Our Team

 
 
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CEO & Founder

Gail Bruce

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 and 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 resides 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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Corporate Public Relations

John Maroney

He is a twenty-year veteran who 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 partner, Bergdorf Goodman, to developing new designer growth, planning, and 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 events and shows for brands including: Ralph Lauren, Carmen Marc Valvo, Pandora Jewelry, AGTA Spectrum Awards, Donna Karan, Vivienne Tam, and talent sourced globally for Dell Computers.

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

 
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Chief Operations Officer

Alex 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 businesses. 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 of volunteering at this stage of our lives and has done so with the Oratorio Society of NY, the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and 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. 

 

Legal Council

Jeffry M. Aronsson

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Executive Assistant

Nikki Williams Dietrich

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Art Director

Barbara DeVries

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HIPSILVER COUNCIL

Barry Benjamin

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