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!
Jay Adya is a Managing Partner of Elysian Park, and an operator, advisor and investor in sports, media, and technology since 1999. Jay is currently a Managing Director at Iconica Partners, where he has led the firm’s investments in startup sports leagues, social media technologies, and sport-focused data platforms. He also serves actively as CFO for Iconica’s controlled company Universal Tennis, an innovative rating and technology solution for the world's 4th most popular sport.
Prior to joining Iconica, Jay was a Managing Director at Evolution Media Capital, a sports and media-focused merchant bank affiliated with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and TPG. While at Evolution, Jay negotiated over $30 billion in global media deals, including the LA Dodgers, the Pac-12 Conference, Riot Games, Olympics, NHL, and Boston Celtics, amongst others. In addition, Jay spearheaded Evolution’s investments in OTT content and distribution, autonomous video, and VR/AR.
Jay has also had several startup experiences - - as a co-founder of Takkle.com, a leading networking and recruiting platform for high school athletes (sold to Alloy Media), an early employee of Kozmo.com, a ecommerce delivery startup (think Instacart, circa 1999!), and angel investor (in pre-seed, seed, and Series A companies).
At the start of his career, Jay was a management consultant at the Mitchell Madison Group and Deloitte Consulting, where he advised private equity and media clients on restructurings and new business opportunities.
Mr. Adya received a BA, cum laude, from Columbia University, an MBA from Columbia Business School. Jay is a recipient of Sports Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Power Player awards. Originally from Western Massachusetts, Jay now lives in the Bay Area with his wife Sireesha and two boys.
Nikhil is a Managing Partner of Elysian Park. He has been an advisor, investor and operator in the sports, media, entertainment and technology space since 1998. He previously headed Corporate Development for Discovery Communications across EMEA and Asia Pacific, where he was also responsible for all sports and digital related activities and investments. He sourced, evaluated and executed investments, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, deploying over $7bn in capital. Nikhil served on the Management and Operating Committees for Eurosport and Discovery's EMEA and India businesses, providing operating and strategic oversight, while also collaborating on commercial initiatives across the operational hubs. During this time, he also served as a Board Director at Formula E Holdings and UKTV. At Formula E, he was instrumental in the development of the Series into a long-term, sustainable business, driving significantstakeholder value.
Prior to Discovery, Nikhil spent over 15 years as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers (Citi) across the US, Europe and Asia. He has advised and executed on over $60bn in strategic advisory transactions and capital raisings for clients. While at Goldman, Nikhil was a member of the senior management team sent from New York to Mumbai to establish the company’s India business.
He studied Finance at the Stern School of Business at NYU and Economics at the University of Delhi in India. Originally from Delhi, Nikhil currently lives in London with his wife Anvita, and their two boys. He is a passionate sports fan and wildlife enthusiast.
Pete Vlastelica is a Venture Partner at Elysian Park. Pete has been a successful entrepreneur, executive, and investor in sports, technology, and entertainment for over 20 years. Most recently prior to joining Elysian Park, Pete was President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports, building and leading the team responsible for creating the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League, the world’s first global, franchised esports leagues.
Prior to Activision Blizzard, Pete was EVP of Digital at FOX Sports, where he ran a business focused on content and product development, social media, and development of multi-platform content properties, including the Emmy-award winning Garbage Time with Katie Nolan. He directed the growth of FOXSports.com and the creation of the mobile app FOX Sports Go, and oversaw the streaming of thousands of live sporting events, including Super Bowl XLVIII, which set a record for streaming viewership of a sporting event.
Pete joined FOX Sports in 2010, after FOX acquired the sports blog and advertising network Yardbarker, where Pete was co-founder and CEO. Founded at a time before social media made user-generated content commonplace, Yardbarker was home to thousands of sports bloggers, including hundreds of professional athletes, who used their blogs to regularly connect directly with fans for the first time in history.
Pete is a member of Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Stanford and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters, and can often be found in the mountains or ocean in Malibu.
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.
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.
Erin joined Elysian Park after graduating summa cum laude from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing and a Master of Business Administration. At Sacred Heart, she was captain of the Division I women’s basketball program leading her team to three WNIT appearances.
Erin earned experience as an intern at Worldwide Axcess, a company specializing in high-end product merchandising, project development and international distribution. She also worked with Homes for the Brave, a nonprofit that provides services for veterans experiencing homelessness to help improve the organization’s business operations.
Erin is passionate about sports — especially women’s sports — and is an advocate for growing female platforms. She credits her athletic career for providing opportunities to pursue higher education, travel the world and meet incredible people.
Brendan Bilko leads Robin, our strategic marketing initiative. He’s a three-time founder from Brooklyn, NY, a generalist in nature, and multi-disciplinary designer by trade.
Prior to working with Elysian Park, Brendan was the co-founder and CEO at Dexter, a SaaS tool for creating and managing powerful automated conversations. He led in the experience design of the Dexter platform, developed the feature set for its users, and created engaging products with brand partners.
Dexter was born out of the Hacker in Residence program at betaworks, a start-up platform founded in New York. Brendan led product design efforts within that program, eventually incorporating the company with his technical co-founder. In addition to product work, Brendan designed brand systems and provided UX guidance for studio companies.
