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BARDIA GHAHREMANI, J.D.

Bardia is the cornerstone of ISA. He has been successfully representing NFL, MMA and motorsports athletes since 2001. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. His distinctive ability to connect with clients and industry professionals alike has made him one of the most respected player representatives in the business.

As the Chief Executive Officer, Bardia ensures that every client with ISA is provided with a full-service client-agent relationship that reaches even beyond the extent of his professional obligations. Bardia and his team have developed a precise formula using market analysis and promotional techniques that help place ISA clients into successful career opportunities at the next level via the NFL Draft and free agency.

Most importantly, with an ever changing economic climate, Bardia has been able to consistently devise and negotiate creative player contracts that provide financial stability and roster leverage for his clients.

When it comes to charity and community involvement, Bardia is also is an active board member for the ISA Children’s Foundation. This organization was proudly created to help link ISA clients, staff and community members to various children’s and humanitarian causes throughout the world.

In 2014, Bardia was the recipient of the esteemed “40 Under 40” honor by OC Metro Magazine as one the forty most successful individuals under the age of 40 in Orange County, California.

Bardia currently resides in Mission Viejo, California.

ADELQUI BOUÉ, ESQ.

Adelqui J. Boué has been with ISA since 2009 and currently serves as the company's Chief Legal Officer and player advisor. In addition to his duties at ISA Adelqui is an accomplished attorney and partner Hoover Slovacek Law Firm located in Houston, TX.  Adelqui has been practicing real estate, corporate and sports and entertainment law since 1996 in Texas and Illinois.  As a proud Cuban-American and director in Latino bar associations, Adelqui has made an impact through his continued involvement within the Latino communities of both Chicago and Houston and his representation of Spanish-speaking clients.

Since 1999, Mr. Boué has been a Certified Contract Advisor of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and held similar status with the Canadian Football League Players Association and as a Certified Athlete Agent by the State of Texas.  Adelqui has spoken at numerous seminars and served as a panelist at various real estate and sports law related events.

Adelqui has had the distinguished opportunity to represent or advise numerous professional athletes and sports-related companies within professional sports of football, golf, baseball, boxing and the world of entertainment.  Some of these companies include AquaHydrate, Edel Golf, Inc., mytrainer.com, Big Gus Media, LLC, International Record Distributors, Inc., Sony Music and BMI Music.

Over the years, Adelqui has represented and worked on transactions involving corporate clients such as Northern Trust Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Central Bank, Encore Bank, Hicks Ventures, Kawai America Corporation and Target Corporation as well as numerous small business clients in various aspects.

 

Prior to entering private practice, Adelqui was a member of the Media Relations Department of the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise before he began representing professional athletes in various capacities.  Currently, Adelqui resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Suzanne and their two children.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

  • National Football League Players Association, Certified Contract Advisor
  • Canadian Football League Players Association, Certified Contract Advisor
  • State of Texas, Certified Athlete Agent
  • Sports Lawyers Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee – Member
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston – Member, Board of Directors
  • Houston Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section – Chairman
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Rice University – Community Associate, Weiss College

Steve Kaufman

Steve Kaufman is currently ISA’s Chief Operations Officer and Founding Partner has been with ISA since the company was established in 2001.  His current duties include overseeing and supporting the Football, Hockey and Coaches divisions in conjunction to managing the companies accounting requirements.  Steve also contributes with client recruitment and enjoys the process of educating prospects about their representation options as well as the ISA philosophy and culture.

During his early years with ISA, Steve started his career in sports management as ISA’s Director of Scouting.  This was a key role to help build the company’s portfolio of clients at such an early part of the company’s history.  Assisting CEO and NFLPA Certified Agent Bardia Ghahremani in the recognition and recruitment of new clients was how ISA was able to gain traction in the industry. 

In 2007, Steve was called upon to assist with the elevating the companies profile in the area of sports marketing and was named Director of Marketing.  Steve worked to establish ties with Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Under Armour, Upper Deck, Sage Collectables, Panini America, ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Hanover Insurance and Maverick Sports Consulting.  His efforts helped pave the way for future partnerships and endorsements for all ISA Clients.

In 2010, with ISA growing at a rapid pace, Steve was offered the opportunity to take on his current role in the company as the Chief Operations Officer.

“For me, it’s all about the clients. I am always striving to create the best representation experience for our client’s.  I am always seeking to raise the standards in quality and spectrum to assure our clients have only the best options available to them in accomplishing their goals.  Seeing our clients succeed on and off the field is the greatest reward. When they enjoy success, I know that what we are doing on our end is providing them value.”

Steve is also responsible for coordinating the combine training experience for all incoming draft class clients. ISA is proud to have established long standing working relationships with the premier combine prep facilities in the country such as EXOS, Michael Johnson Performance and Coach Tom Shaw.  

Steve received his BA in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara and was hired right out of school by Walt Disney Studios. He spent six years working as an sales analyst and marketing coordinator all while starting ISA with his long time college friend and ISA CEO Bardia Ghahremani.  Steve currently resides in Eastvale, CA with his wife Germaine and their two dogs Delilah and Maxine.

Russell Carr

Russell Carr is a certified NFLPA agent. As a former NCAA DI football player himself, Russell has insight into the sport that only a player can provide, making him an invaluable asset to his clients and the ISA family. Russell’s outgoing personality and relationship building skills have afforded him both a strong network and ability to connect clients with professionals in the sports industry.  

As a rising young agent with ISA’s Football Division, Russell strives to ensure clients are provided with professional, full-service representation, from player development to draft-prep strategies and contract negotiations.  He is passionate about devising a plan of action to attack long and short term goals.

 “I want my clients to have a voice. This is their journey and I want them to grow as young successful men.  I decided to become an agent because I wanted to help be a mentor in that transitional process.  I consider my clients family and I always want my family to strive for greatness.”

Prior to joining ISA, Russell worked with Wasserman Media Group’s Basketball Division underneath the Vice President of Basketball Operations where he worked hands-on with top NBA clients that are current members of the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and Houston Rockets.

In 2017, Russell was able to gain a wealth of experience with the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers as a marketing intern. During his time with the Chargers he worked closely with the marketing department on all facets of team promotions and fan experience. With access to the team Russell was able to forge key relationships with front office decision makers that are sure to be an asset to his future clients.

In addition to being a former NCAA D1 athlete, Russell has experience as a personal trainer assisting young athletes build their skills to play at the collegiate and professional levels some of his clients include: . Russell’s time as a trainer has afforded him the ability to identify top athletic talent, analyze an athlete’s kinetic movement to help drive better results on the field.

Russell received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at EL Paso (UTEP) where he also played D-I football as a wide receiver. Russell continued his education at UTEP where he earned his Masters degree in Leadership Studies.  He resides in Southern California with his wife Claudia and son, Nolan.

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Jamie Gillan

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Terrill Hanks

Miami Dolphins

Akeem King

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Tyree Mayfield

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Nathan Shepherd

New York Jets

Emmanuel Arceneaux

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Shaquille Cooper

Edmonton Eskimos

Soloman Elimimian

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Forrest Hightower

Edmonton Eskimos

Jon Jennings

Ottawa Redblacks

Jeremiah Johnson

Montreal Alouettes

Mossis Madu Jr.

Ottawa Redblacks

Brandon Smith

Calgary Stampeders

William Stanback

Montreal Alouettes

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