Arn Tellem

Arn is vice chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team.

Previously, he spent 34 years as a player agent, serving as Vice Chairman of Wasserman Media Group in Los Angeles and overseeing its Team Sports Division. In 2013, Forbes ranked him the third most powerful agent in sports, and first in basketball.

When he left Wasserman Media Group in 2015 he was No. 1 among NBA agents in players represented, All-Stars, maxed-out contracts and clients’ salaries. His clients have included Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O’Neal, Pau Gasol, Mark Langston, Frank Thomas, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Mike Mussina, and Yu Darvish. In 2013 he became part-owner of Israel’s Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.

Arn was born in West Philadelphia and grew up on the Main Line. He graduated from Haverford College in 1976 and, three years later, from the University of Michigan Law School. He launched his career as an attorney in the law firm Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney, specializing in sports law and commercial litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California. He writes a sports column for The Huffington Post and has also written for The New York Times and USA Today. He receives frequent invitations to lecture on sports law and agency and was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California School of Law.

Aside from his work for Seeds of Peace, Arn also serves on the Board of Directors of Playing for Peace. He is an Alumnus of Camp Powhatan from the 1960s, and he and wife Nancy Reiss Tellem, also of the Seeds of Peace Board, are the parents of three American Seeds, years 2002, 2004, and 2008.

“I love visiting Maine each summer and meeting each group of Seeds campers—there is no doubt these kids will change the world someday.”