Our Team

SMA's success has been driven largely by the strength and depth of its executive team, many of whom have been working together for over ten years. We are able to draw upon our experience in leadership roles with top sports, media, and financial organizations including the NHL, USTA, IMG, ABC, Univision, CSM, Octagon, Compass Advisors, and Blackstone.

 
 
 
 
 

Doug Perlman

CEO

Doug Perlman is the founder and CEO of Sports Media Advisors where he has worked on all of SMA's client engagements since the firm's inception in 2009. Mr. Perlman's clients have included the NFL, MLB, NASCAR, USTA, UFC, Hockey Canada, Little League, EA, Twitter, NextVR, and several leading private equity firms. Among other things, SMA and Perlman help sports properties optimize multi-platform content distribution strategies (including negotiating their primary media rights deals), develop and execute growth strategies for sports related businesses, and perform diligence and deal support for investors considering media, technology, and/or sports related opportunities.

Throughout his career, Mr. Perlman has been recognized by multiple industry publications and organizations as a leader in the businesses of sports, media, and technology. These include being named by the Sporting News as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports and being named to the prestigious Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 three times, earning a spot in their Hall of Fame. He regularly appears on television and is often a featured speaker at industry and other events.

Mr. Perlman began his career as an attorney at Proskauer Rose, a global law firm with the nation's top sports practice. Shortly after joining the NHL's legal department in the mid-90s, he recognized the promise of digital media and segued into a business role in order to establish the NHL's digital operations. He spent more than 10 years at the League, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President, Media and a member of the Commissioner's senior management team. Following the NHL, Perlman joined IMG as President of IMG Media, North America where he again oversaw the television and digital media businesses and was a member of IMG's six-member global leadership team.

Mr. Perlman is a graduate of Duke University where he received a BA, cum laude, in political science and of the University of Virginia where he received his J.D. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife, Lisa, and their three boys.

Dan Shevchik

Partner & Senior Vice President

Since joining SMA in 2009, Dan Shevchik has worked with virtually all of the firm’s clients on a variety of strategic initiatives with an emphasis on rights valuation and multi-platform media strategies. An upcoming industry leader, he was recognized by the Sports Business Journal with their prestigious 40 Under 40 designation in 2018.

 

Prior to joining SMA, Mr. Shevchik completed a Masters in Business Administration degree at Stanford University. He began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Compass Advisers in London, advising corporations and private equity firms on a wide range of transactions with a focus in media. Mr. Shevchik received an A.B. in Applied Mathematics Economics from Harvard College, cum laude, where he captained the Varsity Swim Team. He is a former member of the U.S. National Swim Team, winning a bronze medal in the 200 meter backstroke at the 1999 Pan American Games. In 2018, Mr. Shevchik was inducted into the Harvard Athletics Hall of Fame

 

A native of Wilton, CT, Mr. Shevchik resides in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife, Sarah and sons, Will and Ben.

Harlan Stone

Corporate Marketing Advisor

Harlan Stone is a senior advisor for the firm who started working with SMA in 2019 and has over 35 years of sports and entertainment marketing experience. He is widely regarded as leading thinker and practitioner in the brand and property marketing space. Mr. Stone advises clients on a variety of matters including sponsorship packaging and sales strategies, pricing optimization and sponsorship/media integration. Recent clients include Little League, USTA, PGA of America, Time/Sports Illustrated, Univision, and Cirque de Soleil.

 

Mr. Stone began his sports industry career by launching his own agency in the early 1980s, promoting a number of successful “Legends” tennis events in the Northeast. After heading Golf Digest/Tennis Sports for the NY Times Magazine Group, Mr. Stone joined Octagon in 1987, ultimately serving as the President of Marketing and board member through the year 2000. Mr. Stone subsequently held roles as the CEO of Momentum Worldwide, Partner at Velocity Sports & Entertainment (now MKTG), President of Major League Gaming Properties, and the Chief Business and Marketing Officer for the United States Tennis Association. In 2011, Mr. Stone helped found SJX Partners, a sponsorship consulting agency. The firm was acquired by Chime Communications in 2014, where Mr. Stone currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of CSM North America.

