Mr. Andrew Kline is the Founder and Managing Director at Park Lane. Park Lane was founded in 2005 to facilitate the purchase and sales of professional sports teams as well as the financing of early and late-stage sports-based businesses.
Mr. Kline brings a broad background of professional sports experience, investment banking expertise, and industry knowledge to Park Lane. He has advised on M&A transactions in all the major sports and he has also been instrumental in obtaining financing for many early-stage sports-based businesses.
Mr. Kline is currently a member of the Stanford Executive Circle, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Association of Corporate Growth, the NFLPA, and the NFL Retired Players Association. In 2013, at the age of 36, Mr. Kline was named to The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 list. Mr. Kline was also named to SportsBusiness Journal’s 2016 Power Players List in the Advisory category and Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2017 edition of The Money Book celebrating the most influential people in Los Angeles finance.
Prior to founding Park Lane, Mr. Kline was drafted by the NFL World Champion St. Louis Rams, for whom he played center and quick guard. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Kline became an active investor in the San Diego and Arizona real estate markets and brought sizable returns to investors in his fund. Mr. Kline also founded The Australian Surf Academy (sold to Surf Diva in 2004) and The Athletes Agency (sold 49% in 2005). Kline also served as the Chairman of the Athletes for Rudy Giuliani Coalition during Giuliani’s bid for the presidency. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Navy SEAL Family Foundation and is very active in fundraising efforts for Special Forces and Special Operations Forces.
Mr. Kline attended San Diego State University, where he majored in Psychology, and the Business Management & Entrepreneurship Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Kline currently holds Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Mr. Sean Clemens is a Senior Vice President and Principal at Park Lane.
Mr. Clemens joined Park Lane in 2009 and plays a principal role in the firm’s financial analysis, due diligence, document preparation, and research. He is an active participant on the firm’s deal review team, evaluating potential engagements including capital raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. He has worked on transactions across all major American sports leagues, minor leagues, European soccer, and spanning a wide range of sports-based businesses.
Mr. Clemens is a key contributor to Park Lane’s valuation practice and liaises with the firm’s broker dealer to manage compliance efforts. He has authored several SportsBusiness Journal articles and sports industry white papers on behalf of Park Lane.
Mr. Clemens is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish. He also studied in Spain at the University of Seville.
Mr. Clemens currently holds Series 7, 62, 63, and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Mr. Edwin E. Draughan is an Investment Banking Associate at Park Lane.
Edwin has been a member of Park Lane since 2018 and is actively involved across all of the firm’s services. Mr. Draughan’s responsibilities include reviewing prospective incoming deals, managing client and investor relations, conducting due diligence, and assisting in the preparation of our client’s marketing and financial material. Since his arrival, Mr. Draughan has been a key contributor in originating and closing deals in the Sports M&A, Capital Group and Franchise Valuations verticals.
Prior to Park Lane, Mr. Draughan was a professional basketball player in Europe. During his 10-year career, Mr. Draughan competed and won championships in countries such as Switzerland, France, and Hungary. Toward the end of his professional basketball career, he founded the private wealth management/financial planning firm, Diesel Financial, where he helped professional athletes build a strong financial future. During that time, he earned his C.F.P. (Certificate of Financial Planning) and E.A. (Enrolled Agent) distinction.
Mr. Draughan earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and he earned a M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.
Mr Draughan currently holds Series 63, 79 and 82 registrations with FINRA.
Mr. David Hartzell is a Senior Analyst for Park Lane Investment Bank. His primary role is to effect securities transactions, namely within the primary and secondary markets. Mr. Hartzell is focused on facilitating transactions in later stage, illiquid stock in private companies.
Prior to Park Lane, Mr. Hartzell was enlisted in the United States Navy. Mr. Hartzell earned his BS in International Business at SUNY Buffalo. He currently resides in Southern California.
Mr. Hartzell currently holds Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Bianca Medici is the Controller and a Principal at Park Lane.
Ms. Medici serves as Park Lane’s Controller and is responsible for supporting the accounting and cash management activities of Park Lane, the proprietary Fund, and the portfolio companies. Medici has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance.
Prior to her role at Park Lane, Ms. Medici served as an accountant to Rogers Foam Corporation, Accounts Payable Clerk at Beacon, and accounting manager at ThinkBox Inc.
Ms. Medici earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College where she graduated with distinction. Ms. Medici also attended Harvard University and UCLA where she completed her accounting program.