Enjoy Technology Inc.
Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.
- Technology, Media, Telecommunications, TMT, Gaming, Sports, Wellness, Entertainment
Crane H. Kenney has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the company since October 2020. Mr. Kenney has been the President of Business Operations of the Cubs since 2009. Following the Ricketts family’s acquisition of the Cubs in 2009, Mr. Kenney led the organization’s talent acquisition, strategic planning and execution of the ten-year turnaround that helped transform the Cubs into one of the most valuable teams in Major League Baseball. Prior to his current role at the Cubs, Mr. Kenney was the General Counsel of Tribune Company (then the owner of the Cubs) from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining Tribune Company, Mr. Kenney was a corporate attorney at Schiff, Hardin & Waite. Mr. Kenney has served on a variety of boards, including Marquee Sports Network, NBC Sports Chicago, The Television Food Network, MLB’s Long Term Strategic Planning Committee, Winona Capital Management (a Chicago-based private equity firm), and the University of Notre Dame Student Advisory Council.
Brett Varsov has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the company since October 2020 and has spent his career in the media and technology industries. He has been a Partner and Head of M&A at Raine since January 2016, where he is responsible for the firm’s global Mergers and Acquisitions practice and works closely with all of the firm’s partners and sector heads on advisory and investing transactions across the firm’s businesses. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at Raine from April 2012 to December 2015. At Raine, and during his career, Mr. Varsov has initiated and executed mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory assignments, investments and financing transactions for many of the world’s leading and emerging media and technology companies. He has also worked on multiple successful SPAC transactions as an advisor to and investor in target companies that have gone public via SPAC merger. Prior to joining Raine, he was in the Technology, Media and Telecom and Mergers and Acquisitions groups at Goldman Sachs where he focused on media and technology companies and worked on public and private M&A, initial public offerings and other strategic and financial advisory transactions. Prior to this, Mr. Varsov worked in the Media and Telecom group at Citigroup within the Investment Banking division. Previously, he acted as director of business development for Digital Club Network (an early digital music venture), founded and published a regional newspaper, and worked in the marketing group of Miller Publishing. Mr. Varsov is on the board of directors of Reigning Champs, a Raine portfolio company. He has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Alexander D. Sugarman has served as Executive Vice President of the company since October 2020. Mr. Sugarman has served as Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Chief Strategy Officer of the Cubs since February 2018. Mr. Sugarman has been with the Cubs since 2010, serving in a variety of roles including Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development from January 2015 to June 2015 and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Ballpark Operations from June 2015 to February 2018. Prior to joining the Cubs, Mr. Sugarman served as an associate with GSP from 2006 to 2009. Prior to his time at GSP, Mr. Sugarman was a financial analyst for the National Hockey League.
Joseph Beyrouty has served as Chief Financial Officer of the company since October 2020. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer—Management Company at Raine since July 2013. In that role, Mr. Beyrouty oversees accounting, tax and financial reporting for Raine. Prior to joining Raine, he was a Vice President at Moelis & Company Holdings LP, a global investment bank, where he was responsible for overseeing US-based accounting operations. He has also worked at FTI Consulting, providing turnaround and restructuring advice to unsecured creditor committees, Deloitte & Touche LLP, as an auditor and Value Line, Inc., as an equity research analyst. Mr. Beyrouty has a B.B.A. from Emory University and an M.S. in Accountancy from CUNY–Baruch College. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in New York.
Evan Ellsworth has served as Vice President of the company since October 2020 and has been a Vice President at Raine since June 2020. Prior to joining Raine, Mr. Ellsworth was a member of the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging and Financial Sponsors groups within Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking and Capital Markets division, where he worked on a variety of M&A and financing transactions across a range of industries on behalf of public and private corporate clients and financial sponsors. He began his career as an active duty officer in the United States Army. Mr. Ellsworth has a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Jason Sondag has served as Vice President of the company since October 2020. Mr. Sondag has served as Vice President, Strategy and Development of the Cubs since December 2019 and is responsible for driving the strategic planning efforts for the organization, incubating new businesses, and managing external investment opportunities. Other positions Mr. Sondag has held with the Cubs include Director, Strategy and Development from January 2015 to August 2016 and Senior Director, Strategy and Development from August 2016 to December 2019. Prior to joining the Cubs, Mr. Sondag served as an Associate in the Special Situations Group at American Capital from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that he was an investment banking analyst in the financial restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey, Inc. from 2005 to 2007.
