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WALLNER
MEDIA GROUP

Challenge your perspective. 

Our company owns a portfolio of sports and entertainment properties. Each day we are developing our assets, doing our due diligence, reviewing budgets, reading scripts, studying analytic trends and speaking with investors.

MEET THE TEAM

  • JEFF WALLNER
    JEFF WALLNER
    Founder & CEO
  • Chris Lemonis
    Chris Lemonis
    President of Sports and Entertainment
  • Dalton Crossan
    Dalton Crossan
    Director of Sports and Entertainment

PRESS

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“Jeff Wallner is a 17 year Wall Street veteran who took his passion for baseball coupled with his experience (building fighter jets for the Navy) to set his sights on launching a Hollywood film.”

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JEFF WALLNER
Founder & CEO

An extensive 17 year career on Wall Street where he was recruited to build sports and entertainment divisions for investment banks.

Born in Jamaica Queens, New York, Jeff Wallner was exposed early in life to the big city before moving to Holtsville, Long Island.  Excelling in sports, Jeff rose quickly to all American Athlete in high school with impressive winning records and memorable performances.

Consequently, Jeff received a full player scholarship at the baseball powerhouse of Louisberg college in North Carolina, where he received a business degree and won praise on the baseball field, including playing in two Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico and a college world series in Grand Junction, Colorado.  The high point of Jeff’s athletic achievements was when the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox vied extensively to recruit him. Unfortunately, a career ending injury forced him to abandon his dream of becoming a professional player.

Undeterred by the difficult setback, Jeff followed his father’s footsteps in aerospace engineering at Grunmmann where he built F-14 and EF-111 jets.

Simultaneously, Jeff honed his communicative skills and salesmanship by working on weekends at an elite country club on the gold coast of Long Island. Hobnobbing in a “Great Gatsby” setting with industry barons,  led Jeff to strike a friendship with a banking Tycoon who offered him a job on Wall Street.

Jeff Wallner had a successful seventeen year career  in wealth and portfolio management on Wall Street. In addition, he strategically developed Sports and Entertainment divisions with firms like Ladenburg Thalmann & Co, CIBC Oppenheimer, AG Edwards, resulting in a client roster of more than two hundred professional athletes and entertainers with earnings and contracts exceeding a billion dollars. Jeff also secured more than 40 endorsement deals with the likes of Fox Sports, the Miami Heat organization, 2014 NYC Super Bowl event, and other well-known brands. After leaving his position in the regulated equity markets,  Jeff created a private equity business raising debt and capital for various start-up projects. More recently, Jeff developed an investment platform for artistic endeavors.

Chris Lemonis
President of Sports and Entertainment

Chris comes to WMG as a MLB veteran of 12 years playing with the Tigers, Orioles, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Pirates, and Devil Rays. Before that, Chris was awarded a full-ride Division 1 baseball scholarship to St. John’s University where he was All Big-East selection his Junior and Senior year. Chris brings years of professional and amateur international experience as well being a part of Team USA & the 2004 Greek Olympic Team.

A genuine love for films became a reality for Chris during the 1998 off-season when, because of his natural baseball talent, he was casted to play Lee Giordano in the Kevin Costner hit “For Love of the Game”.  His experience of being a part of this major motion picture sparked his passion for filmmaking. Years later he was sought out to help with the pre-production and baseball authenticity in the mini-series “The Bronx is Burning”.

Chris’ professional baseball playing experience, along with 20 years of consulting in many aspects of the sport, have helped him build a network of contacts in the professional athlete world. Before devoting his work full time to WMG clients, Chris was instrumental in funding a start-up supplement company and built a successful baseball training business of his own.

Although he has spent the last 15 years of his life on the phone collaborating and making business deals, he somehow found time to marry his wife Tracy and raise their two children TJ and Ella.  His son TJ plans to follow in his dad’s foot steps and become a professional baseball player, while his daughter Ella is a sure thing for the next Oscar winning actress in a drama series.

Dalton Crossan
Director of Sports and Entertainment

Dalton was born in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. He grew up excelling at all sports from a very young age. Dalton graduated from Sachem North high school in 2012. He was a star football and lacrosse player at Sachem, with numerous division 1 scholarship offers to play both sports at the highest level.

Having decided to turn down scholarships from schools like Michigan and Notre Dame to play lacrosse, Dalton decided to follow his heart and play football and attend the University of New Hampshire. He went on to become an All American and All Conference player, amassing more than 5,000 all purpose yards and 35 touchdowns. He went on to graduate with a business administration degree with a double major in marketing and management.

After his final year in college, he was signed as an un-drafted priority free agent by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. He went on to play the following season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then signed a contract with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL. Having battled through numerous amounts of injuries throughout his college and professional career, Dalton decided it was time to take care of his body and his health, hang up the cleats, and focus on whats next!

Even throughout his professional football career, Dalton had taken part in numerous entrepreneurial and business ventures. He partnered with a healthy prepared meals company, X-Factor meals, based out of New York. Dalton is also an investor in public and private companies, always looking to grow and diversify his portfolio.

Dalton is an extremely motivated, personable, charismatic, and talented individual, with a vast network of very successful individuals and companies throughout all industries and professions.