VICTORY ACQUISITION CORP.
- Media, Sports, Entertainment, Technology, Hospitality, Healthcare, Wellness
James Lites serves as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors . Mr. Lites has nearly forty years of experience in the media, entertainment and sports industries as an executive, advisor and board member having served in various roles across the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and National Football League as well as major facility design, operation and management. Currently, Mr. Lites serves as the Executive Chairman of the Dallas Stars, a position he has held since July 2020. Additionally, Mr. Lites continues to chair the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group and has served as an Alternative Governor on the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors since 2011, a role he also held from 1982 to 2007. In his time on the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors, Mr. Lites served on its marketing, broadcasting, expansion and game committees. Previously, Mr. Lites served as CEO and President of the Dallas Stars from 2011 to July 2020, when he was responsible for all aspects of the Dallas Stars hockey and business operations. Prior to rejoining the Dallas Stars in 2011, Mr. Lites led the New York Football Giants’ Personal Seat License Program at MetLife Stadium. Mr. Lites had two previous tenures as President of the Dallas Stars, from 1993 until 2002 and 2003 to 2007. During this time, the team won seven division championships, two Western Conference championships, two Presidents’ Trophies, and the 1999 Stanley Cup; Mr. Lites also played an active role in the conception, design, construction and on-going business operations of the American Airlines Center and Dr Pepper StarCenter ice facilities. Additionally, Mr. Lites served as the President of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club from 1999 to 2002 and served three years on Major League Baseball’s Executive Council, becoming one of only four executives at the time to simultaneously manage the affairs of two major league sports franchises. Prior to joining the Dallas Stars, Mr. Lites served as Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Red Wings for 11 years. Mr. Lites also served as Chief Operating Officer of Olympia Arenas, Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest facility management companies. Before joining the Detroit Red Wings, Mr. Lites practiced law with a focus on litigation and labor contract negotiations. Mr. Lites received a B.A. in American History from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School.
William Quinn serves as the Chairman of our board of directors . Mr. Quinn is also the Chairman of the boards of directors of Spring Valley I and Spring Valley II, two other blank check companies. Mr. Quinn has over 25 years of private equity investment experience and has been involved in transactions totaling in the multi-billion dollars in aggregate value. Previously, Mr. Quinn was a minority owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and currently serves on the Ownership Advisory Group of the Dallas Stars. In addition, Mr. Quinn has and has had numerous investments and business interests in the media, entertainment and sports industries. Currently, Mr. Quinn is the Managing Partner of Pearl, an investment firm that he founded in 2015 with $1.2 billion of committed capital under management as of February 2021. Prior to founding Pearl, Mr. Quinn served as a Co-Managing Partner of Natural Gas Partners. During his time at NGP, the firm raised funds totaling over $10 billion in cumulative committed capital, made multiple investments in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service and created a dedicated sustainable energy technology investment platform, NGP Energy Technology Partners. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Quinn worked at Rainwater, Inc. and Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, Inc. and worked as an analyst in the investment banking divisions of Bear Stearns & Co. and BT Securities Corporation. Mr. Quinn has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies, including Resolute Energy Corporation (NYSE: REN), which was taken public via Hicks Acquisition Company I in 2009 and subsequently sold to Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) in early 2019, and Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq: EROC). In addition to his investing activities, Mr. Quinn serves on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a guest lecturer on private equity investing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Quinn received a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Andrew Nicholas serves as our Executive Vice President of Finance . From 2019 to 2020, Mr. Nicholas was Vice President of Finance at Switchback Energy Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: SBE), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. While at Switchback, Mr. Nicholas led aspects of sourcing, diligence and execution for the $300 million SPAC, which culminated in the $2.4 billion acquisition of ChargePoint, a global leader in electric vehicle charging technology and infrastructure. Prior to Switchback, Mr. Nicholas was a full-time graduate student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2019. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Nicholas was an associate in the private equity group at Riverstone Holdings in New York where he led quantitative aspects of investment analysis, transaction execution and strategic initiatives for both new investments and active portfolio companies. He began his career in Citigroup’s Global Energy investment banking group from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Nicholas received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with Honors.
