George Stonbely revolutionized outdoor advertising in 1975 with the launch of the famous Spectacolor signs, which, in a historic first, used computers to program billboards into full-color broadcast media with changeable messages.
The launch of Spectacolor in Times Square led to over 50 other Spectacolor system installations in Europe, South America and the Middle East, as well as in America. In addition, Spectacolor expanded its presence at many of the famous crossroads of the world locations and created iconic “spectaculars” for many S&P/Fortune 500 companies. In another first, Stonbely partnered with SONY & installed the world’s first JUMBOTRON video sign in Times Square in 1990 which ushered in the video sign revolution around the world.
By 2000, Spectacolor became the premiere spectacular advertising company in the world, operating in over 30 international cities, and formed a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications to become Clear Channel Spectacolor (“CCS’), where Stonbely became Chairman. As Chairman of CCS, Stonbely was responsible for the joint marketing of the company's spectaculars and broadcast assets in the NYC market.
Stonbely was actively involved in the Times Square renaissance as well as the successful civic and legislative efforts at maintaining Broadway’s landmarked theaters and Times Square’s historic “Bright Lights.” (1982 Special Midtown Zoning District). In 1988, Stonbely brought London’s legendary Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum to Times Square where it established its iconic presence on 42nd Street.
SV is currently developing plans for Spectacular Cities, the quintessential attraction about NYC’s past, present and future, which is planned to open in late 2023. SV maintains an active consultancy service to provide marketing, advertising & sponsorship activations and valuations for tourist attractions and real estate development companies.
In addition to his position as a founding director of the Times Square Alliance (BID) and the Mayor’s Midtown Citizen’s Committee, Stonbely is active in a number of international, regional and local charitable organizations, including the UN Delegations Hospitality Committee, Regional Plan Association (NY Committee), Encore Senior Center, The Partnership For Drug-Free Kids, and is a Director of Inside Broadway and past Vice Chairman of the Little Sisters of The Assumption Family Health Service in East Harlem. He is on the Executive Committee of the Carnegie Hill Neighbors, and the Steering Committee for the founding of the East 86th Street Business Improvement District.
In 2001, the Stonbely Family Foundation created the UNICEF Snowflake, which is suspended at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York City. The companion UNICEF Snowflake Gala Ball has raised more than $60 million since its launch.
Additional Snowflakes have been launched in Beverly Hills with future sites planned in Paris and Tokyo. Current plans are in development for an annual network UNICEF Snowflake All-Star Special for the 2021 Holiday Season.
Chad began his professional career as an attorney, practicing corporate law at a large national law firm for ten years. During his tenure, Chad represented numerous corporate clients, such as General Electric, General Motors and Philips in various matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity financings and securities related issues, among others.
After spending years counseling a wide range of business leaders through crucial points in the lifecycle of their businesses, Chad left the practice of law to create a utility patented network of hardware and integrated, web-based software, designed to transform the way urban commuters travel around their cities using various forms of micromobility.
Chad joined the Spectacular Ventures team to bring various projects to life and to help other entities achieve their business objectives. As part of the Spectacular Ventures team, Chad analyzes and oversees numerous investment opportunities for the Fund and consults with numerous business entities and individuals across a broad spectrum of business categories.
With more than 40 years in the media planning and buying industry John rose to become SVP of Young and Rubicam . He then became EVP of Y&R’s MediaEdge the global media planning unit at the agency, responsible for print and out-of-home advertising. He was elevated to Chairman (North America) of the innovative Kinetic Worldwide, the largest planning and buying out-of-home media company in the world.
Peter is engaged in the cultivation and analysis of attraction technology. With 10+ years of experience analyzing investment opportunities and researching emerging technologies that illuminate tourist/consumer experience, Peter brings a keen eye to identifying trends and patterns in the experiential retail industry. He is leading a team on the development of software to improve how city residents and visitors can comprehensively access the activities and events that are personally valuable to them.
He enjoys the opportunity to apply his analysis and event organizing skills as the chair of the development committee for LSA Family Health Service, an East Harlem organization, and he has serves on multiple event committees for local non-profits including Search and Care, Clarion Music Society, and Encore Community Services.
Peter is passionate about New York City's cultural community and creating experiences for residents and visitors that resonate with excitement, meaning, and impact.