BOARD OF ADVISORS
ASG has established a Board of Advisors, which includes highly qualified business and industry professionals who are well established, prominent and highly respected in their professions and fields of expertise including finance, investments, business, banking, and insurance, legal and accounting. These Advisory Board professionals provide services, information and expertise to ASG's clients. They also generate and develop new business by referring new clients to ASG, utilizing their contacts and relationships. The Board of Advisors will advise the Management team in making appropriate decisions and taking effective action. However, the Board of Advisors will not be responsible for Management decisions and has no legal or fiduciary responsibility to ASG.
• David Raphel
• Chris Harbonville
• Dale Ledbetter
• George Jensen
• Charles Fries
• Fred Ulrich
• Barry Minsky
• Mel Maron
• Kerry Brooks
• Tom McLaughlin
• Steve Marra
• Vince Nerlino
• Philip Schwalb
• Doug Plank
• Peter Klingeman
Mr. Raphel began his career at 20th Century Fox where he served for 27 years.
He rapidly ascended to the top ranks, as he was appointed president 20th Century-Fox International, and was also appointed senior vice-president, world-wide marketing, feature films division, for 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles, and joined a three-man board of senior vice-presidents of Fox Corporation, who reported directly to the Chairman.
During his tenure at Fox, David Raphel distributed well over 700 major motion pictures, out of which over 65 received an Academy Award (Oscar). Among the projects he approved for production during this period were Star Wars, The French Connection, The Omen, Silver Streak, The Poseidon Adventure, Planet of the Apes, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Patton, Mash, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cleopatra, The Longest Day, Hello Dolly, just to name few.
He later was Director General of ICM, one of the premium talent agencies in the world .
Mr. Raphel is Co-founder and Co-Chair of Aladdin Media Group, Aladdin Films, and Aladdin Distribution.
In 2010, Aladdin Distribution acquired New Yorker Films, one of the oldest and most prestigious independent film distribution companies in the US, a 46 year-old multi-media distribution company
Co-founder and Co-Chair & CEO of Aladdin Media Group (AMG), and New Yorker Films. He attended UCLA’s film extension program while working on the set of many major motion pictures. He acquired and developed many literary properties, including #1 best sellers, which he developed at Columbia Pictures with star writers such as Jeb Stuart … Die Hard, Another 48hr, and The Fugitive, among others.
Chris has produced and co-produced a number of U.S. and international feature films. He and David Raphel have been closely associated for many years dating back to when David was still at Fox, and then at the Cambridge Film Group, and have been partners ever since.
Dale Ledbetter is the founder of Ledbetter & Associates P.A. a specialty law firm devoted entirely to representing Claimants, on a national basis, who have lost money in securities investments as a result of negligence or abuse. Mr. Ledbetter is also President and CEO of Getwell Road, LLC, the production company for a motion picture co-authored by Dale. He is also President and CEO of Ledbetter Enterprises, a company that manages speaking engagements, consulting services and publishing and sale of books and tapes written by Mr. Ledbetter.
Mr. Ledbetter was Executive VP and COO of Countrywide Securities Corp (CSC), a subsidiary of Countrywide Homes Loans with offices in Florida, New York, and London. CSC was an S&P 500 company with 15 employees when Mr. Ledbetter joined the Firm and had several thousand employees when he retired in 2000, well before Countrywide origination and securitization practices changed. Major accomplishments included establishing a research department and developing a series of seminar presentations. Duties ranged from supervising all trading and sales activities, including fixed income securities to heading up business development activities of the firm.
Mr. Ledbetter was Executive VP/Branch Manager and Managing Director of Meridian Capital Markets, Inc. / Mortgage Government Servicing, Inc. (MGSI). He developed and implemented an overall plan for growth, including building branch operations and the acquisition of other firms. Clients were institutional purchasers of fixed income securities and loan servicing portfolios and retail buyers of bonds, equities, mutual funds and insurance products. Regular client contact was maintained through creation of diversified seminars, conferences, and educational programs. Mr. Ledbetter also developed marketing materials, planned media and publicity campaigns and developed new products. Customers were financial institutions, insurance companies and pension funds.
Responsibilities included hiring, training, and supervision of all personnel. MGSI was an introducing broker to Bear Stearns. Duties involved direct sales to institutional clients and supervision of all employees including the fixed-income and loan servicing sales force.
Dale Ledbetter served as General Counsel for the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York. Duties included organizing state and federal lobbying activities and handling general legal affairs of this national trade association.
