To Contact Club 9 Sports, click here.

Erin Canada, 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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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​
  • ​Attended Loras College, majoring in Political Science

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.

Leading where others manage

Club 9 Sports Inc

Don McDermott, Managing Director

  • Chief Administrative Officer at Benefit Express a  unique human resources technology service that provides enhanced service for human resource management. Extensively involved in leadership development through direct mentoring and individual development.
  • Principal with F.O. McDermott an independent consulting agency providing specialized knowledge in real estate development, regulatory compliance and asset turnaround actvities. Also focused on fund raising and investment marketing for troubled asset portfolios. 
  • Chief Operating Officer at BelleHavens Equity Destination Club. responsible for all aspects of acquisition and operations if international portfolio of luxury properties. BellHavens was later acquired by Fortress Investments to become part of Abercrombie & Kent, during which period fulfilled the needs for contract management, due diligence, and operational transition planning and implementation.
  • Chief Executive Officer at C'Board USA a start-up recycling business focused on the capture of synthetic fibers from post-consumer carpet and the subsequent development of products comprised of the recycled materials.
  • Holds Bachelor and Master of Business Adminstration in Finance and Mangement from the University of Notre Dame. 

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

Mike Martin, Chairman, United FC Group

Tom Sharkey, Private Investor

Tony Suber, Chairman, Fund Philanthropy

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

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 VPof 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
Advising in Sports & Media 

Greg Capello, Managing Director

  • Senior financial services executive, with over 30+ years of successes, on both the buy and sell side of Wall Street. 
  • Top Institutional equity research broker at three major Wall Street firms (Shearson Lehman, Prudential Bache Securities, Raymond James).
  • Co-Founder of Fulcrum Global Partners, a New York City based securities research boutique.  During his tenure, held the title of Director of Global Sales, and Director of Research.
  • Co-Founder, and President of The Free Enterprise Nation, a non partisan, research and advocacy, membership organization, created to unite, and advance the broad economic interests of businesses, and workers, in the private sector, based in Tampa, Florida.
  • Director of Marketing for an independent Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA), ITB Capital Advisors, LLC, based in Tampa, Florida.
  • Currently Founder and CEO of Premier Alternatives, an independent financial services consulting firm, providing advisory and finder’s services, as a conduit between quality alternative investment products and institutional allocators, based in Tampa, Florida.
  • Received undergraduate degree (BBA) in Business Management from the University of Miami (Florida), while attending on a full athletic scholarship (Football).  Also received his Master of Business Administration degree (MBA), in marketing, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Teaneck, New Jersey.