LFDR’s Board of Advisors constitutes a panel of experts with special skills in marketing strategy, Middle East royalty, butler training, UHNW real estate consulting, international protection, quality improvement, project management, transactional and diplomatic consultancy
FRANÇOISE E. LYON, ADM. A.
With a well established career in wealth management and venture capital in Canada, Françoise has worked with globally renowned family offices & firms, serving as VP and Head of the Private Client Solutions Group-Eastern Canada for Merrill Lynch, as VP of strategy and marketing for National Bank of Canada’s wealth management division, as SVP of Pembroke Wealth Management, and as a Board Director of NBC Securities (the brokerage arm of the National Bank of Canada) and several start-ups in Canada.
Recognized for her leadership, scaling capacity, stakeholder management and strong diplomatic skills, she is involved with many major philanthropic organizations and initiatives, particularly focusing on promoting women’s leadership. Françoise is the current Chair of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (Canada), the President of the Financial Women’s Association of Québec, the Chair of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Endowment Fund in Washington DC and sits as a Director on the IWF global board, among other mentorship activities and community involvements. From Canada, she speaks English, French and Spanish, and holds both Canadian and British citizenship.
Katherine brings leadership experience in marketing, strategic alliances, technology development and new product launching. She is the former US Vice President of Marketing for HomeAway, Inc. Prior to this, she spent ten years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, undertaking marketing and partnership projects both in B2C and B2B, including airlines, credit cards, and sports associations. As part of her position at Starwood, Katherine was tapped to lead special projects with Starwood leadership, including direct initiatives with the CEO.
Steven received his butlery training in London under the watchful eyes of Sir Ivor Spencer, the Toastmaster to the Queen of England. Steven established the International Guild of Traditional Butlers and has published 20 books on modern-day butlery. As the CEO of The International Institute of Modern Butlers, he has recruited and trained many butlers academically and in consultation to leading luxury hotel chains around the world. Steven is in charge of all placements and further training of butlers working for the House of DreamMaker.
David Forbes is Chairman of The Private Office at Savills which he set up in 2007, a global real estate firm with more than 30,000 people in over 700 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. The insightful former officer served in the 10th Gurkhas, British Army and has a passion for travel having lived all over Asia. With over four decades of experience, David is acknowledged to be an expert on property at the top end of the residential market, responsible for the sale of many of London’s most expensive houses and has built up a vast network of clients, providing invaluable advice to all. As Spears 500 said: “Few feel the pulse of global wealth like Forbes, the man with perhaps the most enviable contacts book in property.”
Killian is a strategic and multi-faceted corporate CEO, former US Marine Infantry Officer and former FBI Special Agent with over 20 years of public and private sector leadership experience. With vast experience in global affairs, business administration, risk management, critical intelligence collection and analysis, and negotiation skills, Killian was influential in shaping the US National Security and public policy development. He has recently launched $100M worth of business expansion in Central America and led ATSG’s growth by over 50%.
Chris Nelson is the CEO of MovePRO and is currently managing 3,500 staff and crew members across North America. He is seasoned in roles such as operations, sales, management, and leadership training along with global expertise in startup environments. He planned and executed training for top talents at multiple organizations worldwide using advanced training initiatives including trend analysis and accreditation metrics. Chris holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration – Management from Southeastern Louisiana University, A Master’s degree in Science – Finance & Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University, A PhD in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University and a PhD in International Business Strategy and acquired a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Villanova University, USA.
Andy’s Sirkin Law APC has focused on real estate co-ownership since 1985 and has been involved in the creation of more than 5,000 co-ownership arrangements throughout the world. Andy is a recognized expert in fractional real estate ownership, residence and destination clubs and other shared vacation home arrangements. He brings vast experience and will consult, negotiate and execute on all DreamShare agreements and is licensed to practice in California and France, with offices in Paris and San Francisco.