Mr. Ledbetter was also a staff member to three U.S. Senators, a Presidential campaign aide in three national elections, Staff Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, Los Angeles, California. Dale Ledbetter has authored several books including, Bringing in the Business, From Mother With Love, and The Ultimate Sales Professional.
Mr. George Jensen is President of New Business for Lloyd Bancaire, a $32B private equity firm. He is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Jensen Expansion Capital, Inc. JEC is a business advisory and consulting firm. Utilizing his network of high net worth angel investors and professional circle of people, Mr. Jensen has raised in excess of $ 650 million dollars for his various ventures.
From 1992 to 2011, Mr. Jensen was the founder, Chairman and CEO of USA Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ – USAT), a world leader in providing innovative wireless and networked payment solutions to the vending, kiosk and unattended point-of-sale self-serve industries, with annual sales of $ 30 million.
From 1985 to 1992, Mr. Jensen was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of American Film Technologies Inc., a film colorization company, which was the global leader in converting black and white movies to color. During his leadership, Mr. Jensen was awarded a $ 60 million contract from Ted Turner to convert over 200 black and white films to color, including Casablanca. He grew ASG to more than 500 employees, and had net income of $3 million per year on $18 million of sales. During his six-year tenure, ASG’s stock achieved over $150 million market capitalization.
From 1980 to1985, Mr. Jensen was CEO and President of International Film Productions Inc., where he was Executive Producer of the epic 12-hour television mini-series Anno Domini. The $35 million production aired in primetime on NBC Network in 1985. The total investment by P&G to produce and air the epic mini-series was $50 million, the largest investment P&G has ever made in television.
Mr. Jensen was also the Executive Producer of the 1982 film special, A Tribute to Princess Grace shown on Public Television. Nancy Reagan was the MC for the event.
From 1971 to 1980, Mr. Jensen was a securities broker primarily for Smith Barney. In 1989, Ernst & Young named Mr. Jensen “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Philadelphia area.
Mr. Jensen received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Charles M. Fries is the President and CEO of Fries Films Group, Inc. (“FFG”), a motion picture production and distribution company owned and operated by him. Since 1993 Fries has managed independent sales agency companies, which he has owned and operated and has managed independent sales agency companies responsible for the production and distribution of over 100 feature films.
Fries is also president and principal shareholder of Santa Barbara Home Video (SBHV), a US distribution company, which regularly releases independent films on DVD and Home Video. Since its founding, SBHC has made sales contacts within the Rental and Sell thru retail and wholesale markets in the home video business.
Fries was employed at Fries Entertainment, Inc. from 1977 to 1992 as Senior Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. During Fries’ tenure at Fries Entertainment, ASG produced over 125 motion pictures for television and accumulated a library of 400 television motion pictures, which it distributed worldwide in all media.
Fries has attended AFM, Cannes Films Festival, Berlin Film Festival, MIFED (no longer operating), MIP, MIPCOM, NATPE, Discop, Toronto Film Festival on an annual basis since 1993. Among the completed pictures produced and /or distributed by companies owned and operated by Charles M. Fries since 1993 are: The Call of the Wild starring Rutgar Hauer; For Hire starring Rob Lowe and Joe Mantegna; Wildflowers starring Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts and Clea Du Vall; Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mist an animated feature with the voice talents of Brendan Fraser and Leonard Nimoy; The New Adventures of Pinocchio starring Martin Landau and Udo Kier; LAPD: To Protect and to Serve starring Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen and Charles Durning; Numb starring Mathew Perry, Mary Steenburgen and Lynn Collins; Alien Agent starring Marc Dacascos and Billy Zane; Surviving Evil starring Billy Zane; The Call of the Wild television series starring Nick Mancuso; Morning starring Laura Linney, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Elliot Gould; Meeting Spencer starring Jeffrey Tambor; and The Dragon Pearl starring Sam Neill.
Fries is a graduate of Occidental College where he double majored in economics and philosophy and graduated in 1974 with honors, after which he graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1977.
Mr. Fred Ulrich periodically invests in independent films and has a motion picture production company called Lost Fifties Films. He is also currently a director of and consultant to Broadway 4D, a new media company which is developing a $80 million location based entertainment attraction on 42nd Street in New York City. Mr. Ulrich has assisted in financing a number of motion pictures including Bordertown, Love Ranch and others. Mr. Ulrich is a producer of Nailed, a $30 million film starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by David O. Russell. Nailed is in post-production with a scheduled completion date in late August, 2013 with. A 1500 theater domestic distribution is expected. Lost Fifties’ slate includes three projects for which he wrote the stories and in two cases co-wrote the screenplays. He is currently working on the production of No Better Place To Die, which is a WWII story of the 82nd Airborne Division’s parachute jump into Normandy on D-Day.
