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CEO

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FOUNDER

GAIL BRUCE


LIFESTYLE | INTERVIEWS | STERLING SILVERS | BLOG


A favorite of photographer Irving Penn and editor Diana Vreeland, Gail began her career in fashion and film.  A producer, artist, Indian education activist and entrepreneur, she is the founding board member of the American Indian College Fund; launched the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's Cultural Learning Centers Initiative, building 29 cultural centers in 12 states. She is the founder of UNRESERVED American Indian Fashion & Art Alliance; and is on the MADI Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is the owner and founder of Ramscale Studios, an event venue in New York City.  Gail was born in Chicago, raised in Los Angeles and resides in New York, Massachusetts and Tortola BVI.

Gail was inspired to create HipSilver as a lifestyle and ecommerce brand where the new Silver Generation can safely engage, communicate and support each other. She is proud to be HipSilver's First Chief Curator. 

 

 

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CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

ALEXANDER VALCIC


 

Alex, a graduate of Columbia University, has been working in business services for over 30 years specializing in human resources, talent acquisition, management and sales.  He began his career as an intern at The Consortium, an IT consulting firm and grew to become a full partner bringing in at least a third of the total gross revenues.  In the late 90’s Alex and his partners sold the Consortium to RCM Technologies, a publicly traded company.

Not ready to retire, he started working as a consultant to help companies reinvent themselves by defining and focusing their core business.  He has worked with companies across the United States, Europe and India such as Bic, Citigroup, Macmillan Publishing, to name a few. 

A true HipSilver, he loves a challenge and enjoys working with startups helping to create business discipline to support great ideas.

He also understands the importance volunteering at this stage of our lives and has done so with the Oratorio Society of NY, the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Blue Hill Troupe.  Currently, he is involved with Hudson River Community Sailing, an organization teaching STEM via nautical arts to inner city school children. 

 
 
 
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CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SATIRIST

CYNTHIA ADLER

Cynthia Adler is an award winning socio-political satirist. Her nine-character onewoman show, “Downloaded and In Denial,” received rave reviews in New York and across the Northeast. She has been one of the top commercial voiceovers and narrators in America, having worked extensively with HBO, PBS and Discovery Channel. She has voiced many cartoon characters and created new voices for the Muppet Shows in London. As a writer, Cynthia was a contributor to Mad Magazine and has written many commercials for different advertising campaigns. Along with a film that is ready for development, she has written a book of women’s stories and is presently working on a young adult novel. Cynthia was Co-Chair of the Environment Committee for the Creative Coalition, and worked closely with Bobby Kennedy Jr. to improve the quality of the water in New York City. She is currently on the Board of Energy Vision, an environmental and alternative fuel research organization committed to ending our addiction to oil.

 
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TRAVEL AND LIFESTYLE 

CURATOR 

BIBI JORDAN 


“I was not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land”.  This Seneca’s statement is Bibi’s motto.  Bibi studied in four countries, worked in five continents and learned six languages in a quest to unveil the allure of the unknown so she can now share it with you as HipSilver’s Resident Nomad. 

With a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College, an M.A.in African Studies from L'Institut des Etudes Africaines from Geneva, Switzerland and a Certificate from the London Film School, she founded a film agency in the Middle East and a video game company in Los Angeles before embarking on a career in travel writing and photography.  Her award-winning books SAFARI CHIC and SWAHILI CHIC capture the intrepid style of eco-retreats and illustrate how to recreate the adventure back home.  

Bibi is one of only a few ‘Dual Pilgrims” who have walked both, UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrim Routes - Camino de Santiago in Europe, and the Kuman Kodo in Japan and she has been certified in the traditions of hospitality by the Confederation of Hospitaleros de Santiago.  When not journeying afield, she practices the twin arts of travel and hospitality at her ‘caravanserai’, a Malibu AirBnB on an organic Meyer Lemon orchard where guests and volunteers from around the world are accommodated in the Safari Chic Tent, the Wabi Sabi reTREAT, the Malibu Yurt and the Tiny House on Wheels, a Japanese Tea House, and are treated to organic home-cooked menus collected around the globe.  Above her dining table is a Japanese calligraphy scroll by Basho, “Each day is a journey, and the journey is home”.

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FASHION

 CURATOR

CHARLES GOODWIN

Mr. Goodwin’s fashion industry experience spans over 40 years, both in retail and in an entrepreneurial environment.  His expertise in high-end men and women fashions is unmatched. As a result, he has gained a robust and loyal clientele, and is considered a master of his craft.

