Changing Directions in My Career

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted on my blog.  To say the least, I’ve been extremely busy with both work and my personal life.  I’ve started a few other posts that did not get completed and posted.

Recently I’ve made some changes in my business career.  I’ve spent 8 years of my life working as a professional sports agent.  I am no longer a Certified NFL Agent.  That is a big change, however I am as excited as I have ever been about my future and the current work that I’m doing.  I can always say that I chased my dreams as an NFL agent with no regrets.  I’ll always be thankful for the many people I’ve met in college and professional sports along the way, including many other great agents.  I’ve made many lifelong friends that I’m forever grateful for.  There have been so many great memories that I’ve had that I’ll always carry with me.

There is a lot that I could and probably should write about regarding my experiences as an NFL agent as a way of helping those who aspire to be a professional sports agent.  Today is not that day.

My work in the business side of the sports and entertainment industry is far from over.  I have identified a number of marketing opportunities that are not being maximized by both professional athletes and sports teams.  My business partner and I, through my marketing company, Marketing 160 are already pursuing helping teams and athletes maximize technology and platforms that can help them bring additional revenue while connecting with their fans.

Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more about my dealings in the sports and entertainment business in the near future.



Former USC and NFL Star Talks About Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction

I’ve been fortunate to be close friends with the Havili family for nearly 15 years.  They are more than just friends of mine.  They are family to me.  The entire family is as good of family as you will ever meet.

When I first met Stanley Havili, he was a highly recruited high school athlete in Salt Lake City.  He went on to play football at USC before being drafted in the NFL.  Throughout his entire career, I’ve been able to attend numerous games with his family.

Recently, Stanley shared his personal story about prescription drug use and how it led him to nearly taking his own life.  Below are three videos of a recent interview with Stanley sharing his story.  He is very open and candid about his experiences and hopes that it can help anyone that may be going through a similar struggle.

Please feel free to share this with anyone that you know that may be struggling with addiction or that may have a family or friend who is struggling with addiction.

Part One – Former USC and NFL Star Stanley Havili talks about Prescription Drug use:

Part Two – Former USC and NFL Star Stanley Havili talks about Prescription Drug use:

Part Three – Former USC and NFL Star Stanley Havili talks about Prescription Drug use:

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The NFL Draft, The NHL, Esports Scholarships and Pigs Killing Members of ISIS

Here are a few things that I wanted to share from this past week. They include the greatest draft pick announcement in the history of professional sports, an entire stadium of hockey fans in Edmonton, Alberta Canada sing the US National Anthem, the University of Utah has announced that they will now offer scholarships for playing video games and 3 members of ISIS were killed by wild pigs.

Drew Pearson Announces the Dallas Cowboys 2nd Round Pick

This past weekend marked the annual NFL Draft. The Draft was held in Philadelphia and it was estimated that a few hundred thousand fans attended over the three days of the draft. On Friday night during the 2nd Round, former Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Drew Pearson was invited to announce the Dallas Cowboys pick. The fans in Philadelphia, whose team the Philadelphia Eagles are arch rivals of the Cowboys, gave Mr. Pearson a warm Philly welcome. It was epic.

NHL Fans in Edmonton Sing the US National Anthem

What happens when the microphone goes out right before you are going to sing the US National Anthem in Canada? Just invite the crowd to sing. That’s what happened this last week in Edmonton, Alberta Canada during the NHL Playoffs. Edmonton, you are awesome!

The University of Utah to Offer Scholarships for Esports

The University of Utah will become the first big-time sports school to offer scholarships for competitive video gaming, so far the most high-profile entry into collegiate esports.

Backed by the Salt Lake City school’s video game development program, Utah’s first varsity esports team will play Riot Games’ popular League of Legends and compete in Riot’s collegiate league. More teams in other games will be announced this year.

Utah is the first school in the “Power Five” — the five richest athletic conferences in college sports — to offer scholarships for video gaming, lending a high-profile endorsement to the the rapidly-growing industry. “We want others schools to join us,” said A.J. Dimick, who will run the new esports program. “Let’s move this along together.”

To continue reading this story on Bloomberg, click here.

Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants

Three Islamic State militants setting up an ambush in a bitterly contested area of northern Iraq were killed by a herd of stampeding boars, local leaders say.Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, a chief of the local Ubaid tribe and supervisor of anti-ISIS forces, told The Times of London the militants were hiding on the edge of a field about 50 miles southwest of Kirkuk when the boars overwhelmed them Sunday. Five other militants were injured, al-Assi said. He said the group was poised to attack a band of local tribesmen who had fled to nearby mountains since militants seized the town of Hawija three years ago.“It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area as well as the nearby cornfields,” he said.To continue reading this story on MSN, click here.
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The Brother of Aaron Hernandez and Robert F Kennedy Jr on Vaccinations

Sports, and football in particular, have been a big part of my life over the past 15 years.  This past week, former NFL star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez allegedly committed suicide in his prison cell.  Nearly every sports commentator gave their opinion on his life and outcome.  There was a story published last year about Aaron and his brother, Jonathan, that I came across earlier this week. Whether you are a sports fan or not, this story of Aaron Hernandez and his older brother is worth reading.  Here it is:  Jonathan and Aaron Hernandez

This last week I saw an interview with Robert F Kennedy Jr.  He spoke about vaccinations and the need for more analysis.  Most people, especially those who have kids, have an opinion one way or another on vaccines and whether or not they are safe.  I’ve got family and friends on both sides of this issue.  In this interview below, RFK Jr brought up some great points.  I hope you will watch this as they are, in my opinion, very valid points.  Too often, our society has blind trust in our government and the pharmacutical industry.  Let me know what you think.

