Sports, Games, and Social Media

Our Team

FSV is managed by a team of experienced digital sports executives and entrepreneurs, including:

Christopher J. Russo

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Russo founded Fantasy Sports Ventures in 2006 and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. From 1999 to 2005, he was Senior Vice President, New Media/Publishing for the National Football League. In that role, he served as general manager for the League's new media/publishing business, including internet, satellite radio, wireless, and traditional print publishing. He managed all day-to-day operations, including programming, marketing and advertising sales. In addition, Mr. Russo was responsible for the new media/publishing business development and completed a range of transactions with a total value in excess of $1 billion. Prior to the NFL, Mr. Russo held senior executive positions with New Line Cinema and NBC.

Brian LaRock

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. LaRock is responsible for the finance and operations of FSV. He joins FSV with over 11 years of digital media experience. He most recently was CFO of 5minMedia, the leading syndication platform for broadband videos on the web. He helped revamp and restructure the company's financial portfolio, and oversaw all business aspects of its sale to AOL in 2010. Prior to 5minMedia, he was CFO of UGO Entertainment, helping lead record growth for one of the industry's leading digital media publishers, as well as overseeing its financial transition when the property was acquired by the Hearst Corporation. He has also held senior financial leadership positions with Experience.com, MAPICS, and other emerging companies. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Clay Walker

Executive Vice President and Chief Affiliate Officer

Mr. Walker is responsible for creating and managing FSV’s aggregation of more than 400 affiliated sports web sites. Prior to FSV, he most served as Senior Vice President of the National Football League Players Incorporated, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. In that role, he was primarily responsible for managing and overseeing National Football League Players Incorporated's retail licensing business. This business included apparel, trading cards, video games, new media and fantasy football. In April 2006, Mr. Walker founded the Fantasy Sports Association, a not-for-profit organization formed for the purpose of growing the fantasy sports industry, and currently serves on its Executive Board.

Jordan Bick

Executive Vice President, Sales

In digital media since 1998, Mr. Bick joined FSV in February 2011 to oversee advertising sales across all FSV/Big Lead Sports properties and platforms. From 2006-11, he was Director of Sales at FOX Sports Digital Media. In that role, he was responsible for digital and integrated sales in the East and Southeast Regions across FOX Sports' digital portfolio (Foxsports.com, Scout and Yardbarker). Prior to FOX Sports, Bick spent seven years at Microsoft selling the MSN portal across an array of territory and category focus. In the late nineties, he was one of the original members of the newly formed Cendant Interactive Group, which, at the time, broke new ground by taking traditional direct marketing products and developing online approaches and partnerships.

Matt Perrigo

Executive Vice President, Strategic Development

As Executive Vice President, Mr. Perrigo oversees strategic sales and development and is a member of FSV's Board of Directors. As an entrepreneur, he successfully founded and managed Optasia Technologies and led the turnaround of ShipNow, both software start-ups which were ultimately acquired for an aggregate purchase price of $75 million. As the President of Optasia Technologies and ShipNow, Mr. Perrigo managed all facets of the businesses, including software development, business development, sales and software implementation.and as Director of Finance at Jenzabar, Inc.

Andy Regal

Executive Vice President, Programming and Content

As Executive Vice President, Mr. Regal oversees cross platform, multi-media content for FSV. Most recently, he served as VP Original Programming, for College Sports Television (CSTV), creating, developing and executing a full slate of programs for the 24-hour network. Mr. Regal was also responsible for programming and production of audio and video content for CSTV.com, and 100 partner school sites. He has been an Executive Producer for NBC at both MSNBC and CNBC and he served as the first VP of Original Programming for Court TV. Mr. Regal also worked as an executive consultant for the National Football League and NFL.com.

Ryan R. Bonini

Vice President, Technology

As Vice President, Mr. Bonini oversees the technology strategy and development amongst all of FSV's digital properties and is a member of FSV's Board of Directors. An entrepreneur at heart, Bonini founded one of the earliest fantasy sports websites, KFFL, which was acquired by FSV in 2006. Bonini helped grow KFFL into a one of the most popular destinations on the Web for sports and fantasy sports enthusiasts. He continues to operate as the site's General Manager.