I started my first scouting and recruiting business at my small kitchen table when I was newly married, expecting our first child and only 24 years old.
Armed with a note pad, index cards, and a big yellow phone hanging on the wall that had what seemed like a 150 foot cord.
I can vividly remember where I was when I opened up my very first box of business cards. Such a wonderful moment for all entrepreneurs.
I don't think there is no bigger thrill and scarier moment than at that moment.
I'll never forget that feeling when I knew I had a business that was going to work, it took off so quickly as it was such an early adapter in that space during the early 1990's.
But an interesting thing happened along the way.
18 months later I was offered an opportunity to merge with a "Global Sports Agent".
My wife said, "Don't do it". I didn't listen.
Wow, I couldn't believe it, not even two years later I already sold the business and was anticipating a big payday being an equity partner in a much bigger business. So I thought.
Well, It sounded so good on paper, he seemed like a nice guy, problem was I never asked the right questions at the beginning of the partnership and come to find out, he didn't have the relationships he claimed he had and he was relying on a 24 year kid to bring in enough revenue to support two businesses.
Not long after settling into my new fancy office and opening up my second box of business cards, he walked away and his investor went to jail.
Lesson number one learned. Listen to my wife!
After 25+ years in and out of corporate America and start ups, I have had many highs and many lows, all of which prepared me to completely understand the most important core element in business...Relationships.
The relationship with someone who invests in you and truly believes in the potential of your idea, product or service is extremely powerful. It goes way beyond the funding.
It will only work, if the true intention is to make money together and not off each other.
So how can I help you?
I connect high level investors to sports businesses seeking strategic investment partners.
Rather straight forward.