Management Team Members
Over 130-years experience running and operating public company's
John V. Whitman Jr., Founder, is currently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Sports Venues is a public company which trades under the symbol (BTHR). Whitman through a private company which he owns 100%, JVW Entertainment, Inc., has been the controlling shareholder of Big Three since its formation. As the controlling shareholder in November of 2012 voted to sell assets and discontinue operations of the business Big Three controlled. Since that time Whitman has been making plans for the introduction of Sports Venues to the general public.
Whitman semi-retired in 2005 after he sold controlling interest in Stampede Worldwide, a public company Whitman founded in 1996. Over the past 24 years, Whitman has successfully raised just over 400 million dollars for public & private companies including 17 million for his own public company. Mr. Whitman has extensive financial contacts and is extremely well versed with SEC compliance issues and Sarbanes Oxley. Over the past several years Mr. Whitman has assisted 7 companies to go public directly and another 17 indirectly, raise capital and maintain compliance.
John V. Whitman, Jr., is the founder, director and president of Stampede Worldwide, Inc., (formerly Chronicle Communications) since its inception on April 5, 1996. Stampede opened trading on the OTC: BB on August 19, 1997 and quickly became one of the top ten volume leaders. Stampede held the top ten spot for a period of five years reaching average daily volume exceeding 3.5 million shares per day and a price that reached a high of $3.41 on 16,000,000 shares on the day it reached its high. The company employed at its peak, 132 persons across 4 subsidiaries.
From September 1, 1994 until February 1996, Mr. Whitman was the President of Gray Communications Systems, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, (trading symbol GCS) now called Gray Television. During his tenure with Gray, he took the company from a NASDEC listing to the NYSC. The stock price grew from $7.00 per share to $28.00 per share. Under Whitman’s leadership the Company grew revenues of 79 million to revenues that exceeded 379 million.
Mr. Whitman has been proudly married to Marsha Britt Whitman for 30-years. They have three children and eight grandchildren. He is one of the co-founders of the Apollo Beach Florida Chamber of Commerce. He started the economic development initiative in South Georgia which resulted in bringing over 2,500 jobs to Grady County Georgia. He is a recipient of a Rotary International Scholastic Scholarship and a past member. He is a past member of the Kiwanis and has served on the board of two Methodist Churches of which he also attended. He is a recipient of the Republican National Committee Gold Metal. He has served on several public company boards of directors. He is an Associated Press Award Winning Photographer. He is the past publisher of the South Georgia Chronicle, The Gwinnett Daily Post and The Rockdale Citizen newspapers. He is a past marathon runner having run in several of the Nations most noted events. He is one of the founding members of Thespian Troup 3020. He is a past Pewter Sponsor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mr. Whitman is active in the daily lives of his eight grandchildren including volunteering with numerous youth sports teams and school activities. He is a full time caregiver to his father.
Mr. Whitman attended Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida. He is not degreed.
Jackson L. Morris, Esq., currently serves as the Corporations General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Whitman and Mr. Morris have worked together for 31-consecutive years.
EducationBachelor of Arts in Economics, Emory University, 1966
Juris Doctor, Emory Law School, 1969
Master of Laws, Federal Taxation, Georgetown University
Law Center, 1973
EmploymentSecurities and Exchange Commission, Senior Branch
Attorney, Division of Corporation Finance, 1970 to 1975
Private Law Practice in Securities Law, Corporate Law
And Business Transactions Law, 1975 through present
Publication"Estate Planning and the Rule 144 Security"
New York Law Forum, Volume XIX, No. 1, pp. 35-59,
Admissionsthe Florida Bar
State Bar of Georgia (emeritus)
Admissionsthe Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Federal Tax Court
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Current PracticeProviding a broad variety of federal securities law
Focusopinions beginning 2004 via www.rule144solution.com
And securities law services, including registration and
Reporting for issuers of securities.
