Ross Sheldon has an extensive background in high level finance, including structuring deals, marketing, public relations, building strategic business alliances, negotiating, and raising capital for multimillion dollar companies in the entertainment, media, real estate and technology industries. He has created, developed, and produce content for the entertainment industry utilizing all forms of media communication.
In 1973, Mr. Sheldon began his career in the real estate industry where he was involved in all aspects of commercial and residential development, financing, and sales. He worked directly for the President of the Chicago Real Estate Board, later founding his own company, Avanti Properties. He was one of the original Chicago developers to convert vacant warehouses to commercial and residential loft space for lease and sale.
Mr. Sheldon entered the entertainment industry in 1980 as an associate producer with Spiegel-Bergman Films, working on the film “Phobia,” directed by icon John Houston. He went on to develop and produce "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins," distributed by Orion Pictures. In 1983, Mr. Sheldon was contracted by 20th Century Fox to write a story based on the hit song by Jim Croce, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” Afterwards, Mr. Sheldon went on to spend several years as a creative executive for several film companies, where his responsibilities ranged from writing concepts for television shows, film project development, finance, and marketing. Mr. Sheldon created Ross Sheldon Productions in 1988, where he produced and created environmentally-focused videos and television programs.
In 1992, he became Chief Executive Officer and President of Synthetica Technologies, Inc., a waste disposal technology company. He later licensed the technology to a subsidiary of Westinghouse for a value of $68,000,000. In 1994, Mr. Sheldon began consulting worldwide to successfully “brand” numerous high technology and entertainment companies, working in the day-to-day management, and public relations and marketing divisions. He was also involved in the licensing, financing, and product development to enhance the company’s value through public relations and media campaigns, and identifying and acquiring strategic partners for financing, marketing, merchandising, licensing, product rollout, market making, and IPO support.
After successfully raising partial financing for the Academy Award Best Picture nominated film “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, Mr. Sheldon went on to secure financing and assist in establishing the regulatory approval for one of the largest production facilities in Europe, Dragon International Studios. As a partner with Lord Richard Attenborough, he is one of the founders and shareholders in this £300,000,000 state-of-the-art Film and Television Studio and Theme Park Complex currently being built on 350 acres of land in Cardiff, Wales.
In 2003, Mr. Sheldon was responsible for the strategy and introductions that lead to a $500,000,000 investment in motion pictures from a leading venture capital company in England.
Currently, Mr. Sheldon is involved in arranging the financing and distribution for the production of a slate of film and television projects, as well as, alternative media projects for cell phones, cable, the Internet, and major retail chains.
In addition, Mr. Sheldon represents a company that provides continuous remote location status reporting and alerts in the most effective, economical, user-friendly manner available. In doing so, Mr. Sheldon arranged for the head of one of the key government agencies responsible for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean up to personally receive his clients’ proposal.
His company, Strategic Alliances, had offices in Madrid, Spain and has expanded into China to provide services that include creating strategic relationships for companies, universities, and projects throughout the world utilizing his skills in public relations, marketing, finance, sponsorship, distribution, and securing regulatory approval.
As a result, Mr. Sheldon introduced one of the most prominent families in Asia to key players on the various stock exchanges in London for the purpose of taking very successful companies in China public.
Venture Capital projects Mr. Sheldon currently represents include wind energy, soil remediation, and the construction and operation of a major bio-diesel plant.
Mr. Sheldon has created, financed and marketed several ventures including: Caribbean Cruise Gambling/Night club Casino; a sixty-acre Vineyard; bottled drinking water; and Holistic Healing Technology.
Mr. Sheldon continues to participate in developing, financing, and marketing humanitarian technologies in the environmental, health, and food industries, which include green energy and affordable nutrition in third world countries.
Over the past few years, Mr. Sheldon has participated in sponsoring and mentoring students at UC Santa Barbara’s Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, as well as, introducing potential strategic alliances to companies, resulting in their involvement in the School’s Corporate Partners program.
In view of the above, Mr. Sheldon has accumulated an enormous worldwide, high level client / contact base.
Mr. Sheldon was born and educated in Chicago. His passion includes horses, and he has been involved for over forty years in equestrian sports. Mr. Sheldon is an experienced polo player – he jumps, cuts, and races horses.