Jason Stein, our co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director, is a co-founder and general partner at SC.Holdings. Since founding SC.Holdings in 2018, Mr. Stein has led growth and private equity investments into 12 companies within our Core Sectors. He is on the board of directors of Hyperice, a late-stage recovery technology company; serves as Special Advisor at the SpringHill Company, LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s entertainment and IP business; is Chairman of Front Office Sports, a mass-market daily sports newsletter platform; and a Board Director at Transmit.Live, a high-growth live streaming technology business. Previously, Mr. Stein was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cycle Media, an award-winning media and advertising holding company, which he built to six offices in the U.S. and Europe and sold to Wasserman, a global sports agency.
Daniel Haimovic, our co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director, is a co-founder and general partner at SC Holdings and the Chief Executive Officer of Eastbridge Group, a family holding company with $1.5 billion in assets under management. At Eastbridge, Mr. Haimovic oversees Eastbridge’s operations as well as the divestitures of certain of its assets, which previously included: the Smyk Group to Bridgepoint Partners for approximately $300 million; Empik, Empik Schools and Empik.com (the leading consumer media retailer in Poland) to Penta Investments; and Optimum Distribution (a leading distributor of clothing and consumer products to Eastern Europe) to the Orbico Group. In 2016, he led the sale of 63 & 67 Wall Street to Rockpoint Group for approximately $435 million. He led the refinancing of 20 Exchange Place for approximately $268 million by Freddie Mac, the refinancing of 70 Pine Street by Brookfield Partners in 2017 and by Goldman Sachs in 2019 for approximately $386 million. Since becoming Chief Executive Officer of Eastbridge in 2015, Mr. Haimovic has led investments in more than 20 companies in a variety of sectors, including real estate and technology. Mr. Haimovic sits on the board of directors of Realview Imaging, an Israeli medical imaging company; as well as the Downtown Alliance, which manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID). Mr. Haimovic was previously on the board of directors of Smyk Group, Empik Group and Optimum Distribution. Previously, he worked for Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Mr. Haimovic holds an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Biology from Harvard College.
Romitha Mally, our board chairman, has more than 25 years of investment banking and mergers and acquisition experience. During her career, she has provided strategic and financial advisory to many public and private companies in the consumer and retail industry around the globe. Ms. Mally has helped orchestrate mergers between independent brands and conglomerates including Unilever's acquisition of the Dollar Shave Club, Sundial Brands and The Laundress. Ms. Mally has also helped take companies public, including Blue Buffalo, for whom she also negotiated a sale to General Mills in a deal that was valued at $8 billion in 2018. Ms. Mally was a Vice Chairman in Investment Banking at UBS from February 2019 to March 2020, a Managing Director and Head of Consumer Corporate Advisory for North America at Greenhill & Co., Inc. from April 2018 to January 2019, a Managing Director at JP Morgan from August 2013 to March 2018, and an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs covering the packaged food sector from 1995 to 2005. Ms. Mally holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Rich Paul, one of our directors, is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Klutch Sports Group, the powerhouse sports agency representing some of the biggest athletes across the NBA and NFL. Mr. Paul founded Klutch in 2012 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio where he forged a unique and personal approach to representing some of the top NBA talent — putting athletes first and empowering them to build careers and brands on and off the court. In 2019, Klutch partnered with United Talent Agency, an evolution that led to the expansion into NFL. Mr. Paul continues to be a leading agent in the space and in 2019 was named GQ’s “Power Broker of the Year” and “The King Maker” on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Variety recently named Mr. Paul to their “Variety500” list of the most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry. He is also credited with driving the reversal of the so-called “Rich Paul Rule,” which would have banned agents without a college degree from representing NCAA student athletes.
