Advisors

Our World-Class Advisors Provide the BEST Mentoring

(45+, and counting! - Not all shown)
Rupert Meghnot
FOUNDER/CHIEF EXPERIENCE OFFICER
Lifelong entrepreneur (multiple exits), educator (BA & MA), project manager (mostly tech), multiple patents, speaker, & car nut! Recently voted as one of the Global Game Industry’s “50 Over 50”!
Larry Kayne
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Former Pres/COO at Engineering and Computer Simulations, with exec. leadership roles at SAIC-Orlando and AT&T Gov’t Solns. He brings extensive processes, tools and strategic knowledge to BGV!
Neil Haldar
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
A marketing guru w/ 25+ yrs exp., his bizdev helped make GREE an $875+ million corp! He’s crafting & executing marketing strategies for BGV to dominate the indie game market
Phil Nahajewski
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
A seasoned financial executive for Fortune 500 (Unisys, Time Warner, Bright House Networks) and high-growth tech startups, Phil enhances our ability to generate stakeholder profitability.
Robert Lindsley
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
His 30+ yrs product mgt., covering 80+ SKUs (incl. Rock Band, Angry Birds, Tetris, etc.), across mobile, console, PC & VR platforms, means we have a BEAST of an EP managing our Teams!
Valerie Ortiz
RELEASE DIRECTOR
A seasoned project manager who managed Top Golf’s entire game portfolio, with experience at AAA, Disney, Wyndham and JPMorgan Chase. Val brings a “can-do” attitude in building our relationships with the largest game distributors in the world.
Millisen Griffin
HR MGR; FOUNDER & CEO/EM2HR ALLIANCE
20+ yrs gaining comprehensive experience regarding all things HR, she brings a keen mind and eye (well, two, actually) to bear on how we create the BEST environment for our Team members to THRIVE!
Dr. Chip Pike
CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER
Chip is a senior-level business, technology, and learning executive experienced in developing top-tier learning programs for Fortune 500 and top Universities, alike. He’s building another top-tier program for our developers, and others worldwide.
Stuart McFaul
GLOBAL BRAND MANAGER
A top brand manager (Success! Magazine Top 100), with 20+ yrs doing branding with Apple, Lucent, HP, etc. as well as multiple unicorns. Stuart will help us become yet another one: the top Indie Game brand in the world.
Matt Alexander
ADVISOR: ANALYTICS; CO-FOUNDER & CTO/COGNETIK
Managing a world-class team of analytics engineers for his highly successful data analytics company, Matt will make sure we get every penny’s-worth for our advertising dollars!
David Zumwalt
ADVISOR: BIZ; C-LEVEL, BD MEM, INVESTOR/ZHI SERVICES, INC.
Market-facing, tech-savvy, strategic Sr exec for private sector, public sector & academic initiatives, with multiple exits. Multiple video game venture placements.
Jay Rab
COMMUNITY MANAGER
Manages our social media presence, across all platforms; identifies, establishes and cultivates suitable social media relationships; assists in social media strategic planning
Chance Glasco
ADVISOR: ANIMATION/VR; CCO/DOGHEAD SIMULATION
One of the founding creators of Call of Duty, he’s an animation guru of epic proportions! He’ll also advise our VR projects, of which there are a few!
Marc Mencher
ADVISOR: HR; PRES & CEO/GAMERECRUITER.COM
20+ yrs as the #1 search firm in the game industry; he recruits top tech’l, production & exec staff, to help BGV achieve its ambitious goals.
Pascal Luban
ADVISOR: DESIGN; FOUNDER/THE GAME DESIGN STUDIO
An award-winning freelance game designer & creative director w/ 20+ yrs in game design & UX. Titles include: Splinter Cell, Alone In The Dark-The New Nightmare & several mobile hits.
Russell Slappey, CPA
ADVISOR: FINANCE; MNG PARTNER, CEO/NPERSPECTIVE
20+ yrs exp. in Accounting, Info Sys & Taxation. Hands-on approach in providing interim & on-going CFO services, biz & strategic planning, etc.
David Mullings
ADVISOR: BIZ; C-LEVEL, BD MEM, INVESTOR/BLUE MAHOE PARTNERS
Mobile gaming, digital marketing, capital acquisition consulting and entrepreneurial business mentoring & coaching.
Jason Jerald, PhD
ADVISOR: VR; CO-FOUNDER, CONSULTANT/NEXTGEN INTERACTIONS
20 yrs exp. creating VR systems & apps for Oculus, Valve, NASA, GM, DARPA, etc. Products on Shark Tank, Discovery Channel, etc. His book on VR is rockin’!
