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Tristar Acquisition I Corp.

Raised
$232M
CIK
1852736
Focus
Telecommunications, Technology, Software, Gaming, Payment Platforms
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

William M. Mounger II - Mr. Mounger, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer , is a highly-experienced executive with over 40 years of successfully founding, building, leading and advising corporations within the telecommunication and wireless industries. With his operational and investment experience, Mr. Mounger has raised capital, navigated the initial public offering process, and been directly involved in multiple mergers and acquisitions. Since October 2002, Mr. Mounger has been serving as Chairman and CEO of Tristar Technologies, LLC, a telecom and technology search firm. In July 2014, Mr. Mounger founded Tristar License Group, LLC, to develop and acquire Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3) spectrum licenses in FCC Auction 97. Since its inception, Mr. Mounger has been serving as the manager of Tristar License Group. In addition, Mr. Mounger founded two additional companies for the acquisition and development of wireless spectrum licenses in two separate FCC auctions. In August 2015, Mr. Mounger founded Tstar 600, LLC to participate in FCC Auction 1002 for 600 MHz spectrum licenses. In August 2020, Mr. Mounger founded Widespread Wireless, LLC to participate in FCC Auction 107 for C-Band 3.7 – 3.98 GHz spectrum licenses. Mr. Mounger currently serves as the manager at Widespread Wireless, where he focuses on the acquisition and build-out of wireless spectrum licenses using private equity capital. In December 2013, Mr. Mounger founded Nova Towers Holdings, LLC and served as a manager until January 2017. At Nova Towers Holdings, Mr. Mounger worked with Nova Towers, LLC and with AT&T Wireless as one of five approved vendors to build communication towers. Mr. Mounger also founded Tritel Communications (NASDAQ: TTEL) and served as Chairman and CEO from January 2000 to April 2000. Tritel Communications had its initial public offering in 1999. During Mr. Mounger’s tenure, Tritel Communications merged with TeleCorp PCS (NASDAQ: TLCP) in 2000. From April 2000 to October 2002, he served as Chairman of TeleCorp PCS. TeleCorp provided digital wireless services under the SunCom and AT&T brands in 14 states and Puerto Rico. In 2002, TeleCorp was acquired by AT&T Wireless. In addition to his time at Tritel and TeleCorp, Mr. Mounger’s extensive experience in the telecommunications industry includes his role as the former Chairman of the Cellular One Advisory Council and former board member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association. Mr. Mounger has been a board member of the CTIA – The Wireless Association since January 2017. He has also formed and sold companies such as Continuum 700 to acquire wireless spectrum licenses at FCC held auctions. From January 1990 until the formation of Tritel in January 1999, he was President of Mercury Communications Company, a cellular operating company, where he was involved with the management and operation of numerous wireless telecommunication ventures. At Mercury Communications Company, Mr. Mounger built, operated, and managed rural cellular telephone systems for its licenses and for other, third-party license holders. He worked with financial institutions as well as Novatel Wireless to build-out its systems. Mercury was branded under CellularOne and operated in MS, AR, KY, WV, FL, WA, AK, OH and IL. From 1993 to 1996, he sold the company in several multi-stage transactions to McCaw Cellular, U.S. Cellular, Horizon, and CenturyTel Enterprises. Alongside these roles, since June 2015, Mr. Mounger has been serving as the Chairman of Delta Industries, a multi-state concrete operator. He has also been a board member at Delta Industries since December 2014. In addition, Mr. Mounger has been a Commissioner of the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks since July 2017 and is involved in many charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Mounger graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and holds an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Cathy Martine-Dolecki serves as our Chief Operating Officer and will serve as a Director at the closing of this offering. Mrs. Martine-Dolecki is a highly experienced and accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience across the global telecommunications industry. From November 2020 to December 2020, Mrs. Martine-Dolecki was a Board Member at TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ: TESS), a technology distributor and manufacturer serving commercial customers in the wireless space. Her various board positions and extensive executive experience at AT&T (NYSE: T) provide for her robust operational skillset and ability to create value and drive growth. As the former President of National Business at AT&T from January 2015 to March 2017, she led a team of over 7,000 sales associates. During her time, she was responsible for $25 billion in revenue. Prior to her role at National Business, she was the President of Enterprise Business Solutions at AT&T from January 2013 to December 2014. Additionally, she was President of Small Business Solutions at AT&T where she supported 3 million customers, representing over $13 billion in revenue. Her experience at AT&T also includes serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Midwest (formerly Ameritech) and East (formerly SNET) regions from January 2008 to December 2012. As President and CEO, Mrs. Martine-Dolecki led the sale of consumer and business services in six states while representing over $11 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees. Mrs. Martine-Dolecki previously served as a board member of Legal Shield, a portfolio company owned by Mid Ocean Partners from January 2013 to May 2018. She joined and is currently serving on the Americas executive board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. Mrs. Martine-Dolecki graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, holds a M.S. in General Management from M.I.T. where she was a Sloan Fellow, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Timothy Dawson serves as our Chief Financial Officer . Mr. Dawson has over 30 years of executive corporate financial experience in various roles across public and private companies. His experience financing and restructuring the capital stack of public and private firms, executing bond issuances, and facilitating mergers and acquisitions provide him with a robust skill set in managing public company financial operations. From August 2005 to October 2018, Mr. Dawson served as the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ: CALM), the largest producer and distributor of fresh eggs in the United States. During his 13-year tenure as CFO, he facilitated eight strategic acquisitions for the firm. Additionally, as one of the three members of Cal-Maine’s Executive Committee Mr. Dawson oversaw the Information Technology and Human Resources departments at the firm. Prior to his position at Cal-Maine Foods, in January 1996 Mr. Dawson became the Vice-President of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer of the Mississippi Chemical Corporations, a nitrogen, phosphate and potash-based fertilizer manufacturer. In January 1999, Mr. Dawson was promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO and served until December 2004. At Mississippi Chemical Corporation. Mr. Dawson facilitated the firm’s conversion from a cooperative to a public company, leading to a successful initial public offering in 1994, as well as overseeing its eventual sale to Terra Industries, Inc. in 2004. During his tenure at Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Mr. Dawson also conducted a $350 million leveraged lease with GE Capital on a newsprint mill and a $250 million project finance deal through a joint venture for an ammonia plant in Trinidad. Mr. Dawson also led a $200 million public bond offering for the company. From May 1975 to June 1979, Mr. Dawson was the Exports Accountant and held multiple accounting related positions at Cook Industries, a publicly traded international grain business and at the time 3rd largest grain company in the world. Mr. Dawson graduated with special distinction from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Accountancy, and holds an M.B.A. from Millsaps College.

