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The MPower Mission

MPower is a new enterprise sports management group and sees its mission and vision as player representatives and business builders in a new and culturally advanced way for the modern–day global athlete. We take our responsibility to you seriously every day.

Through our legal experience, successful strategic and tactical business planning, we empower our clients to optimize their lifestyles as professional athletes and entrepreneurs. We also identify our client’s family and influencing support community and assist with educating them so they can be significant collaborators on the path.We align professional aspiration and future goals to secure the most valuable experiences and wealth building opportunities possible for our clients.

The MPower Philosophy

We negotiate, mentor, counsel and advocate for our clients to reach their maximum potential as athletes, business leaders, family and community members.

We cultivate those qualities that exceptional athletes and successful entrepreneurs share.

We know who you are. We know what you can do. You are an elite athlete, an influencer, a leader and a pioneer in sports and in business.

Empower yourself with our experience, creativity, intelligence and integrity.

The MPower Connection

Family is our foundation. We are connected to you and the people you love and trust the most. For decades, we have been parents, mentors, teachers, friends, and change-makers in our communities for youth, for seniors and others who need a voice.

Our team can be found sponsoring youth training camps, offering community legal support, building schools and visiting elders in nursing homes. Our relationships run deep with our commitment to family and community – ours and yours.

MPower is dedicated to educating and empowering the structure and support systems you need to succeed in life.

The MPower Impact

Create Your Legacy

Now is the time to enrich lives, reach back into your community, inspire and make change through educational, athletic, and social programs.

MPower partners with you at each facet of your professional life to build power and influence through charitable foundations, community projects, mentoring and collaborations to share your passion and purpose.

The MPower Plan

We design and execute strategies for our clients through the following points.

  • Contract Negotiations
  • Endorsements and Personal Story Development
  • Community Outreach and Legacy Building
  • Pre-Draft Planning and Rookie Transition Assistance
  • Conditioning, Training and Nutrition Counseling
  • Mental Health and Family Education and Counseling
  • Workplace and Domestic Conduct Education
  • Legal Support
  • Media Relations and Social Media Strategies
  • Entrepreneur Business and Executive Coaching
  • Financial Planning and Investment
  • Health and Wellness Education
  • Player Development and Career Counseling
  • Life Skills Programming
  • College and Graduate Education Consulting

The Business MPowerment Summit

MPower is dedicated to promoting you as an entrepreneur, business leader and thought provoker. Our managers and advisors will be with you on the journey learning the key skills to make strong business decisions throughout your career.

The Summit is designed for professional players who will train with leaders in various industries to gain tools, insights and perspectives. Clients will increase networking and knowledge to create, build, grow and monetize ideas for sustained and maximum wealth and health along the continuum of their careers.

Together with top organizations and best-in-class business leaders, athletes have the opportunity to develop new skills, pursue business interests and create an off-the-court network.

The MPower Team

Rebecca adelman

A model of entrepreneurial excellence

Rebecca Adelman

Rebecca Adelman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MPower Sports Group, a new-type of sports talent agency created to empower clients and their families. With decades of experience in business litigation and contract formation and negotiations, Rebecca has developed a model of entrepreneurial excellence. For her professional athletes, Rebecca advises on business opportunities and growth strategies to create present and future financial security and lasting legacies.

Certified NBPA, WNBPA and FIBA player agent 30 years of experience as a lawyer and a certified mediator Member of The Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) and the International Sport Lawyers Association (ISLA) “Super Women in Business” and “Power Player” in litigation by the Memphis business industry “Women to Watch” and “Executive of the Year” by the Memphis Business Journal In 2018, she was also one of the five selected finalists in the Outside Counsel category of the Claims Litigation Management Professionals of the Year.

She graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Economics and French and has a Master’s of Economics from the Universiste’ d’Aix’Marseille. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and then began a successful law career founding her own law firm in 2001 that now has nine offices throughout the Southeast.

Rebecca continues to fulfill her promise to educate and be a voice for youth and their families through her work with the Urban Child Institute; Dorothy Day House of Hospitality; Memphis Athletic Ministries; Youth Athletic Foundation and the Mike Miller Foundation; Mentor Memphis; and the Jim Couch Foundation.

