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Meet the Team

Brad Vancour
founding member & managing Member

Upon graduating from Bishop’s University in the mid 1980’s with a degree in Economics Vancour decided to first see the World before jumping into the corporate world.  Vancour moved to Whistler BC, and quickly became a principle skier for Warren Miller Entertainment Ski Films for 17 film sequences to many remote locations as the Russia, India, China and all over Europe and North America.  This included many first descents abroad during the early stages of the Extreme Sports movement. Vancour was also featured on the cover of over 50 Ski Magazines, Movie Posters, Ski Posters, Credit Cards and Bill Boards.  Vancour also developed his on ski suit line called Vancour-Tech with Natlacen ski wear during his period.  However, even with this success, Vancour realized that earning a good living entirely off of Extreme Skiing was too difficult at the time, so Vancour entered into the world of Commercial Real Estate and combined Skiing professionally and business for over a decade while being primarily based in both Montreal and Toronto.

In 1999 Vancour moved to Seattle and has specializes in land development, resort development, luxury home sales, and award-winning project marketing.  In more recent years Brad was the top producing Broker in Suncadia Resort; plus investor and principal in several pending and approved advanced technology Patents. Now as a member of the Sotheby's International Realty network, Brad has expanded his market area throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the globe.  Vancour is currently one of the top listing agents in Washington State and has since expanded with the newly formed Team Vancour.

A serial entrepreneur and veteran professional in many fields including: Film, Real Estate and Technology start-ups.  Vancour is valued for his creativity, professionalism, privacy, honesty and integrity – characteristics that are sought after by executive groups and his discriminating clientele alike.

Over the past 25 years Vancour has also attended numerous celebrity events as a special guest which has helped generated a vast network within the film and entertainment industry.  The basis for Vancour’s newly formed company Good Message Films, LLC.  


BRETT CULLEN
Actor

Brett Cullen is a veteran film and television actor who has appeared in a number of feature films including Apollo 13, Something to Talk About, The Replacements, Ghost Rider and the indie drama Puncture. Cullen has been seen in a string of high profile films including the MGM film, Red Dawn, The Guilt Trip, opposite Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen and currently in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated sequel The Dark Knight Rises. Other motion picture credits include The Life Before Her Eyes, Skateland, The Runaways,  Guillermo Arriaga’s, The Burning Plain. He also co-produced his first film as well as acted in, Beneath The Darkness, a new teen thriller starring Dennis Quaid.

On television, the Houston, Texas-native has starred in numerous different series including  “Falcon Crest,” “Young Riders,” “Orleans,” “Simple Life,” and “Legacy.” Most recently, Cullen has had recurring roles on CBS ” Person Of Interest,” ABC Family’s “Make It Or Break It,” NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” FX’s  “Damages,” NBC’s West Wing,”  and “The Gates” among others. Cullen is also known for his character ‘Goodwin’ in ABC’s “Lost” and roles on “Criminal Minds,”” Revenge,”  “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Private Practice,” “Once and Again,” and “CSI: Miami,” among others. Cullen was seen this year on Lifetime’s network in, Marc Cherry’s “Devious Maids”. Cullen just finished starring in the Indie film “River Guard” opposite Eric Ladin and starred and produced the indie film, “ The Last Rescue.”


James Sundstad
Marketing Director

James brings over 30 years marketing and branding experience, including serving as Managing Director at FITCH Seattle. Prior, James spent six years based in London as Principal of Werkspace Studios, consulting luxury brands, international exhibitions, along with travel & leisure developments. As a Seattle native, James launched award-winning Werkhaus Creative Communications, where over 14 years he acquired a notable portfolio of clientele and business liaisons while working with some of the world’s leading retailers and commercial brands including Nike, Starbucks, Microsoft, Nintendo, K2 Sports and Wells Fargo. 


Ben Katon
Director of Finances

Mr. Katon has been involved in various sales and finance related roles throughout his career. Since 2003, Mr. Katon has served as the Vice President of Finance & Acquisitions for privately held real estate company based in Kirkland, WA. In his current role Mr. Katon oversees the finance, acquisition, and disposition activities for a multi-billion dollar/40,000-unit apartment portfolio, spanning ten U.S. cities and four Canadian provinces. Mr. Katon also serves on the board of the parent company. Prior to his current position, Mr. Katon held key finance positions for Conseco Finance and at Porsche and Land Rover/Jaguar dealerships. He is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Association, Mortgage Bankers Association and Seattle United Way Finance Committee.


Tony doupe
actor & Producer

Tony Doupé is a SAG-AFTRA actor with an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. An actor for over 32 years, recent credits include a supporting roles in the feature film’s, The Last Rescue, Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, Laggies, starring Keira Knightly, Eden, starring Beau Bridges and the role of “Walt” in Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas with Elliott Gould and David DeLuise, directed by Sue Corcoran. Tony co-starred as “Lynch” in the feature film The River Sorrow, with Ray Liota and Christian Slater, presented at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He has leading roles in the feature films, Frayed, Kononia and The Off Hours written and directed by Megan Griffiths, seen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Safety Not Guaranteed starring Kirsten Bell and Aubrey Plaza. He has been a guest star for the TV series Leverage starring Timothy Hutton, Grimm and Z Nation.

Tony had supporting roles on numerous feature films including The Ring, starring Naomi Watts and Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie. His television career is significant, with roles in Northern Exposure, Unsolved Mysteries, and The Fugitive. A popular featured commercial actor, his many credits include spots in Pizza Hut, Microsoft, Tractor Supply, Lowes Hardware, The Seattle Mariners and Rodda Paint. Tony has been producing, directing, teaching and coaching actors for seventeen years both privately and at the college level.


