Anthony spawned the idea of OmegaBall after speaking with friends and former ESPN colleagues, Bob Funk and Jamie Hemann. The three were strategizing about a new American Football League when the conversation turned to traditional football or soccer. Anthony’s background in X Games and sports television led him to remove rules and rethink the linear nature of soccer. The addition of a third team to create even more action was natural and thus, OmegaBall was born!
For over 20 years Jeff has worked in various capacities to build and grow sport and entertainment properties. Nearly the past decade of that has been spent in professional soccer for the USL Championship team OKC Energy FC, most recently as their COO. Jeff is focused on creating growth by building culture, emphasizing fan experiences and designing pathways for athlete success at all stages of play.
Co-Founder, Advisor - Business Affairs
Jamie is currently the CEO/COO of HUB Football, a professional football athlete development company conducting events for NFL team clients. After a 20-year career as a business, operations and legal executive with long stints at both the National Football League and ESPN, Hemann has spent the last four years expanding his own business consulting company co-founding and advising multiple entrepreneurial start-ups in sports, media, entertainment, and AR/VR tech industries.
Adrienne Smith is a star wide receiver with the Boston Renegades, with a mission to create more opportunities in football and professional sports for women and girls. Adrienne has been featured on Today Show, Forbes, and in a new, iconic ad campaign for the milk industry’s Team Milk!
As one of the best-performing wide receivers in women’s football history, having won two gold medals and five national championships throughout her women’s tackle football career, Adrienne knows a thing or two about what it takes to compete—and win. Adrienne and her team have been winners of national championships in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. In addition to her role with the Renegades, Adrienne has been a member of the U.S. women’s national flag football team, winning three silver medals in international competitions.
As an entrepreneur, Adrienne, an MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, is the co-founder of Harlem Hip-Hop Tours, a company dedicated to edutainment field trips for schools and youth groups, and Gridiron Queendom, an enterprise dedicated to women and girls around the world who play or are fans of American football. Adrienne is also the creator of the award-winning football-themed card game Blitz Champz—bringing the excitement and joy of football to kids and families in a fun, action-packed, and educational way that reinforces math skills.
In addition to her work as a sports star, Adrienne is a multi-hyphenate writer, actress, and producer with experience that runs the gamut from producing and hosting a television show in Japan to developing film and television properties for the U.S. market and appearances in popular TV shows such as Orange Is the New Black.
Lauren Sesselmann spent her 4 years on Purdue University’s women’s soccer team breaking records before her 10-year professional career in the WPSL, NWSL and UPSL. During this time, she also represented Canada in the Pan American Games, the World Cup. and the Olympics, earning a Bronze medal in 2012. Lauren is also known for her career as a fitness influencer and inspirational speaker, where she uses her experiences to create healthy and motivational content for women.
Gary has worked for some of the world’s most recognized broadcast companies including CNN and ESPN. A collaborative, team-oriented executive with 26 years of experience nurturing high-performing personnel by inspiring, coaching, and mentoring. Gary is adept at driving consensus amongst cross functional teams and is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advocate/Champion.
Sofía has spent the last several years working in the Hollywood entertainment space providing legal, finance and business affairs expertise to creatives of color and working for global corporations including adidas, The Walt Disney Company and the National Football League. She recently served as a Board Member of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. Sofía is the former Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of SmartAg Technologies, Inc., an agricultural technology start-up company which created hardware and software for monitoring and treating beehive health conditions in commercial farm settings.
She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law from the Ziffren Center. She was named a UCLA Global Food Initiative Fellow by the University of California Office of the President and served as a research fellow for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Food Security. Prior to attending law school Sofía served as a bilingual public school educator, tried her hand as a farmer, and worked in technical sales in the start-up tech space.
Ricky is a veteran star soccer player, who’s career began by being recruited to the USA Soccer boarding Academy at age 12, and was soon called up to Team USA on the U-23 Men’s National Team. Attended Creighton University on scholarship and was named team captain, Conference POY, and All-American. Drafted and signed by MLS Real Salt Lake in 2018. Played professionally for the next three years with the Los Angeles Football Club and Inter Miami and now is a rising booth analyst for USL and MLS matches on ESPN and Apple.
Molly is a Brand Producer with over 15 years experience developing and executing relevant, powerful and memorable content for youth-driven brands and active with several philanthropic organizations focusing on youth and women.
Willie Banks is a three-time Olympian and former world record holder in the triple jump. He was recently elected by the USATF as candidate for the IAAF Council. Willie Banks is also President of HSJ, Incorporated, a sports management and consulting firm that specializes in marketing and networking between the US and Japan.
Paul Caligiuri spent his 16-year professional soccer career playing for numerous teams in the US and Germany, as well as on the US National Team. He is best known for his game-winning “shot heard round the world” that lead to the qualification of the United States for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the team’s first in 40 years. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He now serves as the National Director of the UPSL, and the Managing Director & Head Coach of Orange County FC.
Adam is a dynamic outdoor and sports industry veteran who has spent the past 18 years scaling modern media brands and overseeing award winning live event properties. Adam is the former Partner and Senior VP at Impact Real Life, a boutique live event agency developing experiential businesses for clients like Vans and Lionsgate Films. Prior to that he was Vice President and General Manager at The Enthusiast Network, a media group focused on serving enthusiasts in the emerging sports, outdoor, and automotive genres.
Bob Funk Jr
Bob is the owner of Prodigal. In addition to co-owning and operating OKC Energy FC, Prodigal co-promotes PBR (Professional Bull Riders) events and represents the top 15 global rodeo athletes. He is also on the board at Express Employment Professionals and previously Chairman of the Greater Oklahoma Sports Consortium.
Former USC Student /Ahtlete (B.S. Business Adm 1986 - Track and Field) and current member of the Los Angeles Fire Dept (32yr of service) as a Firefighter/Paramedic/Inspector whose duties include public safety facilitation of all special events occurring in the City, taking a lead planning role in events such as the Grammy's, Academy Awards, and the LA Marathon.