Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Michael Finley developed his passion for basketball. In 2007, Finley was voted one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, recognizing his superior performance. He averaged 20 points per game and finished his college career as the all-time leading scorer with 2,100 points at the University of Wisconsin. Michael graduated from Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
In 1995, the Phoenix Suns drafted Michael in the first round. He was named to the First Team All-Rookie squad following his rookie campaign with the Suns. Finley enjoyed a successful career in Dallas, TX for the Mavericks from 1996 to 2005 after which he signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Finley is a two time NBA All-Star and won the 2007 NBA Championship as a member of the Spurs. Michael played professional basketball for 15 years and retired in 2010. In 2009, Michael began his film production company, Follow Through Productions, LLC. Michael is also an active real estate investor and venture capitalist. He enjoys playing golf in his spare time. Michael currently works as the Assistant Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks and resides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex with his wife and three children.
In 2003, Michael’s passion for community service became a reality when he created the Michael Finley Foundation. He is dedicated to promoting education, health, social skills, and a wealth of other programs. The strength of Michael’s foundation is his commitment to his communities for the advancement of future generations. Currently, he is developing the flagship program of the foundation, Giving Individuals the Fundamental Tools 4 Success (G.I.F.T.4.S.).
In addition to his work with the foundation, Michael is an active member of the charitable world serving on a variety of boards and volunteering his time. His most recent appointment is to the North Texas Food Bank Celebrity Council. However, his most cherished accomplishment to date is the establishment of The Michael Finley Foundation Endowed Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a deserving student-athlete.
Peter Marino has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and strategic consulting. As the Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer for MillerCoors, Marino oversees Public Affairs, State and Federal Government Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability and Communications, which comprises: Brand PR; Media Relations; Employee Communications; Sales and Distributor Communications; Meetings and Events; and Corporate Social Media. Marino is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Strategy Committee and reports directly to the CEO. In addition, Marino is a member of SABMiller’s global Corporate Affairs Leadership Council.
Jeff Petersen is a partner with the law firm Shustak, Reynolds & Partners, P.C., and is based in the San Diego and Chicago offices. He is licensed to practice in California and Illinois. Jeff represents clients in a host of transactional matters, including the formation and financing of new companies and lines of business, the purchase and sale of companies, drafting agreements to operate clients’ businesses and counseling clients on employment and regulatory matters. He is active in his community, serving on the Boards of several charitable organizations and as a Committee Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America.
James McDonald is currently a Vice President Program Officer at Banc of America Global Vendor Finance Leasing, a division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch ("BofAML"). In addition to his 20 year career in banking, James has volunteered his time for several not-for-profit organizations such as Big Brother's and Big Sister's of Chicago, High site Tutoring for under privileged kids and Chicago's tax preparation for people who are unable to afford tax preparation. Additionally, he spent 7 years as a Treasurer and member on the Board of Directors for the Women Global Education Project ("WGEP"), a not-for-profit organization that provides education for girls in Africa.
Tim Frank has 20 years in sales, sales management, and revenue execution. As the Executive Vice President of Sales at AHEAD, Tim is responsible for company growth and execution, customer satisfaction, and sales strategy for AHEAD. Tim is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, a Board Member, and reports directly to the CEO. He received several national awards for leadership and achievement as a top performer year after year. He has led sales and engineering teams across the United States.
Dirk Nowitzki was born in Würzburg, Germany on June 19, 1978. He began his professional career with Würzburg DJK in the Bundesliga. Dirk played a major role in sweeping the Grizzlies, defeating San Antonio and the Suns, and winning the Western Conference Championship for Dallas’ first trip to the NBA Finals.
In December 2007, the NBA honored him with the NBA Community Assist Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic work. Whether it is meeting children throughout the season for the Make-A-Wish Foundation or purchasing and delivering thousands of dollars worth of Christmas toys for children in a local hospital, Dirk loves to give back to children. He says, “Helping kids is one of the best things I get to do as a professional athlete, and it is a privilege to be a part of those events.”
Dr. James Pinckney II believes in the old adage that integrity and hard work are critical to building customer loyalty. Diamond Physicians endorses a holistic approach to medicine and incorporates nutrition and fitness into the lifestyle of their clients. He is a certified nutritionist and has previously owned and operated an independent nutrition consulting firm. Dr. James’ ultimate goal is to provide exemplary medical care across America, regardless of socioeconomic class. Shine Bright, a future non-profit organization, will provide the means to deliver premium medical service to the under-served. Dr. James enjoys spending quality time with his wife, golf, sports and civic philanthropic ventures.
Jean Moore's parents instilled in their children the importance of education since childhood. An opportunity to develop a summer program for middle school students began Jean’s inspiration to create summer programs for youths and their families. Jean’s experience and education as a teacher, school counselor, LPC, and marriage family therapist revealed the importance of fulfilling those visions. Michael Finley presented a unique opportunity to achieve her aspirations to help children and their families beyond the classroom. Jean joins valuable members of the Michael Finley Foundation in helping others to achieve their dreams, one program at a time.
Mr. Neal Hawks, Board Member
Alex Pramenko founded VIP Sports Marketing in 1998 after working in the sports marketing industry for more than three years. With his passion for the sports, entertainment and hospitality industry, he continued to be at the forefront of the sports marketing, corporate hospitality, client retention & development and sales incentive business for the last 20 years.
Alex is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and remains a huge Badger sports fan. He is very active in his community and has served on numerous boards. He was on his children’s Local School Council as a member and President for four years. He currently serves as a board member of Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and has chaired the Champions for Children’s fundraising event for the past five years. In his free time he enjoys playing volleyball, basketball and coaching and attending all of his children’s sporting events as well as spending time with his family.