Date: 10/14/2013

Sports Industry Veteran Jim Tanner Launches Tandem Sports + Entertainment

Prominent sports agent Jim Tanner, formerly a partner at Williams & Connolly, announced today that he has launched a new full-service sports marketing, management, and communications agency – Tandem Sports & Entertainment.

Joining Tanner at Tandem are Helen Dooley (Senior Vice President of Talent Representation and General Counsel), Terese Whitehead (Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development), Shana Martin (Senior Vice President of Client and Business Operations), Graham Boone (Director of Basketball Operations) and Kenyon Redfoot (Director of Brand Strategy), all formerly of Williams & Connolly. Derrick Powell, formerly of Excel Sports Management, has also joined Tandem as its Vice President of Player Representation. Derrick is an experienced NBA agent with over 12 years of representing professional basketball players. Also joining Tandem is Matt Laczkowski. Matt will be Director of Athlete Representation and Staff Counsel.

Additionally, Meredith Geisler and her independent sports communications practice, Meredith Communications, will now be integrated into Tandem where Geisler will serve as Senior Vice President of Communications. Prior to establishing Meredith Communications in 2001, Meredith was the PR Director at Fila, Advantage International (now Octagon Worldwide), and Total Sports.

“With increasing consolidation in the athlete representation industry, I believe that Tandem is ideally positioned to appeal to athletes and other talent who are looking for the personal touch that we offer,” said Tanner. “Teamwork is what sets us apart. With our more than 100 years in the sports industry collectively and our wealth of experience in athlete representation and sports public relations, we are able to leverage our extensive resources and expertise to provide unparalleled and customized services to our clients.”

Tandem’s roster of athlete clients includes Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, and Tamika Catchings. Public Relations clients include Paul Rabil, Baseball Factory, MC10, Brine National Lacrosse Championship, Charles Johnson Foundation, Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy and authors John Florio & Ouisie Shapiro (“One Punch”).

A 16-year veteran of the industry, Tanner has enjoyed a well-earned reputation as one of the top agents in sports and entertainment. He was selected as a recipient of the “Forty Under 40 Award” by SportsBusiness Journal , identified by Sports Illustrated as one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports,” selected by the National Law Journal’s elite list of “40 Under 40,” identified by Black Enterprise’s hot list of “America’s Most Powerful Players Under 40,” and was ranked as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” for media and sports law by Washingtonian magazine.

About Tandem
Tandem is located in Arlington, Virginia and offers a variety of sports management, marketing and communications services and solutions including:

  • Athlete and talent management and representation;
  • Sports marketing;
  • Athlete community investment;
  • Broadcasting and literary negotiations and representation;
  • Branding initiatives;
  • Media relations for athletes and entertainers, foundations, authors, companies and organizations invested in sports and entertainment;
  • Social Media;
  • Sponsorship identification, analysis and negotiations; and
  • Event marketing.
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