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Feature Friday: MILSPRAY® Team Members Speak At Nollywood Producers Guild USA Inauguration

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, MILSPRAY’s Director of Business Development, Kanti Pandya, and Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere were Guest Speakers for the Inauguration of the Nollywood Producers Guild USA, at the Hilton Hotel, in Queens, NY.

Incorporated in 2012, the Nollywood Producers Guild USA is an association of seasoned and award-winning film makers who have distinguished themselves in various facets of the industry. The Guild seeks to promote, protect, and foster the efforts of individuals, entities, members and affiliates in the industry while helping and guiding up and coming artists/producers achieve their aims and visions. In addition, the Guild bridges the seeming gap between film practitioners in Africa and North America thereby uplifting the quality of the final products with healthy collaboration while sharing and promoting African culture and creativity through the African perspective.

 

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Feature Friday: MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser, and Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere Meet With The United Nations In New York

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser, & Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere met at the New York City headquarters for the United Nations to discuss strategies for the United People For African Congress (UPAC). UPAC is a Non-Profit Organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to advocate for the rights of African nationals in the country, to empower them and increase public acknowledgement and respect.

 

 

 

Brian Feser

Brian Feser, CEO & President

MILSPRAY‘s Chief Executive Officer and President is Brian Feser. Feser is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of service serving both in the enlisted and officer ranks. He previously served as Vice President of International Business Operations for Textron Systems. Before being promoted, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Textron Marine & Land Systems and concurrently served as the Director of Afghanistan Operations fielding the mobile strike force armored vehicle for the Afghan National Army.

Feser believes in giving back of his time and his talents. He is the Founder, Chairman and President of In The Spirit of Giving Foundation™, Inc., which is MILSPRAY’s philanthropic arm. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the communities where we live, learn and work. We endeavor to make a meaningful difference by using our investments, influence, time and talent to develop and implement creative solutions. His other philanthropic activities include the non-profit, United People for African Congress (UPAC), where he is Chairman of the Board. UPAC is based in Washington, DC, and its mission is to advocate for the rights of African nationals in the country, to empower them and increase public acknowledgement and respect. Brian also serves as vice-chair on the Board of Trustees for Pine Grove Church and Learning Center.

Feser holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He holds a Certificate in Communications and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a Certification in Law Enforcement from the University of Virginia. Brian is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He also earned his certificate in Executive Protection.

Brian has been married for 28 years to the former Ms. Elisa Wolinski. They have three children and one grandchild.

 

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Senior Advisor for Africa

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Senior Advisor for Africa 

Dr. Sylvester Okere is MILSPRAY‘s Senior Advisor for Africa. Okere is a businessman, community organizer, strategist and political professional in the US and Africa. He is the CEO & President of The United People for African Congress (UPAC). Okere is also the Chairman of the African Entrepreneurs Coalition (AEC), and spent nearly 14 years of his career with the Nigeria Immigration Department. In addition, Okere is also the Chairman of Maryland-Nigeria Sister States’ Executive Committee and the constituent leader of Continental African Leadership Council by the Maryland Democratic Party. He helped to develop long term vision and strategies for African constituents with the goal to mobilize, organize and empower the African community in Maryland.

Dr. Okere started his own private security company in 2004 serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He founded the Maryland Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, and is Senior Principal at Strategic Groups LLC. Dr. Okere was one of the first African immigrants to speak on a national platform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Along with a dynamic team, Okere successfully held a workshop on International Trade and Commerce for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Initiative in February 2014.

Dr. Okere is a strategic leader for numerous national and global organizations (NGOs) that focus on peace building and sustainable development. With influence across many platforms, Okere is Diaspora mobilizer in ethics and values & business development for The Presidency: Office of the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ethics and Values.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: Revisiting Our Interview With Sarah Charness, Electronic Violinist

Sarah Charness

Back in October, 2015, MILSPRAY™ had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Sarah Charness. Hailing from New York, electronic violinist Sarah Charness creates a singular blend of music that blends the worlds of classical, pop and electronic dance music (EDM). In 2015, Charness released her first track with Disco Killerz, “We Came to Party” which reached #48 on the Beatport “Hot 100 Electro House” chart. As a soloist, Charness has toured North America with the American progressive-rock band, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Sarah Charness Headshot

Sarah Charness

In 2015, she headlined at the Summer Experience Music Festival in Capetown, South Africa, and she was the feature performer during the New York Knicks halftime show at “The World’s Most Famous Arena®,” New York City’s Madison Square Garden, as well as on the runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Charness has also performed at Radio City Music Hall® and Carnegie Hall in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Massey Hall in Toronto, and the Prague Opera House in the Czech Republic. Charness’s print features have included Crain’s New York, The Daily, The International Musician.

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Get to know Sarah:

1. Can you please tell us which three pieces of music you love?

Anything solo Bach for Violin, Elgar Cello Concerto, All Things Aerosmith

2. Which musical genres do you think everyone should have represented in their musical library?

Classical or Pop.

3. Name three of your musical heroes?

Madonna, Michael Jackson, John Williams

4. What was your greatest concert experience?

Playing at Madison Square Garden! It was an amazing experience.

5. What are your top three favorite films?

I’m a Star Wars fanatic (I know, surprising), Clueless, and A League of Their Own!

6. What is the piece of music you wish had been written for the violin?

Elgar Cello Concerto.

7. What was your proudest moment?

When I came off the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and realized I had made it through the performance without falling :).

8. How often do you practice?

I play every day! Practice? Hmm…that totally depends on the week and what i have coming up. I would like to say I practice every day but that would be a total lie.

9. Can you share with us an embarrassing or awkward moment and how you overcame it?

One of the hardest things to overcome as a player was to be thrown back into the mix with all of my “classical buddies” and to have to answer to what I’ve been doing lately. I made a serious departure from the classical world into Pop and Electronic music. Sometimes I feel as though I have to legitimize myself as a player. The reality is that I received training from an excellent conservatory and music school and if I needed to, I could probably whip up the Tchaikovsky concerto in a few weeks.

However, I chose not to go down that path and to do something that in the end, was a great fit for me. In the end, this was just a classic case of “middle school worries”, always being obsessed about what everyone else thinks. I have learned to have confidence in what I do and to be proud of it!

10. What do you do to relax?

I spend time participating in Yoga/Pilates.

11. Three living people you would most like to meet for dinner and why?

Lena Dunham – because she is my idol.
Seth McFarlen – because he would just sit there and make me laugh for three hours.
Mark Zuckerberg – since he could teach me how to use Facebook properly.

12. If you weren’t a violinist, what job would you want?

I would lean towards a social worker or a therapist. As musicians, we spend most of the day thinking about ourselves and our world is very self involved. I would want to do something that involves others and giving back.