Bold South Sports is led by Tyler Jones, a certified Athlete-Agent in South Carolina with over 15 years of experience in high-level politics, branding, and public relations.
Throughout his career in politics and public relations, Jones played instrumental roles in numerous high-profile campaigns, including three presidential races. He helped lead the groundbreaking PR effort to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds in 2015 and orchestrated one of the biggest political upsets in recent South Carolina history.
In 2016, he founded SPEAK Strategic Public Affairs, which became one of the most successful political communications firms in the state. In 2023, Jones brought on Renee Harvey as a partner and rebranded the firm as Bold South Strategies, LLC.
Recognized as one of the most influential political strategists in the country by Campaigns and Elections Magazine, Jones brings his seasoned political and public relations experience to the realm of NIL and athlete representation. With a profound understanding of marketing, branding, and sports, he offers a unique perspective to empower student-athletes and maximize their potential in the evolving landscape of college athletics.
Driven by a lifelong passion for sports, Jones launched Bold South Sports in 2023. His goal is to transition athletes into entrepreneurs and provide student-athletes with opportunities to monetize their brand.
Jones makes an annual pilgrimage to the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, never misses at least one series at Wrigley Field to support his beloved Chicago Cubs, and has been a season ticket holder for the College of Charleston men's basketball and baseball teams and the Charleston Riverdogs. His deep-rooted love for sports, combined with his success in public relations and branding, positions him as an ideal advocate for student-athletes navigating the uncharted waters of NIL.
Renee Harvey was born and raised amidst the charm of Charleston, South Carolina. While she didn't don a collegiate jersey herself, Renee has carved herself as an ardent fan of college sports and college athletes.
Renee has always been a huge College of Charleston Basketball fan. She believes that CofC is a breeding ground for basketball greatness. Renee cheers on the Cougs with unbridled enthusiasm. The electric atmosphere of The Six is enough to ignite anyone’s spirit.
It's on the soccer field, however, where Renee truly finds her sporting passion. With a fervor unmatched, she deems soccer as the epitome of athletic brilliance. It is undoubtedly the best sport in the world as there is no other sport that brings people together quite like soccer does.
But come March, Renee's world transforms into a basketball extravaganza, thanks to her undying love for March Madness. The unpredictability, the Cinderella stories, and the nail-biting finishes make this tournament a highlight on her sports calendar.
Renee embraces a fitness lifestyle that mirrors her competitive spirit. Her Peloton sessions are not just workouts; they're battlegrounds where she conquers personal bests and challenges herself to new heights. Pilates sessions serve as a balance between strength and flexibility, while running showcases her endurance and determination.
At the core of Renee's being lies an extraordinary competitiveness that fuels every pursuit. Every cheer for her teams and every stride on the running trail is a testament to her unyielding spirit, a spirit that refuses to settle for anything less than victory.
Renee is a living testament to the belief that sports, in all their forms, are a celebration of the indomitable human spirit.
Renee is married to Matt Graves, an Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist. Matt, Renee, and their loyal canine companions reside in Charleston, SC. In her freetime, you can find her on the Peloton, doing Pilates, running, boating with her husband and beloved canines, traveling, rescuing dogs, cheering on the College of Charleston Cougars, and enjoying all the fine dining The Holy City has to offer.
Vice President of Marketing
John is a proven communicator with a love for storytelling. From sharing jokes with friends to executing highly visible communications campaigns, John’s love for storytelling has become a dedication to finding innovative ways to reach audiences.
Before joining Bold South, John led communications efforts for political campaigns, nonprofits, and think tanks. Outside of his public affairs work, John has worked on numerous multimedia productions for various colleges and universities, as well as worked with live productions for networks including ESPN, SEC Network, Golf Channel, and MiLB Network.
A Bethesda, Maryland native, John spent his most formative years in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and earned leadership distinction in professional and civic engagement.
Outside of work, John enjoys rounds of over-par golf, traveling the world with his wife Hannah, and spending time with his best friend (and dog) Lennon. He is a passionate Washington Nationals fan which has caused emotional instability for him since their inaugural season in 2005.