Our Team

The Sports Advisory Group maintains full service offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Having regional associates within an easy commuting distance is particularly helpful for our sports clients. The regionalized approach allows us to better keep a pulse on local economies, demographics and activity within given markets, spotting trends, monitoring competition, while tracking all the movers and shakers within that region.

Grimes_Larry Larry Grimes
Founder/President

Larry Grimes has served as President and Owner of W.B. Grimes & Company and the Sports Advisory group since 1985. During this time Grimes has personally handled the sale of hundreds of media properties while also directing the firm’s sports M&A advisory practice. Grimes has also provided consulting services to several start-up companies in the professional sports, golf, entertainment, digital media and broadcast industries. Grimes is the former owner of radio station WDJY-FM, licensed to Trenton/Gainesville, Florida. He is the former President of NextGeneration Media, a national coupon franchising company based in Springfield, VA. Grimes has considerable appraisal experience.He has served as an expert witness in a variety of valuation cases involving divorce proceedings, change of ownership, and estate planning.Grimes has served as a consultant to the Northern Virginia Small Business Development Center in affiliation with the Small Business Administration. He has assisted in the development of numerous business plans and their execution and has served as a Business Plan Reviewer for the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.Grimes sports resume also includes 20+ years coaching basketball and women’s field hockey at the high school and D-III college level.
(301) 253-5016Email: lgrimes@thesportsadvisorygroup.com
Yates_Bill Bill Yates
Senior Associate

Bill spent fourteen seasons as a pro sports executive managing professional hockey teams throughout North America. His teams were consistently recognized as industry leaders for developing trendsetting marketing and operations strategies. Bill began his sports career with the Fort Worth Brahmas Hockey Team in the Central Hockey League. During his eight seasons in Fort Worth he advanced to the role of Executive Vice President. Then, in 2005 he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas to serve as Assistant General Manager for the Corpus Christi IceRays and in 2006 was named the President of the Biloxi, Mississippi Sea Wolves of the East Coast Hockey League. Bill oversaw the team’s return after a two year hiatus that came as the result of Hurricane Katrina. He was responsible for all business operations for the minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning.Most recently, Bill was a partner with Splash Management, a marketing strategy firm in Fort Worth, Texas where he still serves on the advisory board. Bill also serves in an advisory role with Sports Career Advancement a retained executive placement company focusing on the sports industry.Bill has developed two non-profit foundations benefiting families in Fort Worth and South Mississippi. He also serves as a mentor for the Career Transitions Workshops in Southlake, Texas.Bill and his wife Gigi live in the historic landmark Judge Crowley home in Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook neighborhood with their three Old English Sheepdogs.(817) 422-4241;
Email: byates@sportsadvancement.com

Tommy_Geprge Tommy George
Senior Associate

Tommy joined the Sports Advisory Group as Senior Associate in 2015. Tommy spent the last seven years working as Sports Director for Special Olympics Maryland. Tommy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Sports Management from Western New England College, and brings an extensive sports and business background to the team.Since 2005, Tommy has also been a full-time ice hockey official with experience in the American Hockey League, ECHL, Hockey East (NCAA), and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Tommy officiated the NCAA Frozen Four National Championship game in 2013 and 2014, and has done three IIHF World Championships. In February of 2014, George was selected as one of four Americans to officiate the men’s hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.Tommy and his wife, Jamie, reside in Frederick, Maryland.(240) 409-6297 ; Email: TGeorge@thsportsadvisorygroup.com