Bull Horn Holdings Corp.
- Sports, Entertainment
Robert Striar, our Chief Executive Officer and a director since our inception, has served as the President of M Style, a leading strategy, marketing and branding firm specializing in sports, entertainment and consumer products, since 2008. Mr. Striar has worked in the sports strategy, marketing and branding space in the United States and Europe for 20 years, cultivating and enriching brand and sponsorship programs at a variety of levels. Mr. Striar’s client roster has included global federations and international sports leagues as well as a wide variety of Fortune 500 brands, including Disney, the National Football League Players’ Association, National Hockey League and Warner Brothers. Mr. Striar has worked with teams and leagues for strategic planning, commercial development and operations. Mr. Striar has also served as a Partner in Ceres Platinum since 2017. Mr. Striar has served as Chairman of Strategy for China-US Business Alliance since 2018 and as the President of the Alumni of the Pro Hockey Players Association since 2017. We believe Mr. Striar is qualified to serve as our director due to his operational experience and his network of contacts.
Christopher Calise, our Chief Financial Officer and a director since our inception, has over 15 years of experience in the finance and insurance industries and has been responsible for setting the strategic vision for Crown Global, a domestic and international private placement insurance holding company, as well as overseeing its day-to-day management, including finance, operations and sales, since 2010. He also works closely with both internal and external sales and marketing in the development of new product initiatives, as well as evaluating new markets. Prior to joining Crown Global, Mr. Calise was a principal at LSC Investors, LLC, from 2001 to 2009, where he advised The Second City, Inc. and Narciso Rodriguez and restructured Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, a large global auction house. From 1999 to 2001, he was an associate with Crown Capital Group, Inc., a private equity investment firm focused on assisting middle-market companies build value over the long term and was one of the founding members of Fresh Direct, LLC. Mr. Calise was also a consultant with the Industrial Products Group at PriceWaterhouse in its Chicago office, from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Calise is a member of the board of Song4Life and Student Finance League Inc. Mr. Calise received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago, as well as certifications in insurance and finance. We believe Mr. Striar is qualified to serve as our director due to his operational and executive experience.
Stephen Master will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Master is currently the Managing Director of Master Consulting LLC, a global sports media & gaming advisory firm. Mr. Master is also advising several leading venture capital firms on their investments in the sports betting space as well as the AGA on the Sports Betting Initiative and is a member of their Sports Betting Task Force. For the prior ten years, he served as the Global Head of the Sports Group at the Nielsen Company and was the co-founder of the Nielsen eSports practice. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mr. Master was the VP of Business Development of Corporate Sponsorships at the National Football League. Before the NFL, Mr. Master worked at Octagon Worldwide as the VP of Marketing Solutions where he worked with leading brands to incorporate sports, music & entertainment into their marketing portfolios as well as to activate and leverage those investments at retail. Mr. Master also previously worked at the National Basketball Association, where he served as the Director of Business Development in the International Group. Mr. Master graduated with a BBA from the University of Michigan, received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is currently an adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he teaches a Sports & Entertainment Marketing course. We believe that Mr. Master’s executive experience and financial expertise qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Michael Gandler will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. With a career spanning 20 years in the sports and entertainment industry, Michael Gandler has been active globally in the commercialization and marketing of some of the world’s most prominent sports and entertainment properties. Currently, Michael is the Managing Director of SENT Sports, a media and entertainment company owned by Indonesia’s Djarum Group and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of storied Italian football club Como 1907, the acquisition of which he negotiated in 2019. Previously, from July of 2015 to December of 2018, he was the Chief Revenue Officer for FC Internazionale di Milano (“Inter Milan”), where he oversaw all areas of commercialization for the club, including media rights, sponsorship, retail, licensing, ticketing, international academies and the clubs global marketing efforts. Prior to joining Inter Milan, from to August 2013 to July 2015, he was the founder and President of Major League Revenue, a boutique agency specializing in the commercialization of sports and entertainment properties. From July 2004 to April 2011,Mr. Gandler was also a senior executive at Major League Soccer, where he oversaw global sponsorships and media, and is credited with the negotiation of landmark sponsorship and international media rights deals for the league. In addition to his work on the property side of the business, Mr. Gandler also spent a total of 6 years working for sports marketing agencies, overseeing business development and marketing efforts for IMG College properties as well as some of the most prestigious events across the Americas including the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Copa America and FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Mr. Gandler has led the commercial efforts behind international properties expanding into the U.S. market, including FC Barcelona, Manchester United, the Mexican Soccer Federation and others. Mr. Gandler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Connecticut College and an Master of Science degree in Sports Management from the Centre International d’Etude du Sport. We believe that Mr. Gandler’s extensive and varied professional experience qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Jeff Wattenberg will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Wattenberg is a private investor and Wall Street veteran. He is the founder and former President of a broker dealer with 200 brokers and is also a founder and former President of Telecuba Holdings, a telecom firm that secured licenses from the FCC to connect the United States with Cuba direct via satellite. He was a seed round investor in InterAmericas Communications (aka FirstCom) which was sold to ATT, and a seed round investor in Worldport Communications which was sold to Energis U.K. for $600 million. He was the founder and President of Briefserve, the largest digital legal brief archive in the United States, which was sold to Westlaw, a division of Thomson Reuters. In addition, Jeffrey was a Board Member of the Association of Volleyball Professionals. He was directly involved in raising over $20 million in capital for the league and secured tour sponsorships in excess of $25 million for the AVP. He was co-founder of Flash Flood for Good, a non-profit initiative in partnership with The Clinton Global Initiative, Proctor & Gamble and Crispin Porter Bogusky. Mr. Wattenberg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Rochester. We believe that Mr. Wattenberg’s financial expertise qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Doug Schaer will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Schaer was a long-time certified player agent by the Major League Baseball Players Association. An experienced entrepreneur, operator and business strategist, Mr. Schaer specializes in franchise asset development and foundation building in the entertainment, music and sports genres. Doug is coming off a 3 year stint as Chief Operating Officer for LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX), a global digital media company dedicated to music and live entertainment, while also serving as Chief Advisor to two-time NBA All-Star, entrepreneur, investor, and businessman, Baron Davis (via Baron Davis Enterprises). Previously, Doug co-founded and served as COO for Hero Ventures LLC, an innovative live entertainment production and touring company that obtained a license from Marvel Entertainment to utilize their intellectual property to launch a production called “The Marvel Experience,” a touring, branded and themed attraction in North America, which was ultimately extended to international release. To this day, Mr. Schaer continues to serve on the board of directors of Hero Ventures. Mr. Schaer earned a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. We believe that Mr. Schaer’s executive experience qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Baron Davis will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Davis is a former two-time NBA All-Star and current entrepreneur, investor, and businessman investing in early stage companies with a focus on media and technology. He has also founded and incubated several companies under his banner, Baron Davis Enterprises (“BDE”). During his 13-year NBA career, Baron played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. His game was known for its electrifying style, power and composure in high-pressure situations. Since his turning to entrepreneurship, Baron has formed numerous successful enterprises under his BDE banner including: Business Inside the Game (“BIG”), the Black Santa Company, and Sports Lifestyle in Culture (“SLIC”), his media platform and content studio. All of Baron’s business endeavours revolve around the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and heart-warming stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. We believe that Mr. Davis is qualified to serve a director due to his experience as a participant and investor in the sports and entertainment industry.