During his thirty-five year career as an entrepreneur and C level manager, Rick has founded three companies, selling two of them for a combined total of $111 million dollars. His real world background in IT, a BSBA from the University of Florida coupled with extensive sales and marketing experience, has developed into successfully matching businesses with the right solutions for their technology opportunities. His business philosophy revolves around hard work, integrity, creativity, attention to detail, and follow up.
In addition to his work in business and software systems, he is also a screen and stage actor and scriptwriter. He lives aboard his yacht in northern Florida, having logged approximately 10,000 nautical miles in the Florida Keys and Bahamas beginning in 2014. Rick has 9 children and 7 grandchildren.
Will serves as Chief legal Officer of WLM Group, LLC, coordinating all legal affairs of the company. Licensed in New York, South Carolina and Tennessee, Will has practiced law as a litigator and transactional lawyer for twenty five years, and is an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at The College of Charleston (2013- ). He holds the highest attorney peer rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell.
Will has served as Chief Legal Officer for a fifteen thousand employee company and its subsidiaries, overseeing legal aspects of multi-million dollar acquisitions and other transactions, assisting with cyber security policy development and implementation, resolving commercial disputes, and negotiating countless commercial agreements. He continues to provide legal advice to, and representation of, private investment companies, banks and other commercial entities.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 1991 while on a four year baseball scholarship, graduating a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, He worked at King World Productions in Los Angeles, California followed by a year of teaching Middle East Politics and World History at Walwourth Barbour American International School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. In 1995, Mr. Lewis earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and all New York, South Carolina and Tennessee State Courts. He also maintains a separate private law practice focusing upon creative arts, blockchain, and general digital media - www.lewislawgroupllc.com - and is of counsel to Schroder Brooks Law Firm based out of Virginia - www.schroderbrooks.com.
Outside of the practice of law, Will also is a musician (guitar/piano/saxophone/vocals), private pilot, three time Ironman Triathlon finisher (Wisconsin, Florida and Mont Tremblant), former Division I NCAA college baseball player for The University of South Carolina Gamecocks, and an avid golfer and sailor.
Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour, and his other entrepreneurial endeavors. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.
Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike. Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts.
Several years ago, McCain suddenly found himself with a whole new crop of fans when his “Flipping Ships” television show debuted on Animal Planet. “Flipping Ships” took him from the chart tops to the boat shop – his very own Boats Have Souls (www.BoatsHaveSouls.com), a restoration outfit dedicated to bringing life back to vessels and customizing them to perfectly fit their new owners. “We started the business to put good boats into good families’ hands by restoring them in ways that might otherwise be financially out of reach,” Edwin explains. Viewers were fascinated by the blood, sweat and the occasional tear that he poured into his renovations while rehabbed boats found new life and new owners, including a few non-profit organizations in his homestate of South Carolina. Just like his songs, Edwin’s boats all have a story to tell; about the people who built them, Edwin’s team who defies all odds to reconstruct them, and the families who take them home.
But his heart remains on the road. Once the “Flipping Ships” season ended, Edwin picked up his guitar once again and returned to the stage. Whenever he can, he likes to drop by favorite club haunts, a comfortable return to his early days that delights both his fans and himself. "The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 51-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this."
Rich Crabtree, Chief Financial Officer
Rich has over 20 years of financial management experience and has demonstrated a track record of building successful rental companies that generate attractive returns for employees and shareholders.
Rich was the managing partner for Worldwide Rents, LLC where he grew the company from an initial acquisition in 2002 with $1MM in revenues to $9MM in revenues with $2.2MM in EBITDA in less than four years. Worldwide Rents, LLC was sold to the largest rental company (CPR) in the United States in 2006 yielding the shareholders a 325% return on their investment.
Rich then became the Executive VP of Operations and Finance for CPR overseeing 12 acquisitions during a four-year period. He was responsible for all aspects of the acquisition process including identifying new acquisitions targets, providing in-depth financial valuations, and making presentations to private equity groups and bankers regarding monthly financial results.
In 2010, Rich joined the original founder of Classic Party Rentals to form an elite team challenged with the rebranding, developing, and the overall management of ten rental locations on the east coast. In three years, these locations eclipsed $40MM in revenue and were sold to a private equity firm yielding the shareholders a 229% return on their investment.
In 2013, Rich formed his own rental company in Charleston, South Carolina named Eventhaus which handles large tent projects ranging from PGA Golf tournaments to large intricate weddings. In 2019, Eventhaus produced a net cash profits over 25% and achieved an employee retention rate of 99%. As a point of reference,
Rich graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance accompanied by a Master’s Degree in economics and management.