Team

The People of Bigwig Games

Of course any great project requires great people, and we have assembled a great group of talents at Bigwig Games. Since we have been 100% focused on making a great game, we are a bit slow in putting together all the elements of this website. Including more information on our gang and what they are really like! In the meanwhile, these “straight out of a prospectus” biographies will serve as placeholders.

Bigwig Games Director

Alan Chai, Bigwig Games Director, is an investor and advisor to start-up companies. Prior to this, he was a managing director and co-portfolio manager for venture capital distribution management at Shott Capital Management, LLC. He previously served as an equity analyst specializing in venture-capital backed, Internet-related companies. Before joining Shott, Alan was a Vice President and board member for Hoover’s Inc. where he edited “Cyberstocks -- An Investor’s Guide to Internet Companies".  He has held management positions at both start-ups and established high-tech companies, including Hewlett Packard and Computer Associates, since the late 1970s. Alan has served on the Board of Directors of each company founded by Gary Hoover, whom he met in 1970 at the University of Chicago., Alan received an AB in Economics from the University of Chicago. He holds MBA degrees from the University of Chicago (Finance and Marketing) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (International Business and Finance).  He resides in Mill Valley, California.

Bigwig Games Director, Founder, Chairman, CEO, President

Gary Hoover, Bigwig Games Director, Founder, Chairman, CEO, and President is the only officer of the Company. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and resides in Austin, Texas. He spent 9 years as a retail analyst and executive at Citibank (NY), Federated Department Stores (Dallas), and the May Department Stores Company (St. Louis). 

He has founded 4 companies prior to Bigwig Games, including the Reference Press, which was later renamed Hoover’s, Inc, and which today Management believes to be one of the most important purveyors of company and industry information on the Internet.  (Hoover’s went public in 1999 and was purchased by Dun & Bradstreet for $117 million in 2003.)  . In promoting the games and the company, we will attempt to leverage Gary’s 900 twitter followers, 2000 LInkedIn connections, and over 2000 different audiences at public speaking events from 1993 through 2014.  Gary also founded book superstore chain BOOKSTOP, Inc., in 1982, which was purchased by Barnes & Noble for $41.5 millino cash in 1989-90.  Gary’s other two companies were TravelFest Superstores, Inc., which failed in the late 1990s, and Story Stores LLC which developed a concept for for-profit museums but was aborted when unable to raise capital in 2008.

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William Leake, Bigwig Games Director, is the Founder and CEO of Apogee Results, a search engine marketing firm.  Prior to founding his present business in 2003, Bill held positions in finance, sales, and marketing at Dell, Power Computing, Haystack Labs, and Journyx.  He spent four years with McKinsey and Company, and holds a BA in Economics and History from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  He resides in Austin, Texas.

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Clark Aldrich is an educational simulation and interface designer, as well as the founder and Managing Partner of Clark Aldrich Designs.  Clients include Cisco, Microsoft, Motorola, Department of Defense, Center for Army Leadership, Harvard Business School Publishing, HP, Shell, GM, UPS, McDonald's, and World Anti-Doping Agency.  Clark is also the author of five books.  He is editor of www.ClarkChart.com, a free database of simulations and serious games.  He earned from Brown University a degree in Cognitive Science. 

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Harlan Tytus Beverly is an experienced game developer, marketer, and executive.  He is presently CEO of Key Ingredient, a recipe website operator, and previously served as founder, CTO, and CEO of Bigfoot Networks, a gaming hardware company which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2011, and founder and CEO of Karmaback, a social networking company which was acquired in 2013.  Before his career as an entrepreneur, Harlan was responsible for architecture and development of corporate server networking products for Intel.  He holds 12 patents.  Harlan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and is presently working on a PhD in Business at Oklahoma State University.   

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Jennifer Bullard has been an active project leader, product manager, and producer in the game industry for the last 15 years.  With a degree in psychology from the State University of New York (Potsdam), she has worked on games including Armageddon’s Blade, Heroes Chronicles, X-Men Next Dimension, and other massively multi-player, action, and role-playing games.  In 2011-12 she served as an Executive Producer at Game Salad.  Most recently Jen has devoted her energies to the creation of the Captivate Conference for game developers and other creatives, and the creation of Texas Games Labs, a game company incubator.