John Zaring
Founder of Zaring Group

Zaring Group founder John Zaring has 30 years of strategic experience in the entertainment industry. His background involves an integration of celebrity-driven event management and public relations, television & film production and talent representation. In addition to producing two annual events in Mexico, the Cabo Comedy Festival in Los Cabos and Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival at the Hard Rock Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, the firm currently promotes resorts in Cabo, Loreto and Vallarta, Mexico, and also Antigua, Guatemala.

Prior to founding the Zaring Group in 2007, John was President of Zaring/Cioffi Entertainment (ZCE), an event production firm that specialized in celebrity-driven fundraisers. Among ZCE’s properties were Richard Karn StarDays (Seattle, 1993-99), Marg Helgenberger & Alan Rosenberg Celebrity Weekend (Omaha, 1997-2006), Dennis Quaid Charity Weekend (Austin, 2003 – 2007) and NAACP Image Awards (LA, 2005 – 2007). ZCE was purchased in September 2007 by SportsQuest Inc., a publicly traded (symbol: SPQS) company based in Orlando.

In 1993, he partnered with casting director Bianca Cioffi to form Zaring/Cioffi Entertainment, eventually adding Casey Sander (Grace Under Fire), Kenneth Kimmins (Coach), Charlie Robinson (Love & War) and Emmy winner Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) as clients. With the creation of a celebrity golf event for Karn in 1993, the firm began producing events, which became its core business in 1999.

John has also produced four movies, most recently the indie feature “Pursuit of Happiness”, a romantic comedy that starred Frank Whaley, Annabeth Gish and Jean Stapleton, which he also wrote. The Martindale Group film was released in theatres in 2002. Other credits include “Picture Perfect” (ABC), “Nervous Ticks” (Columbia) and “Men of Respect” (Columbia). He has also produced multiple sports broadcasts for ESPN and FOX Sports.

John writes a regular political column – entitled ‘The Rational Center’ – for SCVNews.com. For his political activism, in August 2010, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party presented John with the FRANKLIN D. AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR award. In March 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award and admitted to the Alumni Hall of Fame for Wilson High School, in West Lawn, PA.
John is an avid runner and hoops junkie. He has played in the same weekly basketball league since 1988, and is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.


Charles Wadlow
Executive Recruiter

Charles Wadlow has twenty years of executive recruiting experience and is ranked in the top 1% of Executive Recruiters on a national level based on his individual billing production. Charles is one of the first people under the age of thirty to bill One Million in production in one year. What is even more impressive is that his billings have come without the assistance of lead generators, account executives or research assistants. Charles runs the search process from start to finish, which creates a high degree of accountability for his clients. What clients love most about Charles, is his attention to detail and his ferocious work ethic.

Charles Wadlow is also touted by his fellow recruiters as being the nation’s leading educational speaker on executive recruiting. Because of his impressive production levels, over six thousand(6,000) recruiters in retained and executive search contingency have attended his training academy. His experience with an international executive recruiting firm is enhanced by his ability to speak Japanese, Spanish and conversational Korean. The majority of Charles’ practice is focused on a select few of National Public Accounting firms and their preferred clients. Charles’ reputation nationally with these clients have driven his practice to be one of the most respected independent executive recruiting firms. Charles has been consistently chosen by his clients to represent them on their most difficult searches because of his dedication to getting the job done right. Charles is a graduate of Seattle University where he received a BS in International Business.


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Gary Glouner Jr. 
Lawyer

Born in Hollywood, and now based out of Seattle, Mr. Glouner is a lawyer and currently manages global publisher and ad technology partnerships for Facebook. His film and TV experience started with being a founding investor at Family Room Entertainment, which has evolved into Emmett Furla Oasis Films, the producer of more than 50 major motion pictures, including: Lone Survivor, 2 Guns, Broken City, Alex Cross, End of Watch, Lay The Favorite, Conan The Barbarian, Gun, Righteous Kill, Day of the Dead, Rambo, King of California, The Wicker Man, 16 Blocks, Narc, and Grizzly Mountain.

Mr. Glouner’s history in Hollywood started as a child actor on such series as “Charlie’s Angels” and “CHiPs” and then evolved into television production at MGM / UA on the “Fame” television series, as well as at Harmony Pictures, as an assistant director and producer.  His career evolved into digital content and advertising while working at LaunchPad/TopThreeMobile, Microsoft, Accenture, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, and then Facebook.  Mr. Glouner is from a fourth generation Hollywood film / TV family — his father, Gary Glouner, was a cinematographer for Spelling Entertainment; his uncle, Dennis Glouner, is an Academy Award winner / ASC member; his grandfather is an Academy Award winner and was significant in the membership and development of both the American Cinematographic Editors (ACE) association and American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), where the Glouners had the most single family members in the history of the ASC; his cousin, Richard Glouner, is a multiple Emmy Award winner / nominee and former board member at the Academy; his great granduncle, Charles Glouner, founded the cinematographic department at Warner Brothers in the 1920’s, was foundational in creating the ASC and ACE, and filmed the first motion picture of an eclipse of the sun in a Standard Oil wooden airplane using a wooden motion picture camera; his grandmother, Annette Marone Krasny Glouner, was a founding principal of Sinatra Enterprises and manager of Frank Sinatra.

Mr. Glouner attended Claremont McKenna College for his BA in Economics, Georgetown University for his MBA, ESADE Barcelona for his PIM degree, and Seattle University School of Law for his JD.  He is an active Attorney At Law and a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and is historically Washington state's only Rule 9 lawyer to argue and win a unanimous 9 to 0 victory at the Washington State Supreme Court.