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BARDIA GHAHREMANI, J.D.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / NFLPA & CFLPA CERTIFIED AGENT

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.

Christina Phillips

PRESIDENT ISA FOOTBALL / NFLPA CERTIFIED AGENT

Christina Marie Phillips is considered one of the nation’s leading agents in the National Football League. She credits her “love for the game” and her rise through the ranks of the world of pro football to early inspirations of NFL legends ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, Reggie White, and Joe Montana. In 2016, The Sporting News listed Christina as “One of Nine Influencial Women On The Rise In The World of Sports”

Early in her career Christina spent time at DEC Management as well as Domann and Pittman Agency. It was there where she perfected her craft and learned invaluable 
experiences from her mentors.  In 2005, she landed her first top 10 pick in Troy Williamson where he was selected 7th overall to the Minnesota Vikings. In 2011, Christina recognized that there was a clear lack of client maintenance taking place in the industry, she was determined to fill that void. This motivated her to start her own agency Precision Sports Management Group.  By 2013 Christina had negotiated a number of record-breaking deals including the largest guaranteed contract for a NFL tight end. 

In 2020, Christina expanded her practice and has partnered with International Sports Agency Inc. out of Irvine, CA. With each company exhibiting over 30+ years of combined experience it was a win for all involved.  By bringing two highly regarded agencies together to provide the best possible service and representation for the client is the ultimate goal.  In the end, it is all about the client’s needs and helping them navigate thorough their journey of becoming a professional athlete. 

Christina has a reputation that includes a track record of comprehensive representation that helps identify gaps and opportunities in a player’s career. Christina provides her client’s a wide spectrum of personal services ranging from years of expert contract negotiation, strategic brand building, endorsement prospecting, personal appearance coordination and award winning athlete foundation support.  

Results and a smooth transition is key to her players’ success—that’s why when it comes to agent selection, being diligent is the first step to being successful. Christina gives each of our clients the time and guidance that they deserve.  No two athletes are the same, for this reason Christina is the best in the industry at helping an athlete create and refine an action plan and keep you on track to execute it so you achieve your dreams and goals.  

Christina is currently based out of Miami, Florida. 

ADELQUI BOUÉ, ESQ.

CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

Adelqui J. Boué has been with ISA since 2009 and currently serves as the company's Chief Legal Officer. 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:

  • 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

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER/FOUNDING PARTNER

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 Coaching 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 Collectibles, 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 dog Maxine.

Dr. Travis C. Ehlers DC, CCSP

CERTIFIED CHIROPRACTIC SPORTS PHYSICIAN

Dr. Travis C. Ehlers, DC, CCSP® has dedicated his career to improving the health, mobility and performance of athletes at all levels. He volunteers with the United States Olympic Sports Medicine program and San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation (SDSMF). The SDSMF provides injury and concussion care for high school football players who can’t afford it. He was proud to be a medical staff member at the 2018 World Fire and Police Games, providing injury prevention and treatment at 60+ events for hero athletes from 70+ countries.

Dr. Ehlers specializes in neuro-musculo-skeletal problems, such as low back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, numbness, carpal tunnel, whiplash and sports injuries. Dr. Ehlers provides hands-on, effective treatments that help to relieve neck, back and extremity problems without drugs or surgery. Dr. Ehlers is able to offer his patients a variety of adjustment techniques and approaches to care. These techniques include: Full Spine and Extremity adjustments, Cox Flexion/Distraction, Thompson Drop, SOT and Activator Technique and Active Release. 

In 2014, Dr. Ehlers became an exclusive partner with ISA, treating our clients along with any 2nd opinion services required for injury grievance settlements. 

In addition to ISA, Dr. Ehlers has been the Official Team Chiropractor for the San Diego Kings of the ABA Basketball League and the San Diego Legion of Major League
Rugby.  Privately he treats countless college and professional athletes. 

Dr. Ehlers has been an associate member of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society for the past 11 years and has served as a member for the CCSP Written Exam Committee. He has also served as a Written Exam Committee member for the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Ehlers is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He currently holds Chiropractic licensure in California and Minnesota.

Dr. Ehlers is originally from the state of Minnesota, but now resides in San Diego, CA

 

Certifications, Licenses & Associations:

  • License to practice in California & Minnesota
  • American Chiropractic Association
  • Associate Member of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society
  • California Board of Chiropractor Examiners
  • CCSP Written Exam Committee Member (California Board of Examiners)
  • San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation

 

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