November 20, 2013 in Announcement
November 20, 2013 in Announcement
October 15, 2013 in Announcement
Walter Bond, CSP
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Communications, Walter Bond overcame a devastating injury to become the first NBA rookie free agent ever to start on opening night. Walter, the young man who never, ever gave up on his dreams, went on to have an eight-year professional basketball career, playing alongside such NBA greats as Karl Malone and John Stockton as a guard for the Utah Jazz and the Detroit Pistons. Walter’s personal credo, “No one can stop you but you,” encapsulates a message of hope, resiliency and positive change.
Also known as “Mr. Accountability”, Walter is recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent thought leaders on training and development. Having spoken to audiences worldwide, he has become known for his dynamic and compelling programs that provide both the motivation and the strategies to excel in business and in life. Through his keynotes, training systems, webinars, teleseminars, workshops, books and CDs, he travels the world transforming organizations into a culture of accountability. Walter has shared his messages with hundreds of companies, associations and organizations around the world on how accountability influences leadership, sales and productivity.
Walter is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an ultra-exclusive fraternity of speakers. He captivates audiences with his unique and memorable stories, teaching lessons learned from his college and professional sports experiences, his in-the-trenches experiences in selling, and as an entrepreneur. A member of the National Speakers Association, Walter has been voted “Speaker of the Year” (2005) by Minnesota Meetings and Events (MME), and “Program of the Year” (2006) by Meetings Professionals International (MPI). More recently, Walter earned the distinction of being listed by Meetings & Conventions (M& C) as one of corporate meeting planners’ favorite speakers, alongside such speaking legends such as Colin Powell, Stephen Covey and Zig Ziglar.
Walter sits on several boards, including Best Prep, which teaches business skills and financial literacy to youth and Youth Determined to Succeed (YDS) a youth organization that tackles the epidemic of childhood obesity.
September 10, 2013 in Announcement
Morten Andersen, nicknamed “The Great Dane”, holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL history. He also holds the record for most games played (382) during his remarkable 25-year career in the NFL, during which he played for the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Giants, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Minnesota Vikings.
Today, Morten is a business owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Morten Andersen Family Foundation provides quality of life programs to children and youth with an emphasis on preventing obesity through fitness. The foundation also supports our nation’s servicemen and women and their families.
As Founder & CEO of Morten Andersen Global, Inc., he engages in public speaking, kicking consultations, personal appearances, and golf and charitable events. The company also matches branding opportunities between Morten and corporate entities.
Morten has extensive experience in the TV and radio booth, having served as a host and analyst for FOX, CBS, NFL Network, TV 2 & 3 Denmark, and WWL AM New Orleans.
Morten is graduate of Michigan State University and he earned a Certificate of Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Harvard University.
August 3, 2013 in Announcement
An accomplished businessman and entrepreneur, Harvey Catchings first came to prominence as an NBA basketball player. Drafted into the NBA by the Philadelphia 76ers, He also played for the New Jersey Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers, racking up 2,335 points and 3,639 rebounds during his 11-year career. His 1,226 career blocks rank him among the top NBA shot blockers of all time.
After leaving professional basketball as a player, Harvey worked as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls during their 72-10 season. He then entered the nonprofit sector, started a successful small business, and learned the ropes of the mortgage industry.
Returning to the NBA as an administrator in 2000, Harvey was tasked with improving the education, financial, sexual health and substance abuse programs for professional basketball players and developing transition plans for NBA players leaving basketball for other careers and business opportunities. In 2008, he left the NBA to return to the mortgage industry. Today he works at Open Mortgage in Houston, Texas.
Harvey earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical education and psychology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and has done additional coursework with programs at Michigan State University and Stanford University. He is the father of five children, including WNBA and Olympic women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings
June 1, 2013 in Announcement
Nick Lowery transcends any simple category. Hall of Fame athlete, Ivy scholar, Presidential aide, poet, teacher, philanthropist. Nick was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2009. The most accurate and prolific field goal kicker in NFL History when he left the National Football League, Nick set four all-time NFL records. His story is about persistence, focus and passion. Before making it, he was cut by eight NFL teams eleven times! Nick is the only American to work for both President George H.W. Bush (1989) and President Bill Clinton (1993) in the White House Office of National Service. With a BA from Dartmouth College in Government, in 2002 Lowery became the first professional athlete with both a Masters and Fellowship from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He founded Champions for the Homeless six years ago, supporting St. Vincent De Paul’s family of friends with 18 events on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter each year with NFL, MLB, and NHL stars.
