After graduating from the University of Illinois with a CPA and a degree in Accounting and from Northwestern University School of Law, founder and CEO Barry Meister began practicing tax law with a specialty in mergers and acquisitions.....but baseball remained his first love.
Despite the rigors of a busy law practice with the largest firm in Chicago, Barry continued to play semi-pro baseball every summer with the ex-professionals and college players returning home for the summer. In 1983, Barry's Skokie Indians' semi-pro team included 5 players who would go on to play professionally, including the Cardinals' first round draft choice and eventual major leaguer Jim Lindeman. Jim asked Barry to negotiate his draft bonus with the St Louis Cardinals and a career in sports representation was born! Jim's Bradley University teammate and 1984 Olympian Mike Dunne also retained Barry, and the 1984 Olympic team yielded future clients and first round draft choices Barry Larkin and Oddibe McDowell. In a few short years, Barry's client base expanded to include 7 time All-Star and NL MVP Dave Parker, 3 time All-Star and 300 Save Club member Jeff Montgomery, All-Star and 3 time Gold Glove winner Tom Pagnozzi and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
Barry left his successful law practice and began representing athletes on a full time basis, first as a part of an existing baseball agency and, beginning in 1987, on his own. Meister Sports Management was formally launched in February, 1992, and has grown into the nationally respected sports and entertainment agency it is today.