Advisory Board

Leigh Steinberg

Member of the Advisory Board

Leigh William Steinberg, the real life inspiration of the sports agent from the film “Jerry Maguire,” is the pre-eminent sports agent and sports attorney with over four decades of handling hundreds of elite professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, golf, boxing, volleyball, and Olympic sports.  He represented the Number 1 pick in the NFL draft a record eight times, in addition to representing over 60 other first round draft picks just in the NFL. Leigh’s client roster included: Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Kordell Stewart, Jeff George, Ben Roethlisberger, Myron Rolle, Matt Leinart, Mark Brunell, Ricky Williams, Howie Long, Eric Karros, Dusty Baker, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya, and John Starks to name a few. For many years Mr. Steinberg and Jeff Moorad were in a sports agency partnership (Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn, or “SMD”).  The firm was sold Oct., 1999 to Assante Sports Management Group; Leigh later reacquired some pieces of the agency.  Steinberg Sports and Entertainment is now working to become the premier full service boutique agency spanning the vast market of athlete representation in addition to working to promote several platforms, such as sustainability, league and team development, concussion research, youth sports and family development, and philanthropy.

Leigh is considered the pioneer converging sports and entertainment, and he is frequently sought out to act as a consultant on a variety of entertainment projects, most notably “For Love of the Game,” “Any Given Sunday,” as well as the TV series “Arliss.”  Leigh is also featured on national television programs, such as “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CNN,” “CNN World,” and many more, as well as a host of magazines have covered him including: Business Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, People, Success, Forbes, Playboy, GQ, FHM, LA Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, amongst others. Mr. Steinberg is also known for his desire for athletes to make a positive contribution to society and as a result, Steinberg’s clients donated over $600 million to hundreds of charities and scholarships nationwide. An accomplished speaker, Steinberg travels the world addressing topics he is passionate about ranging from sports and entertainment, concussion prevention, the environment, to political and economic issues. Steinberg was one of the first to shed light on the concussive issue as a “ticking time bomb,” and a “health epidemic.”  Leigh’s is often a keynote speaker at conferences on the concussion subject, including the “New Developments in Sports-Related Concussions” conference hosted by the worldwide leader in traumatic brain injury research, the University of Pittsburgh Medical College Sport Medicine Department. Additionally, one of Leigh’s advocacy platforms is his famous Super Bowl Party, which brings together some of the most prestigious businessmen, and leaders in sports and entertainment to benefit designated charities.

Mr. Steinberg was admitted to the California State Bar in 1974 after earning his Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley’s law school, in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from UC Berkeley in 1970.  Steinberg wrote a best-selling book in 1998, “Winning with Integrity,” providing readers insight on how to improve their life through non-confrontational negotiating.

 

Dr. Eric Morgan

Founder, Member of the Advisory BOD

Dr. Eric Morgan is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist specializing in Cardiac Imaging, Vascular Imaging, Virtual Colonoscopy, Cancer Imaging, Sports Imaging, and Non-vascular Interventional Radiology.  Dr. Morgan is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and is an active member of both the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. His Academic and Administrative background includes: Director of Radiology Continuing Medical Education, Assistant Chief Department of Radiology, Radiology CT Section Chief, Assistant Chief Department of Nuclear Medicine, and Research Principle Investigator.  Additionally, Dr. Morgan served on multiple hospital committees.  Prior to his medical training, Dr. Morgan worked as a programmer and knowledge engineer where he was engaged on projects ranging from medical system inference engine programming to automatic mapping of disparate medical vocabulary lexicons. Preceding this work, Dr. Morgan was a medical writer, authoring over 300 patient focused articles averaging one to two pages in length. Presently, Dr. Morgan is a licensed physician and works as a staff radiologist in Orangeburg, SC.

 

Rosey Grier

Member Advisory Board

is a former professional NFL player and named an All-Pro defensive tackle, as well as led the NY Giants to the NFL Championship in 1956. Rosey led the team four times to the Eastern Conf. Championships in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962, plus was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1956 and 1960, and was named All-Pro for the defensive tackle position in 1956; 1958-1962. In 1963 he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams and was part of the “Fearsome Foursome” with Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Deacon Jones, which is still one of the best defensive lines in football history. Post his NFL career, which ended due to a torn Achilles tendon, he is well noted for his television career, his own television show, his published books, his singing with A&M records, MGM, Liberty, and Ric labels – recording a tribute to Robert Kennedy, whom he served as a body guard and helped to stop and subdue Robert Kennedy’s shooter, Sirhan Sirhan.  Mr. Grier founded the American Neighborhood Enterprises, a non-profit organization serving the inner cities, and he is also on the Milken Family Foundation board of trustees and serves as its program administrator of community affairs. Currently, Mr. Grier is also investing a large amount of time and effort towards The Prostate Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to the research of prevention and cure of prostate cancer, as well as the Milken Family Foundation which is dedicated to promoting education, advancement in medical care as well as research, and the social welfare of our community. Mr. Grier is also on the Board of Directors for World Impact (founded by Dr. Keith Phillips), which is an inner-city missions organization dedicated to planting cross-cultural churches among the unchurched urban poor. He is committed to serving his fellow man.

 

Dawn Jones

Member Advisory Board

Dawn is a professional polo player and wife of actor and polo player Tommy Lee Jones.