Before Dexter, Brendan co-founded Mayday, a boutique creative agency in NY. As partner and production director, he worked on everything from UX design and technical direction to creative production and account management. He led projects that spanned both vertical and client size, including award-winning digital campaigns for Comedy Central, brand showcases for Marriott and Levi's, and product design for startup stage entrepreneurs.
Brendan received his Master of Science degree from Northwestern University — where he concentrated in interactive production — and a BA from New York University. He’s a huge baseball fan, and has been to 23 major league ballparks (and counting).
Dave leads Breakaway, our athlete and performance initiative. He is also the Chief Digital Officer at Gains Group turning tech and data into captivating content. Molding ideas into scalable data stories. He believes data starts and ends with storytelling.
Dave has always been part athlete - part nerd. A 6-year NFL wide receiver, an MBA holding data scientist, and digital media guru...striving for that modern-day Renaissance man status.
Before Gains, Dave was #6 at the analytics start-up Second Spectrum where all of yesterday’s best buzzwords were buzzing: A.I., Machine Learning, Big Data, and Moneyball. He was instrumental in the development, marketing, and selling of their tracking data products to teams (NBA, NFL, MLB, EPL, La Liga), media (Fox, ESPN, Sky) and fans.
With fellow data geeks he can be described as a feature engineer, with athletes he is described as a quick slot receiver that had a knack for getting open. Either way he can help you make it happen.
Steve leads Breakaway, our athlete and performance initiative. He is also the Chief Executive at Gains Group and responsible for driving the firm’s innovation practice. Steve is the Kevin Bacon of sport. Not quite A list, but a solid character actor who works with superstars and is within four degrees of separation of anyone in sport. He is a sucker for novelty and the impossible.
Steve joined the Marine Corps three days after 9/11 and served two combat tours in 2003 to 2004. After leaving the Marines he earned his MBA, during which he was asked if he could “do Moneyball” for the San Diego Chargers. He said “yes,” and a career built on saying “yes” was born. After the Chargers he did a tour of duty with the Cleveland Browns before consulting for FC Barcelona, the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia 76ers, and Chelsea Football Club, amongst others.
In 2014 he co-founded an AI company that helped TeamSky Cycling to Tour de France wins in 2015 & 2016. He then became a partner at Hickory VC, a sport investment firm and then in 2017 he co-founded Gains as the leading innovation firm for sport and entertainment with Mr. Dave Anderson.
Steve is from Saint Louis, received is BA from the University of Missouri and currently lives in Playa Del Rey, California with his wife Stacey and daughter.
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.
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.
Todd L. Boehly is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Eldridge.
Mr. Boehly is an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks, Cloud9, and DraftKings.
He is Chairman of Security Benefit, and MRC, which owns dick clark productions, and has investments in A24, Fulwell 73, and Penske Media, which owns Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. Eldridge has made investments in over 70 operating businesses.
Mr. Boehly is also on the boards of the Los Angeles Lakers, Flexjet, PayActiv, CAIS, Cain International, Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW), Vivid Seats (NASDAQ: SEAT), and Horizon Acquisition Corporation II (NYSE: HZON). Mr. Boehly was formerly on the board of Truebill.
Prior to founding Eldridge, Mr. Boehly was President of Guggenheim Partners and founded the credit business at Guggenheim.
He received his B.B.A. from The College of William & Mary, where he later founded The Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance, and studied at the London School of Economics. Mr. Boehly supports epilepsy research, Focused Ultrasound Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Brunswick School, and The College of William & Mary.
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.
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.
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.
Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation and part of the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angel City FC and the Philadelphia Freedoms. In her legendary tennis career, King captured 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 Wimbledon championships. Her historic win over Bobby Riggs in the 1973 Battle of the Sexes, is one of the greatest moments in sports history. In September 2020, King became the first woman to have an annual global team sports event named in her honor when Fed Cup, the women’s world cup of tennis, was rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup. The National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in 2006 in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court. In 2017, Fox Searchlight released the critically acclaimed film, Battle of the Sexes, which depicts the cultural and social impact of the groundbreaking match. In 2018 King received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, in 2019 King’s deep Southern California roots were recognized with the opening of the Billie Jean King Main Library in her hometown of Long Beach, California, in 2020 King was honored with the release of the Billie Jean King Barbie doll, part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women Series and in 2021 she received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award and the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. King serves on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, is an adidas Global Ambassador and is a past member of the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a past member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Her memoir, ALL IN: An Autobiography, was published by Knopf in August 2021.
Ilana Kloss is the CEO of Billie Jean King Enterprises, where she leads business development and oversees strategic partnerships. From 2001-2018, Ilana was the CEO & Commissioner of World TeamTennis, managing both the professional sports league and nationwide grassroots recreational programs. A former world No. 1 doubles player and US Open doubles champion, Ilana is actively involved in the Women’s Sports Foundation as a member of the executive board and past WSF board chair. A member of both the National and International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, she was named Sports Businesswoman of the Year by the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. Ilana is a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angel City Football Club and serves on the executive board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and as a senior advisor to the Professional Womens Hockey Players Association.