Board of Directors
Bobby Blair brings a rich history in professional tennis, sports management and directing digital media platforms. His vision and passion coupled with an impressive portfolio of business success will lead our company in an exciting new direction for revenue and growth in the Digital Media Marketplace. Bobby’s skill in developing and delivering cutting edge marketing techniques and his passion for serving the community in this highly desired marketspace will drive LifeApps Brands Inc., in meeting Bobby’s goal of becoming the global leader in the LGBT Digital Media Marketplace.
Director, Board Member
Larry Roan has spent the past two years as a Director and Board Member of LifeApps Brands Inc. His responsibilities have included assisting and coordinating the communication on company reporting for quarterly and year-end requirements. He has managed process flow with accountants, auditors, legal team, and company service providers. In addition, he has consulted on prospective opportunities and company strategy. Larry has over 15 years of National Account Management in the consumer packaging industry.
Barney Frank, born in 1940, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was the Executive Assistant to the mayor of Boston from 1968-1970; he was the Administrative Assistant to former Congressman Michael Harrington from 1971-1972 and a Massachusetts State Representative from 1973-1980. Mr. Frank was a US Congressman, representing the 4th District of Massachusetts from 1981-2013. As Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, from 2007-2010, he was the co-author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the regulatory overhaul signed into law in July 2010. In 1987 he became the first Member of Congress voluntarily to acknowledge that he is gay, and in 2012 became the first sitting Member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner, James Ready. He has written two books: Speaking Frankly, in 1992, a critique of some aspects of the Democrats approach to public policy; and a political memoir published in 2015 titled “Frank: From the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage.” The book was nominated for a Triangle Award and co-won the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction. He has also written chapters in two other books, one on LGBT rights and more recently on the response to the financial crisis. He has taught at Harvard, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Before joining government, he was a political activist, including his participation as a volunteer in the Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.
Billy Bean, born in 1943, is a former professional baseball player and is currently a major league baseball (MLB) front office executive serving as Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner. As a senior advisor to Commissioner Rob Manfred, his role focuses on baseball’s social responsibility initiatives and LGBT inclusion. Among his responsibilities, Mr. Bean works with MLB’s 30 clubs to bring awareness to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees, and stakeholders throughout baseball to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and supportive workplace for everyone. On July 14, 2014, Mr. Bean was announced as MLB’s first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion. He played major league baseball from 1987-1995. He broke into the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers, and tied a major-league record with four hits in his first game. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. Mr. Bean was a two-time “All-America” outfielder at Loyola Marymount University before graduating with a degree in Business Administration. During the 1986 season, Bean led the Loyola Marymount Lions to a midseason #1 national ranking and a berth into the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Bean is a member of the MLB Owner’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and was instrumental in the development of MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ bullying prevention program, a ground breaking educational youth campaign and partnership with ESPN. He is also the author of the book, “Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball.” We believe Mr. Bean is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors based upon his industry and management experience.
Martina Navratilova, born in 1956, is a former professional tennis player deemed by many to be the most successful female tennis player of the open era. Over a career spanning four decades, Ms. Navratilova won 59 Grand Slam titles, including a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships, 167 singles and 177 doubles championships. Over the course of her tennis career, Ms. Navratilova was distinguished as the Women’s Tennis Association’s (“WTA”) "Tour Player of the Year" seven times, named the Associated Press's "Female Athlete of the Year" and declared one of the "Top Forty Athletes of All-Time" by Sports Illustrated. After being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, she continued to take part in WTA events as well as the 2004 Olympics Games. As she approached her 50th birthday in 2006, she decided to leave the tour circuit behind after her final Grand Slam, a mixed-doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the U.S. Open making her the oldest player to ever win a Grand Slam title. Ms. Navratilova provides commentary to the Tennis Channel's audience during its coverage of the Grand Slams. She is an ambassador for the WTA and is a regular commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation and Tennis Channel at Wimbledon. Ms. Navratilova also works for BT Sport and appears regularly on their tennis commentary. She spends as much time as she can with her family in Miami, and often finds herself traveling the world, speaking at events, playing in numerous exhibition matches, and tirelessly promoting all of the issues that are close to her heart. As one of the first openly gay sports figures, she has spent much of her career overcoming prejudices and stereotypes, giving up millions of dollars in endorsements and sponsorships as a result of her insistence on living a life of integrity and honesty. Since coming out in 1981, she has been an inspiring and vocal advocate for equal rights and a strong supporter of many charities benefiting the LGBT community. She has received numerous awards from many of the most influential organizations within the LGBT community. We believe Ms. Navratilova is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors based upon her industry and professional background.
LZ Granderson is co-host of ESPNLA 710 Radio Mornings with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis.
Mr. Granderson began his career as an editor for ESPN The Magazine, helping oversee its NBA and tennis coverage. He also co-created, produced and served as host for several other programming initiatives which aired on ESPN3, including LZ’s Café, where he interviewed athletes and celebrities such as Andre 3000, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Dierks Bentley.
As a senior writer, Granderson maintained a regular column for ESPN.com for a number of years and he has served as a contributing commentator on Outside The Lines, Around the Horn and SportsCenter. He has served as part of the network’s tennis team covering Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, counting Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among the all-time greats he has interviewed. The unabashed women’s basketball fan broke the Sheryl Swoopes coming out story in 2006 and reported on the SC Featured piece about Texas basketball center, Imani McGee-Stafford, which won the Lone Star Emmy in 2015. Mr. Granderson was also a co-host of SportsNation from 2016-2018 and in 2018 he joined DAZN as a ringside reporter.
The award-winning journalist worked for several newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the South Bend Tribune and the Grand Rapids Press, primarily covering sports, politics, education and entertainment. In 2016, Granderson was inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Hall of Fame and recently joined Marvel Studios’ digital team, co-anchoring red carpet coverage of the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.
In addition to his current roles at ESPN, Granderson is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a contributor to CNN. He also contributed as a political analyst for ABC in the past. He has been a part of the coverage for some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the elections of President Obama and President Trump, the death of Trayvon Martin and the uprising in Ferguson, Mo. Granderson was a fellow at The Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago as well as The Hechinger Institute at Columbia University. He also taught sports journalism at Northwestern University, and his TED Talk has more than 1.5 million views and has been translated into 26 different languages.
Robert (“Bob”) Tull, age 66, is a seasoned investment banker with 40 years of experience in trading, banking infrastructure, systems development and financial product design. Bob’s career in banking began in 1979 at Phibro trading silver. In 1982 Bob joined Morgan Stanley as the operations manager of the commodity trading division. Bob joined Deutsche Bank in 1996 to expand their U.S. business infrastructure until he was appointed as the COO of Bankers Trust in 1999. Bob continued to advance the development of exchange traded funds and equity indexes at the American Stock Exchange from 2000 to 2005. Throughout his career, Bob’s focus has been dedicated to serving the needs of institutional and retail investors in the U.S. and global markets. Bob is a named inventor on multiple U.S. financial product patents related to the exchange traded products. From 2005 to 2017, Bob has served as the President of Robert Tull and Company which provides consulting services to commercial and investment banks, investment companies, stock exchanges and government regulators. Bob is named in multiple books discussing the origin and expansion of ETFs in the global marketplace. Bob is currently the president of Procure Holdings and its subsidiaries, including ProcureAM, LLC.