Mr. Ulrich has been a director of sixteen companies including two that were taken public and served as the CFO of two companies. He has been an advisory director of the Entrepreneur Association of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA since 1989. He served for five years as a member of the advisory board and as a member of the executive committee of the Center Theater Group, which operates the Ahmanson and Mark Taper theaters in Los Angeles. Mr. Ulrich has also been a financial consultant to development stage ventures including Marquee Entertainment Corporation, The Oz Entertainment Company, Sysdome Corporation and others.
Between 1982 and 2002, Mr. Ulrich was the CEO of two entities formed to pursue leveraged buyouts and new ventures. Under Mr. Ulrich’s leadership these entities completed ten leveraged acquisitions and raised over $1 billion for such acquisitions. Mr. Ulrich advised these companies on over one hundred follow on transactions including acquisitions, divestures, financings, public offerings, modifications of financial terms, management changes and other matters. These transactions involved the investment of approximately $100 million of equity and returned approximately $500 million to investors which resulted in an IRR of approximately 45% with an average life of approximately 4.5 years.
Fred was a co-founder of Marquee Entertainment which operated three theatres that presented Broadway-style plays and concerts by traditional vocalists, as well as rock and roll and country artists. Fred and Marquee also promoted national tours of the Isley Brothers and other acts.
From 1972 to 1982, Mr. Ulrich was a member of the corporate finance and merger and acquisition departments of Morgan Stanley & Co. and Warburg Paribas Becker where he worked on billions of dollars of financings and mergers.
Frederick R. Ulrich, Jr. graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 1966 with a bachelor's of science degree in engineering. After four years of military service, which included serving in the airborne brigade in Germany, ranger training and a tour in Vietnam, Ulrich attended the Harvard Business School, from which he graduated in 1972.
Barry is an investment banker and founder and CEO of Wharton Capital, a New York based boutique investment banking firm with expertise in media and technology. He along with his partners have facilitated over $1 billion in more than 60 private placements transactions for diverse companies such as Syquest, which invented the zip drive technology, Atari, VA Software, Vaso Active Pharmaceuticals, Allied Research, and the Spire Corporation.
Mr. Minsky acted as Investment Banker to buy Overseas Film Group, an independent foreign distribution company, which had a library of over 300 feature films. In a reverse merger, ASG was rebranded, First Look Studios and is now headed by Avi Lerner, a leading industry executive. Currently, First Look generates revenue in excess of $100 million, has a library of over 700 films and is one of the largest independent distributors of DVD product. Mr. Minsky was a member of First Look’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2005.
From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Minsky was a co-producer of the very successful lunch time theatre in New York City “Food For Thought”. This off Broadway production showcased celebrities such as Arthur Miller, Kathleen Turner, Elaine Stritch, Cliff Robertson, Lyn Redgrave, Rosie Perez and many others. These one act plays gave audiences an opportunity to interact with the performers, directors, and producers.
Prior to Wharton Capital, Mr. Minsky was in charge of operations for a film distribution company, Cinema Shares, which distributed and assembled North American rights to a 150 feature film library. The library consisted of mostly foreign-made independent movies, including classics such as Clint Eastwood Italian Westerns, Godzilla, and many martial arts films acquired from the Shaw Brothers. His responsibilities included oversight of distribution, structuring motion picture investments, selecting product and supervising fund raising activities in conjunction with major legal, accounting and investment firms.
Before working for Cinema Shares, Mr. Minsky assisted in the production of Love Story, starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal, for Paramount Pictures. He also was an associate producer of Jory starring Robby Benson and John Marley for AVCO EMBASSY. Barry also worked for Don Kirschner Entertainment, which handled the Beatles Publishing Catalogue, The Archies, Neil Sedaka, and Don Kirschner Rock Concert where he assisted in developing motion picture product.
Barry was also a talent agent for General Artists Corporation Talent Agency, now known as ICM, located in New York. He worked in the television department with Sandy Gallin and was responsible for servicing the Tonight Show, Mike Douglas, game shows and others.
