Advisors | Dan Wilhelm
Dan Wilhelm is an experienced executive in managing, operating and creating value for companies in the media, technology and marketing services industries. He has led successful management initiatives and advised a diverse group of companies on growth and development strategies for 20 years.
Recently, he served as Executive Vice President for NEP Inc., managing business development for the $250M global television production and engineering firm. He led a team responsible for increasing revenue and EBITDA by 30%. He expanded international operations and integrated processes across NEP's six business units: Supershooters, Screenworks, Denali, Visions, Roll to Record and NEP Studios. In 2007, the business was sold from a partnership of APAX Partners and Spectrum Equity Investors to American Securities Capital Partners.
Prior to that, he served as President of Primedia's Digital Video unit, leading the publishing company's television, digital and video-on-demand business. He created and launched digital and VOD channels based on Primedia's Motor Trend, Surfer, Equus, Power & Motoryacht and Channel One properties. In addition he managed the company's production and distribution center, housing digital video networks for healthcare, government, financial and industrial clients. The division today is part of TWL Knowledge Group.
Previously, Dan served as Executive Vice President of Lighthouse Global Network, a joint venture of GTCR, Frontenac and Lake Capital. From inception he helped build a portfolio of 17 diversified companies in marketing services, business communications and design. He identified and completed 5 acquisitions, managed early-stage integration and merged the separate portfolio companies into one operating unit with over $50M in revenue. Lighthouse Global Network was sold and today is part of WPP's Ogilvy Agency Group.
For 10 years, Dan played a leadership role in the creation and growth of FOX Sports Net, where he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for FOX/Liberty Networks, expanding the network's programming and distribution to 70M households. Mr. Wilhelm developed and managed agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances with dozens of media and marketing companies, teams and organizations including the USOC, ATP, PGA, PAC-10, Big 12, Raycom, Anheuser-Busch and Comcast. He was named the first General Manager of Prime Network in 1990, then a new partnership formed by TCI, Group W and Bill Daniels. When Liberty Media entered into a partnership with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and NBC to form Prime Sports Channels Networks, he was promoted to Vice President of Programming and Network Development for Liberty Media's Sports Group prior to the merger of the unit with FOX.
Mr. Wilhelm began his career at Procter & Gamble. He is a graduate of The Smeal College of Business at Penn State, where he serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Communications and its John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. He and his wife Susan have three children.