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Mr. Jack Wyant Jr.

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Managing Director

Blue Chip Venture Company
312 Walnut Street Suite 1120
Cincinnati , Ohio 45202
United States

Company Description: Blue Chip is committed to helping our partners build lasting enterprises. We earn management's respect by being a creative and flexible partner who understands that...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Arts
    Denison University
  • Juris Doctor
    Salomon P. Chase College of Law
  • B.A. degree , political science and communications
    Denison University
  • J.D. degree
    Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • Juris Doctor degree , magna cum laude
    Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    Hillsdale College
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    Denison University
  • Juris Doctor degree
    Salmon P. Chase College of Law
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Mr. John "Jack" Wyant Managing ..., 11 April 2015 [cached]
Mr. John "Jack" Wyant Managing Director Blue Chip Venture Company
The Board accepted the recommendations of ..., 14 May 2010 [cached]
The Board accepted the recommendations of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee that all of Regent’s incumbent directors, other than Mr. Sutter, be nominated for re-election to Regent’s Board of Directors at the 2009 Annual Meeting, and that John H. Wyant be appointed Chairman of the Board effective immediately;
JOHN H. WYANT (Age 63) Mr. Wyant has served as a director of Regent from June 1998 to April 27, 2010. Mr. Wyant has served as president of Blue Chip Venture Company, a venture capital investment firm, since its formation in 1990. Blue Chip Venture Company, together with its affiliates, manages an aggregate of approximately $550 million of committed capital for investment in privately-held high-growth companies. Mr. Wyant is also a director of a number of privately-held companies. Mr. Wyant’s qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors include his experience in advising companies on attracting investment capital, and in understanding what outside investors may require of a company undergoing financial stress.
Ahn, DeLorenzo, Lewis, Mooney and Wyant are independent directors in accordance with the standards of Rule 4200(a)(15) of the National Association of Securities Dealers listing standards for issuers whose securities are listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”).
Wyant (Chairman), Ahn, DeLorenzo, Lewis and Mooney, all of whom are independent directors as discussed above.
Lewis (Chairman), Ahn, DeLorenzo, Mooney and Wyant, all of whom are independent as discussed above.
Wyant, DeLorenzo, Lewis, Ahn and Mooney.
Wyant, DeLorenzo, Lewis, Ahn and Mooney.
The Company is a party to the following agreements, which are described further below: an agreement to provide registration rights to entities affiliated with Mr. Wyant, and which the Company has registered shares held by such entities; and an agreement with Riley as discussed below.
Jack Wyant founded Blue ..., 1 April 2015 [cached]
Jack Wyant founded Blue Chip in 1990 and was responsible for a number of Blue Chip's most successful investments, including Richwood Pharmaceutical and US internet working. He focuses primarily on Media & Marketing companies, and currently works with companies including ShareThis and XOS Digital. Jack has been recognized for leadership in venture capital and entrepreneurial settings by a number of organizations, and he is a frequent lecturer on venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.
Prior to Blue Chip, Jack spent 16 years in entrepreneurial settings serving as founder and CEO of two venture-backed start-up companies in the Media & Marketing and Healthcare industries. Home Entertainment Network built and operated TV stations and originated and syndicated live sports events, and Nutrition Technology Corporation developed and marketed nutrition products to hospitals and nursing homes. Both resulted in strategic acquisitions by larger firms. Jack started his career in brand management with Procter & Gamble and later held marketing and general management positions with Taft Broadcasting Company, where he developed and launched new entertainment business units.
John H. ..., 15 Mar 2015 [cached]
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.
Blue Chip has $600 million under management and has invested in 170 companies during the past 20 years. Blue Chip 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. Blue Chip 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. He 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. Wyant 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. Jack and Jack, Jr. have won the annual national championship in Father-Son Doubles Squash and are currently ranked #2 in the U.S.
Jack Wyant > Blue Chip ..., 14 Feb 2015 [cached]
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Jack Wyant
Managing Director
