Basketball, Media, Law
Len Elmore has a wide range of remarkable experiences including being a former NBA player, attorney, television basketball analyst, sportscaster, basketball player agent, executive, board member, and professor.
Mr. Elmore played basketball at University of Maryland where he was All-American. He went on to play eight years in the NBA. In 2002, Mr. Elmore was selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary men’s basketball team, honoring him as one of the 50 greatest players in ACC history.
Mr. Elmore left the NBA early to attend Harvard Law School. He went on to become a prosecutor, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, New York for three years. Mr. Elmore also served as Senior Counsel for a prominent New York City law firm.
Even during his other endeavors, Mr. Elmore has stayed deeply involved in basketball. He has worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports’ covering both NCAA men’s basketball and the NBA for over 20 years. For five years, he was a basketball player agent for Precept Sports & Entertainment, a sports agency founded by Mr. Elmore.
Mr. Elmore previously served as President of the NBA Retired Players Association and currently serves on its board of directors. He has held numerous other executive and board positions throughout his career including nine years on the Board of Trustees for University of Maryland. He currently serves on the board of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and the board of 1800Flowers. In 2015, Mr. Elmore was inducted to the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “Champions in Sports Business”.
Mr. Elmore received a bachelors from University of Maryland in 1974 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987. Mr. Elmore currently teaches a seminar class in Sports Media in Columbia University’s Master of Science Program in Sports Management.
MLB, NFL & NBA C-Level
Andy Dolich is currently Managing Director of the U.S. Sports Practice at the global search firm, Odgers Berndtson. Mr. Dolich brings over four decades of executive experience in the sports industry, including C-level positions in the NFL, MLB, & NBA.
Mr. Dolich was COO of the San Francisco 49ers. Dolich played a major role in the team’s improvements at Candlestick Park and the planning of a new state-of-the-art stadium in the Silicon Valley. Prior to joining the 49ers, Dolich served as President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and played a major role in planning and building the FedExForum.
Mr. Dolich led the marketing and business resurgence of the Oakland Athletics in the 1980’s and early 90’s. In three of his fourteen years with the A’s, he served as the Executive Vice President of the team. Mr. Dolich also served as President of the Golden State Warriors in the mid-1990’s.
Dolich received his undergraduate degree in Government from American University and his Masters in Sports Management from Ohio University. He teaches Sports Business at Stanford.
Dave Holland served as SVP of the Sports & Entertainment Solutions Group of Cisco Systems until late 2013. In this role, Mr. Holland was responsible for implementation of technology transitions at numerous arenas and stadiums as he grew the Sports & Entertainment division from $0 to $100 million in revenues in five years. Mr. Holland joined Cisco in 1998 and served as the Corporate Treasurer for over 10 years. As Cisco’s Corporate Treasurer, Mr. Holland was responsible for multiple functions and management of its $40B portfolio and $80B balance sheet.
Prior to Cisco, Mr. Holland served as Head of Foreign Exchange and Derivative Sales & Marketing for Paribas Capital Markets in New York City. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Holland worked in Corporate Finance for Apple.
Mr. Holland is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from San Jose State University.
Technology & Venture Capital
Doug Renert has nearly 20 years of technology experience, team building, and helping startups. Mr. Renert is a Partner and Co-Founder of Tandem, Silicon Valley’s mobile industry accelerator venture fund. At Tandem, Mr. Renert works side-by-side with start-up technology companies investing his sweat and Tandem’s funds to increase the odds of success. Tandem is now deploying the capital raised in Fund II after generating phenomenal returns in Fund I.
Prior to co-founding Tandem, Mr. Renert served as CEO of Tello, a telecommunications start-up backed by Craig McCaw and others. Prior to Tello, Mr. Renert served as VP of Corporate Development at Oracle where he specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions. In the 1990’s, Mr. Renert was an Associate Attorney at DLA Piper specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions.
Mr. Renert graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. Mr. Renert also earned a JD and MBA from University of California Berkeley.
After serving as Commissioner of the North American Soccer League (NASL) through its first and second seasons in 2011 and 2012, David Downs recently formed an international sports and media consulting practice.
Prior to his role as NASL Commissioner, Mr. Downs served the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2009 and 2010 as Executive Director for the USSF’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. Prior to the USSF, Mr. Downs spent 21 years at ABC Sports where he rose to SVP of Programming. He was responsible for the rights acquisition and scheduling of all of ABC Sports’ event coverage including the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.
Prior to ABC Sports, Mr. Downs spent 9 years at Univision Communications where he served as President of Univision Sports, overseeing all sports rights acquisition and production for all three Spanish-language networks,. It was during the latter years that Mr. Downs worked with FIFA, CONCACAF, and CONMEBOL to acquire the rights for most of the world’s prestigious soccer competitions including the FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
In addition to his professional involvement with soccer, Mr. Downs sits on the board of FC Westchester, one of only 78 U.S. Development Academy youth clubs in the U.S. He is also a former college Soccer player (Amherst) and a licensed youth coach.