Jim Lanzone, one of our directors, is the Chief Executive Officer of Tinder, the world’s most popular app for meeting new people. Tinder has been downloaded more than 400 million times and is responsible for more than 55 billion matches worldwide. Previously, Mr. Lanzone was the Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive, a top 10 consumer Internet property with more than 300 million monthly visitors across its sites. Mr. Lanzone led the digital transformation of CBS Corporation, drove CBS Interactive to record financial and audience growth, and led the creation, launch and growth of streaming services CBS All Access, CBSN and CBS Sports HQ. Mr. Lanzone joined CBS Interactive in 2011 after its acquisition of Clicker Media, an Internet video search and programming guide, where he was Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lanzone previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves), a division of IAC/InterActiveCorp. Mr. Lanzone joined Tinder from Benchmark Capital where he was Executive-in-Residence. Mr. Lanzone holds a JD and MBA from Emory University and a BA from UCLA.
Erez Kucharz, one of our directors, has more than 20 years of experience with leading internet, sports, media and entertainment properties. He joined DraftKings as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. In this role, Mr. Kucharz is responsible for expanding DraftKings’ business strategy, advertising sales, international expansion and digital media, further solidifying the company’s position at the intersection of sports, technology and media, while advancing its footprint in the content space. Mr. Kucharz is responsible for bolstering the business and corporate development functions by identifying opportunities for strategic ventures and acquisitions. Additionally, Mr. Kucharz is a faculty member in Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative teaching Sports Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining DraftKings, Mr. Kucharz served as president of CBS Local Digital Media and special advisor to the CBS Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mr. Kucharz oversaw online and mobile business across CBS’ Radio and Television stations. During his tenure, Mr. Kucharz’s leadership elevated CBS Local to one of the leading digital organization in local broadcast TV and radio. Mr. Kucharz has also held several senior-level positions at NBC Universal, founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports, and worked for NASA in their Space Shuttle and Space Station Medical Operations divisions after serving as an Army Officer assigned to the Armor Branch. Mr. Kucharz holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Houston and a master’ s degree in Medical Informatics from Duke University.
Andrew Heyer, one of our directors, is a finance professional with over 40 years of experience investing in the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries as well as a senior banker in leveraged finance during which time his clients included many large private equity firms. Over that time frame, he has guided several public and private companies as a member of their boards of directors. Currently, Mr. Heyer is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Mistral Equity Partners, a private equity fund that invests in the consumer industry. Prior to founding Mistral, Mr. Heyer served as a Founding Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners, a $1.3 billion private equity fund. Mr. Heyer was formerly a vice chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp. and a co-head of the CIBC Argosy Merchant Banking Funds. Prior to joining CIBC World Markets Corp., Mr. Heyer was a founder and Managing Director of The Argosy Group L.P. Before Argosy, Mr. Heyer was a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated and, previous to that, he worked at Shearson/American Express. Mr. Heyer currently serves as President and on the board of directors of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. III, a special purpose acquisition company seeking to acquire and operate a business in the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries. Mr. Heyer currently serves on the board of directors of ARKO Corp. (NASDAQ: ARKO) and previously served as Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II’s President until consummation of its business combination with ARKO. Mr. Heyer currently serves on the board of directors of OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: OSW) and previously served as Haymaker Acquisition Corp. I’s President until consummation of its business combination with OneSpaWorld. He also serves on the board of directors of Tastemaker Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: TMKR) (“TMKR”), a blank check company which completed its $276 million initial public offering on January 12, 2021 and is searching for a target business in the restaurant, hospitality and related technology and service sectors, The Lovesac Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOVE) (where he serves as Chairman) as well as on the board of a private pet products company owned in part by Mistral, Worldwise, Inc. He also serves on the investment committee of AF Ventures, an investor in high-growth consumer product companies. Mr. Heyer holds an MBA and a BSc in Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Bradley has been a Managing Director at Mistral Equity Partners since 2008. He has over 20 years of experience identifying acquisition candidates, conducting due diligence and structuring deals. Mr. Bradley has extensive experience with special purpose acquisition companies, including serving as the current Chief Financial Officer of Tastemaker Acquisition Corp. since August 2020, the current Chief Financial Officer of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. III, the former Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Haymaker II until its business combination with ARKO in December 2020, and as the Chief Financial Officer of Haymaker I before its business combination with OneSpaWorld in 