At Boyd’s Men’s store in Philadelphia, Charles honed his skills by recommending merchandise based on product knowledge and customer preferences. He increased the team’s revenue stream by a million dollars annually.

His success is reflected in his exceptional service to clients, his fashion logic and his willingness to go the extra mile to make sure his customers are completely satisfied. These qualities have resulted in long term customer relationships.
As a stylist, he’s known for his impeccable taste level, gathering market trends and, of course, his attention to detail.  
Charles is excited to lend his mastery to Hip Silver and looks forward to serving this wonderful community, with integrity and style!

 

FASHION

CURATOR

ROXANNE DUVAL

A true fashionista, Roxie fell in love with fashion after seeing her first Seventeen Magazine at the age of 12.   She has had a "passion for fashion" ever since. Her core belief is, "what you wear is an outer expression of the inner you and it varies from day to day with your mood and inspiration".

Roxie follows the latest in American and international fashion.  She is excited to find ideas and options that speak to the HipSilver generation. She is constantly on the lookout for unique, comfortable clothing that evoke classic and timeless elegance. Coming from an educational adminstration background, Roxie herself has just the right amount of composure and modern flare.

 
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ACCESSORIES

CURATOR

JUDITH BOYD

Judith is a style influencer and model from Denver, Colorado.  A  blogger, writer, and speaker who always chose a hat to accompany her outfits, Judith co-owned a hat shop in the 1980’s, escalating her passion for headwear.

With an advanced degree in psychiatric nursing she expressed herself creatively in her professional life as well, finding it a creative and soothing way to move in an environment which often included painful and powerful stories.

She created “Style Crone,” a blog to sooth herself, after the loss of her husband of many years. It is dedicated to the older woman in her most creative, outrageous, and powerfully proud era. Style Crone is an Instagram success with 30,000 followers who share her passion for vintage and recycled clothing and of course, her passion for hats. She hopes you will join her at HipSilver as she channels and celebrates the journey of aging - through style and headwear.

 
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BEAUTY

CURATOR

YVONNE DURANT

Yvonne began her copywriting career at McCann Erickson, where she worked on the L’Oreal account. She went on to be Copy Supervisor at Lintas in Milan (Italy) and has worked at multinational ad agencies on numerous showcase accounts.  Yvonne has been published in major magazines and newspapers, in addition to three anthologies.  A Gourmet Magazine essay she wrote on the first time she ate watermelon in public was awarded Best Food Writing in 2003.  In the October issue of Town and Country Magazine she has an interesting article of the beauty secrets of horses.

She attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with an AAS in Advertising and Communications.

She’s fluent in Italian and can dine and shop in French.

For fun, she blogs on etiquette www.yvonneandyvettetiquette.com

 
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FASHION

CURATOR

RASHID SILVERA

Model and Educator Rashid Keith Dilworth Silvera was "made" in Jamaica and born in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated in public and private secondary schools in New England, he entered Colgate University in 1967, but soon transferred to Bennington College where he became one of the small handful of original male students to be fully-integrated into the previously all-female student body. He was graduated from Bennington College in 1972 with a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology. Silvera went on to obtain his M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1974 and his Ed. M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1976. 

In 1975, Silvera was hired as a teacher in the history department of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He taught at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey from 1976 to 1977, and then at San Francisco University High School in San Francisco, California from 1977 to 1979. Silvera returned to the East Coast in 1979, when he was hired as a social studies teacher at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York. In 1981, he began teaching at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York. 

Aside from teaching, Silvera worked as a fashion model for a number of years. While staying at the house of a friend in the early 1980's, Silvera was noticed by owners of a modeling agency, who then launched his career as a model. He first modeled for fashion photographer Rico Puhlmann. In April of 1983, Silvera became the fourth black male model to appear on the cover of GQ magazine. His appearance would mark the last time an African American male model would appear on a GQcover. Silvera also appeared on the covers of Essence magazine and CODE magazine, and was the first African American male to model for a Polo Ralph Lauren advertisement campaign. 

 

FASHION/ACCESSORIES

CURATOR

ROBIN HILLIARD

Robin was trained as an artist and designer at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While at FIT she worked on Seventh Avenue, before branching out on her own. She designed clothing and accessories under her label ROBINA for stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Henri Bendel.

She is a gifted designer and has created jewelry for galleries such as Krueger Gallery in NYC, as well as accessories and crafts for Woman’s Day and Ladies’ Home Journal Magazines. She had an interior design firm for over twenty years, working on residential and commercial projects until she relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Drawn to the artists community and the beauty of the New Mexico landscape.  She worked in art galleries and as an assistant buyer of accessories for Block Mercantile and Santa Fe Modern. She is a dedicated jeweler, working in silver, gold and semi-precious stones as well as naturally shed deer antler.

