016: From NFL To Venture Capital, Ryan Nece Shares His Wisdom

Today’s guest, Ryan Nece, played 7 years in the NFL and went on to win a Super Bowl in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Following his NFL career, he went on to co-found Straight Cast – a mobile app that allowed athletes to create their own HD content. He then sold that company in 2014 to Fox Sports.

These days Ryan is the Managing Director of Next Play Capital, a venture capital fund that sits at the intersection of tech and sports.

He’s the epitome of what we think about here on the Athlete CEO Podcast, and we can’t wait for you to hear his wisdom.

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015: Ethical Capitalism, Freedom & Wealth with Jeff Piersall

Doing what’s right and making money are not mutually exclusive.

Is this even possible in today’s world? Or is it a pipe dream?

Jeff Piersall, is convinced it’s not only possible- it’s inevitable.

Jeff, a former award-winning collegiate basketball coach, is the CEO and founder of SpaceCoast Living & SCB Marketing. He’s the co-founder of the TREP Summit, and Author of “Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars” which has quickly become on the books I gift the most.

His entrepreneurial pursuits have been recognized as Business of the Year by Brevard County, INC. 500 Fastest Growth Companies and Grow FL “Top 50 Companies to Watch.”

Jeff believes successful entrepreneurialism is based on personal responsibility, a “sky’s the limit” optimism and, above all, value-based ethical decisions.

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014: From NFL to AWM With Chase Dominguez

Today we’re giving you a peak behind the curtain as we sit down with AWM CAP’s Associate Planner, Chase Dominguez.

Pro athletes, you’re going to relate with Chase’s opportunity to play in the NFL (as a long snapper for the Saints) and how he’s translated his work ethic and discipline into his professional career.

Professionals and entrepreneurs will love hearing about Chase’s outlook on his career path and journey.

We’re proud to have him on board and we’re excited that he shared his wisdom on today’s show!

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013: A New Way To Look At Being “Alpha” with David Freeman

Being “healthy” has taken on a definition these days that’s typically associated with “physical attractiveness” – which can deter people from ever getting started.

Enter David Freeman.

He has a completely different view on words like “health”, “wellness”, and “alpha”.

After attending the University of Richmond on a football scholarship David played for teams in Denmark and France before being drafted to the All-American Football League (AAFL). Before kickoff, the AAFL postponed its launch which triggered a switch in careers.

That’s when David turned to personal training.

These days David inspires his clients and community to transform their outlook on fitness and make lifelong changes to improve their health.

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012: Leveraging an NFL career into Business Success with Andre Wadsworth

Andre Wadsworth is a former 3rd Overall NFL pick, making his professional debut in 1998 with the Arizona Cardinals.

After 3 years in the league, Andre began shifting his attention towards being of influence to his family and community.

Starting one of the fastest growing churches in America, 6 car dealerships, and many business and franchise-plays later, he’s steadily developing the culture and people he can reach with his earned influence.

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011: Kyle Mauch On Creating Impact Through Your Brand

Today I sit down with Kyle Mauch, founder of Athletes Brand.

As a former professional athlete, Kyle has transitioned to starting not one, but four different companies – with a life vision to help 1,000 athletes create a legacy beyond the game.

Kyle has become a close personal friend of mine that’s not only shaped the way I think about business but life in general.

I can’t wait for you to hear this laid-back conversation packed with the knowledge and wisdom that Kyle brought.

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010: Owning Your Odds with Charlie Olson of Pando Pooling

Turning pro in any sport is an extremely rare, and risky situation.

Few players that face the opportunity get to see the fruits of their labor, and most are left to figure out a longer-term career that doesn’t involve professional sports.

For instance, only 44% of first-round draft picks will make it to the big leagues, and most will play less than one year.

Enter Charlie Olson and Pando Pooling – A company that helps professional athletes lower their career risk while giving them unique opportunities to invest in other athletes.

Charlie’s diverse background ranges across private equity, investment banking and search fund investing.

You don’t want to miss this episode.

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009: Side Hustles & Selling Homes. Gallon Gear Founder Ryan Mandley Joins Us.

Entrepreneurs and high-performers are always looking for opportunities worth their time and money.

For some, you’ll experiment with investing in businesses, and for others, you may start your own.

On today’s episode we chat with Ryan Mandley, co-founder of Gallon Gear, who’s company mission is to help the World drink more water.

… And that’s just his side-hustle.

Ryan is also a leading real estate expert with more than a decade of experience.

He’s seen the highs and lows in the housing market during his career, and has insights to offer you whether you’re an agent or an investor.

During this interview, we talk about:

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008: A Look Inside One Of The Fastest Growing Companies In Pro Sports

For a lot of former athletes, entrepreneurship is a natural – but extremely risky alternative.

The likelihood of success in business is similar to the odds of making it to the professional level of a sport. While that would deter most, today’s guest has turned a quirky idea into a thriving online business.

A.J. Wnukowski the founder and CEO of Lumberlend Co., “The Home of the Original Bat Mug.” You may have seen his bat-derived product in the hands of professional baseball players or social media influencers.

What started with just 16 orders and little demand has become a favorite gift for baseball fans – often creating a 3-4 week delay on this U.S.-based, handcrafted product.

Athletes and entrepreneurs alike will appreciate today’s episode and A.J.’s hustle.

Listen in on A.J.’s journey from injured athlete to business owner of one of the fast growing companies in the sports industry.

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007: Athletes, Fraud, and Private Investments With Chase Carlson

On today’s show, I sit down with the infamous “Athlete Investment Fraud” attorney, Chase Carlson.

Chase’s practice is focused on investment fraud litigation and has represented investors across the country in disputes with their financial advisors, investment advisors, brokerage and wealth management firms.

Chase has brought claims against almost every major Wall Street firm, including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Raymond James, Ameriprise, Credit Suisse, and BNY Mellon.

A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to representing professional athletes and entertainers who are victims of investment fraud or mismanagement. His clients have included athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, one of the most successful pop & hip-hop music producers of all time, and one of the largest lottery winners in the history of the United States.

He has previously worked for Global Capital Advisors, a broker-dealer, and for ASG Capital and Kovack Advisors, both of which are registered investment advisors. He also founded Blueprint Family Office, Inc., a registered investment advisor that formerly provided financial advice to several professional athletes. Chase has previously held Series 7 and Series 65 securities licenses.

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