Rob Tilliss

Rob Tilliss

Mr. Tilliss founded Inner Circle Sports in 2002 as a registered broker dealer.  He has a 20+ year history as a leader in the sports advisory and finance community. Mr. Tilliss has led many high profile assignments both in the US and internationally including the sale or acquisition of numerous teams in the five US sports leagues and several leagues internationally.  Mr. Tilliss also has extensive stadium/arena financing expertise and has performed valuation, consulting and other activities through his firm.

Prior to founding ICS, Mr. Tilliss spent 15 years at J.P. Morgan where he was Managing Director and Group Head of the Sports Advisory & Finance Group.  Mr. Tilliss founded J.P. Morgan’s sports investment banking practice.  In 2005, Mr. Tilliss worked with Fortress Investment Group to establish a presence in the area of sports facility finance and infrastructure.

Recognition: Mr. Tilliss was twice recognized by the Sports Business Journal as one of the “Industry’s 40 under 40”, and was recently recognized by Worth magazine as one of the “60 Most Powerful People in Sports.” Mr. Tilliss is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, and has previously been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sports Business Journal, and Crain’s among numerous other publications.

Education: Mr. Tilliss graduated from the University of Rochester.

 

Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz brings 30 years of sports experience in marketing, media, technology and finance, having worked with a diverse group of organizations such as the USTA, NCAA, NFL, NBA, PGA Tour, NASCAR, MLB, MLS, EPL, EFL, Serie A and many others.  In his current role, Mr. Horowitz has completed numerous transactions globally including Liverpool FC, FC Internazionale (Inter Milan), Portsmouth FC, Philadelphia Union, DC United, NY Cosmos, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Montreal Canadiens, Bloomberg Sports, Union Square Hospitality Group and Teamworks.

Mr. Horowitz joined ICS from the investment/advisory firm Triple Play Partners, where he was a partner. Prior to TPP, Mr. Horowitz served as a Vice President for Convera, the Intel/NBA technology venture, leading the company’s Sports & Entertainment business.  Before Convera, Mr. Horowitz was the GM of the NFL Quarterback Club, where he ran the group licensing, television and marketing business for the NFL’s 40 marquee players before it was bought by the NFL.  For the 15 years preceding, Mr. Horowitz was with ProServ Television (later SFX/Clear Channel Communications), one of the leading sports marketing and management firms in the world, advancing to Senior Vice President.

Education: Mr. Horowitz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.  

David Abrams

David Abrams

Mr. Abrams has over 32 years of experience as a lead investment banker and advisor for numerous public and private assembly facilities including the financing of stadiums, arenas, and other sports venues. He has advised on the funding for 5 NFL stadium projects in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Mr. Abrams has had a role in funding numerous other sports facility projects including several arenas, major and minor league baseball stadiums, motorsports parks, tennis centers, and golf courses. He has represented many municipal and private sector clients in the funding or negotiations of over $4.5 billion of sports facilities. Recent private and public sector clients include Little Caesars Arena, the City of Seattle, the City of Las Vegas.

He joined ICS from advisory firm Strategic Advisory Group where he was a Principal. Prior to SAG, Mr. Abrams was a Managing Director in Fixed Income at Jefferies LLC and has held senior investment banking positions with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, A.G. Edwards and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Abrams is a frequent speaker at sports facility financing symposiums and he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Management at NYU's Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business.

Education: Mr. Abrams has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. 

Nishant Tella

Nishant Tella

Mr. Tella brings to ICS 10+ years of corporate finance and investment experience in the sports, media, real estate & telecom industries.  

Mr. Tella has executed numerous transactions within several professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, MLS, EPL & Serie A.  Select recent transactions include advising Fenway Sports Group in their acquisition of Liverpool Football Club in 2010, advising an investor group in the acquistion of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011, advising Cliff Viner on the divestiture of the Florida Panthers in 2013, advising an investor group in the acquisition of FC Internazionale (Inter Milan) in 2013 and advising the Atlanta Hawks on the sale of limited partner equity in 2014.  