In 2002, to further her commitment to education, Rebecca founded a school in rural Colorado to meet the needs of the community. The school now serves hundreds of children, their families and the community and has a comprehensive outreach program.

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Sean Couch

Sean Couch is Director of Basketball Operations of MPower Sports Group. Sean has decades of knowledge of basketball operations, advanced scouting and player analytics, along with his relationships with NBA general managers. Sean serves as a role model and mentor for players at all levels and understands the preparation and dedication required to excel as a player and in business.

Two-year basketball captain at Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics
Drafted 60th by the Indiana Pacers in 1987
NBA pre-season play with the New York Knicks
Professional overseas play in Venezuela, Brazil, and Paraguay
Director of Basketball Operations for the Jim Couch Foundation

The Foundation offers a platform built on athletic wellness and technique. Young coaches and trainers learned NBA training technique from retired professional players and then share their experiences as instructors on weekends at schools around New York City. Tony Campbell, Nate Archibald, Marty Colon and Milton Lee were all former lead instructors for the Foundation.

In 2002, Sean co-founded Bounce Magazine, a worldwide streetball publication that developed marketing and special event partnerships with Nike, Converse, Red Bull and Mountain Dew. He was also hired to consult for ad firms 180/TBWA, Hill & Knowlton, Wieden + Kennedy for brands such as Adidas, EA Sports and Vitamin Water.

Sean is an adjunct instructor at the City University of New York’s Kingsborough Community College, where he teaches Business Communications.

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Jack Dunavant

Jack Dunavant is a Basketball/Golf Operations Associate with MPower Sports Group. As a member of the basketball operations, he draws from his experience of contract negotiations, strategic business planning, and entrepreneurial development. Jack is a highly driven individual with a mission to build relationships with each player to assist in advancing their success in athletic performance, personal branding, and business development.

Jack also manages MPower’s golf operations. After years of competitive golf, he brings a wealth of knowledge on the processes to develop as a professional golfer. He provides expertise on endorsements and marketing, as well as career strategy and goal implementation.

Currently, he also serves as a private jet charter consultant for Trilogy Aviation Group in Dallas, Texas.

Jack is a Texas Christian University Horned Frog, where he studied Entrepreneurial Management.

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Michael Goodin

Michael Goodin is a Senior Associate with MPower Sports Group. For the last decade, Michael has successfully negotiated on behalf of his clients in the courtroom, in arbitration, and in mediation.

B.S. with High Honors in Psychology from Mississippi College
Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Memphis C. Humphreys School of Law
Nationally published writer
Frequent industry speaker
Obtained multiple jury verdicts in favor of his clients
Obtained successful results for his clients in contract negotiations and breach of contract claims

Michael served as a counselor for Youth Villages, a program providing help to children and young people across the United States who face a wide range of emotional, mental and behavioral problems. Youth Villages helped more than 25,000 children young people and their families in 2017.

Michael was a three year starter for the Mississippi College football team, earning spots on the All Conference and Academic All Conference teams. Michael continues to be a dedicated athlete, participating in multiple Memphis basketball leagues as well as CrossFit and weightlifting.

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Jacques Stas

Jacques Stas is the Director of International Basketball Operations for MPower Sports Group. Jacques has decades of knowledge of basketball in Europe, advanced scouting and player analytics, and strong relationships with General Managers of European Teams. Captain of the Belgian National Team for 12 years, he is a driven and focused person who knows how to set goals and what it takes to achieve them.

Jacques emphasizes the application of psychological principles in the field of education in general and inclusive education and career guidance in particular.

Pro basketball player during 17 years / Captain of National Team
Assistant Coach National Team of Belgium for 12 years
GM Spirou Charleroi Belgium 2010-2016
GM Sharks Antibes France 2013-2015
Consultant TV NBA/Belgian Championship (13 years)
Bachelor Elementary School Teacher
Master of Science in Educational

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John Williams

Coach John Williams is Chief Performance Officer for MPower Sports Group and owns and operates Axon Sports Performance in Alpharetta, Georgia and A full service performance training and rehabilitation facility where he and his staff put their innovative concepts to work and consistently produces radical improvements in strength, speed, agility and flexibility. Having personally worked with hundreds of athletes, he has amassed quite a reputation for remarkably improving an athletes’ ability in a short period of time while significantly reducing injury potential.