Jack founded Blue Chip in 1990, the first institutional VC firm in its Midwest geographical region, and among the first in the VC industry to be built on the consumer marketing principles and disciplines of brand management as employed by The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). P&G developed the first brand management system, and is the world’s largest advertiser.  Jack began his business career in brand management at P&G in 1970. Home-based in Cincinnati, the influence of consumer marketing professionals in Blue Chip’s Cincinnati home-base has impacted the Firm and many of its portfolio companies.  Three of its five board members and most of its venture partners were long term P&G executives. Jack’s activity has evolved from old to new digital media and big data companies, which represent most of Blue Chip’s investments over the past five years. Prior to Blue Chip, Jack spent 16 years in entrepreneurial settings as the founder and CEO of two venture-backed start-up companies.  Home Entertainment Network (HEN) built and operated TV stations in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Minneapolis.  The company originated and syndicated live sporting events, and in the early 1980’s created, programmed and managed the first pay TV networks for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota North Stars, and Minnesota Twins.  In addition, HEN promoted and televised live college basketball, hockey, and championship boxing matches. Nutrition Technology Corporation (NTC) created and marketed consumer products sold nationally through retail and institutional channels.  The products included AppleWays, a full line of nutritional products, and Fibbers (“the taste fibs about the fiberâ€), the first retail high fiber cookie.  VC investors included Frontenac Company and Primus Capital. Both companies, HEN and NTC, were sold to strategic acquirers. With P&G, Jack worked on a number of brands in the packaged soap & detergent division.  The experience included several brand re-stagings, new product introductions, and in 1972 he planned and managed the largest sale of P&G products to a new retail customer, Dollar General Stores. In 1975, he left P&G to become the marketing director of Kings Island, owned by Taft Broadcasting Company. There Jack led the market testing and expansion of in-park live entertainment, the televised 1977 Evel Knievel 14 bus jump, and staged two live bicentennial TV specials in 1976. Jack negotiated and led the design, construction, and 1978 opening of the College Football Hall of Fame under a joint venture with the National Football Foundation, with which he has a continuing business association. Under Blue Chip, Jack has served on 40 portfolio company boards, led audit, compensation and strategic sale committees, and has published a corporate governance handbook for VCs.  He has authored over 100 poems, which are displayed on the walls of a number of Blue Chip portfolio company offices. In addition, he is a member of Queen City Angels and a founder and director of CBank, a commercial lender launched in 2007. His professional recognition has included awards for “Excellence in Entrepreneurship†in 1998 by Denison University, the Seal of the Cincinnati, the city’s highest honor in 1993, “Distinguished Professional Achievement†by Chase Law College in 1997, and “Lifetime Achievement†in 2002 by the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association for helping initiate the growth of a regional VC industry and its entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The Association for Corporate Growth awarded him its highest honor, the “Master Deal-maker Award†in 2007. Jack graduated with a B.A. degree from Denison University in 1968 with a double major in political science and communications, and was president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, where he led the racial integration of this national fraternity.  He earned a J.D. degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1977. In the community, Jack is or has been a board member of the Cincinnati NPR affiliate, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, the Hamilton County Economic Development Taskforce, Council for Economic Education, and the Cincinnati Film Commission.  He created and taught for 10 years an MBA course on venture capital and periodically lectures undergraduates.  He has been a member of Young President’s Organization since 1980.  Jack completed the Leadership Cincinnati course in 1996 and launched a groundbreaking multi-state youth leadership program that continues in operation today. In sports, he is an owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and a founder and board member of Dutch Lions, a minor league soccer franchise. Wyant family members have served on U.S. teams in world championships and hold ten national championships including the 2011 national father-son doubles title.  Jack was a captain of the 2012 and 2015 American teams in the Lapham Grant, a 92 year continuously played annual competition with Canada. The Wyant Family Foundation supports the urban squash and education movement nationally, sponsored, built, and opened in 2014 Cincinnati Squash Academy, a youth education center with three squash courts, classrooms, and a fully staffed program in Cincinnati. Jack’s wife, Peg, married for 42 years, broke the glass ceiling for women as a P&G marketing executive for 20 years.  Subsequently, she founded and built Isabella Capital, a VC firm that invested in and backed women led companies.  In 1988, they founded and Peg has served as CEO of Grandin Properties, a family owned real estate firm that redevelops and manages historic commercial and residential buildings.  Its current focus is 100+ year old properties located in the Over-the-Rhine section of downtown Cincinnati.  Peg is a graduate of Smith College.  The Wyants reside in Cincinnati, Ohio and Sea Island, Georgia.  Their four children, ages 41-32, are in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and San Francisco.  Their professional activities include a college squash coach, an education nonprofit CEO, a healthcare nonprofit COO, and a senior real estate executive.
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