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2012 Sports Financial Advisors Association National Conference

What: The 8th Annual Sports Financial Advisors Association (SFAA) National Conference

When: October 25th and 26th, 2012

Where: Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island in San Diego, CA.

The SFAA is a professional organization of financial advisors, financial planners, accountants, attorneys, insurance specialists and money managers dedicated to helping their professional athlete clients reach their long-term financial goals.



  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Charity Golf Tournament & Lunch – Admiral Baker North Course – Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s “Sports Bigs” Program
  • 1:00 pm No Host Cocktails – The Clubhouse Grill
  • 3:00pm – 4:30 pm – Board of Directors Meeting
  • 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm -Annual Meeting of the Members (Meeting for paid members and invited guests only).
  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Reception
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner & Jack Bechta, Keynote Speaker
  • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Dessert & Drinks Reception


  • 8:00am – 8:15 am – Breakfast & President’s Welcome
  • 8:15am – 9:00 am – NCAA Compliance Miller & Grantstein
  • 8:30am – 10:00 am – Panel – The Emerging Professional
    • Moderator: Ted Young
    • Chance Miller, Asst. Director of Enforcement, NCAA Div. 1 Football
    • Abigail Grantstein, Asst. Director of Enforcement, NCAA Div. 1 Football
    • Jay Larson, Director of Compliance, SDSU
    • Jay Johnson, Associate Head Coach & Hitting Coach, USD
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am – Morning Coffee & Snack Break
  • 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Tommy DeLong (Vice President of College Promoters of Texas) – Preparing High School Standouts for College Success
  • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Break
  • 12:00pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch & Matt Fish (former NBA player and Editor of Rebound Magazine) – The Top 5 Things to Do to Become a Professional Athlete
  • 1:30 pm – 1:45pm – Break
  • 1:45 pm – 2:45pm – Action Sports Athletes by Kevin Robinson, 20 year Veteran and a founder of BMX Racing
  • 2:45pm – 4:15 pm – The Business of Action Sports by Darryl Franklin, CEO of Megaramp, Consulting Sr. Counsel at Disney Media Group
  • 4:15pm – 4:30 pm – Andre Mirkine – Closing Remarks

Cost: Early bird discount for registrations made by September 30.  Register here.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.