Track record as team member successfully building media businesses (Enigma Digital, Gigantic Entertainment, X-Dance Film Festival, Extend Media) where I identified undervalued assets, leveraged assets to grow through partnerships, and expanded into new markets. Since Music touches people in a very meaningful way, and since we share through music, much of my focus since 1999 has been
Track record as team member successfully building media businesses (Enigma Digital, Gigantic Entertainment, X-Dance Film Festival, Extend Media) where I identified undervalued assets, leveraged assets to grow through partnerships, and expanded into new markets. Since Music touches people in a very meaningful way, and since we share through music, much of my focus since 1999 has been on the music business leveraging it's impact on youth culture.
I am passionate about media, live events, brands and their evolving and interconnected relationship - and building businesses that drive revenue and brand experience by connecting these increasingly connected phenomena.
Serial Entrepreneur with experience negotiating complex contracts, as well as structuring and closing business development deals.
Over the course of my career i have developed an expertise is to identify undervalued assets and opportunities, and use my skills to create and grow business opportunities. In the media and brand business, I drive value in strategic partnerships between pop culture tastemakers (lifestyle curators, musicians, celebrities and athletes) and brands to drive awareness, brand affinity and revenue. Currently I'm developing an eCommerce business that sits at the intersection of undervalued assets, pop culture tastemakers and brand affinity.
Advisor @ I'm excited to be working as an advisor to this disruptive company that brings a simple, valuable solution to HR, to many parts of the financial industry, and for closing contracts in all forms.
Contract Cloud uses patent pending video recording technology to revolutionize how people enter contracts. Contract Cloud helps parties understand contractual terms, securely stores video and audio contract recordings, helps eliminate unnecessary paper, and is a better form of evidence if litigation arises. Protect yourself or your business, digitally, securely, and comfortably, forever. From May 2015 to Present (8 months) Greater Los Angeles AreaFounder @ Archivast sells art photos and framed prints of images we uncover from the world's leading archives, our passion is to unearth the buried and forgotten beauty in these collections and make this art available to you in galleries curated by Archivast and our partners.
At Archivast we believe everyone needs more art in their lives. From November 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) Greater Philadelphia AreaConsultant @ Working with media companies to create events and projects that connect online and mobile with real world experiences. My expertise is generating ideas with in-house team, and then building business plans that span media, live events, brands to use the real world events to drive audience engagement. From November 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) Greater New York City AreaPrincipal, Business Development @ Director at Singapore based quantitative trading firm focused on US, Asian and Chinese commodity futures. Firm launched Mainland China trading subsidiary to leverage Mainland opportunities. Frequent use of high frequency trading (HFT) strategies in global markets. Also developed and serviced relationships with Chinese commodity exchanges (DCE, SHFE and ZCE, Shanghai Gold Exchange). From January 2009 to October 2013 (4 years 10 months) SingaporePrincipal, Business Development @ Launched business to unlock transformational value of New York-based commodity traders through disruptive business model, international and technological expansion.
My responsibility was to create and close strategic business relationships and deals in energy trading and commodities in general - spanning alternative fund management, commodity futures, energy physical markets, carbon markets and green energy, hedging strategies, structured notes, private equity, quantitative trading, and other innovative opportunities in energy and commodities. From January 2006 to December 2008 (3 years) Greater New York City AreaPartner @ At Gigantic Entertainment I worked with iconic music video direct Kevin Kerslake where we developed media properties and branded entertainment which spanned live events, digital video, and TV. Projects included youth culture brands such as Burton Snowboards, Quiksilver, DC Shoes, and Volcom. Bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Jane’s Addiction, the Eels. Media firms including RealNetworks, WarnerBrothers, UMG, Warner Music and the Outdoor Life Network. And technology firms looking to reach youth culture including Boost Mobile, Microsoft and Intel. Additionally I executive produced the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival (Kevin Kerslake was a founding partner) which brought action sports films, music and culture to Park City during the Sundance Film Festival. Sponsors included Honda, DC Shoes, Boost Mobile, Microsoft, Red Bull and FOX Broadcasting's FuelTV.
Gigantic was a founding partner and production company of the the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival. From January 2000 to December 2005 (6 years) Executive Producer @ Executive produced the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival (Kevin Kerslake's Gigantic Entertainment was a founding partner and Sponsor) which brought action sports films, music and culture to Park City during the Sundance Film Festival. Sponsors included Honda, DC Shoes, Boost Mobile, Microsoft, Red Bull and FOX Broadcasting's FuelTV.
The film festival closing party generated a prompt reputation for curating breaking, cutting edge music acts, including Kinky, POD, Paul Oakenfold, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and P.O.D.
I was a key member of the team that grew the festival from a coffee shop venue in 2001 to multiple theaters and TV coverage & sponsorship in 2005. Increased sponsorship revenue from $50,000 in Year 1 to in excess of $1M in Year 5. From January 2000 to December 2005 (6 years) Greater Los Angeles AreaDirector of Business Development @ Contributed to growth of Enigma Digital (KNAC.COM, Grooveradio.com, Luxuriaradio.com) working directly for founders Wesley Hein, Bill, Hein, Michael Abrams and Bob Ezrin. Part of the Napster generation of disruptive music businesses, Enigma Digital was a first generation internet music network leveraging the power of music genres to build and provide access to a national audience for partners and advertisers. Personally developed relationships with RealNetworks, Microsoft, Sprint and Ford. From January 1999 to January 2000 (1 year 1 month) Greater Los Angeles AreaEVP, Business Development @ At Extend I focused on Business Development with US media companies, MSOs, wireless firms and entertainment stakeholders looking to expand their InteractiveTV presence. From January 1998 to December 1998 (1 year) Principal, Business Development @ Cambridge Digital Media was launched to focus on CD-I and CD-ROM production From September 1993 to December 1997 (4 years 4 months) Greater Boston AreaLocalization Coordinator @ My first work in digital and interactive media. I coordinated localization of CD-I English language titles into numerous European languages. I worked with people who have since seeded the interactive and digital entertainment businesses and had the opportunity to work with Philip's Interactive group in Hasselt Belgium. From January 1992 to September 1993 (1 year 9 months) Greater Los Angeles AreaPhotographer @ We put together the firstUS exhibition of Post-War East German art following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Was an amazing experience being a member of the team who curated this ground breaking show. From December 1989 to December 1990 (1 year 1 month) Greater Boston Area
1989, Asia Studies/Chinese Language @ University of Vermont From 1985 to 1989 Semester Abroad, Chinese Language (Mandarin) @ Beijing Normal University From 1987 to 1988 High School @ Phillips Academy (Andover) From 1981 to 1984 John Chaisson is skilled in: Digital Media, E-commerce, Trading, Entertainment, Asset Management, Television, Commodity, Operations Management, Photography, Energy, Film, Hedging, Management, Music Industry
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