Progress Partners

Investment Banking

Progress Partners is a boutique investment firm based in Boston and New York City providing financial advisory services to companies in media, marketing, advertising, and software.

Doug Billman

Doug brings over 30 years experience in sports marketing, corporate consulting, operations management, television production/distribution and multi-platform digital media. Throughout his career he has driven change and innovation for his own organization and its clients and customers, whether in the more traditional realm of sports sponsorship, or the cutting edge of digital technologies. Doug has spent over half of his career living and working internationally so his network of contacts is as far-ranging as his subject matter expertise.

Doug joins Progress Partners having spent nine years successfully building his company, Sports Solutions International, into a leadership position as a sports technology consultant. His clients include the leading providers in peer-to-peer streaming video, mobile marketing, social media and  gaming, event management/scoring/graphics software, 3D production, calendaring platforms and more. They hail from Israel, Spain, Australia, the UK and the US.

Prior to starting his own company, Doug spent 23 years working for IMG, the world’s leading sports management and marketing company, founded by the legendary Mark McCormack, acknowledged as the father of his industry. Most recently, Doug helped launched IMG’s entry into the interactive media business, TWIi,  overseeing development and maintenance of 40 websites for clients including the US Tennis Association, Wimbledon, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (British Open), Manchester United, US Soccer Federation, Chinese Football Association, Tiger Woods, and the New England Patriots. He helped create a full service hosting operation to provide managed services to internal and external clients; developed strategy for the management of interactive rights in combination with traditional media rights for key clients; and  managed the development of rich media asset management software, while overseeing a staff of 160 across production centers in Boston, London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

During a 16 year stay in IMG’s London office, Doug  created and led the development of European Tour Productions (a joint venture between IMG and the PGA European Tour) from start-up to its establishment as the media and commercial arm of the Tour.  Doug built a consensus with the amateur golf federations across Europe for the development of their media rights and built a model organization that is unique in world sport. It originates live television coverage from all of its own tournaments as well as highlights, magazine, closed circuit and radio content; distributes these to a network of 30+ broadcasters worldwide; manages sales and integration for the Tour’s official sponsors; manages  europeantour.com and all the Tour’s digital assets;  and functions as  an in-house advertising agency to manage the media planning and buying for major golf and tourism  brands in Europe. Doug and his successor replicated this model in joint ventures with the South African and Asian Tours.

Doug attended Phillips Academy – Andover, Yale University and Ohio University’s Graduate School of Sports Administration.

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