Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Chris is considered by many to be a ‘serial entrepreneur’. He has en eye for value and the ability to strategically shape, combine or direct organizations such that they can better build and execute on their business plan. He has helped numerous private and public businesses in various stages of their life cycle –from incubation to commercialization to maturity. As a result, and as testimony to his track record, Chris maintains numerous officer and director positions with firms engaged in a cross section of industries, including, mining, gaming, skin care and technology development. He further continues to consult with and maintains equity positions in firms that he has worked with in the past that are engaged in the Food and Beverage (QSR), Alternative Energy and Fashion industries.
Chris holds a Diplome d’Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Commerce from Marianopolis College, a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative and Commercial Studies (Finance and Economics Major) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University). He has also taken and held securities designations such as the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Options Licensing Course (OLC) and Conduct and Practices (CPH).
Chief Financial Officer
Robbie Manis has over 20 years of experience within various aspects of the finance profession. Mr. Manis was previously employed by various investment banks specializing in an array of financing sub-specialties. Mr. Manis has also served as a senior business and investment analyst for a private merchant bank specializing in private equity investments and business development. Since 2008, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Don Best Sports focusing on profitable growth of the various operating divisions. Throughout his career as a finance professional, Robbie has become highly proficient at evaluating business models, markets and management aptitudes. In addition, Robbie’s experience as an officer and director of various public companies has made him well versed in corporate governance, internal controls, audit procedures and financial reporting and disclosure.
Don Best continues to benefit from Robbie’s leadership in spearheading its growth and financing initiatives as it endeavors to broaden the breadth and scale of its international operations.
President & Managing Director
Benjie Cherniak has served as President & Managing Director of Don Best Sports since April 2009. With 40 employees in its Las Vegas and Vancouver offices, Don Best is the leader in the live-lines sports information business, providing products and services related to the provision of real-time, fact-based information relevant to the North American sports betting industry. Previously, Benjie was VP Business Development for Don Best’s parent company Big Stick Media Corporation/Dodgeball Enterprises Inc. Benjie’s accomplishments include expansion of product lines to Europe and Asia, redesign of the company’s client server software/website, introduction of an electronic distribution program for proprietary data, and creation of a WebTV division.