Mr. Minsky’s current affiliations are the Television Academy, Friar’s Club and the Albert Einstein Medical Center. His past affiliations were Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Metropolitan College of New York and Adjunct Professor, teaching an MBA program in Media. Barry is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BSc in Economics (in 1965).
Mr. Maron relocated to South Florida in 2001 to head up his own independent film distribution company, Westchester Films Inc., which represents independent producers and helps filmmakers gain distribution for their films. He divides his time with Castle Hill Production’s main office in New York.
Mr. Maron joined Castle Hill Productions marketing and distribution arm in 1984, which was heavily involved in video and television syndication. He later became President of Marketing & Distribution from 1987 through mid-2008.
Mr. Maron was Senior Vice President of Commonwealth United and later became President of Cinema Shares, which he joined as head of their theatrical division. Cinema Shares became the second leading independent releasing corporation, best noted for its series of Godzilla films. Mr. Maron entered the world of independent films, purchasing and selling lucrative Hong Kong films, such as the Godzilla films and the Shaw brothers’ martial arts films, to television.
Mel Maron began his motion picture career at MGM in 1949 after high school and was the youngest vice president at MGM, where he supervised a team of branch managers and salesmen. In 1962, he became MGM's roadshow sales manager, a position in which he distributed a long list of films including some of the studios major successes such as Dr. Zhivago, Gone With the Wind, How the West Was Won, Mutiny on the Bounty, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Grand Prix, and 2001 Space Odyssey. Mr. Maron served as Senior Vice President of World Northal films where he created the Black Belt Theater, which distributed a series of Kung Fu Films plus The Who’s Quadrophenia, Peter Weir’s The Last Wave and the surprising foreign film hit, Bread and Chocolate. He left MGM in 1969 after a 20 year career.
Mr. Maron was recently elected into the Executive Division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He graduated from City College of New York.
Kerry Brooks, advisor to GOPOPS and Managing Director of Cyngi Holdings, a tax credit funding initiative, has over 30 years of U.S. and international experience managing small, medium, and large businesses.
Kerry has built profitable businesses for Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola & Citi Bank in North America and Asia Pacific. Kerry has held a wide variety of leadership positions in large corporations and in entrepreneurial roles as Chairman, CEO, General Manager, Managing Director, and Marketing Head. He is classically trained in Brand Management but is well known as a re-engineer and restructuring leader of businesses. In one of his leadership positions, Kerry managed a portfolio of over $8 billion in assets while growing the profitability of his business by three fold in a 2 year period. He has led many teams in significant negotiations with key worldwide customers, partners, and suppliers (McDonald’s, Nestle, Danone, Disney, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Cargill, Alcoa, Bacardi, Publicis Groupe, and Target). Kerry has leveraged his extensive consumer research experience to facilitate the identification of key consumer insights which have led to business growth platforms and step changes in the businesses he’s managed. He has also held several positions in investment groups including; President of Houston Angel Network and Co-Founder of The Eyes of Texas Partners. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Jones Graduate School at Rice University where he taught Marketing, Advertising, Career Management and Business Management. He has guest lectured on General Management, Partnership Development, Business Turnarounds, Marketing, Leadership, Strategy, Commercialization, Capital Formation, Restructuring, Consumer Research and Career Management. Kerry is a board member of the Unstoppable Foundation with the goal of creating a world where every child has access to the lifelong gift of education. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fairfield University and a MBA from Bryant University with a concentration in Marketing.
Tom McLaughlin, advisor to GOPOPS and Managing Director of Cyngi Holdings tax credit funding company, has over ten years of global project management experience in both small, entrepreneurial companies and large billion dollar organizations. Tom has successfully developed and operated multi-million dollar ventures from concept to full- scale operation. He is experienced in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions endeavors in projects ranging up to the hundreds of millions of dollars. While working for Barrett Corporation, a 2 billion dollar private equity group, Tom was responsible for negotiating strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and originated a ground breaking, viral marketing campaign across print, web and television outlets including USA Today, Time Magazine and LA Times. Tom held multiple positions within Barrett Corporation from business development to President of multimillion dollar divisions with personnel responsibilities across multiple countries. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honors) from the University of New Brunswick, a Masters of Information Technology from the University of New Brunswick and a MBA from Queensland University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and International Business. Tom is also a published academic author in the fields of entrepreneurship and international business. Tom serves as a visiting professor in the fields of entrepreneurship and venture capital at Emanuel University in Romania.
