JW “Bill” Stealey: Founder - iEntertainment Network, Chairman
Mr. Stealey is an Air Force Academy Graduate, Command Pilot, and retired Lt. Colonel, USAF, who founded MicroProse Software in 1982 with famous game designer Sid Meier, author of Civilization, one of the longest running game series of god Games.
Mr. Stealey graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1977 and joined McKinsey and Co. as a Management Consultant in the New York, NY, office. He also served as CFO of the East Coast Division of US Lines and had over 300 employees in his accounting department and understands financial and cash flow management.
Mr. Stealey was the CEO and President who grew MicroProse from $30,000 in sales in 1982 to over $43 million in annual sales by 1993. In the 1980’s list of best computer games, MicroProse Software had 23 of the top 100 games of the decade. MicroProse Software was famous for its line of military simulation games including F-15 Strike Eagle, Red Storm Rising, Silent Service, F-19 Stealth Fighter, Gunship, and Sid Meier’s Civilization.
Mr. Stealey took the company public in 1991 and sold it to Kleiner Perkins venture company in 1993.
In 1995, Mr. Stealey founded iEntertainment Network as Interactive Magic. He grew the company to over $23 million in sales in less than 4 years, launched the very first online games with www.IamGame.com and the company WarBirds franchise, (www.TotalSims.com).
Mr. Stealey took the company public on the NASDAQ in 1998. He sold to a venture capital firm in 1999. In 2002, Mr. Stealey and a group of Young President Organization members, purchased enough IENT stock to take control of IENT.
Mr. Stealey has spent the last number of years at IENT eliminating massive debt left by the venture firm, and rewriting all the company software and games for future growth.
Danny Hammett: Founder - Great Outdoors Concept, President and COO of iEntertainment Network Inc.
The founder of the Great Outdoors concept, Danny Hammett, has a proven track record in creating successful value line strategies and is known in the games industry as the creator of branded consumer software.
Starting as a competitive motorcycle-racer and becoming a Top 20 AMA Outdoor National Competitor and Top Ten World Gran Prix Racer, Danny Hammett eventually became a Technical Consultant and navigated a career change that has projected him to the Presidency at Activision Value, now the largest gaming/simulation software publishing company in the world.
Mr. Hammett founded Head Games Publishing in 1994, focusing on outdoor leisure action games and the value line business segment. As CEO of the start up, Mr. Hammett pioneered, developed, marketed, and presold Head Games products, and drove the company to $3.5 million in sales before its inception and business launch in its first year. Head Games was the 6th leading PC games company in unit sales in America with annual revenues of over $35 million prior to the acquisition of his company by Activision. With over $2.8 B in sales and games still on the shelf today, Head Games remains the Granddaddy of branded consumer software for the mass consumer.
Mr. Hammett served as President of Activision Value and Executive Vice President of Activision until 2003. At that time Activision was the #3 worldwide electronic sports and outdoor leisure action games/simulation entertainment publisher and producer, generating over $800-million plus in revenues with $1.6-billion-dollar market cap.
After leaving Activision, Mr. Hammett joined Vivendi Universal Games as Executive Vice President where he created the Value/Casual Games Division managing all console, PC, and online product management, acquisitions, budgeting, and legal affairs.
Danny Hammett personally created such noted brands as Cabelas Big Game Hunter Cabela's BIG GAME HUNTER, whose franchise alone has generated over 2B in sales since its creation and is the longest standing IP and brand in the ATVI library of products. He created the EXtreme Sports Series, precursor to the HO Pro SERIES athletes with Tony Hawk, Matt Hoffman, Sean Murray and others. Mr. Hammett was integral in securing the partnerships with Major Movie studios and IP to include Marvel, Disney, DreamWorks, and Pixar.
Mr. Hammett’s vision and talents will make IENT GREAT OUTDOORS the next leader in the VW gaming industry.