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Business Casual Breakfast Series: What is NIL and what are NFTs?

November 10, 2022 @ 7:15 am - 9:00 am

business casual breakfast series - jewish atlanta

Breakfast and networking from 7:15 to 8:00 am with the program running from 8:00 to 9:00 am.

What is NIL and What are NFTs? 

Learn why people can’t stop talking about  Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Hear from people who are directly involved in the business, including an ACC Basketball Coach of the Year and a former UGA running back. Top off your week with us on Thursday, November 10 for an inside look.

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. There will be no day-of registrations or walk-ins. 

Join us for this in-person event.

Dietary Laws Observed.

Panelists include:

Head Coach, Georgia Tech's Men's Basketball

Josh Pastner

After guiding Memphis to five post-season berths in seven seasons as the Tigers' head coach, Josh Pastner became Georgia Tech's 14th head basketball coach on April 8, 2016 and within a five-year period, returned the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament and guided the program to its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 28 years in his fifth season on the Flats.

Implementing a high-energy style of play and creative offensive and defensive schemes, and building the Jackets' talent base for the future, Pastner has established the Yellow Jackets as one of the top defensive teams in the nation year-in and year-out, while he and his staff have steadily improved the team's offense to be ranked in the top half of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Those efforts, as well as improving efforts in recruiting, produced Georgia Tech's first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship since 1993 and its first berth in the NCAA Tournament in 11 years in the 2020-21 season.

Pastner has tirelessly promoted the program on campus and throughout the city of Atlanta in an effort to re-create the major homecourt atmosphere that surrounded the Yellow Jackets throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the middle of the 2000s. The result has been numerous wins, high excitement and 13 sellouts in four pre-pandemic seasons at McCamish Pavilion, and a school-record 11 consecutive home ACC wins over the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

Six of his players - guards Josh Okogie, Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe, as well as frontcourt players Ben Lammers, James Banks III and Moses Wright - have earned Atlantic Conference honors during his tenure. Wright was named the ACC Player of the Year, Tech's first since 1990, and Alvarado the ACC's Defensive Player of the Y4ear in the 2020-21 season. Okogie, in particular, developed from an under-the-radar high school prospect into a highly-regarded NBA prospect, having played three years in the league, while Lammers and Banks have gone on to play professionally overseas. Alvarado and Wright, though undrafted following their senior seasons, wound up on NBA rosters in the 2021-22 season.

Founder & Managing Partner of Venture Acceleration & Advisory

Andy Katz

Andy is an entrepreneur, connector of people and dots, and doer at heart. Katz has been advising the investment community for over a decade. Katz is also a mentor to entrepreneurs who are on a mission that encompasses both financial and social gain. Katz is Managing Director of VA². He is responsible for advising family offices and closely-held business owners on investment strategy and alternative portfolio execution.

From time to time, Andy also enjoys founding companies in nascent industries. His latest venture is Mercury. Mercury is reimagining the fan experience by uniting collegiate partners, fans and athletes in ways that will change the game as we know it.

Previous to VA² and Mercury, Katz founded two venture backed startups, and served as a strategic advisor to Family Offices and PE/VC funds. During these years, he learned first hand the importance of smart capital and patience. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Andy climbed the executive ranks of leading technology companies, including the 2009 No. 1 company on the prestigious Deloitte 2009 Technology Fast 500 list.

Katz lives in Atlanta with his wife and 3 daughters. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Co-Founder & CEO, Players' Lounge

Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall is a former American football running back. He played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs, and was selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Sports Anchor- WSB-TV

Alison Mastrangelo


Alison Mastrangelo joined the WSB sports team in April of 2019. She was born in Philadelphia and raised on the South Jersey coast. Alison always had a passion for sports, and in high school, she was on the surf and basketball teams. She graduated from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and a minor in health and physical education. Alison started her career in Colorado Springs working for FOX21/KXRM as a general assignment reporter and within a few months was promoted to the sports director/anchor. While she was there, she covered Super Bowls 50 and 51 and helped develop the sports department.
From there, she moved up to Denver7/KMGH and covered the Broncos, Rockies, Avalanche, Nuggets and the local college teams. Some of her highlights include covering the Rockies and Avalanche playoff runs and interviewing Colorado native and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. Alison is an Emmy-nominated sports anchor and won a Colorado Broadcasters Association Award in 2016 for best sportscaster in the non-metro market. She is excited to cover all of the Georgia professional, college and high school sports teams. Outside of sports, you'll find Alison exploring the Beltline with her dog, Rocky, trying different fitness and yoga classes, running and exploring all Atlanta has to offer.

Business & Professionals Event Co-Chairs:
Greg Eisenman | Ryan Halpern | Gary Marx | Jeffrey Marx | Daniel Weingarten

Business & Professionals Division Chairs:
Gary Marx, Chair
Peter Savitz, Vice Chair

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November 10, 2022
7:15 am - 9:00 am
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