Scott Stover is a former investment banker. He established GLOBAL ART DEVELOPMENT (GAD) in 2005 to provide strategic planning services to cultural institutions and philanthropists. Stover's global network of contemporary art collectors and patrons form the basis for a range of cross-border consulting and development efforts.
Stover/GAD has advised institutions and individuals on philanthropic projects that engage, maintain, and structure groundbreaking initiatives. Projects include advising an inter-governmental cultural institution on the feasibility and structure of a new international, private donor group; the creation of a U.S. foundation to support a new Latin American museum; developing international financing for a U.S. cultural institution; planning an international friends organization for a U.S. museum; and advising a select group of private art collectors and patrons on the structuring of their collections, private foundations, and philanthropic activities in the arts.
Global Art Development's first client was the Centre Pompidou Foundation. Named the Foundation's Executive Director in 2005, Stover successfully revived the organization which had been inactive for ten years since the death of its founder, Dominique de Menil. Stover developed and implemented a strategic plan for the Foundation, recruiting as its first Chair Robert M. Rubin, whose donation of Jean Prouve's seminal Tropical House was the first major gift to the Foundation. Attracting high-level American collectors as members, during his eight-year tenure with the Foundation, Stover generated close to 500 major gifts of art and design valued at more than $45 million. These included works by Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Hannah Wilke, David Smith and Sherrie Levine, as well as $1.7 million in cash grants and contributions. Stover/GAD also managed all aspects of the Foundation's program, marketing, communications, legal, and financial aspects.
As an investment banker at Continental Illinois Bank, Bank of America, and Westdeutsche Landesbank, Stover headed a team working on financing projects in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. Beginning in 1990, Stover was at the forefront of adapting special situations investing in continental Europe for investors in the U.S. and around the world.
Stover has an AB in Comparative Literature, an MBA from Columbia University, and he also did graduate studies in Art Theory at L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
In 2013, Stover was named Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French state. He has served as a member of the Fine Art Commission of the City of Beverly Hills and on the Advisory Board of BASMOCA, and is a collector of contemporary photography, new media, painting and sculpture. Stover holds dual U.S. and French citizenship and has offices in Los Angeles and France.
Peter A. Gelles
Peter Gelles provides legal counsel and business advice to U.S. and international clients regarding a variety of U.S. and cross-border business matters.
Gelles was born and educated in England and received his law degree from the University of Oxford. He has served as a lawyer at the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and has been admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and in Hong Kong, and as an Attorney in the U.S. (California).
Gelles has been a frequent presenter and writer on U.S. and international legal issues. He has chaired committees and sections of preeminent local, regional, national and international legal associations, and has organized, chaired and participated in numerous seminars on legal topics in the U.S. and other countries.
Gelles emphasizes adding value for clients by providing practical, business-oriented legal advice, managing risks, and creating beneficial outcomes and business relationships for clients. He is known for the high quality of his legal work and for his creative deal structuring and analytical skills, innovative problem-solving capabilities, and ability to resolve difficult situations involving complex issues, overlapping areas of law and multiple jurisdictions. In addition, Gelles acts in an advisory capacity to a number of business ventures and arts organizations.
Among other distinctions, Gelles holds Martindale-Hubbell's 5.0 AV® Preeminent™ peer ranking, (its highest ranking), and for several years he has been listed in Best Lawyers of America, including his recognition by Best Lawyers as 2012 Lawyer of the Year in International Trade and Finance Law, and as a Southern California "Super Lawyer". In 2006, he received Citywealth Magazine's Magic Circle Award as California Attorney of the Year. Gelles currently serves as Chair of InterCounsel, an association of independent international law firms in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Susan Martin is a producer and communications consultant specializing in the arts and culture. Martin established her public relations and marketing firm in early 1980s New York, representing prestigious galleries, nightclubs, record labels, theater companies, artists, and musicians; and such issue-oriented nonprofits as the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR) and Amnesty International.
Martin was managing editor of Smart Art Press, publisher of books and catalogues on art and social history; communications director for the citywide World Festival of Sacred Music–Los Angeles; editor of two exhibition catalogues for chief curator Paul Schimmel of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; marketing director for UCLA Performing Arts (UCLA Live!); and special events and public relations counsel for the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division.
As marketing and communications counsel to the Centre Pompidou Foundation, Martin created an identity and branding for this important museum support group and has also advised leading civic, educational, and cultural organizations that include the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Metro Creative Services / Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the County of Los Angeles, the Development Division of the Otis College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; SCI-Arc, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and SITE Santa Fe. Martin also plans and executes special events and performances, from a private party for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and its retrospective of design legend Ettore Sottsass to a benefit for HOWL! Emergency Health Fund with Lydia Lunch and friends in New York's East Village.