Jack Giaraputo – Chairman
Jack Giaraputo has been one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood over the last decade, and is currently partnering with Sony on producing a NASCAR-related movie based upon the New York Times best seller, In the Blink of An Eye.
In 1999, Jack co-founded Happy Madison Productions, a film and television production company, with actor and comedian Adam Sandler. Jack’s film production credits include Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, Mr. Deeds, Deuce Bigalow, Bedtime Stories, Zookeeper, 50 First Dates, Grown Ups, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry among other popular films. Television series production credits include Rules of Engagement and Breaking In. Several Happy Madison films have sponsored Kasey Kahne as a primary car sponsor of the #9 NASCAR Sprint Cup car, including Click and The Longest Yard.
Mark Butler is the president and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (“Ollies”), a fast-growing retailer based in Pennsylvania. Mark and his mentor Mort Bernstein joined forces in April 1977 and started Ollie’s. Since taking over the company’s reins in 2003, Ollie’s has grown from 27 to 128 stores operating in 12 states with over 2,500 associates. Ollie’s is now the second largest big-box, discount retail chain in the United States that specializes in close-out goods.
In addition to being one of the premier retail entrepreneurs, Mark also has substantial sports industry interests. Mark is partners with Michael Reinsdorf (Chicago Bulls President/COO) in the ownership of the Harrisburg Senators, MLB’s Washington Nationals AA affiliate in Pennsylvania.
In addition, Mark also serves on the board of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and is a major supporter of other sports and entertainment properties and charitable organizations too numerous to list, ranging from Broadway to the American Cancer Society.
Under Mark’s guidance, Ollie’s has been a sponsor of minor league baseball, college sports teams, NASCAR teams, and the World of Outlaws racing team of FUEL SMG client Kasey Kahne.
Ray Evernham is the greatest NASCAR crew chief of all-time and one of the most successful car owners in the history of the sport. Ray revolutionized the NASCAR crew chief role as Jeff Gordon’s crew chief during the 1990s. During his tenure with Gordon, Ray earned three NASCAR Winston Cup championships and 47 wins in only 216 starts, including two Daytona 500 victories and the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. His success earned him “Crew Chief of the Decade” honors in 2000 and his innovative work with pit crews continues to set the performance standard used today. Today, his thumb print still remains on engineering systems used throughout the industry. In 2006, the media voted Ray the “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time.”
In 2000, Ray retired from the crew chief role and became a team owner himself by teaming up with Daimler Chrysler performance brand Dodge to spearhead the unproven manufacturer’s re-entry into NASCAR. A historic Daytona 500 pole with Bill Elliott out of the gate in 2001 set the stage for the Evernham Motorsports team to become one of the leading teams over the much of the decade. In 2007, Ray sold Evernham Motorsports in the largest sales price in NASCAR history.
Ray now wears many hats inside the racing and automotive industries, including automotive performance lines, short track ownership, and ESPN television color analyst.
John Lewicki is the director of sports marketing for McDonald’s, one of the most iconic brands in the world. An industry expert, John has been involved in sports and alliance marketing for the past 20 years as both client and agency representative.
At McDonald’s, John is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company when it comes to its alliance portfolio globally, nationally and regionally. He oversees the development of alliance activation and is responsible for the negotiation and relationship management of all McDonald’s alliances and athlete/celebrity relationships.
In this capacity, John has chosen and negotiated McDonald’s various NASCAR sponsorships, including deals with drivers Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Bill Elliott, Reed Sorenson and Jamie McMurray.
McDonald’s current alliance relationships include the Olympics, World Cup, Euro Cup, McDonald’s All-American Basketball, US Soccer, NHL, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, US Men’s National Team, Julie Foudy Leadership Academies, Notre Dame Athletics, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Michelle Wie.
Don Mcllnay’s career encompasses 38 years in consumer and industrial companies across worldwide housewares, home improvement, hardware and building materials markets including 22 years of general management responsibilities in S&P 500 companies. Don provides consultancy and advisory services for small to midsize companies and currently serves on a variety of executive advisory boards in addition to FUEL SMG, including Global Business Resource Center (Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Bunker Hill Capital, Emerging Markets Council, and Kipper Tool Company.
Prior to co-founding Mac Business Advisors in 2009, Don served as president of the Stanley Tools Group and Emerging Markets, a major sector within the Stanley Black & Decker Company. Under his leadership the Stanley, Mac, Proto, and Hydraulic tool businesses expanded their global presence and solidified their leadership position in the North American markets. Part of the growth strategy entailed Don leading Stanley Brands back into NASCAR by building a strong partnership with Evernham Motorsports.
Before joining Stanley Black & Decker, Don served as president and CEO of the Gibson Homans Company, following an 18-year career with Newell-Rubbermaid, Inc. where he served as president of Levelor Home Fashions, Newell Office Products Group, EZ Paintr, and Anchor Hocking operating companies.
Cliff Moskowitz is a private equity investor at Harvest Partners. Prior to joining Harvest, Cliff was a Principal at Tailwind Capital where he completed private equity transactions in healthcare and business services. Prior to Tailwind, Cliff was a Consultant at Bain & Co. and an Associate at Saunders Karp & Megrue. Cliff began his career at The Beacon Group, an investment bank and private equity firm.
Cliff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University, where he also played NCAA soccer for former U.S. National Team Coach Bob Bradley, and later received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Cliff is also the founder and chairman of the Young Professionals Mentoring Program, a non-profit youth mentoring program serving at-risk students in lower Manhattan, N.Y.
Peter Roisman has spent most of his business career in the field of sports law and has represented Hall of Fame athletes and coaches across many sports. Peter served nearly 20 years as the National Secretary of the 1200-member Sports Lawyers Association. Always an entrepreneur, Peter has invested in and helped build a wide variety of businesses, most recently two healthcare-related companies. Peter is currently a partner in SurgCenter Development, a 20-year-old private company that has built and operated 102 ambulatory surgical centers throughout the United States.
Peter was active as a sports agent from 1984 (while obtaining his J.D. at the Univ. of Connecticut School of Law) through early 2004. At the top of his profession, Peter served as director of the Golf Division at Advantage International Management/Octagon, the world’s second largest sports management and marketing company. While at Advantage/Octagon, Peter’s group managed as many as 50 PGA Tour players on a worldwide basis, operated international golf tournaments, and consulted with companies like MasterCard and IBM on their sports marketing programs involving athletes. In addition, Peter has represented All-Stars in the NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball and the National Collegiate Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as a World Golf Hall of Famer.
Peter’s career has been featured in a book entitled Checkerboard Legal Careers, and he has been quoted in other sports-related books such as, The Student Athlete Handbook (1997). Peter has given testimony before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the Relocation of Professional Sports Franchises and he has been hired as an expert witness in litigation involving sports agents and professional athletes.