Gregory J. Chamberlain

Gregory J. Chamberlain is a lifelong multi-sector serial entrepreneur, mostly in the music business where it intersects TMT (technology, media & telecom), and hospitality & retail where it intersects with real estate development.

As a very out of the box thinker, he has been a long time confidant, advisor and strategist to multiple prominent individuals of varying backgrounds and their family offices. He has also managed and overseen management of a wide variety of business for some of the world's leading recording & theatrical artists, their companies, subsequent estates and related philanthropic efforts. 

He enjoys spending as much time as possible each year in mastermind sessions with exemplary emerging entrepreneurs, executives and inspired individuals across several industries.

Originally from Newport Beach and later emancipated from California, he presently resides in East Texas, with a love for summers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and throughout the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

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Remembering Malcolm Forbes

Gregory J Chamberlain and Malcolm Forbes

34 years ago today, the late great magazine publisher and adventurer, Malcolm S. Forbes, passed away at age 70. "WHILE ALIVE, HE LIVED", reads his tombstone.

Had the distinct privilege of getting to know Malcolm starting in 1987. First met him in Los Angeles after writing several letters asking for his advice on how to start a magazine.

After meeting him in LA, he called with an invitation to come out to New York, where he introduced to me members of the Forbes Magazine staff to learn as much as I could about their particular departments. At night, he took me to events his company organized at one of his townhouses, as well as on his yacht, The Highlander, where he wined and dined major advertising executives and guests that included foreign dignitaries, rock stars, supermodels and other news makers. He schooled me on the fine art of wooing more money out of advertisers without actually asking for it.

Several interesting things happened through knowing Malcolm Forbes, such as him introducing Henry Kissinger and I. At the time, my greatest asset was a comprehensive relational database of student leaders across the U.S. and abroad, which Kissinger was interested in tapping into for the World Economic Forum. The introduction and subsequent follow ups were monumental at the time. But in hindsight, I am glad I never shared my mailing list with Kissinger and his cohorts, for I am opposed to the globalist agenda of the Bilderberg Group and World Economic Forum of which Kissinger played a pivotal role while alive.

However, Malcolm was an amazing cat. He was the first to teach me the real virtues of the Libertarian Philosophy. And, for that, I am most forever grateful.

Remembering Gerry Rubin

Gerry Rubin - 1940-2023
 

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Gerry Rubin in late October 2023. Gerry was the co-founder of the legendary advertising agency Rubin Postaer and Associates, well known throughout the advertising world as RPA.

Had the great privilege of meeting his lovely daughter, Anne, during a period in my early twenties, when I was attempting to launch a print magazine for student leaders. 

Anne and I both attended a student leadership camp & conference in Northern California and when the event was over, Anne hitched a ride in my 1972 Volkswagen bus back to her family home in the Pacific Palisades where her father was waiting for her.

When Anne told her father I was starting a magazine for student leaders, he did not miss a beat in quizzing me about my concept and immediately offered to introduce me to potential advertisers, advertising executives and magazine publishers he personally knew, well, that included Robert (Bob) Peterson who owned Teen Magazine and Motor Trend and a large array of other magazines, along with introducing me to the publisher-in-chief of Architectural Digest and the founding publisher of USA Today, Al Neuharth.

Gerry was the ultimate connector and taught me the value of the importance of the human touch, which he was the master of.

Remebering Dick Stevens' Birthday on this 4th of July, 2023

One of my favorite friends and greatest mentors in my lifetime, was Richard S. Stevens.

In association with the Stevens family, I am in the process of organizing a timeline of Dick's life from his birth through to becoming a literal King of Hospitality & Leisure, at RichardSStevens.Com

Richard S. Stevens, widely known as Dick Stevens, celebrating his birthday on a past July 4. Dick

I have been a very fortunate recipient of having multiple amazing impactful mentors throughout my life, some long running and others more short lived, but important to me.

One of the early ones who I first met and became great friends with while still in high school was known as Richard S. Stevens, known famously in hospitality and leisure business circles as Dick Stevens. He has been gone for almost 13 years. He would have turned 93 today.

Dick dealt mostly in being the head of conglomerates with multiple subsidiaries that owned/managed hotels such as The Disneyland Hotel, resorts and mixed with condo developments such as Marina City Club in Marina Del Rey California, The Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, The Jockey Club in Miami and Fisher Island in Miami (the most expensive zip code in the United States).

Most of what he did was attached to world class marinas, and so it really made sense when he founded BellPort Group, a marina acquisitions & management to acquire thousands and thousands of boat slips and the related resorts and shore based real estate connected to those marinas in harbors around the world.

Perhaps his favorite idea which he loved to talk about before during after it happened, was his orchestrating the acquisition of The Queen Mary and The Spruce Goose in a separate deal, so he could put them together as a major Southern California tourist attraction. The Spruce Goose what put underneath the largest geodesic dome in the world.

Dick was definitely my most important mentor in terms of business deal-making. He has had even more of an impact on me later in life that I ever could have imagined. I often find myself focusing to channel my inner Dick Stevens and often ask myself, "What would Dick do in this situation?"

The best part of being friends with Dick, was that he knew how to enjoy life and instilled in me the idea of not chasing deals for money, but think big about deals doing things that one loves to do, as if one already had all the money in the world. He knew things worked out better that way.

The time between the summer of 1982 through the summer Olympics in 1984 were great years to be friends with the Stevens family. Dick was named to be the Commissioner for the Modern Pentathlon for the 1984 Olympics, which took place in Los Angeles. I happened to be next door neighbors with Peter Ueberroth & his family beginning in June 1982, the day it was publicly announced that he was the President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

I ended up booking musical acts to perform for corporate/social events that led up to the Olympics, for the both the Stevens' and the Ueberroth family, in addition to driving around a lot of corporate sponsors and diplomats passing through LA during the organizing process, some of whom I am still in contact with to this day.

Being around Dick Stevens was an exercise in thinking big on a multi-dimensional level, always with several projects running simultaneously, in different stages. With everything Dick had going, he still made time to have fun every day, have lots of dinners and parties with family and old & new friends.

Thank you Dick!