Dane West, CEO
Dane West is the founder of RegalWorks Media, Inc. and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. He has over 20 years of senior executive experience with a primary focus on early stage technology and media companies.
Prior to founding RegalWorks, Mr. West served as President of The West Group, a merchant banking firm that supported entrepreneurs in all aspects of launching and building early stage companies, particularly new media ventures. Clients included Independent Producers Alliance (“IPA”), an independent film studio focusing on inspirational and family entertainment, for which Mr. West served as a consultant and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors.
Previously, Mr. West was a co-founder of Crosswalk.com, Inc., a publicly traded Internet company (NASDAQ:AMEN). Mr. West served as president of the company from 1993 to 1998, including the period during which the company completed all its early stage funding and IPO. He served as a director from its inception in May 1993 until May 2001 when Crosswalk was sold to Salem Communications.
Mr. West is an ordained minister with more than 15 years of ministry experience specializing in education, administration, and family ministries. In addition, he served as the administrative director to the chaplain on the ATP men’s professional tennis tour.
Mr. West completed doctoral studies in educational administration at the University of Virginia. This program included a minor from Darden School of Business. He also holds a M.A. in Christian Education from Talbot Theological Seminary (1981) and a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College (1978).
Mr. Herfurth has over 23 years of executive management and leadership expertise. He has created, led and executed integrated business models, financial and legal structures, business transformations, strategies for growth, M&A activity, and start-ups across multiple industries. These include: entertainment, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, banking, construction, information technology and technical engineering. He currently serves as executive in charge of M&A, integration and alignment for RegalWorks. Ken serves as a partner in Performance Edge Partners, a small boutique funding and business growth company. Additionally, he has over seven years of direct Fortune 100 experience in developing infrastructure, construction, strategic development and business management with Wells Fargo Company and Supervalu Corporation. Mr. Herfurth has had significant involvement working across all aspects of corporate business systems (Operations, Financial, Technology, Sales and Marketing) with entrepreneurial to mature enterprises.
Mr. Herfurth has served on numerous non-profit public sector agencies including Collaboration for a New Century and Phoenix Rescue Mission. Mr. Herfurth holds a BS in Material Science Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Bruce Johnson, Development and Production Consultant
Bruce Johnson has been a producer, executive producer and studio executive in Hollywood for over 25 years. From writing and directing to producing and executive producing, Johnson has been involved with every aspect of filmmaking including development, presales, financing, pre-production, production and post-production, in both live action and animation. He has also been involved in the marketing and distribution of movies to all markets domestically and internationally including theatrical, home entertainment, television and Internet.
For Foxfield Entertainment, Johnson developed and executive produced “Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” a 2013 Hallmark Channel movie starring Danny Glover, Austin Stowell and Kayla Ewell. In 2012 he developed and produced the romantic comedy“Finding Mrs. Claus,” starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Will Sasso and Laura Vandervoort. The film was one of Lifetime’s highest rated movies of 2012.
Johnson’s prior experience features ten years with Hanna-Barbera Productions as a production executive, supervising over 1000 episodes of animation and numerous movies including Jetsons: The Movie and The Flintstones Movie, both distributed by Universal Studios. When Turner Entertainment purchased Hanna-Barbera, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager, with responsibilities for integrating Hanna-Barbera into Turner’s worldwide distribution system and assisting in the creation of the Cartoon Networks worldwide.
Later, Johnson founded PorchLight Entertainment and developed the company into a premier family entertainment enterprise. As a producer, studio executive and screenwriter, he has delivered over 40 original movies to distributors throughout the world including Universal Studios, Disney, Showtime, HBO, Lionsgate, Sony, Paramount, Fox, Discovery, Nickelodeon, ABC, NBC, CBC, BBC, TF1 and others. He has been honored with multiple Emmys as well as numerous other awards.
A native of Minneapolis, Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris with a B.A. degree in English. In 2002 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University. He received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University with studies in film, English and education. Johnson is married, has one child and lives in southern California.
Bill Friday, CFA
Mr. Friday was a founder and president of Sixth Day Media, LLC, a film and media finance company. His background includes twelve years experience with Wachovia Bank, where he was a senior vice president in the Global Corporate Finance division. Postings included Chicago, London and Atlanta. While working in London, Mr. Friday acted as arranger or co-arranger on over 40 billion USD in European syndicated facilities and was the top income producer. Mr. Friday also served as a managing director of Grosvenor Park Media’s film finance business in Europe. Mr. Friday has been a guest speaker on film finance and tax incentive structures.
Mr. Friday has an economics degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Mr. Friday is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Ms. Allen is the founder and chief executive officer of Allen & Associates LLC, a finance and strategic advisory firm focusing on financial services for media / entertainment and related companies. She has over twenty-five years of experience in entertainment, film finance, strategic planning, and investment banking. Ms. Allen was a founder and served as the chief financial officer and director of The Movie Group, (AMX) the originating company for what is today Lionsgate Entertainment (NYSE). Previously, Ms. Allen held positions as chief financial officer for Taco Bell, Inc (NASDAQ), senior vice president of Finance and Business Development at WR Grace & Co (NYSE), and was one of the founders of Ruby Tuesday’s (NASDAQ). Ms. Allen was educated in Finance and Accounting at the University of Tennessee.
Maureen Smith brings passion, energy and enthusiasm to all she does, along with an ardent commitment to quality, innovative marketing, efficiency, and generating revenue. She is also an ardent supporter of the environment and its inhabitants. Her integrity, communications, marketing and management skills established Smith as a highly effective executive from her earliest days at FOX Broadcasting through her simultaneous presidencies at FOX Family Channel (now known as ABC Family) and FOX Kids Network (now known as Disney XD). These skills have continued to apply in her most recent corporate media position as the head of Animal Planet and Animal Planet Media Enterprises. She has served as President of the Jane Goodall Institute, a global non-profit wildlife conservation and research organization, and most recently served as chief marketing and operations officer at Maroon Public Relations in Columbia, Maryland. She is currently head of Marketing and Communications at the National Wildlife Federation – America’s largest conservation and education organization.
She has twice been named one of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter magazine; and has been profiled in Smart Money magazine, the Washington Post, Smart CEO magazine/business book and The Opt-Out Revolt: Why People are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers. She majored in Communications at the University of Southern California where she received an Outstanding Senior recognition award.
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