Douglas got his start in Consulting for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in Pharmaceutical & Life Science strategy. Eager to explore other passions, Douglas left consulting after several years and joined Olga in her family’s burgeoning antiques business with the goal of bringing the showroom online (a novelty at the time). After seeing too many dealers struggle through the rough economy of the last several years, Douglas decided to act, and thus The HighBoy was born. Douglas is passionate about history, art, culture and design. To him, The HighBoy is as much about contributing to the longevity and vibrancy of the antiques industry, as it is about creating a gratifying business. Douglas is a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Growing up traveling through the antiques markets of the world, from Paris to Buenos Aires, Olga graduated from Davidson College, which took her to language and art history studies in France and Italy. Since joining her father in the antiques business, Olga has become an expert in European art and antiques and has earned the respect and admiration of dealers and clients worldwide for her keen eye and exceptional taste. A polyglot and Europhile, Olga is determined to reinvent the antiques industry for her generation.
Matthew T. Meehan
President and Owner of MTM Management, a property holding and management company. Matthew's business and marketing background lend a key piece of the puzzle to The HighBoy team. Growing up with a love of antiques, inspired by his family's successful antiques stores across Georgia, as well as vivid memories of attending auctions, galleries, and estate sales, Matthew naturally became a passionate collector. His current home features his extensive collection of art and antiques from around the world. Matthew is also the proud co-Founder and Executive Director of an orphanage in India.
Hilary Masell Oswald
Hilary is a writer and editor, communications consultant and art lover based in Denver, CO. She is the former editor in chief of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, one of the West’s premier design magazines, where she oversaw a complete and popular redesign of the magazine. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Mountain Living, 5280 (Denver’s City Magazine), and other national and regional publications. A native of Naples, Florida, Hilary earned a BA from Davidson College, where her studies led her to France and in-depth coursework in art and architecture (and self-study in wine and cheese). She also holds a MS in journalism from Northwestern University.
Communications & Brand Partnerships
Maxine has previously worked with renowned art institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, specializing in communications and visitor experiences. Most recently, she managed marketing and promotional campaigns for the Met’s special exhibitions and permanent collections. After living in New York City for four years, Maxine recently returned to her Miami hometown and joined The HighBoy. Maxine studied Art History, Fine Arts, and International Affairs at The George Washington University.
President and CEO of one of the nation’s largest healthcare companies, Rod is also one of the partners and driving business forces behind the success of The Highboy. Combined with a keen eye and love for the arts, his 30+ years of building businesses from scratch make him an asset to The Highboy team. His vast art collections have been featured in magazines and books across the world. A true Philanthropist, Rod also dedicates his time and serves for more than 20 boards and organizations across the United States. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Rod Hildebrant calls Coral Gables, Florida his home.
John W. Chidsey
John Chidsey is the executive chairman of Red Book Connect, an integrated platform that provides essential managerial solutions to the service industry.
Previously, John was the chairman and CEO of Burger King Corporation where he served as president and CFO as well as other senior level positions from 2004 to 2011. Prior to Burger King, John served as chairman and CEO for two corporate divisions at Cendant: the Vehicle Services Division, which included Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car Systems, PHH and Wright Express, and the Financial Services Division, a division that included Jackson Hewitt. He is a board member of Norwegian Cruise Lines, Instawares Holding Company, HealthSouth, and Davidson College. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Georgia Bar Association. John holds a M.B.A degree in finance and accounting and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, as well as a BA degree from Davidson College.
After starting her career in management consulting at Ernst & Young--and learning from the best about everything from team building to business and financial analysis to technology strategy—Carla spent several years in real estate and technology start-up environments. An unexpected opportunity brought her to the non-profit sector, in which she has led a variety of strategic projects focused on re-positioning the brand and diversifying the revenue of the United Way of Miami-Dade. An active member of the business and philanthropic community, Carla serves on the board of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and on the Leadership Committee of the Cadillac Championships (The Doral). Carla is a graduate of the University of Alabama—and is rightly obsessed with college football. She aspires to both improve her personal design aesthetic and to provide valuable counsel to the management team at The Highboy.
Lewis "Mike" Eidson
Injury attorney Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson has been involved in leadership roles in many of the most important product liability cases in the United States during the past three decades. A cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mike entered law practice in 1974 with Colson Hicks Eidson, where he is currently the president of the firm. He studied at Warwick University in Coventry, England, served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army following college, attended Emory University Law School where he was a Lamar Scholar. Mike co-endowed the Kessler Eidson Trial Technique Program at Emory University in addition to endowing scholarships at Emory and AAJ to encourage women to pursue trial practice for a career. Mike's commitment to the arts and public service has benefitted Miami-Dade County where he serves as Chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and past-president of the Miami City Ballet. He has received many awards through the years for his service to the arts and to other charities, among them the Kristi House and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Susan Cannon is a writer, editor, creative director, stylist and design consultant currently living and working in Kansas City. Before moving to New York City, Susan studied art history at The University of Kansas. While in New York, Susan worked for national magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Jane with legendary editors, photographers and designers. In 2006 Susan switched gears from fashion to interior design and parlayed her creative work over to writing and editing with her move to Miami. She wrote the Where to Wear Florida Shopping Guide and soon joined Home & Design as editor-in-chief. In 2009 she stepped into the editor position of M the Magazine for Kansas City Moms, giving it a strong voice and visual identity. Though Susan's first passion is creating visual images, it's the narrative behind each that inspires her the most. Her inspirations come from history, film, art, nomadic travel and curious souls.
Current author of Princesses Behaving Badly, writer Linda Rodriguez got her start as the managing editor of a Boston weekly newspaper, The South End News. After moving abroad, Linda become the founding editor-in-chief of the online UK magazine The Periscope Post, a news digest recognized as one of the top ten UK news sites by Stylist magazine in 2011. Additional editing and writing credits include the Smithsonian Magazine online and Mental Floss magazine. Linda is a graduate of Davidson College and a 2004 graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.
Monika Biegler Eyers
Monika Biegler Eyers is a design editor, writer and consultant who has written for a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart Living and Living Etc. magazines. Previously Monika was the Senior Market Editor of Design at Domino Magazine after starting her career in the editorial department of Traditional Home Magazine. Monika has appeared as a guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN’s Open House and HGTV as well as been interviewed as a design expert for publications like USA Today. Her interior design work has appeared in the books Design*Sponge at Home (Artisan) and Domino: The Book of Decorating (Simon & Schuster).