She shows locally and at The Artistic Framer in Osterville, MA.

 
 
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ACCESSORIES

 

CURATOR

ROBERT ROKOFF

All my life it has been about hair. Hair this, hair that…from crewcut to spiked, it has always been a topic of conversation…so I decided to name my site “silver fox”, a term that’s been used to describe me many times. As you can see, it always goes back to the hair!

Salt and pepper are spices; they are also a hip hop act of the past. But in today’s terms, silver fox seems more relevant than ever, since our evening news is anchored by Anderson Cooper, another “silver fox”… or so they say.

No matter where I go, who I’m with, or what I say, it always goes back to the hair: my “silver hair” that is.

People are always asking me why I’m such a “culture vulture”… I guess I just like to fill up my world with as much culture, music, and art that I can fit into my busy life. I hope to share some of my discoveries, explorations, and adventures from wherever I go around this great city and beyond.

 
 
 
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ART

CURATOR

MORNING SLAYTER

Morning is a private art dealer, curator, art consultant, appraiser, historian and noted documentary filmmaker.  Her expertise spans the 19th - 21st centuries including impressionist, modern, contemporary art, and vintage and contemporary photography.

She diversifies collections by introducing Old Masters, Greek, Egyptian, Roman Antiquities, Pre- Colombian and Tribal Art. Morning also consults on financial art investments, framing, conservation, lighting, installation and interior design.

Morning is a noted art historian and conducts private workshops in NYC on Art and Photography. She has been a guest lecturer at: Columbia University, New York University, Drew University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 
 
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FOOD/WINE/TRAVEL

CURATOR

MONTE MATHEWS

Monte Mathews was born with travel in his blood.  His grandfather was a hotelier and Monte’s first summer job was as a bellboy at Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. His business career took him to 6 continents where his fluency in French, Italian, English and Spanish served him well.  He has stayed in accommodations ranging from a tent in South Africa to villas in St. Barth’s.   He explores the world looking for authentic experiences, great places to stay and superb food in any setting.  On HipSilver, Monte aims to share his take on everything from what to see, where to stay and how to get there.  And of course, what to eat.

Monte Mathews passion for food comes from his family background. His physician father read Gourmet Magazine aloud, corned his own beef and enjoyed nothing more than a great dinner out.  Monte’s mother loathed cooking and anything to do with the kitchen.  As a result, Monte’s palate was first developed in restaurants in Montreal.  His interest in cooking was out of necessity and soon became a real passion.  Both food and travel are the subjects of Monte’s Award-Winning blog, www.ChewingTheFat.us.com. Monte plans to share ways to make our lives more exciting, more fulfilling—more of everything that Food and Travel do to enrich our world.

 
 
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WELLNESS

CURATOR

SUSAN JOYCE PROCTOR

Susan Joyce Proctor, DAy, MBA, has been a wellness pioneer for over 25 years. A former VP at Bankers Trust Company in NYC, Susan left that career to pursue personal passions that led her to found Get Your Juicy Back, a wellness company providing programs and solutions to the very vibrant and accomplished tribe of 50+ women.

She specializes in the 3 very key areas of: natural hormone restoral; metabolic enhancement & weight management; and youthful aging. A proud Foodie, Susan embraces a pleasure-based approach that aligns with our highest potential for healing and vitality, and personally embraces the wellness wisdom she shares with others.

Her professional certifications include: Ayurvedic Medicine and Nutrition; Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Management of Menopause TypeTM, and blood type science. An inspiring speaker and facilitator, Susan has appeared on radio and cable TV, and has lectured with Dr. Memet Oz at the United Nations, as well as served as Adjunct Professor of Ayurvedic Medicine at Everglades University.

A native New Yorker, Susan also had the wonderful opportunity to reside for several years in Melbourne, Australia, and is now based and in love with Delray Beach, FL.

 
 
 
 
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FOOD/WINE/TRAVEL

CURATOR

JANET FORMAN

A journalist and film producer, Forman has picked up two Lowell Thomas Gold Medals and a Silver, the 2014 Bill Muster Gold Medal for Best Cultural Photo, the 2011 Bill Muster Photo Gold Medal for her Single Subject Portfolio on Abu Dhabi and was named Pacific Asia Travel Association Journalist of the Year 2000.

In 2017 she has received a First Place SATW award, two NATJA Gold Awards and three honorable mentions. She has received awards from SOLAS, NATJA, the governments of Belgium and South Africa and numerous SATW Eastern Chapter First Place awards Forman holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and writes from the brownstone she renovated in Harlem, New York.