Robert Willis will serve as a Director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Willis brings more than 30 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience and has sourced and led control transactions in various industries including online gaming, computer software, natural resources and among others. Mr. Willis is qualified to serve as our Director because of his operational experience, his capital market expertise, and his investment experience in identifying, evaluating, and structuring acquisition opportunities. Mr. Willis is a co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners L.P. In addition to his role at Navigation Capital, Mr. Willis served as President of Pensare Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS), which completed an acquisition in April 2020 and was renamed to American Virtual Cloud Technologies (NASDAQ: AVCT), where Mr. Willis is still an advisor. He was a key financial architect of Pensare’s successful acquisition of Computex Technology Solutions and AVC Technologies’ contract with AT&T. Prior to co-founding Navigation Capital, Mr. Willis served as the President of Nsoro, LLC in 2007. In such capacity, he negotiated the acquisition of the business by MasTec (NYSE: MTZ) and following its acquisition, served in an advisory role from 2010 through July 2016. From December 2013 until December 2015, Mr. Willis served as the chairman of U.S. Shale Solutions, Inc., a shale services company which he founded in 2013. In 2004, Mr. Willis founded Gaming VC Holdings, now named Entain plc (LSE: ENT) which listed on the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Willis served as the financial director of Entain until 2006. Entain is now one of the world’s largest gaming groups, employing more than 24,000 people in 20 offices across the five continents.

Greg Boyd will serve as an independent Director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Boyd has extensive experience within the telecommunications industry, founding and successfully exiting more than eight companies in the cell tower vertical. In July 1994, Mr. Boyd founded the Intellicom Wireless Management, Inc. Mr. Boyd is currently the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Intellicom Wireless Management, Inc., which has managed the development, construction and/or infrastructure coordination of over 800 communication towers throughout the U.S. since February 2000. In December 2011, he also founded Nova Towers, LLC and since its inception, has served as its Chief Operating Officer. Nova Towers, LLC has been selected by AT&T as one of five approved U.S. BTS vendors. Mr. Boyd’s vast mergers and acquisitions history and transactional experience with the sales of his previous ventures provides a unique insight on value creation within the cell tower vertical. His previous experience includes positions with Motorola (NYSE: MSI) as the Southeastern Business Manager from 1988 to 1994 and as a Regional Manager from 1997 to 1998 at MJA Communications Corp., the latter of which helped launch AT&T’s initial PCS buildout across the southeast U.S. Mr. Boyd received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

