Athlete & Member Testimonials

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Athlete & Member Testimonials

See what the Sports Management Mastermind participants have to say!

Connor Cavanagh

SMM - Participant  Snowboarder

The Sports Management Mastermind course taught me the right and wrong things to do In my snowboarding career. The experiences Sue and Circe have had with some of my favorite athletes make them the perfect people to learn from. I will use the information I learned from the course for the rest of my life in the industry and I highly recommend it to others.

Noah & Mike Avallone

SMM - Participant & Surfer

As a parent of a 14-year-old snowboarder, surfer, skater, I was drawn to Sue & Circe for their experience representing action sports athletes.⁠ ⁠ I consider myself fortunate to have been able to attend the first Sports Management Mastermind class and feel I am better prepared to help my son navigate his future, in his chosen sports, pursuing sponsors, navigating social media, and presenting his own brand. ⁠ ⁠ Not only did Sue & Circe utilize their real-life experiences, but they also brought in the most high-profile guest speakers to discuss their expertise and share knowledge with the class.⁠ ⁠ I would recommend this course to any parent trying to do their best for their kids in any competitive sport!"⁠

Bella & William Bacon

SMM Participant - Skier

As a parent, I fully consumed the Sports Management Mastermind masterclasses! The lessons learned and insider perspectives were crucial to giving me the confidence to begin talks with agents. After 3 months we found who will become a cornerstone to my daughter's career!  The guest speakers gave such a well-rounded set of experiences that their collective knowledge will forever imprint a healthy approach to managing a world-class athlete.

Damon & Luke Wyler

SMM - Participant & Surfer

Even though our son has done a great job in securing his own sponsorships, there still seemed to be a missing piece to the puzzle.  It was serendipitous to have the opportunity to attend Sue and Circe's Sports Mastermind class.  It was so interesting to learn many things from an agent and sponsor's perspective on how and why an athlete can gain support towards the pursuit of their goals.  As a result, I feel like years have been removed from the learning curve, and the knowledge that we acquired overwhelmingly justified the investment.  I strongly encourage any parent/athlete from even an early stage to sign up for this program, it was both fun and empowering.

Ellie Weiler

SMM Participant - Snowboarder

 

The Sports Management Mastermind is an amazing course. I was able to learn not only from Sue and Circe  and Todd (Richards) but industry experts and veterans. This course helped me better navigate social media, understand the importance of mental strength, and much more. I highly recommend this course for athletes as well as their parents.

Liam Gill

SMM Participant - Snowboarder & Parents

As a mother of an action-sport athlete the content provided in The Sports Management Mastermind workshop was beyond my expectation. Circe and Sue provided expertise, guidance and anecdotal examples to help plan and manage a carrier path through an ever changing environment. I feel that I am vastly better prepared to assist my son on his path to a self-sustaining and satisfying career. I decidedly recommend the workshop to parents and athletes, the shared knowledge of Sue and Circe and the accessories to some of the most seeded out guest speakers are truly priceless! It is with great respect and admiration that we acknowledge The Sport Mastermind efforts to provide for more inclusivity and opportunity for BIPOC kids in providing the workshop to Liam.

Jordan Santana

SMM Participant - Skateboarder Member of US Skateboarding 

As an Attorney at Law myself, who has represented a few professional athletes in my years, I was so impressed with this course. The Sports Management Mastermind course was informative in all aspects of managing, guiding, and overall looking out for your athlete. Whether you are the athlete themself, the parent, the manager or representative, this course helped me as a professional and my athlete daughter, to understand more of what to look for and what to expect in current and future situations that your athlete will encounter.  I was blown away by the depth of the information and knowledge shared in this course.  I definitely recommend this course to others who are seeking guidance to properly navigate through the rough waters of athlete representation.

Sam Reidy

SMM Participant - Surfer 

The Sports Management Mastermind helped me move forward on the business part of my career. From building my athlete brand to signing contracts with sponsors, I am super grateful for being a part of the Sports Management Mastermind class. Thank you, Sue, Circe, Todd, and all of the insane guest speakers for sharing your knowledge. Pura Vida! 

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Iouri Podlatchikov

Olympic Gold Medalist Men’s Half-pipe Snowboarding

When people told me that they were afraid to work with Circe she sounded right for me. She taught me to stay calm and deny all the nonsense that inevitably will be thrown at you in any business negotiation. If you had the luck of winning her interest in representing you, you instantly became part of her family. And family, as you might already know...family comes first!

Danny Davis

X Games Gold Medalist & Winter Olympian - Professional Snowboarder

Navigating the action sports industry is challenging, and when you are a young kid from Michigan whose dream is coming true, it was so critical to have some guidance. Not only with sponsors and contracts, but life choices, and how to become a great athlete, while being someone who is marketable, and people want to work with. Sue Izzo was an amazing asset to my career by helping me figure out what I loved most, and how to take that energy and turn it into a career. Something that will last longer than a contest result, or one amazing video part. 

Jagger Eaton

2021 Olympic Bronze Medalist, USA Men’s Skateboarding Park and Street

Circe has been one of my biggest influences and role models since the day I’ve met her. From protecting me in negotiations to giving me valuable life advice... I’m beyond blessed to have her in my life. I always look forward to our conversations whether it’s on the phone or over dinner. She always has something positive to say, even when I mess up. She’s always there to pick me up and get me on the right path. I’m beyond blessed to have Circe in my life.

Dashawn Jordan

Team USA Skateboarding Street

Working with Circe has been a blessing, I’ve learned a lot from her on and off my board. She’s taught me to know my worth and that with hard work & dedication the sky is the limit. I avoid using the word client when it comes to talking about our relationship because it is more
then that we are family, I’ve always believed God puts certain people in your life for a reason and she’s continued to prove it.

Paul Rodriguez

Iconic Street Skateboarder

I worked with Circe for many years she was great to work with! She helped me stay focused on my craft by maximizing my business opportunities and always made sure I was protected when it came to contract negotiations and dealing with sponsor demands.

Torah Bright

Olympic 2x Gold/Silver Women’s Half-pipe Snowboarding

Circe is a force with a legacy to share. I have been lucky enough to watch her trail-blaze and grow as a business woman and a human over the last 20 years. She has incredibly valuable perspectives and wisdom. I know because I’ve been on the receiving end so many times. Circe has guided me and my family through my whole career with power and grace. I am so excited about this new way she’ll be able to inspire and impart knowledge to many more athletes and families as they navigate the sports world.

Jack Mitrani

X Games Host & Former Professional Snowboarder

It is safe to say I wouldn't be the man I am or where I am in my career if it wasn't for the early guidance and support from, Sue Izzo. She not only did an incredible job at represented me as a professional snowboarder but also provided real-life guidance on how to be successful in all aspects of the business. I deeply appreciate everything I have learned from Sue and I know you will too.

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