SALT LAKE CITY – To insure that the NBPA has an Executive Director in place before the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, an impressive search committee has been assembled to speed up the process.
According to a league source, the Search Committee members include Kevin Johnson (chairman and Sacramento Mayor), Sonja Henning, James W. Quinn, David Drummond, Troy Carter, Ulysses Lee Bridgeman and Charles A, Tribbett III.
The plan, according to the source, is for the Executive Committee to take the recommendations of the Search Committee and decide which candidates are introduced to the player reps for final vote on July 28, 29, or 30.
The NBPA Executive Committee consists of President Chris Paul, First Vice President Roger Mason Jr., Secretary-Treasurer James Jones and Vice Presidents Steve Blake, Stephen Curry, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver along with Anthony Toliver.
The list of Executive Director candidates will be narrowed to 3-5 finalists in early June, the source said.
Bridgeman is the owner of Bridgeman Foods, LLC. His company, whose net worth is approximately $507 million, operates 160 Wendy’s Restaurants and 119 Chili’s Restaurants. Bridgeman played 12 seasons in the NBA and was the NBPA President from 1985-1988.
Carter is the CEO of Atom Factory, a media company and investment firm defining popular culture. He’s responsible for defining the careers of John Mayer, Lady Gaga and John Legend to name a few.
Drummond leads Google’s global teams for legal and corporate development as the company’s senior vice president and chief legal officer.
Henry is the Senior Director of Business Affairs and League Relations North America Sports Marketing for Nike, Inc. She played five seasons in the WNBA and held the position of WNBPA President from 2001-2003.
Quinn, an accomplished trial lawyer, is currently a litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal and Manges. Twice The National Law Journal named him a top 10 trial lawyer.
Tribbett is the managing director of Russell Reynolds Associates, a search firm that provides senior-level executive search and assessment.
The Executive Director positon has been vacant for over a year. Billy Hunter, who held the position, was voted out in February of last year.