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Partners

Dodger’s Ownership

Venture Development

Kain

Tucker Kain

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

Tucker is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Elysian Park. He is also the CFO of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a Managing Director of Guggenheim Baseball Management, where he led the group's efforts to acquire the club in the largest team sports transaction in history in 2012. Since the purchase, Mr. Kain was also instrumental in navigating the execution of the Dodgers’ 25-year agreement with Time Warner Cable to monetize the club’s local television rights, which included the creation and operation of a newly formed Regional Sports Network, SportsNetLA.

Previously, Tucker was a Vice President at Guggenheim Partners in New York City, working in the corporate credit group overseeing an investment portfolio in excess of $2.0 billion.

A 2014 selection for the Sports Business Journal's "Forty Under 40 Award," grew up in Cleveland and received his B.A. degree in Economics from Williams College. He resides in Brentwood, CA with his wife Ali and daughter.

Nice

Cole Van Nice

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

Cole is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Elysian Park. He has been operating, advising, and investing in start-up companies since 2000 and continues to see the world through the eyes of an entrepreneur. When he’s not on an airplane, you can usually find him working with entrepreneurs in front of a whiteboard.

Prior to Elysian Park, Cole was the CEO of Flyby Media, a venture-backed company based in Manhattan that developed computer vision technology for autonomous navigation and augmented reality applications. Flyby was acquired by Apple in 2016.

Previously, Cole was a Partner with Chart Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, and a cofounder of Darby Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Darby Overseas Investments, a global emerging markets private equity firm founded by the former U.S. Secretary of Treasury Nicholas Brady and later acquired by Franklin Templeton.  He began his career in TMT equity research and investment banking at Santander Investments in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cole has a B.A. in English from Washington & Lee University, grew up in in the suburbs of Washington DC and currently resides in Rumson NJ with his wife Tiffany and three kids. He currently coaches his two sons’ lacrosse teams and is experiencing first hand how much energy and money is being spent on youth sports!

Walter

Mark Walter

DODGER'S OWNERSHIP

Mark Walter is an entrepreneur, investor, conservationist, and social-justice advocate. He is the chairman and controlling owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A business leader who continues to set new standards, Walter is engaged in areas that include financial services, insurance, sports, media, fashion, energy, infrastructure, and real estate. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Guggenheim Capital, LLC, a global investment and financial advisory firm with more than $250 billion in assets under management.

Walter oversees the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, which is committed to promoting education, literacy, recreation and health for children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Walter also supports Chicago Beyond and OneGoal Chicago, leading organizations in Chicago's education community that serve the area's youth in innovative ways.

The Walter family owns White Oak in North Florida, home to one of the world's foremost wildlife conservation facilities. At White Oak - and through other endeavors in Africa and around the globe - the Walters devote energy and resources to the protection, breeding, and reintroduction of endangered and vulnerable species, and remain committed to safeguarding wild places.

Walter sits as a trustee or director of various organizations including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Northwestern University, and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Johnson

Magic Johnson

DODGER'S OWNERSHIP

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion dollars. Since retiring from the NBA over 20 years ago, the legendary basketball star has morphed into a business powerhouse who has dedicated his life to leaving a positive impact in underserved urban communities. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Johnson parlayed the skills and tenacity he acquired on the court into a winning formula for his successful business ventures. With his continued love of basketball, Johnson is utilizing those same skills and bringing his winning spirit in his recent role as the President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, working closely with ownership throughout all areas of the franchise.

For the last two decades Johnson has consistently turned heads with his unprecedented partnerships. In his early years as an entrepreneur, he forged an alliance with Sony Pictures to develop Magic Johnson Theatres. In 1998, he teamed with Starbucks to become the only franchisee in the history of the company, acquiring and eventually selling 125 stores in a lucrative move which further solidified his position in the business world. Both ventures served as catalysts for redevelopment in urban communities, and are widely recognized as the corporate blueprint for engagement and success with urban consumers across America.

Still a commanding presence in the sports world, he made history in 2012 when he became co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a Major League Baseball franchise that was purchased for an astronomical $2 billion dollars. It was the highest purchase price for any professional sports team at the time. He also co-owns the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club.

Johnson continues to expand his influence through a number of other investments. He currently has controlling interests in EquiTrust, a $16 billion financial services company, ASPiRE, an African-American television network, and SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company.

The Lansing native is constantly evolving and remaining relevant in a dynamic digital age by broadening his scope into infrastructure and technology. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing more than $1 billion dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States. Operating under the philosophy that true success is making others successful, he is one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned tech companies that include Unchartered Play, a company dedicated to producing clean power energy-generating play products; ShotTracker, a company that makes wearable technology for basketball players that helps track player and ball movement; Jopwell, a diversity and hiring recruiting platform; Walker & Co Brands, a company that develops health and beauty products for people of color; and MiTú, the Latino-fueled media brand and digital network that connects thousands of Latin content creators with viewers around the world. He is deliberate in his investment strategy to bring positive impact to the community.

