Advisory Board

Harry Feuerstein, Partner, Merryk

Chris Graham, Managing Partner, The Private Client Law Group

Charlie Houser, Chairman, Green Cloud Technologies

Barry Klarberg, Managing Partner, Monarch Wealth & Business Management

Tom Sharkey, Private Investor

Tony Suber, Chairman, Fund Philanthropy

Rob Baynes, Vice President

  • Founder of Strong Oak Consulting
  • Began career with Worthington Industries focusing on manufacturing engagements
  • Served as Logistics Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Operations, USA
  • Holds BS in Business from Alfred University and MBA from Xavier University
  • ​Member of the Strategic Management Society and Turnaround Management Association

Steve Livingstone, Senior Advisor

  • Managing Director of Orlando Venue for Copa America 2016
  • Former President, Jacksonville Armada FC
  • Former Senior Director of Business Development / Sales & Marketing, Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)
  • ​Former General Manager / Commercial Director, Scottish Claymores (NFL Europe)
  • Former Sports Sub-Editor, Scottish Daily Mail
  • ​Holds Master of Arts degree in Journalism Studies from University of Strathclyde

John 'Jack' Cummins, Managing Director

  • Advised ownership and investors for soccer leagues worldwide including: English Premier League, Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, MLS, NASL, USL, and the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
  • Founding owner of Chicago Red Stars, serving as Director and team's General Counsel. Chair of Expansion Committee for NWSL predecessor WPS.
  • Founder of Cummins & Associates, Ltd., a boutique law firm advising stakeholders in sports, entertainment, media, and technology with an emphasis on capitalization and M&A.
  • Played soccer at DePaul University where he shares the distinction of being the first four-year letter winner in Men's NCAA Division I soccer at DePaul. Former Chairman of Athletics Advisory Council for DePaul Athletics and former President of the University's Alumni Association.
  • Has been a founder, President, COO, CFO, General Counsel, and Director of numerous companies, including taking leadership roles in turn-around situations.

Bob Malandro, Managing Director

  • Seven years' experience in Sports M&A at The Sports Advisory Group, advising and consulting on transactions in MLB, the NBA Development League, MiLB, MLS, Independent baseball, professional hockey, and sports facilities 
  • Served as Director of Sales within Steiner Sports team partnership division, managing relationships with MLB and NHL franchises, and overseeing alternative revenue generation initiatives
  • Financial industry experience representing global leaders such as UBS and AXA, and consulting on projects with other major financial institutions including John, Hancock, USAA, and Canada Life
  • Has spoken and presented frequently on the business of sports and maintains an extensive industry network

James E. Thompson, Partner  & CFO

  • Co-founder of Prometheus Capital
  • ​Leads financial and accounting services department, opportunity viability analysis and valuation for all Prometheus Capital participating ventures
  • Twenty years of supporting entrepreneurs in development, launch and operations in multiple business spaces including: real estate development, resort / golf course development and operations, aviation, hospitality, food & beverage operations, construction and electronics distribution.
  • Built, opened and operated national award winning golf course and 800+ acre residential development
  • Developed custom ERP solutions for fringe industries, including a full service software solution for distribution, support, customer service and commission tracking of national subscription media provider

Joshua J. Prutch, Partner

  • Co-founder of Prometheus Capital
  • Leads the distressed practice of Prometheus Capital, identifying opportunities and partners to successfully turn-around troubled companies
  • Manages the due diligence process
  • Sources capital via institutions and strategic alliances
  • Seven years of Fortune 500 experience in supply chain management, including stations in project management and department leadership
  • Designed, developed and launched multiple Windows based technologies, including revenue control systems and the USPS "Innovation of the Year" award winner in 2006

Peter Wilt, Managing Director

  • Earned six championship rings and record business growth for professional soccer teams in four different American soccer leagues. 
  • Launched five professional soccer teams and managed two others during his career. 
  • Led NASL Indy Eleven as they became the first professional soccer team in the United States to sell out every home game in their inaugural season. Indy Eleven became entrenched in the local sports landscape and led the NASL with more than 10,000 fans per game across its first two seasons. 
  • ​Most well known as the founding General Manager and longtime President of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, where his teams set attendance and corporate sponsorship records while earning an MLS Cup; a Supporters Shield; Eastern, Central and Western Conference crowns and four U.S. Open Cup Championships under his leadership. 
  • Member of the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame, the Marian Central Athletic Hall of Fame, the Farnese Hall of Fame and the Chicago Fire’s Ring of Fire. In 1998, Wilt was named MLS’s Executive of the Year and Northwest Herald Sportsman of the Year. He was named the Naperville Person of the Year by the Daily Herald in 2002. Wilt and his wife Ann are graduates of Marquette University.