He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the founder and C.P.O of AXON Technology Group who is the manufacturer of the i-Myo Pro. John has spent over 20 years developing, mastering, and educating other professionals about his advanced training system and concepts.in addition to his incalculable hours of hands on work, John has served as a consultant to numerous athletic organizations including Nike, and Mizuno. He has also been a featured contributor to several nationally recognized publications and internet websites such as; T-nation.com, Sportspecific.com, TrainingYoungAthletes.com, CharlieFrancis.com, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Physical, and Pure Power magazines. Additionally, John is the author of Balanced Mind Beautiful Body, a user friendly guide to achieving optimal health.

Coach John’s unique system is highly endorsed by many elite athletes from a variety of sports with whom he has directly worked including:

Numerous track and field athletes including Olympic gold medalists.
Numerous Division I college American football players.
Professional players from the NFL teams New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Jets.
Professional Basketball players from the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, and Halifax Rainmen

Being an “eternal student”, Coach John possesses an unmatched desire for learning and a passion for the pursuit of athletic excellence.

James Harvey, Jr

James Harvey, Jr.

A Trainer, Mentor, and NBA Skill Development Specialist, James Harvey, Jr. is a native Memphian who has always displayed an amazing work ethic at his craft. He played basketball at Germantown High School before playing two years at Southeastern Community College and furthering his career at the University of Memphis (’09-’10) and Missouri Western State.

James had the opportunity to continue his basketball career overseas, but wanted to direct his passion into skill development and mentoring youth. In 2012, James established Full Potential Fitness and Sports Training. Full Potential has worked with over 5,000 youth and over 50 professional basketball players nationwide. James is well-respected by College Coaches and NBA personnel all over the country, and maintains multiple international connections.

James believes that through basketball he can install the basic fundamentals of self discipline, self worth , and work ethic, and have an impact on future generations.

Full Potential Training, LLC is devoted to developing, nurturing, and improving the basketball abilities of persons in all walks of life. This primary goal involves far more than merely teaching clients the basic components of being better basketball players. Rather, it is a holistic approach to improving the thinking ability, work ethic, and self-confidence of our each and every client. It also involves mentoring disadvantaged youths, resurrecting careers, promoting the overlooked and generally improving the outlook of anyone who retains our services.

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Leslie Schilling

Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD, CSCS is a Master’s level registered dietitian, nationally recognized speaker, nutrition therapist, and author. She owns Schilling Nutrition LLC, a Las Vegas-based coaching practice, specializing in nutrition counseling for families, those of all ages with disordered eating concerns, and professional athletes and performers. Having been an athlete, Leslie understands the nutritional needs, psychological demands, and multi-faceted aspects of sport. Early in her career, she began working with competitive athletes and professional basketball players in Memphis, TN. Leslie’s education and experience span far beyond her graduate degree in nutrition and exercise physiology emphasis.

Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) working with athletes across the spectrum
20 years’ experience in the field of nutrition and sport science
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Sport Nutritionist for the 2014-2015 Memphis Grizzlies NBA team
Performance Nutrition Consultant for Cirque du Soleil®
Veteran Member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA)
Creator of the Born To Eat® approach and co-author of the award-winning book, Born To Eat

In addition to her sport and wellness focus, Leslie has worked across many practice settings including nutrition research, acute care and outpatient pediatrics, adult and pediatric weight concerns, as well as in recreational and professional athletic training facilities. She also values serving in academic settings. Leslie held adjunct instructor status in the Graduate Nutrition Program at the University of Memphis and is currently a guest lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
With her warm, compassionate, and entertaining personality, Leslie been featured in media outlets like Women’s Health, Self, Pregnancy Magazine, The Yoga Journal, Bicycling, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, US News & World Report, and on HGTV. As a born speaker, Leslie has been invited to provide nutrition programs to athletic teams, military groups, corporate meetings, and professional organizations across the nation.

Don Vaden

Don Vaden is President of Don Vaden InterActive Consulting. Don has developed leaders on and off the court during his 40 years in the sports industry. He shares his creative and innovative methods with organizations in custom-tailored programs to educate and inspire teams, fans, media and business groups.

