GRANT PHILIPO - CEO, HEAD CURATOR
Born and raised in Iowa, Grant Philipo is the youngest person to ever produce a full-scale, 35 plus cast member, multi-million dollar spectacular for a major Las Vegas Strip property. His "90 Degrees & Rising" premiered at the Dunes Hotel & Casino to rave reviews. Most impressive is the fact that "90 Degrees & Rising" was produced for a fraction of the amount spent on similar Strip extravaganzas. www.RisingIncSpectaculars.com
Grant's career has taken him from years of artistic, vocal and dramatic achievements and awards, to professional careers as a lead singer/dancer and makeup artist, to being a top high-fashion model, and on to working alongside and designing with and for such greats as Bob Mackie, Michael Travis, Dolly Parton, Ann-Margret, Eartha Kitt and Liberace, to mention just a few. Grant has earned scholarships, and performed and trained others at the Des Moines Museum of Art, USC San Diego, Stage 7 (San Diego’s only Professional Entertainment Academy), Barbizon, San Diego Ballet Company and the Pygmalion Institute in Las Vegas. For a number of years, Philipo's costumes have been displayed alongside Bob Mackie’s and others at UNLV’s Art Museum Showing of “The Las Vegas Showgirl,” as well as been featured on MTV, Biography, A&E and the Billboard Music Awards.
Grant's award-winning shows and costumes have graced almost every stage in Las Vegas, as well as a number of those in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Japan and Mexico. Unlike others in his profession, he produces, writes, designs, directs and stages all of his own shows. His costume collection contains the largest number of privately owned Bob Mackie creations, as well as numerous pieces by Pete Menefee and Michael Travis, as well as many equally stunning Grant Philipo Originals. As the onetime Artistic Director for the Hollywood Wax Museums, Grant's re-creations of garments worn by stars and royalty are still on display in both the Los Angeles and Branson, Missouri, locations, as well as in Fong's Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and the Guinness World Book of Records Museums in California and Florida. Philipo's work had also been on display at the now closed Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California.
Benefits held at Grant's palatial Las Vegas home have raised funds for numerous charities, as well as received recognition from Mayor Oscar Goodman; Nevada Congressman, Jon C. Porter; and Nevada Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley.
MARY DEE MANTLE - PRESIDENT
During her 47 years as a Delta flight attendant, and while flying all over the world, Maryadelia, better known as Mary Dee, had the opportunity to meet many celebrities. She even wound up marrying into a celebrity family, when she wed Roy Mantle, the brother of legendary baseball player, Mickey Mantle.
Mary Dee's showbiz bug laid dormant until 1991, when she had a chance meeting with her future business partner, producer/ designer, Grant Philipo.
In 1992, Mary Dee dove head first into entertainment when she and her mother became the executive producer's of Grant Philipo's "90 Degrees & Rising" at the Dunes Hotel & Casino. Since then, Mantle and Philipo have produced a number of shows around the world.
Mary Dee's partnership and friendship with Grant has been instrumental in greatly expanding the museum's vast collection of show costumes, props and jewelry, including the world famous Lido jewels purchased at auction when the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas closed.
Now retired, with the help of her partner, Philipo's, artistic skills, Mary Dee spends much of her time traveling the globe in search of exotic materials to magically return this great collection to its former splendor.
Mary Dee's other claim to fame, was being the fit model for Princess Diana's gowns, which were featured in five Guinness World Book of Record's Museums, recreated by Grant Philipo.
DALLAS FUESTON - VICE PRESIDENT
By the age of 17, Dallas was an international and national award-winning stage magician. Beginning in 1999, Fueston attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. where he was the entertainment director for UNLV's CSUN (Consolidated Student's University of Nevada), putting on large scale concerts and numerous productions. Fueston produced concerts for headlining acts such as Busta Rhymes, Naughty By Nature, Bone Thugs, and Face To Face. He earned a degree in hotel administration, with an emphasis in entertainment management.
Fueston learned the business side of the entertainment industry by working alongside Las Vegas show producer, David Saxe. After one year of working at David Saxe Productions, Fueston became general manager of the company and managed more than 250 employees and helped produce almost two dozen shows.
Fueston's passion for entertainment led him to produce the fantasy magic group/novel, The Xcentrix. His Xcentrix performances have been called “A stunning spectacle…” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and 944 Magazine said, “The audience was left stunned”.
Dallas can be seen in the opening sequences of NBC's “Americas Got Talent.” He has performed magic in many of the major resorts and casinos in Las Vegas. He has been astonishing audiences for more than 18 years, including corporate performances for top fortune 500 companies, such as Dell, IBM, Fed Ex, Smith Barney, UPS, Ford, Toby Keith, HP, Hyundai, Chrysler, Coors Light, Allegra, MGM Mirage, Ameriprise Financial, and Cisco Systems. www.DallasFueston.com