John W. Prutch, Managing Partner

  • Co-founder of Prometheus Capital
  • Managed several middle market consumer related business over the past 16 years, with successful results in the turnaround of companies through cost-cutting and aggressive sales and marketing
  • Founder and managing director for Merchant Capital Group (Mercap), a Chicago based boutique merchant bank providing advisory services, merger and acquisition services and direct investments as principal in a number of consumer oriented businesses, including General American Door, LSI Sportswear and Rapco International
  • Over the course of his career, Mr. Prutch has served on the board of directors of numerous companies, both public and private​

We'll help you find your way.

You never know when an opportunity might present itself and when it happens in the realm of sports and media the playing field can look pretty complicated. At Club 9 Sports, we have both the experience and expertise to accomplish your objectives. We're also willing to do the blocking and tackling needed to make sure it's done right.

Warren Ousley, Managing Director

  • President & CEO Conquerors Motorsports Casino and Resort, currently in development.
  • Phoenix-based entrepreneur with more than 40 years’ experience in the banking and technology industries. His executive management qualifications and his extensive operational experience continue to compel Mr. Ousley to critically examine generally accepted operations and procedures.
  • Second Vice President of Systems and Development Continental Bank. Led Chicago Board of Options (CBOE) relocation team for design of new state-of-the-art trading floor. The floor is still in use today.
  • Former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of LaSalle Bank. Regional Manager of ABN Amro, LaSalle Bank's parent company. Led ABN Amro team that designed international banking systems for 40 different countries.
  • Former Managing Director of Technology at Bankers Trust. Nominated for a "Computer World Smithsonian Award" for his technological breakthroughs and leadership qualities. Founder Enterprise Technology Group (ETG) which focused on optimizing computer centers worldwide by helping banking and financial companies refine management strategies, business operations and technological infrastructures.
  • US Army- Pershing Nuclear Missile launch team leader with honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant (E-5). The Army experience allowed Mr. Ousley to demonstrate high aptitude and began his love affair with computer technology.
  • Holds Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Roosevelt University with a minor in accounting.

Thomas Canepa Esq., General Counsel

  • Principal at Thomas V. Canepa PC
  • Specializes in corporate, transactional, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Market foci include: telecommunications, media & entertainment, agriculture, manufacturing, industrial, energy, environmental, transportation, and homeland security
  • Over 25 years of technology, entrepreneurial, and start-up experience
  • Adjunct Professor at North Central College teaching graduate courses in social impact and sports business ventures.
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison and a JD  from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Casey Carr, Vice President

  • Entrepreneur, business strategist, and turnaround specialist with over ten years' experience in banking and wealth management including stints at BB&T, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and CertusBank.
  • Equity owner in Kixsports, an innovation team product brand; owner of HappyFeet preschool soccer franchise; founder of First XI Sports, an international soccer camp and travel company; founding member of, a tech start-up.
  • ​​Former Division I Soccer player at DePaul University where he was a member of the Conference USA All Freshman team.
  • ​Maintains an extensive network within sports and business industries.

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Sue Canepa, Director of Communications

  • Sue Canepa has managed marketing communications programs for some of the world’s most recognized companies and brands.
  • She began her career at The Northern Trust Company and went on to work at a number of top ten public relations agencies representing consumer product clients such as Procter & Gamble brands, The Campbell’s Soup Company and McDonald’s. 
  • Sue has worked with sports clients including Nike and Adidas, and she has developed sports marketing programs that support brand messages, increase visibility and reach new audiences. Some examples include Campbell’s Soups’ sponsorship of the US Figure Skating Team, The LaSalle Bank’s Chicago Marathon and Gatorade’s sports mom program. As part of this work, Sue has created and managed large-scale special events, media events, cause-related marketing efforts, sponsorships and consumer education programs.
  • Her work has won awards from the Public Relations Society of America, The Publicity Club of Chicago and The International Association of Business Communicators.  
  • Sue graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism.

Erin Buchanan, Vice President

  • Responsible for marketing, communications, client relations, and business development
  • 10-year career in education as teacher and administrator
  • Holds Bachelor's degree from DePaul University and a Master's Degree from the University of South Florida, both in English Education.
  • Excels at interpersonal skills, problem solving, and rapid response functions