Nick’s lifetime of work is about giving power and voice to the next generation. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of Americorps in 1993 for President Bill Clinton and the Points of Light Foundation for President H.W. Bush. Programs the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation founded and which thrive today include: Adult Role Models for Youth (ARMY), now Youthfriends and a driving mentoring force in Kansas and Missouri) (in its 22nd year); Native Vision with Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and the NFL Players Association (in its 16th year); Nation Building for Native Youth (NBNY), (in its 11th year); Founding Director of the National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education; The Foundation’s newest program, NEXT (“New Extraordinary Examples of Transcendent” Leadership) integrates the Native American mini-tribal clan model and Harvard’s faction-based ‘Adaptive leadership’ concepts to develop leaders among a broad sector of all American youth, began at Dartmouth College in 2010. Nick promotes healthy development by hosting annually the Phoenix Sports Explosion, promoting fitness and health with the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission and the Women’s Sports Foundation with world renowned sports figures.
Nick was a winner of the NFL Player’s foremost humanitarian award: the Byron Whizzer White Award. He is a recipient of the U.S. Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award (also won by Elvis and JFK). He received the UCP National Community Service Award from United Cerebral Palsy for his work with at risk and disabled youth. Nick is a finalist for the All Sports United 2013 Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Sports.
Nick says: “Passion with focus brings excellence. And when you know you are embracing your highest purpose, you will split the goalposts of your life!”
April 12, 2013 in Announcement
Tracy Evans grew up in Hornell, New York in an avid sports family of top-tier athletes. From a very early age, Tracy was snow skiing and competing in both gymnastics and Equestrian riding. Tracy’s brother Bob, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Aerialist and two-time Olympic Coach, introduced Tracy to the world of Freestyle Aerials in 1989. Though she swore she’d never do something that crazy, Tracy’s raw athletic ability combined with her background in trampolines and gymnastics made her a natural in Aerials.
Tracy made the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in 1991 and competed in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 Olympic Games, and earned the title of 2002 U.S. National Champion. In 2008 Tracy was inspired by a volunteer trip she took to Africa. She experienced first hand the positive impact sport had on the youth with whom she worked. Seeing how little access many of these children have to sports, she returned to the United States determined to create a year-round community sports education program for kids in developing countries.
Recognizing the power of sports from her own experience as an Olympic athlete, Tracy wanted to start a nonprofit organization that would help educate, empower and teach life lessons in a fun and engaging setting. This desire led to the creation of Kids Play Int’l in December 2008 under the umbrella of People Helping People International. In 2012, Evans revised Kids Play’s mission and vision to better focus and increase her impact on the kids participating in the Let’s Play program and to identify girls to become a part of her Girls Dream Big! Empowerment program. Kids Play International is also now its own stand alone non-profit organization.
Tracy is also a Casting Director who owns and operates AthleteSource CASTING. Her motivation and competitive spirit continually drive her to set herself apart in the Sport and Active Lifestyle Casting industry. AthleteSource CASTING has developed a specialized niche and solid reputation in the Commercial, Film, Television and Print industries.
March 12, 2013 in Announcement
George Tinsley, Sr. is a master of the triple threat position in life, basketball, and business. He is CEO of PenGeo Inc., Tinsley Group, Inc., Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc., GW Tinsley Consulting, LLC and Diverse Distributing; collectively Tampa Bay’s second largest black-owned enterprise and one of the fastest growing independent restaurant and food service companies in the nation. He credits his roots on the basketball courts of the impoverished Smoketown neighborhood, in Louisville, Kentucky, for teaching him life’s most valuable lesson: always be prepared to shoot, pass, or dribble the ball.
Born in Louisville, KY, George was abandoned by his mother, adopted by an elderly babysitter, Mrs. Willie Tinsley, and reared in poverty. But George’s talent was as undeniable as his stardom. He was recruited by, and accepted a scholarship to, Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1966 and, as a freshman, led his team to its first of four NCAA National Division II Finals and three Division II NCAA National Championships. He was twice named first team NCAA Division II All-American.
