Chief Executive Officer
Stephen McNiel's business career spans over 35 years including real estate, corporate accounting, treasury, award winning media production, marketing, and advertising.
He spent 16 years in corporate finance with MCA/Universal, monitoring and adjusting corporate cash flow to maximize value on a day-to-day basis. At MCA/Universal, Stephen performed various analyses used in two corporate acquisitions of MCA/Universal: One with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., a $6.1 billion transaction in 1990; The other with Seagram Company Ltd. which bought 80% of the Matsushita investment for $5.7 billion in 1996.
Serving as Vice President of New Business and Strategic Planning for the McQuerter Group Public Relations firm, Stephen was instrumental in restructuring the agency through the development of an advertising wing. As Vice President of Development for The Ayzenberg Group design firm, with emphasis on new business development and client services, Stephen served clients from Hasbro, GT Interactive, Take-Two Interactive, 3DO, GoShip.com, Panasonic and Perks.com.
Stephen is an award winning producer/director in advertising, television sports and theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in radio, television and film.
In addition, he has an executive management certification from the Haas School of Business/University of California, Berkeley.
Executive VP / Strategic Corp. Development
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (with honors) from the University of New Mexico and a Juris Doctor of Law Degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He also served as an associate Editor of the Natural Resources Law Journal. Mr. Corondoni has also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University).
He is a former practicing corporate attorney. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the legal staff of Ranchers Exploration and Development Corp. where he served as assistant to the president.
During the early 1970's Mr. Corondoni was the Chairman of the Board, President, Director and the principal shareholder of Demetrios, Inc., a publicly held New Mexico Corporation engaged in the development and operation of family style restaurants.
During the early 1980's, Chris was the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Director and a principal shareholder of American Ice, Inc., a packaged ice manufacturing company in Southern California.
Subsequently, he spent eighteen years in the financial services industry in Southern California as a Senior Vice President with Primerica Financial Services, a subsidiary of Citigroup.
From 2005 to January 2010, Chris served as Vice President, Client Relations and Business Development with Ace Attorney Services, Inc., an attorney service company with seven offices in California.
Vice President Production and Distribution
John has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 17 years working in film, branded entertainment, video games, theme parks and concerts. He started his career in the convert business and has been involved in the marketing and production of over 200 converts, festivals and large events. He also served as a producer, editor and writer for more than 200 commercials and corporate video communications.
Mr. Sullivan has produced the feature documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, featuring Ben Stein, which opened on 1,000 screens nationwide. Expelled holds the 15th largest theatrical box office record for a documentary in history and continues to be on Amazon's Top Twenty sales list of documentaries since its release in 2008. The film also won the prestigious 'Freedom Award' from Movie Guide. John is currently a writer, director and co-producer on other major feature films which will soon be released.
Through his years in this business segment, John has acquired extensive knowledge of and relationships with theatrical and home entertainment distributors that are vital to Shelter Pictures' success.
John graduated from Jessup University and attended San Francisco State's school of Digital Media. He completed his graduate coursework at Regent College in Vancouver, BC.
CEO of Kingston Place Pictures
During Bill's 15 years at Columbia Pictures, he supervised the production of more than 100 feature films, including Awakenings, A League of Their Own, My Girl, Groundhog Day, Age of Innocence, In the Line of Fire, Little Women, Fly Away Home, Air Force One, Men in Black I and II, Stuart Little I and II and The Patriot.
He started with Columbia in 1986 as a production consultant and in 1987 was named Director of Production Services, becoming part of David Puttnam's administration. Bill remained at Columbia after David's departure and was made Vice President of Production Administration in 1988 by new studio President Dawn Steel.
With Sony Corporation's acquisition of Columbia, Bill was elevated to Senior Vice President of Production Administration in 1992. His final production for the studio was the first Spiderman which grossed $806 million worldwide.
Preceding Bill's tenure at Columbia, he developed and produced Thunder Alley for Cannon Films in 1985 and The Slayer for the International Picture Show in 1981. He started his production career in the mid 1970's with the Dino De Laurentiis production of King Kong and Sandy Howard's production of Meteor.
He got his start in the entertainment business as an actor in numerous films and television series, including Johnny Got His Gun, The End, Little House on the Prairie and Korg 70,000 BC. And he made his directing debut on the Lifetime movie Christmas Child based on a Max Lucado book.
Bill was President of Every Tribe Entertainment from 2002 through 2009, where he served as Producer and Co-Writer of the feature film End of the Spear and Co-Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor.
