Former NBA, NFL Athletes to Launch Web-Based Business Education & Financing Platform

Oct 02, 2017

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Former NBA, NFL Athletes to Launch Web-based Business Education & Financing Platform That Connects Diverse Suppliers with Hard-to-reach Investors

Playbook Investors Network (PIN) removes barriers preventing MBE, WBE, veteran, LGBTQ and small business owners from accessing investment capital

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, October 2, 2017 – Responding to the challenges that diverse suppliers face accessing capital and networks to scale their businesses, a group of professional former athletes from the NBA and NFL have joined forces with business and financing experts to form a new kind of dream team. It’s called the Playbook Investors Network (PIN), a web-based business capital and education platform that removes barriers to minority-, women-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned enterprises engaging with institutional, corporate and private investors.

Among those investors are sports figures, entertainers and businessmen and women who are doing well by getting educated on how to invest in businesses as well as own and operate them. PIN’s partners include former NBA players Tracy McGrady and Antonio Davis, NFL professional Damian Williams, three-time Olympian Darvis “Doc” Patton and business executive Jesse McRae. Business advisor, former NBA player and coach Butch Carter, will also be present. They will join PIN’s founder and CEO Rodney Woods on October 11 and 12 in Indianapolis for the official launch of the PIN Online Portal, where businesses and investors can access valuable information and resources.

MEDIA: PIN partners are available for interviews on October 11, the morning of October 12 and again after 1 p.m.

On October 12, a special presentation of PIN Global News’ weekly broadcast featuring business experts and athletes in a lively business roundtable will be live streamed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET at the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MSDC) headquarters, 2126 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. It will be followed by a networking event hosted by the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council for its certified MBE members and investors.

PIN Global News is a weekly business roundtable that is live streamed on the PIN website at playbookinvestorsnetwork.com, Facebook and Twitter from 10 a.m. to noon CST. The business talk show debuted in June on a local Houston radio station. Archived episodes can be seen on YouTube and the PIN website.

“For athletes, there comes a time when earning large sums of money solely based on their talent slows down or comes to an end,” Woods said. “PIN gives them the contacts, information, training and business development prowess to compete in the marketplace and even build upon the wealth and lifestyle they cultivated in their careers.”

PIN, headquartered in Dallas, has created alliances with companies that serve as subject matter experts and provide additional services to members. PIN affiliates can also assist suppliers in obtaining MBE/WBE certification. Visit playbookinvestors.com for a list of benefits.

PIN Executive Leadership Team

Rodney Woods is PIN’s Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman.  He retired from the Dallas Police Department after serving 20 years.  In separate ventures, he has grown a business portfolio that includes clients such as Volkswagen, Toyota, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Adidas, Converse, Alliance Bernstein, General Motors, and Walgreens.  In addition to PIN, Woods is also the CEO of Diversity in Promotions.

Tracy McGrady (T-Mac), a PIN Managing Partner, retired from the San Antonio Spurs and is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, a two-time NBA scoring champion (2003–2004), and 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. He is also Partner and Managing Director of Diversity In Promotions

Antonio Davis, PIN’s Managing Venture Partner, is an NBA all-star who played for the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. During his tenure with National Basketball Players Association, Davis served as First Vice President and President. He is also an NBA Analyst.

Jesse McRae, PIN’s Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer, has over twenty years of experience as a financial service professional and entrepreneur with investment firms whose offerings include tax-exempt and taxable fixed income products, large block equity execution services, private equity mezzanine and domestic long-only growth equity disciplines. McRae is a former FINRA Registered Representative, General Securities Principal and Licensed Equity Trader.

Damian Williams, a PIN Managing Partner, is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams.  In a separate venture, Williams is the Co-Founder of D&D Connections.  He has significant experience managing projects across various functional areas resulting in extraordinary growth, and operational excellence.

Darvis “Doc” Patton, a PIN Managing Partner, has represented Fortune 500 companies as a professional world-class sprinter, brand ambassador and coach. His experience on and off the track, including three Olympic appearances, has helped him build strong relationships with businessmen and women worldwide.  He also serves as Co-Founder of D & D Connections.

Butch Carter, PIN’s Business Advisor, is a former NBA player who started his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and also played for the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks.  From 1998 – 2000, Carter coached the Toronto Raptors and became one of only eight African-American head coaches in the history of the NBA. Carter is also General Partner of the Canadian Basketball League and former CEO of Carter Group Inc. and Carter Group Canada.

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