FORREST WEST, FOUNDER AND CEO
Forrest West has over 8 years of experience in the sports industry as a player and marketer.
Forrest attended two major football schools: The University of Colorado at Boulder and North Carolina State University, where he’s earned team MVP awards and all conference honors, both on and off the field. After graduating on the Dean’s List at NC State with a Public Relations degree, Forrest co-founded his first business: CampusSports.net, a sports and entertainment website.
Only a few years later, CampusSports.net now has two offices, one in Atlanta and the other in New York City. His experience growing and sustaining his startup taught him to sell brands, endorse products, and represent public figures professionally. Soon after, Forrest began marketing for some of his close friends that continue to play in the NFL. He fell in love with the process of selling an athlete’s brand value and has decided to follow his passion and manage and market athletes through his own management company.
Forrest knows firsthand that athletes are people, not commodities. His ability to relate to their personal needs and desires has led to many professional athletes trusting him to manage their careers at such a young age.
K'HADREE HOOKER, president
K’Hadree has 4 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry. He played football as a student-athlete at North Carolina State University for one year before transferring to East Carolina University to continue his football career. K’Hadree graduated with a major in business communications.
K’Hadree served as marketing coordinator for CampusSports.net for two years. After his stint with CampusSports.net, he became the Chief Marketing Officer of Lion Crown Capital Management LLC, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s brand management, media & public relations, marketing, and external operations.
K’Hadree’s talents are his capacity to bring disparate parties together to cooperate on achieving a unified goal, and his unrelenting ability to produce results against the odds.
Ron Hinton, director of marketing & corporate endorsements
Ron Cliff Hinton has over four years of experience in of business marketing with proficiencies in brand development and relationship building. Ron attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Public Relations degree, after serving as a Content Contributor and Production Manager for ESPNU's Campus Connection program in Greenville at ECU.
During his time as a Contributor to ESPNU, Ron produced human interest Marketing packages covering sports headlines such as Justin Hardy breaking the FBS receptions record in 2014.
Ron has experience stemming from the Corporate relations sector in his background. Beginning his career, Ron worked in Sales Analytics with Cisco and was a Program Manager at Duke University. In addition, Ron was a Talent Acquisition and Sales professional with TEKsystems - building relationships and facilitating Inside Sales transactions for all of North America; completing sales for 120 plus TEKSystems locations in the United States and Canada.
Ron is the current Chair for the Membership and Marketing committee for the East Carolina University Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition, Ron has experience in branding and marketing, serving as the external Sales and Marketing advisor of Fier Media Group, LLC of Raleigh, North Carolina.
CORY KATUNA, HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Cory Katuna has a background as a User Experience Engineer and Graphic Designer with a focus on flow states and organizational culture. She is a writer, speaker and coach.
She graduated the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Business and Spanish, and a minor in Technical Arts and Media. She did her thesis on intrinsic motivation.
After school, she spent a year at SportsLabs, a startup company that builds mobile apps and websites for university sports teams. Her role was a UX / UI Designer, but in her spare time she founded and led the SportsLabs Culture Squad, a team of employees dedicated to transforming the company culture (and thereby boosting employee engagement, increasing retention and raising the bottom line). The Culture Squad reduced turnover by over 50%.