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How to Accomplish Your New Years Resolutions

With the start of the New Year, everyone is following tradition by setting New Years Resolutions.  As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts early this last week, I have been setting goals since I was a kid.  A few years ago, I was in a meeting at work and the CEO of the company I was working for at the time spoke to our company about goals and his approach to accomplishing his goals.  He showed us a small booklet that included his complete process for setting and accomplishing his goals.  The steps in his booklet included the following instructions and information:

  1. Create a compelling personal vision of what you want to accomplish and who you want to become.
  2. Ask yourself what is your why for your vision?  The “why” should be strong enough to motivate you to work towards the goals.
  3. Create intermediate goals to help you set and reach milestones on your way to greater goals.
  4. Create daily tasks or daily rituals that will help in accomplishing the intermediate goals.
  5. Review your vision, your intermediate goals and your daily tasks or rituals daily.

I actually recorded with the voice recorder on my phone the CEO’s talk.  He gave us a copy of his booklet that he uses, with blank pages for us to write down our own vision statement, our own intermediate goals and our own daily tasks/rituals.  To me, this was great information.  I have listened to this over and over many times over the past few years.

Rather than continuing to use a booklet that has been filled up, I now use an Excel Spreadsheet in which my daily tasks are on.  Each month, or even weekly, I can make changes and updates to my daily tasks and rituals as needed so that I can  working towards my intermediate goals.

Two years ago, I came across this talk from Tony Robins (below).  After watching the talk by Tony Robins, I realized that what my former CEO had talked about is the exact same things that Tony mentioned in this talk.

If you are setting New Years Resolutions or goals to start this year, you may want to watch this video. It may really help you as you embark on your goal of accomplishing your New Years Resolutions.

An End of Year Evaluation

When I was young, my grandfather taught me the importance of setting goals.  Throughout my life I have taken this advice and set both personal and professional goals.  Some I have been able to accomplish and others I have failed to achieve.

At the start of each new year, many people set “New Years Resolutions”. While this is great, it is simply not enough to just set goals. Equally important as setting goals is taking time to evaluate the course we are on towards our goals.  Constant self evaluation of our course towards accomplishing these goals will ensure that we accomplish those same goals.

Some things that I feel I must ask myself are:

  • What did I accomplish?
  • What did I learn this past year?
  • What were my failures this past year?
  • What do I need to improve this next year?

For one, the things that I’ve mentioned above need to be a constant.  Daily, weekly and monthly self evaluations with asking the questions listed above will lead to better productivity and likely hood of accomplishing goals.

The year 2016 is one I will always remember.  After spending the last eleven years as a divorced, single guy, I got remarried this last April.  For me, that accomplishment triumphs all others.  I’ve had my failures and I’ve learned a lot along the way.  Unfortunately, I’ve had some dear friends pass away as well.  They will never be forgotten.  To all, I wish you a very Happy and safe New Year.  May 2017 bring you all that you hope and work for!


We Won the Lottery

As everyone prepares to wrap up things at work and makes last minute preparations for Christmas, I think it’s important to remember how lucky we all are.  Recently, I was driving home after attending a Utah Jazz basketball game in downtown Salt Lake City.  Both sides of the streets were lined with homeless people.  It wasn’t exactly warm outside, yet hundreds, if not thousands of people were lined up to either sleep on the streets or find a way into homeless shelters.  Earlier in the summer, I found myself driving home from a downtown meeting that went late into the night.  Again, I was amazed to see how many people were sleeping in the grass medians that divided the north/south lanes of traffic.

This problem of poverty is not unique to Salt Lake City.  I have seen it first hand in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and so many other cities across our country.  I have seen it in cities outside our country.  Our world has many people who are struggling.  For those of us who simply have a roof over our head and food in our homes, we have literally won life’s lottery.

Christmas is so commercialized.  We see so much about  the hottest tech items, different things that are given and received as presents.  In all this, it is so easy to forget that there are so many people in our own cities that are struggling to just have a bed to sleep on at night.

This Christmas, I am thankful for so much that I’ve been blessed with.  I often wish that I could do more to help eliminate the suffering that so many go through.  No blog or article will solve the world’s problems and I know this.  However, with awareness perhaps we can all do just a little more to help make a difference in the year ahead.

Merry Christmas to all who may read this!  Have a safe and wonderful week!

Why I’m Blogging

Next month will mark the 20th year anniversary of when I started my first company, Rocky Mountain Low Vision. Since January 1997, I have started a number of companies. Some have been successful and some failed. I’ve also worked for a few other startups and a few established companies. Each has given me valuable experience that has led me to who I am and where I am today.

I wanted to start this blog to share my experiences as an entrepreneur as well as my other life experiences in hopes that it may help someone else in some way. My interests are widespread, from business, marketing and startups to everything tech related, including cybersecurity, internet of things and virtual reality to sports, entertainment, current events, religion and politics. I intend to keep my blog focused on things that I have my most experience in, namely business (including sports business).

As this year nears an end, I will be rolling out some new things with my blog. I hope that you will stay tuned for these announcements. Your time is valuable and I hope that what I put out on my website here can benefit you in some way. Feel free to connect with me on social media and email me if there’s anything that you feel would be worth discussing.

Happy holidays!