Alpine-X Management Team
The Alpine-X management team is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs with a common goal—to develop experience-based sports entertainment destinations that capture the imagination, invigorate the senses, and build memories.
The team has a diverse skill set across many disciplines with more than 100 years of combined entrepreneurial experience.
John Emery, Partner
John Emery is an experienced international consumer-sector executive who currently serves as the Managing Member of Stone Circle Holdings, a privately held company focused primarily on lifestyle real estate-related investment opportunities. He has also served as a senior advisor or board member of several high-growth companies.
John previously served as CEO of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ:WOLF), a family entertainment resort company, where he led the company’s expansion to a nationally-recognized brand and IPO. He was also President of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:IHR), a global independent hotel management company with more than 400 hotels. John is a frequent guest lecturer at several universities and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
Jim Calder, Partner
Jim Calder is currently a private investor and a member of the Investment Committee of Stone Circle Holdings, a privately held real estate investment firm. With more than 30 years of financial experience as an executive in public and private companies and a demonstrated history of success in growing real estate and hospitality companies, he has overseen the financial structuring and operation of organizations with revenues under management of up to $2.5 billion.
Jim previously served as CFO of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ:WOLF), including at the time of the company’s IPO in 2004 and its sale to Apollo Global Management in 2012. He was also CFO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:IHR), a global independent hotel management company with more than 400 hotels. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Penn State University.
Niels ten Berge, Partner and Investor
Niels W. ten Berge is an entrepreneur with ten plus years of sales, marketing, negotiating, analyzing and consulting experience in worldwide energy and commodity trading and market development activities. Throughout his career he has supported startups in a wide variety of capacities.
Niels graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science in International Business from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Niels is an enthusiastic skier and aviator.
Jeff Hokenson, Partner and Investor
Jeffrey Hokenson, founder and CEO of the Hokenson Group Inc., creates, invests in, works with, and grows portfolio companies in multiple sectors, including Digital Technology, Finance, Clean/Green Technologies, and Active Lifestyle and Entertainment. Under the leadership of Jeff, the Hokenson Group has developed a proprietary, multi-phased process for establishing and growing portfolio companies by utilizing proven methodologies.
Jeff is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Tom Arehart, Partner and Investor
Tom Arehart is a proven entrepreneur with 28 years of business experience. His expertise has focused on the real estate and sports-recreation industries. Tom is the founder of The Tom Team LLC, a highly successful real estate firm serving the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Over a span of 17 years, his team has been involved in more than $500 million in transactions, including large-scale commercial and residential projects.
Another of Tom’s companies partnered as a contractor with multiple government municipalities and park authorities, including Fairfax County, to provide inline skating, skateboarding, hockey camps, and leagues throughout the DC metro area and the East Coast. Tom is a seventh-generation Washingtonian and received his degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mike Chervenic, Partner
Mike Chervenic is a hands-on business builder with over 30 years of success in the engineering, technology, and professional services industries. He has launched three companies and helped scores of C-Level leaders from global health care, technology, sports and entertainment, and public sector clients identify and implement sustainable growth, profitability, and mission effectiveness breakthroughs. Mike combines real world pragmatism, deep understanding of business, and laser focus on outcomes to develop aggressive strategies that can be implemented within the constraints of a given situation.
Mike is an expert facilitator and problem solver, capable of decomposing the most complex and sensitive issues into actionable, measurable steps and building both consensus and shared sense of urgency and ownership. He has successfully turned around failing services and manufacturing companies, grown a consulting company from three to seventy people in three years, dramatically improved the profitability of several technology companies, and supported over twenty startups. He has also successfully managed complex engineering and development programs including planning, acquisition, negotiation, and vendor management.
Mike earned a B.S. Chemical Engineering from Penn State and an M.B.A. from the Simon School of the University of Rochester. He learned to ski as kid growing up in Western New York and has never lost his passion for winter sports.
Brad Ryan, Partner and Investor
Bradley Ryan is an experienced entrepreneur who has operated across a number of different industries throughout his career. Brad has been involved in starting and managing business operations in technology and entertainment as well as consulting with a diverse set of businesses worldwide in fields ranging from solar power, restaurant management, and the development and launch of mobile applications. Brad is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board which advises a county with an $80 million+ recreation budget. Brad studied at the University of Maryland, College Park where he obtained his baccalaureate degree.
Hank Isaac, Partner and Investor
Hank Isaac leads creative and branding initiatives at Alpine-X. He has been a regarded as an insightful leader in the branding and digital space in the Washington DC area for more than 20 years, leading teams at both large creative agencies and small boutique firms. His branding and design work has been recognized in respected design annuals such as Print, and Communication Arts magazines. Hank has been involved in the launch of many digital and physical products and cross-media branding and marketing campaigns.
He has worked with National and global brands such as the Smithsonian Institute, Ford, The World Bank, Audi USA, and many others.
Hank holds a degree in Communication Arts & Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and enjoys winter sports and other active pursuits.