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Tella was most recently with iStar Financial where he invested in senior & subordinate debt and equity securities in support of real estate transactions.  Mr. Tella began his career in 2004 in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets advising clients on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions.

Education: Mr. Tella graduated cum laude from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting.

David Becker

David Becker

Mr. Becker is responsible for sourcing and executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation, consulting and restructuring transactions in the global sports industry.  Mr. Becker’s experience includes advising on transactions related to the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Milwaukee Bucks, Crystal Palace FC, Portsmouth FC, Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, National Lacrosse League, Arizona Coyotes and Wasserman Media Group, among others.  Mr. Becker currently sits on the Board of Directors and the Finance/Audit Committee for the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and the Industry Advisory Board for the Business of Sports School.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Becker worked in investment banking coverage at J.P. Morgan and was promoted from Analyst to Associate.  During his time at J.P. Morgan, he was responsible for executing transactions in the financial institutions and real estate sectors.  During his career, Mr. Becker has closed over $9 billion of M&A transactions and over $60 billion of capital raising transactions.

Education: Mr. Becker earned a BBA with a Concentration in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

 

Kyle Charters

Kyle Charters

Kyle leads ICS's practice advising technology and services companies at the intersection of sports, media and entertainment. Kyle has arranged and led transactions for growth businesses across software, data and content, including: Synergy Sports Technology's sale to Atrium Sports, backed by Eldridge Industries and Elysian Park Ventures; KORE Software's sale to Serent Capital; PlayOn Sports' growth financing led by a group including BIP Capital, Teall Capital and Jeff Vinik; Teamworks' Series A and B funding rounds led by Seaport Capital and General Catalyst, respectively; and the acquisition of Baseball America from TEN: The Enthusiast Network. In addition, Kyle has advised multiple institutional lenders on debt financings to the NHL's Arizona Coyotes and Ligue 1's FC Bordeaux.

Kyle has been a featured speaker at multiple industry events, including Soccerex USA, Sports Business Journal's Dealmakers, Euro Finance Week Frankfurt and Esports Tech Invest, among others.

Previously, Kyle was with Hamilton Lane, a diversified private equity investor headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. He was responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities on behalf of a $600M fund.

Education: Kyle received an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a walk-on with the Irish football team.

 

Dylan Glendinning

Dylan Glendinning

Mr. Glendinning is responsible for originating and executing M&A advisory, capital raising and restructuring transactions in the global sports industry.  Mr. Glendinning joined the firm on a full-time basis in the spring of 2016.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Glendinning worked in the Equity Capital Markets Division at Morgan Stanley, specializing in Corporate Derivative products.  During his time at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Glendinning was responsible for equity-linked financings, liability management, and execution of a diverse set of derivative products across a broad array of sectors.

Education: Mr. Glendinning graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University where he received a B.A. with a major in Economics and concentration in Spanish.

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Tyler Zimmet

Tyler Zimmet

Tyler is responsible for originating and executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation and restructuring transactions in the global sports, media and technology industries. Tyler has advised on a number of transactions across the top five leagues in North America, including the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Falcons, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Mets. In addition, Tyler has executed transactions in the sports technology space, including KORE Software's sale to Serent Capital. He currently leads the firms' sports betting advisory efforts.    

Prior to joining ICS, Tyler worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Houlihan Lokey. During his time at Houlihan Lokey, Tyler specialized in fairness and solvency opinions for leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and recapitalizations. In addition, Tyler focused on valuing illiquid assets and other complex securities for private equity firms, hedge funds, and other investment managers across multiple industries.

Education: Tyler graduated cum laude from Columbia University where he received a B.A. with double major in Economics and History. 

 

Erich Mosley

Erich Mosley

Mr. Mosley is responsible for executing M&A advisory, capital raising, and restructuring transactions in the global sports industry.  Mr. Mosley joined the firm in the spring of 2018.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Mosley worked in the Global Consumer Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank. During his time at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Mosley worked on various mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and debt and equity capital raises across the food and beverage, retail, restaurant and business services sectors.

Education: Mr. Mosley graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in German.