More than 50,000 addresses of the powerful, famous and influential
The V.I.P. Address Book Team
James M. Wiggins, Ph.D., Editor and Publisher
Jim Wiggins is the driving force behind the V.I.P. Address Book. Dr. Wiggins has more than 15 years experience as a newspaper reporter and editor and an additional 15 years experience as an
editor of national magazines. He has worked as a reporter, editor and bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, a senior editor for the National Enquirer and editor of national magazines for the
American Association of Retired Persons and the Irvine Company. He served as Director of Communications and Foundation Relations for Claremont McKenna College, part of the prestigious Claremont
College group. Dr. Wiggins has a BA. in international relations from Vanderbilt University, a MS in journalism from University of California at Los Angeles, a MA in state and local government
from University of California at Berkeley, an MBA in management from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in education from University of California at Los Angeles. He is a former consultant to the
California State Legislature. He is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and is editor of the book Business-Government Relations, a book published by International Telephone & Telegraph.
Adele M. Cooke, President and Managing Editor
Adele Cooke has more than 20 years in the human resources and budgeting and financial planning fields. Most recently she has worked in the finance and retail business. She has worked for
Esprit de Corp. (a fashion company); L.A. Gear (an athletic shoe company), Leland O'Brien Rubinstein Associates (a risk management company); The Capital Group (a money management company) and
California State University at Los Angeles (the largest school in the California state college system). She also has been a consultant for companies such as Jardine Insurance Brokers, Noah's
New York Bagels, Jamba Juice, Crowell Weedon Stock Brokerage helping them identify systems, write benefit communications and develop comparable pay and benefit programs. She has written numerous
articles for journals in the personnel field.
Mike spent his career supervising professional software developers charged with the responsibility of maintaining large databases of personal information for major, nationwide membership
organizations. After retiring, Mike joined Associated Media Companies as a technical advisor and develops the proprietary software we use for maintenance of our database and its integration
into our publishing software.
With nearly 20 years of graphic design experience, LeeAnn brings a great range of strengths to her work with Associated Media Companies. LeeAnn is the founder and principal of Nelson Design,
where she specializes in publications, catalogues, direct mail, advertising, collateral and corporate identity. Before founding Nelson Design, LeeAnn was Creative Director at a San Francisco
Bay Area magazine publishing company where she and her staff produced six magazines each month - she's no stranger to short deadlines. She has a degree in journalism, which has heavily influenced
her philosophy that graphic design should communicate the message, not decorate the message.
Rawn Rhoades is the Head Graphic Designer for both web and print mediums at Forward Management and ReFlow (based in San Francisco, CA). His path to graphic design was not an expected one. He
graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1987 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Computer Information Systems after having changed his major from Hotel and
Restaurant Hospitality. He started out in the business world in financial companies and has remained there every since with a short diversion with an online events registration company. It was
with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Online that he dabbled with HTML design which happened to be his launching pad for his current career of choice. It is his hobbies of photography, landscape design
and just about everything creatively done with his hands that make HTML and advertising design his favorite landing pad. Rawn has been with Forward Management since 2001.
Ernest Brown has been a consultant in the computer field for over 25 years, with vast experience in computer hardware, software and systems design. He has experience in computer programming in several languages and can support the server-side processes that make a website serve it's visitors. He also specializes in computer application integration. In the case of the VIP Address Book, Ernest has supported the development of a system that allows the owners to manage the many addresses associated with very important people, and provided the means to publish this information both in book form as well as on the web. Ernest is the owner of the consulting firm of Coast Computer Support.
Verin Lewis has worked with Interactive Multimedia Era, Internet & Digital video editing since 1979. A senior executive with Microcomputer Resources Inc (MRI) in Yachats, Oregon, his computer consultation work has ranged from CD-ROM games (such as 7th Guest, XIth Hour, Dog-Eat-Dog and Clandestiny) and Virtual Comics to the design, implementation and promotion of websites for clients. As Chief Knowledge Officer at MRI, he has worked with production of 3D digital sets and objects used in CD-Rom, Internet based games and entertainment. MRI provides computer visualization, specifically in the areas of developing high resolution 3D computer graphics and interactive #D sets, environments and digital domains. He also has worked with companies such as Trilobyte, Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Morgan Interactive and AVX Inc. Lewis has also produced several videos featured at the Northwest Film and Video Festival, the California Museum of Photography and Wirehead, the Virtual Media Gallery of computer art and animation.
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