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In building the brain trust for Endeavor Advisory Group, we looked to individuals we know and respect with outstanding records in the types of industries for which we structure funding. The function of an Advisory Board is to give advice. Few global investment banking firms can boast a collection of talent like the following distinguished advisors for your venture with Endeavor.

Dale Ahearn is a senior member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, a Midwestern law firm with approximately 450 attorneys. Mr. Ahearn’s practice concentrates on commercial, office, and industrial real estate, and project financing, nationally and internationally. He is also a member of an advisory board for U.S. Bank.

Mr. Ahearn has received many awards and honors in his practice, including Best Lawyers in America 2000-2011, Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008-2010, Kentucky Super Lawyers 2008-2010, and is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer-review rated. Mr. Ahearn has represented many of the largest financial institutions in the United States on real estate and infrastructure projects on a regional and national basis. He has also worked on a substantial number of international real estate transactions.

Hugh William Bridgford is Co-Founder and Chairman of Bridgford Foods Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of refrigerated, frozen, and snack foods throughout the United States and Canada. Bridgford Foods has been traded on the NASDAQ for the past 40 years. Mr. Bridgford is a graduate of Stanford University.

James M. Erlacher is Head of Development for the Americas for Jumeirah Group, a multi-billion dollar luxury-hotel-and-resort Management Company (a member of Dubai Holdings, one of the world's largest investment management company, owned by the government of Dubai). Prior to joining Jumeirah, Mr. Erlacher held the position of Senior Vice President, Development, for Wyndham Worldwide, Inc. He spent 12 years with Marriott International, most recently as Senior VP of Development in North America and was responsible for the development of Marriott’s upscale and luxury brands, including J.W. Marriott, Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, and Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts.

Mannie Jackson is the Chairman of Boxcar Holdings, Inc. He is a former star of the Harlem Globetrotters and purchased the team in 1993. He revived the near-bankrupt organization into one of the most admired and publicized teams in the world. Mr. Jackson is Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame. He was among 12 distinguished nominees for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award for Human Rights in recognition for his work in South Africa. Mr. Jackson has served on the board of directors for five Fortune 500 companies, including Reebok International. Reebok was sold to Adidas in 2006 for $3.8 Billion. He was also on the board of Ashland Oil (ASH), a NYSE company with a market cap of $4 billion. He is a limited partner with Arizona Diamond Backs Baseball Team.

David Kirkpatrick was President of Production at Walt Disney Touchstone Pictures from 1987 to 1988. In 1989, he became President of the Motion Picture Group at Paramount Pictures. As a studio executive, he supervised over two hundred motion pictures including:

  • “Top Gun”
  • “The Adams Family”
  • “Wayne's World”
  • “Patriot Games”
  • “Naked Gun”
  • “The Firm”
  • “Indecent Proposal”
  • “An Officer and a Gentleman”
  • “Witness”
  • “The Elephant Man”
  • “Beverly Hills Cop 1 & 2”
  • “Terms of Endearment”

In 1991, Mr. Kirkpatrick moved into independent producing with “The Brady Bunch Movie”, “Evening Star”, “Big Night” and “Opposite of Sex.” He is currently CEO of the film production company Original Voices, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

Mark Silverman is a Co-Founder of American Eagle Outfitters, one of the largest, most successful retail clothing companies in the U.S. Mr. Silverman grew American Eagle from two stores generating $200,000 in sales in 1960 to more than 800 stores nationwide with revenue over $2 billion and a market cap of over $3.5 billion today. The company stock trades under the symbol AEOS.

Kyriakos Tsakopoulos is President and CEO of AKT Development Corporation and AKT Investments Inc. (AKT), a diversified, family-owned, land company headquartered in Sacramento, California. AKT has spearheaded the development of new communities in Northern California. Today, over 60,000 homes and 30 million square feet of office, commercial and industrial space are located on land developed by AKT and its partners.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, having previously served on the Columbia College Board of Visitors. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the California State University System, Chairman Emeritus of the University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Research Institute, and a Trustee of the Crocker Museum of Art.

In 2008 he was selected by the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, to be a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders. Mr. Tsakopoulos holds a BS from Columbia University (Political Science), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific: McGeorge School of Law.