Beasley Reece and Beyonce’s Homecoming
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Bill, Janae and Tucker speak with the CEO of NFL Alumni, Beasley Reece about the work he’s doing to improve healthcare for retired NFL players. They also speak with Taryn Finley, editor for Huffington Post Black Voices about Beyonce’s Netflix film, “Homecoming.”
NFL Alumni organization names interim CEO to full-time job
Elvis Gooden has been named CEO of the NFL Alumni.
Gooden served as chief financial officer for the oldest retired football player organization since July 2013, and has been serving as interim CEO since April.
Three-time Super Bowl champion Bart Oates was named president of the Mount Laurel-based organization, according to the announcement by co-Chairmen Ron Jaworski and Bill Schultz.
“We are pleased that both individuals have agreed to lead our organization as we begin our next half-century of caring for our retired players and caring for the kids in our local communities,” Jaworski and Schultz said in the release. “Both men have distinguished themselves in business and have been tremendous contributors to our NFL Alumni organization for several years. We believe they will be an excellent team to work together with our members, local chapters and communities in the future.”
Gooden has an accounting degree from Hunter College in New York and has extensive management, financial, business and technology experience.
He worked as state-certified chief municipal finance officer for 16 years in three New Jersey municipalities, including New Brunswick. He also served as a financial consultant for several New Jersey parking authorities and has been involved as chief financial officer-consultant on business acquisitions and sales in the state.
Oates played 11 seasons in the NFL and was a five-time Pro Bowl center for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants and one with the Niners.
He has been the president of the New York-New Jersey chapter of NFLA for the last eight years.
Oates earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1983 and obtained his law degree from Seton Hall University in 1990, while still an active player.
He most recently was general counsel for Metro DX Labs and has been an attorney at Raymond A. Koski & Associates in New Jersey for a quarter-century.
Members of the search committee that proposed Gooden and Oates to the board were former NFL players Chairman John Haines (Vikings, Colts; 1984-86); Bill Schultz (Colts, Oilers, Broncos, Bears; 1990-97); Ron Rice (Lions; 1995-2001); Beasley Reece (Cowboys, Giants, Buccaneers; 1976-84); and Andrew Bolton (Seahawks, Lions; 1976-78).
CareOne and Daniel Straus Lead Effort
Members of the NFL Alumni Association – along with current NFL players Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz – attended CareOne’s “Starry Night Masquerade” on Thursday, October 19. This event raised $4,000,000 for Puerto Rico relief efforts.
Read more about the event here: http://www.care-one.com/careone-news/careone-helps-bring-relief-to-puerto-rico/
Zito Partners and IPZ to Collaborate
WARREN, NJ, September 27, 2017 – National Football League Alumni (NFLA), the most well-known and well-respected retired player organization, has teamed up with Zito Partners (ZP) and IPZ to assist in its branding and marketing efforts.
“We have been fortunate to work with the NFL Alumni for the past five years,” said Robert Zito, Founder of Zito Partners and Managing Partner of IPZ. “The work the Alumni do for children and former players is exemplary and we are thrilled to continue helping them. The Alumni and its members have an amazing ability to engage brands, their followers, and employees and customers of those brands.”
NFL Alumni has a dual mission of “Caring for Our Own & Caring for Kids,” as it serves, assists, and informs players during their post-NFL lives, while also engaging them to give back to their communities by raising funds for youth charities. NFL Alumni is comprised of retired NFL players, coaches, professionals, cheerleaders, spouses, and associate members.
NFL Alumni is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Its members are organized in chapters located throughout the United States. NFL Alumni fundraising efforts raise more than $1,000,000 per year for charity.
“I am pleased to continue our work with Zito Partners as they help us bridge the gap to expand to corporate relationships,” said Elvis Gooden, Interim President and CEO of NFL Alumni. “We are excited to utilize their marketing expertise as well to increase our brand awareness.”
About NFL Alumni: NFL Alumni is a nationwide group of former NFL players, coaches, staffers, cheerleaders, spouses and associate members whose mission is to serve, assist and inform former players and their families. The Alumni offers a variety of medical, financial and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its “Caring for Kids” programs. For more information please visit www.nflalumni.org.
About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.
About IPZ: IPZ is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.