The WTA Group Team
BILL REEVES is the Founder of The WTA Group with extensive experience in the Christian product industry since 1988, working in Christian retail, then Word Entertainment/Warner Bros. in distribution support for recording artists such as Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Bill then joined Big Idea Productions in product licensing and distribution for the successful VeggieTales® brand. During his tenure at Thomas Nelson Publishers/HarperCollins he served as Executive Producer of several children’s video properties, including Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends® series. As Vice-President of Marketing for Propeller Consulting, he was involved in highly successful film marketing campaigns, including Fireproof and Courageous before launching The WTA Group in 2009.
ERIK WEIR is Partner at The WTA Group and is currently Founder, President and CEO of WCM Global Wealth which seeks to deliver the highest quality advice and money management for high net-worth investors. Erik joined Merrill Lynch in 1989 followed by his role at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette as a Senior Vice President providing money management services to various founders of technology companies. He opened Weir Capital Management, LLC in 1999, developing a global client base for financial solutions, twice named one of the 25 fastest growing companies in South Carolina by the state’s Chamber of Commerce before launching WCM Global Wealth in 2011.
BARRY LANDIS joined The WTA Group from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster where as Vice President and Associate Publisher he published books from authors Karen Kingsbury and Dave Ramsey and a series of New York Times #1 bestselling books from the hit A&E TV show, Duck Dynasty. Barry’s entertainment industry experience blossomed in 1985 at Word Records, becoming President of Word/Curb Records where he worked with Randy Travis, developed P.O.D. at Atlantic Records and signed a joint venture with super producer David Foster at 143 Records. Named by Radio/Retail Weekly Magazine one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in America, Landis is the Founder of non-profit entertainment industry think tank, The Briner Institute.
BRIAN MITCHELL came to The WTA Group from Big Idea Entertainment/DreamWorks Animation where he served as Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for the VeggieTales® brand. His extensive entertainment industry experience began in 1986 in radio broadcast roles, then multiple executive leadership positions at Provident Music Group/Sony and Capitol/Universal, including General Manager of Essential Records, launching artists such as Jars of Clay and Third Day. While at Thomas Nelson Publishers/HarperCollins as Vice President of Marketing, Brian led multiple book imprints to 14 New York Times bestselling books from authors such as William J. Bennett, Michael Savage, Bill Cosby and Ed McMahon.
JIM McBRIDE joined the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in 2000 and has served as the executive pastor overseeing operations, church staff, finances and Men’s Ministry since 2003. He is an executive producer of the films released by Sherwood Pictures, including Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel. Jim has also worked for Coca-Cola fifteen years and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for six years. Jim and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 28 years. They have four children, Victoria, Buddy, Tommy and Sarah.
Jim recently became a published author. Rite Of Passage, A Father’s Blessing is a guidebook for dads wanting to lead their soon-to-be adult children into maturity. For generations, many religions and cultures have created rites of passage for children to enter adulthood—Jewish Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are just two examples. Today, however, many children don’t learn how to become adults on purpose—simply going with the flow of the culture around them. Jim shows that dads, and other perfectly placed adults have the unique opportunity to guide the teenagers in their life toward adulthood.
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