In 2014, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and honored as a Knight of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta, the world’s oldest humanitarian organization. Meltzer was named a "Top 10 Keynote Speaker" by Forbes magazine in January 2016. In February 2016, Meltzer was awarded the Sports Humanitarian of the Year award at the Variety Unite4:Humanity event in Beverly Hills, California.
Meltzer was born in Akron, Ohio on January 11, 1968. Currently, he is the chief executive officer (CEO) at Sports 1 Marketing with his business partner Warren Moon, and a national best-selling author. Prior to this, as CEO of Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, Meltzer, along with Leigh and Warren Moon, negotiated over two billion dollars in sports and entertainment contracts. In addition to athlete representation, LSSE served as creative and technical consultants on movie and television projects such as Jerry Maguire, Any Given Sunday, For the Love of the Game, and HBO's Arli$$.
Meltzer attended Occidental College and received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
Meltzer has spent the last 25 years as an entrepreneur and executive in the legal, technology, sports and entertainment fields.
Early in his career, Meltzer was an executive for several technology companies, including Westlaw, Thomson Reuters, Everypath, Accenture, and the PC-E Phone. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the PC-E Phone, and responsible for the launch of the world’s first smartphone, manufactured by Samsung.
Meltzer has served as a consultant on stadium projects and other business of sports projects to help improve the fan experience with technology.
Meltzer was the original owner and developer of Poplar Grove Golf Course in Virginia, which is the first, and only, designed golf course by Sam Snead. During his ownership, Golf Digest ranked Poplar Grove course one of the Top Ten Best Public Facility’s in the United States.
He currently sits on the advisory board for OCTANe, a networking organization for information technology and biomedical industries, based in Orange County.
Meltzer is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sports 1 Marketing, a firm he co-founded with quarterback Warren Moon. He oversees all day-to-day operations at the firm. His mission is implemented into each of the firm’s business services, which include, endorsement deals, sponsorship and gifting, business consulting, corporate equity ownership, transitional services, brand endorsements and licensing, athlete and celebrity alignment, among others. He launched his career in sports at the sports agency Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, serving positions as CEO, where along with Leigh and Warren, he negotiated over $2 billion in sports and entertainment contracts.
Meltzer has been profiled by national publications such as Forbes, ESPN, Bloomberg, among others. He is frequently interviewed to discuss law, inspiration, technology, and trending sports topics. He has several shows in which he appears on frequently, including his own "Street Cred with D&V" which is currently airing on Angels Baseball Radio AM 830 with co-host, 10 year NFL-veteran Vencie Glenn. Meltzer is the sports business analyst on CNBC "Fast Money" and ESPN Radio.
Meltzer was recognized for his efforts and honored at Variety’s 3rd Annual Unite4:Humanity event as the Sports Humanitarian of the Year.
In addition to his business ventures, Meltzer holds several positions on boards, and memberships, for charitable causes and business development, such as: Crescent Moon Foundation, Rose Bowl Foundation, JUST Capital, OCTANe Business Incubator, Irvine Public School Foundation, Transformational Leadership Council, National High School Basketball Association, Unstoppable Foundation, Able Population, Boys & Girls Club of America: Orange County, Big Brothers & Big Sisters (fmr.), among others.
Meltzer is listed by Forbes as one of the most sought after keynote speakers in "Top 10 Keynote Speakers You Must Hire For 2016".
He began speaking around the world early in his career in technology, speaking at large conferences such as Ingram Micro, CTIA, IT-Korea, G2E Global Gaming Expo, COMDEX Australia, COMDEX Las Vegas, and several corporate speaking engagements.
Meltzer focuses on topics of: principles to success, sports technology, sports business, leadership, empowerment, negotiations, sales training, team development, marketing, and others.
Meltzer launched his first book Connected To Goodness in 2014. Connected To Goodness describes his principles for success. His second book, Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, was published in 2016 and is co-authored with Blaine Bartlett. It focuses on the flaws of traditional capitalism.
Meltzer resides in Ladera Ranch, CA with his wife and four children.