James M. Gould
Mr. Gould has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and over 30 years of experience in development, marketing and negotiation related to investments in companies, real estate, sports and entertainment. He is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of theCard, LLC, which has created the Circa Black Prepaid MasterCard, the world’s first metal Prepaid debit card. He is a founder and Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, a private equity fund. Mr. Gould serves on several Boards of Directors notably Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), Wild Things Gear, a designer of high-end outdoor apparel, The O’Gara Group, a global products and services company, and Adspace Networks, Inc., a mall digital media network.
Mr. Gould has also served as Managing Partner of Management One, a sports management firm he founded, that has represented over 100 professional athletes in the NFL and NBA, including Frostee Rucker, Travaris Cadet, Terry Glenn, Peter Warrick, Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson, John Browning, Andre Smith, Sue Bird and the late Korey Stringer, and as a partner in Avondale Management Group, represented Evander Holyfield, four time Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Mr. Gould is a Founder and Managing Partner of Avondale Pictures and Avondale Entertainment Group. In addition, Mr. Gould has produced, distributed, and packaged numerous motion pictures, television and entertainment events and was a Founder and Partner in Triton Pictures. He has been a frequent investor, through his partnership with Frederic H. Mayerson, in numerous acclaimed Broadway musicals including Smokey Joe's Café, Topdog/Underdog, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, and Spiderman. Mr. Gould was a founding member of the United States Football League, and became President of the New Jersey Generals upon his selling the team to Donald Trump. During his years in the USFL, Mr. Gould negotiated several major contracts on behalf of ownership, with such players as Lawrence Taylor, Cris Collinsworth, Herschel Walker, Craig James, and others.
Mr. Gould also hosts A Current Life, on VoiceAmerica, the world’s largest internet talk radio program, every Friday at 3:00 p.m. EDT. His guests have included Maxine Clark, Nicholas Sparks, Leslie Stahl, General Hugh Shelton, Bob Costas, Sela Ward, Marlo Thomas and Tyrese Gibson, just to name a few. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1989/a-current-life
Mr. Gould graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in History and an Education Certificate. He is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) with the NFL and The University of Connecticut, (KSI), http://ksi.uconn.edu/. He serves on the board of Blue Legacy International. He has also served on other numerous non-profit boards including Prevent Child Abuse America, Camp BrightLight in partnership with the YMCA, and The Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Gould is active in sports and has coached children in both soccer and football for many years. He is proud of having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his two sons, Dylan and Lucas and his dog, Buddy Bear.