Leadership

Charles Cox: Chief Executive Officer

Charles Cox is the Chief Executive Officer of BACK9NETWORK, having been promoted to that position in July 2014. Prior to being appointed CEO, Cox was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development for BACK9NETWORK, holding that title since the company’s inception in 2012. While with the network, Cox has overseen all financial operations, equity raising, network strategy, affiliate sales, business development, and on-air talent negotiation. In addition, he led the DIRECTV carriage negotiations, the acquisition of Swing by Swing Golf, and the raising of nearly $30 million in equity and debt since he started with the company in October 2012. Read More


Carlos Silva: President & Chief Operating Officer

Carlos Silva has managed the meteoric growth of some of the world’s largest digital empires and niche sports cable networks, and brings that expertise to his role as the acting President of BACK9NETWORK. Since 2012, he has led day to day operations of the network as it has grown its digital audience, adding key talent and production members and helped secure a critical television distribution deal with DIRECTV. As a veteran in the digital media industry, Carlos has 25 years of experience in building and selling TV and media convergence space throughout his professional career.  Read More


Reid Gorman: Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer & Executive Vice President

Reid Gorman co-founded BACK9NETWORK in 2010. Currently, he serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President, Golf Industry Relations. Over the past few years he has helped build a team of media experts to complement the originally formed golf-centric management team. Gorman helped  the company raise significant private/public capital to build the foundation and ongoing administrative operations of the business, and played an important role in securing the network’s television distribution deal with DIRECTV. He is a 20-year veteran of the golf industry, specializing in sales and operations for leading consumer brands such as Callaway Golf. His extensive experience in the golf industry adds pertinent insight to the overall development of the network. Read More


Ahmad Rashad: Executive Producer and Host

Ahmad Rashad is BACK9NETWORK’s Executive Producer and Host. He is an Emmy® Award-winning sportscaster and a former college All-American and All-Pro football star who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He was host, executive producer and managing editor of the Emmy-nominated show NBA Inside Stuff for 16 seasons. Read More


Paul Pendergast: Chief Development Officer

Known as one of the most savvy and successful development executives in the country, Paul Pendergast currently serves as Chief Development Officer for the BACK9NETWORK. Prior to joining Back9Network, Paul was the Director of Institutional Advancement at the University of Connecticut. He also served as Interim Athletic Director at the University of Connecticut, President of the Saint Francis Foundation and the Senior Vice President of Development for Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Read More


Scot Thor: Senior Vice President, Programming

Scot Thor is a highly creative production, marketing, programming and business development executive with 20 years of sports and entertainment media experience in network and start up environments. He is BACK9NETWORK’s Senior Vice President of Programming. Prior to coming to BACK9NETWORK, Scot was the Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Intersport. Read More


Harry Goldberg: Vice President, Operations & Engineering

Harry Goldberg brings his extensive background and experience in television operations and engineering to BACK9NETWORK as its Vice President of Operations and Engineering. Harry has a record of accomplishments for the direct management and implementation of multiple large scale and complex projects. He has worked with management teams to help develop and improve master control and control room workflow with manufacturer’s emerging technology, creating innovative operational designs and efficiencies in system workflow. Read More 


Todd Schwarzschild: Vice President, Programming & Production

Todd Schwarzschild is BACK9NETWORK’s Vice President of Programming and Production. Todd joins us from CNN International’s Special Projects Unit where he helped create and oversee sponsored content. Previously, he has worked for CNN Productions creating both short and long form documentaries, features, and investigative reports for CNN USA. Read More


Dennis Allen: Senior Vice President of Global Business Development

Dennis Allen is BACK9NETWORK’s Senior Vice President of Global Business Development. Fluent in Japanese, he has lived and worked in Asia for 18 years bringing with him a unique understanding of the Asian markets. From July 2005 until May 2009, he served as Vice-President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific Region for TaylorMade-adidas Golf, based in Hong-Kong. Read More