John H. Wyant
John Wyant is the founder and managing director of Blue Chip Venture Company, a Cincinnati venture capital firm started in 1990.
The firm invests in and helps to build privately owned companies with high-growth potential.
has $600 million under management and has invested in 170 companies during the past 20 years.
manages seven venture funds, the most recent of which invests in the last financing round of and makes secondary stock purchases of mature venture-backed companies with proven business plans.
Wyant has served as a director of over 40 companies.
He was the lead investor in Digex, the first internet service provider (ISP) in the US and provided the initial capital to USinternetworking, the first application service provider (ASP).
He founded Blue Chip Broadcast Company and helped build Richwood Pharmaceutical, which created Adderall.
invests in the sports media and marketing, information technology and healthcare services industries.
The aggregate revenue of its portfolio companies were approximately $400 million at the time of investment and approximately $6.5 billion at the time of exit.
Wyant is an owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and in 1975 created a joint venture with the National Football Foundation (with George Weiss) to develop, build and manage the College Football Hall of Fame.
In 1980, Wyant
and McCleary promoted a number of live sporting events and launched the first pay TV network for the Cincinnati Reds
, Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks, Minnesota Twins and North Starts.
Wyant began his career in brand management with The Procter and Gamble Company, followed by positions with the Kings Island Division of Taft Broadcasting Company.
Beginning in 1979, he served as CEO of two venture capital backed start-up companies, Home Entertainment Network and Nutrition Technology Corporation.
He was the founding investor in and is a director of CBank, a business focused commercial bank, Grandin Properties, a real estate firm that renovates and manages historic buildings, and is an owner of GFour Productions, which produces the current hits "Motherhood the Musical" and "Menopause the Musical".
Wyant graduated from Denison University in 1968 and Salmon P. Chase College of Law of Northern Kentucky University in 1977.
received a Denison Alumni citation for excellence in entrepreneurship in 1988, the Seal of the City, Cincinnati's highest honor in 1993, a professional achievement award from NKU in 1997, and a lifetime achievement award from the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association
in 2002 for initiating the creation of a regional venture capital industry and its entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In 2007 the Association for Corporate Growth
awarded him its highest honor, the Master Dealmaker Award.
Wyant is or has been a board member of the Cincinnati NPR affiliate, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Hamilton County Economic Development Task Force, Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement and Cincinnati Film Commission.
created and taught for 10 years a course on venture capital at the Graduate School of Business of Xavier University
He has been a member of Young Presidents Organization since 1980, and completed the Leadership Cincinnati program in 1996 and chaired the first regional youth leadership program.
, Jr. have won the annual national championship in Father-Son Doubles Squash and are currently ranked #2 in the U.S.