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Mark Chasan - Founder and CEO

Mark founded A.W.E. Global, LLC, A.W.E. Communities, Center of A.W.E., AWElife.com and A.W.E. Institute to realize a vision to which he is devoting his life - to create a world of Abundance, Wellness & Enlightenment.   Projects in development include the following:

(i)       Center of A.W.E. - Advancement centers that combine socially and environmentally responsible collaborative workspace with new paradigm health, wellness and personal development space;

(ii)      A.W.E. Communities - Sustainable communities based upon the principles of collaboration, sharing, love, respect, equitability, environmental stewardship, innovation and regeneration; and

(iii)    AWElife.com - A rewards-based meritocratic online community focused on rewarding contributions toward world and community good.

Mark integrates his experience as a lawyer, Internet entrepreneur, business and finance adviser, healer, whole systems integrator, environmentalist, strategist, and C-level executive to vision and manifest A.W.E.

As CEO and Chairman of Transformative Capital, a strategic advisory firm with direct relationships to $80 billion in capital, Mark has advised numerous socially and environmentally responsible businesses and helped them obtain the resources they need to succeed. 

Mark’s digital media and Internet background started in 1995, when he founded Emusic, the first company in history to sell digital music files and mp3 players online. Emusic went public in 1999.  Mr. Chasan’s experience as the founder and CEO of Emusic, provided Mr. Chasan with significant experience in building businesses from inception to exit, as well as a deep understanding of finance, M&A, technology, Internet and media.

Mr. Chasan’s free time (usually resulting from sleeping only 4 hours per night) is spent enjoying music, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, personal growth, massage/healing, hot springs, traveling, great food & wine, conscious and inspired friends, nature and beauty.

Ted Lieser - Development Advisor

Ted Lieser has over 10 years experience in developing and managing real estate projects that represent the best in sustainable development, historic rehabilitation, and urban design practices.  Ted has a strong background in managing all phases of development including project feasibility, site analysis, design, entitlements, financing, and construction management.

Ted has been actively involved in the planning, design and development of over 750,000 sq. ft. of real estate totaling over $500 million. The  projects range from luxury eco resorts, clean technology business incubators and green commercial office projects to historic military-to-commercial conversions, independent high schools, nonprofit performing arts centers and mixed use transit-oriented developments.

He led the development of Cavallo Point Lodge, a 142 room retreat and conference center that includes a restaurant, spa, meeting rooms and support facilities that sits at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.  Completed in 2008, at the cost of $103 million, the 200,000 sf project was developed within 35 rehabilitated or newly constructed buildings spread over a 45 acre abandoned historic Army base.   The project achieved the Gold Certification Standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and has garnered a number of prestigious historic preservation awards including the 2009 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ted’s other projects include: The Bay School - a 65,000 SF independent preparatory high school, rehabilitated from an historic Army barracks in the Presidio of San Francisco; The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts - a 16,000 SF educational and performing arts center catering to disadvantaged youth and young adults in Richmond, CA; The David Brower Center - a 50,000 SF multi-tenant environmental nonprofit office building in Berkeley (LEED Platinum); and Building 813 - a proposed 250,000 cleantech incubator intended to catalyze economic development, community renewal and spur the larger revitalization of the long abandoned Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco.

Ted received his B.A from the University of Colorado/Boulder in 1988 and his J.D. from Golden Gate Law School in 1995, where he specialized in Environmental Law and Policy.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California Heritage Council and the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Existing Building Committee.  He is also a member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

 

Jacqueline Chan - Medical Director

 Jacqueline Chan, D.O., has been an integrative medical doctor since 1997 and is a member of the prestigious Integrative Medical Group, CLEAR Center of Health, in Marin County. Dr. Chan is Board Certified in Family Practice, Holistic Medicine, and Neuromuscular and Skeletal Medicine. She is a member of American College for the Advancement of Medicine, American Holistic Medical Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, the Cranial Academy, and the American Osteopathic Association. Jacqueline was drawn to Osteopathic Medicine because of its holistic and individualized approach that supports integrative methodologies as well as a spiritual view of health. Osteopaths receive the same full medical training of an M.D., with additional training in musculoskeletal manipulation and in a whole-person approach to consultation, diagnosis, and practice.

Dr. Jacqueline Chan's spiritual journey and her interest in health are inseparable in her practice of Integrative Medicine.  To Jacqueline, optimal health represents the integration of a healthy body, a peaceful mind and the highest expression of our soul's purpose.

In taking a ecosystemic approach to health, Jacqueline’s primary approach to wellness is to support the individual in creating optimal internal and external environments that allow the wisdom of body, mind and soul use their genius to optimize health.   In addition to counseling patients in healthy living that includes nutrition, exercise, meditation plus values-based living and working, Jacqueline also utilizes the highest quality nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to support the body's biochemical processes as well as sophisticated diagnostics to identify other issues such as toxin build-up in the body, stress, and hormonal imbalances.   Furthermore, Jacqueline utilizes cranial sacral and other techniques to support the energy systems of her patients.

