The team at Upper Edge is comprised of industry experts across multiple fields.
Andy Ross is a veteran in the agency world who is incredibly well respected within the industry. Over the past 25 years Andy has help shape the industry and has built an unmatched network of coaches, general managers, scouts, clients, specialists and more. As the CEO of Upper Edge Management, Andy helped bring together this team of experts so that all of his clients can get an EDGE in their career and beyond!
Eric Schaffer has served over 20 seasons with the Washington Commanders as the Vice President of Football Operations and General Counsel. Eric’s network and experience brings gives our clients an upper hand when it comes time to ink a deal with an NFL franchise.
Mike Sullivan served roughly 10 years as the Denver Broncos Director of Football Administration and Salary Cap Specialist. Prior to that, Mike was an “OG” in the agency game and represented 1st overall drafts picks such as Michael Vick and David Carr.
Chief Operating Officer
Joe Sanfilippo is the “jack of all trades” at Upper Edge. With an extensive marketing background, Joe speaks the same language as marketing directors and knows how close deals for our clients. Joe has closed over $10 Million in marketing deals, won numerous digital marketing awards, & has acted as an Executive Producer for an award-winning docuseries.
Chief Marketing Officer
After his NFL career came to a close, Tom Ottaiano brought is work ethic and experience to the business world. Tom has spent 11+ years as an athlete manager as well as a brand consultant. Tom has very close personal relationships with some of the most influential people in the country. Tom is known for building outstanding partnerships and expanding the Upper Edge family.
Media & Entertainment
Tommy Reid is the Hollywood source here at Upper Edge. Tommy is a producer, writer, and director who is best known for films such as Kill the Irishman and I Know That Voice. When it comes to the Hollywood scene, there is nobody that Tommy doesn’t know.
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
Lisa Varga is an American actress known for her versatile performances in film and television. With a career spanning over two decades, she has appeared in a variety of genres. Varga’s notable works include roles in “MADtv,” “Homeland,” and “Pacific Blue.” Lisa is now acting as a producer, writer, and director helping our guys get Hollywood opportunities.
When you need a plug, Alec is the guy to call. Alec is based in Miami and is well connected on multiple fronts. From nightlife, celebrities, to brand connects Alec is the guy to get you hooked up!
Contract & Salary Cap Analyst
When it comes to getting you a job and maximizing your contract knowledge is the most important asset you can have. Christian helps give us this EDGE by putting in the research to keep our team informed and a step ahead of everyone else.
Madi Wingert is a hustler and go-getter who helps our clients tell their stories and engage with their community. Whether you are looking to set up a charitable event or simply get more news coverage, Madi is the girl to help get it done!
SVP, Player Development & Marketing
Emanuel Drakes, with over 20 years of experience in sales, management, and marketing, serves as a crucial connection between clients and the agency in the sports industry. As the Senior Vice President of Player Development, he leverages his extensive network of relationships within the NFL to open doors for clients and elevate the company’s standing. With a focus on meeting clients’ expectations on and off the field, Emanuel acts as a reliable point of contact, providing daily support and guidance throughout their entire careers.
Jordan, a member of our recruiting team with effective communication and selective sourcing skills. He identifies and engages exceptional recruits, contributing to recruitment success. Playing a crucial role in candidate outreach, interview coordination, and database management, Jordan ensures a seamless and positive experience. Collaborating closely with the recruitment team and hiring managers, Jordan aids our workforce strategy through dedicated relationship-building, exemplifying our commitment to meaningful connections.