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 as well as several leagues internationally. Mr. Tilliss also has 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 activities in the sports sector. 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.
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, NBA, PGA Tour, NASCAR, MLB, MLS, and many others. Mr. Horowitz has closed many transactions globally including FC Internazionale (Inter Milan), Liverpool Football Club, the New York Cosmos, DC United, the Montreal Canadiens, Bloomberg Sports, Union Square Hospitality Group 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.
Mr. Abrams has over 28 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 Houston NFL Holdings in the financing of an NFL expansion franchise and domed stadium. He served as advisor to the city of Jacksonville in the issuance bonds for the benefit of the renovated NFL Jacksonville Jaguars' Stadium. For over 15 years, Mr. Abrams advised South Florida Stadium Corporation/Dolphin Stadium regarding its capital structure and the issuance of debt for the construction and improvements of the stadium. Mr. Abrams also advised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the lease negotiations and the funding of Raymond James Stadium.
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 Northwestern University.
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.
Mr. Becker is responsible for sourcing and executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation, consulting and restructuring transactions. Mr. Becker advised NYC Hockey Holdings on entering an agreement to acquire the New York Islanders, and has also closed transactions for the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta MLS, Columbus Crew, Arizona Coyotes and Bloomberg Sports, among others.
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 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.
Mr. Lynch is responsible for executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation, consulting and restructuring transactions. Mr. Lynch advised Sunrise Sports & Entertainment on the sale of the Florida Panthers and has also closed transactions for the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks.
Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Lynch worked at J.P. Morgan in the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group as well as the Equity Capital Markets division at J.P. Morgan for 4 years. 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.
Mr. Charters leads our efforts originating and executing transactions on behalf of sports and media operating companies. He initially joined ICS as an MBA summer intern in 2013, and joined the firm on a full-time basis in 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. Prior to Hamilton Lane, Mr. Charters worked at Ernst & Young in NYC, in both strategic advisory and valuation roles.
Education: Mr. Charters 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.