Boutique sports agency Upper Edge Management has hired Emanuel Drakes as the Senior Vice President of Player Development. With an impressive track record spanning over 20 years in sales, management, and marketing, Drakes brings unparalleled expertise and a robust network of relationships within the sports industry.
In his role as Senior Vice President of Player Development, Drakes will leverage his extensive experience to serve as a crucial link between clients and the agency. Drawing on his profound connections within the sports world, especially the NFL, Drakes will open doors for clients and elevate the company’s standing in the competitive market.
With a laser focus on meeting clients’ expectations both on and off the field, Drakes will be a reliable point of contact, providing daily support and guidance throughout their entire careers. His dedication to empowering athletes aligns perfectly with Upper Edge Management’s commitment to driving success and an individualized approach for each client.
“We are delighted to welcome Emanuel Drakes to our team as Senior Vice President of Player Development,” said Andy Ross, CEO of Upper Edge Management. “His extensive expertise and impressive industry network make him the ideal choice for this pivotal role. We are confident that Drakes’ contributions will propel our agency to new heights and further enhance our reputation in the sports representation sector.”
Ross has represented multiple first-round NFL draft picks, which have contributed to Upper Edge Management negotiating over $1 billion in NFL contracts to date. Drakes’ appointment as Senior Vice President of Player Development represents a significant step forward for Upper Edge Management as it continues to solidify its position as a premier sports agency dedicated to empowering athletes.
Upper Edge Management is a boutique sports agency with multiple lines of business, including corporate consulting, NIL work, athlete marketing, event management, TV/film production, and talent management. With a dynamic team of industry experts, the agency is dedicated to maximizing the potential of each client both on and off the field.