Royce Wilson serves as our Executive Vice President of Business Development . From 2019 to 2021, Mr. Wilson was Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Media Sales at IGC, a vertically integrated, global e-sports and gaming company. From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Wilson was an associate in the technology, media and telecom Investment Banking Group at Stephens Inc. in Dallas, where he focused on M&A advisory and capital markets transactions across a variety of media verticals. Before joining Stephens Inc., Mr. Wilson worked for IAC (Nasdaq: IAC) in Business Development for one of IAC’s digital media subsidiaries in New York. Mr. Wilson began his career at Cox Media in New York. Mr. Wilson received a B.S. in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and an M.B.A from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Jeffrey Schramm serves as our Chief Financial Officer . Mr. Schramm is also the Chief Financial Officer of Spring Valley I and Spring Valley II, in which capacity he has served since 2020 and 2021, respectively. Mr. Schramm has over 20 years of leadership, finance and operations experience having worked with some of the leading venture capital and private equity funds such as Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures. From 2019 to 2020, he worked as a consultant in the private equity industry. Previously, Mr. Schramm served as Chief Financial Officer at Lehigh from 2009 until 2019 where he was responsible for raising both debt and equity, as well as financial and administrative functions. Mr. Schramm was instrumental in Lehigh’s sale to a publicly traded company and largest tire manufacturer in Europe, Michelin. Prior to that, Mr. Schramm served as Vice President of Finance for Euramax International, Inc. (now OmniMax International, Inc.) in the Exterior Products & Fabral (fabrication) divisions from 2007 until 2009 where he managed a large multilocation team supporting revenues close to $1.0 billion annually. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Schramm was with Kemira Chemicals, Inc. (formerly Vulcan Performance Chemicals) as head of Financial Planning & Analysis and North American Chief Financial Officer over the Pulp & Paper and Water Treatment specialty chemical businesses. During his time at Kemira Chemicals, Inc., he was a key member of the acquisition team acquiring the Pulp & Paper chemicals business from Lanxess (LXS.DE) and the Pulp & Paper business from FinnChem USA. In 1993 to 2000, Mr. Schramm began his career at Milliken & Company in various roles starting in Accounting, Controllership and later served as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager in Procurement. Mr. Schramm earned a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama, and an M.B.A. from LaGrange College.
Sammy Hagar will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Hagar is a Grammy Award winning artist, best-selling author, TV host, national radio personality, and serial entrepreneur. For the last four decades, Mr. Hagar has been one of rock music’s most prolific artists, leading a multiplatinum solo career in addition to serving as front man of iconic rock bands Van Halen, Montrose, Chickenfoot and, since 2014, The Circle. Mr. Hagar has amassed 25 platinum albums, with more than 50 million albums sold worldwide, a Grammy Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to his music career, Mr. Hagar has also built a thriving lifestyle brand encompassing successful restaurants, bars, spirits and retail under the Cabo Wabo Cantina and Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill brands. In 1996, Mr. Hagar created an in-house tequila for his Cabo Wabo Cantina, which he sold to Gruppo Campari in 2010 at an enterprise value of $100 million. Mr. Hagar continues to innovate in the spirits industry with his award-winning Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, the world’s first tequila-mezcal hybrid, Santo Mezquila, and premium Santo Tequila Blanco. Mr. Hagar is also a New York Times best-selling author of two books, Are We Having Any Fun Yet? and his #1 best-selling memoir Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. He also hosted five seasons of the hit TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar and continues to host a weekly syndicated radio show, Sammy Hagar’s Top Rock Countdown, broadcast to more than 90 stations in the U.S. The Hagar Family Foundation, created by Mr. Hagar and his wife to benefit local communities, has donated more than $4.0 million since its founding in 2008.