Johnson proudly serves as Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, who has awarded over $21 million in grants - cash and technology hardware/software - and made a positive impact in the lives of over 500K individuals through various program and social efforts. The Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program has graduated over 435 students, the HIV/AIDS initiatives have tested over 40K individuals, and 15 Community Empowerment Centers have provided technology access to over 260K individuals. Remaining true to his humble Lansing beginnings, he is unwaveringly dedicated to working with major corporations and partners to bring jobs and high quality products and services to underserved communities.

Boehly

Todd Boehly

DODGER'S OWNERSHIP

Todd Boehly is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and controlling member of Eldridge Industries. Eldridge operates a portfolio of diversified businesses across several industries.

Prior to founding Eldridge, Mr. Boehly was the President of Guggenheim Partners, where he launched their credit investing business and later assumed responsibilities for the asset management business.

He received his B.B.A. from the College of William & Mary and studied at the London School of Economics.

In addition to being the Chairman and CEO of Eldridge, Mr. Boehly is a member of the Cain International Board, is a member of the Executive Committee of Guggenheim Capital and serves as a trustee or board member of several other organizations. He is an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks.

Guber

Peter Guber

DODGER'S OWNERSHIP

Peter Guber is a partner of Guggenheim Baseball Management. He became co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012. He is also chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, a multimedia entertainment vehicle in motion pictures, television, sports, sports entertainment, and digital media. Peter produced or executive produced (personally or through his companies) films that garnered five Best Picture Academy Award nominations (winning for Rain Man) and box office hits that include The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Batman, Flashdance, The Kids Are All Right and Soul Surfer.

Peter Guber is an Owner and Co-Executive Chairman of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and an Owner and Executive Chairman of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). His Mandalay Baseball LLC is a co-owner with the Dodgers of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. He is an Owner of Dick Clark Productions, the premier provider of live award show television programming. He is an investor, board member, and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for NextVR. He is Co-Executive Chairman of the e-sports ownership group, aXiomatic, which purchased the controlling interest in Team Liquid.  He is Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media and a full professor at UCLA.

Peter Guber is a noted author with works including Shootout: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood, which became a 7 year television series on AMC which he hosted.  He wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review titled, The Four Truths of the Storyteller.  His most recent business book, Tell to Win, became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

Peter Guber earned a B.A. degree from Syracuse University, and J.D. and LLM degrees from New York University.

Patton

Robert Patton

DODGER'S OWNERSHIP

Bobby Patton is a partner of Guggenheim Baseball Management. He became part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012. Patton principally operates oil and gas properties in Texas and Kansas and has additional investments in many other sectors, including ranching and insurance. He serves on the Board of Security Benefit Corporation and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts. He also serves as the tournament chairman of the Crowne Plaza Invitational PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Patton received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas as well as a J.D. from St. Mary’s University and LLM from Southern Methodist University. Patton resides in Fort Worth, where he was born and raised.

Kasten

Stan Kasten

DODGER'S OWNERSHIP

Stan Kasten became president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012. Under Kasten, the Dodgers have won three consecutive NL West titles for the first time in franchise history.

For more than three decades, Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure and has developed a reputation for creating winning sports franchises.

He was president of the Washington Nationals from 2006-10, where he worked to re-energize a dormant baseball fan base and simultaneously established a crown jewel franchise in Washington, D.C.

In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the title of president of three different teams in three different major sports simultaneously. He accomplished this unique feat with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks and the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers.

Highlighting Kasten’s professional career was the Braves’ 1995 World Championship. During his tenure, the Braves and Hawks made a combined 30 post-season appearances and claimed 15 division titles, including 12 in a row in the Braves’ unprecedented run from 1991-2003.

Kasten has been a member of numerous MLB, NBA and NHL ownership committees during his professional career, including NBA committees on marketing, player pensions and expansion and the NBA Board of Governors, MLB’s owners negotiating committee and chairman of the Player Personal Development Committee, and the NHL’s Board of Governors and its executive committee. He is also a former trustee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Throughout his impressive sports career, Kasten has relied on three pillars – scouting and player development, enhancing the fan experience and community outreach – to establish franchises built for long-term success on and off the field.

