Rhinos announce additional owners|
Rochester Rhinos News Release - www.rhinossoccer.com
Wednesday, January 24, 2006
ROCHESTER, NY -- PAETEC Park, the Rochester Raging Rhinos soccer club and the Rochester Rattlers lacrosse franchise have announced today the addition of Christopher J. Wilmot and Peter Bourne to the ownership group. Wilmot and Bourne join current owners Frank DuRoss, Steve Donner and Chris Economides.
Wilmot has enjoyed success in both politics and local business. The 45-year-old businessman and Village of Pittsford native now begins his first venture into the world of professional sports.
Wilmot becomes a member of the Rochester sports community after serving as a Monroe County Legislator from January 1996 to December 2005. During his tenure, he was the Democratic Party’s assistant leader for five years. In 1992, he was a member of President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team in Washington, D.C. Stints as a federal lobbyist and a Rochester City Counsel legislative assistant followed. His background also includes serving as an engineer at WUHF-TV Fox-31, interning in the United States Senate and working as an operative for the Monroe County Democratic Committee.
In 2000, he founded Endless Wave Productions, LLC, which handles gaming, film production and publishing. Wilmot also owns parts of casino development and management, and film production companies. He now adds the Rochester Raging Rhinos, Rattlers, W-League Rhinos and PAETEC Park to his holdings. Further, Wilmot was once a limited partner for the commercial real estate development and management company Wilmorite, Inc.
He is a graduate of Monroe Community College and St. John Fisher College. He currently resides in the Browncroft Neighborhood in the city of Rochester.
Rochester native Peter Bourne, 49, has been involved in lacrosse for the majority of his life and has served as one of the co-owners of the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse since 2001. He now joins the ownership group of PAETEC Park and the Rhinos.
Bourne was a successful lacrosse player at both the high school and college level. He played high school lacrosse at Irondequoit, where he was an All-American goalie. In college, he was also named an All-American at Alfred University, where he finished first in the country in saves his junior year and second in his sophomore season.
In addition to playing, Bourne has spent 17 years as a high school and college lacrosse referee. He is also a member of two lacrosse Hall of Fames, earning induction into the Alfred University and Western NY chapters.
Professionally, Bourne owns and operates Recognition Experts, which manufactures and distributes promotional products, plaques, trophies, apparel, etc., for the corporate and sports market. He started the company in 1979 and signed a deal with the Rochester Sports Group (Rochester Americans, Knighthawks, Rhinos and Rattlers) in 2003 to manage and operate their merchandise.
Bourne resides in Pittsford, NY, with his daughter, Katey, and son, Brackett.