NBA Draft Networking Reception
Each June there are plenty of NBA Draft viewing parties, pre-draft events, post-draft parties, a handful of gifting suites, and various other fun taking place. The majority of NBA draft events are usually hosted by an NBA player, and often have a few other big names stopping by -- but other than that, the vast majority of people in attendance simply walked up, perhaps waited on line, and paid to get in.
And plenty of events are fun. Whether a fan wants to simply enjoy viewing the draft with other fans in a bar, or party like a rock star, there are plenty of options in New York City where the draft is held as well as in plenty of other cities that host an NBA team.
But this year, the NBA draft event game changed. Maybe for good.
G.Collins & Company, a NYC boutique CPA firm which specializes in providing tax and business management services to athletes and entertainers, decided it was time to shake things up. They unleashed the inaugural NBA Draft Networking Reception, which easily set lofty new standards for any event of its kind.
The 2013 NBA Draft Networking Reception put a collection of absolute top people together under one roof to eat, drink, hear good music and get to know each other a bit better. Hosted by Anthony Mason and Chris Copeland -- who subbed-in for Iman Shumpert, who was unable to attend -- along with TV personality Mickey Williams, the NBA Draft Networking Reception honored legendary Coach Dereck Whittenburg, who was the subject of the outstanding Survive & Advance basketball documentary in the 30 for 30 ESPN series.
The 2013 NBA Draft Reception crowd was, in a word, elite. Former and current NBA players, top sports agents, members of the NBA League Office, a rep from Steiner Sports, hip-hop icon Master P, NFL players, high-powered investors in sports and entertainment, streetball legends and various celebrities enjoyed the Arno's Ristorante setting, sipping on wine and 20Grand Vodka. Music was provided by the lovely and talented DJ Danika.
"Our purpose in putting together this event was to put together current and former ball players with respected business professionals in order to encourage power networking in the room with hopes that business opportunities will spring from the synergies created," said Greg Collins.
"I am very happy. We had a successful night. New business opportunities for our clients arose that are currently in motion. We look forward to making this an annual affair," added Noah Sheer, also of G.Collins and Company.
In addition to main organizers G.Collins & Co, the NBA Draft Networking Reception was sponsored by Signature Bank, The Hamilton Group, The Hotaling Group, Regal Financial, and GuardHill Financial. InsideHoops.com founder and editor Jeff Lenchiner also assisted to help make the evening a success. But it was G.Collins and Company that set the whole thing up, organized it, and made it happen.
Assuming the NBA Draft Networking Reception happens each year as Collins and his associates plan, movers and shakers in basketball absolutely need to find a way to attend this thing. The guest list was seriously restricted this time around, and demand to attend will only increase in the future. But the first edition was definitely a huge success.
Full photo gallery coming this evening.