Meet our leadership at Defend Your Head.
John Roman, Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.