Champion Entertainment Appoints Patrick McSherry as EVP of Business Development
Patrick T McSherry
Champion Entertainment, Inc., a family and faith based film production company producing award winning films since 1993 with offices in Houston and Hollywood, announced today the appointment of Patrick T. McSherry as Executive Vice President of Business Development of the Company, effective September 16, 2012. Mr. McSherry will focus primarily in mergers and acquisitions and film production financing.
Prior to joining Champion Entertainment, Mr. McSherry enjoyed a distinguished twenty-plus year career of academic and progressive financial and Wall Street industry experience which he now brings to Champion Entertainment. Mr. McSherry, a recognized industry leader, began his career on Wall Street as a fixed income specialist. He has worked with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and the Shenzhen Exchange in China as a consultant for the introduction of derivative instruments to their equity markets. He has trained and advised brokers and regulators in Singapore, Taiwan, London, Brazil and Canada.
Mr. McSherry has also served in the capacity of Financial Advisor, Branch Manager, as well as Options Principal, General Principal and Municipal Principal. Over the past 20 years, Mr. McSherry has worked with top financial advisors and high-net-worth clients around the world to deliver wealth management and distribution strategies.
Mr. McSherry's past employment reads like a Wall Street who's who with firms such as Rydex/SGI where acting as senior director he was part of introducing the first liquid alternative mutual funds into the retail brokerage space. He was Vice President, Sales Director for Mass Mutual building out their third party distribution channels increasing their run rate sales of retirement income products by 76% in 6 months. He served as Vice President and Regional Coordinator for Prudential Financial where he was responsible for packaged product sales in both wire house and independent channels for California, Arizona and New Mexico achieving "Top Honors" in company wide net sales campaigns two years in a row. He was Executive Director of Asian Markets for Dearborn Financial Institute increasing market revenues by 310%. Patrick was also a guest lecturer at the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and Financial Consultant for Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Mr. McSherry's extensive financial education started with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1989. He has also attended and holds the CMFC designation from the College of Financial Planning in 2001 where he obtained holds the following FINRA Licenses: Series 24, 4, 53, 7, 65, 6 and 63 and also attended Shearson Lehman Brothers Training Program in 1992 and the Fusion Training Program in 2005.
In addition to his financial and Wall Street business acumen, Mr. McSherry serves on the Board of Trustees at The Country School, a private school in Los Angeles and actively participates in nonprofit endeavors such as the American Cancer Society and The Above The Curve Theatre Company.
"After considerable review and due diligence of Champion Entertainment and its CEO, Kurt Neubauer, and its business model, I am extremely impressed," stated Mr. McSherry. He continued, "Bringing back the old historic studio business model, Champion Entertainment is bringing a discipline and structure back to an industry which has been missing that compass for over 70 years. The market potential for their family and faith based films is proven. I look forward to being a part of this expansion as Champion scales it resources to increase its profit and presence in the marketplace endeavor and eager to help. The firm has a rich history of creating, producing and distributing quality product for 19 years, my goal is to provide a conduit to the public to be a part of this entertainment firm as it grows."
Champion's CEO, Mr. Neubauer, stated, "Patrick brings a depth and breadth of knowledge and business acumen to the Company, particularly in the areas of finance and business development. His background will blend well with the studio and operational experience of the existing management team. Patrick understands the Company's desires to bring family and faith based films back to an audience hungry for such entertainment that they can experience with the entire family. I believe Patrick's experience in corporate finance will make a major contribution in achieving the financing that Champion will need in producing its current upcoming slate of films as well as the future. We are very pleased to have him join our senior management team during this exciting period of growth in the company's history."
About Champion Entertainment, Inc.
Founded by Bob Willems in 1993, Champion Entertainment Inc. develops, produces and distributes compelling family and faith based content for the film and television industry. A full service production company, production services for television, full length motion pictures, music videos, commercials and infomercials, CGI animation, visual effects, and graphics, new media production for corporate clients including live webcasts, streaming media, interactive and multi-platform media. Champion Entertainment has offices/studios in Houston, Texas and Hollywood California at SunSet Gower Studios.