Gustie Creative Adds Significant Member To Stellar Advisory Board

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Ethel J. Davis Comes Aboard to Accelerate Next Stage Growth for the Innovative Design Firm

Ethel J. Davis has joined the Gustie Creative Advisory Board

Ethel J. Davis, CEO and Portfolio Manager

"We are delighted with Gustie Creative’s development and look forward to seeing their continued success.” – Christine Burres, Director of Operations, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

Gustie Creative, an innovative disruptive retail design and strategy firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ethel J. Davis to its advisory board. Ms. Davis is the founder and CEO of VZD Capital Management, a registered investment advisory firm. She will bring her passion, vision, and experienced financial acumen to Gustie Creative as the company continues to grow.

“Delighted to witness the continued growth of Gustie Creative, a company that started as an idea at the KC Women’s Business Center and took flight through the Kauffman FastTrac New Venture Program. And, now, the organization is fortifying its success further with the brilliant addition of Ethel J. Davis to its advisory board. Congratulations to both Gustie and to Ethel – looking forward to watching your continued acceleration.” – Alana Muller, Founder and Principal of Coffee Lunch Coffee, former President of Kauffman FastTrac.

Ms. Davis is a Portfolio Manager providing customized investment management services to affluent individuals, multigenerational families and entrepreneurs. Her investment accomplishments and commitment to clients have made her a successful advisor in the investment community. In 2015, VZD Capital Management was ranked by the Kansas City Business Journal as a Top Minority Owned Business and also one of the Fastest Growing Businesses in the city. Ms. Davis is a three-time winner of the Five Star Wealth Management Award. She is a member of the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2011 Women Who Mean Business.

“As a woman entrepreneur, Ms. Davis’ unique combination of experience will be particularly instrumental to Gustie Creative as they reach the next phases of growth and begin fundraising. Since joining the TBI program, Gustie Creative has received several awards and created innovative designs for some of South Florida’s leading companies. We are delighted with Gustie Creative’s development and look forward to seeing their continued success.” – Christine Burres, Director of Operations, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

Ms. Davis will join current members of the Gustie Creative Advisory Board, including:

  • Howard Gitten, Technology Attorney at Locke Lord LLP in West Palm Beach, FL;
  • Adam Herman, Chief Integrated Media Officer at Zimmerman Advertising in Fort Lauderdale, FL;
  • Kris Kitchen, Founder of Kris Kitchen Design in Kansas City, KS;
  • Roseanne Rosen, previous Senior Vice President of Operations at People to People International in Kansas City, MO.

Gustie Creative has a suite of offices in the Technology Business Incubator in the Research and Development Park at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. The company has been headquartered there since 2013.

About Gustie Creative LLC
Gustie Creative ( specializes in commercial and retail design, retail design strategy, and design innovation. Gustie designs with cutting edge technologies and is passionate about creating disruptive retail. Their exclusive and unique approach to disruptive retail consists of five Pillars of strategy and 30 Paths of design that take a clients' brand or business into the marketplace when, where, and for as long as they desire. Gustie will publish "The Definitive Guide to Disruptive Retail" and launch their Create Disruptive Retail app in 2016. Clients include Social Enterprise Conference 2016,, FloSpine, Warren Technology Inc., Zimmerman Advertising, Bagel Twins Bagelry & Restaurant and Wind2Share.

About the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University
Established in 1985, the 100-acre Research Park at Florida Atlantic University ( is home to technology companies working in conjunction with the FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the College of Business. The Research Park hosts the Technology Business Incubator with startup technology companies, each of which receives business and consulting services with the goal of becoming established businesses and permanent residents in the Research Park.

If you would like more information, please contact Gustie Creative at 888 550 6261 or email at info(at)gustiecreative(dot)com.

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