George played in four NCAA Final Four Tournaments, never lost a game, and ended every season by winning the final game. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and the Oakland Oaks (ABA). george opted for the ABA, where he played for the Oakland Oaks, the Washington Capitals, the Miami Floridians, the Kentucky Colonels and the New York Nets (now Brooklyn Nets).
In his triple threat tradition, George was already prepared to pursue other options when his career with the ABA ended. He translated his talent for teamwork and leadership to the corporate sector, beginning his business career at Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation, where he worked with pioneer and world-renowned franchisor, Colonel Harlan Sanders, in developing his skill set of management and entrepreneurship. This is where George paved the way to his first franchise in 1984. His KFC restaurant, located in Auburndale, Florida has won the KFC Million Dollar Sales Award since 1986. This restaurant has also been in the top five sales categories, per town size, since 1986.
After nearly 30 years of entrepreneurship, George holds as many records in business as he did in basketball. He was twice honored as KFC’s Premier Operator. His T.G.I. Fridays in Tampa has won the Highest Domestic Franchise Sales award and the Franchise of the Year award nine consecutive times. He was named Florida’s Minority Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989, inducted into the Louisville Male High School Hall of Fame in 1986, Smoketown Hall of Fame in 1985, the Kentucky Wesleyan Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005, the Kentucky Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2011, and he was recently inducted into the Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 2013. George also holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Kentucky Wesleyan in Humanities. In 2010 He had the distinction of being the first athlete & African American in the school’s history to deliver the commencement speech.
George has served with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) for five years as Treasurer, President and Past President. He is currently in his second term on the Board of Directors.
Along with his business and community work, George is a sought after motivational speaker. He teaches business professionals how to turn obstacles into opportunities. His inspiring story of rags to riches is proof that one’s situation doesn’t determine one’s destination or level of success. In the midst of all his personal successes, George says his greatest treasure is his family. He and his wife of 40 years have two children, Penni and George, II.
January 23, 2013 in Announcement
Shannon Miller remains the most decorated gymnast in American history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008).
Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the only US gymnast to win 2 World All-Around Titles and she is the first American female to medal in the individual all-around of a non-boycotted Olympics. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam. She is the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal at a fully-attended Summer Games and cemented her place as the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history.
After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and her law degree from Boston College. She then moved from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, along with her series of fitness books, cookbooks and fitness DVD’s in July, 2010. In 2011. She also launched the Shannon Miller Walk-Fit program: a free online tracking and incentive program targeted to the Jacksonville community. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon strives to empower women to make their health a priority through education and awareness.
In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with 9 weeks of chemotherapy for this rare germ cell malignancy. Shannon has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment through the media, her blog “My Journey” and a free eBook entitled Competing with Cancer. Shannon is currently cancer free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection.
Shannon is the host of Health & Wellness Channel’s Wish List with Shannon Miller where she travels the country granting wishes to those with life threatening medical conditions. In addition, Shannon hosts her weekly talk radio show dedicated to women’s health and fitness on WOKV-JAX. Shannon worked as an expert analyst with Yahoo! Sports and continues to remain involved with the sport of gymnastics as a commentator and analyst.
December 3, 2012 in Announcement
Named one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players in History by the NBA, Rick Barry is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ABA and NBA in scoring for an individual season. Rick was drafted third in the first round of the NBA Draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He quickly established himself as an elite player, garnered NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and was a member of the NBA All-Pro First Team. The next season he proved he was for real by leading the league in scoring (35.6 ppg), and being named MVP of the All-Star Game. Once again, he was part of the NBA All-Pro First Team. During his 14-year professional career, four in the ABA (Oakland, Washington and the New York Nets) and ten in the NBA (San Francisco, Golden State and Houston), Rick was a 12-time All-Star. In 1975, he earned the NBA Championship Series MVP, leading the underdog Warriors to a four-game sweep of the Washington Bullets to win the title. In a combined ABA/NBA career, Rick tallied 25,279 points and received nine All-NBA/ABA First Team honors. His unorthodox underhanded free throw style enabled him to finish his career with the second best accuracy in the history of the NBA…90%. He was inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 and, the following year, the Golden State Warriors retired his #24 jersey. A low-handicap golfer, Rick became the ReMax World Long Driving Champion in the Grand Champions Division in 2007. He repeated as champion in 2008 and he won again in 2010 in what is now the Legends Division.
