Wed, Aug 16|
#BSPNTX Event - Athletes in Business: Excelling as Entrepreneurs
Join Black Sports Professionals North Texas on Wednesday, August 16 for a webinar delving into the successes and challenges of former athletes in the corporate world after concluding their playing careers.
Time & Location
Aug 16, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
About the Event
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 655 238 4265
Our panelists will talk about their journey from being athletes in the professional ranks to becoming and excelling as entrepreneurs, highlighting the business acumen they acquired and the lessons they learned to achieve success beyond their athletic pursuits. They will give insights on the skills and tools needed to be successful in business, touch on hot topics in the corporate climate and provide nuggets of wisdom to our next generation of sports entrepreneurs.
Torii Hunter is a former Major League Baseball star who has built an impressive business portfolio, owning four restaurants including Tender Smokehouse in Frisco, Makers Gym, a coworking space for creatives, and multiple real estate properties and investments. Hunter was a standout athlete in high schools, playing three sports before he turned his focus to baseball. The 20th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in the 1993 MLB Draft went on to enjoy a 19-year playing career with the Twins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Detroit Tigers. The five-time MLB All-Star, nine-time Gold Globe Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner was inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2016. The Pine Bluff, Ark., native who now resides in North Texas is married to his high school sweetheart Katrina and the couple has three sons.
Micheal Williams is a former National Basketball Association standout who founded 3i Contracting, a Dallas-based business launched in 2001 that has participated, built and/or developed over $1 billion worth of real estate throughout the state of Texas. Williams was the 48th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Draft after a stellar four-year career at Baylor University where he was twice named first-team All-Southwest Conference. In his rookie season with the Pistons in 1988-89, he played in 49 games and won an NBA title as a member of the team known as the “Bad Boys”. In 11 NBA seasons, Williams played for the Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors. In 2001, the same year he was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame, he launched 3i Contracting as a one-man operation, specializing in drywall and small general contracting services. His client list has grown to include Independent School Districts in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, DFW Airport, Dallas College District, Texas Department of Transportation and Harris County. The former chair of the Dallas Chapter of NBA Retired Players Association, Baylor “B” Association, Business School Advisory and Regional Black Contractors Association boards has also established the Mike Williams Assist 4 Life Foundation, which focuses on inner-city youth in education and exposes them to things outside of their communities.
BSPNTX President Larry Lundy is the Founder and President of Lundy Marketing Group (LMG). Lundy launched LMG in 2002 as a full-service strategic marketing and management firm serving brands, properties, events and talent. Spanning across three decades, LMG has built a client roster that included brands such as Adidas, Bose, Fanatics, General Mills, Nike, Visa and the Dallas Victory W hotel and talent such as NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, NFL standout, Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler and professional softball player and broadcaster A.J. Andrews. Known nationally as a sports marketing pioneer, Lundy is a frequent speaker and panelist who shares insights and knowledge on the evolution of the sports industry and regularly offers his time to help cultivate the next generation of sports professionals.