| Jan Wieland Contact: |
Phone: +358 400 2255 53
| Seymour Dimitrios Contact: |
Phone: +1 (646) 967 7772
Jan Wieland Profile:
Jan Wieland (Founder & CEO) was born in Germany with both German and Finnish ancestry. He founded Blacktop Management after a series of injuries put an end to his professional basketball career. Having played at the high school & collegiate levels in the United States as well as professionally in Europe, Jan shares a special connection with all of his players, having experienced both sides of the sport. With his vast experience from playing internationally, Jan has a high understanding of the specific needs and concerns that emerging and established basketball players face today, along with the challenges many teams have with bringing in players. During his years as a player, Jan amassed connections on every level. Following his retirement from the game, he went on to garner a reputation for being an agent that cares for the well-being of each and every athlete within the Blacktop family. Jan is regularly invited to speak about his career as an expert on global basketball at events such as the Las Vegas Summer League, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, and the NBA D-League Showcase. Besides his work as an agent, Jan has developed and implemented several nationwide anti-racism/discrimination school projects in Finland, a cause for which he has also been an active speaker. Jan is a certified agent by FIBA and the German Basketball Federation. He speaks English, German, and Finnish fluently and holds a business degree in Human Resource Management.
Seymour Dimitrios Profile:
Dimitrios Seymour (Director, North America) - Has been recognized as Notable.Ca’s Notable Young Entrepreneur, Canada’s Top 100 Most Influential People, F.A.B.I.O award recipient as Faces Magazine’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and by the Black Business Professionals Association. A Canadian of Bahamian and Greek descent, Dimitrios has quickly established a presence to be reckoned with in the worlds of Sports and Entertainment. It began while Dimitrios was a student-athlete at the University of Ottawa. After five years of varsity basketball, Dimitrios realized that he could utilize his skills as an Academic All-Canadian and his connections in the entertainment industry to help athletes, musicians, fashion models, and actors pursue meaningful careers. Today Dimitrios is recognized for representing some of the best established and emerging talent in the world. He has negotiated endorsements and campaigns across three major continents, including deals with Adidas, Nike, Apple, Samsung and McDonalds. As an NBPA and FIBA certified agent with a wide network of contacts from each NBA franchise and the NBPA, Dimitrios recognizes current and relevant opportunities in the marketplace, and the needs of today’s young athletes. Dimitrios holds an Honors Commerce degree in Entrepreneurship and MA in Leadership.
Blacktop Management Services:
Blacktop Management was founded in 2009 with the purpose of creating a “players first” agency that combines a family type atmosphere with high competence, knowledge, and a comprehensive understanding of the business. We believe in the importance of a close relationship with our players in order to better serve them throughout their career; assisting with their athletic as well as personal development. We use frequent and direct communication to maintain a comfort zone for our players, so they can fully concentrate on their job - giving 100% for their team. Blacktop Management has offices in North America and Europe, so we can offer around the clock accessibility and a large variety of opportunities.Blacktop Management has placed its clients in over 30 countries on five continents with a nearly perfect retention rate. Once you join Blacktop, you become a part of OUR family. We take pride in being a reliable and trustworthy partner for teams in finding their missing piece of the puzzle. We strive to build long-term relationships with coaches and GM’s, just like we do with our players. Therefore it is very important for us to match the right talent with the right league and to obtain an open and transparent relationship with all of our clients and partners.
Blacktop Management certifications:
NBPA certified (NBA and D-League) - FIBA certified - German BBL certified