Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya
Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur and interactive marketing executive based in Boston. Before trading the agency world for the startup world, Ace worked for some of the world’s greatest brands including Ford, IBM, Mercedes Benz, Starwood, JetBlue, and Pfizer.
Ace is currently the Founder and CEO of medicalrecords.com, a Boston-based healthcare IT firm connecting physicians with electronic medical record software vendors. Previously, Ace was a senior executive at the renowned EXOS, a leader in integrated performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy for elite and professional athletes. He was previously a Director at the United States Tennis Association / US Open.
He is an advisor and early stage investor to a number of private and venture backed companies including: Amino, Toscanini’s Ice Cream, SocialSign.in, AppliedQ, Digital Economy Ventures and Sharalike.
Ace has a BA from Boston University in International Relations / Economics and is an active Mentor in BU’s Kindle program. As a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, Ace is a judge for the Webby Awards. He is also a Senior Judge at the Harvard Business School Venture Competition.
John P. Albert
Lobbyist, Bolton-St. Johns
John Albert’s advocacy portfolio has included leading New York City non-profits, cultural organizations, and business corporations. He has advocated in support of internationally recognized corporations and advised their business operations to help them strategically plan for the changing legal and regulatory environment of New York City. Throughout his career, John has secured millions in City and State funding for youth, after-school programs, at-risk populations, parks, and cultural institutions.
John has a strong track record of working with coalitions to bring about policy change. Past accomplishments include successfully advocating for passage of New York State’s Anti-Stalking law, Anti-Hate Crimes law and expansion of New York City’s after-school programs. Notably, John helped the United States Tennis Association secure the land-use and community approvals needed for major upgrades to the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Before joining Bolton-St. Johns’ New York City team, John served as Counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillip, VP of External Relations at The After-School Corporation and as Senior Director of Government Relations at Victim Service, Inc. (now Safe Horizon).
John was raised and currently resides in Queens with his wife and two children where he is deeply connected to the fabric of community through his participation in political and civic organizations. John holds a Juris Doctor and is admitted to practice before the New York and Connecticut Bar. He was the former Chair of the State Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has held Board positions at the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Foundation, New Destiny Housing Corporation, Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, and Taking Our Seat.
Assistant Chief Counsel Department of Homeland Security (formerly Department of Justice), Newark, NJ field office
Pryia Roy has litigated on behalf of DHS and the Director Internship Program, since 1999. In the past, he worked with Partner Heritage Promotions to host and coordinate Indian American Heritage Night with NBA teams including the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. He was also a partner at Prescient Enterprises LLC, where he worked with the NBA and Basketball Federation of India to promote Basketball in India and abroad including hosting managing and training for Indian players such as Amjyot Singh, Member OKC Blue G league team. He is a member of the Board for JFK Hospital in Edison, NJ and a Board Member for the Randy Foye Foundation. He serves on the member parent board at Hun Schoolog in Princeton and is a member of the NJ State Bar Association. He formerly was a Law Clerk for Superior Court Judge John Malone. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Pace University School of Law and a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Director of Development, Change for Kids
Rahul Brahmbhatt is the Director of Development at Change for Kids in New York City and the former Executive Director at Magic Bus USA. Rahul has over five years experience working with sport for development non-profits around the world. Rahul managed sustainability and partnerships for Magic Bus in the US. Prior to this, Rahul spent seven years as a chemical engineer and project manager working in the US, China, and India.
Rahul has worked with the Washington Redskins’ Charitable Foundation, USA Football, and Ashoka’s Changemaker Program and holds a degree in Sport Management from George Mason University. He spent a year in India as an Indicorps Fellow working at the grassroots level.
In four years after starting Magic Bus USA, Rahul helped raise close to $5 million in funds and donations. He currently also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Sport Management at George Mason University.
On-Air Personality and Content Producer, USA TODAY Sports Media Group
Trysta Krick is a sports personality and digital content producer for USA TODAY sports covering the NFL, NBA, Golf, and training/nutrition. Her focus is to create fun, social content around the intersection of where sports meets pop culture. Previously, Trysta worked as a college football sideline reporter and television host for a 1080 The FAN simulcast on Comcast SportsNet NW.
She graduated with Honors from the University of Oregon with a degree in Finance and a minor in Communications. Trysta’s love for entertainment started at the age of 4 when her parents bought her a violin. Like a fish to water, Trysta immediately was drawn to entertain. She later took up the drums, sang at Carnegie Hall in a gospel choir, had her own daily radio show, and started writing, recording, and performing as a hip hop artist. In addition to the creative arts, sports have always been a passion as well.
Trysta played competitive basketball and golf and later received a full scholarship for caddying.
Vasu Kulkarni is the founder and CEO of Krossover, an online sports analytics platform as well as the Founding Partner of Courtside Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. Vasu attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played on the Junior Varsity Basketball team, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering & Entrepreneurship.
In 2010, Vasu was named by Bloomberg Business Week as one of America’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Aetna
Kuber Bhalla loves fitness, smoothies, and the company of extraordinary people. He works in consumer health strategy by day and is an entrepreneur by night. He excels in healthcare strategy, advising top executives and on key strategic partnerships, market changes, and execution at Aetna. In his spare time, he publishes about fitness, social media, and health. He also serves as a board member for SAMMA, Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, and mentors rising business professionals.
He launched a successful consulting organization in NJ, which later worked with the mayor. Kuber likes to climb mountains, whip up impromptu culinary creations, and run Spartan races. He holds a MBA and is looking to further advance his education in the near future. He is happiest when building something new, especially businesses that help people connect and collaborate to make the world healthier and better.
