- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - DreamVision Co. officials promise the money is there to build a $3.5 billion amusement park in rural northwest Alabama.

They’re just not saying from where.

Bryan Robinson, a Shoals resident and CEO of Provident Global Capital, declared during a Wednesday news conference that DreamVision Co. has secured $3.5 billion to build an amusement park in the Shoals.

“It’s a massive number,” Robinson said. “But it will be funded entirely with private enterprise. The funding is in place.”

Officials announced they plan to open the 1,400-acre Muscle Shoals DreamVision SoundScape theme park in 2019. DreamVision has partnered with Robinson, an investment adviser, to secure the funds through investors.

Robinson said he is 41 years old and has lived in the Shoals for 16 years. His company’s website, providentglobalcapital.com, is password protected. The company identifies itself on the site’s home page as a “private equity asset management firm with a very diverse portfolio.”

Robinson said he met DreamVision CEO Richard Silanskas through a mutual friend at a movie event. He said they’ve known each other for less than a year.

Silanskas said the two realized they had the same dream of creating a music-themed attraction.

“He was coming up one side of the mountain, and I was coming up the other side of the mountain,” Silanskas said. “We met at the summit.”

Robinson also appears to have strong local connections in the music business. Gary Baker, who owns Noise Block Recording Studio in Florence, said in addition to writing a song for the event, he and Robinson are partners in a music publishing company. Robinson had been living in Colorado, he said.

“Bryan is a stand-up guy who has managed money for me for four or five years,” Baker said. “He’s a really smart guy who’s good with money, and he is a very spiritual guy.”

Baker said he met Robinson through his son, Ryan Baker. Robinson is a financial manager for Ryan Baker, he said.

Ryan Baker and his business partner, Paul Bosse, own Charleston Laboratories, which signed a $650 million strategic collaboration deal with Daiichi Sankyo to further develop a hydrocodone-based pain management drug.

Gary Baker said Robinson’s family lives in the Shoals, and his wife, Rachel, is a singer he works with in recording sessions.

During the news conference, Robinson stressed his fondness for this area and desire to promote it. He said he recognized many faces in the crowd, and this is the community where he attends church and where his children play youth sports.

“Today’s about hope in bringing to the world and showing to the world what Muscle Shoals and north Alabama are all about,” he said. “Today is about celebrating our core values coming out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This is your community. This is my community. This is our community.”

During an interview after the news conference, Robinson said he would not reveal the names of investors.

“I won’t burn relationships,” he said. “I won’t do anything to jeopardize them.”

He added, “You’ll see them the day we break ground.”

Asked whether he was connected with a major investment firm, Robinson replied, “I have a lot of connections. Over 20 years, being in this space, you make them.

“It’s all about relationships, and I was fortunate enough to start those a long time ago, and that’s what led us to today,” he said.

Robinson insists the funding is in place for an additional $3.5 billion DreamVision park in Fort Worth, Texas.

The home page of Provident Global’s website states it has 20 years of “investing outside the numbers.”

The site states “PGC is focused on generating profit through investments that are purpose-driven and aligned with the company’s core values.”

Robinson registered the company with the Alabama Secretary of State office Feb. 3 and lists a post office box address in Killen.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Robinson is the registered agent for several companies. Those include Robinson Baker Capital LLC, which was formed in 2012.

On Jan. 22, Robinson formed additional LLC businesses, including SoundScape Global Entertainment, SoundScape Nadia, SoundScape USA and SoundScape Motion Pictures, according to documents from the office.


Information from: TimesDaily, https://www.timesdaily.com/

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