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
Jim Ross is currently Vice President of Sales and Partnerships in 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 of Business Operations and Strategy for Palace Sports and Entertainment and Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Cleveland Browns. He also served as General Manager of 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.
University of Colorado, Bachelor of Science
The Sports Management Institute Executive Program
Activities & Affiliations
Sports Biz Camps/Sports Biz Cares, Board of Directors
Laureus USA, Board Member
Genetic Disease Foundation, Board Member
University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Breast Health Fellowship
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
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
Allie is an Investment Associate at Patricof Co. Before joining PCO, Allie worked in Acquisitions and Business Development at Loews Hotels & Co. Prior to that, she was an Investment Banking Analyst in Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate, Gaming, Leisure and Lodging group. Allie received a BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee 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 administrative and operational 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
Joe has dedicated his life to his two passions– football and service.
Joe began his professional football career in 1994 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has served as the team’s strategic advisor to the owner, President & CEO, Executive Vice President of Administration and Senior Vice President. As a tireless advocate for the sports community, he helped build the Philadelphia Eagles in to one of the most admired NFL teams in the country. During his tenure, his contract was extended 3 times.
In July 2012, Joe played a pivotal role in the negotiation and purchasing of the Cleveland Browns at a great value and completed this venture in a very short time. He served as CEO of the Cleveland Browns from 2012-2014.
From 2015-2018, Joe was an analyst for a variety of shows on ESPN.
His service not only is evident in the numerous initiatives to support the sports fans, but to also help children in need through his involvement with City Year. He has grown the Philadelphia non-profit organization which sends teams of young people to city schools to teach and mentor at-risk children.
Denison University, Bachelor of Arts
Activities & Affiliations
City Year – National, Board of Trustees
City Year Greater Philadelphia, Co-Chair
City Year National Leadership Committee, Chair
City Year National Site and Program Committee, Chair
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Maxwell Football Club, Board of Directors
NFL CBA Planning Committee
United Way, Board of Directors
Daniel Sillman, Chief Executive Officer of Relevent Sports Group, is passionate about media businesses that lie at the intersection of sports and entertainment. Daniel leads the largest privately-owned soccer company in North America, focused on growing the popularity of the sport in North America and Asia. Relevent Sports Group owns and operates the International Champions Cup (ICC), the summer’s premiere international club tournament. The tournament has sold 5 million tickets and draws over 100 million viewers annually.
Daniel’s initial foray into soccer was leading the strategy to bring the famed soccer rivalry, El Clásico, to the U.S. for the first time in 2017 creating a week of events and entertainment activities, marketing the match to be the highest grossing soccer match in recorded history. Daniel has been named to the 2019 Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list and Forbes’ “Sports 30 Under 30” for 2018.
During his time as CEO, Daniel has led the company through a period of exponential growth, creating new properties and completing the landmark deal, a first-of-its-kind 20-year deal with LaLiga, an equal joint venture to promote soccer in the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to joining Relevent Sports Group, Daniel served as the Director of Business Development at RSE Ventures, responsible for sourcing, structuring, and executing on new investments at RSE Ventures, including NextVR, Student Sports, Krossover and PureWow, among others.
Daniel is also a business partner and advisor to NBA star, Draymond Green, with whom he co-owns Blink Fitness franchises that encompasses the state of Michigan and Chicago area.
University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration
Activities & Affiliations
NextGen Council at University of Michigan, Chairman of the Board
After graduating from DePauw University where he was an all-conference member of the men’s basketball team, Austin began his professional career on Wall Street as an analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities in the Tax-Exempt Capital Markets Group, focusing specifically on municipal clients in Florida and Puerto Rico. Austin then went on to earn his J.D. from Washington & Lee University, School of Law and spent time at the New York based law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell, working in both the Mergers & Acquisitions and Investment Management groups.
Austin currently serves as Co-Head of the Basketball Division at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), representing some of the world’s top talent in professional basketball. Since joining CAA in 2013, Austin has helped lead a team that has negotiated more than $2.17 billion in free agent deals for its clients.
Additionally, Austin was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30: The Sports World’s Brightest Young Stars” list in 2015 and Forbes’ “World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents” list in 2019. Austin is also a recipient of the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” award, honoring the top sports business executives in their respective fields.
Washington & Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctor
DePauw University, Bachelor of Arts
Mike Tannenbaum joined ESPN as an NFL Front Office Insider in April 2019. A former NFL executive with more than two decades of experience in team front offices, he now appears on a variety of ESPN platforms, including NFL Live, SportsCenter, First Take and Get Up. Mike has also contributed to ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft since 2019, serving as an analyst on ESPN Radio.
Prior to ESPN, Mike worked for several NFL franchises, most notably as Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins (2015-18), and Executive Vice President and General Manager for the New York Jets (2006-12). Under Mike’s leadership, the Dolphins made the playoffs in 2016 for the first time in eight seasons, and the Jets advanced to the playoffs in three seasons, won four playoff games and made two AFC Championship game appearances. Mike’s tenure as General Manager of the Jets marked the most successful seven-year period in franchise history.
Between executive roles with the Jets and Dolphins, Mike represented head coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors), David Blatt (then with the Cleveland Cavaliers) and others serving as an agent and principal at Priority Sports and Entertainment from 2013-14.
Mike began his NFL career as an intern for the New Orleans Saints in 1994. He went on to the Cleveland Browns as a player personnel assistant in 1995, then returned to the Saints for the 1996 season.
In 1997, then-New York Jets head coach Bill Parcells, now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, hired Mike as Director of Player Contracts, launching his 16-year career with the team. From there, Mike advanced to Director of Pro Player Development/Player Contracts in 2000, Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel in 2001 and then General Manager/Senior Vice President of Football Operations in 2006.
Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in accounting and then, while working for the Saints, earned his certificate in sports law, graduating cum laude from Tulane University Law School.
Tulane University Law School, Juris Doctor
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bachelor of Science
Activities & Affiliations
Sports Lawyers Association, Board Member
NFL General Managers Advisory Committee