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Achilli Matteo Egomnia Founder/CEO
Ansel Dominque Dominique Ansel Bakery Owner
Antebi Marcus JuicePress Founder
Avino Mariella Palazzo Avino Owner/CEO
Barker John Barker/DZP Founder/President
Bassett Jennifer Jennifer Bassett Events Owner
Bastianich Lidia Felidia, Eataly, Del Posto Owner
Belfort Jordan Straight Line Systems Founder
Berman Sarah The Berman Group Founder/President
Black Cathie Hearst Magazines Former Chairman
Blumenstein Penny JDC President

Borries/Stefano Philippe/Justin Refinery29 CEO/Founders
Bowen Arabella Fodors Editor-in0-Chief

Bragman Howard 15 Minutes PR Founder/Chairman
Brodsky Howard David Barton CEO
Burke David David Burke Group Owner
Carter Will Burner App/AhHoc Labs Co-Founder
Cassidy Sean DKC President
Chapur Rafael Hard Rock Inclusive Resorts COO
Chevanne Antione Groupe Floriat CEO
Chong Alexandra LuLu Founder/CEO
Church Jeff SUJA Juice Founder
Cuomo Cristina Modern Luxury EIC
Cutler Elizabeth SoulCyle Co-Founder
Dadich Scott WIRED EIC
Darabi Soraya Zady Co-Founder
Davis Peter Scene Magazine EIC
Desseigne Dominque Groupe Lucien Barriere CEO
Doyle Patrick Domino's President/CEO
Ducasse Alain Alain Duccase Restaurants Owner
Dufresne David Bandzoogle CEO
Evans Annie Beautified App Co-Founder
Feeley Tom Sole Hotels Owner
Ferdman Michael Firstborn Founder
Foster Stuart Luxury Brands, Hilton VP of Marketing
Freid Brandon Sanctuary Hotel President
Georges Elie Hotel San Regis President/Owner
Gillis Neil Round Hill Music President
Godfrey Jay Jay Godfrey Founder
Goldstein Tara Brookfield VP of Marketing
Gomes Philma Cape Grace Hotel DOSM
Guest Cornelia Cornelia Guest Cookies Owner
Harrison Phil Perkins+Will CEO
Hendry Ricky Isaora Founder
Hiltzik Matthew Hiltzik Strategies President/CEO
Hofstetter Sarah 360i CEO
Hostettler Daniel Ocean House Management President
Humm Daniel Eleven Madison Park Owner
Huvane Stephen Slate PR Partner
Ivan Sir Peaceman Foundation Founder
Jackson Lisa LJ Cross Jewelry Founder/CEO

James Paul Starwood Luxury Collection Global Leader
Javian Michelle Harboring Hearts CEO/Co-Founder
Kaplow Liz Kaplow Communications Founder/CEO
Karan Donna DKNY Founder
Karlitz Herb Karlitz & Company Founder
Katz Allen NY Distilling Company Fonder
Kenner Nick Just Salad Founder
Kepmner Michael MWW Founder/President
Kessler Richard The Kessler Collection Chairman/CEO
Kliegerman Stephen Halstead President
Kolodny Shawn VIP Room Managing Director
Kunkel John 50 Eggs, Yardbird CEO/Founder
Labrecque Paul Paul Labrecque Owner
LaForce James LaForce + Stevens Founder/CEO
Le Calvez Didier Le Bristol Paris CEO
Lee Stacy Brazilian Court Hotel DOSM
Leggett Jaimes M&C Saatchi Australia CEO
Lekach David Dream Water Founder/CEO
Leyland Chelsea Chelsea Leyland Owner/Producer
Ljunberg Jenny C/O Hotels, Maidstone Owner
Ljung Alex SoundCloud Founder
Lo Anita Annisa Owner
Maccioni Mario Maccioni Group Partner
Malin/Goetz Matthew/Andrew Malin + Goetz Founders
Mamone Tony Livingly Media Founder/CEO
Martin Amy Jo Digital Royalty CEO/Founder
Matsuhisa Nobu Nobu Restaurants Owner
Mazar Mike Tenthwave Partner
Morimoto Iron Chef Morimoto Owner
Moscot Zack MOSCOT Creative Director
Murphy Sean Jetsetter EIC
Murphy Rhona The Daily Beast CEO
Musolino Sheila Ronald McDonald Chairty VP/COO
Nardoza Edward WWD EIC
Novogrod Nancy Travel + Leisure EIC
Olay Pablo PaddilaCRT VP
Osher Shaun CORE Founder/CEO

