Eustace L. King oversees all aspects of O2K's business, contract negotiation, sports marketing, athletic training, health management and wealth management. Before O2K, King was a Director at the National Hockey League. By the age of 31, he had become one of the NHL's most influential young executives. Aside from the traditional day-to-day operations of the League, King jointly oversaw corporate sponsorship and was directly responsible for new business development.
King, in conjunction with his Senior Vice President, managed a division that represented in excess of $375 million in worldwide marketing, advertising and promotional support for the sport of hockey. Despite a challenging economic environment, King worked to renew several high profile NHL business partners such as Anheuser-Busch, MasterCard and MBNA, while adding four new partners - Best Buy, Kellogg's, Sirius Satellite Radio and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. While at the NHL, King served as a member of NHL Diversity, designed to introduce economically disadvantaged children of diverse ethnic backgrounds to the game of hockey while also teaching them other essential life skills.
Prior to joining the National Hockey League, King served as a Media Buyer/Planner for Leo Burnett Worldwide, one of the most prominent advertising agencies in the world. King was a key contributor to strategic consulting, marketing plan development and promotional program implementation. In addition to those responsibilities, King identified and negotiated placement in national and local media to generate awareness, increased sales and repeat purchases for the Miller Brewing Company, and McDonalds.
King received his joint degree in Mass Communications and Sociology at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He also was a member of the nationally ranked men's CCHA Division 1 Varsity Ice Hockey Championship Team and was a two time recipient of an Academic and Athletic Excellence Award. King recently continued his education by completing The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Matthew G. Oates oversees all aspects of O2K's business, contract negotiation, sports marketing, athletic training, health management, and wealth management. In addition, Oates is a licensed insurance producer who works hand in hand with O2K clients and top insurance companies. Before O2K, Oates was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Oates enjoyed a nine year professional hockey career, mostly within the Chicago Blackhawks organization. After Oates' professional hockey career he became a senior-level executive of Corporate Sales and Marketing for Diamond Sports Management. He jointly oversaw corporate sponsorships and was directly responsible for new business development for the Idaho Steelheads hockey team and the Bank of America Centre. Oates' group managed a division that represented millions of dollars in marketing and advertising for Diamond Sports Management.
Oates attended Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) where he was a member of the nationally ranked men's CCHA Varsity Ice Hockey Championship Team. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Steve Reich is a licensed NHLPA Certified Agent whose primary responsibility is contract negotiations for O2K. Reich began representing professional athletes in 1987. From 1993 to 2000, Reich was the President of RBRT Sports Group, one of the largest hockey representation groups in the world. While there he represented such athletes as Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Chris Chelios, Tom Barrasso, Luc Robitaille, Kevin Stevens, Scott Gomez, Brad Stuart and dozens of other outstanding players.
In 2001, Reich founded Reich Publishing & Marketing, where he continued to represent Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman to promote and manage their marketing, licensing, foundations, and endorsement opportunities. Some of the companies that Reich Publishing & Marketing have secured marketing and endorsement contracts with are: Bayer/GlaxoSmithKline (Levitra), Nike, The Hockey Company, Microsoft, EA Sports, The Home Depot, Kellogg's, Campbell's, Sam's Club, Be A Player Trading Cards, Steiner Sports, Topps Trading Cards and Upper Deck.
Reich graduated from Bucknell University, earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School and entered the world of athlete representation shortly thereafter. Reich is a licensed attorney and is certified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Dean Grillo is a partner in O2K Worldwide Management Group. His primary responsibilities include contract negotiations, player development and evaluating prospective professional athletes. In addition, Grillo assists in the day-to-day management of current O2K clients.
Prior to joining O2K, Grillo was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He played three years in the Sharks organization, Grillo finished his playing career in Europe playing in the Finnish Elite League. After Grillo's professional career he served in various capacities within the United States Hockey League. He held positions including Regional Scout, Director of Hockey Operations as well as Head Coach for the Indiana Ice.
Grillo has a wealth of experience in coaching and a family that has a well-respected reputation throughout the hockey community. His father, Chuck, was a scout a NHL scout for 32 years, and former Executive Vice President and Director of Player Development for the San Jose Sharks. His brother, Rob, has been a scout with the San Jose Sharks for the past 20 years and his cousin, Roger, works for USA Hockey.
In addition to Grillo's responsibilities at O2K, he is also the Director of Hockey Operations for Minnesota Hockey Camps. Minnesota Hockey Camps was co-founded by his father, Chuck Grillo and the late Herb Brooks. Throughout its 32-year existence, Minnesota Hockey Camps has had over 300 camp alumni that have gone on to play in the NHL and win NHL awards.
Grillo attended the University of North Dakota playing two seasons for the Fighting Sioux. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Marketing from Sullivan University in Lexington, Ky.
Matt is a NHLPA Certified Player Agent for O2K Sports Management. His primary responsibilities include: scouting and evaluating prospective professional athletes in the United States and Canada, analyzing and projecting the NHL marketplace and salary cap, as well as day-to-day management of existing O2K clients.
Prior to joining O2K in 2013, Federico played collegiately as a goalie at Western Michigan University in the CCHA and later spent the 2012-13 season on the coaching staff at WMU. Federico was a member of the 2011 WMU team that made the program's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Prior to his time at Western, he played youth hockey in Phoenix for the P.F. Chang's program. Federico earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from Western Michigan University.
Chris is a NHLPA Certified Player Agent and serves as in-house Counsel for O2K Worldwide Management Group. His primary responsibilities are: general oversight of O2K's legal affairs; interpreting how the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement impacts O2K clients; analyzing and projecting the NHL marketplace and salary cap; evaluating prospective professional hockey players in the US and Canada; and assisting in the day-to-day management of existing O2K clients.
Chris grew up playing minor hockey in Colorado, and he played NCAA hockey at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His father won a Stanley Cup as a member of the coaching staff for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. Chris graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado before earning a J.D. from the Law School at the University of Colorado. He is a licensed attorney certified to practice law by the State Supreme Court of Colorado.
For the past 7 years, Chris has also coached Tier I and Tier II minor hockey teams in Colorado.
Dave Cowan is the newest member of the O2K team. His primary responsibilities within the company will include the negotiations for player and company client contracts, the day-to-day management of existing O2K clients and the recruiting of potential new clients.
Prior to joining O2K, Dave worked for Bauer Hockey in the Elite Athlete Service division. When with Bauer, Dave worked directly with the players at the NHL and CHL level. Dave customized the on-ice gear and handled all endorsement deal contracts for his players within his territory. Dave was also the main contact between Bauer and Hockey Canada where he managed all the men's and women's team within the Hockey Canada program. Dave successfully managed and organized the NHL combine in Buffalo NY for Bauer where he worked directly with the combine athletes.
Dave attended Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh where he played four seasons for the Men's NCAA Div.1 Colonials. Dave was a two-year captain for the RMU Colonials and graduated with a degree in Business Management (BSBA). After graduating Dave played professional hockey for three seasons. Dave played in the Toronto Maple Leaf's organization for two seasons before playing one season in Europe.
Dave holds an MBA in the Business of Hockey from Athabasca University.