Meet our directors at Defend Your Head.
Glenn Tilley, Executive Chairman
Glenn Tilley brings over 30 years of leadership experience in sports and entertainment marketing, and management to lead the growth of ProTech with the purpose to make the game of football safer for players of all ages. Glenn, most recently is the Founder and CEO of The Champions Network (Baltimore, MD), a business acceleration firm. It’s mission is to accelerate the growth of companies with products and services that make a positive difference in the lives of athletes and families in the sports, health and wellness spaces. Glenn also serves as a Board Director at SportsField Engineering, a safety based sports playing surface design and fabrication company.
Prior to these roles, Glenn was President and CEO of Ripken Baseball Inc., a baseball management and sports marketing firm that owns and operates minor league baseball teams, operates youth tournaments, camps, and clinics, and manages the marketing direction of the Ripken brand. In that role, Glenn led an organization-wide transformation that resulted in significant revenue growth, debt reduction, and the repositioning and expansion of the Cal Ripken, Jr. brand on a national level. Glenn’s leadership led the alignment of the Ripken Mission with all business growth initiatives. Previously, Glenn served as President and CEO of The Becker Group, transforming a niche Christmas decor company into a nationally recognized entertainment and experiential marketing company with clients including The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, The Discovery Channel, The Taubman Company and Simon Properties. Glenn grew Becker Group into an internationally recognized success where he led a successful acquisition of the company to Viad Corp. Earlier in his career, Glenn was an executive at sports management firms Shapiro and Robinson and Eastern Athletic Services, which managed professional athletes in baseball and football.
Glenn graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Princeton University, where he was an All-Ivy League Football Player.
John Roman, Director
John Roman enjoyed an impressive career as a professional football player followed by more than two decades as a successful financial services executive. John spent seven seasons as an offensive lineman for the New York Jets, (1976–1983), after playing for one year for the Philadelphia Bell, part of the original World Football League. In 1983, he received the Menorah Sports Award given to the most outstanding Jet.
Prior to his current role, John served as a management consultant for Arin Risk Advisors, LLC (Conshohocken, PA), where the firm’s assets under management rose 100% in one year under his sales leadership. John was also founder and managing director of Whitford Capital Advisors, LLC (Malvern, PA), an investment advisor representative firm. Prior to that he served as President and Director of Global Marketing for Valley Forge Capital Advisors Inc. (Malvern, PA), a SEC Registered Investment Advisor providing institutional asset management to diverse distribution channels, where he successfully led the firm through a $746 million asset expansion. Earlier, John served as President of mutual fund provider Quaker Funds Inc.; President of mutual fund Penn Street Funds; and Executive Vice President of the Wealth Management division of the Bryn Mawr Trust Company.
John began his financial services career at Merrill Lynch Trust Company where he rose to the position of President stationed in Somerset, NJ.
John graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He received the ISU Professional Achievement Award and was inducted into the ISU Sports Hall of Fame, in addition to being named to several Big Sky Conference teams during his college years.
Joe Banner, Director
Joe Banner has held significant leadership positions with some of the top teams in the National Football League. Joe spent 18 years with the Philadelphia Eagles, rising to the position of Executive President in 2011. Most recently, he served as a Front Office Consultant for the Atlanta Falcons and CEO of the Cleveland Browns. He recently joined ESPN as “Front Office Insider,” where he shares his experience and insight on the network’s television, radio, and online programs.
Prior to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of City Year, where he is Chair of the National Leadership Council and Chair of the Site and Program Committee, Joe served as the co-chair of the Philadelphia City Year Board of Directors. In addition, he is a director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and, in 2001, received the Partners Leadership Award from the University of Pennsylvania for his extensive community service within the Boston Public School system and the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Joe graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Dan Miller, Director
Dan Miller served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana from October 2011 until August 2013. Upon his retirement, he was named as the first Global Executive-in-Residence at the University of Evansville.
From 2000 to 2010, Miller served as executive vice president of Kimball International and president of Kimball Furniture Group in Jasper, Indiana. There, he led development of the $1.2 billion NASDAQ company’s Asian supply chain for furniture. Miller also served as executive vice president for Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Whirlpool Corporation, president and CEO of International Knife and Saw in Cincinnati, Ohio, and president and COO of Overhead Door Corporation in Dallas, Texas.
Miller graduated from the University of Evansville in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Miller previously served on the University of Evansville’s Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees. Miller has served on the Board of Directors of The Handleman Company, Koch Enterprises Inc. and as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo Brazil (AMCHAM Bra-sil) and President of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIF-MA).
Robert A. Fox, Director
Robert “Bob” Fox is the founder of RAF Industries, Inc., a private equity firm specializing in middle market and mature platform and add-on acquisitions. The firm seeks to invest in niche manufacturing and service oriented companies that produce both consumer and industrial products with a focus on branded consumer products and services, niche-leasing companies, proprietary industrial products and services, value added distribution, high-end building and DIY products. The firm has taken a long-range perspective acquiring and investing in solidly performing companies worldwide.
Prior to organizing RAF in 1979, Bob was Chief Executive Officer of Warner Company, a NYSE-listed company. While associated with Warner, he completed over 25 acquisitions and grew Waste Resources, a start-up subsidiary, into a national, publicly traded solid waste management firm. Bob has served as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of public corporations. Some of his philanthropic positions include Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where he endowed the Fox Leadership Program, former President and member of the Board of Managers of the Wistar Institute and a director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and The Gesu School. Bob earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Frank Lytle, Director
Mr. Lytle has enjoyed an extensive career in Furniture and Technology sales. He was one of the founders of Protective Sports Equipment International, Inc., which was recently, renamed Defend Your Head. Mr. Lytle has also demonstrated a penchant for recognizing a unique idea or product and developing that opportunity into a commercial success. His experience ranges from innovation and design to product launch and market development.
Mr. Lytle has also managed sales teams (i.e. Finger-Works) and guided multiple companies (i.e. Kimball International) from their incubation stage into profitable going concerns. He started his career as Sales & Marketing Manager for Hardwood House. He grew Hardwood House sales from $2.2 million to over $18 million. Later he started his own independent rep group in upstate New York that successfully increased many companies’ sales (5 companies) from zero to over $3 million. In 1993 he developed the REASONS panel system in conjunction with a company named Transwall. This product line was launched in 1994 and sales grew to $11 million in 1997. In 1998 Kimball International bought Transwall and Frank’s intellectual property for the REASONS product line. Frank was retained as a consultant and worked for the President of Kimball in investigating office trends of the future.
Through the years Mr. Lytle has worked with The Work Place of the Future at Carnegie Mellon, MIT, with Alan Hedge at Cornell University and assisted in the last written booklet of BOSTI (Buffalo Organization of Social and Technological Innovation).