Rick began his broadcasting career after his rookie season as the the morning drive-time sports reporter on KNBR radio in San Francisco. After moving to the Oakland Oaks of the ABA, Rick began doing television work as a color analyst for college basketball games telecast on KTVU in Oakland, as well as providing sports commentary on a local radio station. His next broadcasting experience came in New York City, when he played for the NY Nets. During the off-seasons, he worked as the weekend sports reporter for the local ABC-TV station. During the week, he also filled in for sports reporters Frank Gifford and Jim Bouton. Returning to play for the Warriors, in his off-seasons, he provided color analysis for the nationally broadcasted NBA games on ABC-TV. Later he did both play-by-play and analyst work for the NBA games broadcasted by CBS-TV. Rick also covered a variety of sports, including track and field, swimming, diving, rodeo and even weightlifting and bodybuilding. When TBS and then TNT began broadcasting NBA games, he became a member of their broadcast team and did both play-by-play and color analyst work. He also covered other sports as part of Turner’s Goodwill Games in Moscow and Seattle. While living in the Seattle area, Rick served as the color analyst for the SuperSonics NBA games. He then moved to Los Angeles and did local sports at night for one of the independent TV stations. Finally, for two years he served as both the NBA studio analyst and game analyst for CTV in Canada as part of their NBA game of the week, which ended when the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis. Rick recently finished a five-year stint as host of the Rick Barry Show on KNBR radio in San Francisco and for one season, co-hosted “In the Paint” for the NBA, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He also was a co-host of some shows on the Outdoor Channel and is the process of putting together an athlete adventure show.
Along with his broadcasting work, Rick is a motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is involved in a variety of business ventures in technology and telecommunications, mining and exploration, and healthcare. Rick Barry’s Sports Adventures provides fishing, golfing, hunting and other sports adventures to companies and individuals.
October 28, 2012 in Announcement
A seemingly “ordinary guy,” Ruben Gonzalez wasn’t a gifted athlete. Inspired by watching Scott Hamilton, Ruben took up the sport of luge when he was 21. Against all odds, four years and a few broken bones later, he was competing in the Calgary Winter Olympics. At the age of 47 he was racing against 20-year-olds in the Vancouver Olympics, becoming the first person to compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade: 1988, 1992, 2002, 2010.
Ruben’s best selling book, “The Courage to Succeed” has been translated to Spanish, German, Polish, Chinese, Indonesian and several other languages. Ruben is the founder of OlympicMotivation.com, a firm dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to achieve their goals.
A master storyteller and keynote speaker, Ruben uses his Olympic experiences to inspire audiences to think differently, live life with passion and have the courage to take the necessary steps toward their goals – to push beyond self-imposed limitations and to produce better results.
Says legendary coach Lou Holtz, “If you will listen to Ruben speak or read his book, your life will change”.
October 2, 2012 in Announcement
Ed Schauder has more than 25 years of experience handling complex corporate and finance transactions. Ed has maintained a sophisticated corporate and finance practice, advising clients in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, public and private debt and equity offerings, leverage buyouts, financings, SEC compliance and general corporate planning.
Throughout his career, Ed has also been intimately involved in both the legal and business side of the sports and entertainment industries, having conceived and implemented a unique concept in sports marketing. By forming incorporated entities made up of members of championship sports teams or professional athletes linked together by similar accomplishments, Ed created programs to protect and market their intellectual property. From initial contact with the athletes to obtaining licensing rights, corporate sponsorships, endorsements, autograph memorabilia deals and appearances, Ed has represented some of sports history’s most beloved and storied teams, including the 1969 Mets, 1977 Yankees, 1972 Miami Dolphins, 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team, and 1986 Giants. He also has represented the National Basketball Retired Players Association and the 2011 World Police and Fire Games. In 1990 he co-founded the Negro League Baseball Players Association. Ed is considered an expert in sports licensing and has negotiated literally hundreds of athlete appearance, endorsement, sponsorship and licensing agreements through the years. Those he has represented include: Larry Bird, Walt Frazier, Pete Rose, Yogi Berra, Goose Gossage, Lawrence Taylor, Bill Walton, Gayle Sayers, Tom Seaver, Ron Guidry, Rod Gilbert, Mariano Rivera, Torii Hunter, David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Messier.