Pauli Dimitri Sant Ambroeus Owner
Pechar Edward McCormick/360 Vodka Chairman
Pecker David American Media Chairman/CEO
Perkins Lynn UrbanSitter Founder/CEO

Preysman Michael Everlane Founder/CEO

Rabin David Skylark, Lambs Club Owner
Reckford Jonathan Habitat for Humanity CEO
Rondeau Chris Planet Fitness CEO

Ronson Charlotte Charlotte Ronson Owner
Rotten Lilian Swissotel VP
Rousseau Linda Singita Group DOSM
Russell Charles Stribling & Associates DOSM

Sawyer Linda Deutsch CEO
Schoenberg Bruce Oasis Spa Owner
Senbahar Izak The Mark Hotel Owner
Siegel Alan Siegelvision CEO
Silvstedt Victoria Very Victoria Silvstedt Owner
Spencer Miles Mojiva/TrustCloud Founder
Spindel Janice Serious Matchmaking Owner
Steinberg Leonard Urban Compass President
Steinberg Richard Warburg Realty Managing Director
Tahlin Jonas Absolut Elyx CEO
Tanaka Patrice PaddilaCRT Founder
Tarkoff Rob Lithium Tech CEO
Tetrick Joshua Hampton Creek CEO/Founder
Thomson Amy ATM Artists President
Torossian Ron 5W PR Founder/President
Van der Meer Antonia Coastal Living EIC
Verschleiser Eli American Jewish Congress Treasurer
Vongerichten Jean-Georges Jean Georges Restaurants Owner
Wagner James Emory University President
Wales Jimmy Wikipedia Founder
Westergren Tim Pandora Founder
White Alex Next Big Sound Co-Founder
Wiedlin Andy BuzzFeed CRO
Wilcox Alex JetSuite CEO
Winter Alexandre Placemeter CEO/Founder
Wolffer Marc Wolffer Estate Vineyard Owner
Wunderman Lester Wunderman Chairman/Founder
Zecher Linda Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President/CEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul182014

Power Philanthropist: Sir Ivan, Founder of The Peaceman Foundation

Banker-turned-singer, reality TV celebrity, philanthropist and activist, Sir lvan, has led a life that movies and dreams are made of. Ten years ago, at the age of 45, lvan Wilzig, the eldest son of Siggi B.Wilzig, legendary Auschwitz survivor, financier and philanthropist; turned his back on his family's multi-billion dollar banking business to reinvent himself as Sir Ivan and follow his childhood dream of pursuing a career in music. Now at the age of 55, ten years after resigning from Trustcompany Bank's Board of Directors, he has joined the Top 10 on Billboard Magazine's Dance Club Songs Chart, alongside others such as: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. Sir lvan's dream is coming true.

It all started in 2001, when Sir Ivan played a few demo tapes for an acquaintance named Dave Jurman, who was then Senior Executive Director of Dance Music at Columbia Records. Dave was so impressed with Sir lvan's voice, energy, and love of music, that he decided to help him by finding him a record producer. He introduced him to Ernie Lake, half of the two-time Grammy nominated producer team known as Soul Solution. Ernie was eager to help Sir Ivan get started in the music business, but wanted Sir Ivan to select the song. Sir Ivan chose to remake John Lennon's iconic song "lmagine," not as a rock ballad, but as a high-energy pop/dance record. Sir Ivan, was struck by the lyrics and how closely they mirrored his own beliefs of creating a world without violence and hatred. As the son of an Auschwitz survivor and someone who had 59 relatives murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, Sir Ivan was inspired to be the first singer in history to bring "lmagine's" important lyrics back to life, 30 years after the original -only this time in a completely new style, for an entirely different generation. The single, released on Tommy Boy Records on September 4, 2001, broke the Top 40 on the Billboard Club Play Chart, exactly one week before the horrendous September 1 1th tragedy. 

