Jimmy McNelis, Founder
Jimmy McNelis is the founder and CEO of nft42, an innovative tech startup that builds brands focused on virtual goods and the metaverse. As an avid NFT collector and advocate who has been in the blockchain and crypto art space since 2017, he has founded and continues to successfully lead a variety of NFT startups including Avastars, a popular, on-chain digital NFT collectibles profile project that sells computer-generated avatars with a sci-fi, space exploration premise. In addition, McNelis is also the founder and CEO of nameless, a white label NFT minting solution startup for enterprises and brands across the world who want to launch customized NFT collections under their own brand name.
Jimmy has worked with a variety of investors, entrepreneurs and entertainers over the course of his tech career, many of whom have also invested in his various NFT startups. From billionaire and Dallas Mavericks NBA team owner Mark Cuban, to NFL giant Dez Bryant, to rapper Snoop Dogg, tech entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, and talent manager and tech investor Guy Oseary, Jimmy has made it a point to partner with other innovative leaders to bring the imaginative nature of childhood back to an entire generation of adults via NFTs. From raising capital to scaling innovative NFT startups and communities, Jimmy continues to dedicate his time and effort to furthering the ever-growing metaverse for the better.
Jimmy was named as one of the top 50 most influential NFT people by Fortune Magazine, sitting amongst giants like Jay-Z, Mark Cuban, Beeple, and Gary Vaynerchuk, to name a few.
It's Jimmy's ultimate goal to enable brands around the world to join in on the NFT fun and be a part of creating the most immersive multi-trillion dollar metaverse that can be imagined.
Jack Lanza, Creative & Animation Director
Jack Lanza is the Creative & animation director for KINGSHIP, the co-founder of the Spoiled Banana Society, and the artist and animator extraordinaire bringing Bored Apes to life for some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Before he became the go-to ape animation maestro for the likes of Madonna, Gunna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Collie Buddz, and more, Jack got his start in traditional animation working for Cartoon Network and Disney Junior, and later building and leading teams at Gamesys and Roxor Gaming.
Then in 2021, someone asked him to animate an ape and his life has never been the same.
He recently joined KINGSHIP as the group’s Creative Director and Animator, using his talent and vision to share the group’s story with the world. “I love KINGSHIP, I love the team, I love the band! They’re unique musicians with multifaceted personalities and I can’t wait for fans to meet them,” he says. Other apes of note brought to life by Jack includeTimpers, Saint Bayview, Grateful Ape, BoredGentleman, Cameron Moulene, Andrew Sendejo, and Happy Dad, with many more to come. BAYC #7301 for Nolan Martin Art was the first-ever animated Bored Ape and it has been selected at NFT Liverpool by curator Parin Heidari.
Jack also proudly brought to life Celine Joshua's World of Women NFT.
Hit-Boy, Co-Executive Producer
As one of the music industry’s most sought out producers and artists, the California-bred Hit-Boy has more than earned his moniker. Born Chauncey Hollis, the 3x Grammy Award-winning multi-hyphenate artist from Pasadena and the neighboring Inland Empire boasts an impressive roster of credits, from wielding pop smashes for Beyoncé, Rihanna and Ariana Grande, to producing hit records for Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and more over his thirteen plus years in the industry.
As a rapper and songwriter in his own right, Hit-Boy has recorded and released seven mixtapes and three collaborative albums. Recently earning a Grammy for Nas' King's Disease (He served as an executive producer on the 'Best Rap Album'), the super producer earned his first-time Grammy nomination for ‘Producer of the Year’ category in 2021. He has racked up several additional accolades, including ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2021 and 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards, ‘Producer of the Year’ at the XXL Awards, 'Outstanding Producer of the Year' at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards and Complex's 'Best Hip-Hop Producer Alive' of 2020. He also served as executive producer on Big Sean's Detroit 2 (debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200), is currently working on his own artist project, Surf Or Drown (Q4 2022), and recently produced “THIQUE” on Beyoncé’s latest Billboard 200 #1 project, Renaissance.
James Fauntleroy, Co-Executive Producer
A music industry heavyweight, Fauntleroy is a 4x Grammy Award winner best known for co-writing seven songs off of Bruno Mars’ 2017 multi-Grammy-winning album 24K Magic, including ‘Song of the Year,’ “That’s What I Like,” and becoming the first [pure] songwriter to ever bring home a Grammy for ‘Album of the Year.’ As a songwriter, he has worked on tracks for Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more. He is featured on songs with Nipsey Hussle, Drake, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Nas, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky, among others. He's also co-written and/or produced songs performed by BTS, John Legend, SZA, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Ty Dolla $ign, Joe Jonas, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, Brandy, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean, Chris Cornell, Vince Staples, David Archuleta, Pet Shop Boys, Timbaland, Jhené Aiko, Mariah Carey, Jay Electronica, John Mayer, Leona Lewis, Diddy, Ashanti, Usher, Teyana Taylor, Anderson .Paak and more.
Additionally, Fauntleroy has a background in 3D modeling, web design and coding and frequently experiments and collaborates with the world’s leading visual artists. Alongside producer Larrance Dopson and entrepreneur Twila True, Fauntleroy founded the 1500 Sound Academy in Inglewood, California, where students from the area and across the globe come to learn about engineering, producing, branding, publishing business and songwriting from expert guest speakers and a curriculum that spans practical information along with the musical and technical lessons.