American music business veteran Phoenix Stone has an impressive career finding, developing, producing and working with some of the biggest names in music. Currently, Stone is a founding member and CEO of Halogen Entertainment, LLC. which includes publishing, management, and recording divisions. In addition, he is the Head of Creative Services at the technology company Vertigo Media Inc. During his career, he developed and produced artists and bands for his own joint venture imprint label with Columbia Records, Capitol/EMI Records, and Sony Music Japan. Stone also served as CEO of SH publishing though a JV with Rondor/Universal Publishing. Stone is a founding member of the multi-platinum selling band The Backstreet Boys and co-founder and shareholder in Backstreet Boys Inc./Transcontinental Records where he helped guide the company to sell over 200 million records globally. In addition to music, Stone created and executive produced television shows for Touchstone, MTV, GRB, Intuitive Entertainment and Reveille. Phoenix also starred as a judge on NBC’s music competition series, "The Next Great Family Band" and he was tapped to be a music expert on E!'s "Behind the Music".
Phoenix discovered newcomer Maty Noyes in Nashville, signed her to Lava/Republic Records and she is a management client at Halogen Entertainment. Stone guided her career to one of the biggest hits of 2016. Her song "Stay" has over 350 million plays on Spotify and is multi-platinum globally and her debut single "In My Mind" is quickly approaching 100 million on Spotify. During the scope of his career, Stone has toured as a performer with acts ranging from Britney Spears, Pink, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera among others. His image has been featured exclusively on 50 million General Mills cereal boxes, and his songs and likeness have been used by FremantleMedia Enterprises for their multi-million unit selling “American Idol” video game. Stone has proven to have good instincts about developing talent and what the public wants and says, “I keep my finger on the pulse of pop culture and then pinpoint my focus on what I feel is coming a year down the line, in music, tv and technology - leading and never following.”
Greg Leekley is a founder and the Chairman and CEO of Vertigo Media whose flagship consumer social music solution, Vertigo Music, has a mission and vision to connect the world of music so life can be shared through music. Greg’s passion for revolutionizing the way we engage media as a community as well as how the artists we love get paid in cloud-based steaming environments has led to several approved international patents now being commercialized.
Other related industry facing Vertigo solutions include Vertigo All Access, a leading white label fan club app, and coming soon - Vertigo Money.
Greg is a return on mission oriented entrepreneur and investor. Yahoo Top 100 on the Internet 2001 award for creating the Quicken 401(k) Advisor by TeamVest, the first collaborative online investment advisor platform. Open Finance Network (“OFN”), a turnkey family office and wealth management platform provider which administered over $23 billion in assets. Consultant to Richardson Sports’ successful effort to land an NFL expansion team, The Carolina Panthers for Charlotte. As a result of the success of the Carolina Panthers effort and a unique PSL stadium financing strategy designed by Max Muhleman, the former head of Muhleman Marketing and IMG’s Stadium and Arena Group, Greg assisted Muhleman in consulting many NFL, NBA and MLB franchises and their owners.
In the 1980’s while still in school, Greg was a Young Life Leader; a DJ and manager of The Warehouse, then the nation’s largest teen center; and Assistant to the Program Director for a top rated pop radio station in the Carolinas.
On a not so vain note, Greg is most proud to be married to his wife Marianela and to be dad to Wyatt, Eliza and Weston.
A seasoned entrepreneur and investor, Eason’s career has included private equity consulting at Bain & Company; founding and managing a biotechnology company with a world renowned scientist in regenerative medicine; building a residential real estate investment firm; and strategic leadership development in eighteen countries on five continents for such companies as Dell, Fluor, GE, Cisco, Abbott, and Medtronic.
As a consultant in the Private Equity Group of Bain & Company, he advised some of the nation’s most prominent private equity firms. Eason’s work included portfolio company growth and turn-around strategy formation and market due diligence for private equity acquisitions. Transactions ranged from VC stage to LBO stage companies.
Eason has negotiated numerous financing, technology licensing, grant, and partnership deals with major corporations, government agencies, top research universities, private foundations, and investors.
Eason received an MBA with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He also received the John L. Loeb Fellowship, the school’s highest academic honor in the field of finance. He holds a BA in English and mathematics from Vanderbilt University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.