Hooman "Mo" Tavakolian is Chief Compliance Officer at Cyrus Capital Partners, Vice President of the New York Athletic Club Wrestling Club and Director of the infamous NYAC International Tournament. He received his Master in Science of Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, an MBA from Long Island University, and a BA in Psychology from Hunter College where he placed in the conference and NY Collegiate States. Hooman wrestled for Hofstra University and Hunter College. Post-graduation, Hooman was the Assistant Coach at Hunter College for two seasons. He is a two-time Veteran National Champion. He is the founder of the Become Your Own Dream Scholarship, a scholarship fund that partners with Beat the Street NY. Hooman is an ambassador to wrestling with his close ties with the Iranian & Brazilian wrestling federations and national teams where he serves as the liaison on behalf of the Iranian Wrestling Federation, USA Wrestling and United World Wrestling ("UWW").
Hooman launched Tavak Partners, a global strategic consulting firm that collaborates with government entities and non govt entities in bridging gaps between nations through sports. This has been very effective with Iran, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, and various international non for profit organizations. Through this entity, he also started a wrestling outreach program where he donates wrestling gear to kids in need around the world by providing student athletes a path and mentoring them, failure is never an option. He works closely with the State Department and Non-Government Organizations (“NGO”) to promote and advocate gender equality in sports and Wrestling diplomacy.
He is a 2017 USA National Wrestling hall of Fame inductee. He is also a member of United World Wrestling ("UWW") Sports for all Commission and on the Audit committee of USA Wrestling.
Hooman holds BTS very close to his heart. Growing up in Long Island and facing financial challenges, he found gratitude and guidance in wrestling. BTS is exactly that, it develops young athletes and provides them guidance and confidence to face life, opponents and more on the mat, and more importantly off the mat.
Hooman Lives in Long Island with his wife Lorelei and 3 children.