Mr. Earnest's 36-year CIA career included more than 20 years in the Agency's Clandestine Service. A member of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service, he was awarded the Agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit for “superior performance” throughout his career. Mr. Earnest also served as the Agency's principal spokesman in his final posting, developing and implementing a strategy of greater openness with the media and the public.
Chief Operating Officer of the International Spy Museum, Ms. Christian has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing and Business Development, including serving as Executive Director and President of National Trade Productions, an event and trade show management company. Ms. Christian also spent several years at the private equity firm Blackstreet Capital Management as an Operating Partner before joining the International Spy Museum in 2011. Ms. Christian has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Richmond and an MBA from George Washington University.
Mr. Maltz is the driving force behind the International Spy Museum. He founded Malrite Communications Group, Inc. in 1956 and served as its Chairman and CEO until the company was sold in 1998. Under his direction, Malrite became one of the most successful operators of radio and television properties in the country, with stations in major markets like New York and Los Angeles. In 1985, he was the recipient of the prestigious Dively Award for Entrepreneurship, receiving a Chair from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Maltz served as Director of Key Bank, and in 1996 was inducted into the Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. Two of his outstanding civic endeavors have been the creation of the Maltz Family Foundation and his involvement in the founding and development of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in which he played a major role in obtaining the project for the City of Cleveland. Active in numerous philanthropic and civic organizations, Mr. Maltz and his family work to support various charities both nationally and internationally. Mr. Maltz earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Maltz developed an interest in intelligence and national security issues when he worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, DC.
Before joining The Malrite Company in April 2000, Mr. Gomez spent more than six years in the public and private accounting industries, including serving as a Senior Consultant and Auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP, where he worked in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services Groups. Mr. Gomez oversees the operational and financial management of business affairs for all of The Malrite Company’s projects, including the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Gomez also heads The Maltz Family Office, a broad investment organization that also oversees a number of philanthropic projects. Mr. Gomez is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Cleveland State University.
The Malrite Company is the successor to Malrite Communications Group, Inc., founded in 1956. For more than 40 years, Malrite Communications Group was involved in the world of entertainment, news, and information through its radio and television broadcasting businesses. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Malrite Communications owned radio stations in major markets across the country including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Minneapolis, Denver, and Cleveland. Its television group operated stations in Jacksonville, Rochester, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Puerto Rico, Toledo, and Cleveland. In both radio and television, Malrite Communications produced programming for and marketed some of the top professional sports teams in the country, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Jose Sharks, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Indians. Today, with a new focus and purpose, The Malrite Company is using its years of expertise to develop innovative museum and education projects around the country. The Malrite Company has convened the best talent available for its collaborative creative teams consisting of Malrite management and research directors, the country's top museum and exhibition designers, innovative video and computer developers, leading architects, and interior designers. Malrite is breaking new ground in the development of bold new concepts to enhance arts and entertainment districts starting with the International Spy Museum that opened July 19, 2002 in Washington, DC. The Malrite Company was also the driving force behind the newly opened Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida. The newest Malrite project, The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, is now open in Cleveland, Ohio.