Council of Strategic Advisors

At G.F.BUNTING+CO, our Council of Strategic Advisors represent a wide range of talent and expertise in the fields of business, law, communications, technology and entertainment.



Carol Stogsdill, former Senior Editor and Vice President of the Los Angeles Times and former UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications & Public Outreach, has a distinguished career that spans more than 40 years as a journalist, educator and a leader in the communications business. She provides a unique perspective on the media and its complex relationships with public and private sectors and local communities.


Carol was at UCLA for 10 years, beginning as Executive Director of Media Relations before being appointed to Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications & Public Outreach. During her tenure, she strengthened the UCLA media relations enterprise by creating a robust web site, a broadcast studio, an issues management practice and a public outreach program. She also led the university’s branding team. She retired from the university in 2014.


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Prior to joining UCLA, Carol spent 11 years at the Los Angeles Times as Senior Editor and Vice President supervising newsroom coverage of California and the paper’s Washington edition. Under Carol’s leadership, the metro staff won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the 1994 Northridge earthquake. She also directed the paper’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials and many more stories that earned awards for the paper. Before that, Carol was the Editor of the Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition and an Assistant Managing Editor.


Before joining the Times, Carol spent 10 years as an editor at the Chicago Tribune where she held a variety of positions, including Page One news editor and Deputy Sports Editor. While in Chicago, she taught graduate classes at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She also worked at the Orange County Register, Rocky Mountain News in Denver and Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock.


In addition to heading up her own communications consultancy, Carol served as a Senior Vice President of Fleishman-Hillard and as a Senior Executive at APCO Worldwide.




Shaquille O’Neal is a television host, entrepreneur, actor, philanthropist, and former basketball player with four NBA championship rings and an Olympic gold medal. O’Neal hosts TrueTV’s “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” and provides analysis on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”  In addition to endorsements, licensing and entertainment contracts, O’Neal’s vast business ventures range from restaurant franchises and jewelry lines to real estate development and investment in tech and nutrition companies. He received a B.A. in general studies at Louisiana State University, an MBA at Phoenix University, and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership at Barry University.




Amy, founder and CEO of Weiss Public Affairs (WPA) former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton, has nearly three decades of communications experience in the top levels of the federal government, corporate America, non-profit organizations and presidential and congressional campaigns.


Amy worked at Ted Turner’s philanthropic organization, the UN Foundation, as Vice President, Public Affairs and Executive Director of Better World Campaign (BWC).


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Prior to joining UNF, she was the Senior Vice President, Communications at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade association for U.S. record companies and labels.


Prior to her position at RIAA, she was Director of Public Affairs at Burson-Marsteller, where she was a strategic counselor to clients that included the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and also managed issue campaigns for Fortune 50 corporations.


Before joining Burson-Marsteller, Amy was Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton. She served as an on-the-record spokesperson for the President, the White House and the Administration on a variety of issues including health care, education, legal issues, nominations and crime. She also assisted the White House Counsel’s Office in managing a number of crisis situations. She began her White House service as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Operations and serving as then-White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry’s Chief.



Chris Marlin is founder and former President of Lennar International, a division of one of America’s largest homebuilders, Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN). Lennar International focuses on foreign direct investment through traditional home sales and the United States’ EB-5 immigrant investor program as well as matching foreign capital with Lennar’s varied real estate interests including project level debt and equity and asset dispositions.


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Chris is a member of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Leadership Council whose efforts focus on building strong cities in the United States. Chris was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the leading immigrant investment association, Invest In the USA (IIUSA). He is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of chief executives. He is a founding director of the FloridaNext Foundation – one of the state’s leading think tanks. Close to his south Florida home, Chris serves as a director of the Zoological Society of Florida and the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative which provides health-related care and education to diverse and underserved groups.


A former Director of the Florida Bar Foundation and Renaissance Institute attendee, Chris graduated from Emory University Law School where he was involved with the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Presidential Center. He also served as an adjunct professor at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Central Florida.




Lynn A. Shafran is a private practice attorney based in New York who represents clients in real estate, restaurant, fashion and other industries. During her expansive 30-year legal career, Lynn has served as a key advisor to Gianni Versace S.p.A.; a partner with Grubman Indursky & Schindler P.C. and a member of RCA Records’ Business Affairs and Legal Department. Lynn sits on the board of two non-profit organizations, Friends of OSK and Just Food. She earned her B.S. at Northwestern University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

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