Ed has appeared on “Good Morning America” and numerous sports cable network shows and has been a frequent guest on WFAN Radio. He has been featured and quoted in numerous sports industry periodicals and national newspapers and magazines. Ed is also on the editorial board and is a frequent contributor to Professional Sports and the Law, a periodical that is distributed to General Counsel of major sports leagues and their franchises and the Sports Litigation Alert. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Sports Lawyers Association. Ed is a graduate of Columbia University Law School.
August 29, 2012 in Announcement
Reggie Howard is President and Executive Director of the United Athletes Foundation. After a life-altering injury during his senior season as a collegiate football player, Reggie persevered and reached his goal of becoming an NFL player, spending five seasons with the Carolina Panthers and two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He is a strong advocate of community service, having worked with the United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, United Negro College Fund, Young Family YMCA, St. Jude Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club. Reggie is also the founder of his own initiative, the Reggie Howard Foundation, whose mission is to build self-esteem among children, teach them the value of setting goals, and give kids today a better chance at becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Reggie is a graduate of the University of Memphis where he earned a degree in Marketing/Management and achieved the “Outstanding Young Alumni Award”. He has participated in the Stanford University Entrepreneurship Program, Kellogg University Business Internship Program, Wachovia Wealth Management Internship Program and High School Coaching Internship Program. More than 100 professional athletes are associated with the UAF, including NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA and professional boxing.
August 20, 2012 in Announcement
Jim Camp is the leading global expert on negotiations. Over the last 25 years, he has trained and coached over 100,000 people to negotiate better, more profitable agreements in more than 500 multinational organizations. Jim is the best-selling author of two negotiation books, Start with No® and No: the Only System of Negotiation You Need for Work and Home. He is also the author of the Nightingale-Conant Audio Program, The Power of NO. Jim is founder and CEO of the Camp Negotiation Institute and inventor of the Camp Systems of Negotiation, including Camp Negotiation Management, Self-Management and Project Management systems. Camp negotiation training is not compromise-based. It is the only system of its kind that teaches students how to recognize, neutralize and overcome predatory negotiation tactics that result in poor outcomes. Hundreds of organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies and the FBI Hostage Crisis Negotiation Training Unit have used his training system with astonishing results. Jim’s unique approach to negotiation training has been featured on CNN, CNBC, numerous radio shows, and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Inc., Cosmopolitan, San Francisco Chronicle, The Columbus Dispatch, The Christian Science Monitor, and San Jose Mercury News. A frequent conference keynote speaker, Jim has also lectured on negotiation at many prestigious graduate schools in the USA and has taught his training methods in nine countries on three continents. Jim served his country for seven years as a Vietnam Veteran and Air Force pilot. He holds a degree from Ohio State University in Education, Biological Sciences, and Health and Physical Education.
August 6, 2012 in Announcement
Chris Nowinski is a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine and the Co-Founder and CEO of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis. A former All-Ivy Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, he was forced to retire from a series of concussions in 2003. His challenging recovery from post-concussion syndrome led him to write the book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, published in 2006, in an effort to educate parents, coaches, and children about this previously hidden public health issue. The book inspired a documentary Head Games the Film, directed by Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame, scheduled for a September 2012 release. Chris and his team’s research has been featured in print outlets, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, and ESPN the Magazine. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, ESPN, ABC Nightline, CNN, Fox, TSN, NPR, and more. His profile in May 2007 by HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel won the Emmy for Sports Journalism, a second episode aired in January of 2010, and a third in August of 2010. Chris serves on the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Mackey/White TBI Committee and the Ivy League Concussion Committee, as well as on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America. He was a finalist for Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2010, and was named a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow. Chris is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine.
July 23, 2012 in Announcement
Bob Paff is a nationally known communications expert, motivational speaker, business leader and seasoned media professional. His message of inspiration, motivation and empowerment has reached a diverse list of prominent institutions such as Johns Hopkins University Hospital, PNC Bank and the AXA Financial Group, including sharing the stage with New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
As the son of a factory worker and a legal secretary Bob learned the value of hard work and initiative as a boy setting up pins in a basement of a church bowling alley for three dollars a night. It was in these humble roots where Bob embraced the simple but powerful words of Abraham Lincoln who said “Whatever you are, be a good one”.