Carie Small Richeal
Cofounder and Editor, WSN247.com & Digital Marketing Professional
Carie Richeal, a former Division I basketball player, is the cofounder and editor of WSN247.com, a digital marketing professional, and a passionate advocate for gender equity and girls opportunities to play sports who is originally from Vermont and now living in Nevada. Additionally, she has travelled to Chennai as a faculty member for Crossover since 2012 allowing her to witness, understand, and to develop the curriculum and outlook for the program.
Carie is a champion of digital tools and technologies, with a track record of creating and executing successful social media programs and digital campaigns as well as engaging interpersonal events.
She has been involved with Crossover since 2012.
Kobe Inc, Bryant Stibel Fund
A career in marketing was not a childhood dream for Jerry Sawyer. The original plan was to follow in footsteps of his father who had achieved a law degree. Which explains Jerry’s choice of political science as his major while attending San Diego State University. During his time at SDSU he completed internships at the San Diego County Supervisor’s office and on a Democratic Congressional campaign.
Following college Jerry made a move to Los Angeles where he worked part time in the A&R department at Sony Music. His time at Sony lead to a job as the assistant to the editor in chief at BRE Magazine. He wrote several cover stories and was given his own column.
After spending two years in the role of Music Editor, Jerry stepped back into the music business, as a marketing and promotions representative at an independent Record label. He used his previous experience and Contacts at Sony to get one of the groups, Emoja signed to a deal on the Men In Black Soundtrack. Sawyer used his time at the label to increase his music background, attending audio engineering school. Upon completion of engineering school, Sawyer applied for a project coordinator position in Nike Sports Marketing. After a year in that position, Jerry changed departments moving into LA Marketing. The department was to take Nike Marketing to the streets. Unfortunately, after a few months the department failed and was eliminated. Fortunately, Sawyer fell back on his political education, and obtained a job working for then Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. He worked as a project manager of the city’s Operation Healthy Neighborhoods program. OHN pulled together the LAPD, with city departments, and community organizations to help improve local neighborhoods. Citizens were given direct access to the Mayor’s Office, and had their concerns and complaints immediately addressed.
After launching the program and getting the ball rolling Nike came calling. Jerry returned to the brand in sports marketing department, overseeing grassroots basketball for the western region. Over the course of the next five year’s Jerry moved into the brand marketing department. His responsibilities expanded to other sports including running, and football.
It was during Jerry’s time on the brand team that he got the opportunity to work on the marketing campaign for the launch of the Zoom Kobe 1. The first signature Nike shoe for LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Sawyer worked closely on additional Bryant projects including high school sponsorships, community donations, clinics, and youth camps. The Kobe 1 marketing campaign created by Sawyer, ended up being adopted by Nike’s US and Asia Pacific teams.
Jerry left Nike in 2006 to work with Bryant on building the Kobe Brand thru marketing, public relations, KB24.com, Kobe’s foundation, and Kobe’s Basketball Academy. From 2015 to 2017 Sawyer also worked with Landmark Sports, Bryant’s agency of record, and their roster of athletes.
Currently, Sawyer works for Kobe Inc, building the Kobe’s athlete venture project with the Bryant Stibel Fund. He is also a founding member of Athlete’s for Impact working with athletes on social justice issues, and is executive producer of an upcoming television show called Sole 2 Soul.
Dr. Bash Iyengar
Dr. Bashyam Iyengar is a board certified family medicine physician. He has completed fellowships in both academic and sports medicine. He completed an undergraduate degree in nutrition, which has served as the foundation for his work in the development of sustainable community programs to prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac disease. He is also one of the lead investigators for ‘Momentum’, a school based program aimed at promoting exercise and healthy eating for children.
He currently practices in an underserved and resource limited setting in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has started to develop a community based medical home model to address the many social and environmental disparities that act as barriers to health and well-being in this community.
Aisha “Reecee” Hollans
Founder, Committee Collective
Aisha “ReeCee” Hollans is a San Francisco Bay Area native now resident in Los Angeles, California. Aisha was a four-year All-American, McDonald’s All-American, Member of USA Jr. National Team, and Northern-California Player of the Year. She was inducted into the Berkeley High School Hall of Fame in 2012. She received a full basketball scholarship to USC (All-Freshman Team & All-Pac10) later transferring to CSULB (1st Team Big West).
Aisha played professionally overseas in Turkey, Portugal, Sweden, and Germany. After her playing career she pursued a career at Nike where she worked on the agency side for three years to later transition into the brand for four years. While at Nike, one of Aisha’s major goals was to bridge the gap between inner city and underprivileged teens with the “We Run Compton & Nike University.”
She now runs her own creative agency that focuses on digital content creation, influencer and brand marketing, sales, and experiential marketing.
Director of Operations, Bishop Ireton High School
Pete Davey is the Director of Operations, and the Director of Basketball Operations, for Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia, a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. A technologist/systems engineer/programmer, Pete has over thirty years of experience in IT with particular emphasis on applications and consulting in non-profit membership, accounting, and finance. He has held senior management positions in the mortgage, education, and consulting industries, served on industry advisory boards, and was the co-owner of two startup IT consulting firms, managing all aspects of the business from marketing and client development to accounting, payroll, tax preparation, and cash management.
A former youth basketball coach in the Northern Virginia area, Pete has long realized that sports participation is an invaluable instrument in helping to develop essential leadership skills and tools that young athletes can rely on both on the court and in the classroom. Pete is a native of Upstate New York and holds degrees in Finance and Telecommunications from the University of Oregon. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Mary Ann. They have had two children.