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First online membership club for adult tennis players; low overhead, huge global cash flow potential and celebrity industry endorsements.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Lifestyle
  • Location Newport, RI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2010
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

BTN is the first online club for tennis players aged 45+, offering expert weekly content in physical therapy, nutrition, travel, instruction, orthopedics and psychology. In addition, members enjoy affinity industry discounts and both virtual and real-world social interaction. Members visit the online virtual clubhouse to peruse specifically age-relevant expert articles, network with other players and get access to tennis-related discounts.


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    Lace Milligan
    Co-Founder, President

    Lace is a certified tennis teaching professional and accomplished player. She graduated from Lynchburg College in 1970, majoring in physical education. She has taught tennis extensively, coached both men's and women's tennis teams, and specializes in the development of seniors' games and the importance of nutrition. Lace has extensive industry contacts, having served on the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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    Robert B. Milligan
    Co-Founder, CEO

    After graduating from Yale in 1972, Mr. Milligan gained experience in NYC commercial and investment banking. He then began a 30-year track record in finance, operating management and entrepreneurship within industries including energy, biotechnology, manufacturing, insurance and healthcare, among others. He is an accomplished tennis player and brings the unique combination of entrepreneurship, finance, operating management and vision to BTN.

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    Christopher M. Wright

    Chris Wright, a former tennis writer of the year and award-winning editor, guided three of the best sports sections in the country to more than three dozen national journalism honors. Chris has led coverage of several Final Fours, Super Bowls, a World Series and dozens of major tennis tournaments, including the Sony Ericsson Open for the Miami Herald. He also has covered the WTA and ATP Tour as an assistant editor at Inside Tennis magazine.

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    Richard J. Milligan
    Managing Director - Strategic Partners

    Mr. Milligan has experience as a Partner at Ernst & Young, working in their Corporate Finance Department on restructurings. Mr. Milligan also spent 15 years at Dillon Read & Co. Inc., where he was Managing Director/Partner of High Yield Capital Markets. Mr. Milligan has 22 years of experience in Fixed Income/High Yield Bond sales, trading, research and corporate finance, including work for Bear Stearns, Cowen & Company and Merrill Lynch.


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    Frank Sisson
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    Rozes & Gouveia

Previous Investors

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    Donald Dell, Charlie Pasarell, Butch Buchholz
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    Dr. Craig Foster, Margaret Klein, Dale Nelson, Steven Gouveia