Ben C. Sutton, Jr. is an entrepreneur, culture builder, and philanthropist from North Carolina. He is currently founder and chairman of Teall Capital Partners, a private equity firm with investments in innovative, high-growth brands and services, including Riddle & Bloom, Tailgate Guys, Dyehard Fan Supply, Complex Sports & Entertainment, Nickel, and Sunshine Beverages. Widely credited for inventing the college sports media business as it is known today, Sutton sold his first company, ISP Sports, to IMG College in 2010, where he continued to build those core businesses into four national market-leading companies (media, licensing, ticketing, and stadium seating). He later engineered the sale of IMG in 2014 for $2.4 billion.
Sutton, often cited as one of the most powerful figures in sports and entertainment, is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (highest civilian honor in North Carolina), the Wake Forest University Distinguished Alumni award, the National Sports Media Association Roone Arledge award, and University of South Carolina lifetime achievement award. He has also been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame, and the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Hall of Fame. In addition to serving as chairman and/or director of the six Teall Capital portfolio companies, he serves on the boards of Wake Forest University, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the White House Historical Association, the National Football Foundation, the PGA Tour First Tee Foundation, and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee foundation and others. The Sutton family has contributed more than $50 million to various philanthropic causes across the country.