Ian Collins
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Drives IT strategy & architecture dev; tech products & svcs transition; cloud setup & svcs; thought leadership; IT vendor & supplier POC; business mentoring/coaching, etc.
Lenka Brady
Advisor: Mktg/Apps
An expert in helping small businesses grow through mobile apps, she brings her global marketing reach to our indie dev teams! Social media, web sites, content, SEO, etc. – we’ve got you covered!
Steve Young
ADVISOR: MKTG; FOUNDER & CEO/APPMASTERS
A Chief Growth Officer who specializes in ASO, influencer mktg, App Store featuring, content mktg & PR, he’ll make sure we maximize our products’ exposure and installs!
Jeff Holder
ADVISOR: HR; REG'L DIR/OPENWORKS
An award-winning B2B advisor helping small & medium bizzes grow via HR & other Business Performance Solutions. Enables entrepreneurs to be effective in their hiring & training.
José Diaz
ADVISOR: CAPITAL ACQUISITION/GAME INDUSTRY TECH & TRENDS
A former student of Rupert’s, José is a former game industry professional, and current entrepreneur and fund manager. He helps us keep up-to-date on industry news, and keep potential investors interested in BGV’s future.
Alex Mittler
ADVISOR: TECH; FOUNDER/CARDATA
Entrepreneur & Innovator of blockchain-based automotive data management. Leading the future in vehicle telemetry tech. Former CTO @ Gigliotti & Founder/CEO @ Zoomio.
Levon Luis
ADVISOR: AUDIO; AUDIO DIR/DESCENDENT STUDIOS
BAFTA- & Oscar-Nominated Game Audio engineer who worked on Aliens, Mortal Kombat, Transformers, Silent Hill, and Assassin’s Creed. Expert in all areas of game audio.
Ricardo Sanchez
ADVISOR: MKTG; VP/PRODUCT, NEW VENTURES/PWC
An Internet, Mobile, and Games exec w/ deep background in product mktg., mgt. & content dev. Former GM @ Kabam, and Co-Founder at IGN Entertainment.
Joe Nax
ADVISOR: GROWTH; PRESIDENT/VIRTUAL OPERATIONS
IT prof’l w/ 22 yrs of advancement, proven tech leadership & org’l change. Former Sr Dir of Global Tech Svcs @ EA, Sr Dir IS&T @ EA Sports, Dir/Ops @ EA Tiburon.
Leesa Grills
ADVISOR: HR; DIGITAL ENT CONSULTANT & RECRUITER
20-yr game industry veteran recruiting & building start up VR & game dev teams. Knows everyone! Startup Exec Producer & Recruiter.
Michael Lee
Exec producer for games & simulation technology projects. Former Exec Prod @ n-Space & Turbo Squid; Production Mgr @ EA, Dir/BizDev @ Pulse Entertainment.
David Sushil
ADVISOR: DESIGN; ACADEMIC DIR/THE DAVE SCHOOL
Award-winning game developer, professor, and indie enthusiast. Entrepreneur & Sr Game Designer (& instructor). We’re working on his games!
Lee Starusta
ADVISOR: BIZ; CEO/TORNADO TECH PRODUCTS
Another serial entrepreneur w/ 30+ yrs exp. Specializes in developing, optimizing and executing mktg. & sales plans. Successfully took internet apps & websites from concept to successful exits.
Casey Fernandez
ADVISOR: BIZ, RISK; CLIENT EXEC/HYLANT
Tech business insurance expert & profit maximizer. Advisor to companies w/ ≥$2m revenues. Offers proactive risk & insurance services to business Founders.
Scott Brown
ADVISOR: BIZ; MANAGING DIRECTOR/UPRAMP
Seasoned startup founder (w/ multiple successful exits), advisor & investor. Currently helping established startups get into global markets. A bunch of email patents, too!
Craig Castor
ADVISOR: BIZ; PRINCIPAL/CRESA ORLANDO
30+ yrs exp. in construction, insurance, risk mgt & real estate. Exclusively represents buyers & tenants, provides real estate action plans we’ll need to open our new locations!
Richard Wardlow
ADVISOR: VR; REALSENSE 3D CAMERA SYS ENGINEER/INTEL CORP
Innovative electronics & S/W engineer w/ experience taking custom S/W & H/W solutions from concept thru delivery. Extensive VR exp.