Board of Advisors

Toi Cook
Toi is a former NFL athlete, Super Bowl Champion and currently a Sports, Entertainment, and Marketing Consultant. Toi Cook Management Company (TCMG LLC) is a sports and entertainment management consultant company that takes advantage of various high level connections throughout the sports and entertainment fields. Toi Cook is a graduate of Stanford University where he was also a two-sport athlete in baseball and football.

Mark de Gorter
Mark is the President, Americas for Power Plate International. Mark has over 20 years of executive leadership and marketing experience in the sports industry. Prior to joining Power Plate International, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of Velocity Sports Performance Franchise Systems, President of two early stage companies and Director of Athlete Marketing for LA Gear and Director of Advertising for Bally's Total Fitness.
Carl Francis
Carl is the Director of Communications for the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), an organization he has been a part of for over 17 years. In addition, Carl Francis is also the Founder of the Hampton Roads Youth Organization that provides an All-Star Football Camp for Youth and High School Athletes in conjunction with former NFL athletes and Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Erin Stone Dimry
Erin is the CEO of Strategic Sports Ventures LLC, a holding company that negotiated an area development agreement for Velocity Sports Performance franchises. Erin's has built an organization that is consistently ranked as the top performing franchise nationally. Her company has been featured by NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliates and held own segment on local sports television show. Erin is also married to former NFL player, Charles Dimry.

Christopher “CT” Thomas
Chris is the owner of 100% Hoops. CT travels extensively to help basketball players develop their skills and abilities. He is a Nike SPARQ Master Basketball Trainer and a Fellow with the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation. He has been a designated Basketball Trainer at Nike’s Skills Academies (LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Vince Carter), Nike Global Challenge and the NCAA 1st Team Annual Summer Conference and many other camps, clinics or conferences.

Tim Hummel
Tim is currently the Co-Director of the Best of the 757 Sports Showcases, Head Baseball Coach and Co-anchor of a weekly sports talk radio show on 102.1 The Game. Prior to his current positions, Tim was the Director of 7 Cities Sports, a company that he helped found with other former Major League Baseball athletes. Tim played 7 professional seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, St Louis Cardinals, and the Boston Red Sox. Tim is also a member of the Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame.

Rick Cunningham
Rick is the Executive Vice President, Business Development for Citi and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Rick has also served on the boards of other entrepreneurial companies, including EXCELerate Management Company, the holding company of a sports performance training organization. Rick has competed in multiple Half and Full Marathons, and has five children where he is involved as a baseball and soccer coach.


Stuart Van Houten
Stuart is the Vice President of Sales for GridPoint. Stuart has over 20 years of executive level sales and marketing leadership experience with both domestic and multi-national corporations, and has prior entrepreneur experience in the sports industry. As an entrepreneur, Stuart launched a start-up/pre-revenue business and grew it to over $5M in just four years before successfully selling the company. Stuart played college basketball and is heavily involved in the sports careers of his three children, coaching youth basketball and soccer.

Suzanne Culotta
Suzanne is the Director of Performance Services at Tidewater Performance, a sports performance training company. Suzanne has an extensive marketing background having led sales and marketing efforts at Busch Gardens and the Anheuser-Busch Entertainment Division. Suzanne was also a former varsity cheerleader at the University of Virginia.

Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell is a Math Specialist for elementary grades in Spokane, Washington. Steve has been a youth football coach for the past 5 years and a winner of multiple championships. Steve has also coached youth basketball and baseball teams for several years as well. Steve is an active father of two, a coach and a sports enthusiast.

Katie Brown (Student Advisor)
Katie Brown is a Senior and Sociology Major at Duke University. Katie is also the Co-Captain and four-year Varsity Cheerleader for the Men's Basketball and Football teams at Duke University. Katie has prior internship experiences with sports-related entrepreneurial businesses.

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