Athlete > Business > CEO

At Athletepreneur, we leverage our network, expertise, and experience to add value to the athletes, brands, and athletic programs we work with. By leveraging the Grit of an Athlete and the Vision of a CEO, we seek to empower and fund the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Mike Fingado, MS in Sport Management

Former D1 Athlete, Angel Investor, Startup Advisor

Mike is a serial entrepreneur and former Sr. Business Development Manager at Amazon where he managed $100M+ worth of new business from startups and Fortune 500 brands. In 2014, he was recognized as a 30 Under 30 award winner for innovation, creativity, and leadership in the sports business industry.

Brian Dzingai, MBA

2x Olympian, IP Domain Expert

Brian is an entrepreneurial professional with a financial services background in audit & project management. He competed in both the Athens ’04 and Beijing ’08 Olympics for his native home of Zimbabwe. He was a professional athlete for 9 years with Nike and Mizuno as major sponsors at some point in his career.

Jen Rea, BBA

 Communications & Public Affairs

Jen is a public relations and marketing professional with expansive experience within multi-channel content strategies and developing strategic influencer programs for brands. When she's not following the latest strategic communication trends, her spare time is spent further exploring her love of health and fitness.

Ryan Nugent, JD

Business and Legal Affairs Attorney

Ryan adds sports and entertainment law experience to the team. With experience serving as counsel within a major independent entertainment studio that grossed over $14B, he's used to taking the lead for merchandising, licensing and marketing agreements, and intellectual property infringement and enforcement matters.

Kala Funderburk, MBA

Brand Strategist and Social Media Coordinator

Kala is a marketing professional with experience in the entertainment, travel, and fitness industries. She specializes in digital and social media marketing and enjoys fitness, sightseeing, and trying new restaurants in her free time.


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