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Sports Agent Workshop
Athlete Management Alumni
and SMWW Agents
August 8 - 9, 2014 

Hurry, Registration ends August 7, 2014


Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9, 2014
(We start Friday night at 7:00pm.)


Portland, Oregon: (Average temperature is 80 degrees)
SMWW Headquarters in the Pearl District & Pearl District Marriott
Learn more about Portland...watch this video.


All SMWW Agent Advisors who have completed the Athlete Management Course


Our goal with this conference is for the SMWW Staff & SMWW Agency Directors to get to know each other personally and professionally. This will be a small intimate workshop for Athlete Management graduates and SMWW Agents only. Our staff & speakers are motivated to share with you the strategies, tips, and secrets to recruiting and signing more athletes. More clients for our agents and therefore more clients for SMWW.

Simply put, this Sports Agent workshop is designed to assist you with recruiting and signing clients.

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  • Recruiting
  • Scouting (Finding diamonds in the rough)
  • Sponsorship
  • Endorsments
  • Branding
  • Negotiation
  • Marketing your clients 
  • Learn how to successfully recruit higher quality athletes
  • Network with veteran agents in all sports
  • And much more! 
Timbers vs. Chivas USA
Saturday Night MLS game (7:30-10pm): Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA in Providence Park (walking distance from the Marriott & SMWW Headquarters
(Tickets available for an additional fee.) Contact Alyssa@smww.com. Or watch at a nearby sports bar filled with fans and meet the SMWW Group after the game.

The Timbers have sold out every home game to date, with over 50 consecutive sellouts. The Timbers cap season-ticket sales at 15,300, and have a wait list of more than 9,000, the largest in MLS. The main supporters group of the Portland Timbers is the Timbers Army. It's 4000+ members are known for their loud, enthusiastic support and the raucous atmosphere they create at Timbers games. Even if you don't like soccer, you will love the atmosphere and excitement of the game. The famous Timbers Army creates a European-style rooting section for the club, complete with drumming, flags, scarves, smoke bombs and constant chanting and cheering.
Dr. Lashbrook says: "You'll love it!"


SMWW Staff & Faculty:

  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
  • Dan Evans, fomer LA Dodger GM and former MLB Agent (tentative)
  • Bret Kanis, NBA Agent & Attorney & Overseas basketball expert
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
  • Rob Fry, CFL Agent
  • Brodie Waters, former Agent and Salary Caplogy guru
  • John Print, FIFA Agent, SMWW UK Director
  • Joel Corry, former Agent & SMWW Mentor
  • Jeff Brodie, NBA Agent and Sports Career Counselor
  • Jon LaForce, SMWW Sports Career Counselor
  • Liz Lashbrook, SMWW Executive Director
  • Alyssa Rutherford, SMWW Agency Executive Assistant
  • More being added

Conference Fees:
Conference registration Includes:
  • Friday Night Welcome Reception at SMWW Headquarter Office
  • Saturday Conference & Workshop sessions.
  • Saturday Networking Lunch
  • Saturday Night MLS game: Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA in Providence Park (walking distance from the Marriott & SMWW Headquarters
    (Tickets available for a fee.)

     Only $200. Hurry, registation ends August 7, 2014
    (Must be a graduate of the SMWW Athlete Management Course.)

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SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. To be considered for a scholarship, you must be 18 years or older. Fill out an application here. Then submit your resume and one page letter describing why you are an ideal candidate to Studentservices@SMWW.com. Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Scholarship applicants who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.

Portland Hotel Rooms: 

Conference Hotel might be sold out:
Residence Inn Marriott
1150 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, USA 97209

Nearby Hotels
Red Lion Hotel  (503) 235-2100
Courtyard Portland Downtown (503) 234-3200
Crowne Plaze (503) 233-2401

Embassy Suites Downtown (503) 279-9000
McMenamins Crystal Hotel (503) 972-2670
The Benson (503) 228-2000
Hotel Monaco Portland (503) 222-0001
The Nines (877) 229-9995
The Westin (503) 294-9000
Hotel De Luxe (503) 219-2094 

All conference attendees will be able to lounge by the outdoor firepit in the beautiful Oregon August weather with fellow agents, speakers, Dr. Lashbrook, and the SMWW Staff.



