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Vicki Gailzaid Founder/CEO | Ultra Essence natural skin care products, with anti aging benefits, are specially formulated to moisturize dry skin for radiant milky-soft skin.

Vicki Gailzaid | Founder/CEO

Born and raised in New York City, Vicki Gailzaid comes from a long line of renowned moguls in the art and entertainment industry. Following in her family’s footsteps, Vicki studied art at New York City’s well-known High School of Music & Art and the prestigious Art Students League of New York.

At the age of 16, Vicki was hired by Paramount Cartoon Studio and crafted her art for 10 years as a cartoonist. While at Paramount, she also wrote the lyrics to a song called, "The Life Cycle" that was featured in New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

After Vicki left Paramount Studios, and in the true spirit of entrepreneurship, Vicki founded and published the popular magazine, Entertainment New York. For over 10 years, it covered all forms of art and entertainment in New York City from cabaret shows to Broadway shows, and featured an award-winning dining guide and restaurant reviews.

Her untethered entrepreneurship led her to build a multimillion-dollar wholesale gift and novelty company that was featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The company not only offered gifts, but also skincare products. After marketing these products for the next 10 years, Vicki’s interest in pursuing women's health and beauty grew.

This interest culminated 15 years ago, when in 2004, Vicki started her own skincare company for women and gradually developed her line of Ultra Balm natural skincare products.

 “My company has been such a satisfying endeavor, as it has helped an incredible amount of people feel better about themselves and that makes a work day very gratifying. Because of all my successes over the years, I have been in a position where I have been able to donate to many humanitarian causes that I believe in—and for that, I feel very fortunate!”

In 2019, Vicki successfully rebranded her skincare company as Ultra Essence Skin Care and has transformed the look of her skincare line to satisfy the increasing demand for natural products from her loyal customers and consumers.

FAMILY BACKGROUND

Vicki’s family heritage is teeming with renowned moguls in the art and entertainment industry. Throughout the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's and into the 60's, Vicki’s family contributed to the arts and entertainment world as prominent artists, film directors, song writers, inventors, musical performers, and more.

Vicki’s cousin, Herbert Timberg, an American actor, comedian and vaudevillian, shared the stage with Eddie Cantor (famous vaudeville icon discovered by Vicki’s grandmother) on New York's biggest stage at the Palace Theater.

Vicki’s Uncle, Jesse Kaye, was the executive Vice President at MGM Records for well over 30 years and discovered such notables as Connie Francis and Herman & the Hermits.

Vicki’s Uncle, Sammy Timberg, was a song writer, best known for his gold record, "It's a Hap Hap Happy Day".

In 1921, Vicki’s other Uncles, Max Fleischer (renowned Cartoonist and inventor) and David Fleischer (film director and producer) founded Fleischer Studios. In 1939, Max Fleischer produced Gulliver’s Travels, their first feature-length animated film. The popular film became the second animated feature film produced by an American studio after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Max Fleischer went on to create Betty Boop, the most famous female cartoon character of all time, as well as producing all of the Popeye the Sailor and Superman theatrical cartoons and many more. He was also the inventor of the Rotoscope, Stereoptical Process, and the Bouncing Ball sound films.

Max Fleischer's son, Richard Fleischer, earned his fame as one of Hollywood's top film directors. His first feature film was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, followed by The Boston Strangler, Compulsion, The Jazz Singer and Fantastic Voyage.

Max Fleischer's Grandson, Kenny, became a well-respected artist who worked side by side with Peter Max, a German-American artist of the 1960s, known for psychedelic art and pop art.

 

Simone Benthien Vice President | Ultra Essence natural skin care products, with anti aging benefits, are specially formulated to moisturize dry skin for radiant milky-soft skin.

Simone Benthien | Vice President

Simone was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She started to study dance at the age of 3, leading to a lifetime of passion for the arts. After graduating high school, Simone went on the road with various shows, dancing professionally for 15 years. The sheer beauty of her craft can be seen in the collection of stunning photographs she collected throughout her dance career.

After Simone’s dancing career ended, she helped many dancing hopefuls by teaching ballet and jazz in New York City for 25 years. Her passion for dance influenced many students to perfect their craft as she brought the joy of dance into their lives.

Simone’s love for the arts also extending into art, creating collages that were so captivating the work was shown in the Museum of New York City. Her art was so well received that she started doing custom collages as a part time business. Simone found herself immersed in art, expanding her talent to painting, which was love at first brush stroke.

Finding that her art work was in demand, Simone teamed up with Vicki Gailzaid in New York working with her magazine, Entertainment New York. She created a number of the magazine covers, as well as various ads for the magazine.

As their friendship grew, Simone and Vicki merged their talents and started working together at Vicki’s gift/novelty wholesale company. As Vice President of the company, Simone learned every aspect of the business and wore many hats. She developed many business skills and applied this knowledge to their new skincare company.

