Mark Patricof is a serial entrepreneur and media executive with extensive leadership and operational experience in the finance, entertainment, technology, and sports industries. A seasoned investment banker, he has advised and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. He previously served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Technology, Media, & Telecom practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly traded global investment bank. Notable transactions while there include advising on the highly publicized bankruptcy auction sale of Gawker Media to Univision for $135 million, and the sale of iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.
Mark was formerly a Co-Founder of Media and Entertainment Strategy Advisors (MESA Global), a boutique investment bank strategically acquired in 2015 by Houlihan Lokey. Founded in 2008, MESA served high-growth companies across the media and entertainment landscape, offering M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services. Core areas of focus included film, television, music, sports, live entertainment, and digital media, including key verticals such as games, interactive, advertising, and e-commerce. MESA advised on over 80 transactions including some of the most notable deals in the sector: Colony Capital’s acquisition of Miramax, the sale of Songza to Google, the sale of IndiaGames to Disney, structured finance transactions for Relativity and IMAX, and equity finance transactions for Blue Man Group and FanDuel. Additionally, MESA advised multiple global corporations, including Discovery Channel, Time Inc., and Viacom.
In 2012 Mark launched MESA Ventures, an early stage venture fund focused on e-commerce, advertising technology and digital content. The fund invested alongside established and top-tier early stage VC firms, combining a unique data-driven ranking system with a co-investment strategy to create an “indexing” approach to seed stage investing.
Mark was a Co-Founder of <kpe>, an incubator/digital studio that financed, designed, and built businesses for clients such as the BBC, CBS, Disney, Hearst, Sony and Viacom. He served as President and CEO of the company until it was sold to Omnicom.
Mark began his career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Emory University, Bachelor of Arts
Activities & Affiliations
Crestview Partners, Senior Advisor
Hornblower Cruises, Board of Directors
NEP Broadcasting, Board of Directors
New Heights Youth, Chairman of the Board
Daniel leads Patricof Co’s Growth & Private Equity investment practice. Before joining PCO, Daniel was a Vice President at Houlihan Lokey, focused on M&A and private placement advisory within the firm’s Technology, Media, & Telecom practice. Prior to that, he was an Associate at MESA Global, an investment bank and strategic advisory firm focused on digital and traditional media, marketing and entertainment companies.
Yale University, MBA
Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts
Activities & Affiliations
Futures and Options, Board of Directors
Matt is Head of Athlete Relations for Patricof Co. Before joining Patricof Co, Matt was a Senior Director in the Strategic Partnerships group at Roc Nation. Prior to that, he was a Director of Athlete Marketing at Steiner Sports.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor of Arts
Brent is the Co-Head of Patricof Co’s Real Estate investment practice. He is an 11-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl champion. Following his retirement from the NFL, Brent began his career in real estate as a part owner of a Philadelphia-based real estate firm that encompasses brokerage, mortgage & title. As a business owner, he creates companies that he believes in and enjoys watching them grow and succeed.
University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Arts
Jim Ross is currently VP, Sales and Partnerships – Sports and Entertainment for Fiserv, the world’s largest payments and financial technology company.
Prior to Fiserv, a majority of Jim’s career has been spent in senior level executive positions with major league sports franchises. He has the unique distinction of having held Vice President positions with both of New York’s Major League Baseball teams (Mets and Yankees) as well as two of South Florida’s professional sports franchises (Marlins and Dolphins).
In addition to the teams in NY and Florida, Jim has served as Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Strategy for Palace Sports and Entertainment and Senior Vice President, Business Development for the Cleveland Browns. He also served as GM, League and Team Marketing for FanDuel.
He is a graduate from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Journalism (Public Relations). Jim also attended The Sports Management Institute Executive Program, sponsored by University of Notre Dame, University of North Carolina and University of Southern California.
Jim has sat on the board of the Genetic Disease Foundation since 2002 along with supporting the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Breast Health Fellowship. He also serves as a board member for Laureus USA and recently joined the Board of Director’s for Sports Biz Camps/Sports Biz Cares. He and his wife, Elisa, have two children and reside in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Kevin is an Investment Associate at Patricof Co. Before joining PCO, Kevin was an Investment Banking Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Global Services group where he advised technology-enabled and business services companies on various strategic opportunities including mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and initial public offerings. Prior to that, he was an Analyst on Morgan Stanley’s Global Equity Syndicate desk.
Kevin received his BA from Columbia University, where he played safety and linebacker for the Lions.
Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts
Greg is an Investment Associate at Patricof Co. Before joining PCO, Greg was an Analyst at Qi Venture Partners where he worked on various strategic initiatives for the firm’s portfolio investments across corporate law, entertainment and digital media. Prior to that, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at MESA Global, an investment bank and strategic advisory firm focused on digital and traditional media, marketing and entertainment companies. Greg began his career at CAA.
Fordham University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts
Callen is an Account Executive at Patricof Co. Before joining PCO, Callen was a Business Development Specialist at Trellis Software, a SaaS platform built to facilitate secure, compliant, and paperless investment in alternative assets. Prior to that, Callen was in Sales and Operations at Blade Urban Air Mobility, an aviation startup based in New York City.
Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts
Merrill has been the Executive Assistant to Mark Patricof since 2011, providing operational and administrative support across multiple projects and initiatives. Previously, she was the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Pearson Partners, a real estate investment firm.
University of Richmond, Bachelor of Arts