Bob’s natural and genuine ability to motivate and inspire others comes from his thirty plus years of earned life experiences as an entrepreneur, business owner, caring father of six and involvement in numerous charities and organizations such as Baltimore Orioles All-Star Brian Robert’s fundraising bash supporting the University of Maryland’s Children hospital and Best Buddies Maryland supporting those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Whether empowering Fortune 500 Companies or sharing his time and talent with entrepreneurs, local charities and inner city initiatives, Bob’s message is always on point and well received. Bob continues to reach out to help others achieve success and build relationships to strengthen us all.
July 9, 2012 in Announcement
Kevin Dahl is Co-Founder, President & CEO of NexGoal. In this role, Kevin is responsible for the operations of the company and he oversees new business development, marketing, financial management, sales and client relationships. As a co- founder of NexGoal, Kevin is the chief steward of company culture, and vision of the company. Kevin’s goal and vision with NexGoal is to give former athletes a place to turn for career transition guidance and job placements.
Before transitioning into business, Kevin was a professional hockey player in which his athletic career spanned time spent in the NHL, IHL, AHL, ECHL, and three years with the German Elite Team in Nurnberg Germany. In the 1992 Winter Olympics, Kevin was on the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team that won a Silver Medal.
Kevin grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and made his way through junior hockey to receive a full scholarship from Bowling Green State University. Kevin graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Kevin now serves on the Bowling Green State University Hockey Alumni Board, and the Bowling Green State University Falcon Athletic Alumni Committee.
Throughout Kevin’s professional life he has been a great supporter of charitable causes. He has helped raise funds for the American Meningitis Society and he was community spokesperson for the Calgary Flames Hockey Team of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Vocational Services Annual Golf Tournament. Kevin was also the Founder and Chairman of Get Fed by the Wolves and Get Fed by the Tigers charity dinners.
June 21, 2012 in Announcement
June 5, 2012 in Announcement
Jean Fugett Jr. Esq. is an athlete, journalist, speaker, attorney, and businessman. After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons High School, where he was the first African American to win Baltimore Catholic Athlete of the Year Award, Jean attended Amherst College. At Amherst, Jean was a star on and off the field. He was a two sport All-American athlete.Off the field, he was executive editor of the Amherst Student weekly newspaper. After graduating from Amherst with honors, Jean was admitted to Columbia Law School. He was also on the waiting list at Harvard Law School.
Meanwhile, Jean went to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. Having been drafted with the last pick of the 13th round, Jean learned the playbook in two days and, to his own surprise, he made the team. At the end of his fourth and final season with the Cowboys, Jean started in Super Bowl X. Still aspiring to become a lawyer, and with limited options for night school in Dallas, Jean signed with the Washington Redskins as one of the first modern day free agents. He went from being the lowest paid starting tight end in the NFL to the highest paid. Jean was also able to work for The Washington Post in the off season. Later, he would appear on CBS affiliate Channel 9 as a weekend anchor along with Frank Herzog on the show Redskins Sidelines. He completed law school by attending George Washington University at night.
With his playing days behind him, Jean continued to work for The Washington Post and he entered the television booth as a color commentator with Dan Dierdorf for the NFL on CBS show. Jean then helped his brother Reginald F. Lewis found TLC Group in 1983. He later served as Director and Vice-Chair of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, as founding partner of a Baltimore law firm, and as a partner with Fanfone in Europe. After the death of his brother in 1993, Jean assumed the helm of TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black managed business in the world at the time. At its peak, TLC Beatrice had $2.2 billion in sales and was number 512 on Fortune magazine’s list of 1,000 largest companies.
Jean is the past president of the Retired Players Steering Committee of the NFL Players Association and he serves as Chancellor for the Maryland Chapter of the Son’s of the American Revolution. A sought after motivational speaker, who is also diabetic, he has served on the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association Maryland Chapter. He continues to practice law with his firm, Fugett and Associates, where he is legal counsel and advisor to a variety of businesses and not-for-profits. Today, Jean pursues business opportunities with his son Russell, with whom he co-founded The Fugett Sports Group which raises capital for investments in sports related ventures.
