OUR STORY

Hear our story and meet our team

Founded by former college athletes, Athlete Network is the #1 engagement platform for current and alumni athletes.

With the mission of helping athletes advance after their playing days through community, internships, and careers, Athlete Network began by partnering with companies and graduate schools to connect them more efficiently with this elite network of athletes that positively impact their goals and naturally fit into their organization's culture.

Meanwhile, athletic departments and athletic associations are continually striving to enhance the student-athlete experience and engage with their former athletes to strengthen and build community during and beyond their competitive playing days and throughout their careers.

Unite powered by Athlete Network is branded software allowing leaders within athletic departments and athletic associations to organize, promote, and track the programs and services offered to their current and former student-athletes. By nurturing the relationship with their athletes through the Unite platform, both athletic departments and athletic associations have substantially improved engagement, increased revenue and fundraising, and gained valuable data analytics and reporting.

The goal of Athlete Network is simple, keep athletes competing by uniting them in an ecosystem built by athletes for athletes through connections, resources, mentoring, and careers.

OUR TEAM
CHRIS SMITH CEO & FOUNDER

As the founder of Athlete Network, I get to work with our amazing team on a relentless pursuit to bring relevancy and inspiration to the world's athletes.
Born and raised in Hawaii, I not only grew up in one of most beautiful places in the world, but one of the most diverse as well. The Aloha Spirit of being friendly and willing to help anyone is in my DNA. I played football for the University of Hawaii and was part of their championship season in 1999, as well as for Missouri State University where I earned a degree in Entrepreneurship/Management.

Chris Smith
CEO & FOUNDER
Deanna Ferrante
Chief Operating Officer
DJ Washington
Senior Vice President
Brian Corn
CTO
Brett Fuller
VP Partnerships
Kevin Hostetter
Implementation Specialist
Jake Brown
Account Executive – Networks
Marti Rosche
Director Networks
Stephanie Palo
Director of Email Marketing
Katie Townsend
Client Success Manager
Malia Smith
Digital Content Strategist
Jimmy Hudson
Sales Representative
Matt Scott
Software Architect
Michael Kennedy
Quality Assurance Engineer
Ben Burgweger
Software Developer
Nick Ebmeyer
Sr. Client Success Manager