2019. Mr. Bradley co-founded and currently serves on the board of The Beacon Consumer Incubator Fund (a venture capital fund that invests in consumer technology companies), and formerly served on the board of Jamba, Inc., The Lovesac Company, Creminelli Fine Meats, LLC, and Country Pure Foods. Additionally, Mr. Bradley served as an investment banker at Banc of America Securities, a Manager in Burger King’s strategy group, and a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ management consulting practice. Mr. Bradley holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Justin James (JJ) Watt is an American football defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his NFL career, Mr. Watt has earned five Pro Bowl selections, five first-team All-Pro selections, three Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards, and is the first player in NFL history to record multiple 20-sack seasons. Mr. Watt is the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which provides after school opportunities for children in various communities encouraging athletic participation in safe environments. In 2017, Mr. Watt was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year, and was also named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Mr. Watt attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Timothy Banks Clepper is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kaulig Companies Limited. In 1997, Tim started his professional investment management career with McDonald & Company Investments. Tim continued his career with Robert W. Baird & Company and Morgan Stanley. For over two decades, Tim’s professional career has been in the areas of asset management, investment banking, and private equity. He holds the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser securities license and has been responsible for the management of significant financial assets and transactions for individuals and businesses. Tim has been involved with many successful mid-market private equity transactions throughout his career. He formed the Kaulig Companies Limited with Matt Kaulig in 2015. Tim is a board member or board advisor to many businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations including Leaf Home Solutions, Gridiron Capital’s Board of Business Executives, The Kaulig Foundation, The LeBron Advisory Board (LAB) for the I Promise School, Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation, Santa PICsU 501(c)3, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2013, Tim co-founded Santa PICsU, a 501(c)(3) organization, with the intent to bring the “healing power of giving” to children and families in traumatic situations. Santa PICsU focuses on the wellness of children and families in Northeast Ohio Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs). Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kent State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1997.
Mario Montoya is a mathematician and experienced public equities investor. In 1999, Mr. Montoya became a partner at Jim Simon’s quantitative investment fund Renaissance Technologies. At Renaissance, he helped the firm develop and implement strategies for derivatives, futures and options and merger arbitrage. He also managed risk reduction techniques for the Medallion fund. Mr. Montoya currently manages public equities at his own fund, Windforce Capital. Prior to Renaissance, Mr. Montoya graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Jason Beren, our Chief Financial Officer, joined Eastbridge Group in 2014 as Group Treasurer and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2015. At Eastbridge, Mr. Beren has supported the refinancings of Empik Media Fashion, 20 Exchange Place and 70 Pine Street. He has worked closely on more than 20 Eastbridge investments in a variety of sectors including multi-unit retail and technology. Before joining Eastbridge, Mr. Beren worked at Deutsche Bank for nine years, serving as Director in the Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions division. At Deutsche Bank, he was responsible for advising multinational corporations on mitigating the market risk of financing strategies and implementing structured financial solutions. Mr. Beren holds an AB with honors in Economics from Harvard College.
Andrew Fishkoff, our Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, joined Eastbridge Group in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. At Eastbridge, Mr. Fishkoff oversees all U.S. and international legal matters, working on all acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and investments. Mr. Fishkoff has represented both SC and Eastbridge in their sports and media investments in Hyperice, Front Office Sports and Transmit Live, as well as their investment in eegee’s, an Arizona-based quick service restaurant chain with over two dozen locations. Before joining Eastbridge, Mr. Fishkoff served as the General Counsel for Macklowe Properties and Rockrose Development Corp., both New York-based real estate developers and owners, where he helped lead financings and joint ventures. Mr. Fishkoff previously worked in the finance group at Latham & Watkins. Mr. Fishkoff holds a JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Brown University.
Adrian Williams is a Vice President at SC Holdings. Prior to joining SC Holdings, Mr. Williams was an investor at Tempo Music Investments, a media and entertainment intellectual property platform backed by Providence Equity Partners. Tempo’s portfolio features work by global artists including Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Pink, and many more. Before Tempo, Mr. Williams worked in Credit Suisse's Financial Sponsors Group advising private equity clients on structuring and financing M&A transactions. Additionally, throughout his career, Mr. Williams has spent time at Appnexus, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Barclays Capital in a variety of investment and advisory roles. Mr. Williams holds an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas and BA from Brown University.