ABOUT US

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ADRIAN
MONTGOMERY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Adrian Montgomery has been a senior officer and director of several public and private companies in the fields of media, sports and entertainment, finance and industrial services. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Aquilini Sports and Entertainment, one of Canada’s premier sports and entertainment organizations. He is the former President of Tuckamore Capital Management, a conglomerate with over $700 million of annual revenue, and the former CEO of QM Environmental, one of Canada’s largest contracting companies. As a recognized leader in the field of gaming, Adrian has written for publications including Newsweek, USA Today, and the MIT Sloan Management Review. He frequently appears on BNN Bloomberg in Canada, and on Bloomberg in the U.S. An active member of his community, Adrian has served as a senior advisor to political leaders across Canada. He holds an MBA and an LLB from McGill University.

THAMBA
THARMALINGAM

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Thamba is a results-driven executive with a strong track record of driving growth, innovation and digital transformation and joins Enthusiast Gaming after being Managing Partner at a boutique VC firm and prior to that holding various senior executive roles at Rogers Communications for 10 years leading sales & marketing functions including revenue, subscriber growth, product, commercial strategy, pricing, base management, & retention for Mobile and Cable business units. Thamba started his career in Software Development & Product Management with Technology companies including ATI Technologies, AMD, Fed-Ex & a CRM Start-up.

He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ivey Business School. He has also completed the Executive Development program for Tech/Media/Telco executives at Harvard University.

MENASHE
KESTENBAUM

President
Menashe began his career in video games when he was 13, writing for IGN, a large gaming media site, where he eventually became a community leader. After studying and subsequently lecturing in the Institute of Advanced Talmudic Law in Jerusalem for eight years, Menashe returned to his passion for the video game industry and launched his first gaming blog, “Nintendo Enthusiast”, in 2011. In 2014, he returned to Toronto and incorporated Enthusiast. He has personally owned and operated gaming websites to a readership of over 2 million gamers, and has led Enthusiast and grown a writing and community staff team of over 84 people.

CANDICE
LEVY

VP, People & culture

Candice’s expertise with People & Culture spans over 20 years. She has a proven track record of successfully translating business needs into People & Culture strategies driving improved results. As a Human Resources Leader and Certified Executive Coach, Candice has extensive experience in talent management and strengthening employee engagement.

Prior to joining Enthusiast Gaming, Candice was the VP, People & Culture at TeraGo, a publicly traded IT Solutions company. She was the Organizational Development lead at Jamieson Vitamins, following over a decade as an HR Business Partner at Rogers where she was a member of the Rogers Digital Media Senior Leadership Team. She is designated a Certified HR Leader by the Canadian HR Professionals Association and holds an Associate Executive Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation via Royal Roads University. Candice completed her Bachelor of Arts specialized in HR and Psychology at York University.

ALEX
MACDONALD

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Alex is an experienced public company CFO and financial professional. He was the CFO of Aquilini GameCo Inc., and led the 2019 mergers and acquisitions between Aquilini GameCo, Enthusiast Gaming Properties, Luminosity Gaming, and J55 Capital, becoming the CFO of the resulting issuer (Enthusiast Gaming). Prior to this he was the CFO of TSXV listed Peeks Social Ltd. (previously Keek Inc.) from 2014-2018, having also served on the board of directors in 2015. He is experienced in overseeing “go-public” transactions, managing growth stage companies, and Canadian expansions into the United States. Alex is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and a graduate of the University of Toronto. He also serves on the board of directors of the NATO Association of Canada, acting as Treasurer on the executive committee.

ERIC
BERNOFSKY

CHIEF CORPORATE OFFICER

Eric is a seasoned media and technology executive with a background in finance, corporate development, operations and capital markets. He was the founding CFO of Enthusiast Gaming and later served as its COO, leading the Company through three rounds of seed and growth capital before leading its go-public transaction in 2018 and its merger with Aquilini GameCo/Luminosity Gaming in 2019. He has overseen the growth of the Company from pre revenue to over $100 million in annual revenue. Currently, as Chief Corporate Officer, Eric oversees Strategy and M&A as well as Investor Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Services.

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