Thomas Ricketts is our co-Chairman and Director since October 2020. He has served as the Executive Chairman of the Cubs since 2009. He also serves as the Chairman of Incapital. Mr. Ricketts currently serves on the boards of Meijer, Inc., Choose Chicago, The Field Museum, The Executive’s Club of Chicago, and The Wood Family Foundation. He was also a founding Director of the Bond Dealers of America. Mr. Ricketts has also been a Director at Ameritrade and, subsequently, TD Ameritrade. Prior to starting Incapital, Mr. Ricketts worked at ABN AMRO Inc., The Chicago Corporation and Mesirow Financial. He was a market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange from 1988 through 1994. Mr. Ricketts business experience and experience as a director on the boards of other companies make him well-qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Brandon Gardner is our co-Chairman and Director since October 2020. Mr. Gardner is Co-Founder and Partner of The Raine Group, and serves as the firm’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He is a member of The Raine Group’s investment committee and is active across all aspects of The Raine Group’s business, overseeing the growth of the firm from inception to over $3 billion in assets, with six offices and over 130 employees. Prior to The Raine Group, Mr. Gardner was part of the founding team and the senior operating officer of Serengeti, a multi-strategy investment advisor based in New York City with in excess of $1 billion in assets under management. During his tenure at Serengeti, Mr. Gardner was an active member of the investment team, managing sector- and strategy-specific portfolios. Prior to launching Serengeti in 2007, he was a practicing attorney at Cleary Gottlieb from 1999 to 2007. While at Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Gardner gained significant experience in complex mergers and acquisitions and structured securities transactions and financing arrangements, representing and advising a wide variety of investment banking and corporate clients. He is on the board of directors of Foursquare, Moonbug Entertainment, Imagine, Thrill One, Reigning Champs and Olo, all portfolio companies of The Raine Group. Mr. Gardner has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. from The Wharton School and a J.D. from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Gardner’s extensive industry experience and experience serving on the boards of several companies make him well-qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Thomas Freston has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. He is a Principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on the media and entertainment industries. Mr. Freston has also been a senior advisor to Raine since 2015. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, where he also served as Chief Operating Officer. For seventeen years, Mr. Freston was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks Inc., MTV Inc., Nickelodeon International Ltd., VH1, Comedy Central and other networks. Prior to that Mr. Freston ran a textile business in Afghanistan and India. Currently, he is Board Chairman of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization to fight extreme poverty, and serves on the boards of DreamWorks Animation, Moby Media in Afghanistan, Vice in New York, a company in which an investment fund managed by Raine is invested, and is also a Trustee of The Asia Society. Mr. Freston’s business experience and experience as a director on the boards of other companies make him well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Matthew Maloney has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. He is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners. Under Mr. Maloney’s leadership, Grubhub has grown its active diner network to more than 27 million users who can order from more than 300,000 takeout restaurants in over 4,000 cities. He led the company through five rounds of investment funding, a 2013 merger with Seamless North American LLC and a 2014 initial public offering. Mr. Maloney currently serves as an advisory board member for The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and a member of ChicagoNEXT, an organization dedicated to driving growth and opportunity in the Chicago business community. He also serves on the board of directors of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. He was named one of America’s most powerful CEOs 40 and under in Forbes Magazine in 2016 and one of the top 50 business people of 2014 by Fortune Magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and two master’s degrees, including an M.B.A., from the University of Chicago. Mr. Maloney’s business experience and experience as a director on the boards of other companies make him well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Assia Grazioli-Venier has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. In 2016, Ms. Grazioli-Venier launched Muse Capital with her business partner Rachel Springate. Muse Capital is a seed-stage consumer fund investing in Future of Motherhood/Parenting, Education, Telehealth & Wellness, Gaming, Fintech, and Product-lead Communities. Prior to Muse Capital, Ms. Grazioli-Venier also served on the board of advisors of Northzone, one of Europe’s leading technology investment partnerships whose portfolio includes Spotify and iZettle, sold to PayPal in 2018. For several years an innovation investment advisor to Andrea Agnelli at LAMSE, S.p.a. Starting in 2010, Ms. Grazioli-Venier was advisor to Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) for over five years, where she was involved in global strategic initiatives and business expansion efforts, such as forging deals with Tinder, Dubset, helping to establish the Los Angeles office, as well as building out the artist services division across Europe, that contributed to Spotify’s growth and innovation. Ms. Grazioli-Venier kicked-off her career in 2004, creating and launching TV, Radio & Digital for Ministry of Sound, one of the leading dance music brands/record labels in Europe, which later sold to Warner Music. Ms. Grazioli-Venier also currently serves on the board of directors of Italy’s Juventus Football Club (JVTSF). Ms. Grazioli-Venier also serves as co-chair of AllRaise in Los Angeles, which is a non-profit organization championing diversity in the funder and founder ecosystem, and sits on the board of Impact46, a social impact advisory firm catering to family office foundations. Ms. Grazioli-Venier’s business experience and experience as a director on the boards of other companies make her well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.