David Jones will serve as an independent Director at the closing of this offering. He is the founder and chairman of Chrysalis Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in technology-enabled businesses since 1993. At Chrysalis Ventures, Mr. Jones has worked with and served on the boards of many growth companies in the Midwest and South, including Appriss, Inc., Tritel Communications (founded and led by Mr. Mounger), which went public and was later sold to AT&T Wireless, Regent Communications, a radio station consolidator which was acquired by Jacor Communications, and High Speed Access Corp., which went public and later was sold to Charter Communications. Mr. Jones currently serves on the board of directors at Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a healthcare company where he was Vice-Chair from 1996 to 2005 and Chairman from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Jones chairs the board’s nominating and governance committee and serves on its compensation and executive committees. He is also a director of the following companies: Foundation Radiology Group, Inc., a radiology services company where he chairs the board’s compensation committee; New Life Solution, Inc. (d.b.a. meQuilibrium), a digital coaching and analytics company where he chairs the board’s audit committee; Confluent Health, a company that operates outpatient physical therapy clinics and provides clinician education services, where Mr. Jones chairs the board’s audit committee. Mr. Jones also serves on the boards of The Humana Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in community well-being by focusing on the social determinants of health and on the board of the C.E. & S. Foundation. Mr. Jones previously served on the boards of ACCH Holdings (formerly known as HCCA Holdco, LLC), a healthcare staffing and clinical process outsourcing company, from September 2002 to August 2016 and of Connecture, Inc., a provider of health insurance sales and service automation software, from March 2004 to 2019. In addition, he was on the boards of MyHealthDirect, Inc., a provider of healthcare coordination software, from December 2009 to December 2017 and of Insider Media Group, a local media startup in Louisville, KY. Mr. Jones has a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale University Law School. Prior to founding Chrysalis Ventures, he practiced law in the U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser’s office in Washington and in a commercial law firm.

David Barksdale will serve as an independent Director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Barksdale has 15 years of legal, operating, and principal investing experience. As a result of his broad range of business and legal experience, Mr. Barksdale brings valuable business development, technology, and investing experience to the Board. Mr. Barksdale currently serves as a Principal at Alluvian Capital, LLC, a privately held company with diversified investments in the telecommunications and software industries. Previously, he was Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spread Networks, LCC, which was acquired by Zayo Group (NYSE: ZAYO) in 2018. During his tenure as CEO, Spread Networks completed construction of its Chicago-to-New York fiber optic network and expansion of services throughout the greater Chicago and New York markets. Mr. Barksdale is a Director at Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ: SAFM), the third largest poultry producer in the U.S. with a market capitalization of $3.1 billion. Mr. Barksdale was previously an attorney in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Barksdale holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Tulane University.

Alex Parker will serve as an independent Director at the closing of this offering. Since May 2020, Mr. Parker has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Sequential Technology International (STI). STI is a global provider of BPO, SaaS and Consulting Services. Previously, Mr. Parker was the Senior Vice President of Service Delivery Excellence at AT&T from September 2018 to May 2020. During this time, Mr. Parker is the CEO of Sequential Technology International. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Service Excellence at AT&T, where he ran global provisioning operations and led a team of over 5,000 people. From June 2017 to September 2018, Mr. Parker was the Senior Vice President of AT&T’s State, Local and Education, where he covered more than 50,000 customers while generating over $2.5 billion in revenue. Additionally, from June 2016 to June 2017, as Senior Vice President of Global Solutions and Sales Operations at AT&T, Mr. Parker supported a global team of more than 2,000 associates and was responsible for executing deal negotiation, solution design, contracting and compensation strategy. Mr. Parker also held positions abroad during his tenure at AT&T. From November 2011 to July 2014, Mr. Parker was the Vice President of Global Service Management in London, England, where he was responsible for the overall customer experience across Europe, Middle East and Africa, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mr. Parker is an advisory board member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement and a board member of the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Education Foundation. Mr. Parker holds a B.S. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of International Business degree from Saint Louis University.

Steven Rogers will serve as an independent Director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Rogers has 38 years of commercial real estate investment experience to identify and evaluate acquisition opportunities. In 2011, Mr. Rogers founded and currently serves as the manager of Rogers & Associates, LLC, a firm that provides specialized solutions for principals and institutional owners in the real estate industry and board level advisory work. From 1983 to 2011, Mr. Rogers served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director at Parkway Properties Inc. (NYSE: PKY) since its early development stage and through its move to the New York Stock Exchange and the S&P 600 Small Cap Index. Parkway Properties was a real estate investment trust specializing in the acquisition, ownership, development, and management of quality office properties in the Sun Belt region of the United States. At Parkway Properties, Mr. Rogers provided leadership, policy setting, capital allocation and discretionary fundraising for the real estate investment trust (REIT). During his tenure at Parkway, Parkway was named A Great Place to Work five times by the Society of Human Resource Management, NAREIT Leader in Light Award, and the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence. Mr. Rogers’ numerous current community and business activities include serving as the Chairman of the Board and a member of the compensation, nominating, and governance committees at RREEF America REIT II since 2014 and as the audit committee chair and a member of the nominating and governance committee at Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE: CDR), since 2016. Mr. Rogers is also the chairman of the board of Net Lease Alliance and a director of First Commercial Bank. Mr. Rogers graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi and went on to complete five years in the U.S. Army, where he was quickly advanced from Lieutenant to Captain and was selected for early command. He received the Army Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal for his services. Mr. Rogers also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.