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KOKO Sports Management was formed to elevate the marketability of athletes practicing the most traditional sports. The company focuses on developing the most marketable qualities and narratives for the athletes it works with.
MEET THE TEAM
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Adam S. Kovacs
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Michael DePietro has spent the majority of his career spearheading and financing entrepreneurial ventures both at startups and larger financial organizations. Mr. DePietro was a Portfolio Manager at Ellington Management Group and BHR Capital where he built successful new investment strategies focused on structured products and esoteric financial institutions.
Previously, Mr. DePietro served as Head of US Non-agency Trading at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for building a multibillion dollar trading franchise. Prior to his experience in finance, Mr. DePietro founded a number of startup ventures, most notably, a technology company that was acquired during the tech boom. Mr. DePietro began his career at JP Morgan & Co. after graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. Mr. DePietro also holds an MBA concentrating in computational finance from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Robert Bryan has spent the majority of his career investing in both public and private markets. Most recently, Mr. Bryan founded and served as Interim CEO of MedSec which has established itself as the worldwide leader in medical device security. Prior to MedSec, Mr. Bryan founded Metaval Capital after working at Cyrus Capital, Magnetar Capital, and BHR Capital.
Mr. Bryan oversaw investments in large public companies such as a top ten shareholding in Western Digital as well as smaller companies such as a controlling investment in Virgin America where he was instrumental in the airlines initial funding. Mr. Bryan began his career at Goldman Sachs after graduating summa cum laude with both a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Economics at The Wharton School.
Adam S. Kovacs brings a unique skill set to KOKO Sports Management having dedicated his career to combat sports as a karate champion, UFC analyst, as well numerous media executive positions. Mr. Kovacs became involved in combat sports as a Karate student at the age of 8 with his athletic accomplishments culminating in a World Games Championship and multiple World Championship podium finishes. Mr. Kovacs is currently the lead commentator and analyst for the UFC on Sport TV and also one of the hosts at a weekly talk show called Trash Talk. Mr. Kovacs runs the karate division at the government funded multi-sport club MTK and is also member of the executive board of the Hungarian Karate Federation. Previously he co-founded a combat sports media company totaldamage.hu and clothing brand TDMG which continue to operate today.
Kim Hurwitz joined KOKO Sports Management in September 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer.
Ms. Hurwitz was previously Chief Content Officer for FOTV Media Networks Inc., a global digital platform she grew to 1,000 channels that featured the eponymous TV network she programmed with carriage via worldwide OTT, Dish Network (USA) and Sky (UK). She also led the company’s global partnership, distribution and syndication efforts during her tenure from 2010-2017.
From 2000 to 2005 Kim was Director of Marketing for DIRECTV overseeing PPV and Advanced Products where she managed a $500mm annual P&L, returning to the national telecommunications giant as Senior Manager of Marketing from 2009 to 2010.
Past positions include Vice President of Marketing, Publicity and Distribution for MWG Media, National Director of Affiliate Relations for the Tube Music Network, Regional Marketing and Advanced Products Manager for Adelphia/TCI and President/Co-Founder of the SoCal PPV Cable Group where she led 33 cable MSOs to industry-leading pay per view buy rates.
The recipient of numerous marketing awards and a frequent industry panelist, Ms. Hurwitz studied Theater Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles and possesses more than 20 years’ experience building and monetizing leading entertainment platforms and brands.