 
 
 
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TREASURES

CURATOR

SOLI PIERCE

Soli's love of quality design and exposure to creative talent worldwide brings to HipSilver unique finds for our Treasures category.  Graduating with a masters degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from Caly Poly, Soli  has been creating beautiful hand painted bowls and functional art ware for over 20 years.  Her work is offered in stores, galleries and museums worldwide from Telluride to Tokyo.  She has created gifts for everyone from Dr. Oz and President Clinton to Universal Pictures.  Soli has won numerous awards, recognition and grants which have taken her to communities in Guatemala and a special honory government grant to work with Mayan women to teach them how to marry contemporary design with old world skills.  

 
 
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WELLNESS

CURATOR

BERYL BENDER-BIRCH

Beryl Bender Birch has been teaching yoga since 1974. She is Founder and Director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute which offers teacher certification courses around the world and has numerous schools and practice studios in the United States. In 2002, she coined the term Power-Yoga when she pioneered yoga for athletes for the New York Road Runners Club. She became the best-selling author of several books on yoga and is currently writing another. Her first, called Power Yoga, was an immediate international success. It is for athletes, of all sports, ages, and abilities. She recently released Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience & Peace of Mind – a book on yoga written for veterans and for active duty military. Beryl is a renowned not only for her knowledge of classical yoga, but for her abilities to intuitively access a student’s weaknesses and misalignments, both physically and psychologically, and prescribes specific yoga practices for healing and growth.  She is compassionate and actively engaged in community, founding the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which reaches out to underserved populations; working in prisons, with cancer patients and survivors and for addiction recovery.

 
 
 
 
 

RESIDENT MYSTIC

CURATOR 

CATHY CASH  SPELLMAN

Best-selling novelist, astrologer, healer and spiritual seeker, Cathy Cash Spellman has traveled both the world of the arcane and the world of business, gathering the knowledge she’d like to share with you as HipSilver's Resident Mystic.

Cathy has written five New York Times and International Bestsellers and her books have been sold in 22 countries (Bless the Child was a Paramount movie.). She blogs for the New York Times and Huffington Post and has written extensively for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Grace and Kung Fu magazines (she holds Black Belt rank in Goju Ryu karate.) . Cathy has credentials in the world of business, too. She served on the Board of Bloomingdale’s (where she was V.P. Communications), and then owned her own Marketing/Advertising Agency creating brands for Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, La Prairie, Armani and a host of others. 

Now, she'd like to share what she's learned in an adventurous and incident-prone life with HipSilver. Whatever outside-the-box knowledge can make people happier, richer, safer, sexier or more spiritual, your Resident Mystic is on a quest to find it and talk about it, in a flamboyant, entertaining, red-headed sort of way. 

She hopes you'll think of her as your new Tour Guide to the Unseen Universe.

 
 
 
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MARKETING&PUBLIC RELATIONS

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING 

John Maroney

He is a twenty-year veteran that specializes in Lifestyle Marketing and event production.  He has produced major events in key markets including Manhattan, the Hamptons, Los Angeles and Miami. He has spearheaded public relations and brand positioning for The New York Trade Commission of Peru’s Alpaca and fashion initiatives with a scope ranging from retail development with luxury partners, Bergdorf Goodman, to developing new designer growth planning to import strategy in multiple marketplaces.

He has been instrumental in launching international events and marketing programs for Champagnes Nicolas Feuillatte, Macari Vineyards, The Swedish Culinary Series and The Maidstone Hotel. He has produced countless of events and shows for brands including, Ralph Lauren, Carmen Marc Valvo, Pandora Jewelry, AGTA Spectrum Awards, Donna Karan, Vivienne Tam to talent sourced globally for Dell Computers.

Additionally, Mr. Maroney has been instrumental in creating social and corporate partnerships and event production for leading organizations including Creative Time, Free Arts NYC, Guild Hall, RXART and the Whitney Museum, Lexington Clothing Company and special projects for media partners, Sourcing Journal, Vogue Magazine, Vanity Fair and Elle Magazine.

 

EDITOR-AT-LARGE

CURATOR

MARY ROBIN REDD

Mary Robin Redd was born into show business and is a woman of many parts.  An aging California girl she has traversed the United States and Europe developing opinions and gaining polish.  She has had a career in the acting business and enjoyed every minute of it. One of her favorites was as Editor in Chief of the LA Zoo Magazine. She has also been society editor for numerous periodicals in the Los Angeles area.  She had a successful public relations and communications business specializing in the launch of European products into America.  Robin is an active and participating member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster's Association.