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Team & Advisors

Operations team

Metta World Peace

Founder

Heidi Buech

President
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Heidi Buech has years of experience in entertainment and PR. Heidi has worked with many pro athletes on the business side and management side.

Shareholder

Sura Hart

VP of Operations
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Sura brings with her 15 years of experience in marketing, operations, digital media, and event strategy. She was previously the Director of Operations for Digital Advertising agency MuteSix which was acquired by Dentsu. Throughout her career, she’s held positions with startups and VCs throughout southern California. She’s also a founding member and current president of the Ivy Plus Society. 

Management team

Blake Reading

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Blake Reading is the Vice President of Talent, a Talent Manager, and a Producer at the Los Angeles based firm, TheMachine. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the production company, Cake Studios. Previous to joining TheMachine, Reading held positions at The Gersh Agency and MGMT. Entertainment. His passion for talent representation matched with his creativity has led him to fruitful relationships with clients and key industry players across film, tv, sports, and music verticals. Reading’s work includes collaboration with talent from all areas of the entertainment business, including stars in front of and behind the camera on film and tv, legends of the NBA, and major digital influencers across platforms.

Advisors

Stephen Stokols

Gerard Cassaza

Pialy Aditya

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Pialy is an innovation-driven executive with proven ability to scale both multi-billiondollarpublic corporations and early stage startups. Pialy is the Chief Strategy Officer of Republic, an investment platform (spun out of AngelList) focused on private companies from pre-seed to pre-IPO.

Hazel G. Ortega

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Hazel G. Ortega is a leading expert in vocational rehabilitation for injured workers. As a single mother, it was very challenging to take classes and care for her children, but she went full speed ahead to complete her bachelor degree and went from Bounced Checks to Private Jets.

Christa Jones 

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Christa has over twenty-one years of academic major gift and capital campaign fundraising experience having held senior leadership positions at: ABCD, Inc., Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Endicott College. She has formed lasting relationships with an extensive list of domestic and international high net worth individuals and Fortune 500 companies. Many of which are connected to Major League Pro Teams in New England and beyond.

Colby Schinto

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Colby Schinto is a certified NBPA agent. She has a bachelors in business management & marketing from San Francisco State University, and took law classes at Yale. She began her sports career working for the LA Clippers, and moved to New York to be the commissioner’s assistant at the North American Soccer League. Colby dabbled in finance working at the largest independent investment firm and a tax firm. She has worked with numerous pro athletes, assisting with public relations, event planning, endorsements, management, and contract negotiations.

Phillip Sanders

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Began career at Ernst & Young (VC, PE, Consumer, Bio-Tech, Saas clients), Rockwood Capital, Kapor Capital, Advised and Audited Public Fortune 500 companies, Assisted as an auditor with two IPOs, Managed over $1 billion in assets (Private Equity), Created Venture Capital and Start-up advisory practice. Active Angel investor.

Juan Evereteze

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I am Juan, originally from Boston. I played college football for 4 years in Illinois and since then have become a Chicagoan. I have 10 years of B2B sales experience having worked for a couple start ups. I am a massive Liverpool supporter #YNWA. In my free time I enjoy watching sports, playing golf, and cooking.

Jaron Eanes

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I am Jaron, originally from Cleveland, OH. I have a BA in Economics from Lake Forest College. During my time at Lake Forest College I played Football for 4 years and played on the Basketball team for 1 year. I currently reside in Chicago, IL. My work experience has been split between Finance and Staffing & Recruiting. In my free time I coach high school football. I am an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Professional sports fan.

Dennis Hoth

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Dennis Hoth has established himself as an industry expert with over 25 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in the natural / organic food and beverage industry. Mr Hoth has held a number of roles from sales manager, director, vice president, marketing and brand management, and an executive sales leader and consultant. Dennis specializes in consumer packaged goods and works with organizations and corporations dedicated to improving consumers’ health, physical performance, spiritual well-being and mental acuity.

Alif Khalfan

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Alif Khalfan has spent the past six years as a Vice President at The Walt Disney Company, where he oversaw Product Strategy for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products’ games and interactive experiences studios. Alif joined Disney through the acquisition of social gaming company Playdom in 2010, where he helped expand the business from 50 to 500 employees worldwide. He actively advises several startup companies and serves as a Chairman for the Western United States on the Aga Khan Education Board. Mr. Khalfan has filed 11 patents and holds B.S. from Stanford University.

Stephon W. Barnes

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Stephon W. Barnes was the Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Operations and at Cyrus Capital Partners LP. a hedge fund with over 4 billion dollars in Assets under management. In his role he is responsible for all day to day operations, portfolio finance, technology, Human resources, administration and client services of the firm as well as the firm strategic operational initiatives. Stephon has played a key role in the growth from $900 million dollars to its current status of over 4 billion dollars in assets under management. He was a Vice-president at Brencourt Advisors LLC where he was Global Head of Operations as well. Mr. Barnes has over 25 years of operational experience at various financial firms of which over 20 are in the Hedge fund space in various asset classes and fund structures. Prior to joining Brencourt Advisors LLC, Stephon held positions at Morgan Stanley, Natwest and BPB associates. Stephon is a member of the operating, Charitable giving and Camaraderie Committees at Cyrus Capital Partners. Mr. Barnes serves as the board chairman of Team First Inc. and is also on the board of LaSalle Academy. Stephon is a former sponsor and student of the Student Sponsorship Partnership. Stephon is also the author of After the storm: Hurricane Sandy. A native of Far Rockaway Queens, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University’s Fox Business school where he double majored in Finance and Economics. Stephon resides in New Jersey with his wife and 3 children.

Jessica Conforti

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2021 BCOM, Finance candidate with passion and creative experience in the sports industry, including accomplishments in accounting, finance, strategy and technology. Proud business generalist, promoting the interconnection between business functions, as well as the integration with technology.
Eager to expand my knowledge and experiences in the industry.

James Zukin

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James Zukin is the Co-Founder of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin (NYSE:HLI), a top 10 global investment bank and global leader in financial valuation. He co-headed the Houlihan Lokey groups that created the modern fairness and solvency opinions. Mr. Zukin was the founding Chairman of the Valuation Study Group, the first organization of financial valuation professionals. His government clients included the IRS, the Dept. of Labor, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Office of Thrift Supervision, CalPERS & the Korean Asset Management Corporation. He formed Houlihan Lokey’s Sovereign Advisory Services practice, whose 20+ clients included Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Liberia, Iraq, and the Russian Federation. Mr. Zukin served as a senior delegate to the Paris Club meetings involving the private sector and the IMF. He presented to the Paris Club a seminal paper and financial model on determining sovereign contingent liabilities. He created the “rapid sequencing” approach to sovereign debt restructuring. Mr. Zukin has performed, supervised or reviewed over 1,000 financial valuations, over 200 M&A / restructuring engagements and over 20 sovereign debt engagements.

Cassidy Szarnicki

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UCLA graduate with a BA in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese. Former D1 Rowing athlete. Interest and experience in Venture Capital/Private Equity, entrepreneurship, business development, and politics. ENFJ personality type.
Music team

Denise E. Fernandez, Esq.

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Ms. Denise Fernandez is in-house counsel and head of the Talent and A&R Legal Department at Say So Entertainment. Denise began her career in talent representation working at notable organizations such as Interscope Records, MGMT Entertainment (formerly known as The Schiff Company) and Artest Management Group.

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