Meet The Originators

From the people who dreamt it up to the performers who bring it to life, the creative team behind THE RIDE has some major street cred.Our founders have credits that resemble a must-see TV line-up, including “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Colbert Report,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.”

Get the scoop on just a few of the brains who helped bring THE RIDE to life.


Barry Tatelman

Mr. Tatelman is a businessman, entrepreneur and Broadway producer. He co-owned the wildly successful Boston-area chain of furniture stores Jordan’s Furniture, which was sold to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (a Warren Buffet portfolio company) in 1999. He was also a producer of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on Broadway and has numerous other entertainment and creative projects under development.

Jeffrey S. McCormick

Mr. McCormick is the Chairman and Managing General Partner of Saturn. He has over 25 years of experience as an investment banker, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He founded Saturn Capital in 1993 and began financing early stage companies including the successful business to business e-commerce company, FreeMarkets (FMKT, acquired by ARBA); the largest U.S. biodiesel company, Twin Rivers Technologies (acquired by FELDA); the 2007 high-tech offering, Constant Contact (CTCT); and the extremely popular Boston Duck Tours.

Michael Counts

The original THE RIDE was conceived by Michael Counts. He is a stage director, designer and entertainment entrepreneur. Inspired by elements of theater, film, contemporary and traditional dance, sculpture and painting, Mr. Counts strives to bring together a diversity of media springing from the archives of art and entertainment into a single unified form. As the co-founder and artistic director of GAle GAtes et al., Mr. Counts led one of the fastest-growing performance and visual art companies in New York City from 1996 to 2003. Considered a founding artist of Brooklyn’s celebrated DUMBO, he united businesses and cultural interests through his unique and unconventional vision, contributing significantly to the redevelopment and economic revitalization of the community. Mr. Counts has also done work at the Center for New Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts, The Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, and at the Performance Annex of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Sharon and his son Wilder.