 

Mr. Stone is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he captained the varsity tennis team and was twice named to the All-ACC Academic team. He currently resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife Susan.

Ryan Chen

Associate

Ryan Chen joined SMA in 2018. Mr. Chen began his career as an Analyst at The Blackstone Group, most recently working as a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group (Blackstone Strategic Opportunity Fund). He was involved in sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities across a broad range of asset classes, sectors, and geographies. Previously, Mr. Chen completed internships at IMG College, SJX Partners (now part of CSM Sport & Entertainment), Nielsen, and The Blackstone Group.

 

Mr. Chen received a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with distinction and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.

 

Additionally, Mr. Chen serves as a member of the Junior Board for the East Harlem Tutorial Program and as an Alumni Trustee for the McIntire School of Commerce. 

 

Mr. Chen is a native of New Canaan, CT and currently lives in New York, NY. 

Sam Werner

Associate

Sam Werner joined SMA in 2020 after completing his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business as a Batten Media Fellow. During his time at Darden, served on the board for the school’s Media, Entertainment, and Sports Club and interned at Comcast in the Entertainment Strategy division. In that role, he developed cross-functional strategic initiatives to grow audience reach and engagement on the company’s X1 platform.

 

Prior to pursuing his MBA, Mr. Werner was a sports journalist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he served as the primary beat reporter for the University of Pittsburgh football team, and later the five-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Mr. Werner received a B.A. in American Studies, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame. He is a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, and currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with his wife, Mary.

Ben Gottschalk

Analyst

Ben Gottschalk joined SMA in 2019 after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and History from Duke University. Additionally, he received a certificate in Markets & Management.

While attending Duke, he worked in the NBA’s Global Media and Distribution department, helping examine the future of the NBA’s global television deals. The prior summer, he worked for WME-IMG’s Original Content team where he assisted in creating new shows and provided research and sales assistance for a series of marketing projects and television content.

Mr. Gottschalk currently resides in New York, NY.

Steve Solomon

Senior Advisor

Steve Solomon, founder and CEO of SJS Sports, is one of the industry's most well-respected leaders with an extensive background at media companies and sports leagues. Mr. Solomon provides senior advisory counsel to SMA and has been working with Doug Perlman for over 20 years.

Mr. Solomon brings significant consulting and advisory experience to SMA. SJS has provided consulting services to Major League Soccer, Sports Illustrated, Octagon Worldwide, ESPN, NASCAR, The National Hockey League, The Southeast Conference, The New York Road Runners, Little League International, The New York Red Bulls, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Stats Inc., John Hancock, Sportvision, Tickets.com, Trakus, ExpertMedic and others.

Prior to the creation of his own advisory firm, Mr. Solomon held senior executive positions at Univision Communications Inc., as President of its sports division, at the NHL, as the Executive Vice President and COO, and at ABC Sports for over 20 years, ultimately overseeing the business operations of the network's sports division. He began his career as an appellate litigator for the National Labor Relations Board. He has also served on various boards throughout the industry.

A native of New York, Mr. Solomon is a graduate of Tufts University and St. John's University Law School. He lives in New York City with his wife Laura and has three children.

Amy Hodgins

Administrative Director

Amy Hodgins joined Sports Media Advisors in 2015 as Administrative Director. Having worked in the financial accounting field since 1990, she has intimate knowledge of accounting systems and the ability to tailor those systems to a variety of businesses, individuals, associations and non-profit organizations.

Additionally, Amy has held several accounting and management positions in industries including retail apparel, luxury brand accessories, health care and non-profit. A native of Connecticut, Amy lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband, Luis and her two children. She enjoys spending her time volunteering with local non-profit organizations specializing in childhood education and animal welfare.

 
 
 

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