In 1979, at age 27, Kasten became the youngest general manager in NBA history with the Hawks. He held the position until 1990. Kasten became the Hawks’ president in 1986. During his lengthy tenure in the Hawks’ front office, Kasten became the first -- and only – NBA executive to win back-to-back Executive of the Year awards in 1986-87. With the help of future NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Kasten was able to build Atlanta into a perennial playoff contender, posting four consecutive 50-win seasons from 1986-89, and set franchise attendance records. In the 1990s, Kasten guided Atlanta to a stretch of seven consecutive playoff appearances, including three 50-win seasons.

Kasten also became president of the Braves in 1986. From 1987-2003, the Braves won more games than any other team in MLB. As president of the Braves, Kasten helped assemble talented teams that consistently competed for a world championship. Led by manager Bobby Cox, the Braves teams of that era were built around a deep pitching staff that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery and John Smoltz. The cornerstone of the Braves’ lineup was All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones. From 1991-2005, the Braves won 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series.

In 1999, when the NHL awarded Atlanta an expansion team, Kasten added the title of president of the Thrashers, as well as chairman of the newly constructed Philips Arena. He was also involved in the design and construction of Turner Field. Kasten held all three positions until 2003, when he stepped down.

On Jan. 24, 2014, Kasten was elected to the LA84 Foundation’s board of directors. LA84 is the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and primary funder of youth athletics in Southern California. Four days later, on Jan. 28, he was named 2013 Sports Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

A native of Lakewood, N.J., Kasten is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School. Kasten and his wife, Helen, have four children: Alana, Corey, Sherry and Jay.

Royce

Royce Cohen

Entering his eighth year in the sports industry, Royce leads the business strategy and analytics efforts for the Dodgers with duties that touch ticketing, sponsorship, concessions, merchandise, parking, finance, capex, marketing, publications, and venture capital. He also spearheads business and fan development initiatives including the Dodger Pride Rewards loyalty program, the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic, and the Dodger Youth Camp Series. Related to his interest in youth sports, Royce is proud to be serving on the 2017 Dodgers RBI Advisory Committee.

Previously, Royce helped launch the ticketing analytics group at MLB and worked closely with the Commissioner’s Ticketing Review Committee and all 30 MLB Clubs on issues such as the secondary market, dynamic pricing, and digital ticketing.

Royce received his B.S. from The Wharton School in 2012. He is eager to get to SunTrust Park in Atlanta to once again claim he has seen a game in all 30 MLB ballparks.

Feldstein

Max Feldstein

Max joined Elysian Park from Guggenheim Partners, where he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in their Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) group. At the firm, he worked on buy-side transactions for several large public companies, including Verizon and Zoetis.

Max graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a concentration in sports media. As a member of the Tisch Scholars Program, Max worked with the Wounded Warriors organization to help injured veterans attend special events across New York. Prior to enrolling in NYU, he spent a gap year in Tel Aviv, Israel where he enrolled in college-accredited courses and volunteered teaching Math and English to young students.

Sports Trivia: At Ramaz, Max played four years of high school basketball with a cumulative record of 60 wins, 3 losses, and two Varsity championships. Max was voted as a league All-Star starter in all four years. When it became clear to Max that he did not have a career path with the Knicks, he decided to take his game to Wall Street where he leveraged his skills to towards his aspirations in business, finance and entrepreneurship.

Gibbons

Casey Gibbons

VENTURE PARTNER

Casey is a Venture Partner at Elysian Park. He is also the Co-founder of Friends & Family, a venture development firm that co-creates new digital products and takes them to market alongside startups and Fortune 500 companies. Friends & Family has built products with large companies like Lowe’s and IKEA and has incubated promising new startups like Riley & Grey and Parcel. Friends & Family works with closely with the Elysian Park portfolio to assist with strategy and digital execution.

Previously, Casey was the Founder and Head of Product at two venture-backed startups including a software-based recruiting platform for college coaches and high school athletes. He also spent three years as an Associate for Commonwealth Capital Ventures, a top quartile software-focused venture fund in Boston.

Casey received his BA from Williams College where he was a Co-captain for the men’s basketball team. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two young daughters. His greatest accomplishment as a dad is teaching his three year old daughter to shout “Jordan!” every time she shoots a basketball.

Wilson

Marissa Wilson

VENTURE PARTNER

Marissa is a Venture Partner at Elysian Park. She is also the Co-founder of Friends & Family, a venture development firm that co-creates new digital products and takes them to market alongside startups and Fortune 500 companies. Friends & Family has built products with 100s of first time founders as well as large companies like Lowe’s and IKEA. Friends & Family works with closely with the Elysian Park portfolio to assist with strategy and digital execution.

Marissa is a four time startup founder and prior to Friends & Family, she was a negotiation and strategy consultant for Fortune 500 companies and large brands from the auto Big 3 to superstar athletes.

Marissa has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Cornell University. She grew up in Washington, DC and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young daughters.