Ben Trantham

Entrepreneur & Business Owner

“The Medici gathering that I attended in Florence was a great event and delivered excellent value. I look forward to attending again.” – Ben

Ben Trantham is an entrepreneur and business owner of several family-run companies ranging from real estate development, social media influencing, e-commerce and most recently a Swiss acquisition of automated vehicle parking technology. He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, grew up in Seattle, Washington and now resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Stephanie, of 13 years, and their two young sons. Stephanie is an award-winning trailblazer in her industry segment as one of the highest earning and diversified social media influencers in the United States. Ben and family enjoy traveling, Texas Rangers baseball and serving in their local church. Current philanthropic efforts are focused on kingdom-building ministries and feeding hungry children.


Brook Hazelton

Art & Technology Executive

“The event was very well organized, with the perfect level of content for the audience, and a very active schedule without being over programmed with one way communication. It was the right size to form new relationships with a good number of the participants. Well done!” – Brook

Brook Hazelton is an experienced art and technology executive who also provides art advisory services to a small number of individuals and institutions. He is currently Advisory Board Chairman for LiveAuctioneers, the leading online marketplace for auction houses, and ThePackengers, a provider of e-logistics and shipping for unique items. Mr. Hazelton previously served as President of Christie’s for North & South America, and prior to that acted as global CEO of Phillips auction house. Earlier in his career, Brook held leadership positions with Goldman Sachs in Geneva and The Carlyle Group in London. He serves as a board member of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Renbrook School and Charity:Water. He received his B.A. with Honors from Princeton University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Jeff Thomas

Founder & CEO

“I enjoy studying successful people and families to learn from them. I also enjoy being in community with like-minded people. The Medici event in Florence inspired me to help build such a community.” – Jeff

Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Arkos Global Advisors, based in Houston, Texas. Arkos is a non-traditional multi-family office that helps families thrive across generations. Jeff also Chairs the Board of Lee Strobel Ministries and is on many other non-profit boards. 


Thibault Montjean

IT & Cyber Security Executive

“The cultural and high-level aspect of the discussions among the participants at the Medici event broke down the usual barriers of shyness or pride that you often find at other similar events.” – Thibault

Thibault runs companies in IT, CyberSecurity, and also created a value oriented firm dedicated to school uniforms. He is a sports fan and never happier than in a garage fixing something.

Vince Birley


“The Medici event that I attended in Florence was a first class experience with wonderful people. Three points of impact for me were: an appreciation for the arts, the importance of personal balance, and the pursuit of humble influence.” – Vince

Vince Birley has over 30 years of experience in the personal and institutional financial services industry. Prior to his current role, serving as CEO of Vident Financial, he was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee for Ronald Blue and Co. While serving in that role, he was responsible for leading the efforts to develop the Principled Reasoning investment philosophy that the Vident indices utilize. Before his career at Ronald Blue & Co. in 2000, Vince Birley was a Founder and Principal with Atlantic Capital Management, LLC, where he served as Managing Partner.