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Business Bio Blast: Mark Iwanowski
Mr. Iwanowski is an experienced veteran in the international technology sector.  He is currently CEO of MDI & Associates, a global consulting group focused on venture, M&A and turn arounds. He is also Chairman of Open Source Worldwide, a pioneer in the development of Open Source solutions.
Mr. Iwanowski was previously Managing Director with Trident Capital focusing on investments in Cleantech and IT, Software and Communications. Trident is a top tier VC, with average IRR over last ten years exceeding 30%.
Mr. Iwanowski was also Senior Vice President Global IT and CIO for Oracle Corporation, the world’s largest enterprise software provider where he also helped to build Oracle’s On Demand (SaaS/cloud) services.   His team consolidated 95 regional data centers to one Global Tier IV data center resulting in highly advertised ~$1B of bottom line savings story. Mr. Iwanowski was also a member of Oracle’s Make/Buy Committee that reviewed all acquisitions and was involved in the integration of over $15B of acquisitions.
Prior to that, Mr. Iwanowski co-managed a Transformational Outsourcing business at SAIC. In addition, his business unit sponsored nine strategic investments in early stage and growth  companies resulting in “top tier” VC returns for the company.
Mr. Iwanowski also held executive positions with Raytheon and Honeywell and was also a principle in two successful start ups. Prior to entering the startup and corporate business world, Mr. Iwanowski spent four years in professional football with the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.  Mr. Iwanowski holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in engineering from California Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from National University and has received multiple management excellence awards throughout his career.

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Antibody Therapy for Treating Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Exposure to repetitive mild traumatic brain injury can lead to progressive neurodegeneration, notably CTE and Alzheimer’s disease, but there is currently no effective treatment. Our researchers have not only recently discovered a novel early driver of neurodegeneration after traumatic brain injury, cis p-tau, that mediates and spreads brain damage, but also developed a potent therapeutic agent, cis antibody, that effectively stops cis p-tau from causing brain damage, brain dysfunction, and even brain shrinkage after single severe traumatic brain injury. Here, we will evaluate preclinical efficacy of our cis antibody in stopping brain damage and preventing CTE and Alzheimer’s disease after repetitive mild traumatic brain injury, and, depending on the funding level, will additionally develop a humanized cis p-tau antibody for clinical trials on TBI patients. 

Commentary on this project provided by NFLPA Research & Medical Advisor Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher can be found here and the full article can be found here.

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NFLPA Letting Medical Science Point the Direction in Fight to Protect Players' Health and Safety
By Chuck Johnson
If you don’t speak for them, who will?
When facing that question of conscience, Dr. Bennet Omalu refused to be silenced despite attempts to suppress his research into brain damage suffered by National Football League players.
Likewise, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) demanded to be heard and has continued to speak volumes in the wake of Omalu’s breakthrough discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- the concussion-related brain disease commonly known as CTE.
As dramatically portrayed in the motion picture, Concussion, starring Will Smith as Omalu, there is no greater health concern in today’s football than concussions and the dangerous and potentially deadly effects of repeated head collisions.
With a fierce determination to hold NFL owners and their medical staffs accountable for enforcing collectively bargained league protocols - as it relates to players suffering concussions - the NFLPA, under the leadership of executive director DeMaurice Smith, has stepped up as the vanguard for player safety and expanded research into brain-related and other football injuries.
At the heart of its commitment, the NFLPA dedicated millions to create the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, a 10-year initiative utilizing the world’s top medical specialists in their respective fields.
The Harvard study, entering its third year, focuses on new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent ALL common injuries in current and retired NFL players. In closely examining concussions, the Harvard research has already led to a potentially major breakthrough toward slowing down and reversing Tau protein in the brain, the condition which leads to CTE.
In proactively addressing the health and safety of its members, the NFLPA sees the Harvard study as a means to enhance the lives of players past, present and future.
“The objective of this project is to impact and improve the quality of life for our players before, during and after they play professional football,” said Sean Sansiveri, NFLPA vice president of business and legal affairs, who is a member of the research program’s executive committee.
“We’re looking at the incidence and severity of injuries and other medical conditions that impact the quality of life and length of life of a football player. This is a unique approach, focusing on the whole player over the course of his life. We believe in the short-term and long-term, this kind of study will make a make a major difference,” Sansiveri said.
Since its launch in February 2014, the Harvard research has involved more than 2,700 active and retired players, the largest sample group in history, and is making progress.
Included are seven pilot studies targeted at the treatment and prevention of injuries and illnesses most prevalent among current and former players. The initial three pilots have yielded results:
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Football Players Health Study at Harvard University
Partnering with Former Players: A Collaboration

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Learn more about the Football Players Health Study
The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University is now the largest study of its kind. This study will benefit former players for generations to come, let's keep the momentum going! To learn more about the study, click on the video above to watch and go to the website:
3 Key Takeaways From a Former NFL Star's Business Playbook

