Who We Are

"The Players’ Impact is just a room full of people that understand both business and athletics. It has been the best organization I have had the privilege to work with."

-Bryan Doyle, 

TPI Member, Professional Rugby Player

Since The Players’ Impact (TPI) was founded in 2017, we have established an ecosystem among our professional athlete network and business stakeholders. TPI is the leading, most diverse, dedicated community, known for uplifting athletes  and entertainers with trusted resources and partnerships to succeed during and after their careers.

TPI is comprised of active and retired professional athletes, artists, influencers and investors; who have come together as a collective to connect, empower, educate and invest.


Gabby Douglas
U.S. Olympic Gymnast
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Maurice Evans
Retired NBA Player
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James Farrior
Retired NFL Player
Garrett Klugh
U.S Olympian
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Tracy McGrady
Retired NBA Player
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Jon Najarian
Retired NFL Player
Bryce Salvador
Retired NHL Player, Experienced Entrepreneur
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Donte Whitner
11 Year NFL Veteran


Charles Baker
Co-Chair of O'Melveny Sports Industry Group.
Cortez Byant
Chief Executive Officer at THE BLUEPRINT GROUP
Drew Sheinman
Founding Partner at Brand Velocity Partners, Sports/Entertainment Investor/Board Advisor. 
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John Cahaly
Executive Chairman,
Eze Castle Integration
Iman Farrior
Head of Transaction Operations at Compass.
Susan Kilkenny
SVP Integrated Sales & Marketing at Maxim Inc.
Kristen Kuliga
EVP Business Development Vanguard Sports Group and Managing Director Charlestowne Holdings.
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Jason Lavender
TPI Co-founder.
Founding venture partner with NextGen Venture Partners.
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Stephen Lebowitz
Founding and Managing Partner at Brand Velocity Partners
Pat Nelson
CEO, Syndicate Works


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Tracy Deforge
CEO and Co-Founder and an attorney by training, an entrepreneur in spirit, and an executive leader through experience. Her career has focused for more than a decade in the sports industry on start-up companies, technology offerings, and pioneering business initiatives. After earning her J.D. at Seton Hall, she went to work for the National Hockey League (NHL) and then Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB.com). Ever since, she’s worked at the unique intersection of sports, entertainment/media, and technology – including COO of a pioneering mobile video SaaS offering targeting sports broadcasters and partner in a venture investment firm focused on sports and entertainment firms. She was a 2018 Haymakers for Hope fighter, 6 time marathon finisher and Division I Athlete.
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Chris Giesting
Heading the business development and analysis teams at The Players' Impact. Chris is a former World Champion Track & Field Athlete out of the University of Notre Dame.
Emma Way
Heading operations and administrative teams at The Players' Impact. After being an All-American at the University of Michigan, she is now a current U.S Women’s Field Hockey National Development Team Member.
She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.S. from Quinnipiac University.