Tandem Sports + Entertainment has hired 15-year sports industry veteran Wayne Pinkney as its new Manager of Client Relations, Tandem President Jim Tanner announced. In the role, Pinkney will assist with client services and recruitment.
“Wayne is incredibly respected throughout the NBA world and entire sports industry,” Tanner said. “He’s seen tremendous success at NIKE and we’re thrilled to have him joining our team at Tandem. We’re confident he will have an immediate and positive impact on our clients.”
Pinkney started at NIKE in 2007 and has held various roles in areas including business development and sports marketing, as well as a year focused on Jordan Brand. For the majority of his time at NIKE, he served as the east coast pro basketball field rep. In this position he worked with athletes from Amar’e Stoudemire and Trevor Ariza to DeMar DeRozan and Bradley Beal. Most recently, Pinkney worked in NIKE’s college basketball sports marketing department.
“I’ve worked with Jim and the team at Tandem for years,” Pinkney said. “They have a great reputation in the NBA and I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ve spent my entire professional career working with athletes and I’m excited to branch into the representation side of the industry.”
Tandem, a You First company, is a leading full-service athlete and entertainment representation agency. The agency was honored on Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Valuable Sports Agencies and has been honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of the area’s “Best Places to Work.” Tandem’s roster of clients includes NBA All-Stars Jarrett Allen and Ja Morant, NBA Rising Stars Desmond Bane and Jeremy Sochan, and Hall of Famers Ray Allen, Tamika Catchings, Tim Duncan and Grant Hill.