George Pyne
Founder and CEO, Bruin Sports Capital

George Pyne is a global business executive and founder of Bruin Sports Capital a sports, media, marketing and branded lifestyle company where he serves as CEO. Since its founding in January of 2015, Bruin’s portfolio of companies has grown to include more than 1,100 employees across twenty-four offices in nine countries, and spans three powerful core platforms – Experiences & Hospitality, Marketing Services and Sports Media & Technology. Pyne is also Non-Executive Chairman of Courtside Ventures, a venture capital fund investing $35 million in early stage technology and media companies that focus on sports. From 2006 to 2014, Pyne was the President of IMG Sports and Entertainment and a member of its board of directors. At IMG, he was the driving force behind the earnings growth that resulted in the $2.4 billion sale of IMG to William Morris Endeavor from Forstmann Little's initial investment of $750 million. Prior to IMG, he served as Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR and was the second non-family member in the company’s history to serve on its board of directors. Under Pyne’s leadership, NASCAR experienced prolific growth in attendance, television viewership, investments made by Fortune 500 companies and licensing and consumer products. Pyne has been recognized as one of the most influential people in professional sports by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Sporting News and the Sports Business Journal. He is a member of the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation’s Leadership Hall of Fame. He has been hailed by Advertising Age as one of its “Top 100 Marketers.” Pyne has also received the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award for lifetime achievement, was recognized by the Ivy League Football Association for lifetime achievement and was awarded the March of Dimes’ Corporate Leadership Award. Pyne currently serves on the board of the National Football Foundation.