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.

We'll help you find your way.

Samantha Prutch, Director

  • Leads brand development, media outreach, and design activities for clients and supporter engagement
  • ​​Extensive 15-year 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
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Jared Feuerstein, Senior Associate

  • Corporate Partnership and Public Relations experience with Washington Capitals,Arizona Diamondbacks, and AHL franchise 
  • Significant transaction experience while working with National Security Associates Worldwide 
  • Holds Masters in Sports Management degree from Georgetown University and Bachelors degree in History from Centre College

Joe Molloy, Senior Advisor

  • Former Owner and Managing General Partner of the New York Yankees. General Partner 1992-1998. Managing General Partner responsible for all baseball and business operations 1992-1995.
  • Former VP and Chief Administrative Officer of New York Yankees.
  • Unanimously approved as Owner and Managing General Partner of New York Yankees Limited Partnership by MLB owners. 
  • Personally approved selection of Derek Jeter in 1992 MLB Draft and hire Joe Torre as NYY manager.
  • Oversaw and directed the planning and $30mm development of Legends Field, now known as George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees state-of-the-art Spring Training facility.
  • ​Holds Bachelor of Business Arts with Education focus from St. Leo University and Master of Education Leadership and administration from National Louis University

Casey Carr, Director

  • 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.

Steve Smith, Senior Advisor

  • Consultant with SRS Consulting with focus on long and short term engagements advising on best practices for B2B/B2C acquisition, traditional/digital marketing, customer service/retention/account maximization, product development & pricing strategies, industry technology solutions, department structure, staffing, compensation, and ticket operations with Impact de Montreal FC.
  • Former VP of Ticketing, Consumer Sales & Service with Palace Sports Entertainment where he led B2C/B2B sales development, customer experience & loyalty, and ticket operations for Palace Sports & Entertainment inclusive of the Detroit Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Center & Meadowbrook Amphitheatre.
  • Former VP of Ticket Sales & Service for both the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays where he established operational standards and procedures through leadership of sales and fan engagement staff.
  • Has held positions ranging from Senior Corporate Sales Manager to Executive Director of Sales& Service with Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and teh Vancouver Canucks.
  • ​Holds Bachelor of Business Administration from Iowa State University

Advisory Board

Harry Feuerstein, Partner, Merryk

Chris Graham, Managing Partner, The Private Client Law Group

Charlie Houser, Chairman, Green Cloud Technologies

Tom Sharkey, Private Investor

Tony Suber, Chairman, Fund Philanthropy

Dr. Lisa Palleson, Senior Advisor

  • Current CEO and President of TABU Equity Investments.
  • Former CEO and Founder of Lotuswear and Haibir.
  • Former leader of EU funded technology and innovation programmes focused on global branding initiatives and has consistently developed brand values from the ground up.
  • Has developed the Health-well brand that targets the Asian marketplace via social marketing initiatives. Most recent venture focuses on the emerging market of alternative medical treatment brands and products.
  • Continues to lecture at the Masters level as both speaker and lecturer where she makes valuable contributions to the development of alternative medicine development.
  • As CMO with the AIBB team , an artificial intelligence assisted trading platform and exchange, she leads the development of platform for companies in the medical marijuana space.
  • Obtained Ph.D. in International Business with Honours from Nottingham Trent 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​
  • ​Attended Loras College, majoring in Political Science

Sean Tracey, Managing Director

  • 25 years experience in leisure industry at Senior level with private and public markets
  • Served 13 years as CEO of Powerleague and instrumental in creation of the worlds largest provider of small sided soccer centres and leagues in the world
  • Transactionl experience in private company leadership and led Powerleague to the Alm Market on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Entrepreneurial approach has led to significant revenues working with major brands including Xbox, Nike, Budweiser, and Nivea for Men in Sponsorship and Events.
  • ​Honors graduates from Glasgow Caledonian University and former Alumni of the Year recipient.

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
  • Holds business degree in Supply Chain Management from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
Advising in Sports & Media 

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
  • ​Holds a BA in Business Administration  - Accounting from Hillsdale College

Leading where others manage

Club 9 Sports Inc