Mission Matters: Interview with Former NBA Player and Exec: Charles Smith – Founding Member of NBA Players Union Non Profit Organization

In this show, Chirag Sagar Presents Mission Matters: Interview with Former NBA Player and Exec: Charles Smith – Founding Member of NBA Players Union Non Profit Organization.

Charles D. Smith, Jr. Smith is a cultural ambassador, bridging people, cultures and ideas. Smith played in the NBA for a decade and then he was founder and CEO of New Media Technology Corp. Smith’s hard-driving work ethic has played out in the corporate work at MediaComm. He drove the strategy and directed a team that created value for talent through social media services and  brand partnerships. He became a Team Representative for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and then as first vice president, a position specifically created for him by the NBPA. Add to this, his role in working with two other NBA players who launched the NBPA Foundation, a non-profit to create meaningful change through the support of both charitable organizations and retired players in need. As the executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), he took on the bold move to restructure the organization, then attempting to inspire the next generation of basketball players, Smith founded Legends Care, a foundation which specifically addressed ways to positively impact communities and youth through basketball worldwide. A former U.S. Olympian, Smith’s additional honors include “30 Under Thirty” by Urban Profile Magazine and “Top 40 under40” Entrepreneurs in the state of New Jersey by NJ Biz Magazine. Smith is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, a participant in an Executive Entrepreneurs program at Stanford University and has taught entrepreneurial classes at the Learning Annex in New York City. Smith is a proud father of four sons who are following their Dad’s footsteps, in forging their path in business and entrepreneurship.

Show Notes:

  • Charles D. Smith, Jr.’s take on the business side of things.
  • Charles’ business projects.
  • The career transition from sports to business.
  • Differences and similarities of sports and business industries.
  • Managing added pressure in life.
  • Mindsets you have to change and preparations when transitioning to a new industry.

Mission Matters Authors Attended:

  • Chirag Sagar
  • Adam Torres
  • Matt Cook
  • Charles D. Smith, Jr.
  • Phil Larson
  • Denley McIntosh
  • Mark Weithorn
  • Victor Kostroub

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