Our Board

    Sean Cannon is a native of New York City and has over 27 years of experience in the meeting and event industry. Starting out as CEO of Event Creative, he has opened a number of venues under the Venue One brand, most recently converting The Chicago Bulls former practice facility in the largest private event space on the North Shore. As CEO of Life Creative, Sean’s goal is to build a community for creative types to launch their ideas, brands and companies from. With the addition of The Life Creative Network and LIONAL, a design and retail company started by his wife, Sean plans to unite Chicago through the creative arts.

    Arabel Alva Rosales is an entrepreneur that has been described in Chicago Magazine as a “Renaissance Woman” because of her ability to discuss concerns on Wall Street, global issues, and what is happening in our communities. She is President and CEO of AAR & Assocs., a top Management and Information Technology firm; Co-founder and Principal of Latino Fashion Week and Director on the board of the CTA. Arabel appears often in the media as an expert quoted both as a business leader and for her noteworthy knowledge on issues affecting women and the Latino community. As a Life Style influencer, she is often sought after for speaking and media engagements. She has as JD from DePaul College of Law, and an Executive Certificate of Business, from Dartmouth University. However, her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of a dynamic, energetic and knowledge-seeking daughter. Alina, who is currently a sophomore at University of Michigan. “She keeps me priority focused”, says Arabel.


 Jeff Conway is a Television Journalist, Producer & Writer, based in Chicago. He began his studies at Illinois State University, where he was selected as the "Outstanding Senior in Journalism." After graduation, he interned for an entertainment television series on NBC5 called 24/7 and quickly worked his way up to become the show's sole Producer & on-camera Correspondent. He then moved on to help launch various television channels on Comcast, where he was an on-camera Host, Producer & Content Coordinator. Having now been nominated for multiple Emmys for both his on-camera & production skills, Jeff's most memorable television interviews to date include Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Jodie Foster, Zac Efron & Jennifer Hudson. Jeff takes enormous pride in his Chicago roots and looks forward to positively contributing to more exciting Chicago projects ahead, through Life Creative Network.


    Varun R. Goyal is born and raised in Chicago. He is an entrepreneur involved with many businesses in the Chicago area and abroad. They range from start-up companies, restaurant/bars, hotels, and film/TV.  He received his MBA in Finance and Marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in 2011.  He is currently the Franchisor/Founder for 12 Street Wings Inc. (www.12streetwings.com), Owner for Samrat International Hotel and Hollywood Bollywood Restaurant (www.hotelsamratinternational.com), Partner/ Executive Producer for Open Roads Film LLC, (www.openroads-movie.com), and a member of various community outreach programs.

William Kelly is the founder and CEO of RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning production company headquartered in Chicago and has produced long-running programs on FOX, Tribune Entertainment, UPN, ION Networks, and Comcast Sportsnet, among others. A veteran broadcaster and entertainer, Kelly is an  Emmy-nominated on-camera talent and an alum of the Conservatory at Second City. He was the media critic for SCREEN Magazine and a columnist for the Washington Times. He is a native of Chicago's Southside.