2014 Career Conference Agenda:
Note: This schedule is tentative.  (Quite honestly it is a work in progress!)
Please keep checking back to this webpage for updates and changes.

Friday, August 8, 2014

  Dress code is summer casual: shorts, tennis shoes, and flip flops!


7:00pm to
SMWW Welcome Reception at SMWW Headquarter Office
1100 NW Glisan, Portland, Oregon

Meet the SMWW Staff & fellow SMWW Agents and Conference Speakers. Enjoy a famous Portland Micro-Beer and light snacks. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

  Dress code is summer casual: shorts, tennis shoes, and flip flops!

Welcome & Introductions with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

His goal is to assist you in recruiting and signing clients.


Joel Corry - Secrets to Recruiting

Joel Corry is a former sports agent who helped found Premier Sports & Entertainment, a sports management firm that represents professional athletes and coaches. Before his tenure at Premier, Joel worked for Management Plus Enterprises, which represented Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ronnie Lott.

His goal is to assist you in recruiting and signing clients.


Brodie Waters - A Statistical Advantage for Recruiting

Brodie Waters is creator of The Roster Management System, a software program that supports NFL team salary capology. Brodie spent six years with Axcess Sports & Entertainment as VP for Contract Negotiations. Brodie now advises SMWW in contract negotiations and provides important insight into the inner workings of the front office decision making process in a complex salary cap environment. 

His goal is to assist you in recruiting and signing clients.


Oscar Suarez - MLB Agent
Oscar Suarez is an MLB Certified Agent with over 30 clients including Joakim Soria, Fernando Salas, Luis Ayala, Juan Oramas, Raul Valdes, Brayan Villarreal, Logan Moore, Ali Solis, Elmer Dessens (retired), Juan Castro (retired), Alberto Castillo (retired), Tim Johnson (former MLB Manager), Howie Clark (retired), John Bannister, Jailen Peguero (retired), Arturo Lopez, Edwin Moreno, and more. He also represents a few superstars in Japan including Balvino Galvez, Leo Garcia, and Armando Reynoso. He has run Suarez & Associates for over 26 years.

His goal is to assist you in recruiting and signing clients.


Networking Lunch (Included in registration)

One on one with Alyssa

"Getting the most out of SMWW Resources"
Alyssa Rutherford - SMWW
 Agency Director

Are you utilizing everything SMWW Agents have access to?


Bret Kanis - NBA Agent & Attorney - "Global Opportunities in Overseas Basketball"

Bret works closely with SMWW Agents to assist them in representing US & international basketball players. Bret works with high-round draft picks, Hall of Fame athletes, & Olympic Gold medalists in various capacities as an agent and attorney including endorsements and marketing. Bret has experience in representing professional basketball, baseball, football,hockey players, and basketball coaches.

His goal is to assist you in recruiting and signing clients.

3pm Rob Fry, CFL Agent
"Strategies for recruiting Canadian Football Clients"
New client recruitment, helping clients transition into professional football careers, negotiate CFL player contracts, seek out community involvement and endorsement opportunities for clients.

 John Print, FIFA Agent & UK Director
"Why aren't you recruiting MLS players?"
John Print is a Licensed Soccer Players Agent by the FA with a focus on the UK, European, and USA markets. As an agent, John has represented clients at all professional levels in England, across Europe and the USA, including the EPL, MLS, & USL. In addition, John has been working as a freelance soccer scout for professional teams in England for the past six years.   

His goal is to assist you in recruiting and signing clients.

5pm Dinner Break - on your own


 Optional for extra fee - contact Alyssa@smww.com for tickets.

MLS Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA






SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices.  Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.




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