Former NBA Veteran and Front Office Exec Jared Jeffries Joins Echo Fox as President
Vision Venture Partners (VVP), a private equity firm whose founders combine decades of business success and value creation from the high tech, video game and professional sports industries, announced the appointment of Jared Jeffries as President of Echo Fox, one of three esports-focused companies in the VVP portfolio. Jeffries will assume responsibility for Echo Fox operations including player recruiting and team development.
“Jared Jeffries is a proven winner and fierce competitor on and off the court,” said Rick Fox, 3-time NBA champion and VVP partner. “We cannot be more excited to have someone with his pedigree as a professional player and front office executive help lead Echo Fox as it continues its ascension to the number one esports organization in the world.”
Jeffries recently served as Director of Player Personnel for the Denver Nuggets NBA team and will take his sharp eye for discovering and nurturing athletic talent to Echo Fox. Jeffries will officially join Echo Fox on August 1st and will report to Jace Hall, a member of the VVP operating team committee, along with Chris Nordling and Stratton Sclavos.
After earning college basketball honors as “Big Ten Player of the Year” for the Indiana Hoosiers’ 2002 national runner up team, Jeffries was drafted #11 in the NBA draft. What followed was an 11-year NBA career as a center or forward for teams including the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers. He joined the Nuggets front office in the summer of 2013.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Echo Fox family as it’s clear they’re leading the way in the next great spectator sport,” said Jeffries, President of Echo Fox.
As Echo Fox President, Jeffries will be actively involved in roster selection and team management, player recruiting, hiring and managing team coaches and GMs and overseeing player training, health and wellness programs. He’ll also take a role in Echo Fox brand building, including overseeing the streaming platforms, social media efforts and sponsor and advertiser relationships.
“We’re eager to watch Jeffries infuse Echo Fox with his winning ways as he works side by side with Rick and Jace,” said Sclavos. “With this epic hire, we’ve truly strengthened our executive bench with a leadership team dedicated to ensuring Echo Fox leads from the front.”
About Echo Fox
Echo Fox, the esports entity of Vision Venture Partners (VVP), is quickly becoming among the most respected esports organization in the world, setting the standard for professionalism, team achievement, player development and fan engagement. By recruiting and advancing top athletes, Echo Fox is making moves on the digital playing field. To date, the organization boasts over 40 roster players competing in 12 different esports arenas. The company, based in Beverly Hills, follows the credo “we recruit the best and expect the best.”
About Vision Venture Partners
Vision Venture Partners (VVP) is a private equity firm formed by Amit Raizada, Rick Fox and Stratton Sclavos. Drawing on its Partners’ many decades of business and personal success, VVP is focused on finding or creating operating companies in a wide variety of high-growth markets including technology, esports and video gaming, digital content production and lifestyle brands in food and beverage. VVP is focused on finding and nurturing entrepreneurs and companies that are building a new generation of services for the Generation Always consumer – today’s consumer who is always connected, always social, always fun, always mobile, always interacting, always multitasking, always serious, always aware.
Through the principals’ experience, relationships and access to capital, VVP provides its operating companies with a proven recipe for long term success - hire the right people, develop a compelling product or service, execute an aggressive go-to-market strategy and efficiently deploy capital to grow and capture a leadership position in the market.