Areas of focus:
Improve player to referee communication
Help improve coaches dialogue with referees
Improve referee’s game, situational and self awareness
Educate players on the rules of the game to elevate their game to the next level

Worked for the NBA from 1988 until 2018. 
Served the game in many ways: 
Refereed from 1988-2003, (Finals 2002)
Served on Management Team from 2003-2010
Director of Officials for the NBA from 2011-2016
Director of Officials for the WNBA from 2016-2017. 
First Director in League history to serve both leagues.
Team consultant: Portland Trailblazers, Toronto Raptors. 
Ref Ops personnel rep on L2M report and oversaw the NBA Replay Center periodically.
Prior to joining the NBA, graduated from Lynchburg College (VA), played professional baseball, taught Physical Education, coached high school baseball, football, indoor track, assistant college baseball coach, refereed NCAA basketball. 
Recently elected to Piedmont VA ASA Hall of Fame (fast pitch) as pitcher and shortstop on 4 State Championship teams.

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Amiee Burns

Amiee Burns is Managing Director Financial Services at A&E Financial Services, LLC.

Amiee has over 15 years of financial management experience in the sports and entertainment industries. She specializes in assisting athletes in achieving long-term economic stability by helping them design and implement financial plans and set attainable goals. With strong allies in the industry, she provides a team of professionals to assist athletes with all their distinctive requirements including tax, insurance, real estate, and legal services

Amiee Attended Florida Atlantic University and obtained a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting.

Ericka ellis

Ericka Ellis

Ericka Ellis is the Fire Starter. She fearlessly serves as the match for those who have lost their spark in life, purpose or relationships. Ericka ignites women and youth to pursue their goals with passion while overcoming adversity. This is most evident in her work as a published author, speaker, success coach and Philanthropist. She founded her nonprofit, Think.Love.Smart, a 501c3 organization for girls in foster care with the mission to, “Move Foster Girls Forward,” through mentorship and education. In her most recent book, “Misguided by Love, Redirected by Faith: My Journey to Freedom,” she shares a message of hope, to empower women to release the emotional baggage that weighs them down to live a life of freedom and abundance.

She has been featured on ABC Channel 8 News, CBS 11, D Broadcast, Dallas Weekly, K104, KHVN, and The City Influencer to name a few. Because of her work in the community, she has been recognized by CBS 11 as a ‘Texan With Character,” as well as named, ‘Person of Excellence for the Year and ‘The Top 8 Influencers of Dallas.’ Ericka is also the visionary behind her, “Fire Socials,” a quarterly event that promotes women empowerment. She uses this as an opportunity to set women on fire, to recognize their gifts and talents and light them up to become the trailblazers they are meant to be! Ericka uses her podcast as a means to provide weekly motivation and encouragement for those in pursuit of purpose and accomplishing their goals.

Ericka is a Native of Dallas, a former foster child who aspires to defy statistics, break barriers and set souls on fire! She holds a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Strategic Management in Communications from Purdue University.

But above all else, her most important work is being a servant of Christ, wife to her husband, Ty, Assistant Coach of the Phoenix Suns, and mother to her son, Tyler.

Breanna Kirk and Joan McGeachy

Breanna Kirk and Joan McGeachy

Breanna Kirk and Joan McGeachy provide educational direction for MPower Sports Group. Together they have over 30 years of experience assisting clients chart their paths to impact and lead. This includes helping clients earn admission to schools such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Columbia, Chicago, MIT, Northwestern, and University of Virginia.

Earlier in her career, Breanna worked in Admissions at Dartmouth and Columbia. Prior to her work in education, she worked in New Hampshire politics as a fundraiser, lobbyist, and legislative aide.

Joan has more than 12 years of experience in strategy development and brand marketing at companies such as Deloitte Consulting, The Coca-Cola Company, and two start ups. Most recently she has been an adjunct instructor in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Working together for nearly 10 years, Breanna and Joan focus on helping clients, particularly non-traditional clients, dig deeply to find their own educational direction and build a strong foundation for living a life of purpose and meaning. Whether this includes finding a unique education or career path, or utilizing their distinct experiences to complete an undergraduate education or pursue a graduate degree, Breanna and Joan provide customized guidance.

