Jim Bates

Jim Bates

Jim is a partner and co-founder of Sports Club Advisors. He is an experienced M&A advisor, a successful sports and fitness professional, a successful entrepreneur, and a published author.  Jim works with buyers and sellers of fitness and athletic clubs, and provides valuation, operational and value enhancement consulting services nationwide.

Business Valuation for Dummies

Jim has over 30 years of tennis and fitness club experience. He started playing in competitive tennis at the age of 9 and went on to play tennis at Western Illinois University where he was a four-year standout and earned team MVP and all-conference accolades.

After college Jim began his professional career as a tennis pro working at a number of premier tennis and fitness clubs before returning to Western Illinois University to earn his MBA and to serve as assistant coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

Post graduate school, Jim has spent the last 15 years in the investment banking industry while at the same time remaining actively involved in tennis.  He has been involved in over a dozen transactions with an estimated market value of over $50 million.  In addition, he co-authored Business Valuation for Dummies (Wiley & Sons Publishing – 2009).

Jim holds three certifications from the Professional Tennis Registry (Adult Development, 11-17, and High Performance); and, he is a regular speaker at Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and Tennis Industry Association (TIA) conferences and events.  In 2012, Jim was named PTR Pro of the Year for the state of Illinois.  He is also on the National Advisory WTeam of Wilson Racquet Sports.

He and his wife live in Chicago.
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