A 9:1 client-to-employee ratio. Lifetimes of industry experience. Family first.

David Dunn
David DunnChief Executive Officer
J.D., Hastings College of Law

A true powerhouse in NFL representation, Dave stands as one of the most prolific, effective and respected negotiators in the industry. Dave has negotiated hundreds of NFL contracts, and his negotiating efforts have resulted in scores of record-breaking deals.
Brian Murphy
Brian MurphyPresident
J.D., Harvard Law
B.A., Notre Dame

As President of Athletes First, Brian is responsible for ensuring that the Athletes First experience is second-to-none in terms of negotiating, maintenance, marketing and charity work. During his tenure, Athletes First has grown into the most powerful independent sports agency in the country.
Justin Schulman
Justin SchulmanPartner
B.A., Michigan

Justin is involved in the management of the company’s client roster, the recruitment of new clients and the negotiation of player contracts. In addition, Justin oversees the firm’s financial operations and administrative processes and organizes Athletes First’s successful Pre-Draft Training Program.
Ryan Williams
Ryan WilliamsPartner
As the head of Athletes First’s Marketing Department, Ryan’s primary responsibility is to establish player marketing strategies and then proactively find, negotiate, and secure endorsement opportunities. An NFL Certified Contract Advisor, Ryan is also a contributor to the recruiting efforts of Athletes First.
David Mulugheta
David MulughetaPartner
J.D., Nebraska
B.B.A., Texas

David has attracted many top young players to the firm and negotiated numerous record-breaking contracts. David’s legal background and experience in both client management and business affairs make him integral in the development of clients’ careers. Most notably, David’s commitment to maintaining close relationships with his clients and their families has led to his success as a trusted advisor.
Joe Panos
Joe PanosPartner
B.S., Wisconsin
A third-round selection in the 1994 NFL Draft, Joe excelled as both a collegiate athlete and NFL player. As a seven-year veteran of the NFL, Joe’s experience from both sides of the NFL representation industry gives him the unique ability to best meet and exceed his clients’ goals.
TRACE ARMSTRONG VP, Coaching & Personnel
M.B.A., Florida
B.A., Florida

A former NFLPA President and first-round NFL draft pick with 15 years of playing experience, Trace is one of the most well-respected and highly-touted agents in the business. During his career, Trace has negotiated a number of record-breaking deals including the largest contracts for a NFL head coach and NFL general manager. Trace represents many of the highest paid football coaches in both the NFL and NCAA, front office personnel and sports broadcasters.
KENDRA COY Operations
M.A., San Jose State
B.S., Cal State Monterey Bay

Kendra is the executive assistant to CEO David Dunn, supporting him in all facets of his demanding schedule and professional needs. Additionally, she is responsible for general administrative and operational functions of the office including all client data/files, administration of the firm’s internship program, marketing accounting and billing and client relations.
CORY DORFMAN Coaching & Personnel
M.P.S., Georgetown
B.A., Tulane

Cory coordinates all facets of career development and advancement for intercollegiate and professional coaches. Working with head coaching clients at over a dozen FBS schools, Cory is particularly involved at the staff level as he confers with football operation directors to ensure program needs are met and satisfied.
SAVANNAH FOSTERNFL Player Agent/Client Relations
B.A., Louisville

Coordinating Athletes First’s public relations efforts, Savannah works to formulate and implement strategic media plans on behalf of Athletes First clients and staff. She also oversees the Client Relations Department where she works diligently to manage players in their daily lives to achieve their goals.
SCOTT GAFFIELDGeneral Counsel/Coaching & Personnel
B.A., Yale

Scott oversees all legal matters, advises on business and legal aspects of a broad range of transactions for Athletes First and its clients, and assists with the management of the firm. Scott also represents coaches and broadcasters.
B.B.A., Louisville
As a former 2nd round pick of the Houston Astros, Cam brings a unique perspective on representation to our clients. He has recruited upwards of 50 players to the Athletes First family – including seven 1st round picks – and has negotiated several top-of-the-market deals for players such as Eric Wood, Andy Levitre, Harrison Smith, Ryan Kerrigan and Kyle Rudolph.
ALEX HAMMOND Coaching and Personnel
J.D., Northwestern
B.A., Texas

