Ben C. Sutton, Jr. is founder and chairman of Teall Capital, a private equity company with investments in a portfolio of businesses including Riddle & Bloom (national next-gen marketing agency), Tailgate Guys (national market-leading hospitality company), Sunshine Beverages, and Dyehard Fan Supply (national sports/entertainment merchandising business).
Sutton, a graduate of Wake Forest University and law school, was previously Chairman|CEO of IMG College, which he founded as ISP Sports in 1992, essentially inventing the college media business as it is known today. IMG is the largest college sports company and sports/entertainment sales organization in America (Sports Business Journal). In addition to building the core businesses of IMG College into four national market-leading companies, he was largely responsible for the meteoric overall growth of IMG Worldwide, engineering the sale of the company in 2014 for $2.4 billion. IMG was the national market leader in Media, Licensing, Ticketing and Stadium Seating, working with over 225 universities, conferences, NCAA and College Football Playoff.
In addition to being named one of the most powerful sports executives in America, Sutton has received numerous awards including the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Wake Forest Distinguished Alumni award, and induction into the North Carolina Sports, National Football Foundation, NACMA and Sports Business Journal Champions Halls of Fame. He serves on the boards of Wake Forest University, White House Historical Association, Ronald Reagan Presidential, National Football, Naismith Basketball and U.S. Olympic Committee foundations. The Sutton Family Foundation has invested over $40 million in philanthropic causes.