Their collaboration continued with Ultra Balm Skincare, offering natural skincare products to customers throughout the country. Simone’s interest in the vast scope of beauty and skincare and the effect that it has on people's well-being, grew into a customer-focused business for the past 15 years. 

“There are so many facets to helping people and this is one of the ways. I am proud to offer safe, natural products that have a positive impact on people’s health and ultimately improve their quality of life.”

Throughout her life, you can find Simone laughing and enjoying life. For 10 years she was married to a comedian, keeping humor in her life and enhancing relationships. Combining her love for the arts and her sense of humor, Simone is currently creating a book of cartoons that she is preparing for publication.

Simone’s drive as an advocate/activist for animal rights and environmentalist is evident in her benevolent charity to animals and the environment. Simone spends her days with her cherished parrot, Chica, who brightens her day and keeps her laughing.

  

Christa Kantner Senior Marketing & Creative Consultant, Ultra Essence Skin Care

Christa B. Kantner | Senior Marketing & Creative Consultant | Owner CBK Graphic Design

Christa Kantner is an accomplished marketing executive, graphic designer, web designer and writer with broad marketing experience developing pioneering brands and promoting products and services in a variety of industries from sports to medical. She is described as a professional who clearly possesses those traits critical for success in today's times.

Today, Christa runs her own graphic design business, CBK Graphic Design, and holds the positions of Marketing Director at the Cole Link Foundation and Senior Marketing & Creative Consultant at Ultra Essence Skin Care. Throughout her early career, she has held the position of Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for national companies where she has generated multimillion-dollar revenue growth.

During her tenure as Marketing Director of Summit Technology, Inc., manufacturer of the Excimer Laser, Christa was the first marketing executive to market LASIK in the U.S. Her national marketing campaign built multimillion-dollar revenues for a university-based chain of Laser Vision Centers, including UCLA, Stanford, George Washington and the Cleveland Clinic. She worked closely with Senior Attorney, Matthew Daynard at the Federal Trade Commission to establish the first national advertising guidelines for the surgical procedure.  

Christa managed a variety of marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies such as American Express Platinum and Siemens. She also led a programming team to create the first nationwide vehicle-tracking system for Ryder System, Inc.

As an enterprising writer, Christa has worked as a ghostwriter for many physicians in the medical industry and wrote many nationally syndicated television show scripts for both MDTV Medical News Now and the Better Business News Journal.

In 2019, the culmination of Christa's talents in web design, marketing, graphic design and writing has brought her to the task of rebranding Ultra Balm Skincare, a natural skincare company, into Ultra Essence Skin Care with the same great products but a more modern and unique look to appeal to a larger online audience. Christa designed the new product labels, company logo and website around the brand's values and personality to engage visitors and enjoy the online experience.

Christa enjoys spending time with her family, two cats, husband of 32 years and son, a US Navy veteran.

  

Myra J. Cole-Baucom

Myra J. Cole-Baucom | Freelance Writer | Author | Playwright | Songwriter | Founder of Cole Link Foundation

Myra J. Cole-Baucom has a true talent for writing. She includes her experiences in life as she takes you into her world using vivid narrative to depict people and places in order to set the stage for her warm and intriguing newsletters for Ultra Essence Skin Care. As an author and playwright, Myra has the expertise to instantly draw the reader into her story and temporarily block out their immediate surroundings. Readers appreciate her sincere style and find her newsletters a refreshing break from today’s uniform online information. 

Her lifetime work, kindled by a strong interest in her heritage, has culminated into a book, music score and play that is currently under development. Over the years, Myra has pleased many a tastebud with her delectable cooking, which has inspired her work as the author of Celebrations Cookbook: Menu Plans, Recipes & Table Decorations, co-authored by her daughter, Jolynn Wright.

Myra has also worked as a creative designer at several florists and nurseries. Her creativity reached new levels during her tenure at Trans World Airline. For nineteen years, Myra traveled the world with her late husband, gathering new ideas and learning cultural traditions. After her airline career, she started her own business and personally decorated several large restaurants, weddings and numerous homes.

Myra is the founder of the Cole Link Foundation. She created the Cole Link Foundation in response to the ongoing desire to help and support individuals and organizations in The Arts, Health & Wellness and Educational Awareness. Myra wanted to establish an organization that kept dignity, respect and collective responsibility at the core of its focus. She is committed to bringing joy and cultural competency to community engagement. She is working with communities across the country to develop self-sustaining collaborations, improve access to resources and increase effective communication internally and externally.

Myra currently resides in central Florida. She has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

JoLynn Wright | Ultra Essence natural skin care products, with anti aging benefits, are specially formulated to moisturize dry skin for radiant milky-soft skin.

Jolynn Wright | Consulting Advisor

JoLynn F. Wright has been a successful sales executive for more than 25 years, during which time she received numerous awards including Sales Representative of the Year, Key Account Manager of the Year, Top Gun Award and Top Sales Award. 