May 17, 2012 in Announcement
Steven M. Fortunato is the Founder and CEO of Fortch Unlimited, Inc., a sports and entertainment services company, specializing in athlete and celebrity management; television and film production development and production, corporate consulting, marketing and strategic planning; and media training and image consulting. From 2004-2007, Steve was Vice President of Impact Sports Marketing, representing the baseball clients of agent Scott Boras, among the most prestigious group of Major League Baseball players in the world. From 1998-2004, Steve was the Senior Managing Producer of Major League Baseball Productions, the television and entertainment division of the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. There, he set new standards for access to players on and off the field, and became the first producer to place a microphone on a player in a regular season game, wiring Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. in 2001. This historic benchmark opened the door for the broadcast networks to wire players, which has become routine practice today.
Steve is a multi-Emmy Award winning producer, whose credits include the legendary series This Week in Baseball, a variety of network specials for ESPN, Fox, the Learning Channel, MTV, and others; and numerous commercials, advertising campaigns, and home video releases, including producing and directing the filming of the Official World Series Home Videos from 1999-2003.
Steve joined MLB Productions in 1998 after serving nine years as an officer in the United States Air Force, as a producer-director of documentaries, high-end informational and training programs, and real world contingency operations. While serving as Director of Operations at the Air Force Television Center in the Pentagon from 1993 – 1997, Steve supervised and coordinated daily operations for more than 150 remote and studio productions annually, and supported the most vital programs and events in the Air Force, Department of Defense and the White House. He was the director of choice for productions directly supporting the President and Vice President of theUnited States, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While on active duty, his productions and accomplishments earned him significant industry awards, and he was selected the Communications Officer of the Year an unprecedented three consecutive years (1994 -1996) while at the Pentagon. Steve is a decorated combat veteran who commanded joint service Combat Camera teams in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and during the heaviest combat operations in Somalia.
April 29, 2012 in Announcement
Dr. Corrado Cultrera is the president and founder of BioGenix. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Calgary and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1999. During his education he has received advanced training in soft tissue injuries in sports and is fully credentialed in Active Release Techniques. He has also completed his Sports Nutrition Specialist certification. In addition, Dr. Cultrera received advanced training in biomechanics and 3D motion and video analysis. Dr. Cultrera’s main focus in practice is developing comprehensive sports performance programs that involve assessment, training, skill development, nutrition, supplementation, and treatment. He is currently operating a sports performance center in downtown Calgary, Canada. Dr. Cultrera’s numerous sports clients include: the Calgary Mustangs, the Calgary Vipers, the Calgary Renegades, the Calgary Storm, National Female Ultimate Team, National Female Beach Volleyball players, several Canadian Football League (CFL) players, USC Trojans Mens Tennis Team.
April 13, 2012 in Announcement
Scott J. Kaminsky, CFP
Scott J. Kaminsky,CFP®, is a Senior Portfolio Manager, Vice President and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, Scott has helped navigate the high net worth community through two economic recessions. Scott was recognized by Philadelphia Magazine in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as a 5-Star Wealth Advisor. He was instrumental in creating the study entitled “5 Biggest Challenges Facing Professional Athletes”. In November of 2011, Scott was appointed as an Ambassador to the CFP® Board as the Ambassador for the Philadelphia region. In this capacity, he serves as a liaison to local media on various financial topics, as well as assisting his community on financial literacy. In May, Scott will be a featured speaker at The Business of Sport International Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. For more info…
March 31, 2012 in Announcement
Jeb Terry is a former NFL offensive lineman who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers over a five year career. After his NFL career, Jeb returned to the University of North Carolina, where he had earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 2003 and where he had been an All-ACC player. In 2011, he received his MBA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School. Jeb also participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business during his NFL playing days. Jeb has worked in the real estate industry and he also worked in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs as a summer associate. Today, Jeb is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gridiron Ventures, LLC. The company developed and markets GRIDIRON GRUNTS™, a unique communication channel for pro athletes and their fans. The one-of-a-kind service brings pro athletes’ thoughts to the masses straight from the source – without filters – and connects fans to each other in a unique way. The GRIDIRON GRUNTS™ app allows pro athletes and fans to create, manage, and listen to their GRUNTS™. Registered users are able to set up their private network of friends, send GRUNTS, subscribe to the pro athlete channels, and purchase ringtone downloads. For more information, visit the website…
March 24, 2012 in Announcement
Rhonda Rajsich is the World #1 female racquetball player. An accomplished athlete and fierce competitor, her accomplishments include: Defending 2-time World Champion, 3-time National Champion, 4-time U.S. Open Champion, WPRO Grand Slam Champion, and inaugural Outdoor 3-WallBall Champion. For the past 10 years, Rhonda has taught at USA Racquetball’s prestigious Elite Camp held annually at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. She travels around the world on behalf of women’s racquetball and women’s sports and she is the epitome of grace and elegance, having worked in modeling, music and acting. Rhonda’s easy going nature makes her a hit with any of her students and peers. In addition to appearances on ESPN TV and ESPN Radio, she has been featured in campaigns as a spokeswoman and professional athlete/model for Restrung Magazine, Ektelon, Life Time Fitness, and Advocare. Rhonda is the ultimate ambassador for what is right with sports in the modern era.
