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.
Dr. Neil Pennington
Neil is an innovator and technologist, with a passion for action and positive sustainable impact. He has a foundation of a 25-year corporate career across Europe with companies such as British Gas, PwC, and IBM, and for the last 6 years he has been involved in creating and delivering technology-enabled businesses covering blockchain, crypto (including NFTs), digital identity, IoT, in areas including decentralised clean energy, micropayments, cross-border criminal matters, luxury asset trading and Art. He is also Co-Founder of a Green Fintech Platform, CiveQ, and Strategic Advisor to Luxury Asset Trading Platform, Idoneus. Neil has a BSc (Hons) in Physics, a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from the London Business School.
Jack, an entrepreneur and art enthusiast, Jack comes from humble beginnings growing up in a small town in upstate Vermont. As an avid outdoorsman, Jack is always on the lookout for inspiration in Nature from Hiking the tallest peaks, to spelunking in caves, in search for what the earth has to offer. Jack specializes in Natural art sculptures using both beautiful minerals as well as complete Dinosaurs skeletons, Jack has gone out into the field to find the treasures of the past from all corners of the world working directly with Paleontologists and Geologists to find works preserved in time by mother nature. Jack collaborates with artists who take the raw materials and transform them into functional, one of a kind, works of art.
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.”
Carolyn Needham is a seasoned education and hospitality professional with a background in art and literature. After a career in educational services, spanning over twenty-eight years, she joins us at Emillions Art as a Business and Administration Officer. Her keen eye and collaborative, creative nature provide Carolyn with an affinity for the arts. She is educationally equipped with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Rosemont College and a Professional Art Certificate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Carolyn is a newcomer to Naples, Florida – after living with her family in both Texas and Chicago. Outside of the gallery, Carolyn enjoys cooking, entertaining and boating with her family.