Real Estate Mogul Adam Miller is Today’s Honoree


Adam M. Miller has a considerable range of experience in real estate transactions in New York City and the East End. Prior to the launch of The Adam Miller Group in 2007, Mr. Miller was counsel at the Bridgehampton office of Farrell Fritz, P.C., where he was instrumental in increasing the firm’s presence and business on the East End.

Preceding his relocation from Manhattan to the Hamptons in 2003, Mr. Miller served in the real estate department of Proskauer Rose, LLP in New York City, working with developers, commercial landlords, institutions, lenders and principals in diversified real estate transactions.

Adam M. Miller is a member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, where he graduated with honors, and his B.S. in Business from Skidmore College.

He was appointed as the Zoning Board Attorney for the Town of East Hampton in 2005, serving for one year in that position. He has also serves on the Board of the Bridgehampton Community House, is involved with the Bridgehampton Historical Society, and served as general counsel to HANFRA (Hamptons and North Fork Realtors Association) from 2003-2006, advising brokers and management on a wide range of real estate issues.

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Singer/Songwriter Darja Schabad is Today’s Honoree

DarjaDarja is a Singer/Songwriter originally from Riga, Latvia – raised in Germany and the UK. Darja deferred her University education to participate in the popular German reality TV Show Popstars in the year of 2001. More than 11,000 singers attended open television auditions in Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Munich, conducted by choreographer Detlef “D!” Soost, producer Alex Christensen, and singer and radio host Noah Sow. After auditioning in Frankfurt and after multiple recalls, Darja was chosen as one of 32 contestants who immediately traveled to Ibiza, Spain to get trained in singing, dancing, and fitness. In the end three females, including Darja, and five males remained who again moved into a loft in Munich to start working on their performance and publicity skills.

During Popstars Darja gained significant publicity in Germany and started working on a solo career with Producer Tony Coutura. Darja rejected a solo record deal offer by East West Records, owned by Warner Brother, to pursue a BSc in International Relations at the prestigious London School of Economics. While still in college, in 2003 Darja participated in ITV’s Pop Idol (Season 2), where she was selected into the last 5 groups of 10 in the competition. After her performance of Shakira’s “Underneath your Clothes” Simon Cowell stated that Darja “As a Pop Star Package I think it was excellent. Very Good.”

Darja transferred to New York City in 2007, to pursue an Acting Degree at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since her graduation she has appeared in films, commercials, industrials and voiceovers, representing companies such as Perkinelmer, Canon, UBS Investment Bank and PUMA, where she is the voice of the PUMA Perfume Animagical global commercial campaign, featuring Usain Bolt. Darja has worked as the Host and Executive Producer for, and is now concentrating on her musical come back with her first album release. Darja is performing on a regular basis in NYC, most recently at the annual Montauk Music Festival in Long Island, NY.

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Stunt Woman Angela Meryl is Today’s Honoree

AngelaMerylFor stuntwoman, actor–Angela Meryl, the answer to the question as to where you go and what do you do after appearing live on the Oprah Winfrey Show, was quite obvious: “You do your best to put out a book that inspires others do what you do and better.”

In November 2012, months after spending the spring season in Turkey, where she worked on the blockbuster smash, Skyfall, author became a new and official title for Meryl, with the release of STUNTSTHE HOW TO HANDBOOK…Secrets From An Award Winning Hollywood Stuntwoman.

Well received by Hollywood trade publications and other lifestyle media outlets in television, radio, print and online, Meryl’s book chronicles her experiences over the past decade-PLUS in Part I, which follows a step by step accounting of the Oprah Winfrey Show experience as the book’s introduction. Part II continues with 10 chapters of tried and proven techniques for aspiring stuntwomen and stuntmen Meryl is qualified to offer based on a “yes“ response to the two essential questions anyone offering advice should affirm: 1. Have you tried it? 2. Did it work for you?

Beyonce, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Vanessa L. Williams is the short list of Hollywood’s A-list of African American women frequently doubled by the former model and make-up artist from Willingboro, New Jersey. Her long standing career in the business of stunts took notoriety when she came crashing through a glass table in the opening scene of Kill Bill, while doubling for Vivica A. Fox—a performance that garnered industry wide recognition, applause and nominations.

“All of my early, tomboy life, I wanted to act,” says the career mother of an elementary aged daughter, who while residing on the east coast, got her big break alongside comedian, Sinbad in the movie, First Kid. “It was my first paid stunt, after growing up notoriously daring, alongside my siblings,” Meryl explains.

Since then, everyday life for the workout enthusiast and martial artist has been about crashing cars, vans and trucks, jumping off rooftops and repelling from helicopters, swimming in the murky water of bays and kicking butt behind the faces of Hollywood’s finest to appear on the big screen and silver screens.

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25A Magazine Owner Chase Backer is Today’s Honoree

ChaseBackerChase Backer is the Publisher and CEO of 25A Magazine and is also the TV host of his own show called The Chase Backer Show.

25A is the 73-mile long roadway that extends across Long Island’s North Shore that also helped define the famed Gold Coast.

25A magazine caters to those who have a fine-tuned taste for luxurious treasures and takes you inside the world’s most affluent area. From interest stories and profiles about celebrities and prominent business people to the latest in high-fashion, exotic automobiles, restaurants, glamorous travel destinations, beauty must-haves, and Gold Coast mansions. 25A is the ultimate guide to the sweet life.

With an informative editorial, beautiful design and captive photography it’s no wonder why it is the premier luxury magazine for the Gold Coast.

Long Island. The most beautiful place on earth to live! Now has its own Celebrity talk Show featuring lifestyles on the Gold Coast, the Hampton’s, North fork, Wine Country and New York’s Who’s Who.

