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THE COMPANY

A 7:1 client-to-employee ratio. Lifetimes of industry experience. Family first.

David Dunn
David DunnCEO

J.D., Hastings College of Law, B.A., UCLA

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 football agency in the country.
Mark Humenik
Mark HumenikVP/General Counsel
J.D., Case Western Law, B.A., Notre Dame
As VP & General Counsel of Athletes First, Mark handles the firm’s various legal matters, including disciplinary appeals and NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement grievances. Mark further assists the firm by utilizing his extensive contract negotiation and analytical skills to maximize benefits for Athletes First clients.
Justin Schulman
Justin SchulmanVP/Operations
M.B.A., UCLA, 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 WilliamsVP/Client Marketing
B.A., UCLA
As Vice President of Marketing, 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.
TRACE ARMSTRONG
TRACE ARMSTRONGVP/Director of Coaching
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.
CAMRON HAHN
CAMRON HAHNCertified Contract Advisor
B.B.A., Louisville
Cam has been a member of the Athletes First team for over a decade, and as a former 2nd round pick of the Houston Astros, brings a unique perspective on representation to our clients. He has recruited upwards of 25 players to the Athletes First family – including seven 1st round picks – and has been directly involved in the negotiation of several top-of-the-market deals for players such as Andy Levitre, Eric Wood, Rob Bironas and Kyle Rudolph.
ANDREW KESSLER
ANDREW KESSLERCertified Contract Advisor
J.D., Texas, B.A., Pomona College
With more than 10 years in the business and well over $1B negotiated as a NFLPA 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.

KYLE MCCARTHY
KYLE MCCARTHYCertified Contract Advisor/Executive Director of Coaching
M.Ed. Missouri, B.A., Notre Dame

[/fusion_text]As a former four-year NFL veteran, client of Athletes First, and college football coach, Kyle brings an invaluable perspective 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 plays a critical role in the development of our coaching business.
DAVID MULUGHETA
DAVID MULUGHETACertified Contract Advisor
J.D., Nebraska, B.B.A., Texas
A licensed NFLPA contract advisor, 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’ on- and off-field 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 and a valuable member to Athletes First.
JOE PANOS
JOE PANOSCertified Contract Advisor
B.S., Wisconsin
A third-round selection in the 1994 NFL Draft, Joe excelled as both a collegiate athlete and NFL player. Now a certified contract advisor and 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 on and off the field.
BLAINE ROCHE
BLAINE ROCHECertified Contract Advisor/Marketing
J.D. Arizona Summit Law, B.S., University of Massachusetts
Blaine wears several hats for Athletes First, including assisting with our marketing, recruiting, legal, and client maintenance efforts. His primary responsibilities include negotiating and securing endorsement opportunities, drafting marketing and client appearance contracts, and assisting our general counsel with various legal issues. Blaine also works closely with Athletes First clients to ensure their on- and off-field needs are met and exceeded, from facilitating the purchase of new vehicles to working with the NFL on medication clearances.
CARMEN WALLACE
CARMEN WALLACECertified Contract Advisor/Marketing
A.B., Duke
One of the founding members of Athletes First, Carmen plays a vital role in Athletes First’s marketing, client maintenance, new business, and contract research & negotiations. A longtime veteran of the industry, Carmen draws upon his depth of experience and vast contact lists to assist clients in fulfilling their goals.
AUSTIN LYMAN
AUSTIN LYMANClient Marketing
B.A., USC
Austin’s primary role at Athletes First is to proactively procure, structure and consummate marketing endorsement opportunities for our clients. Austin actively manages the endorsement portfolios of more than 50 of our clients, and successfully negotiated more than two million dollars in marketing deals in 2015. Additionally, Austin consults several brand clients on all sports-related issues, including player appearances, endorsements, creative and activations.
MAX SUTRO
MAX SUTROClient Marketing
B.A., Southern Methodist
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, such as kickstarting the 1st annual Buffalo Bills Wing Eating Contest at the National Buffalo Wing Festival between Andy Levitre and Eric Wood, and developing the cowboy boots partnership between Jake Matthews and Justin Boots.
SAVANNAH WALL
SAVANNAH WALLCertified Contract Advisor/Public & Athlete Relations
M.A., USCB.A., Louisville
Savannah is actively involved in all areas of the business which has given her invaluable insight and experience.  She holds a Master of Communication Management from USC and uses that education to guide her in her duties as Public Relations Coordinator.  In PR, she works to formulate and implement strategic media plans on behalf of Athletes First clients and staff to promote player branding and imaging. She’s also the Director of Client Relations where she works diligently to manage players in their daily lives to achieve their goals.  Savannah furthers aids the company as a NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor.
CORY DORFMAN
CORY DORFMANAssociate
M.P.S., Georgetown; B.A., Tulane
Cory assists in all facets of career development and advancement for Athletes First’s NFL and NCAA coaching clients. Cory also participates in contract negotiation and prepared summary and briefing material for athletic administrators and general managers.  Working with head coaching clients at top schools in the NCAA, Cory is particularly involved at the staff level as he collaborates with football operation directors to ensure program needs are met and satisfied.
DANIELLE MOSON
DANIELLE MOSONCreative Services
B.A., San Diego State
Danielle is a key member of the Athletes First Client Maintenance Team and aids in coordinating the various aspects of our rookie training program. With a background in graphic and multimedia design, Danielle is able to create both personal and professional materials for various clients, such as wedding invitations, marketing proposals, and client logos.
NATALIE MIDDLETON
NATALIE MIDDLETONClient Maintenance
B.A., University of the Pacific
As a member of the Client Maintenance Team, Natalie’s focus is making sure our clients’ needs are met on and off the field. From family travel to ticket requests, as well as managing logistics for the Athletes First Classic, Natalie takes great pride in making sure Athletes First stands alone in terms of first class client maintenance and service.
CATE BRADY
CATE BRADYClient Maintenance
B.S., Endicott College
Cate is a member of the client maintenance team and is tasked with assisting our clients in all aspects of their lives off the field. Cate ensures all clients’ needs are met by providing each client with the highest level of service.
KENDRA COY
KENDRA COYOperations
M.A., San Jose State, B.S., Cal State Monterrey Bay

Kendra is the executive assistant to CEO David Dunn and is further responsible for the general administrative and operational functions of the office. Kendra is also active in all facets of client maintenance, assisting with everything from the rookie training program to post-career matters.

CORAL SILVERBERG
CORAL SILVERBERGOperations
B.B.A., USC
Coral is the executive assistant to President Brian Murphy. In that role, she handles the day-to-day operations involving President Brian Murphy and our clients. Coral also performs varying tasks within the company, from handling office logistics to maintaining every-day business needs.
 

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