Gordon WhitenerChairman & Founder
Gordon Whitener is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Whitener Company, a Tennessee-based consulting and investment firm, and co-founder and principal for Whitener Entertainment Group. He also serves as the Chairman and co-founder of Mandt Media. His 30+ years of sports media marketing experience coupled with his extensive network of resources have yielded a proven track record in constructing highly successful teams and inspiring results-driven leadership.
Prior to his positions at The Whitener Company and Mandt Media, Gordon served as the chairman and CEO of SportsMyx Holdings, LLC (SportsMyx), which owned Action Sports Media until late 2009. Before that, he was president and CEO of Host Communications, one of the nation’s leading providers of affinity, multimedia, promotional, and event management services to universities, athletic conferences, associations, and corporations. Previously, Gordon was Chairman and Director of Winnercomm, Inc., a leading television production, and media sales company. He also served as president and CEO of Interface Americas, the global leader in commercial carpet manufacturing.
Neil MandtChief Executive Officer & Founder
Neil Mandt is the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based companies Mandt Media and Mandt Bros. Productions.
Neil is a five-time EMMY Award-winning producer, with a wealth of experience creating content for film, television, mobile and immersive audiences. Neil has created over 3,000 television episodes, and has developed series including ESPN’s “Jim Rome Is Burning,” Syfy’s “Destination Truth,” and Food Network’s “The Shed”. He also produced NBC’s coverage of the 2000 Summer Olympics and was the producer of the O.J. Simpson trial for ABC News.
In 2014, Neil developed and co-produced the Walt Disney Pictures feature film “Million Dollar Arm,” starring John Hamm and most recently, Neil produced the 2017 Tribeca Selection “The Last Movie Star,” starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, which was released by A24 in 2018.
Neil has also driven Mandt Media’s leadership in planning and producing immersive content over the past three years, including 360-degree video, augmented and virtual reality. He is a sought-after speaker in the emerging area of immersive content, and its value propositions for brands and organizations. Past keynotes have included speeches in London, Helsinki, New York & Los Angeles. Neil’s experience helps brands harness the potential of immersive media content, distribution and rights management.
Lawton LoganChief Revenue Officer
Lawton Logan is the chief revenue officer at Mandt Media, and a principle at The Whitener Company.
Prior to working with Mandt Media, Lawton was the chief revenue and marketing officer of sports media company Silver Chalice. He also held the position of senior vice president of U.S. business development for IMG, and was responsible for sponsorship sales, marketing, and strategic partnerships for IMG College.
As an officer of the company at Triple Crown Media/Host Communications, Lawton was instrumental in the turnaround of the business, and in its eventual sale to IMG Worldwide. Lawton also had a successful tenure with WSB Sports Marketing, where he developed and sold sports marketing programs for the radio broadcasts of the University of Georgia, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Hawks.
Brian CavallaroChief Creative Officer
Brian is an Emmy Award-winning and CLIO nominated commercial director that has created branded content for IMG, Go90, Uproxx Media Group, and Disney, where he was also the executive producer and director of the first 360° hosted program, which was streamed live all over the world.
Brian has produced and directed documentary series for Discovery, Fox, and NBC, as well as environmental documentaries for Al Gore, Mark Cuban, and Wildlife Alliance. His work has allowed him to film in over fifty countries, most notably for the documentary “Overfished,” narrated by Daryl Hannah, which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival.
Within the last year, Brian produced the short film “Those Eyes” starring Ethan Embry. He wrote, produced and directed the feature film “Against The Night” starring Frank Whaley, and produced the 2017 Tribeca Selection “The Last Movie Star,” starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, which was released by A24 in 2018.
Brian has lead Mandt Media’s creation of more than 2,000 pieces of immersive content for such clients as Disney, Coca-Cola, IndyCar, the College Football Playoff and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brett ThomasonChief Operating Officer
Brett Thomason is the chief operating officer for Mandt Media, and the president and chief financial officer at Whitener Entertainment Group.
Brett began his career at Cydcor, where he established and managed one of the nation’s leading business and residential sales and marketing teams for Fortune 500 companies. He has also founded multiple ventures including First Step Advertising, which spearheaded online menu, ordering, and delivery services, and Pioneer Social, which leveraged social media development to increase companies’ profitability.
In 2012, Brett founded Thomason Consulting and Thomason Acquisition & Investment. He also co-founded Tennessee Innovative, a consulting venture firm. While managing these entities, Brett served on an elite sales team at Lakewood Capital Group, where he was a repeat member of the Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club from 2011-2015.
In 2016, Brett was an executive producer on the 2017 Tribeca Selection “The Last Movie Star,” starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, which will be released by A24 in 2018.