JoLynn sharpened her skills working for Fortune 500 companies Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Baxter International where she received valuable expertise and training. JoLynn is highly motivated and known for her professional presentation and personable nature. Currently working as Program Director for Cole Link Foundation, she devotes much of her time towards helping the underserved.

In addition to her professional achievements, JoLynn is very active in her community, serving on the board of directors for the Citizens Alliance for Progress and chairperson for their annual benefit banquet. She supports her son’s local high school fundraising efforts and volunteering at church. 

JoLynn attended The University of Kansas and majored in Communication Studies, where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She currently lives in central Florida with her teenage son and long-haired dachshund.

  

Deedee O'Malley | Ultra Essence natural skin care products, with anti aging benefits, are specially formulated to moisturize dry skin for radiant milky-soft skin.

Deedee O'Malley | Artistic Consultant
| Singer | Songwriter | Actor | Author

With a catalog of over a thousand songs, a dynamic history of hundreds of live performances and industry-wide raves from Sheryl Crow, Rock God Billy Sheehan and Nancy Cartwright (aka the voice of Bart Simpson), it might seem hard to pinpoint a single moment that captures the deep emotional impact that singer, songwriter and all around musical Renaissance woman Deedee O’Malley has on her audience.

O’Malley’s songs can be heard in Beautiful People, The Young and the Restless, Strong Medicine, Joan of Arcadia, Party of Five and Live Life and Win to name a few.

As a performer singing her original music, she has opened for Chris Cagel, Al Stewart, The Bus Boys, Glen Campbell and Stephen Bishop. She has performed with LeAnn Rhimes, Willy Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Jermaine Jackson and many others.

This powerful prolific songwriter has won:

  • The #1 Indie Cd of the year award for her album “Simple” from Music Connection Magazine
  • The Star 98.7 Lilith Fare Contest hosted by American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest
  • Los Angeles Music Award’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Deedee O’Malley co-composed and starred in the hit musical, “Waiting for Johnny Depp” which had its world premiere in the very prestigious "Theatre Under The Stars" in Houston and just showcased at The Rave Theater Festival in New York City with rave reviews. Deedee was the first star of Waiting For Johnny Depp, which landed her “Best Performer” at the Valley Theatre Awards in Los Angeles.

Deedee O’Malley is the author of the autobiographical musical book THE LEMONADE MAKERfeaturing 21 stories and songs on the art of turning obstacles into opportunities.

Deedee O’Malley travels all over the world, including Nashville’s Music City several times a year, to teach her Songwriting Bootcamp. It is estimated that she has taught and inspired over 3000 people on the art of songwriting. Her book 10 EASY STEPS TO WRITING A SONGis the only interactive manual in the world where you actually write three songs before finishing reading it!

 

Sheryle Festa Health and Beauty Consultant for Ultra Essence Skin Care

Sheryle Festa | Health and Beauty Consultant

For years, starting in Boston in the 70’s and then New York in the 80’s, Sheryle Festa worked as a lead hair stylist and international trainer for hairstylists for award-winning and trend-setting salon director, John Dellaria. Sheryle and the rest of his creative team were the acknowledged visionaries of modern hair design—always thinking outside the box and setting the trends year after year.

After years of trendsetting with John Dellaria, Sheryle established a prominent salon of her own, Hair by Sheryle Festa. Her hair stylings continued to set new trends and standards in hair care and her studio quickly became the talk of the town as the #1 salon in area.

Sheryle’s success was achieved not only from her creative stylings and expertise with a scissor, but also from her basic philosophy of giving the client what they want, not what she wanted for them. However, should a client request help in creating a new look for themselves, Sheryle has a treasure chest of ideas to offer.

Sheryle has built her reputation on her amazing artistic sense of design that brings out the beauty of all her clients. She has an uncanny ability to transform how a person looks and takes the haircutting experience to a new dimension—from ordinary to extraordinary.

After her success in New York, Sheryle moved to Clearwater, Florida to open her own salon, Hair by Sheryle Festa. She became involved with the area’s Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Board as well as other key local betterment projects to help improve conditions for Clearwater Businesses. Wherever Sheryle went, things improved. She became known in the area as the woman who “gets things done”!

From her early beginnings in Clearwater, Sheryle was joined by her beautiful daughter Nicole, who acted as her assistant until she became a top hair stylist in her own right. After training in her mother’s salon, Nicole evolved into another top hair stylist, like her mother, and has become one of the best colorist and hair extension stylists in the country. Sheryle eventually turned her salon over to Nicole, in order to expand her work on humanitarian projects, locally and abroad.

Even though Sheryle often takes off for months at a time to do special community projects, demand from her customers as well as tourists who visit the area, have kept Sheryle working at her daughter’s salon, La Bella Hair Studio, in Clearwater, Florida on a part-time basis, by appointment only, any day of the week.

 

  

JA Carrier | Digital Marketing Associate 

 

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