Steve adelman

Steven Adelman

Steven Adelman is the Director of Arts & Entertainment for MPower Sports Group. With a career spanning well over twenty five years in entertainment, Steven has gained a reputation for combining creativity and bottom line economics into acclaimed projects worldwide.

He received a B.A. in Economics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He moved to Boston in 1984 for graduate work at Boston College earning a Master’s Degree in Economics.

In 1990, Steven moved to New York City to open the Roxy, serving as its Director. It soon gained a reputation as the city’s top club, putting Adelman on the map. Only two years later, he was tabbed, as a Director of the Limelight, and within three years had become a Director for NYC’s biggest venues including the Tunnel and Palladium.</p

In 1997, Steven returned to Boston to launch Avalon on Lansdowne Street, which became an instant national success. Over the next four years Steven led a team to redevelop the famed street, adding in two music venues, restaurant, and two upscale lounges, turning Lansdowne Street into the focal point of entertainment not only for Boston, but for the entire Northeast region. It was here he fine tuned his model for not only operating multiple venues, but collaborating with top architects and designers as well.

In September 2002, he purchased the Palace Theatre in Hollywood and the Limelight, the same venue he directed ten years earlier, in New York City. After one year and ten million dollars in construction and renovations, he launched Avalon on each coast, along with the ultra-exclusive Spider Club. This club within a club became the ultimate celebrity haunt, becoming one of the country’s most sought after nightlife experiences. Steven was recognized for his efforts in the redevelopment of Hollywood as one its pioneers, leading to its current boom.

Always striving to be one step ahead, Steven expanded his focus to Asia in 2010, opening Avalon at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore at a cost of $12M. Returning to the US in 2014 and looking for new challenges, he set his sites on famed Beale Street in Memphis, restoring the acclaimed New Daisy Theatre which reopened in the Fall of 2015.

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Greg Graber

Greg Graber, a long-time educator, teaches mindfulness & meditation to students, teams, schools, organizations, and groups around the world. Greg works regularly with college and  professional sports teams as well as in schools. His client list includes the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, the Memphis Tigers, LSU, Mount St. Mary’s, Rhodes College, Mount St. Mary’s, University of Memphis, Mitchell High School, Campbell University, and VCU.  He has been featured in the New York Times and on ESPN, and has lectured at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Greg, the Head of Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN., developed the Unplugged Mindfulness Program for his students & teachers, and he consults with other schools on developing similar mindfulness programs at their institutions. His school clients include Deerfield Academy and many local schools in Memphis.

Greg, who holds a master’s degree in education also has advanced training in mindfulness studies from Mindful Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, UCLA, and the nation’s first graduate studies program in mindfulness at Lesley University. In addition, he has himself taught a mindfulness class at Rhodes College and has previously served on the ISM (Independent School Management) summer faculty. Greg works with administrative teams, athletic coaches, student athletes, student leaders, faculty groups, parents, and Trustees.

Greg’s book, Mindful Living in an Accelerated Culture, will be published in the late Spring/early Summer of 2018.

The research outcomes of mindfulness training are:

Better Focus
Increased capacity for learning
Improved observation skills
Emotional development
Increased self-compassion
Improved grades and behavior
Less impulsivity

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Obsidian Public Relations

Obsidian Public Relations is a team of PR strategists specializing in disciplines across the PR spectrum including strategic communications planning, crisis management, media relations, organizational awareness, intelligence gathering, event promotion, copywriting/editing, research, message building, ambassador and media training, social media strategy/execution, content marketing and branding.

The firm – built on the power of providing excellent communication insight for our clients – was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2006 by Courtney Ellett. Obsidian now serves more than 35 clients across the United States in all industries. In 2013, the firm was named Small Business of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal and has since been recognized many times with awards across the PR and business industries. Obsidian is a team of 11 PR professionals – a brain trust, if you will, of PR know-how. Obsidian is entrenched in the clients’ communication goals and go above and beyond whenever necessary. Working under a policy of category exclusivity, the client roster spans multiple industry sectors including professional services firms, arts and entertainment, business-to-business, health care, nonprofit, food and hospitality and much more.

Courtney Ellett Lauren Hannaford Whitney Albert
Founder/Owner Director of Client Services Account Manager

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