For 25 years, Jim has represented professional athletes in a range of matters—from player contract negotiations to advertising and marketing contracts. He is certified as an agent by both the National Basketball Players Association and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association. Recognized several times in Washingtonian’s list of “Top Lawyers” for media and sports law, Jim has also been selected twice by Sports Illustrated as one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.”
In addition to professional athletes, Jim also represents a number of broadcasters and professional and college coaches in employment contract negotiations. He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his BA in 1990, going on to earn his JD from the University of Chicago. Before founding Tandem, Jim worked as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, before becoming a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP. Jim is admitted to the bars of Illinois and the District of Columbia.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT REPRESENTATION/GENERAL COUNSEL
Helen drafts and negotiates the off-the-court agreements for Tandem’s clients, including appearances, licensing, and endorsement deals. She also assists athletes with non-sports business deals and negotiates publishing and broadcasting contracts. Helen received both her undergraduate (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and law degrees from Duke University. Helen is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and North Carolina.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Shana Martin is Tandem’s Senior Vice President of Client + Business Operations. She has extensive experience in the business, sports and entertainment industries and played an integral role in the creation of Tandem Sports + Entertainment. Shana oversees the daily operations of Tandem and directs our human resources, information technology, accounts receivable and administrative teams. She also manages the planning and execution of the company’s business and strategic plans. Shana has over 20 years of experience working with NBA, WNBA and MLB athletes. Throughout her tenure, she has assisted with the representation and guidance of professional athletes in their business and personal endeavors. She was certified as an agent by the Women’s National Basketball Players Association and is responsible for overseeing Tandem’s WNBA practice. Shana uses her expertise to guide everyday client operations ensuring that client needs are met while monitoring and overseeing their professional and personal obligations, assisting with special projects and tracking and securing payment obligations of companies endorsed by our clients.
Shana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Shana was a member and captain of Penn’s varsity track team. Her legacy continues at Penn as her 4x200m relay team still holds the school record; and through a plaque on a wall at Franklin Field that depicts two hands passing a baton, signifying the expanding presence of the sport of track & field.
Vice President, Marketing + Community Strategy
A sports industry veteran, Leslie procures marketing and endorsement opportunities for Tandem clients. She works to generate revenue and develop and implement fully-integrated action plans and programs. Prior to joining Tandem, Leslie’s experience included the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section, Score Results Marketing and Communications, Nordstrom, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Snowsports Industries America, Women’s Sports Foundation, Galyans Sports & Outdoor, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Nike, Inc. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business at Oregon State University.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Alison oversees company operations, procedures and clerical functions. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an undergraduate degree in Electric Engineering. She received her MBA and JD from the University of Chicago and previously worked in corporate finance at Friedman Billings Ramsey and Capital One. Alison is admitted to the bars of Illinois and the District of Columbia.
Vice President, Communications + Brand Strategy
Katherine oversees public relations, social media and general communications for Tandem and Tandem’s clients. Prior to joining Tandem, Katherine spent two seasons working for the Washington Wizards communications department as a PR intern (2012-13) and public relations game night assistant (2013-14). Katherine received her BA in Communication with a focus in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, where she assisted the Media Relations Department with all sports and served as the school’s Sports Information Director for the women’s gymnastics team.
Max provides support to Tandem’s basketball agents with on-court representation and services for the agency’s clients. His extensive basketball background both on-and off-the-court allows him to provide knowledgeable analysis of team rosters, salary cap scenarios and the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to joining Tandem, Max worked as an analytics intern and a player development associate for the Dallas Mavericks. He also played four years of basketball at the University of Arizona.
RECEPTIONIST + ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Vickie is a highly-trained executive assistant with more than sixteen years of experience in customer support and administrative management. In addition to her hospitality receiving guests at Tandem offices, Vickie works closely with all other staff to ensure that Tandem’s client service is second-to-none. Vickie’s professional education includes extensive certification in records and expense management systems.
Vice President, Basketball Operations
A veteran of 30 years in the athlete representation business, Andrew brings experience in a variety of areas to the Tandem team.
He is certified as an agent by the National Basketball Players Association as well as the International Basketball Federation and has negotiated multiple rookie and free agent contracts for NBA players as well as numerous contracts for players in the International Leagues.
Andrew graduated with a Business degree from Ithaca College in 1987 as well as Law degree from the University of Richmond in 1991. He is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania.
Originally from Philadelphia, he now heads operations in the Atlanta based office of Tandem.
Darrell is involved in client management, contract negotiations, recruitment, marketing and draft preparation for Tandem’s clients. With years of industry experience, Darrell has developed and maintained strong global relationships and partnerships throughout the basketball world.
Darrell, an Atlanta resident, is a cum laude graduate of Morehouse College with a BA in Business Administration – Marketing. He attended Georgia State University in their Masters of Sport Administration program while working on the men’s basketball staff. Darrell is a certified agent by both the National Basketball Players Association and Federal International Basketball Association.
Elias joined Tandem in 2021 after spending more than a decade in the scouting world servicing more than half of the NCAA at the Division I level. He has a depth of knowledge in the player evaluation process and specializes in player projections. Elias has consulted for NBA teams leading into multiple draft years between 2012 and 2019. A native of Canada, he played a key role in building the infrastructure for Canada’s identification platform through nation-wide ID camps, ranking systems and media platforms.
Elias was named to the Canada Basketball Power 20, a list compiled by SportsNet to illustrate the nation’s top builders, decisions makers and trend setters.
Deirunas is an NBPA and FIBA certified agent who provides on and off-court representation of Tandem’s basketball clients. His vast basketball experience allows him to provide expert knowledge when analyzing NBA rosters, salary cap situations and the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Deirunas is also very passionate about the evaluation and scouting of prospects.
Deirunas received his BA in Economics & Business at Lafayette College and his MBA from Boston College. Deirunas played a total of 5 years of college basketball at Lafayette and Boston College.
Terrence supports Tandem’s brand strategy team and basketball department. He assists with developing clients’ brands through strategic partnerships that are organic to them. Terrence also plays a role in recruiting, guiding rookies through the pre-draft process, client servicing, and analyzing salary cap and team rosters.
Prior to joining Tandem, Terrence worked in Iona College’s Athletic Department as a Communications Manager. He received his BA in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland where he was a four-year member of the basketball team.
Senior Manager, Operations
Fernando serves as the agency’s Senior Manager, Operations. He develops market research reports, monitors the company’s business plans, and oversees finance related matters. He is skilled in managing business negotiations along all the distribution chains in the European and American markets.
Fernando has a Business Management and Finance degree with more than nine years of experience working in international finance. Originally from Spain, Fernando is fluent in Spanish and English.
Before joining the company, Fernando worked in NBC Universal Networks as a Finance Manager.