Stephen Valentino is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SYR, Inc., and the on-air Host of “Serves You Right ®” on CRN Radio Networks, nationwide. Mr. Valentino is largely responsible for the creative content of the show as well as a major participant in the selection of future development projects for the Company.
In addition, since 2000, Mr. Valentino has served as CEO of his family’s Company, The Valentino Group, Inc. This is a pension and benefit consulting firm, and has placed billions in pension assets from a client base that includes the State of California, the Construction Trades Council, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Additionally, Stephen remains active in all levels of his performance training. He has appeared in leading roles in operas, plays and musicals in California, Oregon, New York, Canada, Europe and Africa. He has been seen in films, television commercials, Public Service Announcements, and voice-over work for both television and radio. Since 1999 he has hosted “San Francisco In Flight” for a major international airline, covering restaurants, clubs, cultural events and locations, historical landmarks and tourist spots.
Mr. Valentino has produced many events for charity, and as the CEO of Valentino Productions, mobilized Hollywood stars to benefit such organizations as Easter Seals, the Special Olympics, Toys For Tots, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Make A Wish Foundation. He is currently seated on the Advisory Board of the Richmond/Ermet Aids Foundation and United Nations Secretary General U Thant has honored him for his efforts on behalf of UNICEF. Mr. Valentino served for four years as a California State Senatorial Commissioner on the Business Insurance Advisory Commission.
Since 1996, Mr. Valentino has been the Entertainment Editor of QSF Magazine. His duties and pleasures include the review of entertainment venues, restaurants, travel locations, and cars. His regular column, “Serves You Right”, was created as a vehicle to interview the world’s most prominent Chefs and review cookbooks and cooking paraphernalia; this, in conjunction with his other experiences as Entertainment Editor and global Epicure, has been the inspiration of a national and international variety/lifestyle program and the business of Serves You Right, Inc. Beginning in 2002, Mr. Valentino also became a Contributing Editor to PASSPORT Magazine, the sister publication of QSF Magazine.
Stephen began his entertaining career at the age of six months when his baby photographer wanted to submit him for the Beechnut Baby Food label but his mother declined, so he had to wait till he was five to tread the boards in a musical review! He proceeded to perform year after year and even founded a theatre company, Mastic Community Theatre, at the age of fourteen and served as its Artistic and Managing Director for four years. After graduating from William Floyd High School, in the top 1% of his class with a Regents Diploma, Regents Scholarship, and as a Merritt Scholar, on full scholarship he attended Hofstra University in New York, majoring in music and minoring in both drama and speech. From 1974 until 1977 he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received grants to study and perform at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Banff Festival in Alberta, Canada. At the Banff Festival, Stephen had the honor of performing for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, of England.
Visit Stephen's official webpage at www.syrradio.com/stephen.htm
Katira Alvarez is a Los Angeles based performing artist. She began dancing when she was five, did her first professional play when she was twelve and grew up in a family of singers. She studied classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance for fifteen years and has worked as a graphic designer and in commercial production. She is also a singer, songwriter and playwright. Throughout the years she has created a series of original works that synthesize her visual, theatrical, musical and movement backgrounds. Her belief in the role of art as a social catalyst is a major part of her artistic approach and her work is infused with her faith in the capacity of human beings to overcome and evolve. She is an original member of the Malacosoma Performance Coalition, a group of like minded artists who collaborate regularly in a variety of projects. She is currently working on a series of movement based video art pieces.
Visit Katira's personal website at www.katiraalvarez.com
Chris grew up around big names in music. His father was a friend of Elvis Presley, born the same year & tiny town where both would sneak into State Fairs together. Chris's mother was a good friend of Johnny Horton's wife, who shared a wedding dress, now on Museum display. Chris's great uncle, Claude King, was a regular on the first musical TV Show, the Louisiana Hayride in the 50s and won two Grammy Awards in the 60s for songs in the "Top 10".
Chris began writing songs on piano at age nine for his famous uncle and others. At age ten, Chris joined his school orchestra playing viola and violin. While in his teens he taught himself to play Saxophone and harp. He also played keyboards in a band called Pan (after the mythical god of music) playing for audiences as large as 50,000. His songs were later published by Heartwind Publications as a book of poetry entitled “Life Songs”, which made Chris the youngest poet listed in “Who's Who of North American Poets”.
Before going to college, Chris moved to L.A., produced a TV Pilot "Americas Craziest Home Videos" (Before America's Funniest Home Videos) and hosted his own TV Show "Hollywood Today" interviewing over 100 celebrities. He was in numerous commercials including a regular skit on The Movie Channel. He temporarily left acting and music in the 90s to attend college, earning degrees in Human Services, and a double major for his Master's in Psychology & Sociology. He was the first Graduate Professor to teach both Psychology and Sociology at CSULA.
Today, Chris Aable's focus is back on song writing a message of "Self-Evolution"-Peace, love and unity. Each of his over 100 songs demonstrate Chris' talent for unique lyrics, superior orchestration and highly diverse instrumentation. He is a long-time member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
A Band born in South Central, Los Angeles! We have a new demo, which will be up soon, and Merch is definitely on its way as well! We're very open to music and would love to play at your show! Message and/or comment us and we'll get right back to you ASAP! THANKS!