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.
Chief Operating Officer
Kenny White worked his way up the ladder from novice ticket writer to champion handicapper to CEO of Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) and now currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of Don Best Sports.
At 21, White’s exuberance earned him an entry-level ticket writing position in the legendary Santa Anita sports book on the Las Vegas Strip, where his talent for handicapping the NBA in particular soon became apparent. At the young age of 24, White’s next stop was the Fremont Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, where he held the position of Sport Book Manager for two years.
In 1988, Nevada Sports Executives was born, and for the next 15 years the company supplied some of the larger Las Vegas sports books with lines and information. Meanwhile, White was also demonstrating his uncanny handicapping prowess, winning the famed Stardust Invitational in unprecedented back-to-back fashion, and setting a then-Vegas contest win percentage record of 69% in another highly competitive, locals-oriented tournament.
Along with a trio of noted local gaming attorneys, White purchased LVSC in November 2003, and his influence was almost immediately evident. LVSC dramatically improved its’ technology and infrastructure, giving clients access to the individual game lines made by all eight of the company’s oddsmakers. Finally, in an example of his typically unwavering optimism and penchant for integrity, White reached one of his ultimate goals with LVSC, working in conjunction with professional leagues and collegiate organizations to help protect the sanctity of games in any and all sports.
Cantor Gaming purchased LVSC from White’s group in November 2008. White stayed on with the Cantor Gaming for 18 months to ensure a smooth transition before moving on to Don Best.
VP Trading Services
Craig Mucklow came to Don Best Sports in 2013 with a tremendous resume, holding senior trading positions at such reputable sportsbooks as Stan James, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, and Betfair. Mr. Mucklow consistently ensured high-margin revenue growth wherever his expertise has been applied and in addition to his expertise in developing valuable marketing, trading, and product depth strategies, Mr. Mucklow also compiles and develops historical statistical data. Mr. Mucklow’s record of achievements clearly demonstrates that he is an undisputed leader in the industry.
At Don Best, Mr. Mucklow has been brought on to build, lead, train, and monitor an in-house trading team capable of creating and managing lines and liabilities for all 3rd-party B2B clients.