 

George Fencl

Member Advisory Board

Mr. Fencl has over 50 years of experience encompassing high end automobile design and collections, merchant banking and finance, high end real estate development and sales, international franchising and licensing, art and collectables, fine jewelry production and collection, and other varied successful endeavors. A true renaissance man, Mr. Fencl’s broad and successful career includes 35 years as a successful business owner in retail, restaurant and manufacturing businesses, investor and consultant for various real estate ventures, technology companies and creative talent management agencies, plus international involvement in finance including ownership and consultancy of merchant banks, ownership and management of exclusive, high-end residential and commercial real estate, high-level involvement in international franchise operations and license agreements, ownership and management of one of the largest jewelry production companies in the U.S., and early leadership in the U.S. vending machine industry. Mr. Fencl served as Director of the Vector Car Company (when owned by Lamborghini), as well as served as an advisor to Lamborghini Automotive, in addition to other various specialty auto manufacturers.

 

Frank Newton Gifford, In Memoriam

Member Advisory Board

Frank Gifford is a former NFL Football player and American sports broadcaster. As an undergraduate at Bakersfield Junior College he made Junior College All-American before transferring to the University of Southern California (USC) on a full athletic scholarship, where he was named an All-American in 1951. When the New York Giants selected Frank in the first round of the 1952 NFL draft he contributed immediately on both offense and defense, ultimately going to eight Pro Bowls with five trips to the NFL Championship. In 1956, he was the recipient of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, leading the Giants to an NFL title over the Chicago Bears.

During a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Frank suffered a severe head injury that led him to early retirement. He elected to return to the Giants in 1962, changing positions from running back to wide receiver, and despite the layoff and positional change he became a star once again—the first ever recipient of United Press International’s Comeback Player of the Year Award. During his professional career Frank visited the Pro Bowl at three different positions—defensive back, running back, and wide receiver—before ultimately retiring (this time for good) in 1964. During his 12 seasons with the New York Giants (136 regular season games) Frank Gifford accumulated 3,609 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on 840 carries. He added 367 receptions for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns while also completing 29 of the 63 passes he threw for 823 yards and 14 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. His record for most career touchdowns with the New York Giants (78) remains unsurpassed to this day (50 years later). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

Mr. Gifford enjoyed a successful second career as a sports broadcaster on radio and television, originally on CBS, then ABC. From 1971 he became a regular on ABC-TV, with Monday Night Football and ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Olympic Games, skiing, golf, and guest hosted Good Morning America. Frank is a published author and co-author of several books on football: “The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever,” “The Whole Ten Yards,” and “Gifford on Courage.” A multiple Emmy Award-winner, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Cody Newton Gifford

Member Advisory Board

Cody Gifford is a writer, film and television producer, and former Division I Football player for the University of Southern California. Initially, Cody delayed trying out for the Trojans football team due to a series of concussions in pursuit of a second consecutive LL State Championship with his high school football team in Greenwich, Connecticut. Eventually Cody was cleared by trusted medical personnel, and after two years away from playing football, he battled back from his injuries to make the squad as a walk-on during his junior year of college committing two years to the Trojans as a wide receiver.

In 2012, Cody graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and endeavors with Tate Technologies in the vanguard, to help facilitate continued advancement of the Company’s comprehensive protective solutions to various sports-related brain injuries—the debilitating effects of which he has experienced firsthand.

Outside of football Cody had the privilege of interning as a script reader for famed director Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Los Angeles, as well supporting in the development of multiple feature-length films as a writer’s assistant in the Twentieth Century Fox Writers Studio. In 2014, Cody commenced the low-residence Master’s program in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, and is currently co-producing and adapting to film his father’s New York Times bestselling account of the 1958 NFL Championship, The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever. The game Sports Illustrated would later call, “the greatest game ever played.”

 

Angela Hucles

Member of the Advisory BOD

Angela is the Founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Sport, where Angela’s mission is to provide educational and motivational conferences, workshops, and speaking engagements for girls, their parents, and their coaches to be empowered by athletic participation. Supported by her over thirty years experience in the sports industry, she continues to expand her brand in sports leadership by focusing on sports leadership education, life skills, and athlete progression that translates well to success in life. Additionally, Angela currently serves as the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which was founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King who also continues to serve on its Board of Trustees. Angela is a regular speaker in Washington DC, and across the country on topics of sports leadership, equality, inclusion & safe spaces, anti-bullying, and the power of sport with its impact on personal growth and development.

Angela Hucles is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist representing the United States for USA Women’s Soccer, a two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, a former professional soccer player for the Boston Breakers, and was the recipient of the US Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year Award. She was a member of the Gold medal winning United States team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, appearing in two games in Athens. She played a significant role with the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where Hucles was brought up as an alternate starter, and she responded by scoring four goals, including two against Japan in the semi-finals. Her efforts helped the United States win the Gold medal where she finished second in overall goals scored during the 2008 games. Angela is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

 

Wayland R. Hicks

Member Advisory Board

Wayland served as Director and Vice Chairman of United Rentals, Inc. from 1998 until March 2009. At United Rentals, Inc., he also served as Chief Executive Officer from December 2003 until June 2007 and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 until December 2003. Wayland additionally served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Indigo N.V. from 1996 to 1997, and as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nextel Communications Corp. from 1994 to 1995. From 1967 to 1994, he held various executive positions with Xerox Corporation, including Executive Vice President responsible for Engineering and Manufacturing of all of the company’s products. Following that, he served as Executive Vice President, Marketing operations worldwide, reporting to the Chairman. Wayland is currently Lead Director of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., Portland, OR. He previously served on the boards of Maytag Corporation, Tektronix, Sensormatic and Perdue Farms. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Indiana University.
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