Executives

Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio in G Minor
The Prague Baroque Orchestra
Conducted By Trevor Pinnock

Steve Clemons - CEO

Steven Clemons is the CEO of BeBop, a multi-channel, multi-platform global online city for the arts, artists of every genre, and those who support and love culture. As a political journalist, commentator, and innovator and builder of institutions, he has been at the forefront of bringing to life important social issues and discussions throughout his career. Clemons is also the editor-at-large of The Hill, America's most read political media platform, where he helps lead the editorial direction of The Hill's politics and policy events and related editorial video programs and is the host of a weekly news program titled The Bottom Line which runs on the global network of Al Jazeera English. For the previous nine years, he served as Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of AtlanticLIVE, the magazine's live events channel. Clemons and Elizabeth Keffer, the former President of AtlanticLIVE, began a partnership in 2004 that launched the first 3-D journalism LIVE events series at a major publication. Clemons also served as Executive Vice President of the New America Foundation and founded New America's American Strategy Program. Publisher of the popular political blog, The Washington Note, Clemons, along with Joshua Micah Marshall of Talking Points Memo, was among the first to demonstrate the real-time political impacts blogging could have. He served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center. Prior to moving to Washington, Clemons served for seven years as Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Southern California, and co-founded, with Chalmers Johnson, the Japan Policy Research Institute. He was previously a Member of the Board of the Clarke Center at Dickinson College, a liberal arts college in Carlisle, Pa., as well as an Advisory Board Member of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Clemons is on the International Advisory Board of GLOBSEC, a major central European national security think tank and writes frequently on matters of foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. His work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world.  

Sue Veres Royal - COO

Sue Veres Royal is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of The BeBop Channel Corporation. Veres Royal has over 25 years of management experience of both national and international organizations, working directly with Boards of Directors creating and implementing strategic plans; Veres Royal has overseen the financial management of multi-million dollar budgets, supervised staff and scaled each organization that she has led. Each year, throughout her career, she has raised on average over $1 million for the organizations which she has run. From 2013-2014 as Executive Director of Happy Hearts Fund, an international organization working in Asia, South America and North America, she worked with in-country partners around the world and with high-wealth individuals in the USA where she raised over $3 million. From 2016 to present, Veres Royal serves as Executive Director of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY, and works directly with CEOs of leading real estate firms in New York City, nationally and internationally while managing close to 1,000 volunteers overseeing its $1 million annual budget . Veres Royal also has vast experience developing relationships with governmental agencies, public figures and various leaders throughout the USA. In 2020, Veres Royal was named one of "The Responsible 100" by City and State Magazine and also received the "Quality Leadership Award" by New York State Network for Youth Success.

 

Gregory Charles Royal - SVP, Artistic Director

Carrying his trombone in a brown paper bag, 15-year-old Gregory Charles Royal snuck into the Blues Alley Jazz Club in Washington, DC to watch legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.  After the final set, Mr. Blakey noticed Gregory’s horn and asked him to play.  Impressed with the young trombonist, Mr. Blakey took Royal under his wing, inviting Royal to stay with him in New York City, giving him an opportunity to play with the Jazz Messengers, and allowing him to mingle with greats like Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman.  Royal became a noted Jazz musician who was mentored by Jazz great Curtis Fuller.  He was a protégé of Mercer Ellington, and a soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for over a decade.  He was in the original Broadway production of Five Guys Named Moe, as well as performing in Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Jelly’s Last Jam. Coming from a lineage of educators, Royal also toured college campuses with his educational seminar “Blackstreet Boys/Backstreet Blues” examining the influence of African Americans on a wide range of musical genres. As Artistic Director of American Youth Symphony, a think tank whose aim was to promote instrumental music in popular culture, from 1982- 2019, Royal co-founded the New York Jazz Film Festival and wrote stage plays performed Off Broadway, starring notables like Frenchie Davis and the renowned Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.  He created an American Idol for musicians with Marissa Regni, Principal Second Violinist for the National Symphony Orchestra, and has written and directed the first Jazz dramatic comedy, Giant Steps; and several other music and theatrical creations for SVR & Associates. In 2019, Royal co-founded The BeBop Channel, an online streaming platform and interactive community for artists and arts patrons.

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