The Chase Backer Show:

The show is currently filming, taking the basis of the magazine and creating a television talk show with a celebrity line up, fashion, restaurants, and exotic autos. Same as the Tonight Show, David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel live.

We will feature up and coming talent that Long Island has been known to produce in the past.

On location shooting and wrap around live filming in the studio. We will show America our life style on the /gold Coast. The products and services here are second to none. The restaurants and shopping, the beaches of the shores, is part of who we are and can be part of who you are.


The premiere show will include guests from the CBS hit TV series, Blue Bloods, including actor Len Carlou and actresses Amy Carlson and Bridget Moynihan.  Other guests include Vicky Jeudy from the Netflix comedy/drama, Orange is the new black.  And from the hit HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, Samantha Mathis, Ryan Eggold and Vincent Piazza.  As well as Actresses Erin Gerasimovich and Julianne Michelle.

Please watch the Sizzle Reel below by clicking “Watch on Vimeo” and using the password: backer

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The Grammy’s Award Winner Devine Evans is Today’s Honoree

  “As a Musician the hardest instrument I have learned to play is life. I’m honored for my Grammy’s but more grateful for my family.” – Devine Evans.

The Senate Music Group, LLC, is a collective alliance of incredibly talented and diverse music professionals, specializing in Songwriting, Production, Publishing and Artist Development.

Established in 2007 by Grammy award-winning Producer/Engineer, Devine Evans, The Senate Music Group has quickly achieved accolades in the fast lane as a well-respected and successful global brand.

Forming lasting relationships with the industry’s top elite, The Senate Music Group’s mission is to develop dynamic artists and to provide the essential foundation to create unique, freshly-conceptualized records.

From the studio to the stage, The Senate Music Group has worked with Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Aaron Camper, JoJo, Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, Robin Thicke, Keri Hilson, Mary J. Blige, Keisha Cole, Mario, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Cassie, Akon, Lloyd, Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and many up and coming recording artists.

Recent songwriting and production placements include Boyz II Men’s 2011 debut single ‘One Up For Love’, ‘Let’s Go Higher’ by Jordan Knight, Keri Hilson’s ‘Alienated’ and vocal production featured on Lady Gaga’s Grammy award-winning album, ‘The Fame Monster’. The Senate has also had songs featured in Nickelodeon’s hit TV shows, ‘Victorious’ and ‘iCarly’ and online web series, ‘Venice The Series.’

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New York Life Insurance Agent Charles M. Harris, Jr. is Today’s Honoree

CharlesHarrisCharles M. Harris Jr. is a native of Philadelphia, PA and a product of John Bartram High School. Despite having very few positive influences and role models, Charles would go on to attend college at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. After two years as an Accounting major at Kutztown, Charles transferred to Temple University to pursue his dream of playing Division I collegiate football.

After suffering a serious knee injury Charles turned his full attention to his education and changed his course of study to Actuarial Science and Finance. He would go on to graduate from Temple University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Upon graduation Charles took a position with Ford Motor Credit Corporation and began furthering his education by enrolling in a Master’s Degree program at Temple University.

In November of 1997 Charles was called upon by his former college teammate to oversee his investment portfolio. Charles discontinued his studies and took a position with then Smith Barney as a Financial Consultant. After achieving immediate success and recognition councils, Charles was recruited away to join then Paine Webber in early 2000. By the time Charles joined his new firm he had built a well-recognized and sizable clientele in the sports and entertainment realm.

In 2001, in an effort to better serve the needs of his client base, Charles left the corporate wire house structure to form his own financial services firm Athletic Business Management, Inc. (ABM). In 2005 ABM merged with Gee Financial Group to form The Sports and Entertainment Financial Group, LLC (SEFG). SEFG remains one of the most recognizable business management firms in the world today. Charles sold his interest in 2011 and returned to his financial roots when he joined New York Life Insurance Company.

Charles is a member of the Temple University General Alumni and Black Alumni Associations, as well as the Temple Owl Club. Charles has served as an advisor to the Andre Iguodala Youth Foundation and the Channing Frye Foundation. In addition, he is a much sought after guest speaker at schools and universities throughout the country as well as at NFL & NBA symposiums and programs.

In his spare time, Charles is an avid golfer and top flight Scrabble and Spades player. He resides in the Atlanta area with his lovely wife Dana and their six wonderful children.

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Mary Elko Comfort of Move Yoga & Fitness is Today’s Honoree

MECMary brings to the fitness and wellness industry extensive training and experience in health club and studio management and older adult wellness programming, as well as over ten years of experience in nationally training yoga teachers and presenting at fitness conferences country-wide. As one of the founders of centered being, Mary enjoys empowering children, adults, and couples to live more centered lives and to take moments each day “to move!.”

As a Senior master Trainer for YogaFit® systems Worldwide, Mary has trained over a thousand yoga instructors throughout the United States in the Vinyasa (flow-based) style of yoga. Her current passion is the warrior program through YogaFit®, focusing on helping our military, their families and others effected by PTSD.

She has also developed her own workshops over the years including a popular Partner Yoga Workshop on the OM of Yoga and Wine. Holding Yoga Alliance and ACE credentials, she is currently a teacher trainer (CEC provider) for the Yoga Alliance, and the American Council on Exercise.

She also instructs Pilates Reformer and Indo board Yoga. When Mary isn’t teaching or inspiring others to be centered beings — on and off of their mats — she enjoys spending time with her two fabulous children, Camille and Trent; taking yoga classes anywhere and everywhere; travel and the study and enjoyment of wine.  She believes that taking yoga realistically off the mat and into the home and the community is where every person can make a sincere difference in the world.

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