How did you get into the non-profit industry?

My late father, Siggi B. Wilzig, was an Auschwitz survivor. 59 members of our family were murdered during the Holocaust. As a result of the trauma of human loss, life in the camps and death marches, he suffered from nightmares and severe headaches his entire life, which are both signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D). Therefore, instead of using my singing voice and songwriting ability to simply entertain, I decided to use those talents to raise awareness and money for the fight against P.T.S.D.

Tell us about The Peaceman Foundation.

The Foundation is a 501©(3) and donates to a large variety of other charities that relate to the mission statement, to help those suffering from P.T.S.D. as a result of buylling, hatred, violence or persecution.

What partnerships have you created with Peaceman and how has it helped your charity succeed?

The biggest recipients are The Trevor Project and Wounded Warrior Project. The Trevor Project provides a suicide prevention hotline to teen LGBT community members contemplating suicide. The Wounded Warrior Project also provides a suicide hotline to members of the armed forces contemplating suicide.

What is your proudest moment you've achieved while running Peaceman?

The proudest moment was joining Superheroes Anonymous, a group of young men and women who dress as real life superheroes and go out into the community and help people in need. When we fed the homeless, you could see the eyes of the recipients that what we were doing was deeply appreciated and made a difference.

How would you define a great philanthropist?             

A great philanthropist is one who gives as much as possible each and every year.

Who inspires you to be the best?

Sir Bob Geldorf has inspired me the most. The global concert he produced, “Live Aid”, did more for hunger in Africa than anyone in history.

Describe a great night out for you.

The best night out for me is 7th row center orchestra seats for one of the great musicals on Broadway.

What literature is on your bed stand?

Hugh Hefner’s Life Story and John Lennon’s Life Story.

What's next for Peaceman and Ivan Wilzig?

The Peaceman Foundation is about to enter a new level. I wrote an anti-bullying song called “Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye”, produced by Paul Oakenfold and featuring pop star Taylor Dayne. With this song and video, I plan to change the world’s attitude toward bullying and raise great funds for anti-bullying charities.

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To promote peace through his music, Sir Ivan always performs in a cape adorned with a large Swarovski Crystal peace sign on the back, which has earned him the title "PEACEMAN”, the rockstar superhero fighting for peace. ln 2007 , Stan Lee, the most famous superhero creator of all time, personally selected Sir Ivan to star as a finalist on the NBC Sci Fi Channel hit series "Who Wants to Be a Superhero"? This coincided with Sir Ivan's performance on VH1's highly-rated "The Fabulous Life of the Hamptons". Around the same time, the Travel Channel was running "Grand Castles of America" (featuring Sir lvan's medieval-style Castle) and the WE Channel was airing his love life on "Single in the City -The Hamptons". The combination of these four major cable channels simultaneously including Sir Ivan in their programming vastly increased his popularity in America -while in France and Germany, he became a household name due to his unforgettable antics on numerous European television shows that reached millions of viewers.

All of Sir Ivan's recording artist royalties from full-length album sales of "l AM PEACEMAN" will go to The Peaceman Foundation, a charity which he established specifically to battle hatred and violence -especially to protect those who are perceived as different -and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; a terrifying mental problem which often results from exposure to violence. Sir Ivan is passionate about these causes and about helping those who might feel like outsiders, because as the son of a Holocaust survivor he was brought up with a heightened awareness of the harm that being perceived as different can cause. One cause he is particularly passionate about is the need to stop bullying, as he has seen the devastating impact this has had, particularly among LGBT youth.
An original documentary titled Sir Ivan: "l AM PEACEMAN" has just been completed for television and a reality show is in development, based on Sir Ivan's eccentric lifestyle and passionate quest to change the world.