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Maverick Global Key Personnel
Doug Schwab, Founder and President of Maverick Entertainment Group was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With more than 30+ years working in home entertainment, he has established himself as a leading force in the world of independent video distribution and film production.
Schwab has an unmatched ability to recognize what works and launched Maverick Entertainment Group in 1997, distributing more than 800 video feature films since that time. He used the expertise — and movie-industry contacts — he gained as a Blockbuster buyer to start Maverick Entertainment, now a leader in the creation, promotion, and distribution of independent films. With a commitment to the highest standard of home entertainment, Maverick currently distributes six specialty labels including Maverick Platinum, Maverick Urban, Maverick Latino, Desire, Creep FX and Maverick Spirit.
With Schwab’s leadership, Maverick is a vertically integrated entertainment company that creates, distributes, licenses, and markets all forms of entertainment and their related business platforms. It maintains a foothold in the DVD home entertainment market by specializing in niche product and maintaining prosperous business relationships with the country’s top retailers; including, Blockbuster, Redbox, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Amazon and NetFlix. Maverick has also established direct access relationships with dozens of the top Digital providers; including, iTunes, HULU, YouTube, VUDU and CinemaNow. Its established VOD pipeline allows for broad VOD and PPV releases of each film through cable and TV platforms including InDemand, OnDemand, DirecTV and DISH programming.
Pamela White joined Maverick Entertainment Group in 1997 and holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. White is responsible for all corporate operations. She is involved in all major legal decisions, as well as Maverick Entertainment’s business affairs, strategic planning and human resource decisions. In addition, Ms. White oversees all of the domestic and foreign distribution businesses; including domestic video, Video-On-Demand, television and future digital platforms.
Together with her executive team, White has implemented an aggressive business plan that calls for building an expansive library of quality films and television entertainment in all major genres. Ms. White’s business plan also calls for building a strong management staff in all areas of finance, administration, operations, product acquisition, sales, marketing and global distribution.
Ms. White has over 22 years of experience in home video and film production. She has served various Los Angeles-based independent studios in high-level positions from Director of Marketing to Senior Vice President of Operations. Before relocating to California, Ms. White served a 5-year tenure as District General Manager for the largest privately-owned retail and rental video chain in Ohio.
Ms. White received her BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University.
Frank Greco joined Maverick Entertainment Group in June of 2008 as the Corporate Controller. Mr. Greco is responsible for leading all corporate treasuries, accounting, and human resource functions. As well as performing duties in response to: maintaining financial reporting requirements, internal management reports, providing budgeting support, providing guidance on regulatory issues and performing other appropriate services.
Mr. Greco brings a wealth of product distribution business experience to the Maverick team. He has held a variety of senior financial management positions within the office furniture and business machine industries, where he was instrumental in providing fiscal leadership. Mr. Greco, a CPA, is also an alumnus of Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers, a top tier international firm of Certified Public Accountants.
Frank Greco is a graduate of Iona College and holds an MBA in Accounting.
Melissa Mackenzie holds the position of Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing. She is responsible for leading the marketing efforts of Maverick Entertainment Group (MEG); working closely with the senior management team to develop marketing strategies and managing the successful execution of those plans. MS. Mackenzie oversees all marketing efforts from creative concept to market rollout for both the domestic and global divisions of the company. In addition, Ms. Mackenzie promotes brand creation for Maverick Entertainment Group as a premier distributor of independent cinema by generating trade name recognition at all major domestic and international film markets and industry trade shows.
Prior to joining Maverick Entertainment Group, Ms. Mackenzie owned and operated InStyle, a graphic arts design firm. Ms. Mackenzie also held the corporate position of Operations Field Analyst at Blockbuster Entertainment Group.
Ms. Mackenzie received a BA degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Florida Southern University.
James Fragnito oversees all accounting functions on behalf of Maverick Entertainment Group’s domestic, global and corporate businesses.
Mr. Fragnito is responsible for producing quarterly financial statements, tax and other fiscal reporting as well as managing both national and international trade and vendor accounts. In addition, Fragnito administers the company’s employee benefits plan and payroll administration.
On top of his over ten years of accounting knowledge, Fragnito’s nearly 20 years of video store management experience serves as a valuable benefit to the company. Mr. Fragnito is also a licensed mortgage broker and dedicated Miami Dolphins football fan.