Rob Tilliss

Rob Tilliss

Founder, CEO

Mr. Tilliss founded Inner Circle Sports in 2002. He has a 20+ year history as a leader in the sports finance community. Mr. Tilliss has led many high profile assignments both in the US and internationally including the acquisition of Liverpool Football Club, the New Jersey Nets, and the Boston Celtics as well as the financing of Wembley Stadium and Pacific Bell Park, among others.  

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. During his tenure, Mr. Tilliss expanded J.P. Morgan’s activities in the sports, media and entertainment sectors and was responsible for delivering the full breadth of the firm’s products to a global client base. 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.  

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

Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz

Mr. Horowitz brings 25 years of operating experience in sports marketing, media, technology and television having worked with organizations such as the USTA, NCAA, NFL, PGA, PGA Tour, NASCAR, MLB, MLS, and many others. Mr. Horowitz has closed many transactions including Liverpool Football Club, the New York Cosmos, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia 76ers.

He joined ICS from investment/advisory firm Triple Play Partners where he was a partner. Prior to Triple Play Partners, 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 General Manager of the NFL Quarterback Club where he ran the group licensing, television and marketing business for the NFL’s top 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. 

Nishant Tella

Nishant Tella

Mr. Tella is responsible for originating and executing new investment and advisory opportunities. Mr. Tella advised Fenway Sports Group in their acquisition of Liverpool Football Club and he has also closed transactions for the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunderland Association Football Club and Real Salt Lake.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Tella was with iStar Financial where he invested in senior & subordinate debt and equity securities in support of real estate transactions. Mr. Tella also worked at RBC Capital Markets advising clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

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

David Becker

David Becker

Mr. Becker is responsible for sourcing and executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation, consulting and restructuring transactions.  

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Becker worked in investment banking coverage at J.P. Morgan for 4 years and was promoted from Analyst to Associate.  During his time at J.P. Morgan, he was responsible for executing M&A, capital raising and restructuring transactions in the financial institutions and real estate sectors.  During his career, Mr. Becker has closed over $7 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.

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Mr. Lynch is responsible for executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation, consulting and restructuring transactions.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Lynch worked in the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group as well as the Equity Capital Markets division at J.P. Morgan for 4 years. He was promoted from Analyst to Associate in July 2012. During his time at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Lynch was responsible for M&A, capital advisory and capital markets origination where he focused on banks and specialty finance companies.

Education: Mr. Lynch graduated cum laude from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he received a B.S. with a double major in Finance and Accountancy.

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Kyle Charters

Kyle Charters

Mr. Charters is responsible for originating and executing M&A and financing opportunities in the sports industry.  He initially joined ICS as an MBA summer intern in 2013, and joined the firm on a full-time basis in the summer of 2014.

Previously, Mr. Charters was with Hamilton Lane, an alternative investment manager headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.  He was responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities on behalf of a $600 million private equity secondaries fund.  Mr. Charters also worked at Ernst & Young in NYC, in both advisory and valuation roles.

Education: Mr. Charters received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a B.B.A. from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.