Steve Marra is a writer, producer, editor. After graduating from UCLA film school, he was one of the staff writers for the first season of Entertainment Tonight. Later Steve was commissioned to write two screenplays, Lifesong for NBC TV and The Last Samurai for Pure Gold TV. Steve has written eight screenplays over the last ten years.
In 2000, Mr. Marra was a lead editor on the syndicated adventure show Game Warden and the associate producer/editor for the award winning documentary, New York In The 50’s. Steve co-produced and edited the feature documentary Something to Cheer About and was the producer/editor of the multiple award-winning short film Legwork. In 2005, Steve produced and directed the dramatic short Finale. In 2006, Steve wrote and directed the short film memorial to 9/11, Evidence of Life.
In 2009, Steve wrote and directed the romantic comedy Amanda, the critically acclaimed international, independent film. In 2011, Steve wrote, directed and produced the popular web series, Sidelines. The pilot episode of Steve’s new comedy series, Neon Cornfield, is being currently produced.
Prior to his interest in the film industry, Mr. Marra was a recording artist and touring musician with the rock band Ethos. He was the lead singer, bass player and flutist for the band, which toured the US for five years. Steve also wrote and produced a solo album called Marrage, on which Steve played all the instruments on the recording.
Since 1995, Mr. Nerlino has been a business consultant engaged in providing introductions of investment banking and networking services to both public and private companies. From 1996 until 2001, he was the Chairman, CEO and President of American Sports History, Inc., a public company that was in publications and several sports related businesses.
Prior to 1995, Mr. Nerlino affiliated himself as an investment broker and executive officer at various top Wall Street investment banking firms. He was an Investment Broker at Merrill Lynch, VP at Paine Weber, and was Senior Vice President at Oppenheimer & Co. Mr. Nerlino was Associate Director/Partner at Bear Stearns where he handled over 1500 accounts totaling more than one Billion in assets, which eventually grew to almost five Billion. He was the highest retail producer in Bear Stearns history.
Mr. Nerlino represented the Catholic Religious Community clients and later personally assisted in the development of an Investment Advisory Service, which directed investment expertise and education to other Catholic organizations throughout the world. During this time, he also participated as the primary liaison/speaker at seminar meetings about investment benefits to religious organizations worldwide. While at Bear Stearns, and as chief liaison, his speech in Rome, Italy resulted in a large international client base for both the firm and the Investment Advisory Service, which gave him an opportunity to meet with clients and Vatican officials regarding the partnership between the Advisory and Bear Stearns.
He continues to participate as a consultant in providing investment banking and networking introductions to a group of personally selected, private and public companies, some of which he serves as a member on their Board of Directors. Mr. Nerlino is a member of the Professional Alliance of Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney.
Philip Schwalb has twenty five years of experience developing, organizing, and managing emerging growth companies in the entertainment, sports, and technology industries, where he served as CEO, COO and VP of Business Development.
He began his career serving as a managing executive at Time Warner's Court TV and American Lawyer Media’s daily newspaper for lawyers. Mr. Schwalb then joined Allen Schwalb Group as a senior executive and general counsel where he was responsible for structuring and overseeing Allen Schwalb Group’ motion picture joint ventures with Warner Bros, and MGM/UA.
Recently, Mr. Schwalb was Founder and CEO of The Sports Museum of America (SMA), a multimedia, high-tech, for-profit sports museum and hall of fame in New York City. In establishing the museum, he developed partnerships with every sports hall-of-fame in the US, nurtured relationships with N.Y. City and N.Y. State governmental agencies and raised $100 million of financing, including $60 million of public funding. At SMA, Mr. Schwalb managed over 20 professional service firms and a staff of over 100.
Peter Klingeman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Unicomer Group.
After graduating from the Nijenrode Business University in The Netherlands, Mr. Klingeman obtained an MBA in Finance in 1983 from the University of Florida. He worked 7 years in corporate and national banking at First Union Bank (later named Wachovia before becoming Wells Fargo) as Assistant Vice President.
Peter subsequently passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Florida as well as the National Association of Securities Dealers’ (NASD) Series 7 securities exam. He worked for BDO Seidman in Auditing and Tax, one of largest accounting firms worldwide.
In 1992, Peter joined Baxter Healthcare Corp. (then a $9 billion medical supplier) where he was Controller for their European Cardiovascular operations. He joined Ceteco NV in 1995, where he was responsible for Finance, Consumer Credit and IT, in Central America. He coordinated investment banking and due diligence activities in the process of the sale of Ceteco NV’s latin American operations in 2000. He was then hired as CFO by Unicomer Group, the purchaser of some of those operations in the region. In this position he oversaw growth of 1,000% in Revenues over a 12 year period through organic growth and acquisitions. Unicomer Group has grown to become the leading company in non-food retail and consumer finance in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and employs 12,000 people.