March 18, 2012 in Announcement
Ben Moss is the Managing Broker and Principal of The Campins Company, a boutique real estate brokerage he co-founded in 2004 with his partner Katrina Campins. He and Katrina have represented over 350 professional athletes and entertainers with their residential real estate brokerage needs throughout the United States. The Campins Company has closed over $500 Million in sales since its inception, including selling out four projects in South Florida on behalf of developers (three office condominium buildings and one condominium-hotel property). Today, roughly 65% of its business is derived from its Sports & Entertainment Division and the other 35% from its general real estate practice within the luxury realm in South Florida. Ben has built his business by forming long-lasting relationships his clients and with others in the industry, and always concentrating on the macro-level portfolio of his client’s real estate holdings so as to help them make the most educated long-term decisions and avoid financial disaster, which is all too common within the athlete domain.
Ben has presented real estate market topics to several entities over the years including the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, Miami Dolphins and SunTrust Bank. His partner, Katrina, appears regularly on national media outlets as a real estate correspondent, including Bloomberg Television, HGTV and Fox News. Ben has personally represented such notable clients as Kevin Durant, Jason Pierre-Paul, Anquan Boldin, Jake Long, Russell Brand, Chris Cornell, Chad Henne, Adam Jones, Scott Stapp and many others. Prior to establishing The Campins Company, from 2000 – 2004 Ben was a Director at Taylor & Mathis, where he leased a portfolio of institutional-quality/owned office buildings totaling 2.5 MM square feet in South Florida. Ben graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from the University of Miami. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
March 10, 2012 in Announcement
Dr. Lem Burnham has been a senior level executive in profit and non-profit organizations. The former NFL defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles was the director of a major healthcare organization; was the senior vice president for a national non-profit; and was a vice president at the National Football League. Dr. Burnham was the mastermind behind the NFL Rookie Symposium. While serving as Vice President of Player and Employee Development at NFL headquarters in 1997, Dr. Burnham developed the symposium strategic plan, and presented it to NFL owners, following which the NFL Rookie Symposium became a reality in the summer of 1997. Today the Rookie Symposium is one of the major player management components of the NFL. Dr. Burnham was a consultant with the NBA Philadelphia 76ers, the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, and Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles concurrently. Dr. Burnham has helped many individuals and organizations in and out of sports develop strategies for achieving desired goals.
Dr. Burnham is the author of “Personality in Group: Group Relevant Personality and Sociometric Status.” He is also the author of “Beyond X’s And O’s,” a handbook for coaches to identify and effectively manage player related issues. He is co-author of two Winslow Research Institute performance improvement publications including “The Athletic Success Profile”and “The Personal Success Profile.”
Dr. Burnham served four years in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Corps Division. For his military service, he received the following honors and awards: Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Naval Unit Citation; Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Star; Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device.
Dr. Burnham earned his Ph.D. at Temple University; his Master of Science degree at Bemidji State (Minnesota) University; and his Bachelor of Arts degree at U.S. International University (California Western College). He is a Faculty member at Wilmington University (Delaware), in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.