Angela Mathes will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Ms. Mathes has forged a career as an executive and entrepreneur in a broad range of industries, including media and marketing, broadcast and cable television, publishing, fashion, and direct response advertising. Since 2013, Ms. Mathes has been an investor in and advisor to numerous start-ups in the media and entertainment industries, including Flutter, an interactive art experience, since 2019. Ms. Mathes previously served as President of TLC, part of Discovery Networks and a top 10 cable channel, where she was responsible for all key business functions, including programming, development, production, digital media, affiliates, sales and marketing. While at TLC, she acquired the Miss America franchise, which became the highest rated show for the channel. Prior to TLC, Ms. Mathes served as President of Fox Television Studios, overseeing the development of scripted and non-scripted programming for U.S. broadcast and cable networks. Under her direction, Fox Television Studios created a digital/media division and produced hit series, including The Shield for FX, Burn Notice for USA and Saving Grace for TNT. Before Fox Television Studios, Ms. Mathes held various roles at ABC/Disney, including President of ABC Daytime, President of ABC Family and President of Buena Vista Productions, ABC’s syndication arm. During her tenure at ABC, Ms. Mathes worked on launching The View, was the key force in the selection of Kelly Ripa as the co-host for Regis Philbin and was instrumental in getting Meredith Viera to host the daytime syndicated version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Ms. Mathes began her career as co-owner of Brookville Marketing/Greybark Advertising where she pioneered the use of “800” numbers in direct response advertising. While at Brookville/Greybark, Ms. Mathes created the 1970’s phenomenon, the “Mood Ring,” as well as co-created and later sold two bi-weekly publications — Soap Opera Digest to Providence Journal and Soap Opera Update to Bauer Publishing.
Roger Staubach will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Staubach served as the Executive Chairman of JLL Americas, a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management, from 2008 until his retirement in 2018. In 2017, JLL had revenue of $7.9 billion and fee revenue of $6.7 billion; managed 4.6 billion square feet, or 423 million square meters; and completed investment sales, acquisitions, and finance transactions of approximately $170 billion. Prior to joining JLL, Roger was Executive Chairman of The Staubach Company, a market leading global real estate advisory firm that delivered cost-effective solutions for office, industrial and retail clients, until its merger with JLL in July 2008. Mr. Staubach has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies, including AMR Corporation, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), and Brinker International (NYSE: EAT). Additionally, Mr. Staubach played eleven years of professional football with the Dallas Cowboys and was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985 and served as the Chairman of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XLV. Since his professional retirement in 2018, Mr. Staubach has continued to serve on the boards of the Children’s Cancer Fund, The Cooper Institute, Allies in Service and JPMorgan Chase Military Advisory Board and remains involved in numerous other civic, charitable and professional organizations. Mr. Staubach received a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and served four years as a Navy officer.
Bryant Patton will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Patton currently serves as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, a nonprofit organization incorporated to promote, sponsor and stage an annual postseason intercollegiate football game. Since 2014, Mr. Patton has also served as Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Vaquero Midstream LLC, an independent large-scale natural gas gathering and processing business. Over his more than 43-year career, Mr. Patton has participated in hundreds of transactions. He has founded, as an executive, investor or advisor, more than 15 companies and has established a significant network of professional contacts. In 2009, Mr. Patton, as a Principal in TEAK Midstream, was involved with the building of hundreds of miles of natural gas gathering pipelines and two processing plants that were later sold in 2013 to Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APL) in a $1.0 billion, all-cash transaction. Mr. Patton has served on the board of numerous public and private companies, including Energy Partners, LTD (NYSE: EPL) and Abraxas General Partner, LLC (eventually merged into Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (Nasdaq: AXAS)), as well as organizations, including as President of the Dallas Petroleum Club in 2016, Chairman of the Dallas Wildcatter’s Committee in 2010 and the Cotton Bowl Foundation. Mr. Patton majored in accounting at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Dallas.
Stewart Coleman will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Coleman is a Partner of Pearl, where he is responsible for leading investment strategy and sourcing, transaction due diligence and execution, monitoring portfolio companies and investor relations. Prior to joining Pearl in 2015, Mr. Coleman was a Vice President in the Opportunistic Investments Group at Crestline Investors, where he focused on investments across the capital structure in a variety of industries. Before joining Crestline, Mr. Coleman was a private equity professional at Kelso & Company, where he focused on evaluating investments in the energy, consumer, and business services sectors. Mr. Coleman began his career in the Consumer, Retail & Building Products investment banking group at Citigroup in New York. Mr. Coleman received a B.B.A. in Finance from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin.