Pro Athlete Chamber of CommercePosted on December 9th, 2014
NFL vet John Bronson helps fellow athletes find paths to success
By Nina Russin
Former Arizona Cardinal, John Bronson knows from personal experience how hard it can be to transition to civilian life after retiring from the NFL. The former pro football player and Penn State University graduate is helping fellow current and retired pro athletes with a new chamber of commerce designed to help them network with vetted members of the business community and not-for-profit organizations.
The Pro Athlete Chamber of Commerce currently has one chapter in Phoenix, Arizona, and soon will have two additional in Seattle, Washington and Cleveland Ohio. Bronson, who is based in Phoenix, has recruited a team of marketing and business specialists to help him build his new network. After only seven months, the Chamber has 330 members. Bronson expects the number to increase to 500 by the end of this calendar year and have a spike of activity during the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
One of the keys to Bronson’s success is that he’s not trying to reinvent the wheel. By partnering with existing programs such as the Pro Athlete Franchise Initiative and the Sports Financial Advisors Association, his organization can focus specifically on networking, rather than replicating the legal and consulting services other groups already have in place.
Membership is PACC ranges from the Suite Pass offering business members access to all of the organization’s online services to the Field Pass that promises exclusivity on a national level, as well as complete access to monthly business ‘huddles’ and bigger networking events.
A not-for-profit organization membership is limited to 25 philanthropic organizations per chapter, offering similar opportunities to for-profit business memberships, plus access to all pro athlete members and support for fundraising projects.
Current and retired pro athletes can join PACC for at no cost, providing they have played ball professionally for at least one season. In addition to networking events, members can sign up for PACC University online: a tool to help them hone job skills during their transition.
For more information about the Pro Athlete Chamber of Commerce, visit the organization’s website.
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