 

Matt Lucas - Chief Fitness Officer

Matt Lucas is a master in 7 martial arts systems, a certified Ashtanga yoga and martial arts instructo r, personal trainer, speaker plus an integrative wellness and personal development coach.   Matt has trained numerous martial arts champions, professional athletes, executives and kids.

Matt began his martial arts career from the moment he could walk. Matt’s first mentor, his father, was a highly trained war hero with Naval special forces in the Korean War and Vietnam wars.  Matt became the National Champion of The World Tae Kwon Do Federation in 1990 and became a master and teacher in Toas Nabard Kung Fu, a rare Persian combat system in 1997.  Matt has continued to expand his mastery of many martial arts styles including Systema, Bagua, Ju Jitsu, Aikido, Muay Thai, Shotokan, Wing Chung and Filipino Kali.

As Matt grew in age and wisdom, he learned many ancient healing systems and spiritual philosophies including Tui Na, Qi Gong, Thai massage, Ashtanga Yoga, postural and bone alignment, balancing, strength and flexibility training and energy healing.   He used this ancient wisdom as a foundation to create an integrated wellness system to heal his own childhood health problems, which included bow legs, swayback, scoliosis, severe joint pain and vertigo.   

Matt has combined his long experience to create a unique holistic, ethical and integrated system of optimal wellness and living called “YAMAS” (Yoga and Martial Arts System). YAMAS provides practitioners with optimal health, wellness, vitality and consciousness, as well as the ability to face their challenges and powerfully perform under difficult and stressful conditions. 

In his career, Matt has personally trained over 2,000 kids in martial arts and yoga and created “DAYMAT”, a youth martial arts performance team that performed for over 10,000 people in 2010.

Matt has worked extensively with corporate executives, coaches and individuals as a personal trainer and mentor.  Using YAMAS and somatic metaphor as both a wellness system and wisdom-based life practice, Matt has delivered remarkable results to his clients, including the following:

  • Optimal health and wellness
  • Abundant vitality
  • Increased ability and ease achieving goals
  • Reduction of stress
  • Increased strength, flexibility and stamina
  • Helping to heal and prevent diseases and disorders including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and ADHD.
  • Greater clarity, calmness, focus and awareness
  • Ability to powerfully and calmly handle life’s challenges.

Matt is taking his lifetime of practice and study to working with A.W.E. in providing a unique wellness and consciousness system for A.W.E. called YAMAWE which is the integration of YAMAS applied to living a life of abundance, wellness & enlightenment.

 

Merrill Ward – CEO – Chief Enlightenment Officer

Merrill Ward possesses the rare gift of exquisitely articulating deep esoteric wisdom as well as transmitting this wisdom to his students through imagery, mythology, ontology, noetic experiences and profound metaphor. 

Merrill has been deeply involved is studying and teaching the esoteric wisdom of the Western Mystery School tradition and comparative world religions for over 20 years.  His work acts as a transformative catalyst for individuals and groups to gain a richer and deeper understanding of their power, creativity and innate magical abilities aligning them with their true mission and purpose in life.

In addition to his work as an emissary of enlightenment, magick, manifestation and spiritual awareness, Merrill is a seasoned media professional, consultant and producer in the areas of film, commercials, television, music and multi-media.  It is through his mastery of imagery and communication that Merrill is able to clearly and effectively communicate, transmit and imbue spiritual wisdom and mysticism into the very fabric of life – making such wisdom practical and approachable for our individual daily lives.

He has worked with numerous top entertainment companies and not-for-profit organizations including, most recently, Rogue Valley - based Land Mind Productions, Ashland’s Beach Avenue Productions and Rogue Design Group in addition to internationally renowned production companies, entertainment networks and advertising agencies including The Walt Disney Co., Buena Vista Entertainment, WarnerVision Ent., CBS Television, Dreamworks SKG, Idealab, Sattchi & Saatchi, (NY), Ogilvy & Mathers (NY/LA), BBD&O (Chicago).

For over 25 years, Merrill has held the vision of being intimately involved in developing and managing a spiritual "advancement center" that would provide a dynamic community environment for fostering deep personal and spiritual transformation for the individual and a collective for conscious evolutionary co-creation.  He has devoted a substantial portion of his life developing the skills, knowledge and personal integration to possess the credibility to lead such an endeavor.

Merrill is now devoting his passions for co-creating harmonious social networks of empowered individuals, building sustainable community and developing and implementing effective strategic models that support their growth to A.W.E.

Graham Moles, Director of Holistic Integration

A cultural anthropologist and champion of healthy community planning and implementation, Graham has years of experience in understanding and mediating inter and intra cultural affairs in retreats, resorts and communities.

Graham started his professional career in large-scale property management before establishing himself as a successful entrepreneur as the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Retrospek Inc. His role included marketing and brand management and his innovations in online advertising helped the new company become profitable within its first year.

The business success afforded him the time for personal reflection and growth. After Retrospek, he spent the next five years of his life exploring inward - studying Vajrayana Buddhism, Taoism, and humanism. His meditations eventually compelled him back into the flow of the world around him, where he used his skills to establish himself as a consultant, helping several startups become viable.