Mr. Klingeman speaks Dutch, English, Spanish as well as some German and French. He has been a member of the Economic and Trade Policy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Doug Plank has extensive experience as a professional football Coach, mostly as a Head Coach. He is the current Head Coach for the Arena Football League’s (AFL’s) team, the Orlando Predators. The Predators played in 2013 AFL playoffs. In 2012 Mr. Plank was the Head Coach of the AFL Philadelphia Soul, which finished with the league’s best record of 15-3 and played in Arenabowl XXV. In 2011 Doug was the Director of Football Operations for the Elite Football League of India, Mumbai, India where he supervised American coaches in the start up of professional football in India. Doug Plank was the Football Program Assistant for the Ohio State University Buckeyes, which finished 11-1 and were Big 10 Co-Champions. He was the Assistant Secondary Coach for the NFL New York Jets, and in 2008 the Assistant Coach to the NFL Atlanta Falcons. From 2004-2007, Mr. Plank was the Head Coach for the AFL’s Georgia Force and was twice the AFL Coach of Year in 2005, 2007. The Georgia Force played in the Arena Bowl in 2005. Doug won more games in his first four years than any other AFL head coach. From 2002-2004, Mr. Plank was the Defensive Coordinator for the Arizona Rattlers and coached in 3 consecutive Arena Bowls.
As a football player, Doug Plank was a Defensive back for the Chicago Bears from 1975-1983. He was the 12th Round Pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. Doug was the first Chicago Bear rookie to lead the team in tackles. Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan created and named the 46 Defense after Doug Plank’s jersey number for his role in the defense. The Chicago Bears used this scheme during the 1985 season winning Super Bowl XX. Mr. Plank was regarded as the one of the Hardest Hitting Safeties in NFL history. From 1971-1974, Mr. Plank was a Defensive back for Ohio State University, and won 3 consecutive Big 10 titles. Doug played in 3 consecutive Rose Bowls and was the leading tackler on the Kickoff Team.
Mr. Doug Plank is also a successful entrepreneur. From 1984-2004, Doug owned and operated 20 Burger King restaurants in 3 states over that 20 year period and has been recognized by the Burger King Corporation for his superior service. He created pro-formas, analyzed income statements, reviewed balance sheets and participated in the negotiations for purchasing restaurant locations. As a general contractor from 2002-2007, Mr. Plank built and supervised construction of Burger King restaurants, custom homes, and multi-family buildings. Mr. Plank is a licensed realtor since 1980 and has represented investors in purchasing multifamily units and acquiring commercial properties for Burger King restaurant development.
Since 1995, Mr. Plank has been a broadcaster in radio and television as an analyst for Fox Sports, Westwood One, Sports USA Radio, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Arizona Cardinals and a National color analyst for NCAA and NFL football games.
As a Speaker, Mr. Plank has given corporate seminars as well as educational seminars and workshops to high school coaches on recruiting.
Mr. Plank earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Ohio State University and completed the CPA Tract of accounting classes at Elmhurst College.
Allen J. Schwalb
Financier and Advisor
Founder and President:
Allen Schwalb Group Corp.
Star Partners Inc.
Star Partners International inc.
Star Sports and Entertainment
Professional Sports Investments
Modern Women Inc.
Allen Schwalb Group
Star Partners Inc
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Sports Museum of America
Professional Sports Investment
Arena Football League
Arena Racing USA
Modern Women Inc.
Financier for Over 60 Major
Motion Picture Studio Films:
Mr. Schwalb, with his wholly owned company Star Partners, has provided over a half a billion dollars for more than 60 films, including:
Two (2) James Bond Films:
• Never Say Never Again
• License to Kill
Three (3) Superman Films:
• Superman II
• Superman III
• Superman IV
Three (3) Clint Eastwood Films:
• Sudden Impact
• Heartbreak Ridge
Academy Award nominated films for best picture of the year:
• The Right Stuff
• The Killing Fields
• The Color Purple
• The Mission
• Rain Man
A small sample of the other films:
• A Fish Called Wanda
• Thelma and Louise
• Rocky V
• Poltergeist III
• Road House
• The Russia House
• Oh God! You Devil
• Little Shop of Horrors
• Spies Like Us
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