Thomas J. Bellante, CPA. Serves as the Corporations Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bellante and Mr. Whitman have worked together for 20-consecutive years. Beginning in 1996, Mr. Bellante was the managing partner of Pender Newkirk (the independent auditor of Mr. Whitman’s first public company. He has audited Whitman controlled companies for 18-years and has come out of retirement to serve as Sports Venues CFO.
A member of Warren Averett, LLC, Thomas Bellante has been practicing in public accounting since 1969. He joined the legacy firm of Pender McNulty & Newkirk in April of 1976. In 1981, he became a partner of the firm. Bellante led the Firm’s Audit Department and established the SEC Practice Division. Under his leadership, the firm’s SEC Practice Division was ranked 48th in Bowman First Alert’s 2006 list of the Top 100 Public Company Accounting Firms in the U.S.
He served as the Firm’s Managing Partner from 1989 to 2005, growing the company to a 52-person firm. Pender Newkirk & Company joined forces with Warren Averett, LLC in January 2013. Warren Averett, with more than 800 employees, is presently ranked among the nation’s Top 30 accounting firms. Bellante presently serves as a leader of the Firm’s SEC Practice Group.
Bellante has extensive experience in assisting companies with their initial public offerings, secondary offerings, various Securities and Exchange Commission filings, reverse acquisitions, merger and acquisition planning and analysis, assistance in obtaining bank financing, private placement memorandums and estate tax planning. He is primarily responsible for auditing and tax planning functions for publicly-owned companies, including public shells, and private closely-held companies.
His industry experience includes reporting public shell corporations, construction firms, software developers, manufacturing companies, R.V. dealerships, mortgage brokers and bankers, brokerage dealers, international communication system companies, real estate developers, data processing companies, import/export companies, development stage enterprises and multi-state/international corporate conglomerates.
•American Subcontractors Association, Past Board member
•New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
•Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
•American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
•West Pasco Youth Soccer Association, Past Treasurer and Board Member
•Greater North Tampa Youth Soccer Association, Past Board Member
•Beta Gamma Sigma, Past Board Member
•Associate of Applied Science, State University Of New York, Farmingdale, NY
•Bachelor of Business Administration, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
•Enjoying Florida’s beaches with family
•Visiting Germany to spend time with grandchildren
Mr. David Rapaport will be joining the Board and will serve on the Compensation & Audit Committees
Mr. Rapaport has been a practicing lawyer since 1966 and for most of that time has specialized in capital formation for small to mid-size companies. He has served as Chief International Counsel to the Sun Seven Stars Group, a Chinese family office with worldwide media and entertainment interests since 2012; and as the General Counsel and Secretary of First Priority Global Ltd, an emergency specialty and low emission vehicle enterprise since its formation in January 2015.
During the last 40 years he has held various senior management positions (including Chief Executive Officer) of several public companies. From 1997 to 2012 Mr. Rapaport served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Profit Concepts, Ltd, the manager of a private investment fund. From December 2006 to July 2009 Mr. Rapaport served as a Director, Secretary and General Counsel of Middle Kingdom Alliance Corp. which changed its name to Pypo China Holdings Limited after the closing in July 2009 of a $25 million business combination. From January 1996 to January 1997 Mr. Rapaport served as a consultant and General Counsel to Myriad International, Inc., a development stage company involved in developing affordable housing in Peru. Mr. Rapaport served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Conversion Industries, Inc., a publicly held merchant banking firm from August 1990 to December 1995.
Mr. Rapaport is a graduate of the St. John's University School of Law (1966) and practiced corporate law in New York City from 1967 to 1975. From 1975 to August 1990, Mr. Rapaport was an executive officer of National Patent Development Corporation, a diversified company with interests in growth technologies, technical training and engineering support, medical and health care, and consumer products distribution. During this period Mr. Rapaport served as an officer and director of several publicly traded subsidiaries of National Patent, including as a director and Chief Executive Officer of Duratek Corporation, a nuclear services company.
Mr. Rapaport is admitted to practice law in both Georgia and New York.