Sydney & Neil Besen
Delray Beach, FL
Sydney is a retired speech therapist and a radio producer. Neil is a retired restaurant entrepreneur.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Prior to relocating to South Florida in 2003, he lived in Washington, D.C., where he was the Broker/Owner of Keith Blackburn Real Estate and was host of Rainbow Radio, a weekly radio talk show.
In 2003, he founded Rainbow Realty, Inc. His real estate brokerage draws from his 25+ years experience as a real estate broker, specializing in personalized real estate services.
In 2005, he fulfilled a dream by purchasing, renovating and creating a unique boutique resort. The Historical Fort Lauderdale property, built in 1928, became Mary’s Resort; an award-winning upscale boutique resort.
In 2011, he founded of the GFLGLCC – Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, where he currently serves as President / CEO. Prior to the GFLGLCC, he was Chair of the Rainbow Alliance of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which was retired with the launch of the GFLGLCC.
The GFLGLCC is the exclusive Greater Fort Lauderdale affiliate of the NGLCC – National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The GFLGLCC is the largest LGBT business organization in Broward County. In addition to an ever-expanding membership, the GFLGLCC maintains unique partnerships with other chambers, local and national corporations, non-profit community organizations, and media outlets.
In 2014, he was appointed to the board of the Community Relations Council at Broward Health, Imperial Point Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Keith is excited to be appointed to the National Board of Truth Wins Out (TWO).
New York, NY
A graduate of Stanford and Harvard, Gene Stone (www.genestone.com) is a former Peace Corps volunteer, screenwriter, television producer, and journalist as well as a book, magazine, and newspaper editor for such companies as the Los Angeles Times, California, Esquire, Harcourt Brace, and Simon & Schuster.
He has also ghostwritten more than thirty books (many of which were national bestsellers) for a diverse lot of people, including theoretical physicist Steven Hawking, Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders, CNN Executive Vice-president Gail Evans. His most recent ghostwritten projects were The Engine 2 Diet, the national bestseller written with vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn, and Start Something That Matters, written with TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie (a #1 New York Times bestseller). Gene has also written many titles under his own name, including The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, which has been translated into more than twenty languages; the #1 New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives; the #1 Washington Post bestseller The Bush Survival Bible; and The Watch, the definitive book on the wristwatch. Gene is currently on the board of several non-for-profits, and has done a great deal of volunteer work in the areas of gay rights and animal advocacy.