Carlos Bradley – Chairman of the Board
As well as being one of the premier personal trainers in the country, Carlos brings over 25 years of experience working with student athletes, preparing them for college and life after college as an Executive Vice President of ISAA (International Student Athlete Academy). Carlos is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he played football and achieved All-American status. After graduation, Carlos played 6 years in the NFL.
John Zeglinski – CEO, Board Member
John is a Co-Founder of Safer Sports, John brings over 40 years of business experience to the company and most recently, 5 years as the VP of National Sales Development for Defend Your Head. Prior to that, John was the Founder, President and CEO of DC&R Promos, a printing and promotional products company which specialized in serving the university and high school market’s both locally and nationally. John is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he played football and baseball and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame.
Terry Athas – Member
Terry Athas is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he received a football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Mr. Athas has worked in the Insurance Industry since his graduation from Wake Forest in 1977 and founded his own agency in 1983. In 1988 he merged his business into Mesirow Financial, Inc. became a shareholder and began expanding his efforts into the broader financial services world becoming one of the firm’s leading generators of revenue in multiple areas including the Private Equity, Fixed Income, Alternative Strategies Hedge Funds and Wealth Management Divisions. Eventually he left the Insurance Division and worked directly under the Firm’s Chairman working with the firms dozens of divisions to assist in revenue growth. In his 28 years at Mesirow the firm grew from $25 Million of Revenue to $500 Million. In 2016 Alliant Insurance Services, a top ten Insurance Broker, purchased Mesirow Insurance Service’s and Mr. Athas elected to re-join the Insurance Division as an Executive Vice President and shareholder. He also is an active investor in private companies of all sizes. Mr. Athas has and does serve on numerous charity and business boards, including being Chicago past President of the City of Hope’s Insurance Industry, Treasurer for SOS Children’ Villages and as an appointee of Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to a committee examining Illinois potential in expanding and attracting Private Equity to the State.
David Couch – Member
David is the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ridge Companies and its subsidiaries and is responsible for the strategic planning and overall vision of the company. While working closely with Blue Ridge’s project development teams, David has actively developed over $600 million worth of financed projects and has supervised the construction of over $800 million in residential units through Blue Ridge’s General Contractors division. Prior to forming Blue Ridge, David was co-owner of Easter & Eisenman, Inc., a commercial real estate firm based out of High Point, NC. With a focus on land assemblage and development, David assisted in the development of the Piedmont Centre, a 1,100-acre business park that currently houses 170 companies and 11,000 employees. David is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he holds his B.A. in Economics and Spanish. Additionally, David is a CCIM designate through the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute and has served on the Guilford County Planning and Development Committee as well as the Council on Community Planning and Development. David played both baseball and football at Wake Forest University and was drafted by the Oakland A’s. David serves on numerous boards including Wake Forest Deacon Club and High Point University. David’s generosity to his alma mater was recognized when they named their baseball stadium in his honor, David F. Couch Baseball Park.
Mac Healy – Member
Mac was born in Michigan and raised in Greensboro NC. He attended Wake Forest University from 1976 to 1980 where he worked as an athletic trainer serving all sports. He moved to Fayetteville NC after his family bought a beverage business. He has since bought his Father out an owns and operates Fayetteville’s only beverage wholesale business. Healy Wholesale covers a ten County area in South-Eastern North Carolina focusing on beer, wine and energy beverages. Mac functions as President and CEO. He has been involved in numerous non- profits in Fayetteville and around the state of NC. He and wife Linda reside in Fayetteville. Mac is very active in the community and serves on numerous boards, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Methodist University and First Citizens Bank of Fayetteville.
Mark Kennedy – Member
Mark is the Co-owner of Emerald Corporation, a manufacturer of engineered decorative products supplying the appliance, automotive and consumer products industries. Mark began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and later transitioned into manufacturing, sales and distribution. In his over 30 years of experience, Mark has worked with a broad spectrum of automotive and appliance manufacturers. In addition, Mark has also developed numerous aftermarket sales distribution networks. Mark has an accounting degree from the University of Detroit and has a Masters in International Finance from Walsh College. While at the University of Detroit, Mark ran cross country and track. Mark has a passion for the SAFR Sports product and believes in its mission to reduce head injuries in sports at all age levels.
Sam Lituchy – Member
Sam is a Vice President and Head of Gift Solutions at Fiserv, leading the company’s gift card and prepaid solutions. Most recently, Sam was the Head of the Restaurant Segment, leading the SMB restaurant segment strategy and working cross-functionally with product, strategy, and go-to-market teams to drive growth across the portfolio. Most recently, he led the acquisition and integration of BentoBox, a vertically integrated software platform to further enhance the verticalized offering and accelerate the growth objectives in the restaurant vertical. Prior to Fiserv, Sam was a member of the Corporate Real Estate group at J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. working on global acquisition opportunities for the firm. Sam holds an M.B.A from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from Syracuse University.