JAMES M. GOULD
James M. Gould is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Green Light Acquisitions, LLC and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Company, structuring joint ventures, acquisitions, fund raising and financing. Mr. Gould was a Founder of ResponsibleOhio that raised $28 million for a marijuana legalization campaign in 2015. In 2016, he was named to the Ohio House Medical Marijuana Task Force by the Speaker of the House to assist the State of Ohio in its legalization efforts, which became law September 8, 2016.
Mr. Gould has more than 35 years of experience in private equity and over 40 years of experience in development, marketing and negotiation related to investments in companies, real estate, sports and entertainment. He is the Founder and Chairman of theCard, LLC, which has created the Circa Black Prepaid MasterCard, the world’s first metal Prepaid debit card. He was a founder and Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, a private equity fund, and he is Chairman of Gould Management Group. Mr. Gould has served on several Boards of Directors notably Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), Wild Things Gear, a designer of high-end outdoor apparel, and Adspace Networks, Inc., a mall digital media network.
Mr. Gould is a Founder and Managing Partner of Avondale Pictures and Avondale Entertainment Group. In addition, Mr. Gould has produced, distributed, and packaged numerous motion pictures, television and entertainment events and was a Founder and Partner in Triton Pictures. He has been a frequent investor, through his partnership with Frederic H. Mayerson, in numerous acclaimed Broadway musicals including Smokey Joe's Café, Topdog/Underdog, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, and Spiderman. Mr. Gould was a founding member of the United States Football League, and became President of the New Jersey Generals upon his selling the team to Donald Trump. During his years in the USFL, Mr. Gould negotiated several major contracts on behalf of ownership, with such players as Lawrence Taylor, Cris Collinsworth, Herschel Walker, Craig James, and others.
Mr. Gould graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in History and an Education Certificate. He is the Managing Partner of Management One, a sports management firm he founded, that has represented over 100 professional athletes in the NFL and NBA, including Frostee Rucker, DeVante Parker, Travaris Cadet, Terry Glenn, Peter Warrick, Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson, John Browning, Andre Smith, Sue Bird and the late Korey Stringer . He is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) with the NFL and The University of Connecticut, (KSI). He has also served on other numerous non-profit boards including Prevent Child Abuse America, Blue Legacy International, Camp BrightLight in partnership with the YMCA, and The Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Gould is active in sports and has coached children in both soccer and football for many years.
He is proud of having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his two sons, Dylan and Lucas and his dog, Kosmo Bear.