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.
Chip Pike, PhD
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.
Millisen Griffin
COMPLIANCE DIR; 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!
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 fanbase and social media communities (esp. Discord); attracts new fans, engages them, and builds ambassadors like nobody else. Assists with our social media efforts, contests, etc.
Chris Delaney
ADVISOR: ART & PRODUCTION; EXEC PRODUCER/CHRIS DELANEY CARTOONS
With a long career creating art, animation, and running projects for film, TV, and games (including EA), Chris brings a fresh perspective, and excellent production cred to the BGV team!
Ken Rosenfield
ADVISOR: CPA; MANAGING PARTNER/ROSENFIELD & CO
Founder of the top boutique accounting firm in Orlando, with offices across the U.S., Ken makes sure our accounting practices are up to snuff, and our capital is used even more wisely than it already is!
Anthony Gonzalez
ADVISOR: CTO; FOUNDER & CEO/SOLVERA TECH
He brings tech savvy and creativity to our disruptive organization, and ensure that our operations – using the latest tools and systems – are functioning as efficiently as possible!
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; VP/CUST EXP ANALYTICS/BRILLIO
After selling his highly successful data analytics company, he continues to manage a world-class team of analytics engineers. Matt will make sure we get every penny’s-worth for our advertising dollars!
Ian Collins
ADVISOR: BIZ, IT, BLOCKCHAIN; EXEC CONSULTANT/AZURIT AG
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; FOUNDER & CEO/MOBILE SOLUTIONS
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!
José Diaz
ADVISOR: CAPITAL; QUANTAMENTALIST/ TSLA CAPITAL CONSULTANTS
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.
Brian Holler
ADVISOR: MKTG & OPS; CMO CONSULTANT
He works w/ Rupert and BGV for us to optimize our value and productivity, expanding margins and growing revenue via business development, management, and marketing strategies.
Pascal Luban
ADVISOR: GAME 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: FIN & ACCTG; 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.
Leesa Grills
ADVISOR: HR & RECRUITING; DIGITAL ENT CONSULTANT & RECRUITER
25-yr game industry veteran recruiting & building start up VR & game dev teams. Knows everyone! Startup Exec Producer & Recruiter.
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.
Jeff Holder
ADVISOR: HR; REG'L SLS MGR LIGHTHOUSE/TEAM SOFTWARE
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.
Chance Glasco
ADVISOR: ANIMATION/VR; FOUNDER/THE GAME CONSULTANTS
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 & RECRUITING; 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.
David Mullings
ADVISOR: BIZ & CAPITAL; 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
25 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’!
Steve Young
ADVISOR: MKTG & ASO; FOUNDER & CEO/APP MASTERS
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!
Alex Mittler
ADVISOR: TECH; CO-FOUNDER & CEO/SKYLINES ONE
Entrepreneur & Innovator of blockchain-based automotive data management. Leading the future in vehicle telemetry tech. Former CTO @ Gigliotti & Founder/CEO @ Zoomio.
Levon Schwartz
ADVISOR: AUDIO; FRANCHISE AUDIO DIR: STAR WARS/ZYNGA
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; DIR/PRODUCT CONTENT INNOVATION/NETFLIX GAMES
An Internet, Mobile, and Games exec w/ deep background in product mktg., mgt. & content dev. Former GM @ Kabam, and Co-Founder at IGN Entertainment, now handling games for Netflix!
Joe Nax
ADVISOR: GROWTH & IT; VP OF IT & FACILITIES (STEALTH)
IT prof’l w/ 28+ 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.
Michael Lee
ADVISOR: EXEC PRODUCER; TECH’L PROJ MGR (DATA)/GSN GAMES
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/ 35+ yrs exp. Specializes in developing, optimizing and executing mktg. & sales plans. Successfully took internet apps & websites from concept to successful exits.
Scott Brown
ADVISOR: BIZ; CEO/IMMERSION
Seasoned startup founder (w/ multiple successful exits), advisor & investor. Currently using real-time neuroscience to measure what the world loves. A bunch of email patents, too!
Craig Castor
ADVISOR: BIZ; PRINCIPAL & CO-OWNER/CRESA ORLANDO
35+ 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; SR SOFTWARE ENGINEER (VISUAL COMPUTING)/INTEL CORP
Innovative electronics & S/W engineer w/ experience taking custom S/W & H/W solutions from concept thru delivery. Extensive VR exp.