Founded in 2008 by sports diplomat, compliance executive, and USA Wrestling Hall of Famer Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian, Tavak Partners is a unique sports management and consulting firm, representing causes and clients, worldwide. Based in New York City, the firm is noted for its successes in sports diplomacy, global peace initiatives, liaison activities, and promoting gender equality in sports.
What We Do
For our clients, we take a hands-on approach to supporting you through every stage of your career. From the first time you step into a professional arena, we're with you – providing guidance, advice, insight and planning – up to and including the time you're ready to transition to life off the field.
Tavak Partners has always had a family-oriented environment where we care about the person behind the athlete – and not just the athlete. That's why we take the time to get to know you and develop a complete understanding of your needs, values, and short- and long-term professional goals.
We operate from a simple premise: you perform better when you have peace of mind – and our job is to provide it. That peace of mind comes from the strategic plan we develop and implement for you and your career.
Tavak Partners is always cultivating its global network of strategic alliances and ventures. As a member of our family, your career can benefit from these relationships.
Don't be surprised that wherever your career may take you, Tavak Partners has a trusted teammate already in place.
We carry that same level of strategic thinking over to the highly selective causes we manage. Tavak Partners handles only those causes that use athletic exchange and competition to build peace and influence diplomatic relations on a global scale.
This practice is called sports diplomacy and for nearly a decade, Tavak Partners has been committed to its global success. The strength of sports diplomacy is that it bridges inherent cultural, religious and even geopolitical gaps – and brings people together as never before. In recent years, sports diplomacy – with wrestling in particular – has emerged as an effective tool for building peaceful between the US and Iran, Russia, Eastern Europe, and South America.
Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian, Founder & President
Hooman “Mo” Tavakolian is the president of Tavak Partners. He has over 15 years of executive compliance, ethics and management experience in finance. Mo received his Master in Science of Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, his MBA in International Management from Long Island University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College (CUNY).
A former NCAA Division 1 and USAW wrestler, he has been involved with sports diplomacy and global peace initiatives for 10 years. Since 2008 he has served as liaison for US, Brazil, and Iranian wrestling teams and delegations, and a key mediator for several international negotiations.
In 2013, when the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games program, Mo was among the group who successfully campaigned for the reversal of that decision. Four years later, he and officials from the Iran Wrestling Federation persuaded Iran to reverse its ban on American wrestlers visiting the country to compete in a major tournament.
As an ambassador of goodwill and the sport of wrestling, Mo is known by decision makers of various finance, private and government sectors, worldwide.
He is a member of the New York Athletic Club, where he serves as Director of the international tournament. He is the founder of the Become Your Own Dream Scholarship helping inner city student athletes. Mo also serves on the board of Beat the Streets, a non-for-profit organization empowering inner city kids through the sport of wrestling. He is heavily involved with the Beat the Streets wrestling matches in Times Square.
In 2017, Mo was inducted into the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Lorelei Tavakolian, Director of Operations
Co-founder of Tavak Partners, Lorelei has over 20 years of corporate experience building compliance programs for a variety of financial organizations.
She is responsible for the firms' day-to-day management, in addition to overseeing its human resource needs, accounting functions and administrative matters for our clients.
Lorelei's well-honed organizational and communication skills consistently ensure Tavak's client service is second-to-none.