [Global Studios] on a multitude of matters from liability issues to writing copy. Previously, Mr. Mercado has been a litigation and insurance attorney in Mobile, Alabama, and has served as a consultant to political campaigns. He is a Greenville native and a graduate of Clemson University and the University of Alabama School of Law.
South Carolina Film Advisory Board
South Carolina Film Advisory Board [SCFAB] will help in the promotion and expansion of the film and entertainment industry throughout the entire state.
SCFAB will interact with local, regional and state officials in educating them on the many advantages of having a healthy film industry in the state.
Working with various tourism individuals and boards, SCFAB will promote the film industry as a catalyst for increased tourism in the state.
Bert Hesse, CEO - Studio South Holdings
Dan Rogers, SC Film Commission
Tom Clark, SC Film Commission
Tommy Pope, SC Rep. & Speaker Pro Tem
Jeffery Zucker, The InterTech Group
Adrienne Fairwell, Director of Marketing/Communications SC Department of Commerce
Tom Morris, Morris Construction & Film Industry Professional
Vivian A. Wong, Chairman - Pacific Gateway Capital, LLC.
Senator Thomas Alexander, District 1 South Carolina