Former NFL tight end Tony McGee founded HNM Global Logistics using many of the skills he learned while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tony McGee built his logistics company after an 11-year NFL career. His business has racked up stats that would make any star proud.
IMAGE: Ben Van Hook / Getty Images
Former NFL tight end Tony McGee, 44, founded the Orlando-based HNM Enterprises in 2004, the year he retired from pro football. He initially focused on Orlando real estate investments, but worked his way into the logistics industry after a conversation at a networking event introduced him to its lucrative opportunities. With six logistics pros, McGee launched HNM Global Logistics in 2011. With his company now included among the Inc. 5000, he shares some pages from his playbook.
Find Focus
McGee left the NFL with investable capital and a famous name, but lacked business experience and focus. After bouncing from real estate to roofing and other construction ventures, the former Cincinnati Bengal recalled a key lesson he had learned in football: Surround yourself with talent. "You look at some of the great coaches--Bill Walsh of the San Francisco 49ers, Mike Holmgren of the Green Bay Packers, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots--and they all have top-notch staffs," he says. After McGee learned how big logistics contracts could be, he realized he had the necessary ingredients for success despite his limited experience. And through previous work, he also knew a team of logistics experts yearning to break away from their big-company employer. McGee did his market research, "but the biggest thing is that I had a team of competent people with a huge amount of experience," he says.
Takeaway: Find and partner with people who are strong where you're weak--and vice versa.
Play the Long Game
Having co-founders with experience helped McGee break into the logistics industry, but the fledgling company still faced a problem: Established players like Expeditors and Panalpina could always offer clients lower rates because their scale afforded them better deals with freight carriers. McGee began by winning one-off engagements--as opposed to the longer-term contracts that most logistics companies seek. Many of those opportunities arose when HNM's competitors failed. The key to succeeding in an industry that has more moving pieces than a clock? "There are a lot of things out of our control, but what we can control is the flow of information," McGee says. "We stay late, we work weekends, and we stay in constant touch with our cus­tomers. If they have to call and ask, 'Where's my shipment?' we've failed." His team had expertise moving freight, but sales had been mostly through referrals. They hadn't pursued large client contracts, which can take up to two years to close. Two years ago, after the company gained some traction with smaller gigs, McGee hired two salespeople to take a more aggressive approach to winning multiyear contracts. That's led to a virtuous cycle of more opportunities to bid, more wins, and, as a result, more buying power with the carriers and a boost to the company's profits.
Takeaway: A reactive sales strategy can open the door, but don't expect it to sustain growth.
Build a Deep Bench
Ultimately, for HNM to become the $100 million company that McGee envisions, it has to be able to add employees as it wins clients. "You never want to bring on new clients and not be able to service them," McGee says. But finding the right applicants is proving to be more difficult than he expected. "Logistics is a huge sector, but it's not very sexy," he admits. "Who says, 'I want to manage a warehouse when I grow up'?" To tap into broader talent networks at lower cost, HNM is now working with work-force development agency CareerSource Central Florida, which offers a government-subsidized, on-the-job training program. "It's a great way to introduce the work force to the supply chain industry," McGee says. Last year, the program allowed HNM to bring on three interns at no cost for their first three months. McGee hopes to bring in--and ultimately hire--more interns this year to reach his goal of five new full-time employees.
Takeaway: McGee likens his challenge to that of a football coach. "It's not enough to have just one starting quarterback," he says. "You have to constantly be reloading and ready to replace."
COMPANY: HNM Global Logistics
2015 INC. 5000 RANK: 756
2014 REVENUE: $9.2 million

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ONE TEAM Shop is the official online store of the NFLPA, and features name and number product for EVERY current player.  Former players be sure to check the Member Benefits section of for your 30% discount code.
Former player members receive a 20% discount on purchases at NFLShop and 877-NFL-SHOP
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Athlife provides assistance to former players with all aspects of their education goals and helps players develop degree completion plans that allow flexibility to not return to campus or transfer. 

All former players are eligible with an NFLPA Former Player Membership. (Former players with 2+ credited seasons are eligible through The Trust.)

To access the membership benefits of Athlfe, please call:
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The YMCA believes in strengthening individuals and communities. With a presence in 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, the Y has the reach and ability to help you transition to life off the playing field.

All former players are eligible with an NFLPA Former Player Membership. (Former players with 2+ credited seasons are eligible through The Trust.)

To access the free YMCA membership, call today:  
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Health Partners

Mayo Clinic would like to reach out to invite former player members to receive a proactive comprehensive heart health evaluation at one of their locations.  Schedule an appointment by contacting Elva Ortiz (Program Coordinator) at or call 480-301-8216
If you and your family do not have health insurance, the NFLPA is proud to recommend Working America Health Care.  In collaboration with GoHealth, Working America Health Care offers you:
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  • an easy way to shop for health insurance
  • the lowest rates available
Don't sit on the bench and miss out on this unique opportunity.

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Use the Chapter Locator to find a SCORE office near you and request a free face to face mentoring meeting.


The NFLPA has partnered with Penn State World Campus to support the educational needs of NFLPA members. The World Campus offers more than 100 accredited graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificates, and minors.

Penn State ranked as the No. 1 institution in the nation for producing the best-prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

Penn State World Campus offers NFLPA members a tuition reduction benefit for all degree and certificate programs. Learn more about how you can receive a top-quality education, completed at your convenience, from one of the world’s most renowned universities. 
The NFLPA has partnered with the University of Phoenix to provide former player members with educational opportunities that can provide you with skills and knowledge to help you excel.  To learn more , visit our University of Phoenix member page.
American Public University (APU_ and the NFLPA have teamed up to offer former player members flexible and affordable online degree programs and career services.

Former player members also have access to a variety of career services, including career coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as university-sponsored job boards and career fairs.

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