Hall of Famer and NBA Executive of the Year Brings 30 Years of NBA Experience to ISE
NEW YORK, August 1, 2017 – Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE) – an integrated sports, media, entertainment and management company – continues to attract top talent as the fast-growing company builds an innovative, client-centric business positioned for long-term growth. ISE President and Chief Executive Officer Hank Ratner announced today that Hall of Fame basketball player and former
NBA Executive of the Year Joe Dumars has joined the company as president of ISE Basketball. A pillar of sportsmanship and a three-time NBA champion with nearly three decades of NBA experience as a player and front office executive, Dumars brings an unrivaled resume both on and off the basketball court to ISE.
“Joe’s arrival at ISE marks the tone for the future of our basketball practice and business,” said Ratner. “He’s experienced on both sides of the negotiating table, has served as a role model and mentor for players at all levels and understands the preparation and dedication required to excel as a player and then make a successful post-career transition. A decorated NBA player and front office executive with relationships across the globe and an impeccable reputation as a leader and man of great integrity, we are proud to have Joe join ISE.”
As President of ISE Basketball, Dumars will oversee all aspects of the basketball representation business with a focus on growth and providing clients best in class service at every stage of their career both on and off the court. As an integral member of ISE’s executive leadership team, Dumars will also be a key leader in moving the company forward with its vision for the future, including expanding ISE’s operations and client offerings in new and creative ways.
“I look forward to beginning this new chapter in my career with ISE. It has always been an honor and immense pleasure to work closely with players to help guide them in all stages of their careers and this position will allow me to step into this role in a longer term and much more impactful and meaningful way,” said Dumars. “I know that Ron Burkle and Hank Ratner are committed to doing things first class and together we will continue to build a strong culture at ISE aligned around providing the very best for our clients.”
Since launching in June 2016, ISE has quickly built on its leading sports agency business with key additions to its leadership team and enhanced client capabilities, establishing a strong foundation and path for future growth. Dumars joins a seasoned group of well-respected leaders for ISE’s sports agency business, which represents more than 300 MLB, NBA and NFL athletes, including ISE Football co-presidents Doug Hendrickson & Roosevelt Barnes and ISE Baseball CEO Mark Pieper and President Fernando Cuza.
Dumars is a Hall of Fame guard who served as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons for 13 seasons. He guided the Pistons to the 2004 NBA Championship, six straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances and two Conference Championships, and was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2003. In 2010, Sports Illustrated named Dumars one of the Top 10 sports executives of the past decade.
During his 14-year NBA career, Dumars won two titles, was named NBA Finals MVP, appeared in six All-Star games and was named All-Defensive First Team four times. He was also a member of the 1994 gold-medal USA Basketball World Championships team. A true leader on and off the court, Dumars is known for mentoring young NBA players and was the first recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award,
which was subsequently named the Joe Dumars Trophy. With nearly 30 years experience in the NBA, Dumars has forged relationships across the globe in basketball with owners and executives at the highest levels.
Outside of basketball Dumars’ was the founder and CEO of automotive supply company Detroit Technologies Inc. for 10 years, helping the company grow to more than $120m in sales. He is also the founder and owner of the Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse, a multi-purpose, indoor sports complex and entertainment facility with two locations in Detroit.
ABOUT INDEPENDENT SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE) is an integrated sports, media, entertainment and management company that represents more than 300 of the best athletes in the NBA, NFL and MLB. As one of the largest sports agencies in the world, ISE provides each client with superior playing contract negotiation capabilities, as well as business, marketing and brand opportunities globally. With a full suite of services for the modern day athlete, the company’s expert team of executives and agents support talent through every stage of their career on and off the field. Headquartered in New York City, ISE also has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Indianapolis and San Francisco.
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