The Story Behind Wingtip’s new Board of Directors
With the opening of the Club in its new home, we had the opportunity to add a Boardroom for members to conduct business meetings. Equipped with a large table, chairs, a 70″ Sharp AQUOS Board, Logitech webcams, Apple TV, and DirecTV, the Boardroom is a nice, quiet, private place to do business. But it was missing something: a personality.
It also happened to have a long, bare wall screaming for some artwork.
We posed a question to our members: if Wingtip were to have a Board of Directors of fictional characters, who should get the honors? The criteria: a fictional character whose business savvy was a central part of their character. The suggestions poured in. Quickly, we had to rule out those convicted of crimes (Gordon Gekko, the Duke brothers), and then it also seemed natural to leave out those that may not have been technically convicted of anything, but who engaged in the type of shady businesses that Wingtip wouldn’t want to represent (Michael Corleone, Keyser Söze).
Ultimately, as the CEO of Wingtip, it was left to me to select my ideal, fictional Board of Directors. Once finalized, the question was: how to represent them on the wall? Oil paintings? Photography? If the Boardroom needs to romanticize “business,” what style would best represent business success? Well, for better or worse, the Wall Street Journal is considered the business community’s “paper of record,” and they are famous for representing executives as a stipple portrait (also called a “hedcut“).
While there are many artists out there that can do hedcuts, it wouldn’t be Wingtip if we didn’t hunt down the person that introduced that style to the Wall Street Journal. That person is Kevin Sprouls.
Wingtip commissioned Mr. Sprouls to create hedcuts for our seven Board members, five of which are framed and hanging on the wall in the Club’s Boardroom. It is our honor to present to you our new Boardroom wall featuring (from left to right): Thomas Crown, #2, “Blake” (aka Alec Baldwin’s character from Glengarry Glen Ross), Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), and Thomas Callahan, Jr. (aka Tommy Boy).
The final two Board members, whose portraits are in the works, are Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep from The Devil Wears Prada) and William “Billy Ray” Valentine (Eddie Murphy in Trading Places).
Please welcome Wingtip’s new Board of Directors.
Founder & CEO