In the last few years, after completing a degree in cultural anthropology, he has shifted his efforts toward building healthy, sustainable communities, and managing spiritual retreats. As the founder and CEO of RetreatWell, Graham has developed a conscious travel and management agency that uses economic incentives and certification programs to encourage holistic, evolutionary and sustainable models for the global retreat industry. 

As the Director of Holistic Integration for AGI Graham seeks to ensure that all AGI and its ventures are holistically, synergistically and integrally aligned to the principles of AWE, creating dynamics that cause abundance, wellness, and enlightenment to spread throughout the organization. Graham will also direct the integration of AWE Global, Inc. AWE Institute and AWE Communities.  In AWE Institute, Graham will develop programs that promote AWE and create open source currency platform that allows all people, including impoverished native groups, to achieve Abundance, Wellness & Enlightenment.

 

Board of Directors 

John Kinney
John has been the CEO of three INC 500 companies.  He was the co-founder of GreenLife International, a biodiesel start-up in Argentina sold to Greenline Industries.  He took over as CEO of Greenline Industries and installed 15 biodiesel plants around the world.   John sold his interest in Greenline in 2008 and became the Managing Director of Imperial Capital responsible for clean energy companies.   He is currently the CEO of Clean Fund, a merchant bank for early stage cleantech.  John is active in environmental education on the board of NatureBridge and with the YPO Environmental Network.  Prior to his renewable energy experience, John was CEO of ClubSource, a merchant bank focused on the fitness industry.  He co-founded and was the CEO of Club One for 12 years, where he developed one of the top 5 club companies in the world with over 100 locations.

John started his career as a consultant with Bain and Company and as a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners.  He holds a BA in Human Biology, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from Stanford University.  He was a professional skateboarder in Europe and a collegiate NCAA swimmer and diver at Stanford.  He is married to his best friend and co-founder of two prior companies and also the proud father of three teenagers.  He balances life with swimming and yoga.

 

Bill Reed

An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, Bill is president of the Integrative Design Collaborative - a consulting organization working to evolve green building design practice into an approach that is fully integrated with living systems. He is a principal of the regenerative planning firm Regenesis and the strategic environmental planning firm Integrative Design.  His work centers on managing and creating frameworks for integrative, whole-systems design processes.  His larger vocation is to grow new capability in the design and construction industries to engage regeneratively with our environment.  . Ultimately, his objective is to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places.

Bill served as co-chair of the LEED Technical Committee from its inception in 1994 through 2003; is a member of the LEED Advanced faculty and one of the first of twelve USGBC trainers of the LEED Rating System; a founding Board Member of the US Green Building Council; and served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee On The Environment. He currently serves on the Board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, as an advisor to Environmental Building News, and on the Board of CitiLog.

Bill is a consultant, design process facilitator, and lecturer.  He has participated in over 200 presentations and workshops relating to Sustainable and Regenerative Design.  He has consulted on dozens of LEED projects - achieving many certifications - Certified to Platinum.  He is a guest lecturer at Universities from Harvard to University of British Columbia.  His clients range from New York City Department of Design and Construction, U.S. General Services Administration, Loreto Bay, Baja, Mexico, Sidwell Friends School, US Green Building Council, Genzyme Corporation, Teknion, LLC, the Willow School, various city planning agencies on the East and West coast, and many private development companies in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Dana Harrison - VP of Operations

Ms. Harrison has 30 years experience building and managing large-scale operations, systems and communities across a variety of environments, from traditional business to alternative culture.  She was an innovator in using technology to automate operations in the banking sector in the early 1980s, and, as VP of Electronic Brokerage Services at Charles Schwab & Co., was part of the team that created the electronic brokerage industry.  Ms. Harrison served on the core organizing team of Black Rock, LLC for the Burning Man festival from 1999 to 2005.  During her tenure at Black Rock, LLC, Ms. Harrison was the leader in charge of coordinating operations, business affairs and logistics for Burning Man and was instrumental in taking Burning Man from an unprofitable festival to a highly profitable cultural event. 

As an entrepreneur, Ms. Harrison founded and headed The Oakland Noodle Factory, and worked with the City of Oakland to create a low cost live-work and performance art space for the creative community of San Francisco Bay Area.  The Noodle Factory created a space that coalesced the performance art community and created an opportunity for creative expression by urban youth.  Concurrently with the Noodle Factory, Ms. Harrison founded and became the Executive Director of Planet Care, a  501(c)(3) providing health and human services support to Burmese refugees, and provided strategic leadership and event management for a non-profit working to develop competitive governmental systems. 

Ms. Harrison’s expertise is translating strategic goals and values into tangible objectives, building enthusiastic tactical teams and maintaining focus on the financial budgets and deliverables.  She is known as a proven problem-solver, operational innovator and mentor, and is excited to be contributing her skill and experience to the AWEdacious goal of building transformative communities for a thriving planet.

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