As a former chief of staff to a major college football program and a lawyer at the NCAA, Alex brings unique experience and perspective to the Athletes First family. Alex is helping to develop and assist with the firm’s football and basketball coaching practice.
J.D., Texas
B.A., Pomona College

With nearly 15 years in the business and well over $1 billion negotiated as a NFLPA certified contract advisor, Andrew is a unique combination of experience and youth in the world of professional football. An unrivaled expert on the NFL’s CBA, Andrew uses his skills, expertise and experience to help Athletes First clients maximize all elements of their careers.
CHRIS LONGOClient Marketing
As a former UCLA football letterman, Chris provides valuable perspective to the Athletes First marketing team. Chris builds relationships with local brands to ensure that our clients can build their network through various player appearances, creative activations and endorsements.
AUSTIN LYMAN Client Marketing
Austin oversees the day-to-day operations of the Marketing Department and manages the endorsement portfolios of more than 50 clients. Additionally, Austin consults several brand clients on all sports-related issues, including player appearances, endorsements, creative and activations.
KYLE MCCARTHY NFL Player Agent/Coaching & Personnel
M.Ed., Missouri
B.A., Notre Dame

As a former four-year NFL veteran, client of Athletes First, and college football coach, Kyle brings unique experience to the Athletes First family. Kyle is a critical component in the development of our athletes both on and off the field, particularly during the pre-draft process, and has helped develop the firm’s coaching practice.
SCOTTY MCKNIGHTBusiness Development
B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
A former NFL wide receiver and Athletes First client, Scotty currently works in a variety of areas at the company including marketing and coaching. With a background working as a television writer following his football career, Scotty also develops content opportunities for clients interested in exploring the entertainment business.
B.A., Texas A&M
A former NFL wide receiver, Eazy provides valuable perspective and insight to Athletes First. Eazy finds creative marketing and endorsement opportunities on and off the field. As a part of the marketing team, Eazy is focused on creating new relationships and collaborating with companies to enhance our athletes brand via Social Media, Events, TV, and Radio.
BLAINE ROCHE NFL Player Agent/Client Marketing
J.D., Arizona Summit Law
B.S., UMass Amherst

Blaine’s primary responsibilities include recruiting new clients to the firm and negotiating, drafting and reviewing client contracts. Blaine also serves as the liaison between Athletes First clients and the NFL with respect to various on- and off-field issues, and is critical in ensuring the rights and interests of our clients are protected at all times.
DANIELLE SPENCER Creative Services
B.A., San Diego State
Danielle is a key member of the Athletes First Client Relations Department and helps coordinate Athletes First’s Pre-Draft Training Program. With a background in graphic and multimedia design, Danielle is able to create both personal and professional content for various clients, such as recruiting materials, marketing proposals, and client logos.
Kenton joins Athletes First after spearheading the creative for Football Recruiting at The Ohio State University.  Known for his close attention to detail and one of a kind designs, Kenton adds a new level of expertise to our already impressive creative department. As the Art Director, Kenton manages the Athletes First Social Media outlets while working closely with clients to make their visions a reality.
MAX SUTROClient Marketing
As a member of the Marketing Department, Max’s primary responsibility is to find creative marketing and endorsement opportunities that enhance our clients’ brands. He focuses on creating opportunities which showcase clients’ individual personalities and on-field playing style whether it be through endorsements, appearances, TV/radio shows or other avenues.
CARMEN WALLACE NFL Player Agent/Client Marketing
A.B., Duke
One of the founding members of Athletes First, Carmen plays a vital role in Athletes First’s contract negotiations and Marketing and Client Relations Departments. A longtime veteran of the industry, Carmen draws upon his depth of experience and vast contact lists to assist clients in fulfilling their goals.


From record-breaking contracts to strategic brand building, from elite, personalized pre-draft training to specialized work with athlete foundations, we will help you with every aspect of your career.


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