Foundation Built on Existing Team Core Competencies:
Forstmann & Co. is a Merchant Bank with a unique and transparent operating dynamic that enables investors to become equity owners alongside management in a novel structure. Mr. Forstmann has assembled a seasoned team of investment and private equity professionals charged with managing, operating and building Forstmann & Co. and the various businesses that are owned within the Merchant Bank. J. Anthony Forstmannmade an investment in Symbol Technologies that became a global standard in barcode, and invested in the first global E-Trading platform, Instanet. Mr. Forstmann was also a founder of one of the first hedge funds and LBO firms in the USA. With Sizzle, Mr. Forstmann and Mr. Weiner will create another global standard with the Offer Engine.
Illusion Factory has a 37 year legacy of successful marketing, advertising, designing, engineering and producing content for all of the major entertainment studios, as well as numerous Fortune 500 brands and entertainers. Having been entrusted with the promotion and marketing of more than 7 Billion Dollars in filmed, broadcast, live, online and gaming entertainment, while garnering more than 260 of the top creative and technical awards for their clients, IllusionQuest Studios has helped to generate substantially more than $100 billion in revenues for their customers. IllusionQuest Studios has invented many new patents pending technologies. They have a long list of impressive products, ideas, technologies and concepts for which they were the first company to create, innovate, concept or design.
J. Anthony Forstmann has over five decades experience in managing public and private capital, along with a strong track record of developing innovative companies including being a founder of Forstmann Leff, one of the first Hedge Funds, a founding investor and special limited partner in ForstmannLittle, and a founder of Instinet. Tony graduated from Yale, and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.
Brian Weiner has over 37 years experience in producing, packaging, and marketing high quality franchise oriented entertainment properties for Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox, IMAX, Disney and all of the other major studios and broadcasters. Proven track record of successful, patented, new technology development leadership. Unusual blend of critically acclaimed, award winning creative expertise, innate ability to identify and promote winning properties, and strong team building leadership skills. Depth of knowledge surrounding all forms of production in all media, distribution in all media, promotion in all media. Core focus on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and the many verticals of use of these cutting edge technologies. Global distribution of Virtual Reality products.
Gary Brook is a pioneer of over 19 cutting edge, new media technologies, Gary Brook has quickly established himself as a front line, innovator in the app and smart device arenas. With over 25 years of software engineering, Mr. Brook began his career building state of the art Artificial Intelligence (AI), engines for game companies. Gary quickly moved through the ranks of CompuServe, AOL, Sony, Lockhead Martin and many more.
Lynne Sperling is a respected nationally known leader with a successful track record of over 44 years in the retail and consumer driven industries. Her 21 year corporate background included serving as SVP Ready to wear with fiscal responsibilities of one-half billion dollars. Lynne’s current and past clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 retailers, manufacturers, manufacturers, technical industries, investors, lawyers, accountants, professional organizations, and philanthropic organizations. Lynne serves on several industry advisory boards.
Margaret Hughes is a 30 year veteran within the Payments Industry and Mobility, serving in executive product development, marketing, strategic alliance/sales roles with industry leaders including Citi, Bank of America, MBNA America, VISA, State Street Bank and AT&T Mobility. She has a long history accomplishment earning numerous awards throughout her career with each organization she has been with and is regarded as having unique skills as a strategic visionary who executes. Ms. Hughes has launched patented e-commerce technologies on behalf of MBNA, negotated and launched the first acquirer-carrier Mobile Payment relationship in the nation on behalf of AT&T, lead the strategy and payments consultancy and has been called upon by domestic and international organizations and technology start-ups to provide insight and guidance.
Frank M. Devine was an Officer and Director of numerous leading consumer brand companies over the last 40 years, constituting billions of dollars in sales. He served on the Board of Directors of Salton, Inc.(NYSE), SafLink, House of Taylor, Malibu Capital and others. He was CEO at Salton At Home, BP Industries and other companies.