Meet the Emillions team.
Marlissa Gardner founded Emillions Art in 2014. She is most successful as a bridge between artist and collector, buyer and seller, and connecting art establishments with commercial buyers. Marlissa believes that selling art is really about understanding people. Her art background and knowledge have fostered a network of enthusiastic collectors, esteemed professionals, and returning clients who rely on Marlissa’s warmth, tenacity with pursuing special collections, and business acumen. She participates in speaking engagements on art investment and has been featured in Women of Distinction magazine as one of the top women entrepreneurs to watch. Before starting Emillions Art, Marlissa owned her own film production company and worked in collaboration with United Pictures, UPN and Fox as a director and producer. Marlissa was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth, MA. She started the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, focused on education for at-risk youth in the Boston area. Marlissa earned a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Broadcasting & Film from Boston University.
Michelle Barre has consummate skill in business administration and commercial real estate sales. As the executive assistant to the Director General of the Airports Council International in Montreal, Michelle managed the entire administrative team and was the direct liaison between the Governing Board members around the world and the regional directors as well as the rest of staff. Michelle has also built an international client base while as the director and owner of her own real estate firm in Annemasse, France. Michelle’s various career pursuits have led to her fluency in English, French, Spanish and German. Michelle is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries, and has lived in four. She obtained her university degree at Université de Provence, in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Haley Gardner is currently studying Communications with a concentration in Film & TV at Franklin Pierce University. With a lifetime background in art and music, her creative talents have driven her to aspire to be a major motion picture film director. Currently, she is the director and producer of a political show called “Pierce Politics”. In addition, Haley is a writer, producer and director of college-level screenplays and theater, and host of a comedy improvisation program called, “Laughing in the Lounge”. She has been nominated for three awards at Franklin Pierce for “Best Female Talent,” “Best Host,” and “Best Rookie.”
Leslie Vega, Ph.D., is director of sales for Emillions Art. Leslie works with Emillions Art as lead sales coordinator to connect with collectors and artists both domestically and throughout the world. Leslie has taken quick, firm action in her role by initiating our current show, Journey through Time, in our Naples, Fla. showroom. Leslie is a Naples native with deep connections in the community. Her impressive background includes a Ph.D. as well as a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and a B.A. in the History and Criticism of Art, all from Florida State University. Her Naples-based professional life includes eight years as the Director of Development for Seacrest Country Day School and seven years as Co-Manager of Arsenault Gallery. Contact Leslie by calling the Emillions Art office at (239) 687-3101 or by emailing her at Leslie@EmillionsArt.com.