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Douglas Ferguson has deep experience as a technology architect and Chief Technology Officer at numerous startups, presently serving as CTO of Famigo, an Austin-based family-oriented game and app distribution platform.  Prior to Famigo, Douglas held key software development and technology leadership positions at Escalation Point, Buzzstream, RoadStoryUSA (founded by Gary Hoover), and Coremetrics.  Douglas holds a BA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Michael Froehls, PhD, is a management consultant, award-winning book author, blogger, radio host, lecturer, and strategist. He currently works as independent management consultant and is associated with Outthinker, a boutique consulting company focusing on helping companies find strategic options their competitors don't see.  Previously, Michael spent several years with McKinsey & Company, followed by a decade in strategic, financial, and implementation positions at Citigroup, Allianz Group, and MetLife International.  He holds degrees from the University of Trier and the Otto Beisheim School of Management, both in Germany, as well as an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  

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Thomas J. Helton is a veteran finance and technology executive and teacher and is now semi-retired.  Tom was an audit supervisor for a predecessor firm of Deloitte & Touche, in charge of the Sears, Roebuck account, followed by financial management roles at Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.  He then spent seven years as staff manager of software engineering at the predecessor firm of AT&T, followed by internet and technology experience at Group Health Cooperative, PSW Technologies, Tokyo Electron, and other companies.  Today Tom teaches business management, economics, and IT courses for the University of Phoenix.  He holds a BA in Sociology and an MBA, both from Indiana University.

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Brett Hurt earned a BA in Management Information Systems at the University of Texas’ McCombs Business School, followed by an MBA in High Tech Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  After three years of consulting for Deloitte, in 1999 he founded Coremetrics, which was purchased by IBM in 2010.  In 2005, Brett co-founded and led Bazaarvoice, now the world’s leading provider of ratings and reviews management services for online retailers and corporations of all types.  Bazaarvoice went public in 2012 and trades on NASDAQ.  He served four years on the Board of Directors of shop.org, the global ecommerce organization.  Brett today serves as Vice Chairman of Bazaarvoice and oversees Hurt Family Investments.  He Chairs the Boards at startups Shelfbucks and Compare Metrics.  He is the present Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs Business School, and lives in Austin.

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Gordon Logan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  From 1969 to 1974, he was a pilot with the US Air Force, followed by four years with Price Waterhouse as a management consultant.  In 1980 he began his entrepreneurial journey in the hair salon industry, and in 1995 founded Sports Clips Haircuts.  Today Sports Clips is third largest factor in the industry, with over 1100 franchised and owned locations across 45 states.  Gordon was President of the International SalonSpa Business Network, ISBN, with 20,000 members, from 2008 to 2012.  Gordon calls Georgetown, Texas, in the Austin metropolitan area, home.

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Erwin Mazariegos is an experienced software developer and iOS (Apple) app developer and presently serves as lead developer for Bigwig Games.  For the last several years he has worked on a project basis on game, news, credit card, social sharing, and location-based apps.  He works on each aspect from server side to user interface.  Erwin has extensive experience with JavaScript, Objective-C (used in iOS), XCode, JQuery, C#, Ruby on Rails, and numerous web languages.  He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters in the Management of Technology from the University of Texas – San Antonio. 

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Danny Mulligan has experience in sales, marketing, and management in high technology, with a focus on the hardware side.  Following experience at Texas Instruments and Conexant, he spent eight years in key roles at SigmaTel, a publicly held semiconductor company which was acquired by Freescale in 2008.  Danny is an investor and hardware and software enthusiast, and received a BA in Engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Kris Rao is an attorney with broad experience in securities and business law.  He served as Vice President and General Counsel at Hoover’s, Inc., and previously as Associate General Counsel at PBS in Washington.  He represents numerous startup and early stage companies.  Kris holds a BA from Case Western University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

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Preston Swincher graduated from Texas Christian University in 2009 with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Management and a BFA in Theatre.  Preston is an ardent strategy gamer and has been one of Bigwig Games’ leading playtesters.

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Jason Tiefenauer is our lead graphic and visual designer.  Jason graduated Cum Laude in Graphic Design from William Woods University.  The best way to see his work is to look at his portfolio, shown here: http://www.portfolio.jtiff.com.