Joseph DiLorenzo, Managing Director

  • Experienced executive who has held positions of CFO, COO, Chief Strategic Officer and CEO, as well as senior consulting roles in several industries, including media, technology, ERP solutions, sports and entertainment, real estate and financial services. He has direct experience leading IPOs, private placement memorandums, credit facilities, and the integration of acquisition companies
  • Co-founded the M/D Group, a firm that specializes in corporate strategy and business development initiatives.  He also was Chief Strategic Officer of Hotbox Sports Ventures; President/COO of Plymouth Rock Studios; VP of Strategic Alliances and later CFO of Jenzabar, Inc.; CFO and SVP of Administration of the Boston Celtics; and a department head for the  Boston Garden/Boston Bruins organization. In addition, he was a founding owner of the Maine Red Claws, the National Basketball Association Development League’s minor league affiliate of the Boston Celtics.
  • Has served in many volunteer leadership roles including Chairman of the Board and honorary life-member of the Financial Executives International (FEI), the world’s largest organization of senior financial executives. At FEI he also served as initial Chairman and member of the Diversity Committee; member of the Organizational Alignment and Governance Task Force; Chair of the FEI Hall of Fame Selection Advisory Council; member of the Board of the Financial Executives Research Foundation; board member FEI Canada; and President of the FEI Boston Chapter. 
  • In addition, he has served as President of the Treasurer's Club of Boston; President (and current board member) of Community Work Services; a member of the Greater Boston Advisory Board, the Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee of the Salvation Army; trustee (and current member) of the Audit Committee and Board of Overseers for the Franciscan Hospital for Children; a corporator and member of the Development Committee, the Strategic Planning/Marketing Committee and Board of Visitors of New England Baptist Hospital; a board member of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Board of Overseers, Audit Committee, and Development and Human Resources Committee of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;  VP and/or Director of the Downtown North Association;  Massachusetts Chapter Vice-Chairman of the Newcomen Society of the United States; a member of the Massachusetts State Committee of “America Goes Back to School”. 
  • Recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community service roles. These include: the 2016 Boston Business Journal's F. Gorham Brigham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor's Citation; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Citation; the Downtown North Organizational Leadership Award; the Downtown North Community Leadership Award; the Franciscan Hospital for Children Certificate of Appreciation; the FEI Honorary Life Member;  the Salvation Army Certificate of Appreciation; and the Kids for Life Biggest Big Kid Award for “Exemplary Dedication to Our Foundation and Contribution to the Enrichment of Children’s Lives”. He is also founder of "LEADERSHIP, DIVERSITY AND STRATEGIC GROWTH", a Linked In Interest Group with 2,400 followers.
  • Holds Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Bentley University.  He serves on the board of the Bentley Executive Club, and served many years as a Director, Officer and President of the Bentley University Alumni Association.

Samantha Prutch, Vice President

  • Leads brand development, media outreach, and design activities for clients and supporter engagement
  • ​​Extensive 15year career in creative and brand development
  • Experience includes collaboration with global retail brands: Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie, Hollister, Gilly Hicks, Ruehl, Aviator Nation and Sole Serum. 
  • Her executive leadership role within the Abercrombie & Fitch family of brands allowed her to collaborate to create globally iconic retail brand experiences, campaigns and brand environments. 
  • Holds a Bachelors of Science in Interior Architecture & Design from Bowling Green State Universuty

Mattie Rice, Managing Director

  • Business strategist with significant financial services experience leading divisions in Private Banking, Wealth management and Financial Planning
  • PR strategist with experience supporting some of the UK largest companies including Sports Direct and Capital One among others
  • MBS in Management Practice from the Irish Management Institute where he is currently a part-time lecturer in Leadership and Motivation
  • Former Managing Director UK for CBD Capital who have owned and managed businesses across a variety of sectors
  • Extensive networks in sporting circles having served as Chief Strategy Officer for Football Association of Ireland
  • Performance Coach for Clare Senior Hurling teams 2013 All-Ireland success
  • Extensive network of contacts with owners, players and decision makers in UK soccer circles

Myles Best, Director

  • Dynamic leader and accomplished entrepreneur whose experience spans across multiple disciplines which include future trading, real estate and business development. 
  • Traded interest rate futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he was an equity member, traded for seventeen years before moving on to new endeavors.
  • In the mid 90’s he began buying real estate in New York, North Carolina and Chicago, where he successfully developed multiple rental and retail properties. His passion for learning and appetite for project involvement inspired him to train disadvantaged men in the construction trades.
  • Mr. Best also tutors underprivileged children throughout Chicago and coached football at Lindbloom High School in Chicago. 
  • Mr. Best has developed strong business relationships and has transitioned his business experience to helping under-served communities in business development.
  • Graduated with honors from Grambling State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.​
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James Roche, Vice President

  • Former professional baseball player in the New York Mets organization
  • Has consulted on sports industry transactions in minor league baseball and Major League Soccer
  • Experience in locating both sports growth opportunities as well as funding sources
  • Active supporter of Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and Red Cross
  • Graduate of Bentley University​