Bill resides in Los Angeles with Susie, his wife of 30 years.
Corporate Controller / Treasurer
Karen is currently serving as the Controller for Shelter Entertainment Studios, Inc. on a part-time interim basis. Upon completion of its Regulation D offering, the company will select a person to fill this position.
She is the Corporate Controller for John Paul Mitchell Systems, a manufacturer and international distributor of hair care products and co-owner of the franchisor of over 100 cosmetology schools throughout the United States. In the role, Karen manages the company's accounting and income tax compliance, day-to-day cash management and administration of the multi-employer retirement plan.
Prior to joining John Paul Mitchell Systems, Karen spent fifteen years in public accounting, reaching the level of senior audit manager, where she served private and publicly-held clients in manufacturing and distribution, personal service, franchising, entertainment and employee benefit plans.
Karen is an actively licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Jack Winkle comes to Shelter Entertainment Studios, Inc. with over 30 years of experience in domestic and international Sales and Marketing in the medical device and biotech industry. He has received numerous awards in the production of award-winning patient education films.
Mr. Winkle is currently a Hospital Systems Manager with Genentech. He has experience in contracting, new product development, marketing strategies, forecasting, budget and market analytics, and is widely respected for his expertise in several areas of medical treatment.
Jack is also Vice President and co-founder of Noah's Friends, Inc., a company that assists families dealing with a diagnosis of autism. He and his wife Julie are highly involved in the southern California autism treatment and awareness community. They are passionate about finding ways to help entire families that deal with this condition, not just the individual with the diagnosis.
Tom has enjoyed a very rewarding career on Wall Street starting with Merrill Lynch in 1987. Over the next 17 years at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Conigliaro's experiences led him to senior roles in sales & trading, sales management and executive positions in the securities services business. Goldman Sachs recruited Tom in 2003 to build an independent research business. This led to the creation of a private equity portfolio called Hudson Street which culminated in minority investment stakes and exclusive distribution agreements with 11 leading research firms.
In 2011, Tom decided to leave Goldman Sachs to focus his attention on film production where he was able to uniquely combine his business acumen and passion for film. Through, Tom's production company Eastlake Films, he has produced/executive produced several feature film projects including LOVING THE BAD MAN, REMNANTS, SALVATION BOULEVARD, SAMUEL BLEAK, MISSED CONNECTIONS and an international co production SOS LOVE: THE MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT. Tom also produced a TV pilot in January 2012 called CAPTAIN BLACKOUT. Tom joined investment banking boutique Marlin & Associates in January 2012 to advise clients in their merger & acquisition activities. Marlin's industry focus is primarily centered in financial technology, information services, healthcare and media.
Mr. Conigliaro earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Widener University in 1985 where he was a member of the 1981 NCAA Division III National Championship Football team. Tom went on to earn an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1986 and was awarded the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) in 1994. Tom lives in the New York Metropolitan area with his wife Lisa and four children.
Business Development/Online Marketing
Over the past 7 years Matt has been establishing a solid list of experience in building up customer acquisition channels, developing unique brands and achieving meaningful revenue growth for several online entities. In less than 6 months he launched and developed an affiliate marketing program that generated multi-million dollar sales results.
His skills include customer acquisition, lead generation, sales, branding, online and offline marketing, ad design, copywriting, creative strategy, graphic design and social media. For example Matt was instrumental in defining the business strategy and launching an exciting new mentoring sight that aligns Christian entrepreneurs with successful Christian business owners to create channels of communications whereby success becomes the norm.
Wherever Matt has become involved companies have grown and prospered through focused business development and affiliate marketing. Matt holds a B.A. from The University of Scranton and attended New York University for studies in Strategic Search Engine Marketing in 2010.
Web and IT Manager
Josh is currently serving as the head of information technology at Shelter Entertainment Studios, Inc.
Josh has ran his own computer services company in the Los Angeles area for years, working with many individuals and companies. He specializes in networking and security, web design, and data management. He works with Windows, Linux, Mac, and mobile platforms.
Mr. Bullock has attended college with a focus in computer science. He has also worked as a technician for Adage IT, a larger IT MSP (Managed Service Provider) in the Santa Clarita Valley, and as a field electrician for Detection Logic Fire Protection Services Inc.
Josh continues to keep up on the latest technologies, ranging from mobile platforms to social media.
Shelter Entertainment Studios 2012