CEO / President
Chris Stuart is President and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Sports & Entertainment, an athlete and corporate representation company that he co-founded in 2004. In the extremely competitive sports industry, Mr. Stuart has developed a solid reputation and established his business by partnering with an elite and selective client base. Encore represents a variety of athletes and corporations including Drew Brees, CC Sabathia, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Legacy Sports Group, Brand Affinity Technologies, SAGE Trading Cards, the Topps Company, Mickey Mantle IP Holdings and Ted Williams Family Enterprises.
Prior to launching Encore Sports & Entertainment, Mr. Stuart was Senior Director of Licensing and Acquisitions for the Upper Deck Company where he was responsible for handling all negotiations with athletes, leagues, unions and strategic partners. While at Upper Deck, he recruited and negotiated exclusive agreements with athletes such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, David Beckham, Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter.
Mr. Stuart launched his career in sports with the San Diego Chargers in their player personnel and marketing departments. While interning for the San Diego Charger organization, Mr. Stuart received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1996.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Stuart graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Cahill has in excess of 18 years of corporate legal and sports and entertainment marketing experience including service as Vice President of Business and Legal and General Counsel with The Upper Deck Company. In the course of his experience, Mr. Cahill has had frequent exposure in negotiating licensing deals with some of the world’s top athletes and entertainment properties including Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnet, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali, Peyton Manning, Disney, 4Kids and Bandai.
In 2004, Mr. Cahill founded and began service as VP and General Counsel for Encore Sports & Entertainment, LLC. His background and experience has afforded him with a keen understanding of what businesses and athletes alike require from their representation resulting in pragmatic solutions to a myriad of issues.
Mr. Cahill is a graduate of San Diego State University in 1989. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1993 and is admitted to practice by the California Bar Association.
Director of Licensing
Mr. Dunigan has more than 15 years of licensing and marketing experience in the sports and high tech industries.
Before coming to Encore, he served as the Licensing Manager at The Upper Deck Company, managing athlete accounts such as Tiger Woods and LeBron James, among others, and was a company liaison with the major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA) and corresponding players associations.
Prior to Upper Deck, Mr. Dunigan served in marketing roles with Oracle and the San Diego Chargers. Mr. Dunigan is a graduate of California State University, Chico.